This beauty headed home to New Brunswick last week, it received many compliments while in the store. A lot of time went into creating this fabulous quilt which I hope will be a treasure loved by generations to come. Well done Reinelde!
When you take your quilt to your Long Arm quilter there are the usual items to tick off your check list: the backing and batting need to be larger than the quilt top by 3 or 4 inches on EACH side; quilt top has been ironed; threads on quilt top have been clipped.
One step which is often overlooked is securing seams which extend to the edge of the quilt. These seams often haven't been back stitched which means any slight tension causes them to begin splaying during loading.
A few stitches across the seam will stop it from unraveling or splaying (see photo below). If you have pieced borders you may like to sew around the whole perimeter of the quilt top using a small stitch, close to the quilt edge. Just be sure your tension isn't tight enough to cause gathering along the edge.
There is no doubt that your long arm quilter will be grateful and you will be happy with the result.
After marvelling on the sidelines for years at the ability of quilters to continuously buy fabric for their stash, I have to confess that I finally 'get it'. My weak spot has been discovered and it is all fabrics vintage.
Before Christmas while searching for Dresden Plate blocks I found a group of 20 gorgeous vintage fabric, hand-pieced dresden plates on Etsy which stole my heart. They even had their seam allowances basted! During the long winter evenings in February I appliqued them onto a cream background and now they are ready to be sewn together in March before the REALLY fun part of quilting begins!
The Dresden units had been hand-pieced by a Mennonite community in Ontario. Below is a picture of some of my beauties, look out for another post in coming months with them sewn together.
Who doesn’t love receiving mail? A couple of weeks ago 2 new pantographs arrived in my letterbox, one of which has already been put to use on a great vintage linen quilt. I never know what quilts are going to arrive in my studio and this one was a wonderful surprise in its uniqueness - a happy mix of tea towels, table toppers and linens collected over many years.
Not all the pieces are square, but in this quilt that fits right in with the vintage feel of the fabrics.
A light colored thread with a simple, open (not dense) pattern, puts the finishing touches on this special quilt. Well done Lucy, you have a fabulous functional art piece that has upcycled many orphan fabric pieces. Time to check out my closet and thrift stores for my own vintage upcycling project.
It’s the time of year when the trees are beginning to show-off their Fall colours, Chrysanthemums (or ‘Mums’) are at every grocery store and nursery waiting to adorn front porches, and ‘Country Fair season’ is in full swing.
My husband and I took a trip to our local fair in Richmond this past weekend. Along with giant vegetables, animals and rides was a great quilt display. Local creativity was out in full force: hand stitching; machine stitching; computerised stitching; modern and traditional - all were represented and provided a great variety of art for the visitor to enjoy.
I loved seeing ribbons on customer quilts - congratulations to all winners and to everyone who entered. While it can feel like an effort to complete the entry paperwork and then drop off your quilt, the enjoyment one receives (and gives!) from seeing their own artwork on display makes the effort worthwhile. The submission deadline also acts as an incentive to get the project finished.
Some people think their quilt isn’t ‘good enough’ to put in a local fair - but I’m pretty sure that if you are happy to have it hanging in your home then other people are happy to view it. Maybe we all need to start planning for NEXT years fair season now!
Peggy’s 1st place
Austen and I have had fun hours together creating wall art with the Hoffman Think Big panels.
A big shout-out to Anita Zobens of Cotton Mill Threadworks, my Superior Thread supplier, who suggested I try some Magnifico thread. Magnifico is glossier than most of the thread I use, but I'm so happy I tried something out of my comfort zone - the range of oranges look fabulous on the orange panel.
Thanks Anita! Check out her website at https://www.cottonmillthreadworks.com
Trying something new...
This is my new longarm quilting machine; a Gammill Vision. I’m calling it Austen after my favourite author, Jane Austen.
assembled and ready to go...
It was a bit of an adventure getting it off the truck when it was delivered. But everything worked out and it’s humming along quite nicely now!