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

Wrapping Up 2022…onward and upward!

Thank you Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl for hosting the 2023 Planning Party Linkup!

After a very busy year Longarm quilting for others and fitting in a little piecing and Longarm quilting for myself… it’s time to reflect on the last 12 months.

My APQS Millenium arrived at my doorstep December 2004! I was so fortunate to have joined a Longarm chat group of others who were also pioneering in this new adventure! Together we shared and taught each other so much.

I began longarming for others that winter and haven’t stopped! In thinking about a word to claim for the year… Gratitude keeps coming to mind.

I am so grateful for the honour and trust others have placed with me to help them to complete their projects! I am thankful for my quilting skills and I love to support and encourage other quilters and to share the skills that I have acquired over the years.

I have completed 2 personal quilts and have some tops ready for quilting.

My favourite finish is the quilt that my Daughter and I collaborated on and made for my sweet Granddaughter! Baby quilt

I loved the fun back of her quilt as much as the front.

My Sunny quilt was completed early in the year other than binding and that was that I just couldn’t settle on what colour I wanted…this month I not only ordered the colour that I decided on but took the last stitch on it yesterday. Sunny Quilt

My Longtime gone quilt is so close to being completed, I am working on the border and plan to have it completed in January. This has been a project that I have savoured and know that I will miss working on it when it’s complete it.

A fun project this month has been dressing my twin dolls. I find it hard to believe that they are about 55 years old. When my daughter said that she would love to have them for her girls I was delighted and happily found patterns and then added little quilts for both.

I was able to complete two goals with this project one was machine binding which went well and I can see myself doing that a little more often. I quilted the little boy quilt on my domestic machine and I will be doing that a little more as well.

Also for fun I started playing with making pouches and hope to add some bag making to my skills.

Moving into 2023

I look forward to another year of helping others to bring their quilting projects to completion.

My personal quilting goals include working on more of the Color Collective quilts that I collected in 2022. I have the second top completed and ready to quilt and the third partially pieced.

My challenge will be working with my stash and adding only what I need to complete quilts and projects.

I hope to get back into a regular routine of quilting with my friends at the Rec centre and hopefully finally plan a retreat there that a friend and I have discussed since 2019…

I will be upgrading this site in the coming year as it’s time to upgrade which should be fun and educational 😊

On the life side I do have some personal well-being goals in place… life can get so busy but as I approach a significant birthday in 2023 I plan to greet it at my best and enjoy the ride!!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Christmas Eve…my morning view

The blizzard warning has been lifted, the wind is still howling and we have a lot more snow than we normally do before Christmas. (Thunder Bay has been under a Winter Storm watch followed by a Blizzard warning for the last several days)

I really enjoy my early morning coffee and the reflection of our Christmas tree in my morning view.

Liam stayed the night last night. He is so excited for Christmas, we spent part of the evening working on this puzzle. Last year it was too hard and we put it aside for another time.

So much changes in a year especially a child and this year he was determined to complete it.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A December Adventure

A few months ago we discovered that a Finnish comedian, Ismo that we have watched on YouTube was going to be in Duluth this month. So we ordered tickets thinking that we would just keep an eye on the weather. We also booked our stay at the Inn on the Lake Superior where we always stay in Duluth.

The drive down was nice and uneventful, we don’t like to race but instead usually a take our time to explore a little.

This time I explored a new quilt shop in Two Harbours…I was greeted at the door by the sweetest little white pup and of course then enjoyed meeting the shop owner and exploring her beautiful shop!

Her shop is full of a lot of variety of new lines of fabric. Also for those who have been quilting for a while and remember the quilt shop in Castle Danger…those fabrics have been relocated to an area of this shop at a discounted price.

After arriving in Duluth we spent a little time at Costco before checking into the hotel. One of the things we enjoy about staying in Canal Park is the freedom of walking around the area. We had soup at Grandmas before setting off for the Bentleyville Tour of Lights!

If you are in the area it is well worth the visit! It felt truly magical and I felt an almost childlike awe in it all!

The next morning, I had enjoyed a visit with my friend Megan at Hannah Johnson’s quilt shop… I behaved and only walked out with a little purchase this time. This is a shop that I could spend hours in and come out with bags of so much fun!!

After a day of shopping around Miller Hill and Herman Town it was time to return to Canal Park, with the weather changing and now blizzard warnings in effect we decided to drive to have supper at Lucé Pizza… we love their classic.

A fun picture of a store front where we parked…

And we were off to the show, it was held at the Masonic Lodge just up Lake St on the corner of Second avenue…Megan had told me how beautiful this building was and it is. The show was fun and lots of laughs!

Ismo and I

With the blizzard warnings in effect for Duluth and the north shore for our drive home day it was a little hard not to worry…we enjoyed a swim and sauna before bed as we made the decision to head home first thing in the morning.

Leaving Duluth Wednesday morning the roads were snow covered with the wet slushy stuff and temps hovering around freezing and snow blinding at times it was messy…we thankfully followed a snowplow just past Two Harbours and then a transport to Beaver Bay. By then we had managed to get just a little ahead of the storm, and the roads were wet but fine.

We stopped in Grand Marais to watch the angry lakes high waves crashing over the shoreline, thankful that we would miss the worst of the storm and soon be home.

After unloading and getting settled back home I was happy to be back in my studio! One of the things that I picked up was the binding fabric for my Sunny quilt!

We are home in time for more snow which is fine as I have a lot to keep me busy in my studio and preparing for Christmas of course.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

December and Life

Big News on the life front! We found our Christmas tree!

I guess we are just a couple of old souls as we just love having a real tree for Christmas.

Every year we visit the tree farm and carefully choose our tree. It will be set up and decorated before next weekend. I love the addition of light the tree brings to our home during the less day light days this time of year. 11 more days until Winter Solstice 😊

The owners of this tree farm we recently discovered have retired and moved…yesterday I met the new owner and am so happy to say that she is so excited about their new home and venture.

On the quilting front my days and evenings have been busy helping others finish their quilts!

This one is currently being quilted, and in fact is more than halfway finished. I pieced the backing for its maker, something that I offer for free to my customers and for the most part am taken up on the offer.

I also like to take the time to press each quilt top and backing before loading onto the Longarm.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

November Snow and Life

Well we knew it was coming and we did make a point of savouring the last of the above freezing temperatures. This new view from the picture window will most likely be our reality for a while.

The hours of daylight are lessening with every day, making me increasingly thankful for my fun bright studio and the quilts that I am entrusted with to help complete.

This is one of the projects that kept me busy this week. I really do love the affect of a lot of background fill in this case circles and swirls…more about it in another post.

Liam will be 11 this month and is happily enjoying being in grade 6 and being in school. One of his latest accomplishments has been mastering the rubic cube! He was pretty proud of himself as he’s been working on that for several months.

In my free time I have continued to play with crumb piecing…

I have also discovered Minki Kim’s YouTube tutorials on her bag and pouch making. Have you checked them out?

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A November Treat

We have really enjoyed beautiful weather this last week which for the beginning of November is such a treat!

Knowing that it won’t last long, I made it a point to use the clothesline and also to bring the winter boots etc in from storage yesterday.

On the quilting side of my life, I currently have a queen sized quilt on the Longarm. I often will work in the morning into the early afternoon and then spend my evenings quilting.

I left off last night with one more row to quilt…

With the temperature in the high teens yesterday (Celsius) and the weather forecast showing that is the last of these temperatures for a long time an outdoor adventure was in order.

I joined Liam and his Mom…my daughter for an adventure at a nearby park.

We have a high of 6C today and rain and snow forecasted for tomorrow.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

November

At the beginning of every month it seems that Erik and I comment to each other how the previous month flew by…

October was no exception! It was a full month of preparing the yard for the upcoming winter while the weather cooperates. We did enjoy nice temperatures for the most part.

Somehow this summer we didn’t get out fishing! So early in October there looked like a promising day and Liam happily agreed to miss an afternoon of school and join us for some fishing! It was a fantastic day and we were rewarded with our limits of pickerel.

Jaxson came by for some driving lessons….

We even had some target shooting visitors!

October was a very busy month in my studio! My Longarm quilting takes precedence which has left little time for personal piecing. When time allows usually at the end of the day I have worked on my crumb blocks…I find it a relaxing way to play and to use up bits of fabric scraps.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the last of the October customer quilts. It is one of two that will be fun to share after they are picked up.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fun Memories and a Surprise!

When I first began Longarm quilting for others the season of my life was busy!! I was raising 4 daughters on my own and had a full time day job. Needless to say my time was not my own.

I was so fortunate to have friends who really cheered me on and supported me in several aspects of my life. One was my friend Alva, who I have written about before. She truly loved quilting and she especially loved sharing what she knew with others.

She was never shy about trying new techniques.

My quilting group is happily meeting in person again and this week, some were reminiscing about the great programs that were once offered at our city’s first quilt shop. The owner Diana really did an amazing job with classes, clubs and programs!

The second shop, The Stash also offered classes and I remember Alva talking about her Colour Wheel class, showing me samples and about how to take it. I was interested but again there just wasn’t time for very much play.

Anyways, when I was getting ready to head to quilting group on Monday is was looking for misplaced book and came across a tote of Alva’s tutorials…

Alva’s Colour Wheel class was popular and it turns out it wasn’t only missed by me…it may be revisited.

Another treasure discovered was her sample from the Fractures workshop that we took together. Hers of course involved Poppies! She loved red and Poppies. Wouldn’t this piece look perfect on a bag!