Friday, November 30, 2012

Beginner's Luck


I was so surprized when I received a call from Lorna who is in my beginner class that she had a quilt she would like to have long armed. We haven’t even finished the class yet. Low and behold she shows up with this wonderful quilt she completed on her own. She did a great job, and that is no beginner’s luck. She was a seamstress previously so she had the basics. I love the warm and rich tones of this quilt and I love the 2nd border with just a few patches in it. Lorna, great job and I can see you are already hooked on quilting!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Starry Starry Night


This is a perfect quilt for a young man and Carol Ann’s nephew will be delighted to receive it. It’s made using a charm pack and co-coordinating fabric and I love how easy the stars are pieced. It looks great quilted and will be a great keepsake to curl up under.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Granny Square Quilt


I love this block, it’s all the rage right now,  over all the quilting sites and blogs…..see everything old is new again. Carol Ann did a fabulous job with this quilt. I love the colors and how the complimentary colors just work together. She has made this for her niece…what a lucky girl. I’m not sure I would have the patience to sew all those little squares together, so I give Carol Ann credit….well done and so sweet!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

OMG I love this quilt!


While I was making it I wasn’t feeling the love though…but now that it’s all done and long armed…It looks amazing. The pattern is called Diamond Ring Quilt. The background is Freckles by Northcott and the diamonds are from the new line Little Black Dress. Overall the quilt was fairly easy to construct…the dilemma was my challenge of curved piecing. I was able to get the finished quilt on the long arm machine and was able to “Quilt it out”. It turned out amazing and is another one of my favourites!…..I’m getting alot of these lately. It’s just too hard to choose.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Oriental Rail Fence


Mary I love this oriental beauty that you’ve finished. Wow. It is stunning and I know oriental fabric is your weakness! The pattern is Rail Fences by Pauline Smith and was a featured quilt at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. Mary and I chose a light gold thread and the pantograph pattern Taro to accentuate this quilt. The gold threaded pattern shows beautifully in the background and is just the perfect level of subtlety. Looks amazing Mary….


Sunday, November 25, 2012

(Blue) Black Magic Dresden


Now…anyone who knows me, knows I don’t do custom quilting….other than my own. I’m just too nervous doing something artistic on someone else’s quilt. If it’s mine and I screw up, no problem, it’s mine. My friend Pat coerced me to custom quilt her Black Magic Dresden. This is my pattern design that I have been teaching at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. I love how it turned out but I can’t tell you how nervous I was while completing it. Pat would be the only one that I would agree to do this for…so no one else get any ideas!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Deck the Halls


Connie’s halls will be decked out beautifully with all the fabulous projects she’s been finishing up. Here is a lovely wall hanging she brought to have quilted. I love the music panel that is printed on the fabric…..Connie, she is so smart…she left the label areas attached so that her grandkids could sign the quilt with their names…what a keepsake.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Just in time for Santa


Connie made this adorable wall hanging for Christmas and brought it by to be quilted. It’s so sweet and perfect for the holiday season. It started as a panel and she framed the blocks and added pinwheels…super cute….Love it as I do all your projects Connie!



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Linear Mystery


This is a finished beauty from the Mystery Class I taught last year at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co.  The pattern is called Chicago Under Cover. I love the co-coordinating fabric in this quilt. It all blends so beautifully. We did a different long arm quilting pattern on this…linear. Just random lines back and forth throughout the quilt at varying widths between. It looks spectacular. Donna is giving this masterpiece to her son.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Love the fabric


Donna’s young daughter put together this quilt herself and Donna brought it to be quilted. It looks so cute and her daughter did such an amazing job of it. I love the fabric together. It looks so fresh and happy and just perfect for a little girl’s bed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Want to Spool Around?


This is a new little mini hang up I designed for Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. You’d think I’d have been done with these spool things….but not quite obviously. I added a cute little pincushion to go with them and it’s perfect for the quilting friend in your life.

Monday, November 19, 2012

La Borsa Bag Ladies


These are the ladies from my La Borsa Bag class at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. This is one of my favourite bags to make. No hand sewing and goes together like a dream. I love that it’s a huge pouch bag that l holds tones of stuff and better still it’s made out of charm squares. I did do a variation on mine…I had a sampler pack of 42 2X2 squares of the fabric line Roman Holiday and did not know what to do with them. They worked out great by sewing 4 together to make a 3.5 inch square and adding coordinating fabric in the same size to complete the bag. Love it and obviously so did all the ladies in the class. Look at these wonderful varieties ….from cupcakes to Stonehenge to traditional country prints….got to love em all.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pinwheel Perfection

My beginner class at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. are AMAZING. These ladies are the best beginner class ever. These are their second blocks, the pinwheel. Look at those matching points. There is Bianca, Pam, Karoline and Lorna holding their Pinwheel perfections.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Better than Cheesecake


I tried this fabulous recipe from Pinterest. It’s a Martha Stewart original and was amazing. It’s made in a springform pan and I love the way it displays after it’s all cooked. It would be great for a dinner party, kind of a show stopper for your guests. You cook your rigatoni slightly then stack all the rigatoni pieces upright in the springform pan. Once you have them all upright you fill the rigatoni crevices with a meat and pasta sauce filling. Mmmmmm. Then you top the whole concoction with mozzarella cheese and bake it. It looks fabulous cut into slices as well.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Running out of Patience and Thread


I thought I would lose my mind doing this quilt. I loved the look of it and so wanted to do this pattern…that was until I started making it. &)&%^%^(* I was just about spooled to death. The first few spools were ok and sort of fun, but by the time I got to the twentieth spool I was ready to scream. I thought I would never complete it. I started breaking down the spools to manageable workloads. I started doing 8 spools a night for 2 weeks to make some headway. I found that 8 a night was about my limited before I went stir crazy. The pattern is from the book by Whimsical called Just Spooling Around and was completed in the Red Rooster fabric line called Heartstrings. I’m glad it’s finished and it does look amazing, but if I see another spool of thread…it will be too soon. One of my favourites and worth every spool!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beginners touch my heart


I love teaching beginner classes. First time quilting students are like sponges…..they are up for any challenge, just soak up all the quilting tips and tricks you can give them…and look at these smiles…so proud of their first blocks. Well done ladies….