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

Summer Piecing

With so much of my quilting time taken up with Longarm Quilting for others…which I love by the way, it is very easy to neglect piecing time which is a major passion of mine.

I began piecing my Longtime Gone quilt a year ago last March! Being a very scrappy quilt I have loved the challenge but it also involves many bins of my scraps that can wreak havoc in my sewing room which often overflows with customer quilts and is also Liam’s favourite place to sleep when he is here.

The Color Collective also took front and centre stage this year taking up my precious piecing hours.

Well my scrappy quilt has been calling so I began puttering with it again.

Sometimes spending too much time planning a scrappy block isn’t a great thing… I was almost finished this block when I noticed too much of the same thing in the upper left of the block. I also should have made the outside geese scrappy.

I decided to leave the outside geese as they are at least for now but did make a change that I much prefer.

This block is the most subtle of the blocks…

I have more than half of the blocks finished for this quilt, and might just work on kitting up the rest of the blocks so that I can just pick up one as time permits and tuck the scrap bins away for another time.

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

Quilting with Friends and Hats!!

One of the things that I really enjoyed before the pandemic was my weekly Rec centre quilting day. Before we all had to stay home , once a week from 1-9 quilters gathered, worked on their projects shared ideas and stories and laughter, a lot of silly giggly laughter.

It’s been so nice to be back lately and this week it hit me, that I really did miss the laughter! I really don’t mind being at home, which works really well with a home based business however it sure is nice to be back with friends!

This week I decided to revisit my Longtime Gone Quilt project. I had put it aside while working on a few other projects. I had been bringing my Stellar quilt however that pattern really requires concentration and is best suited for working alone in my studio.

These are the blocks that started my decision to make the quilt.

Have you seen the hats being made? This morning I read on a blog that I follow that she is making one with crumb piecing, that looks like fun.

I have been reading this blog for a while now, her Franken bags are so inspiring and now her hats!! She shares the links to her tutorials on a recent post including one for Finnish Salmon Soup. Here is a link to her fun blog!


Here is the link for the free bucket hat pattern


Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Parchment Pantograph

Parchment has become a very popular pantograph for my quilters it seems. I have used it fairly often and I used it to finish this recent quilt. I used a baby blue thread colour that really popped against the black.

My pictures of the backing really didn’t do the actual colours justice. The backing is a beautiful blue batik that really showed off the perfect stitches.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Shannon’s Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Shannon made this quilt as a gift for her Mother in Law. It was the first quilt that she has made.

I chose the pantograph ground cover, the prints in the fabric often give me clues in deciding what to choose.

The backing is a beautiful blue that really allowed the stitching to shine.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Christmas…in July Quilts

It seems to be very popular have Christmas in July celebrations around here.

These two quilts were made to be raffled off in support of a campers association not far from here. The maker began with panels and added blocks to grow the quilts. I used the pantograph windswept as it gave a ribbon effect that also went well with both the top and the backing… almost all of my quilt makers like to have me trim their quilts for them which I do as a courtesy so that they are ready for binding.

On a side note, I lived most of my childhood in Winnipeg Manitoba, we had a cottage growing up. When we moved here people talked about going to camp…I envisioned them all in tents! Until I discovered that cottages are camps here and in the Fort Frances area they are cabins.

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

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.