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

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QofVFinish2  2015 Quilts of Valour Donation

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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Darrell’s Sampler

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Twenty four years ago my friend Darrell made this beautiful sampler quilt.  She sandwiched it, did some hand quilting and but on the binding but she never did any quilting in the 8 inch wide border. Last week she gave it to me and asked if I could put something in the border. It felt that the quilt needed some soft flowing quilting rather than lines and angles. I chose a free hand  meandering feather motif. Once I was finished the border I felt that the quilt needed something to balance the dense quilting on the border with the rest of the quilt. Darrell gave me the go ahead to put a design in the black sashing around the blocks.  I like the overall look now.  It looks more balanced. 

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She sent me a picture of it on their bed

  

Rosalie’s Log Cabin

I just finished this lovely log cabin quilt.  Once again Rosalie did an amazing job of piecing and pressing.  It makes it so much easier for me to do the long arm work when a quilt top is well pressed.  I did custom piano keys in the outer border and “Tickle Too” in the main body of the quilt.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good picture of the quilt without the sun casting a shadow of our pergola across the side of it.

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