Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Millie’s Christmas Quilt

The weather here has changed with much cooler nights and the leaves are quickly changing colour. With Fall definitely upon us it’s time to finish Christmas Quilts.

I have been quilting for Millie for several years and often pick up and deliver her quilts. It’s always fun to visit in her quilting room and see all the projects that she has going … and her stash too!

Yesterday I delivered her Christmas Quilt.

I had initially considered adding more snowflakes with my quilting however I decided that adding movement with the panto windswept would add some movement without distracting from the snowflakes on the fabric.

Another consideration was thread, when there is a lot of contrast in the fabrics choosing a thread that blends is often best and a design that won’t be partially cut off on some portions of the quilt is favourable. I used a 60wt thread in white.

I pieced the backing, the stripes worked really well.
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Butterfly Quilt

Sometimes the fabrics in a quilt top guide my choice of pantograph and this sweet quilt called for butterflies in my opinion.

The quilting really stands out on the solid fabrics!

The backing used is Cuddle fabric, so really only the indentation of the quilting shows. Cuddle has a lot less stretch than Minkee does so it is a little easier to handle though both options are great options for backings.

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

Tumbling Blocks Quilt and Source

A quilt that I made in 2013 has been on my mind lately. I remember my friend Alva showing me the technique and she was determined that I should try it out.

I started out making only some coloured blocks.

Which grew to more blocks…

They lived on my design wall for a while until I decided on a final layout. I added the gray blocks, the gray fabric was the same gray only different dye lots. This was fabric purchased from Fabricland so I don’t recall the brand.

I still love everything about this quilt!

Today this tutorial was blogged about on Teresa Down Unders blog and it came up on different feeds as well.

https://youtu.be/7jWjAnBF3k0

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Perfect Ten Quilt

Several years ago there was a wonderful quilt shop in Grand Marais Minnesota. It’s funny now that we all called it Crystals Shop (the owners name was Crystal) though I am sure that it had another name.

Crystal carried a lot of batiks and had developed a pattern and sold many many kits called The Perfect Ten, I recently had the pleasure of quilting one for a customer.

My customer has two daughters who also quilt and they had challenged each other to get their ufo’s complete. Mom won.

The backing was such a perfect choice.

Living in Thunder Bay, many quilters here have often enjoyed day trips across the border for a drive along Lake Superior for shop hops. We now have one in Lutsen to visit along with Quilters Corner in Beaver Bay.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Monkey Quilt

How can you not smile when you look at this fun quilt! The fabric choices were perfect and it was such a joy to quilt!

It was quilted using the Pantograph Waterworld. I like a well quilted baby quilt with the hope that the quilt will be well loved ad will withstand the many washings that are need from being well used.

The back
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Moose Panel Quilt

Quilts that begin with the inspiration of a panel have become very popular it seems. It’s understandable with the amazing prints available.

This recent quilt is a great example of using a panel to pull colours from and making blocks and borders to grow the quilt. I used the pantograph Star-swirl to quilt it.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Diane’s Quilt

It was such a pleasure to complete this quilt for Diane, mostly because I knew how special this quilt is to her.

Her piecing on this quilt was exact and her borders laid flat…the paisley designed fabric spoke to me and I chose the pantograph flying Daisy.

I don’t often bind customer quilts but did finish this quilt completely, it made me happy that I could. Diane has always from the time I met her been a cheerleader in living your life and is someone who makes such a positive difference in this world! She inspires me 😊

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Carol’s Star Quilt

Carol made this quilt for her son, I added my touch with the pantograph Star swirl.

Michelle Wyman designed the Starswirl pantograph.

When I first started quilting on my Longarm, I was a member of an online group called LACHAT it was a fantastic resource not only for longarm quilting but also friendships with so many likeminded people.

It had great forums for trouble shooting, how would you quilt this and show and tell along with a chat room that many of us regularly spent time visiting with each other. I bring this memory up as I am reminded of it when I use Michelle’s Pantograph as that is where I met her.

The owner of the site eventually moved in a different direction and closed the site. Many of the quilters are still active and it’s been fun to follow them on social media.

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.