Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Grinch Quilts

Lori has three grandchildren who will be snuggling under some very fun quilts this Christmas.

Our fantastic quilt shop owner Donna of Fuelled by Fabric brought in Grinch fabric which Lori used to make her quilts. She used a layer cake and some yardage.

Each one a little different and with very snuggly backings.

A minky backing always makes me want one for myself
This backing felt almost like a velvet
The fleece backing worked perfectly
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Tree Table Runners

With four table runners to quilt recently and all with different backings I decided to baste the backings together and also add leaders to both the top and bottom.

Having fabric devoted for the task of leaders has enabled me to quilt for customers who’s backs are not quite large enough to accommodate loading with the red snappers that I use. I find it a quick and easy solution.

My customer chose the same Pantograph for all 4 runners, however the design would not have worked as an edge to edge over all of the runners. Instead each runner was quilted individually arranging the snowflakes to be somewhat centred through each one.

Sometimes small projects take as much if not more time than larger ones. In this case the extra time was well worth the effort.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Baby Quilt

This sweet little quilt was fun to quilt. I often choose the pantograph Waterworld for baby quilts as I think that the added stitching will add to the durability. Most quilters gift baby quilts with the hope that the quilts will be used.

I am sure that this will become a loved and cherished quilt.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Rubber Duck Quilt

How adorable is this sweet baby quilt!

Not that I am counting but solstice is 5 days away and I will welcome each days added daylight minutes!! These pictures were taken during a very grey foggy afternoon.

I often choose a pantograph such as waterworld for baby quilts. I like this density of quilting as I feel that it will help the quilt to withstand a lot of use.

Update

Check out the binding and finished quilt! This really was such a fun project to work on.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Mid December

December is always an interesting and busy month. I loved the result of the last snowfall, the whole world just looks so bright and clean esp when the sun comes out.

Yesterday however was a grey and foggy one and we had rain overnight and a forecast of snow later today. I do love a white Christmas so hopefully there will be more snow.

Quilting has been busy of course and the Christmas jobs are almost finished. One small one to go for later today.

Of course my machine had a hiccup as a Longarm sometimes does thankfully it was easily resolved, it was a worn out bobbin case…yes they wear out!

Our tree is up and when Liam arrived on Monday the lights and garland were on it and he saw the ornaments and went right to work hanging them while I made supper.

Liam did such a nice job and it was fun telling him the stories of the ornaments as I have collected special ones over the years. Many have been carved by my Dad and painted by my Mom. This year I bought a box of candy canes to add to the tree which Liam though was a fantastic idea.

Liam will spend more time here over the holidays and we have baking plans, his request as we have done so every year that he can remember. He also wants to build and sleep in his lego fort one night and like me he is hoping for a white Christmas. He wants the snow for another reason though, he and Pappa like to drive the snowmobiles!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Effervescent Quilt

This was such a fun quilt, so different from others that I have quilted, the chosen fabrics and design went so well together.

We chose the pantograph bubbles which really added more of the effervescent effect!

This photo captured the actual brightness of the quilt! 10 more days until the days start getting longer!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Ann’s Quilt

Ann took part in the Thunder Bay Quilt Guilds sew along last year and her result was spectacular. Sadly my December pictures do not really reflect the true colours in this quilt. Oh I miss the sunshine…

She chose fireside for the backing which really showcases the quilting. I used the pantograph star swirl and it really dances on this quilt. We both agreed that it was the perfect choice.

I remember being told early in my quilting life not to use yellow in quilts! I am so glad so many of those silly colour rules have been tossed aside because yellow is to me one of the happiest colours!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

December

Each day December feels shorter and daylight wise that is definitely the case. I always look forward to the 21st when the reverse begins. Winter Solstice.

This year we found our tree just days before the first significant snowfall. We go to a close by place where they grow them for people to cut their own tree. It’s always a good walk around as we discuss different trees until we both agree on the perfect one.

Last Sunday was a snow day, and Monday mornings view was so pretty.

My morning coffee view

When I picked Liam up from school on Monday for his weekly sleepover visit, he was so excited about all of the snow. His only complaint was that they didn’t get to have outside recess in the morning due to the temperature being -27c and with the windchill in the -30’s. He told me that wasn’t really very cold!

Erik has been planning to buy jumbo lego blocks for years. We had mentioned them to Liam this fall and he was really onboard with the idea.

The fort was built as soon as we arrived home.

Liam has many ideas for things to build!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Wildlife Quilt

Sharon began her quilt with a panel and as she made it the recipient request a bigger quilt so she grew it! Unfortunately I didn’t get a full picture of this queen size quilt.

The borders with the wolves in the snow were the clue in deciding on the quilting, we decided on windswept as the Pantograph. The density is perfect for a snuggly quilt.

The backing couldn’t have been more perfect for this quilt.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Happy Birthday!!!

How can 10 years pass so quickly?

Six months ago I posted a picture of Liam with Pappas birthday cake for his 65th which was also Liam’s 1/2 birthday.

Now he is 10 he asked me for an art kit showing me a cheap one at toys or us, I chose to fill a tote with fun and good art supplies that will encourage his creativity.

Last week he had an early celebration with us and had his favourite supper, ribs broccoli and perogies and of course ice cream cake!

Today he had a climbing party with his friends, and can that boy climb!!!

He is so much braver than Grandma!