Customer Quilts 2015

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Kathy's Bricks and Stones

Kathy made up this quilt using 1930's prints and a white background, always a wonderful combination. She wanted it to be used for a comfy lap quilt for her couch and so didn't want anything too tightly quilted  or fancy. We decided on an over all wavy diagonal cross hatch. I love the texture it gave to the quilt. It was a bit of a challenge, making sure I didn't miss any of the squares or rectangles while doing the cross hatching. But it sure was worth it.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Alice's Woven Strips

Alice brought me this wonderfully bright and fun quilt to do.  The fabrics are primarily Kaffe Fassett designs. I love the optical illusion in it, that makes it seem as if the strips are woven over and under each other.  There's a lot going on in this quilt, so all it needed was something over all to pull it all together.  We decided on a large circular swirl to soften the edges of all the straight lines. It was still the dark, damp and cold days of April when this quilt was done, and it was a welcome bright spot during those days.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Charlene's Scrappy Hexie Flowers

Charlene has this thing about making hexagons. She's always making them, and will put them into a wide variety of quilts. And I really like the effect it makes. They work really well in the place of any kind of pieced block, or even appliqué. This is a quilt that she made for one of her grand daughters. Charlene's instructions when she dropped it off were to do "something simple". This is my version of simple..... and really, it was. It started off with putting petals into the hexagons, and then echoing around the hexagons. The rest of the quilting took off from there. There are large roses in the floral fabrics, so the rest of the quilt got a variety of large scale rose floral type quilting. It was fast, and fun to do.

Monday, 25 May 2015

A catch up post.......

I am still working away at getting La Passacaglia, a design by Willyne Hammerstein in her book Millefiori Quilts,  sewn together. I just have the green rosette with the owls, in the centre at the bottom, left to stitch into place, and then I can start making more rosettes. I put a strict ban on myself, not allowing the beginning of any more rosettes until this was all stitched together. So close.......... I can soon start turning more fabrics into swiss cheese by having all kinds of fun fussy cutting. 
When not working on this, I've been working at the long arm. I had a couple of quilts that were needed by the beginning of June. Considering their summer schedules, and mine, it was a bit of a rush to get them done. The last of them went home today. So, I can start taking it a bit easier now. Due to that schedule, there hasn't been a lot of stash reduction happening. Just the fabrics for two of the rosettes in this project that were finished.

Used this week:                          .4 yards
Used this year:                             41 yards
Added this week:                        0 yards
Added this year:                         37.75 yards
Net stash busted:                          3.25 yards

I don't think there will be much stash busting this week, either, considering we are heading out in the trailer for five days over the weekend. We're heading out to an area of the province we haven't explored much, and will be staying at Rock Point Provincial Park. I now have a blogging app on my iPad, so I hope to get a couple of posts done while we're away, telling a little about our travels. I might, just maybe, see if there is a quilt shop, or two, in the area. 
I'm going to link up to Judy's Fabric report and also to her Design Wall Monday. I'm a little late for it, but I'll also link up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching. I didn't actually get to do any stitching yesterday until late in the evening. Most of the day was spent outdoors working on getting some planting done. However, I didn't get all that much done, in spite of spending most of the afternoon at it. My stamina for physical exercise is way down. I had to keep stopping to sit down and catch my breath. It was such a long winter, without much activity. I'm way out os shape.
I think I'll post this, grab La Passacaglia and some reruns on netflix, since the alternative is hockey.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sunset over Georgian bay

What a glorious weekend it was. Once the rain finished on Friday, it was warm and mostly sunny. However, I have made a note to myself to purchase some rain boots. It was pouring down rain as we were setting up the campsite. I was wearing my bright yellow rain coat to keep most of me dry, but my feet were so cold and so wet.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

La Passacaglia goes camping

We're up at the Georgian Bay Area doing some camping and getting ready to celebrate our grandson's fourth birthday later on today. In the meantime I've been doing a little more stitching on La Passacaglia. I have another of the partial rosettes finished and ready to stitch into place. I'm writing this on my new iPad, and I'm just learning how it works, so I'm not going to attempt any linking to other blogs, since I'm not sure how that works, or even if I can on this.
 It is a glorious day out here today. The sun is out, and the temperatures are wonderful. The sun sure feels good on these old bones. We're here until Tuesday, and there just might be a picture or two of the birthday boy a little later. For now, I'm going to post this, and then go back to my lazy slow Sunday stitching.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Christine's Daisy on a Stick

This quilt is just pure fun. It's a wall hanging that Christine and a friend did as a round robin, I believe. She has a couple of West Highland Terriers, one of whom is named daisy, represented by the dog in the centre of the wall hanging. 
We continued the theme of daisies through the quilting. The centre appliqué area is stitched in the ditch, and then loops quilted in the background. The next border, the green stripes, was left to stand on its own, with just some stitch in the ditch to separate it. The triangles were also stitched in the ditch, with a tear drop shape thrown in, just to break up all the straight lines a bit.
The large outer triangles got some daisies and leaves quilted into them. And the final border got some single daisies and leaves to go all around it, for a nice finish.