2015 BOM Bridges of Madison County


This is one of my own quilts.  I made these twelve 10.5 inch blocks as part of a BOM program at my local quilt shop.


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:


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:



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.




Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild

I volunteered to do the longarm quilting on this charity quilt made by members of the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild.


Here is a close-up of each of the nine blocks.


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.



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.

QofV2front  QofV1front  Volunteer Longarm Quilting

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


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.




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


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


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)


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.



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


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.



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).