Quilt #7 is Modern & Colourful !
Just showing you my customers quilt that I panto quilted with my BQ20 long arm. The pattern was stars & loops . Isn’t the quilt fresh & pretty ?
Quilt #6 for 2023 is Modern!
Just showin' & sharin' my last quilt for the month of February & #6 for 2023- A modern log cabin customer quilt. Quilted on my amazing BERNINA Q20 Long Arm with a Bauhaus panto design. Out like a lamb!
Lets hope March is good to us and is not a "LION". grrr that won't be good. Happy Tuesday!
Quilt #5 for 2023 is Colourful!
I'm working quickly on quilts these days to eradicate my backlog. The quilt below was small but mighty and packed a colourful punch. With all those colours I felt like I was working on a painters palette and therefore I very much enjoyed working on it with my BERNINA Q20 Long Arm "NINA" she performed well as usual.
Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!
Long Arm Quilting #4
Just sharing with you my #4 quilt for this year, quilted on “ NIna” my BERNINA Q20 with wildflower pantograph. Really cute block repeated with soft summery calico fabric.
A lot of the joy in quilting other peoples quilts’ is seeing their design , colour & fabric choices. It continues to surprise me . Happy Wednesday!
Custom Quilt "Mary Poppins"
I've made it kind of a rule not to do custom quilts from scratch quilts ie. design to completion. They are so labour intensive! However this next quilt I'm talking about today was a "special circumstance" quilt where I just could not say no. My customer had a Mary Poppins panel and really wanted it made for her granddaughter & felt she 1) did not understand how to convert this small panel into a twin sized quilt and 2) needed someone else to design & make it for personal reasons.
So I'll discuss my process first. I got the dimensions of the panel over the phone & found a pic of the panel online and then took the dimensions and plugged it into EQ8 (Electric Quilt 8) Quilt Design Software. The design I came up with is below. You will notice flowers in the borders in black (daisy like) these are to dress up the rather large borders. I also have an excellent quilting pattern in mind. I explained all of this to my customer and she approved of it.
Some up close pics of the quilting "Daisies Galore" & appliqued daisies is shown below. The daisies were designed & drawn out, fused with heat-n-bond and zig zag stitched with a small stitch width & length & matching thread. These daisies match the daisies on Mary's dress and create interest in the border.
It turned out that while still labour intensive, this quilt was fun to make and the colours speak to me as joyful. The quilting made the borders look almost as if they have a veil of lace daisies, the appliques & the variable binding helped to tie in the colours. I am really happy with the results and hoping my customer will be too!
Enjoy your week!
Just in Time For Valentines Day!
Figuring out a quilt design for a One Block Heart/Valentines Day here on the Bernina International Blog today. My tips and free download may just help you to figure out what quilt designs to consider for your next quilt. There's lots of great articles and tutorials all related to sewing & quilting. Some really neat stuff at www.blog.bernina.com/en
Be sure to check it out.
Happy Friday! ❤️
Learn to Free Motion Quilt
I just received a call from Creekbank Sewing that my May 16 FMQ class is fully booked! However, we are adding another April 25, 2023 10-3:00 cost is $65.00. Please call the store asap if you are interested as space is limited. 519 323 2693 The description & photos for the class is shown below. I know I designed this class and I am biased but it's a great learn to FMQ class and I put my heart and soul into making sure all participants are a lot more confident with FMQ once they have completed this class.
"Free Motion Machine Quilting Workshop (Beginner) - In Person Available. If you are fearful about free motion quilting or feel this is a weak skill and you need some tips and practise, then this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, there will be several demonstrations and an opportunity for students to practise each demo until they are feeling much more comfortable with their free motion quilting. There will also be an opportunity for students to ask questions. Students will be ready to consider using the designs from this class in their next quilting project and will be more confident to get their projects completed. "
Call the very helpful staff at Creekbank Sewing to register 519 323 2693 & don't miss this opportunity to learn an awesome quilting skill.
New Design Sneak Peak
I'm working on an exciting new quilt design today on Electric Quilt 8 . A fantastic design program for quilting. There is so much geometry, math & design ideas to quilting that it really does challenge your mental capacity at times. So, I'll give you a sneak peak of a block and you will probably think "What the heck will that make?" . Believe it or not it will make a very dynamic quilt for a special event in Southwestern Ontario. Do I have your curiosity? Well thats all I can say for now!
Stay tuned, I'll be sharing the quilt idea with you soon! Happy Thursday
Long Arm Quilting This Week
Behind the scenes I am always working in my studio although the past few weeks I have been tied up with family responsibilities. My turn around time for custom quilting has taken a nose dive along with my blogging. My intention this week was to get back on track & therefore, I have started this week by working on my BERNINA Q20 Long Arm.
I also have intentions this year of sharing most of what I am doing with the hope to inspire you by communicating via social media & blogging about it. Although, I have blogged frequently in the past, there is a lot of work that I do not share. Blogging for me is also a great way to keep track of my work.,much like a scrapbook. So with that intention written & communicated out in a public space, I hereby declare that I will share my work and will not be shy about even the most trivial of projects. I am also hereby declaring that all projects are valid and hopefully you will learn some tips from me? Let's see !!
Below are recent finishes this to date:
This first quilt design " Bauhaus" was requested by my customer as it is a gift for a man in her life, she thought it looked a little more masculine than some designs. I chose teal thread to blend with the top fabric & backing allowing the panel like scene fabrics to sing. The second pattern wildflowers was inspired by the floral patterns on the quilt, I also chose the gold thread to match the backing & blend on top of the quilt. I wanted that beautiful floral fabric to be the star of the show. There are many ways to think about quilting designs. Hopefully, this year I will be able to share more tips for choosing quilt designs.
Baby "O" Has Arrived
For those of you who know me, my youngest daughter was due for a baby girl to arrive for a due date of Jan 13, 2023. Baby Olivia Rosemary decided she wanted to arrive in 2022 (girl after my heart she loves even numbers already lol). Olivia arrived Dec 31 2022 in the wee hours of the morning. She is beautiful and yes I am very biased. I am so proud of my daughter Mallory & son in law Mike for bringing this little beauty into the world for all of us to share & love on. She is a blessing. I have spent the last few weeks with Olivia & her parents & just love this little sweetie already! Below are pictures of the baby & proud parents Mike & Mal and of course the crib quilt/wallhanging I made for her arrival.
I can't wait to sew, craft & quilt for my newest little grandchild! What a great way to bring in the new year!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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