Wendy's Quilting

January

Welcome to my site, it is a work in progress so hopefully you will see changes in the next few weeks.

2019 was a challenging and interesting year that brought me to a point where I knew that it was time to make some changes. One was to resign my position at work and become a casual worker. The shift work is hard to juggle especially the nights. As much as I love what I do at work… caring for people who are waiting for long term care…I also love quilting. I needed to find more balance and by the end of 2019 I had attained just that.

My quilting for Customers is a joy and now that I have more time to focus on my quilting my turn around is much faster and so much more fun!

Another change that my decision has afforded me is that I am able to spend my Thursdays at our local Rec Centre. If you are in Thunder Bay, it is the North McIntyre Rec Centre. I spend my Thursday afternoons there and am available for new quilters or quilters that are working on a project and would like to learn or improve their skills. Contact me at wendysquilting@gmail.com for more information

I had set some goals for myself for 2020. One was to complete my Winter Village Quilt. A pattern, fabric and silhouettes by Edita Sitar. I fell I love with the quilt when I first saw it online, it was the appliqué that really caught my eye.

I reached my goal and quilted this with a windy Pantograph on New Year’s Day!

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Do You Quilt With Friends?

I first started attending our local quilt guild when I was in my late twenties. I had been interested in quilting in my early teens but had no idea where to start, not knowing anyone who quilted.

Then I attended Quilt Canada when it was held here in Thunder Bay in 1992 and attended some classes. That is where I met my friend Alva who became my mentor.

I recently had the privilege to quilt a round robin style of quilt for a friend Bobbie who was in a group of quilters that were a very big part of quilt Guild for many years and helped to bring Quilt Canada to Thunder Bay.

It was a very interesting looking quilt and with permission I shared her quilt with a couple of groups that I belong to and was asked how it was made. So I questioned Bobbie and she shared pictures of her sisters quilt and progress. The rule was that each person started with a fat quarter and passed to the next Quilter who was to cut it horizontally and vertically and insert six inch rows of piecing:

Starting with Aileen’s fabric choice

Next Jean Tozer added her strips

Then Marjorie Hosegoods addition

Alva being Alva wasn’t one to follow the rules and decided to make two vertical cuts really changing the look.

Elaine Pond was next:

followed by Val:

And finished by Bobbie:

I loved spending time with these ladies and learnt so much about quilting and life from them. I remember the group of them liked to sit in the front row at guild and often would get the giggles like young school girls they really had fun!

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Quilting with Friends

I just returned from my second quilting retreat. It is so much fun to quilt with friends and to not only see what they are making but also to share ideas and new notions and techniques there that others have found.

These retreats also allow for hours and hours of sewing uninterrupted by things like errands, cooking, cleaning etc… this particular retreat includes meals that eliminate the need to even decide what to eat! The major bonus is that every meal there was fantastic! So fantastic that I really need to take walking breaks next time.

I chose to work on my Winter Village quilt that I hope to have ready to hang up in January.

Do you sew with friends? I also quilt with friends almost every Thursday evening if you live in Thunder Bay and would like a group to quilt with even if you are a beginner and would like to learn more let me know and I will share more information about a new group!

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My Version of Summer Moon Quilt

Two things happened to inspire me to make my version of Carrie Nelson’s Summer Moon quilt. The first of course was seeing her book along with people posting pictures of their blocks on social media. The second was when my friend Betty gifted me with all of her scraps from her Fire Moth quilt.

I have always enjoyed piecing small pieces and the 5 inch blocks caught my eye. I had some leftover white fabric that was enough for something small so I set some rules for my little project. I would only make the small blocks and I had to use Betty’s scraps and the white fabric on hand. I began piecing the blocks on weekend mornings…and then it was my quilt night project (more about that in my next post)

I had initially bordered the first blocks however as the blocks grew my vision of the quilt changed. Once all of the blocks were on my design wall I drew out the additional piecing for each block.

I had the perfect backing in my stash and slipped this little project onto my Longarm between customer quilts and quilted it using the Curls Pantograph. I did purchase the binding though I could have dug through stash but it was fun to bring my project onto our mobile quilt shop Fuelled by Fabric and find the perfect finish!

I do intend to make the full Summer Moon quilt and am considering using my stash of depression era fabrics.

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The Fire Moth Quilt

This summer my friend Betty was making the Fire Moth quilt and we spent time together working on this paper piecing pattern.

Once the top was completed Betty had me quilt it and I chose the Star Swirl pattern to compliment background starry night look. once this project was complete Betty gifted me the scraps left over from the quilt…more about in my next post.

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Forest Friends

My friend Betty constantly amazes me with her piecing and quilts. I had the privilege of quilting her Forest Friends quilt recently.

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Our Little Sweetheart and her Quilt

Mom requested an Ultra Feminine quilt. Grandma went on the search for fabric. Laundry Baskets Little Sweetheart collection was perfect for the Dresden Plates that I had envisioned. For the background I chose the sweet little print from the porcelain collection by Three Sisters.

Most of the quilting was done freehand.

Welcome to our sweet Granddaughter Kaija!

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Terri’s Kaleidoscope Quilt

Terri’s quilts always inspire me, her choices of fabric, colour and patterns always go together beautifully.

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Change

Life gets busy and before I knew it I hadn’t pieced anything in ages. My casual, part time job took front stage over my quilting time and add a few other commitments and life became way out of balance. Suddenly something happened that truly forced me to stop and catch my breath and to re-evaluate my priorities.

A little over a month ago I was invited to an amazing quilting retreat. Three days of uninterrupted sewing, all meals were were amazing and best of all spending the weekend with kind nurturing and supportive quilting friends helped to spark my joy in quilting all over again!

It’s not that I had lost interest it was just that life had taken over.

I started the weekend putting my kaleidoscope blocks together

I spent a few hours working on my scrappy 16 patches

And finally began working on my Fatquartershop designer mystery block of the month from 2012! It had been patiently waiting!

I had seven blocks completed when I got home and it didn’t take long before I had all 12 finished and moved on to the finishing kit!

My Mojo has returned! More to come!

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Susan’s Quilt

This quilt is such a beautiful burst of colour and was fun to quilt using the pantograph Helix.

I chose to use medium brown bottom line thread which blended beautifully in all of the colours, this colour took third place enabling the piecing then pantograph to come first and second when viewing the quilt.

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