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

A Quilt for our Newest Granddaughter

My daughter recently had their second baby. She and I had discussed the baby’s quilt many times over the last months and she eventually chose the pattern Ivy League from Wren Collective and the palette that was used in this version of the quilt…

I was able to connect with Rachel Thomeczek of the Wren Collective https://wren-collective.com and she kindly shared the palette that was used. Check out her patterns there are several that call to me.

The fabrics are from the Painters Palette from Paintbrush Studios and I ordered them from Pineapple Fabrics. https://www.pineapplefabrics.com

This was my first time using the Painters Palette fabrics and it won’t be my last. They are a little heavier and have a wonderful sheen to them.

To backtrack a little I had originally ordered another palette but it wasn’t quite right, thankfully though a portion of it was absolutely perfect for the backing that we both had our hearts set on. It’s a sweet out of print Cotton+Steel fabric called Flower shop and there just wasn’t quite enough of it… adding the 3 rows from the first quilt top try worked perfectly. *on a side note had I not taken the time to straighten the grain…see my previous post on the quilt…I don’t believe that it would have laid straight when finished.

The quilting is freehand adding a soft organic look and feel to the quilt. Using a 60wt thread allows the stitches to take a backseat to the design.

I hope that this little one and her big sister will spend many hours happily snuggling under their quilts (and making tents and other adventures!) made with so much love and prayers in every stitch.

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!


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

Another snowy Wednesday…

It’s April 6th…we still have an abundance of snow! Guess what…we are again under another snowfall warning!

This is my morning view from the picture window…

Thankfully, it’s a day that I am able to stay home and I plan to do just that.

April has been a busy month so far, as was March. My Longarm and I have been busy!

I am slipping in a little baby quilt making daily now as the date of arrival is quickly approaching!

So the other night I hoped to finish piecing the backing. I was tired and didn’t notice that the print was off grain until I had sewn it and laid it out on the floor!

Can you see it? It was late at night, so I decided just to sleep on it.

The next morning I took it apart and using once upon a day home ec lessons straightened the grain. The print is so adorable…it’s a Cotton + Steel called Flower Market and I was determined to use it.

So much better!
The finished backing.

It was worth the extra time it took to match up the design while piecing this backing.

The quilt is loaded on the Longarm, I am hoping to use this snow day to finish it!

One tip for others who longarm. I keep a few pieces of trimmed wide backings from personal quilts and baste them to the top of backings that might be short as a leader preventing unpleasant surprises at the end of the quilt!

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

Spring Storms

March can be such an interesting month. This March certainly has been.

I have been quietly working away on my customer quilts, I did get waylaid a bit by a cold that forced me into a few days of rest. This allowed time to also hand sew some bindings.

My Flock quilt top is completed and I have a quilting plan but will need to decide both on the backing and then when it will fit into the longarm que. I absolutely love the colours and pattern of this quilt. I may have mentioned before that I let the blocks land where they may…I placed them on the wall as I made them and for the most part kept them in that order.

Last week we had some really lovely weather that allowed for some coffee and for Erik reading on the deck. Then this!

I put the ruler in the snow at noon March 23rd this was in the driveway that the day before was almost bare.
March 18th
To be fair the head had melted off of the snowman but still! That was a lot of snow!

The sun has returned this morning and the temperature will be above zero all day, hopefully that was this winters last hurrah though somehow I suspect we haven’t seen the last spring storm for 2022.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Minecraft Quilt

This quilt will totally delight the 11 year old recipient…he has been waiting for it to be completed. It is one of the first bigger quilts made by his Grandma.

The pattern for this quilt can be found on https://www.kellifanninquilts.com/p/minecraft-sew-along.html. It was part of a sew a long and the designer has kept the block patterns up for others to enjoy. She also included the patterns for lettering and the dragon that was used for the backing.

The quilts maker chose the pantograph water-world. Children’s quilts are meant to be used and loved, a quilting design such as this will help the quilt to withstand years of use!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fun Scrap Quilts

I suppose it would be wise to always sew up scrap fabrics into useable blocks or as I read recently, to only buy as much fabric that one needs for each project. However, a quilt that I recently wrote about and shared showed of a lifetime of collecting fabrics and scraps!

This quilt is an example of a fun and easy scrap quilt! I used the pantograph Popcorn as I always reminds me of clouds and the backing called for just that!

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.


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


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.