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?

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

November/December Life and Quilting

November has sure been a busy month in the studio and the next weeks now that it’s December will be as well. I really consider myself fortunate to be able to spend my workdays helping others complete their quilts!!

There hasn’t been a great deal of personal piecing time and I haven’t felt overly motivated either which in a way is a good thing … I have been percolating different border ideas for my Longtime Gone Quilt. This has been a long-standing project that I had been hoping to quilt over the holidays.

Well, after finishing quilting this customer quilt last night…

I spent some time in my studio puttering and playing with left over blocks in the LTG (longtimegone) bin and looking on Pinterest for inspiration and it’s finally come to me. I have also decided on the quilting design and backing.

Just to remind…here is one of the more recent sections completed for LTG. It’s been such a fun project and I am excited to see it completed.

Also some of the blocks on the design wall. I actually have the top pieced and ready for the final border.

I have a tractor quilt ready to load this morning…Stay tuned!

Contact me about having your quilt top professionally quilted, my services include free piecing of your backing fabric along with trimming your quilt if desired so that it’s ready for binding.

All tops and backings are pressed by me prior to being loaded on my longarm. I am happy to assist you in deciding on the design for your quilt or as many people do I can decide for you.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dinosaur Quilts (part 1)

Good Monday morning…we woke up to some white stuff this morning! Not enough to shovel and it will most likely melt this afternoon but enough to remind me to get out the winter gear!

It’s so much easier to greet the warmer days of spring and summer along with our nice long days of extra daylight…. But then again it’s so much easier to get lost in my quilting as winter approaches.

I recently completed some double sided quilts, these take a little more time and consideration in loading in order to keep the back as straight as possible.

This quilt is a great example of beginning with a panel and adding on with different blocks to create a quilt top. The backing was inspired I believe from searching on Pinterest.

What’s going on in your quilting world these days? I have a few spots open for Christmas projects so touch base with me if you would like to be entered onto my quilting schedule.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

October

It’s been a busy Month, with quilting and preparing for winter. The furnace is often running overnight now and it won’t be long before it’s needed during the day.

This was the view from my sewing room window last week…the leaves are falling and the view changes daily.

I have been busy in the studio…here’s a glimpse with more to come.

When most of my time is spent working on customer quilts I like to treat myself with some time sewing for myself before bed.

I am contemplating the final border for my Longtime gone quilt and while I do that I have been playing with the crumbs that have been made in the process of piecing the top.

The fun never ends!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Under the Sea Quilt

I have recently quilted several quilts that the maker has chosen Cuddle fabric for the backing. This super soft snuggly fabric quilts up beautifully and I happily piece theses and all backings free of charge to for my customers. Why? I first began this service shortly after I began quilting for others as many found it challenging to piece large backings…I continue to do so.

This fun quilt was put together by a Mother and Son project!

The thickness of the cuddle fabric really showcases the quilting design.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fall is in the air!

Time to catch up on some recent quilt jobs!

How gorgeous is this flannel weave quilt? I love how rich and vibrant the colours are and with the flannel backing and Warm and natural batting it will be a very warm lap quilt this coming winter. Brrr I am not quite ready to say that word!

I just love her perfect piecing and her seams were pressed open.

I chose the pantograph Bayside which added some movement as well as just the right density of stitching to ensure that this quilt will last many years!

I used a slate gray thread in the bobbin, just a shade lighter than black that really shows the beautiful stitches.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Camper Quilt

This fun quilt was a first quilt for its maker. The name of the recipient …her nephew was pieced and added to the back….and I might add beautifully done.

Perfect backing

The chosen pantograph was perfectly suited to this quilt with wild life and scenery.

Here is the link to the free pattern that was used to make the quilt.

https://www.fabric.com/blog/retro-camper-pixel-quilt/

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fun Projects and Waiting…

Well another snowy day, we woke to another 5”s of very wet snow. While the trees did look pretty, we had a near miss of a snow laden tree leaning on our power line…thankfully with a little help from Erik with less snow it bounced up a bit.

And a little later in the morning…

I am normally a pretty patient person, but the snow is stretching me though there is not a thing I can do about it….we are also waiting for our newest grandchild to arrive any day…I am not feeling patient about that either.

There is also more snow predicted for next week!

I have finished quilting the half square triangle quilt I wrote about in my last blog and have the next ready to quilt. It always amazes me how even in 18 years of quilting for others there are rarely duplicates!

This quilt is spectacularly brilliant! Just what’s needed to work on a gray snowy day!

I am itching to start project three of the Color Collective! It’s called Stellar, designed by Tara Faughnan.

Do you ever find it hard to break up a bundle and start cutting it up, I do but I know that it will will be fun and once I start it will be hard to stop… that might be part of my hesitation.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Pam’s Dragon Quilt

The second of two quilts that Pam designed herself is ready for binding. It is quilted with a pantograph for the background and then custom in and around the appliqué.

Some of the appliqué was also stuffed also known at trapunto, this did create some challenges in the quilting thankfully my Millie was up to the task.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Scrap Quilts and Planning

I love this recent customer quilt, it was one of two, this one has such a fun colourful backing.

I chose the pantograph Waterworld as it continues to add the movement in the border fabric.
The fun fabric choice for the backing is delightful!!

I spent part of yesterday rearranging some of my fabrics and checking through my collection of solids…what a surprise to realize how much I have accumulated over the years. Some was gifted from a precious friend who has been along my journey for many years making the up coming plans even more fun.

2022 is coming and before I know it will be here, I am considering goals for myself. I not only plan to work with solids but hope to plan a few leader ender projects and see where that takes me. I have always loved scrappy quilts and I certainly have more than enough variety to play.

My quilting journey brings so much to my life!