Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Carols Blue Quilt

I first met Carol through the quilting group at our re recreation centre and have quilted for her before. I of course loved seeing her project develop while she was piecing her blue quilt! It is gorgeous full of beautiful batiks and did I say blue?

As much as I love to play with different colours I am often drawn back to blue…there is just something so tranquil and calming about blue.

When she asked me to quilt her project I have to admit to being really happy to have the privilege to spend time with her quilt and to help bring this quilt to completion.

Carol was even more excited to have her quilt returned to her and ready for her bed.

This was a fun picture to take and really captured the true colours in the quilt!

Yes, I am asked on occasion to bind quilts for my customers this quilt was 100” square so it took a few sessions of hand stitching.

One of my purchases last year was a lamp by Verilux that I ordered from Amazon and I am really pleased with the true and clean light it gives and is almost as bright as if I was sitting at a sunny window. I highly recommend good lighting.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

September RV Adventure (part 4) Mackinaw and Frankenmuth

Our arrival to St Ignace seems well reflected in the picture of me on the ferry!

Upon arrival we were told where to park the motorhome and the shuttle was there waiting for us. I had expected a little time to get ready for the excursion…

I do enjoy being on the water and chose that we sit up top and on the side. It was a fun ride that before arriving at the island we were given an up-close look at the Mackinaw Bridge.

The arrival on the island and off the Ferry was fun and definitely felt like we were somewhere different. There are no motorized vehicles on the Island which gave it a peaceful feel. Of course being a tourist destination it was a busy place and considering it was a rainy September day and still very busy I can only imagine how crazy July must be.

We enjoyed some hiking and the beautiful scenery.

After several hours exploring we were on our way back to the mainland and our campsite for the night. The KOA in St Ignace.

The next morning we left to cross the Mackinaw Bridge on route to Frankenmuth Michigan. It was a rainy day and being on the passenger side I could definitely see how high above the lake we were…

We spent a few hours exploring…

Erik was really interested in the covered bridge..it really is something how they are constructed!

We left Frankenmuth headed to Freeland for the night…our next Harvest Host stay…which I will share in my next post.

We spent the next day in the area exploring.

Frankenmuth is well known as a Christmas Town and we did visit Bonners and their amazing shop of all things Christmas Decor. We did buy a few things though I am more inclined towards less is more and sentimental hand crafted decorating.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Millie’s Christmas Quilt

The weather here has changed with much cooler nights and the leaves are quickly changing colour. With Fall definitely upon us it’s time to finish Christmas Quilts.

I have been quilting for Millie for several years and often pick up and deliver her quilts. It’s always fun to visit in her quilting room and see all the projects that she has going … and her stash too!

Yesterday I delivered her Christmas Quilt.

I had initially considered adding more snowflakes with my quilting however I decided that adding movement with the panto windswept would add some movement without distracting from the snowflakes on the fabric.

Another consideration was thread, when there is a lot of contrast in the fabrics choosing a thread that blends is often best and a design that won’t be partially cut off on some portions of the quilt is favourable. I used a 60wt thread in white.

I pieced the backing, the stripes worked really well.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

September RV Adventure (part 3) Da Yoopers and Top of the Lake

After leaving Houghton/Hancock we were off to check out Da Yoopers Tourist Trap! https://dayoopers.com

You would need to see it along with a good sense of humour, it was a fun stop.

Largest operating chainsaw

Our next stop for the night was our first Harvest Host stay in Naubinway Michigan. The Snowmobile Museum. https://www.snowmobilemuseum.com

The museum was really interesting, the staff were very knowledgeable as well. Also on a quilty note their local quilters meet there weekly as do their knitting group as the have a meeting room as well.

We purchased a membership in the spring from Boondockers Welcome and upgraded to Harvest Hosts for this trip. Harvest Host lists thousands of businesses that allow members to stay overnight. Two other couples were also staying the night and we enjoyed visiting with them.

After dinner we walked to the Marina. Naubinway is located at the Top of Lake Michigan.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

September RV Adventure part 2 Houghton/Hancock and area.

We left Duluth after our 2 night stay headed toward the Houghton/Hancock area.

The Upper Peninsula is known for its Finnish Heritage, so one of our first stops was The Little Finland Heritage site. One of the great things about travelling in the fall is how much quieter everything is the downside is that most sites move to self guided tours with the buildings closed. It was still a nice walk and fun to look around.

Look what I found!! I had read about the heart project but never ever considered finding a heart myself… this discovery truly put a smile on my face and Eriks as well.

Erik had done some research and found another Heritage site to visit which was fairly close to Houghton, though it was a little challenging to find.

The Hanka Homestead, we really enjoyed our self guided tour!

I have always loved these pumps and this one worked!
A love of tractors!
Smoke Sauna
The root cellar tucked away, that door was open and it was very cold inside on that hot day.

The house was locked up of course however I was able to peek into the windows.

Check out this clothesline!

We really enjoyed exploring this site.

And then we were on our way to find our campsite. We stayed at the Hancock Recreation Area Beach and Campground. Our site allowed us a view of the river as they call it there.

We spent the next day exploring. Starting off with a fun snack!

Of course I had checked for a quilt shop in the area and I was not disappointed!! I did add to my stash a little too 😊 and highly recommend this shop.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Jelly Roll Fun

I wish that I could have fully captured the beauty of this quilt! The first picture is close but it is actually a little brighter.

Isn’t it amazing all of the fun we quilters have with so many options in both fabric choices and patterns!

This pantograph Garden Frills was used for the quilting.

Again the snuggly fabric cuddle was used for the backing.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

September RV Adventure!

Our long awaited first RV trip happened this month! We arrived home late last week.

After crossing the border into Minnesota, we stopped along the lake to both enjoy the view of Superior and capture some pictures.

One thing that we both decided years ago was that we don’t enjoy racing to each destination without stopping here and there and checking things out. With this stop I noticed something different…the lake always catches my eye but when I looked across the highway I was rewarded with another view!

One of the things that I enjoy about walking regularly is that you can’t help but notice nature and all of its beauty and especially the changes which are becoming more evident with each passing day.

We of course stopped for our regular ice cream treat! Erik discovered a new to him game!

Another familiar stop was Russ Kendall’s Smoked Fish shop!

The size of the motorhome of course requires a different parking spot, which provided a view that again I hadn’t noticed before.

Our first two nights were spent at the Indian Point Campground in Duluth. It’s a City owned small park, on the west side. We really enjoyed the walking trails and nature!

We left Duluth and we headed off to the Upper Peninsula (Michigan)…

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Butterfly Quilt

Sometimes the fabrics in a quilt top guide my choice of pantograph and this sweet quilt called for butterflies in my opinion.

The quilting really stands out on the solid fabrics!

The backing used is Cuddle fabric, so really only the indentation of the quilting shows. Cuddle has a lot less stretch than Minkee does so it is a little easier to handle though both options are great options for backings.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Orange Jelly Roll Quilt

Yesterday was National Jelly Roll Day….did you spend some time sewing with one? I sadly did not, however I was happily quilting another customer quilt. So instead, I will share this customer quilt with you.

I have always loved the colour orange so when I received this quilt to work on I was pretty excited! The orange Cuddle fabric for the backing is absolutely perfect for this quilt.

Many of my customers request that I choose the quilting design for their quilts and I am often asked how I decide. Often a quilt will immediately speak to me with clues in the fabrics or in the piecing. In this case I used the pantograph Gravity as I loved the oval shape in it to compliment the ovals in some of the fabrics.

I also knew that the design would really stand out on the backing.

The quilt ready for pick up. Most of my customers take me up on receiving their quilts trimmed and ready for binding.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Under the Sea Quilt

I have recently quilted several quilts that the maker has chosen Cuddle fabric for the backing. This super soft snuggly fabric quilts up beautifully and I happily piece theses and all backings free of charge to for my customers. Why? I first began this service shortly after I began quilting for others as many found it challenging to piece large backings…I continue to do so.

This fun quilt was put together by a Mother and Son project!

The thickness of the cuddle fabric really showcases the quilting design.