Monday, 15 October 2018

Jelly Girl Quilt

I made this lovely quilt a while ago and blogged about it here.
This past weekend I brought out all my quilts for an in-person market and fell in love with it all over again. The Kate Spain fabrics are amazing and the colors are so bright and cheerful!
My friend's quilt from the same pattern was also at the market and even thought the pattern is exactly the same, her quilt has an entirely different look.
 Blues and tans also look amazing in this pattern. Click on the photos to catch the quilting details.
The pattern is called Jelly Girl from Fig Tree Quilts and I just may find another jelly roll to make another one of these lovely quilts!

--Ann


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Christmas Embroidery and Quilts

Last fall I purchased a combination sewing/embroidery machine (Brother NQ3500D) and I've been discovering ways to use some designs in my quilts. I've shared a Christmas quilt with you a while back that used some beautiful red work designs from Bird Brain Designs
 I love the way this quilt combines some of the elements that I really love. The scrappy little squares that form the criss cross of the Irish chain part of the design.
 And the swirling quilting that Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts did on her long arm quilting machine.
 This quilt fits so well into our country acreage lifestyle and one of our barn cats wanted to check it out!
 Quilts are not just for beds. I will drape them over chairs, stair railings, stack them folded on chairs and just casually throw them over the back of the sofa.
I may make this again in a different colorway - do you think I should do black? or blue? or browns?

--Ann

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Disappearing 9-patch

This is a pattern I've made many times before and it looks completely different when different fabrics are used.
 Apple green and navy are always a good combination and I just love how this one turned out.
Made with more subtle colors, this blue and aqua baby quilt without borders is hard to recognize that it's the same block and technique.
And made with watercolor prints, the pattern in this yellow and orange baby quilt just blends into the white background and the pattern become secondary to the actual fabrics.
Simple and versatile, this technique and block is one of the most pulled out tools in my quilting toolbox. 

Do you have a go-to pattern? Or a go-to line of fabrics? 

--Ann

Friday, 20 April 2018

Custom Quilts

I love to create my own interpretations of traditional quilts, often in modern, fresh colors. But I also take on custom orders and sometimes that means a client who has very specific ideas and just doesn't have the means to create them on their own.

I have one repeat customer that has challenged me to make interpretations of Disney and childhood characters. These are not something I would make for resale if not for the custom request. 

 These are machine appliqued. The pictures begin as a coloring page and enlarged using a grid method. It's explained much better here than I could do: https://www.art-is-fun.com/grid-method/
Borders are added to complement the embroidered centres. 
 The Lion King started with a digitally printed starburst background piece of fabric in royal blue. The challenge was to make the moon look bright and white without having to resort to adding it via applique.
 Adding letters to make a statement. This can easily be done to add personalization to a baby quilt as well.
 Shading on the nose and eyes done simply with a pencil crayon. I'm not worried about it coming off as this is a wall hanging and not intended to be washed regularly.
Timon was a challenge because he is so small compared to the other characters. His details were added with a fine tipped permanent marker.

The techniques used in these 3 quilts are easily transferred to any pictoral quilt. Quilting enhances whatever you decide to do as you can see the different textures added by the quilting on the Lion King quilt especially.

Custom quilts continue to challenge me with new techniques and new ways to think about how I put a quilt together, from the fabrics to the final quilting. Hope you enjoyed these!

--Ann

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Celtic Knots

Celtic knots have always fascinated me. The way they wind over and under and around without having a beginning or an end.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/579815838/celtic-knot-and-dragonflies-purple-irish
Celtic Knot - FOR SALE here
I've done this knot a few times in green, but I did this one in purple for something different. I had no ideas of how I was going to finish it, but that rarely holds me back from stitching something up!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/579815838/celtic-knot-and-dragonflies-purple-irish
Borders
At our quilt guild's Christmas party in 2016, we were each given 3 fat quarters with the intent that we were to bring something back for our end of year potluck in June of 2017. Well, that didn't happen and the 3 purple fat quarters stayed on my shelf, waiting for their turn to shine.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/579815838/celtic-knot-and-dragonflies-purple-irish
Quilting
I love smaller projects like this because they let me try some new things and practice some things that I don't really want to do on a larger piece.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/579815838/celtic-knot-and-dragonflies-purple-irish
1",2" and 3" borders
The 3 guild fabrics ended up making a great set of borders around this Celtic knot.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/579815838/celtic-knot-and-dragonflies-purple-irish
Pebble quilting
A little pebble stitching around the centre motif makes the Celtic knot stand out. Simple meandering on the purple dragon fly border. And a spiral on the outer border to echo the design on the fabric.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/579815838/celtic-knot-and-dragonflies-purple-irish
Showing off the back
A plain colored backing fabric shows all the quilting, including the stitch in the ditch straight lines around the borders.