Monday, January 15, 2018

Fadeaway Quilt


This is Kerri’s Fadeaway quilt and the pattern is by V&Co. She used solid ombre fabrics to get the fade effect from the top left to bottom right.  Very cool!  Since the blocks are 16” I used my largest scale panto, Fascination.  Thread is white So Fine and the batting is Quilters Dream blend.


I had Tim drive me around the neighbourhood and stopping when I thought it was a good spot for a photo shoot. Found this beautiful spot on our road with hay bales so stopped there first.


Then I had no trouble convincing him to stop at an old train station in the middle of a field and hold up the quilt there.  We then walked around to study the building and soon noticed a camera on it.  We waved and then went on our way!  I’m sure when the owners check their camera they will think we are crazy! “ What are they doing with that quilt”.   :)


Monday, January 8, 2018

Traction–Pattern Number 10


Lori and I have been working on this pattern for awhile now, it can never be said we rush the process!   I’m happy to introduce Highway 10 Designs newest release – Traction!  This pattern is now available in paper and PDF instant download in our Etsy shop here.   This is an intermediate level pattern and the only ruler you need is your 6” x 24” ruler to cut the angles. The pattern gives instructions for three different sized ranging from lap to queen.   We have made three samples of this quilt in different colour ways to show you how great it looks in different fabrics.   The first one pictured is the first on I made back in the summer in a light grey, back and yellow colour palette.  Very bold and masculine.  I quilted it with the Plush pantograph and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.




The second one Lori made and she used blue,  light grey and dark grey and it is our pattern cover quilt.  Lori did an amazing job custom quilting this one and I love how she extended the diamond design into the border.   The snow backdrop makes it look like tire tracks in the snow, hence the name!




Now to our third sample which I pieced in light batiks in a more feminine colour palette with a light yellow, pink and a pink/yellow print.  The pantograph is Wave on Wave and the batting is Quilters Dream Blend.



I was having trouble finding a backing to match and them I remembered I know how to dye fabric!  So I did a bit of ice dyeing as we didn’t have any snow when I was quilting it. 


We also just printed our Stellar pattern so all ten of our patterns are now available in both paper and PDF in our Etsy shop.   


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Global Migration Quilt


Back in June I quilted Marlene’s Global Migration quilt that she was pattern testing for Anne who had written the pattern.  Anne asked that I not blog about it until it was published in a magazine and this week it is now in Make Modern Magazine, Issue 20!  You can get a peak at the issue here and see Anne version that she beautifully quilted herself!   She also posted pictures of hers on her Instagram @plaidnuthatch


After seeing how Anne quilted hers I told Marlene we should do something different and she suggested feathers!  I was more than happy to quilt flowing feathers and they went so well with the pieced flying geese.  I used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


Sorry for all the pictures but I really miss that view making it hard to limit the pictures!


Bet you didn’t expect to see anymore pictures from Schist Lake.   Well my next post will have some pictures from there too! 


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Scrappy City Slicker


I have been working on my Highway 10 Designs City Slicker quilt for a while now using my left over 2 1/2” batik strips from jelly rolls I didn’t use in projects.  The light background is also batik scraps and it was a great way to use up ends of yardage in my stash of fabrics I really liked.  I quilted it with Allium pantograph and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.



I went for a drive up to Clearwater Lake to take pictures  yesterday, it is about 40km drive on an icy gravel road so not something I can do all the time!  But it was nice to get some lake pictures with my quilt.   I also discovered an ice road across the lake so I think I’ll have to check that out this winter as it was plowed very wide and in great shape.  As you can see by that blue sky it is still very cold here, –37’c this morning! 


I finally got a chance to play with my Christmas present this week!


It is a photography backdrop stand and a set of lights!  I still have a lot to learn about using the lights but I have been having fun playing!  I think I need to have both lights on one side to show off the quilting texture and I do have the umbrellas to defuse the light a bit but I’ll figure it out this winter.  


I get a great straight on shot and the tungsten filter on the light give the photo true colour but..


..nothing beats outdoor lighting!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Look Back at 2017


As I look back over this year I find it a bit hard to look at all the photos from the first half of the year as I miss my northern home and friends so much.  I know in time Ontario will become my home and I haven’t given up hope that I’ll catch a glimpse of the aurora here soon.  I also did not have time to work on my own quilts like in past years so my ‘Year in Review’ of the quilts I made is quite short. But I did manage to quilt 80 quilts for clients and that is only 10 less then in past years, so I’m very pleased with that.


Here are the quilting projects I finished in 2017.

March 2017


I pieced and quilted this Chic Picnic for my friend Wendy’s quilt shop,  I think it still hangs in the entry way!


July 2017


I made a sample of my Four Patch Charm quilt using Shimmer fabrics.   I have the free PDF pattern on my sidebar for quick download if you would like to make it.   I have really enjoyed seeing all the quilts made with my pattern over the last couple of years. If you have made one I would love for you to email me a photo. If I get a few I would share them on my blog!


Sept 2017


Poolside Tote which was my first project completed at the new house.


Nov 2017


My son Daniel’s Pedal to the Metal quilt which was his late graduation gift.


Dec 2017


Made the Oversized Hopscotch using flannel fabrics for a couch quilt.



I made a couple of sets of Detour placemats and table runners.


I also made two Iron Caddy’s this month that I have not shared on the blog yet.  One is for my regular iron and the mini for my travel iron. Great for taking to retreats and sewing days as the caddy can be used as an ironing surface so I don’t have to haul my ironing board all the time.  Pattern is called Caddy Pad and Caddy Pad Mini by Sisters Common Thread.

I was hoping to quilt a few of my quilt tops over the holidays but a nasty Christmas cold had other plans for me!  We have had some bone chilling weather this week, waking up to –40’c a few mornings, so that also kept me curled up on the couch under a few quilts! 

Happy New Year to all my blog readers!  Thank you for still stopping by to my blog after my lack of posts in the second half of this year.   I hope to get things back to normal in the quilting and blogging department come February.  Why not January…well I have a special friend coming to visit me for two weeks in January and I’m so excited.  You might know her as she is a longarm quilter from Australia, Desley Maisano and she has a blog called Addicted to Quilts.  She is very brave to visit in the coldest month of the year but she wants a winter experience and that’s what I plan to give her!  :)