Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Irons… Steam, Leaks… and problems

I have a long history with irons. I can still remember my first iron, it was a “toy” and came with a little ironing board. I say toy which is what it was meant to be, but it actually plugged into the wall and got warm. It didn’t stick around long as I recall. I was probably around 6 at the time.

Later, when I was young and had my first apartment, I purchased my first real iron. It was heavy and had great steam, though in the end the temperature settings we not reliable.

That iron was replaced with a newer one for my sewing and over the years, I made do with different irons for my quilting and sewing…and occasional clothing etc…

Around 10 years or so ago, I began using an Oliso iron, which I still love and also Reliable irons which I also really love! Some how I now have a collection of Irons that I love that should see me through my quilting career and on…

I use a lot of steam especially when I am pressing quilt backings (which I always do before loading onto the Longarm) … so an iron that has dependable steam is important to me.

I hesitate to say this but I haven’t had issues with these irons with leaks etc… I will tell you that I am a manual reader and am careful to follow the instructions for my tools. So when the manual says use distilled water I use distilled… still reading manuals some irons may call for tap or bottled water. I would say that hard water won’t be your irons friend.

I hear a lot from people who don’t like their irons due to leaking issues, so I am sharing a youtube by Karen Brown of Just Get it Done Quilting as a springboard of information. I really don’t think investing in the higher end irons is necessary but I do believe in learning how to use what you have will give you the best results.

I really like having a small iron not only for retreats or travel but for making pouches and bags the smaller ones come in really handy.

Many years ago I was at Fabricland and spotted a table of highly discounted items and this was one of them and was $5. I bought one thinking how could I go wrong… what a great little iron it’s turned out to be!

So one last thing about my irons and on my to do list… I find Minki Kim’s you tube videos relaxing to watch and so inspiring!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Northern Lights Quilt

Another gorgeous quilt, this one showcases the Northern lights. Using the pantograph Kindling added movement to the lights along with variegated thread to help highlight all of the colours.

I used black Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Trimmed and ready for binding, the backing is just also a treat for the eyes!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario


Well the month has begun in the deep freeze! The feels like temperature this morning when I woke was -42C. I am extremely happy to be able to be at home all day today!

January was an extremely full and busy month and I am so grateful for all of the people who entrust their quilts to me to help complete. Other than finishing my Longtime Gone quilt top and a little sewing on Mondays at the Rec centre most of the month was spent working on the Longarm.

Just a peek at a recent Northern Lights Quilt…more to come.

The Thunder Bay Quilt Guild is gearing up for the long awaited Quilt Show in May so we quilters are all extra busy these days. I am planning to show some of mine and hoping to fit in one or two into my my Longarm schedule. (If you are wanting a quilt done by me for the show please let me know soon as my schedule is getting pretty full.)

On the life side… I enjoyed a full day this week watching Liam and his school team play in a basketball tournament with his Mom 😊

And today marks not only my 37th Anniversary of becoming a Mom …

It is my daughter Sarah’s Birthday!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Wilderness Quilt

I absolutely love this quilt pieced by Karen, her use of Ombré fabric for her sun is spectacular and really adds such an amazing glow!

The pattern is from Art Gallery Fabrics and can be found for free on their website. oh I had no idea of all of the awesome patterns offered on their site!


We chose the pantograph New Wave to add a little motion and to softly mimic the mountains.

The backing is a beautiful flannel with a soft wilderness look and feel.

Her quilt is trimmed and ready for binding!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Karen’s Blue/Grey Quilt

The beauty of Karen’s quilt is both in the simplify of piecing along with the perfect placement and choices in her fabrics!

Of course it’s no secret that I love blue so naturally I love this quilt. It was quilted with the pantograph Flying Daisy.

I love the denim like backing on this quilt and the quilting really shows so beautifully on it!

Ready for binding!

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!

Let me help you bring your quilting projects to completion!

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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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