Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Althea’s Puppy Quilt

This was a really fun quilt to work on, Liam doesn’t often as for one of the quilts he see’s me quilting but this was one of them. It was made to be raffled in support of a dog show club that she belongs too.

I used the pantograph Popcorn. I also bound this quilt.

How cute is this backing!!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Duluth Birthday Trip 2022 and a New Quilt-shop!!!

Other than the last couple of years Erik and I travel to Duluth MN to celebrate his birthday. He has also been retired for a year.

This year we were able to travel. With all of the snow melting and rain the waterfalls and rivers were pretty spectacular, we make it a point to stop several times during the drive.

As soon as we cross the border we pull into the parking lot and enjoy the walk to high falls. https://www.exploringnorthshore.com/pigeon-river-high-falls/

After stopping at Rydens Border Store to pick up a few packages…we were back on the road.

Next stop was the DQ in Grand Marais….we almost always have to make an ice cream stop!

While back on the road, I was looking something up when Erik suddenly said oh there’s a quilt shop and asked if I wanted to stop….I answered “well I don’t really need to“…which was followed with…too late I am pulling in!!!

That’s when I met Sylvia, she opened her quilt shop just before the pandemic closed the border. She has a beautiful shop in Lutsen MN that is well worth the stop. I really enjoyed our visit and so much so that I forgot to take pictures inside the shop…so now you will need to go yourself and check it out!

Years ago we decided to stop using the expressway from Two Harbours to Duluth and instead take the scenic route along the lake… that’s when we discovered Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse. We almost always stop for a snack of smoked Cisco.

After settling into our hotel room, we set off for a walk along the lake, Duluth has done an amazing job with their waterfront and the weather was perfect! We turned around at the Lief Erikson Statue.

Another favourite treat is supper at Pizza Lucé for a delicious well deserved meal.

It rained all of the next day, which was ok because for the most part it was a shopping day.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Florence’s Quilt

Florence was first asked by her daughter to make a king sized duvet cover, it was to be made with a quilt pattern. We had been discussing this project for a while…and one day she called to say that her daughter changed her mind and wanted it quilted along with two shams.

Her daughter chose the pantograph and it was quilted with silver gray thread that disappeared into the quilt. It was hard to capture the beauty of this quilt…it really turned out so much nicer than the pictures that I took…mostly due to lighting.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Girls can Fly!

Many years ago while a young Mom I was blessed with meeting a new friend…she was and is a true answer to prayer.

My youngest was a baby and the next door neighbours had moved to the east coast leaving their 19 year old son their house…which became a party house and more often than not the parties would spill into the front yard waking me from what precious sleep that I was getting. I very seriously started praying for new neighbours.

One morning I realized that the prayer had been answered. We had a connecting driveway and one afternoon my third daughter knocked on her door inquiring what she was making for supper…because she didn’t like what I was making. Well, it turned out that my new neighbour was very much like me needing a new friend and came over to see if she and Mary could have dinner and make cookies as well….

Jaki became not only a good friend to my daughters and She became and is the sister that I never had as I have become to her. I am 10 years ahead of her on this life journey. I have adult children and she is busy raising teens.

Another really cool thing, at least to me is her chosen career when there were very few women flying. When we first met she was flying up North…a bush pilot! It’s has been so amazing watching her grow in her career but mostly as a woman who makes such a positive difference in this world especially in mine!

This article was recently written and shared with me…if you read through it towards the end you will read a little about my sister Jaki!

https://skiesmag.com/news/annual-girls-can-fly-event-returns-after-two-year-hiatus/

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fun Scrap Quilts

How much fun is this quilt…well it was for me. I love scrap quilts and this one made with the makers scraps from all of her other quilts just blended into a beautiful collage of colour.

Years ago I made a quilt by cutting a few strips each from many fabrics in my stash and divided them into dark and light piles and placed each pile into paper bags. My rule was…what came out was what I would use and made a log cabin quilt. That was a fun project and the result was a beautiful quilt that was fun to look at.

This quilt reminded me of that project…one I may just repeat sometime.

The swirl pantograph played so nicely adding to the fun of this project.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

It might just be spring!

This mornings view from the picture window! There is still some snow on the ground most of it in the yard is what remains from plowing…aka snow mountains. The grass is turning green and there is that slight tinge of green leaves on the poplars. Spring seems to finally be here.

Erik and I walked the back paths to our pond yesterday, it is huge! Between the heavy rains this week and the snow melting and the ground still being frozen….

Our sump pump has been on constant duty for the last couple of weeks.

The robins have been busy rebuilding their nest under our deck…it’s always so much fun watching their process and can usually see the babies from the pool…. Summer is coming! Erik has taken advantage of our well being too high and has the pool almost filled!

We were also able to dine on the deck this week and Liam was more than happy to join us!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Sam’s Turtle Quilt

This fun quilt was picked up yesterday, I really enjoyed working on it during some of our greyer days!

This quilt was the second in a series of quilts made for my customer Karen’s grandchildren. The first was the Minecraft quilt that I have blogged about previously, this one is also double sided with the child’s name pieced in, how fun is that!

Using a panel for colour inspiration is a great way to start off in choosing fabrics for a quilt and as you can see blocks were chosen to grow the quilt keeping the panel as a focus.

Piecing the backing can create a challenge for a Longarm quilter, it just takes a little more time and planning in loading the quilt in order to centre the backing to the quilt top.

The pantograph Bubbles was chosen by Sam’s Grandma Karen the maker of these super fun quilts.