Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

November/December Life and Quilting

November has sure been a busy month in the studio and the next weeks now that it’s December will be as well. I really consider myself fortunate to be able to spend my workdays helping others complete their quilts!!

There hasn’t been a great deal of personal piecing time and I haven’t felt overly motivated either which in a way is a good thing … I have been percolating different border ideas for my Longtime Gone Quilt. This has been a long-standing project that I had been hoping to quilt over the holidays.

Well, after finishing quilting this customer quilt last night…

I spent some time in my studio puttering and playing with left over blocks in the LTG (longtimegone) bin and looking on Pinterest for inspiration and it’s finally come to me. I have also decided on the quilting design and backing.

Just to remind…here is one of the more recent sections completed for LTG. It’s been such a fun project and I am excited to see it completed.

Also some of the blocks on the design wall. I actually have the top pieced and ready for the final border.

I have a tractor quilt ready to load this morning…Stay tuned!

Contact me about having your quilt top professionally quilted, my services include free piecing of your backing fabric along with trimming your quilt if desired so that it’s ready for binding.

All tops and backings are pressed by me prior to being loaded on my longarm. I am happy to assist you in deciding on the design for your quilt or as many people do I can decide for you.

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

Melissa’s Sweet Little Girl Quilts

Melissa used the same collection of fabric for 2 quilts that are similar but very different.

I chose to quilt the first one with the pantograph Daisy Swirl.

The design really shows well on the fireside backing.

The second quilt was quilted with the pantograph Hearts and Blooms…

Backed with yellow fireside.

Both quilts are so sweet and will be so snuggly for two little girls who will be receiving them for Christmas.

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!