Volunteer Longarm Work

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I just finished the longarm work on my 3rd top for Quilts of Valour.  They give me a quilt top and I provide the batting and the longarm service.  This quilt proved to be a bit of a challenge because of all the 3 dimensional bling on numerous blocks.  I used  an edge to edge design called Waterworld because it reminding me of birds flying around.  I hope the recipient loves their new 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

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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.

 

Rosalie’s Wall Hanging

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I really like the rich colours that Rosalie chose for her quilt top. I used one layer of a stiff fusible batting to give the wall hanging some body and weight so that it would hang flat against the wall.  I added a layer of  Hobbes 80/20 on top to still give some loft to the quilting.  Rosalie chose Swirls Simplified and I think it worked really well with her piecing.

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Baby Barks Quilt

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I am pleased to share with you this lovely, gender neutral, baby quilt.  It is rather unique in that it is actually a two sided quilt.   Rather than custom quilting one side and having it look strange on the other side, I chose to do an all over design that would compliment both sides of the quilt.  I used a design called Arrowheads.

Here is a close up look at the beautiful texture that the design created.  I used two layers of batting (Hobbes 80/20 and a high loft polyester) to give lots of dimension.

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And now the back.  There is a lot of white space which really helps to see the quilting.

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It is important to always label your quilt but this two sided design made that impossible.  Having a label on one side would detract from the quilt itself.  I saw somewhere online where a quilter stitched words into the binding instead of adding a label so that is what I did.  I used a very subtle tone on tone so that it would almost disappear into the binding.  It says “Made with love 2016 Grandma Debbie”.

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Here are a few pictures of the quilt in the nursery:

 

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