Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

January 2023

This month for the most part was unseasonably warm for winter! It was a fairy easy month with out any heavy dumps of snow and milder temperatures…that is until this week! We have received a brutal reminder that it’s winter!

The cold snap is supposed to last the week. It really does make for great stay at home and quilt weather for which I am so thankful to work from home!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Half Square Triangle Fun!

Ingrid told me that she began this quilt by just making the half square triangles and then played with different layouts on her design wall. It really is fascinating to see all of the different possibilities.

Ingrid chose the pantograph Feather Grande for her quilt she was thrilled with how beautifully her quilt has turned out.

Liam came for a visit and held the quilt for a photo shoot for me!

It was really challenging to capture the true colour of the quilt back so I tried a different location and came really close!

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Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

January Blues … and a big finish!

The 3rd Monday of January is considered Blue Monday and if you google it you will find…

“The term Blue Monday was coined by psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall, who worked out a formula to show how the third Monday in January is especially bad. It takes into account factors including the average time for New Year’s resolutions to fail, the bad weather, debt, the time since Christmas and motivational levels.”

Winter is long in North Western Ontario and we often go without sunshine for days on end and when it does appear it means colder weather. There is always so much hype and build up coming into Christmas and yes a few weeks past and being back in routine can cause many to feel down…. A good time to have coffee with friends and to touch base!

I spent my Monday at the Rec centre with quilting friends, determined to finish my Longtime Gone quilt top… also known as long time to make as it’s taken a couple of years to complete…

The borders took some consideration and once the decision was made it didn’t take too long to complete. I was able to get two borders completed and attached at the centre and the third when I arrived home.

Early Tuesday morning I decided to just finish it up. There was one section that bothered me two matching pieces in the checkerboard and a few threads off in my piecing…

I decided not to leave it and found a fun addition to my quilt. This was not my first time replacing a block in the centre of a quilt and my advice is to take your time and be patient…

Much better!

One last step, was the victory lap! With a pieced border such as this it is a really good idea to stay stitch about an 1/8th of an inch around the perimeter of the quilt. This will prevent the seams from separating.

I am fortunate to spend so much of my time in my studio, where I use really good lighting to keep my space bright and also try to have bright fun personal project to work on when time allows.

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Marilyn’s Half Square Triangle Quilt

This is the latest of Marilyn’s Half Square Triangle quilts! I have had the pleasure of quilting them all for her.

Each half square triangle unit finishes at 2 inches and there are 2592 hst units in each quilt! She told me that she makes 2 at a time and trims them to 2 1/2 inches.

These quilts are a true labour of love and will be gifted to each of Marilyn’s granddaughters!

Her use of value over prints brings luminosity to her quilts! I have a lot of fun looking at all of the different fabrics in each quilt…I haven’t been quilting quite as long as Marilyn has been but I suspect that at some point I to will be able to make quilts like hers!

This is the same backing that was used in a previous quilt of Marilyn’s, it is a perfect choice for such a classic design. As always her quilts are returned to her trimmed and ready for binding.

Let me help you bring your quilting projects to completion!

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Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Nancy’s Modern Quilt

I think one of the biggest attractions to quilts made with solids is how beautiful the quilting shows up!

This quilt was Nancy’s first modern solid quilt…she is fortunate to have what they call a family quilt guild and I have been so fortunate to quilt many of their quilts!

Nancy chose the pantograph Jitterbug for this quilt and I love how it dances all over her quilt!

She used fireside fabric for her backing. These soft backings quilt up beautifully and help make such wonderful snuggly quilts.

Her quilt is trimmed and ready for binding.

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Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A Quilt Shop Visit

A friend and I spent yesterday morning on a fun outing to Donnas quilt shop in Pass lake yesterday. He shop is called Fuelled By Fabric and I have written about her before.

I was on the lookout for a backing for quilt top that I made last year as part of the Color Collective by Tara Faughnan and Sewtopia. The quilt block is named flock and I wanted an interesting backing that would work with both the colours in the quilt top and also birds of some type.

This print is perfect, really so close to what I had in mind!

Last night after turning off the Longarm, I laid the fabric out to see how it would match up when I seam the two pieces needed. Sometimes it requires quite a bit of extra fabric to Mach the print, however not this time! ( this picture actually shows the true colours in the print!)

I have been a quilter for many years and the passion for both quilting for others and for making my own quilts only grows!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Mid-January update

For some reason so far anyways this winter seems to be milder than usual. We ended up with more snow in December than either of us can remember having and this month’s temperatures have not been nearly as cold as most winters and the forecast continues with milder temperatures.

The deer have begun their trails across the yard looking for food of course. It’s always interesting to see the new tracks in the snow each morning.

This week I spent time with friends at the Rec centre quilting, it’s always fun to see what other quilters are up to as well as having time to devote to my own project. As soon as I got home I laid my longtime gone quilt out to see how my borders look. I finished the checkerboard sections and all of the other blocks just need to be joined.

I have always loved the whole process of quilt making, and this quilt project has been so much fun with all of the variety of both blocks and fabrics.

My dolls are now in the safe loving arms of my granddaughter. She told me that she would take very good care of her new babies and her Mom has told me that she really is.

Liam told me yesterday that he really likes going to school…for the most part because he and his friends play soccer at recess. His report card reflects that he is also doing well in his studies. While I am thankful for all of the bonus time we had together during the school closures I am happy that the children now have the normalcy of in classroom learning and time with their friends as it should be.

And of course my days are filled with quality time with my Longarm! This beautiful modern quilt will soon be ready for binding!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A Fun Snowman Wallhanging

This fun wallhanging left yesterday!

This is one of a few quilts that I have recently quilted for Michelle from her ufo pile (unfinished objects).

Some of us who have been quilting for a while end up with several quilt tops waiting to be completed…myself included…and it’s always such a great feeling to see them completed.

A nice swirly pantograph design (windswept) was a perfect choice to add a simple background to the fun snowmen in her quilt.

Do you have a quilt top waiting? Contact me about bringing your quilting projects to completion!

Wendysquilting@gmail.com or 807-251-4261

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Stash and Scrap Piecing

While many quilters are working along with Karen at Just Get it Done Quilting’s cleaning and sorting challenges I have been working on another half square triangle quilt for Marilyn.

If you have been following along with my blog you will know that this isn’t her first quilt like this!

It takes many years to accumulate this type of stash! When you look closely at her quilts it’s easy to see some fabrics that may have lost favour over the years over new projects and different fabric lines. Some might say get rid of what you won’t use or that you no longer love but something to consider…some day you may have a little more time on your hands for such a project one that will include memories from many years of quilting!

Some quilters work on a project like Marilyn’s over many years and eventually have enough to make the quilt… what projects are you working on?