Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Kim’s Bumblebee Quilt

This queen size quilt recently left my studio. It is laying sideways on the Longarm and shows the bottom with additional piecing on the right. Kim is a very talented piecer and for the most part designs her own quilts.

Shasta Daisy is such a popular design, thankfully I enjoy stitching it as it’s often chosen by customers and lately it has shown up on a few quilts leaving the studio.

The stitches really show up beautifully on the black backing!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cathy’s Kitty Quilt

Many of my customers request that I decide on the quilting design for their quilts, however they also know that if they have something specific in mind that I don’t already have that I will find it and order it in for their quilt happily adding new pantographs to my collection.

How adorable is this bright and fun quilt!! When Cathy told me about the quilt that she was making for her granddaughter she requested a cat themed pantograph so we discussed the different options and decided on Copy Cat.

The backing is Fireside which I pieced for her. These backings add so much softness and warmth to a quilt and are easy and wonderful to work with!

Look at how beautifully the quilting shows up!!

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Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Joan’s “Walk Down Memory Lane Quilt“

I recently quilted this quilt for Joan, she has been piecing for a number of years and it has been so much fun to watch her grow and expand her quilting skills!

It seems that most quilters end up with left over fabric from each project they have done, this accumulation of “scraps” or if there is enough of it “stash” eventually reaches a point of it’s time to do something with this!

Joan has been having fun with her scraps and her fun turns into mine. Visiting in my studio we discussed her quilt and how it was a walk down memory lane for me as her quilter! (Hence the Name that I gave this quilt!)

Many years ago I decided to offer to piece yardage into backs free of charge for my customers.

Look at this beautiful batik backing, the stitching looks great on it as does the pantograph Shasta!

Another thing that I usually do for Joan is to prepare her binding, for this quilt she chose the backing fabric for the binding.

Let me help you bring your quilting projects to completion!!

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Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Shannon’s Elegant Quilt

Elegant! Some quilts have an elegance to them and that rang true on this recent quilt.

Starting with fabric that you love and finding a way to showcase designs in the fabric really can make for an exquisite quilt.

I quilted this quilt with the pantograph Jitterbug which added some fun movement without detracting from the quilt itself.

The backing perfectly suits this quilt.

Most of my customers take me up on my free trimming service. I love how a trimmed quilt looks when it’s maker first sees the quilted quilt but also that it is ready for binding.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fun Memories and a Surprise!

When I first began Longarm quilting for others the season of my life was busy!! I was raising 4 daughters on my own and had a full time day job. Needless to say my time was not my own.

I was so fortunate to have friends who really cheered me on and supported me in several aspects of my life. One was my friend Alva, who I have written about before. She truly loved quilting and she especially loved sharing what she knew with others.

She was never shy about trying new techniques.

My quilting group is happily meeting in person again and this week, some were reminiscing about the great programs that were once offered at our city’s first quilt shop. The owner Diana really did an amazing job with classes, clubs and programs!

The second shop, The Stash also offered classes and I remember Alva talking about her Colour Wheel class, showing me samples and about how to take it. I was interested but again there just wasn’t time for very much play.

Anyways, when I was getting ready to head to quilting group on Monday is was looking for misplaced book and came across a tote of Alva’s tutorials…

Alva’s Colour Wheel class was popular and it turns out it wasn’t only missed by me…it may be revisited.

Another treasure discovered was her sample from the Fractures workshop that we took together. Hers of course involved Poppies! She loved red and Poppies. Wouldn’t this piece look perfect on a bag!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dinasour Quilts (part 2)

Todays quilt share looks very similar to the one that I shared yesterday. They both began with the same panel, however they were surrounded by different blocks and layouts.

Starting a quilt with a panel gives the maker all of the colour clues needed to build the fabric palette.

How much fun is the back of the quilt with this long neck fellow!

It was quilted using the pantograph Popcorn which adds a fun cloud like design without distracting from the piecing.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Tote Bags

As a longtime quilter as I like to think of it…I have accumulated some fabric over the years and have kept a lot of scraps for some day. They are fun to play with and especially useful when trying out a new block or idea.

I am still playing with some crumb piecing. However I took a little side trip recently, as I have been wanting to make a bag…thankfully I easily shopped my stash and had all that I needed.

I was able to use some scraps left over from my one of my granddaughters quilts for the lining.

It was a quick and fun project using a free pattern from Apple Green Cottage

I can see making more in the future…this sweet bag made with different fabric would be adorable for a little trick or treater!

https://www.applegreencottage.com/tote-bag-pattern/

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dinosaur Quilts (part 1)

Good Monday morning…we woke up to some white stuff this morning! Not enough to shovel and it will most likely melt this afternoon but enough to remind me to get out the winter gear!

It’s so much easier to greet the warmer days of spring and summer along with our nice long days of extra daylight…. But then again it’s so much easier to get lost in my quilting as winter approaches.

I recently completed some double sided quilts, these take a little more time and consideration in loading in order to keep the back as straight as possible.

This quilt is a great example of beginning with a panel and adding on with different blocks to create a quilt top. The backing was inspired I believe from searching on Pinterest.

What’s going on in your quilting world these days? I have a few spots open for Christmas projects so touch base with me if you would like to be entered onto my quilting schedule.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A Flannel Quilt

Autumn is truly upon us with the leaves with their spectacular colours barely holding onto the trees and quickly covering the ground.

Our days are getting shorter and cooler…soon to be colder. We are truly entering perfect quilting weather. If you are working on a project or have quilts that you are wanting finished for Christmas let me know soon as those spots fill up quickly.

This beautifully pieced quilt made with rich soft flannel was a joy to quilt. The angles inspired a swirl quilting design to add some movement with just enough density to still allow for a soft drape making this quilt perfect for snuggling under!

The backing is a bold checkerboard woven fabric. A backing with such as this requires a little more time and planning in order to keep straight but the effort is well worth the results!

The majority of my customers like to have me trim their quilts for them which I do free of charge …

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

October

It’s been a busy Month, with quilting and preparing for winter. The furnace is often running overnight now and it won’t be long before it’s needed during the day.

This was the view from my sewing room window last week…the leaves are falling and the view changes daily.

I have been busy in the studio…here’s a glimpse with more to come.

When most of my time is spent working on customer quilts I like to treat myself with some time sewing for myself before bed.

I am contemplating the final border for my Longtime gone quilt and while I do that I have been playing with the crumbs that have been made in the process of piecing the top.

The fun never ends!