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

Joan’s Quilt

The pantograph Feather Grande by Bethanne Nemesh was a perfect choice for this quilt.

I pieced the backing for Joan and also trimmed her quilt.

I almost always prepare the binding for Joan’s quilts so that she is able to get to the binding even faster!

Let me know how I can help you get your quilts ready for binding!

wendysquilting@gmail.com

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Terri’s Grandsons Quilt

Terri chose the pantograph Kindling for the quilting design and it really added so much movement and visual appeal oh and the texture!

I also pieced the backing and of course trimmed her quilt for her so that it was ready for binding. I always check with my customers before trimming and find that most people are more than happy to have me do this step for them. All of the trimmings are returned with the quilt.

I love how beautiful the stitches look on the back!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Tractor Quilt

It’s not often that a quilt catches Eriks eye but this one sure did!

My customer chose the pantograph Waterworld for the quilting design as well as took me up on my free backing piecing and trimming service. Every quilt back and top is pressed and carefully loaded onto my machine before I begin quilting.

The density of the quilting is also important to consider if the quilt is to be used and washed fairly often.

How fun will this quilt be to receive under the tree this year … it’s for the makers tractor loving guy!!! My guy asked for one too…

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

Terri’s Granddaughters Quilt

How sweet is this quilt that will be gifted to its makers Granddaughter this Christmas.

Terri chose the pantograph Star Swirl for this quilt which flows beautifully over the stars, moons and planets throughout the fabrics.

Part of my Longarm Quilting Services include trimming your quilt at no extra cost so that it is ready for binding.

Contact me at wendysquilting@gmail.com and let’s talk about finishing your quilt projects!

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

Kim’s Quilt

This quilt was imagined and then designed by my friend Kim. The quilt will be a Christmas gift for her grandson who love dinosaurs.

She chose solid fabrics for this quilt top and added appliqué dinosaurs on the top and bottom. How fun is her border utilizing all of the colours in the top!

The backing is so sweet and perfect fun for a small child who loves to name the different dinosaurs. (the backing background is actually much whiter than it appears in the picture…we were getting more snow when I took it)

Kim chose the pantograph Popcorn for its playfulness and it also gives a cloud like appearance. Thread colour choice was a little more challenging but in the end I chose baby blue which works really well as a chameleon colour when quilting.

The quilt left yesterday trimmed and ready for binding.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Some Cotton Christmas Candies

Candy Quilt that is!

It was quilted using the pantograph Windswept…which added a ribbon like look.

I pieced the backing…this fabric needed to be matched due to the print. it’s not always easy to get it perfectly matched but in my opinion it is well worth the effort!

Here is a link for a fantastic tutorial for matching large prints. Of course I happily piece customer quilt backings free of charge, contact me for more information.

https://shannonfraserdesigns.ca/2022/11/16/how-to-match-a-fabric-print-on-your-quilt-back/