Thursday, December 16, 2010

The deadline has come and gone

And I managed to get all 15 charity quilts done. The last one was delivered to Donna yesterday afternoon. Even though it was a lot of work, I am so glad to have been able to be apart of it.

Here's a few of the quilts.


Shooting Stars

Autumn Leaves

New Leaf

Happy Times

Bright and Breezy



Monday, November 29, 2010

Teen Challenge

My friend Donna and I have been busy making 15 quilts for Teen Challenge. I pieced three than focused on quilting them; Donna made the other twelve.

For the quilts I made; I kept them all the same. It saved time in the piecing and how much fabric I need to use.

I did add a border on one since I was short a few blocks at the end.

And as luck would have it, now I've ended up with extra blocks. Will have to find something to do with these.

First I have more quilt to quilt!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tilly's Customed Thangle Quilt

Tilly brought in two Thangle quilts; one for each of her daughters for Christmas. Rhonda quilted one and I did the other. It's neat to see how we both went in different directions on the quilts.

I went with feathers on 'mine'. And 8 different colors of thread to blend.
A large feathered wreath in the plain blocks,

And a feather in the center of each pieced block surrounded by continuous curve. Each feather is opposite in the blocks so the quilt is not directional.

More feathers in the corners and ditching everywhere else.

For the borders, Feathered Curls and Roses.

Head over to Rhonda's blog to see how she quilted hers.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Busy busy

My friend Donna was asked by Teen Challenge to make 15 quilts for Christmas. In 4 weeks. I agreed to help her out and we have made 9 of the 15. And now I have to get started quilting them.

Before I got started on that project, I quilted this adorable boy quilt for Hamels. I love this fabric line; Diggers and Dozers. The fabrics are so bright and kid-friendly.

Quilted with Happy Times.

And check out the fun backing fabric.

Now it's back to the charity quilts. I'll show you those next week.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rhonda claims

That she originally planned this quilt for herself. And than changed her mind. And I inherited it.

Rhonda had sewn it together and cut out all the appliqué pieces. All I had to do was iron them down and quilt it. The quilt just had to be McTavished; I think it turned out fantastically.

I truly love it. And it matches my house perfectly! Thanx Rhonda.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Churn Dash

I love this quilt from Hamels. There is something about the traditional quilting blocks that makes them timeless.

Quilted with Daisy Chain.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I'll be honest; the 4 years that I owned LongArm Supplies, I did not spend a lot of time quilting. And it's been a long time since I've done a custom quilt.

Margaret brought in this Baltimore Album for me to do in July and the time was near to get it back to her.

I stippled around each block adding a few extra details(curved cross-hatching in one of the hearts was my favorite)

I added a punch of color to the two empty blocks with a lava thread and a block insert. I continued with the lava thread and a intertwined heart border in the borders.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Monday, October 18, 2010

You never know

What the cats will get into in the studio. Chai found a new place to sit.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

For Me

Last Saturday Dave and I headed to Northern BC for our annual moosehunting trip. This year our son-in-law couldn't come so we brought our oldest grandson along for help. We had planned on being gone for around 10days. Imagine our surprise when we were successful on day one and home after only 3 days.

So I've spent the week working on some things for me. I couldn't tell you when I first started this wall hanging. I did start quilting it in the summer but than put it away and never got around to finishing it until the other day.

I had fun creating texture with this one. I think my favorite part is the two sunflowers in the upper corners.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Looking for a deal? *SOLD*

Rhonda is selling her 2002 Liberty APQS machine. Why? I gave her my old Millinium. Here's the details.

This machine was serviced by Mark from APQS in November of 2008. Comes with 3 extended tables(one solid plastic, one metal and one clear plastic); installed zippers & several quilt sets; Cross hatch rulers by Toppers; extra hopping foot. Heirloom clamps & original clamps. 10 foot new table with clear top and a bobbin winder. M&M Wheels available at cost.
Comes from a non-smoking, cat friendly studio.

Machine Specs:
Throat size of 20"x 8"
On-demand Automatic Stitch Regulator will reduce your practice time significantly and get you off to a good start with perfect stitches every time.
Handcrafted from aircraft grade aluminum
Weight 37 lbs (16.8 kgs)
Voltage 120V (50/60 Hz)
Super-quiet enclosed DC motor
Precision timing by Synchronous Belt Drive
Standard APQS hopping foot
Two-stage automatic needle positioner
Single-stitch function
Built-in laser light

We have the original boxes for shipping(shipping not included in cost of machine) The machine is set-up and able to be test-driven/viewed.

Price: $8000ca firm.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lesson's Learned

Two weekends ago, four of us gathered for a few days of learning and sharing. Rhonda, myself, Carole and Andrea. Two other friends, Sharon and Donna were generous enough to supply us with some charity quilts so we could practice what we were learning.

Carole and I quickly got started on one of the quilts.

At the end of the weekend; we had 6 quilts done.

Chai even tried to get in on the fun.

Next up, playing with my Hartley Fence. I've had this for years and never taken the time to play with it.
We had some good laughs. Like our circle?

There we go!

Which led to this,

I'll show you what this is for in a few days.

Now onto one of Donna's quilts. We ended up doing a meander with freehanded daisies, leaves and a swirl border.

So fun.

Can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It took longer than I thought

But finally finished with the last touches here and there in the studio.

From this,

And this,

And this,

To this.

A new coat of paint, some quilts hung, machines moved. So different than before!

I am loving my new Millinium; she comes with all the bells and whistles this time.

Rhonda finished up a UFO last weekend so we have an empty spot on the design wall right now. I'm sure it will be filled soon ;)

Last weekend we had a 3 day training course at Quilted Cats; I'll blog that this weekend. We had so much fun; looking forward to doing it again!

Monday, September 27, 2010

it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Did you know that there are only 89 days left until Christmas? How did that happen so quickly?

Spaces are quickly filling up for quilting in the studio. This year, if you want a quilt quilted by Quilted Cats Hideaway, we need to have it in studio by November 15th. Call us at 604-794-5955 to reserve your spot!

Now onto the quilt.

This is Judy's snowman swap quilt. Each snowman block was done by a different quilter in a swap. Lots of stippling and freehanded stars around and in the snowman blocks and a flirty snowflake in the border.

And for Hamels Quilt Store, this Fruitcake by Moda kit

Quilted with Holly Ribbon.