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

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.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Snow! And Quilting

Ok, it’s April 11th already and we are still getting snow?? It was snowing this morning when I woke up. It is supposed to rain a lot this week so hopefully that will help the snow melt.

I won’t complain too loudly as it sounds like west of us they are in for a pretty big spring snow storm this week…fingers crossed that we just get the rain!

Yesterday I put the last stitch into a very special quilt that I will be sharing more about very soon. My Longarm and I have been really busy and productive so look for more posts about that.

Next up is the second of three half square triangles I have been quilting for Marilyn. I always press tops and backs before loading them on the Longarm. Her piecing and workmanship is perfect and her fabric and colour/value skills are so inspiring!

Only many years of collecting could possibly build a stash that would make a total of 4 queen size quilts with such an array of fabrics. I wonder how close I am getting.

There are so many options out there for quilters compared to when I began. Tutorials abound on the internet and online shopping opens an incredible world of choice for new and experienced quilters. I personally have fun at times with a quickly pieced quilt but I also really enjoy the journey and challenges of different projects.

Sometimes, projects linger longer that I originally plan such as my Longtime Gone quilt and the collective projects that are waiting…when I start to feel a little guilty regarding what projects in the quilt world that are referred to as UFO’s (unfinished objects) I remind myself that I like to savour the journey. Some projects don’t require quick completions.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Melissa’s Quilt

This quilt is so special, not only was it Melissa’s first quilt but it is also a quilt for her Grandma.

Melissa is blessed with Aunts that quilt and they have pulled her into the fold of quilt makers.

How pretty and spring like is her quilt! She chose the pantograph Shasta Daisy which is such a perfect fit.

She chose fireside for her backing.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Modern Quilts and Fireside Backing

I love blue, I love blue for its calmness.

Often quilts are dropped off and not fully opened until their turn comes. This quilt had been discussed with its maker through email as was the quilting decision.

So when I first opened up the quilt and laid it over the Longarm the room already painted a soft blue…really became blue!

The pantograph parchment was chosen and I chose a baby blue thread which moves perfectly across the quilt.

I just love the pretty stitches!

The fireside backing is so soft and blue and really shows off the quilting design. I pieced the backing for this quilt, it worked out beautifully!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cathy’s T-Shirt Quilt and Karen McTavish

I must confess that I haven’t quilted many T-shirt quilts over my quilting career and in this case there was a bit of a learning curve! A quick chat with Karen McTavish solved the issue that I was having… the tension was beautiful but the stitches were long at times.

She asked what thread I was using, which was Glide and suggested a less slippery thread…I switched to sew fine and problem solved! Thank you Karen for you kindness and generosity!!

For those who don’t know Karen, she is an amazing quilter whom I became acquainted with in a years ago quilting chat group called LaChat where several Longarm quilters met regularly to chat and had forums full of support from one another. Karen had just begun her McTavishing at that point at least the name was suggested at that time….her quilting career has been an amazing one to follow!

I first met her in Duluth when there was a Longarm conference and Quilt Show held at the DECC. So many years ago, it was my first trip alone, first hotel room alone and I met many Longarm online friends there….That was about 17 years ago!

Karen is an APQS dealer and has a Longarm rental shop in Duluth MN and she has recently been expanding her shop carrying exciting fabrics and supplies! Her website is very worth a visit let alone her shop when you can! Check out her amazing online classes while you are there!

https://www.mctavishquilting.com/index.html

So back to Cathy’s T-Shirt Quilt. The story behind it is a collection of T-Shirts belonging to her son in law…he didn’t want to part with them and now he not only doesn’t have to he can also make good use of them! We chose the pantograph bayside as a gentle non descriptive design which worked beautifully.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Altheas Quilt

This quilts maker has been working on using up her Mother’s stash for a few years now. She is very creative and has a lot of fun with her designs!

I will start though with the backing that had two pieces that needed to grow into one large back. I decided on this layout as it was interesting, fun to piece and made the best use of the fabric supplied.

It also really shows off the quilting, doesn’t it?

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Millie’s Quilt and backings

It may be March, but winter hold its grip here in NW Ontario. We already have more than enough snow and now are forecasted to receive another 20cm over the weekend.

Millie’s latest quilt was a bright addition to my studio. One of the things that I do for my customers with no extra charge is to piece their quilt backs if needed. Sometimes the piecing isn’t just a matter of sewing two or three lengths of fabric.

Millie had two different fabrics and just sewing a seam did not grow the back to the right size. I actually prefer interesting backs.

I used the pantograph Shasta Daisy on this pretty quilt.

I don’t always know where the patterns that my customers use to make their quilts. How fun for me to find out today that Millie used the pattern City Slicker by Highway 10 Designs.

https://highway10designs.com/collections/pdf-quilt-patterns/products/copy-of-city-slicker-paper-quilt-pattern

I have been following Kathy’s blog for years and really admire her work!

https://tamarackshack.blogspot.com

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

56 Block Quilt

This quilt was pieced during a weekly block challenge of a block a week by my customer. She used primarily batik fabrics for the top and the backing is batik as well.

There is so much to see when looking at this quilt that I chose a very soft flowing pantograph that just added the right touch.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Superman Quilt

How fun is this quilt made by a grandma for her grandson who loves superman! Liam totally approved this quilt. (If you haven’t been following my blog Liam is my 10 year old grandson)

You might notice that the binding is attached. I do upon request add the binding for my customers. Many will choose this step and will do the hand stitching themselves.

The pantograph swirls was chosen and added fun movement to this quilt.

More fun…the backing glows in the dark!!!