Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Batiks and Stars

Batik quilts are always so rich looking and this Star Quilt is no exception. The piano key border really frames the blocks perfectly!

Speaking of piano key borders or any pieced borders I highly recommend what is known as a victory lap after piecing your quilt top. It is basically stay stitching around the outer edges about 1/8th inch, this will prevent thread pops when handling your quilt top.

We chose the pantograph Star Swirl, as it not only adds the starriness but also adds a sense of movement as well.

The backing fabric is so gorgeous and rich looking and really showcases the pretty stitches.

As usual the quilt is trimmed and ready for binding.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A Fun Monday Quilting with Friends and Guild

Yes it is Tuesday!

Yesterday was a fun day of quilting, first of all my friends and I enjoyed a day of sewing at the Rec centre along with a fun potluck lunch! We all agreed that we should do that more often, the potluck that is. We meet every Monday at the centre already.

I am currently piecing scrappy 16 patch blocks which sure can make a mess. It’s fun to see the variety of projects being worked on.

After supper I attended the Thunder Bay Quilt Guild meeting which is currently held on Zoom. I have mixed feelings about zoom meetings…I really don’t mind not having to go out at night but I do miss seeing people in person along with their quilts.

The guild is busy getting ready to hold the long awaited for quilt show!

Thunder Bay Quilters Guild

The program last night was about Gadgets, what people love and what they don’t. One of the gadgets that was mentioned as unliked was Deb Tuckers Wing Clipper rulers, these are my go to rulers for flying geese and probably my most used specialty ruler.

Below is Debs you tube demonstration.

Do you have a favourite ruler for making flying geese?

One other favourite that was mentioned was Frixon pens, and yes I agree that they have their uses, however I would not personally use them to mark a quilt for quilting… the ink may disappear with heat but I have seen it return when cold so if a quilt is being transported in the winter the marks return. I do suspect washing the quilt will remove the residue. Just my opinion.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Comfort Quilts

These quilts were pieced as gifts to be used for the beds at a local addiction recovery residence I offered to help with the quilting.

I chose pantographs to add to the beauty and love of these gifts adding enough density to the quilting to withstand a lot of use.

Rodendrum Pantograph
Here and There Pantograph
A Little Bit of This Pantograph
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Bring on Spring Quilt!

With the forecast of rain and then freezing weather with snow…I decided to make sure I was prepared and able to stay home and work all day today.

There will be a pot of soup made and maybe some chores done but if you need me I will be in my studio!

Some quilts get named while they are with me…this one is Bring on Spring!

The green batik that Joan chose for the backing is that beautiful green of new grass and leaves in the spring and perfectly compliments the quilt top.

This is a large queen size quilt. I love how beautiful the simplicity of piecing captures both colour and designs of the fabric. The centres of each block is a pretty floral adding a pop of contrast and will also be used for the binding.

Speaking of binding, I almost always prepare Joan’s bindings for her, it’s a task that I enjoy.

One more picture to show the backing. I chose the pantograph A Little Bit of This.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Bumble Bees (the quilt)

This delightful quilt was pieced by a little guys Grandma. He will soon be transitioning to his big boy bed with his new quilt!

I love the way this pantograph (waterworld) adds movement to the quilt while also adding enough quilting to hold up to the many washings it will no doubt have over time.

The yardage used for the backing was fun to piece and match up making the seam really challenging to find.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Irons… Steam, Leaks… and problems

I have a long history with irons. I can still remember my first iron, it was a “toy” and came with a little ironing board. I say toy which is what it was meant to be, but it actually plugged into the wall and got warm. It didn’t stick around long as I recall. I was probably around 6 at the time.

Later, when I was young and had my first apartment, I purchased my first real iron. It was heavy and had great steam, though in the end the temperature settings we not reliable.

That iron was replaced with a newer one for my sewing and over the years, I made do with different irons for my quilting and sewing…and occasional clothing etc…

Around 10 years or so ago, I began using an Oliso iron, which I still love and also Reliable irons which I also really love! Some how I now have a collection of Irons that I love that should see me through my quilting career and on…

I use a lot of steam especially when I am pressing quilt backings (which I always do before loading onto the Longarm) … so an iron that has dependable steam is important to me.

I hesitate to say this but I haven’t had issues with these irons with leaks etc… I will tell you that I am a manual reader and am careful to follow the instructions for my tools. So when the manual says use distilled water I use distilled… still reading manuals some irons may call for tap or bottled water. I would say that hard water won’t be your irons friend.

I hear a lot from people who don’t like their irons due to leaking issues, so I am sharing a youtube by Karen Brown of Just Get it Done Quilting as a springboard of information. I really don’t think investing in the higher end irons is necessary but I do believe in learning how to use what you have will give you the best results.

I really like having a small iron not only for retreats or travel but for making pouches and bags the smaller ones come in really handy.

Many years ago I was at Fabricland and spotted a table of highly discounted items and this was one of them and was $5. I bought one thinking how could I go wrong… what a great little iron it’s turned out to be!

So one last thing about my irons and on my to do list… I find Minki Kim’s you tube videos relaxing to watch and so inspiring!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Northern Lights Quilt

Another gorgeous quilt, this one showcases the Northern lights. Using the pantograph Kindling added movement to the lights along with variegated thread to help highlight all of the colours.

I used black Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Trimmed and ready for binding, the backing is just also a treat for the eyes!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario


Well the month has begun in the deep freeze! The feels like temperature this morning when I woke was -42C. I am extremely happy to be able to be at home all day today!

January was an extremely full and busy month and I am so grateful for all of the people who entrust their quilts to me to help complete. Other than finishing my Longtime Gone quilt top and a little sewing on Mondays at the Rec centre most of the month was spent working on the Longarm.

Just a peek at a recent Northern Lights Quilt…more to come.

The Thunder Bay Quilt Guild is gearing up for the long awaited Quilt Show in May so we quilters are all extra busy these days. I am planning to show some of mine and hoping to fit in one or two into my my Longarm schedule. (If you are wanting a quilt done by me for the show please let me know soon as my schedule is getting pretty full.)

On the life side… I enjoyed a full day this week watching Liam and his school team play in a basketball tournament with his Mom 😊

And today marks not only my 37th Anniversary of becoming a Mom …

It is my daughter Sarah’s Birthday!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Wilderness Quilt

I absolutely love this quilt pieced by Karen, her use of Ombré fabric for her sun is spectacular and really adds such an amazing glow!

The pattern is from Art Gallery Fabrics and can be found for free on their website. oh I had no idea of all of the awesome patterns offered on their site!


We chose the pantograph New Wave to add a little motion and to softly mimic the mountains.

The backing is a beautiful flannel with a soft wilderness look and feel.

Her quilt is trimmed and ready for binding!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Karen’s Blue/Grey Quilt

The beauty of Karen’s quilt is both in the simplify of piecing along with the perfect placement and choices in her fabrics!

Of course it’s no secret that I love blue so naturally I love this quilt. It was quilted with the pantograph Flying Daisy.

I love the denim like backing on this quilt and the quilting really shows so beautifully on it!

Ready for binding!