Big Surprise

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For the first time, Klondike Days (our annual summer exhibition) featured a Makers Exhibition to showcase and celebrate local makers, creators, artists and producers.  On a whim, I decided to enter my Bridges of Madison County quilt into the Longarm Quilting category.  Unfortunately I was so busy that I completely forgot to go and see the exhibit before it closed.  I went this week to pick up my quilt and was shocked to see that it had a first place ribbon on it.  The judges comments were “Superb.  Small pucker on backing but otherwise excellent”.

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Welcome Chloe

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This quilt was made for sweet baby Chloe who was born on June 10th.   It was fully custom quilted.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt but Chloe’s Grandmother was kind enough to send me one.
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2015 BOM Bridges of Madison County

 

This is one of my own quilts.  It started with these twelve 10.5 inch blocks that I made as part of the 2015 BOM program at QuiltEssential Co Inc.  Each year the owner, Ingrid Machtemes, picks 3 different colour schemes and comes up with 12 unique designs for the blocks.

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Then the fun happens…..coming up with a creative design to incorporate these 12 blocks into a finished top.  Months before we had even finished piecing all the blocks, I already had this design idea floating around in my head.   I wanted to have lots of negative space for quilting.  I knew I wanted to quilt a detailed centre medallion but other than that,  I had no idea how I was going to quilt it until I got it on the longarm and starting playing.

Here is the finished quilt:

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My inspiration for the quilting came from some of the designs in the 12 blocks.  I wish I had kept track of how long it took me to do the longarm work because it was substantial.  I am really happy with the finished product.

Close up of the centre medallion and some of the long arm work:

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I like using pieced backings on my quilts.  I think it makes for a more attractive back that gives you the option to flip it over so you have two quilts in one.

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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.

 

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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