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/

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Michelle’s Quilt

The sun was shining yesterday!! Depending on where you live that might not be something worth noting. Living in Northwestern Ontario as we edge closer to winter solstice the daylight especially the sunlight is shorter lived each day.

Finding the right light to capture the true colours in the quilts that I photograph becomes more challenging as the days become shorter. Thankfully I have a large window beside my Longarm…

So on to todays quilt. Michelle pieced this quilt for a friend who requested a quilt and her friend wanted red. Many of the fabrics are from the French General collections by Moda.

I chose the pantograph Rhapsody which adds such a lovely flow of flowers and leaves without being overstated. The density of quilting is a perfect balance for a bed quilt.

Michelle purchased the backing from Donna at Fuelled by Fabric in Pass Lake.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A Quilt Story

I think that every quilt has a story…

Sometimes it’s in the journey of deciding to and making the quilt itself or who the quilt will be for.

This particular quilt was pieced and purchased from a local person and brought to me. The customer is a very kind giving caregiver to many and recently gave her bed quilt to someone that she felt needed it more than she did…but then realized that she did want a quilt on her bed.

This flower garden quilt was a perfect place for butterflies to hang out…so was quilted using the pantograph butterflies.

My customer chose a light pink 100% cotton sheet for the backing, which really showcased the butterflies and quilt up beautifully.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Circles and Swirls

It seems so rare these days when I work from the front of my machine. Last week changed that as I was requested to quilt a 9 foot table runner with an idea inspired by a pattern that it’s maker had found.

I call this kind of quilting doodling and while it’s time consuming and can be a little scary to start I always remind myself that I am going for the whole picture and not the first few square inches.

The choice of backing is important for this type of quilting and in this case the chosen back is perfect. (Shown on the bottom portion in the picture below)

The runner will eventually be displayed on a ten foot table. It was a very fun project to add my touch to and I am excited that there is a second one waiting in the Que that I will incorporate more aspects to my doodles into.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

One Pattern Two Quilts (part 2)

Joanne made her quilts for her daughters who both had very different tastes in colour.

Yesterdays quilt was soft and muted and todays is a deeper batik quilt.

It was quilted with the pantograph A Little Bit of This…

I always ask and most customers love to receive their quilts trimmed and ready for binding.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

One Pattern Two Quilts (part 1)

Joanne brought two quilts to me for quilting, both made with the same pattern but made with different styles of fabric.

This first one, made with soft subtle colours (compared to its twin) was quilted with the pantograph Feather Grande by Bethanne Nemish. It is a beautiful and fun design to stitch and the result on both the top and backing are stunning!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Kim’s Triangle Quilt

Kim inherited her Mother in Laws stash and has had a lot of fun using it up!

This is her third queen size quilt and as she told me when she picked it up it was her most challenging and most fun to make…though her next quilt is pretty amazing as well.

Working with a variety of cottons that had different weights along with working with so much bias can be a challenge however with patience and care this quilt really came together well…

Kim chose the Pantograph Here and There for her quilt.

It is a favourite design of many, it resembles hearts in a subtle manor and the density offers perfect coverage which will give this quilt longevity for many years of use.

I love the added borders which really add to its beauty.

The backing really showcases the stitching!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A quilt finishing story.

Sometimes a quilter with best intentions sets out to quilt their own quilt and for all kinds of reasons after basting their quilt decide that they don’t want to do the quilting themselves…

I haven’t quilted many quilts on my sewing machine, I really admire the skill of those who do. I had intended to devote some time to that this year…the race is on as the 2022 seems to be racing by.

Anyways, sometimes I receive a call from someone who has made the attempt to quilt their project…then time gets in their way or they realize that they won’t finish it themselves. Yes I can help! Yes I can and do undo stitches and sandwiched quilts and finish them on the Longarm.

This quilt top is a perfect example of a project that might have been given up on…

Instead it was prepared for the Longarm and quilted with a pantograph trimmed and prepared for binding!

Ready for binding!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

November

At the beginning of every month it seems that Erik and I comment to each other how the previous month flew by…

October was no exception! It was a full month of preparing the yard for the upcoming winter while the weather cooperates. We did enjoy nice temperatures for the most part.

Somehow this summer we didn’t get out fishing! So early in October there looked like a promising day and Liam happily agreed to miss an afternoon of school and join us for some fishing! It was a fantastic day and we were rewarded with our limits of pickerel.

Jaxson came by for some driving lessons….

We even had some target shooting visitors!

October was a very busy month in my studio! My Longarm quilting takes precedence which has left little time for personal piecing. When time allows usually at the end of the day I have worked on my crumb blocks…I find it a relaxing way to play and to use up bits of fabric scraps.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the last of the October customer quilts. It is one of two that will be fun to share after they are picked up.