2021/12/19 The members of our Guild make excellent use of scraps. A perfect example is this one; a scrappy nine patch that was a pleasure to quilt. Again, I just quilted this one, did not piece it – the last one before Christmas! Hand guided quilting with my HQ Sweet Sixteen, Glide thread on top and filtec bobbin thread in the bobbin, Angela Walter’s swirl hook again for the quilting design!
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I finished this about the end of October but it didn’t get gifted until yesterday so now I can finally post it.
Coming through Fort MacLeod, AB in September we stopped at a marvellous quilt shop: https://www.facebook.com/LittleRedQuiltShack/. As soon as we walked in the door I spotted this quilt made up and on display. I’d been looking for something for a special family member who had this year completed her Master’s degree while holding down a job and caring for her family and making two moves! Luckily the shop had one final kit left so I quickly took it.
All the fabrics in the quilt top are from the Moda botanica collection. The backing is a beautiful soft flannel. I used Hobbs washable wool for the batting. The pattern is Bundle of 10 by Amelie Scott Designs. It’s a super easy pattern and is very fat quarter friendly. I can see using it again for scrappy quilts. After laundering, it measures approximately 60.25″ x 73.5″. I loved working with these colourful and lively fabrics and the quilt was so soft & cuddly after laundering I hated to part with it!
The hand guided quilting was done by me on my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen using – yes again because I love it – Angela Walters’ swirl hook design. Top thread used was Glide with Superior’s Bottom Line in the bobbin. Another fun project!
After our Guild’s Community Quilt workshop a few weekends ago I have a small stack of sandwiched quilts that need quilting sitting in my closet. I slotted one into my schedule, partly because it’s made of good quality flannel so it’s a pleasure to handle and partly because it’s size makes it easy to quilt in a short period of time. I did not piece this one but I think I recognize the pattern as one from one of the Thee Yard Quilts books. Those patterns are perfect for whipping up something quickly that also looks good. This one measures 42″ x 60.5″ after laundering. The quilting is hand guided by me on my HQ Sweet Sixteen sit down long arm. The motif used is Angela Walters hook swirl, my all time favourite for creating beautiful texture and getting a fast finish! I used Glide thread. I love the crinkly look and texture of a quilt after it’s laundered (photo 3).
2021/12/08 I finished two projects for which I had deadlines (mostly self-imposed) so I took a little play time yesterday to machine embroider a cute little badge for a friend with a sense of humour. She wore it to work today to amuse her colleagues. The patch was purchased from Urban Threads and stitched on my Husqvarna Designer Diamond. I turned it into a badge by adding a badge pin to the back. Click here for a good tutorial by Urban Threads for making ITH (In The Hoop) patches.
This is the last poinsettia wall hanging I’m going to quilt this year! They have been so much fun to do but I have to move on to something else lol. This last one is for one my sisters-in-law and I’m sure I was doing a happy dance today when the nice people at Canada Post took it out of my hands and started it on its way to her. Each one has been slightly different in the quilting; I’ve added a little more detail and a little more bling in each one. The trouble is each one is a little nicer than than the one before and now I’m sending away the one I like best! One problem with the photography is that the sparkle from the metallic and holograph threads simply does not show well in the photos, so you’ll just have to imagine it! This, as the others, measures about 42″ x 42″ finished. The custom quilting is all hand guided by me on my HQ Sweet Sixteen sit down long arm. I used a variety of Sulky metallic and holograph thread, Sulky rayon thread and Wonderfil invisifil thread. I used two layers of batting: one of 80/20 and one of Hobbs washable wool; that’s what give this wall quilt its texture. The panel is a Hoffman Dream Big Holiday panel.
In a fairly recent post I mentioned Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery and their Sew Along in which I’d participated. Well wouldn’t you just know that their design for the November Sew Along would be irresistible and I’d have to purchase it too (30% off helps to make the decision). So the deadline to have this one submitted for consideration in their monthly awards was half an hour ago and I got mine in one hour before that (doing my happy dance lol)! And now I have another Christmas wall hanging; win, win! I used glow in the dark thread (Wonderfil’s Ahrora™) on some of the elements in these designs. Oh yeah, the snow on the roof shines after the lights goes out lol. These nine individually stitched designs use up an incredible amount of thread. I must have used 8-10 bobbins! This project was stitched on my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond using mostly Sulky thread. Its size is approximately 23″ x 23″. Hmm… I wonder what December’s design for the Sew Along will be….. And I’ve started quilting another Dream Big Holiday panel…
Does it count as a UFO if you’ve never started? While digging through my Christmas fabric I discovered this little Advent calendar panel. I can only think that when I found and bought several of an assorted selection of Advent calendar panels (on sale of course) at a quilt shop several years ago that I didn’t make this last one. Any way, now it’s done and it counts as one more completed item and one less piece of fabric in my stash! Yay me!
This all started when the owner of one of our local quilt shops, The Crafty Quilter, invited me to quilt one of these beautiful Hoffman Dream Big Holiday panels for the shop and in return she’d give me one. The first one is done (see a previous post), so now this is the second one completed and it’s mine! I made very few changes in the quilting and I added more bling in the form of either metallic or hologram thread. It’s very difficult to photograph bling to have it show.
I used two layers of batting; one of 80/20 and one of wool. The thread is mostly Sulky rayon but there’s a mix of Sulky and Wonderfil metallic and hologram and Wonderfil invisifil on the top and Wonderfil decobob or Superior Bottom Line in the bobbin. It’s quilted by me on my HQ Sweet Sixteen.
Even though we seldom put up any Christmas decorations before mid December, this one’s up & going to stay! Now I have only one more to do…..
This was an impromptu embroidery design purchase; I didn’t even know I needed another project! And one with a deadline…..sigh…
Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs carries beautiful machine embroidery designs and the temptation is always there to click on the ‘buy now’ button; it’s so darn easy! Well, as a way to entice the customer, they hold a monthly sew along and discount a design for that sew along. This was October’s sew along and poinsettias were on my mind as I was just quilting one (my previous blog post) so I was hooked. I didn’t leave myself much time; I just finished the poinsettia wall quilt on the 19th. It took a long time and a lot of thread to stitch this; I think I used six bobbins! I finished yesterday and submitted it to their Facebook page; I even beat their deadline by one day! The design is Poinsettia Blocks/Quilt, in case you’d like to get yours too.
This is a small table runner measuring about 12.5″ x 26″. The poinsettia is available in sizes 4″ x 4″, 5″ x 5″, 6″ x 6″, 7″ x 7″ and 150cm x 150cm; I used the largest one – 7″ x 7″ and a variety of Sulky rayon, metallic and holoshimmer threads. I used one layer of wrap n zap batting; perfectly good for this project. All the fabrics and threads came from my stash. If I’d had more time I would have made a longer one. Maybe for next Christmas….lol.
I haven’t yet put the yard/garden to bed for the winter but the sewing room has been calling me for a long time and I can’t resist……
One of our local quilt shops, The Crafty Quilter, offered me the opportunity to quilt the beautiful Hoffman Dream Big Holiday panel in red and I couldn’t resist. She gave it to me in August and it’s been calling to me ever since……..and I finally succumbed. As the owner did want it before Christmas it was first on the list to get completed this fall. I delivered it on October 20th so it’s now hanging in the shop. Run down there now to get your panel before she’s sold out!
This wall quilt measures 41.5″ w x 41″ long. I used a variety of threads: Wonderfil holograph in red, two shades of Sulky red, two shades of Wonderfil green and a Wonderfil invisifil in a dark, dark grey for the matchsticks. Two layers of batting, one of 80/20 and one of wool, give the quilting its texture & definition. All quilting is hand guided by me on my HQ Sweet Sixteen.
I’m disappointed in my photography skill; I just can’t get the glitter to show well that I stitched in the red leaves. Any tips?