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
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.
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!
Recently, I attended my sorority Christmas dinner & it was lovely. We all (9 of us) decided to continue with the tradition of small consumable or practical gifts for each other. The key being small. When you have to buy gifts for8 individuals all at once you will want it to be affordable.
I also think this gift idea would make an excellent hostess gift, so here is what I did in photo narrative:
My panel had rectangle & square mug rugs on it. I used only the 8" squares & made 8 of them into a mug rug as shown below:
I packaged the mug rugs up into goodie bags with hot chocolate packets, hot chocolate bombs & marshmallows.
Just an idea but it would make a great hostess gift too for <$5.00 per person. If you see these panels around on your quilt shop trips, don't overlook them. In my book all fabric is beautiful!
I hope you are enjoying the season of giving! 🎄
I have written my article for the BERNINA Blog and it's all about last minute gifts for a mom to be in your life. If you need a baby gift or last minute Christmas gift that is easy, affordable & practical for a mom to be have a look at the blog post here. If you need more ideas for easy gifts for mom or baby, have a look here as well.
On Saturday Nov 26 (for Region of York Quilters Guild) & today Nov 30 ( for Royal City Quilters Guild), I offered on zoom my class Quilting with Rulers For Domestic Machines. This is a pre taped, one day class where I provide guidance, answer questions, trouble shoot etc. for the entirety of the workshop. They were fun! I could not believe how creative & innovative these quilters are. Below is a picture of my studio, I sprawl out all of my ruler supplies, notions & quilting samples much like a live class, ready to bring on a total of 28 students! Thanks to all who coordinated and to those who participated! Need more info about my classes? Check them out here .If you have a group or guild who need Free Motion Quilting/or Rulers Classes feel free to contact me here
My YouTube Video all about BERNINA accessories for long arming is up and active and shown below. You can read my written article all about the same topic here . Thinking about a long arm or need to know about BERNINA accessories for success with domestic & long arm machines? This is for you!
My blog article for Bernina is up on the International Website effective today! Have a look at it here
If you're new to rulerwork or wanting to get into it with your Bernina Machine or..... thinking about a new machine for rulerwork/quilting & sewing, I highly recommend you read this post! There is also a YouTube video attached to this post showing you how I use the Amanda Murphy Hexi 1 template to make a centered design! Have a look. Only 13 minutes of your time. Please Like, subscribe, share & enjoy!
Hope you are having a great week so far !🙂
I had a trunk show this week in person at the Region of York Quilters Guild meeting . Ahhhh it was so much fun to be in person again. These are some seriously talented quilters and they were so welcoming. Thank You to all who attended & were so enthusiastic.!
I'm hosting a zoom ruler work class with them at the end of Nov. - Looking forward to it.
Below are some photos from the evening including some ruler work, my just released Crumb Pieced Star in a Star quilt pattern & my "Frequency" quilt (purchased from Craftsy.com as a kit). If you need a Trunk Show artist for your group or guild, my dates for 2023/2024 are filling fast. Feel free to get in touch with me here
Have a great weekend and I hope you all get to spend time in your happy place this weekend.... wherever that may be!
Happy Friday ! The end of the work week for some, time for creative pursuits & fun for others. Gotta love weekends. I’m sharing today to inspire you! Maybe this weekend you’ll dust off your rulers & try them ?
On Tuesday I taught my Interlocked Ruler Work class For Long Arm Machines at Creekbank Sewing in Mount Forest and I thought I would show you what the students accomplished. They came to class with their Interlocked quilt top all sewn together & then we worked on filling the spaces with ruler & free motion fill work. For those of you don’t know Interlocked is my pattern available here. Pictures of all of our work is shown below.
Some of the student quilts:
Ruler work & free motion quilting:
Interested in a ruler work class?
1. Call Creekbank Sewing at (519) 323-2693 to sign up for my Interlocked class. One more for 2022 Nov 19 2022 or ask to be placed on a wait list for 2023.
2. Have a group or guild? Book a workshop with me ... details are here
3. Contact me for a custom option here
Have a fantastic weekend everyone , happy quilting! 🙂❤️
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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