Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Shasta Daisy

The pantograph Shasta Daisy has always made me smile. I remember ordering it only because I liked it, that’s how my collection of pantographs has grown for the most part.

I remember one day my friend Alva came by with her latest creation and as I was showing her my latest addition to my collection she saw Shasta Daisy and stopped and said that one! Added note: this quilt was a block of the month program from a shop called Quilters Stash that was here in town for a number of years.

My photography skills and camera have vastly improved since 2012 when this was taken.

Many of my customers leave the quilting choice up to me, that used to cause me stress in the early years of my quilting for customer days however most quilts speak to me as soon as we meet these days.

This star quilt of Joan’s called for Shasta Daisy.

When looking at this quilt, the prints suggested a floral pantograph, then a closer look revealed some Daisy like petals. The star blocks are very angular and adding the flow of a more curvy design softens those angles.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Marilyns Flower Garden Quilt

Marilyn has been on a stash busting mission for years, her quilts are always so fun and interesting to work on. This latest one was a bit of a walk down memory lane as I recognized many prints.

She told me that she was determined to use up her large floral prints.

I used the pantograph Rhapsody which really flowed beautifully across this quilt adding a lovely floral and leafy dimension.

A nice batik for the backing was a perfect choice and shows of the pretty stitches beautifully
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

January Quilting and Life

Another anniversary has just passed over the New Year of my APQS Millennium’s arrival December 31, 2004. I began Longarm quilting for others a few months later and continue to love and grow in this wonderful business.

After allowing myself a little down time and time to quilt one for myself, my machine is back to work…of course that means that I am as well.

Just a peek

And another peek

We had scheduled a fun day for Liam and two more grands before Christmas which had to be cancelled due to the gastro crud…so this week we had a redo… the epic nerf gun war, sledding and snowmobiling were in order and lots of fun and laughter!

Erik preparing the sliding hill also known as the snow mountain as the kids call it. This year the addition of the back hoe has helped to grow it.
The biggest kid!

Of course the big winter highlight is when Pappa gets out the snowmobiles. Liam has mastered his driving skills and loves to ride our trails.

Another highlight around here this winter has been the addition of the jumbo lego blocks…they have provided hours of fun! Liam has returned to virtual learning this week and really enjoys his forts for when he is off school.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Grinch Quilts

Lori has three grandchildren who will be snuggling under some very fun quilts this Christmas.

Our fantastic quilt shop owner Donna of Fuelled by Fabric brought in Grinch fabric which Lori used to make her quilts. She used a layer cake and some yardage.

Each one a little different and with very snuggly backings.

A minky backing always makes me want one for myself
This backing felt almost like a velvet
The fleece backing worked perfectly
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Tree Table Runners

With four table runners to quilt recently and all with different backings I decided to baste the backings together and also add leaders to both the top and bottom.

Having fabric devoted for the task of leaders has enabled me to quilt for customers who’s backs are not quite large enough to accommodate loading with the red snappers that I use. I find it a quick and easy solution.

My customer chose the same Pantograph for all 4 runners, however the design would not have worked as an edge to edge over all of the runners. Instead each runner was quilted individually arranging the snowflakes to be somewhat centred through each one.

Sometimes small projects take as much if not more time than larger ones. In this case the extra time was well worth the effort.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Baby Quilt

This sweet little quilt was fun to quilt. I often choose the pantograph Waterworld for baby quilts as I think that the added stitching will add to the durability. Most quilters gift baby quilts with the hope that the quilts will be used.

I am sure that this will become a loved and cherished quilt.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Rubber Duck Quilt

How adorable is this sweet baby quilt!

Not that I am counting but solstice is 5 days away and I will welcome each days added daylight minutes!! These pictures were taken during a very grey foggy afternoon.

I often choose a pantograph such as waterworld for baby quilts. I like this density of quilting as I feel that it will help the quilt to withstand a lot of use.

Update

Check out the binding and finished quilt! This really was such a fun project to work on.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Effervescent Quilt

This was such a fun quilt, so different from others that I have quilted, the chosen fabrics and design went so well together.

We chose the pantograph bubbles which really added more of the effervescent effect!

This photo captured the actual brightness of the quilt! 10 more days until the days start getting longer!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Jeanettes North Star Quilt

These quilts are so much fun and always make me smile while I quilt them! This one was purchased as a kit though I believe that it was also offered as a block of the month.

We chose the pantograph Star Swirl.

There are such fun ways to grow backing and use up the scraps from the top as well.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Flower Block of The Month

This last year or so has afforded many quilters time to work on their ufo’s. This one went back a bit and my customer and I reminisced about how the quality of quilting fabric has improved since the 90’s along with the variety available. I recognized many of the fabrics from my early quilting days.

With all of the different flowers and also some embellishments already added I decided to add the pantograph butterfly charm to this flower garden.

I was tasked with finding the backing, this one was chosen as a closest match at the quilt shop Fuelled By Fabric in Pass Lake. It really shows off the design!