Butterfly Garden for Helene

I have been so busy with foster puppies and life that I haven’t been very good about updating my website.  This quilt inspired me to post again.  Susan made this beautiful quilt for her sister Helene.  She bought the hand painted butterflies and then just added some simple sashing and borders.  She gave me the freedom to quilt it however I wanted to.

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I used a simple swirl around the outside of the butterflies and I did a little creative stitching in the painted area to help accentuate the flowers and the butterflies.

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I added a simple stylized feather in the bottom and side borders.

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Across the top border I had Susan write her dedication in chalk and then I quilted over it so that it would be her handwriting.  It is hard to see but it says “Butterfly Garden for Helene – June 2017′.

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Peggy’s Applique Quilt

I had the pleasure of working on this beautiful heart inspired appliqué quilt.  Peggy used beautiful batiks and the colours are just gorgeous.  She gave me permission to quilt it any way that I wanted as long as it was densely quilted.  Because of the dense quilting I had to do a lot of ditch work to keep the shape of the quilt.  I tried to emphasize both the on point and heart shapes.  Thank you Peggy for giving me the freedom to indulge my imagination/creativity.

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I did this freehand heart design in the sashing.

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Looking at it from the back…..it is almost like a whole cloth quilt.

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Surprise Thank You

A few weeks ago I received this lovely thank you card from Lezley Zwaal the founder of Quilts of Valour Canada.  It was a much appreciated and thoughtful gesture.

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As a longarm volunteer for Quilts of Valour not only do I do the longarm work but I also supply the batting.  In 2016 I have  completed two donated quilt tops and I have another one coming to me to work on this weekend.

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I have also designed, pieced and quilted a couple of quilts that I have donated

qofv2front1   2016 Quilts of Valour Donation

QofVFinish2  2015 Quilts of Valour Donation

Everly’s Baby Quilt

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Rosalie made this beautiful quilt for her granddaughter.  It is extra special because she used fabrics from Everly’s great-grandmother for the owl appliqué.

Rosalie gave me the quilt top and said I could do whatever I wanted with it. I started by adding trapunto to the owl, branch and leaves. Then I got out my favourite rulers and went crazy.

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Instead of quilting the sashing and the border separately, I decided link them together with my quilting.

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The plain backing really allows the free motion quilting to show.

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Thank you Rosalie for allowing me to quilt this family heirloom.

 

2016 Quilts of Valour Donation

This is the second quilt that I have made to donate to Quilts of Valour (here is a link to the first one)

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I used a poppy motif in the centre of the squares and in the border.  I also did quite a bit of ruler work in the light border and between the squares.  The front is so busy that it is hard to see the quilting.  I like the design that it makes on the back.

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I altered my label to add the Quilts of Valour logo.

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Quilts of Valour FMQ

Last year I offered my longarm quilting services to Quilts of Valour. People donate quilt tops and fabric for backing and they ask longarmers to provide the batting and longarm services for free. I received these two quilts in January. One is a very busy batik quilt so I used an edge to edge design called Dazzle.

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The second quilt has a lot more background space so I chose to custom quilt it. Ironically the donated quilt top was from Quiltessential’s 2011 Block of the month program and I made the identical blocks (here is a link to my finished quilt).

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