Scroll through the pictures to see different Longarm quilting designs; edge to edge (E2E) or custom quilting.
The pattern is called Knitted Star by Lo and Behold Stitchery, though it reminded me of snowflakes. This was a quilt along project by the designer. While I was piecing it, the snow was flying and swirling around so I quilted free motion swirls all over in a Glide thread. It finished 65 x 65 inches.
Picking Up the Pieces 1 and 2
Two lap quilts made from fabric remnants, test quilt blocks and leftover bobbins. My husband and I will appreciate these over the next few months enjoying a game of crib and kindling the fire. There is something therapeutic about making something stronger and warmer after Picking Up the Pieces.
Autumn Falls Quilt
I joined the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild this year to stretch my quilting skills. One of the perks is you become a member of the Modern Quilt Guild and can access their inspirational magazine. This pattern appears in Modern Monthly, Issue 6 and was designed by Amanda McCabe. I posted it on social media and an admirer made an offer. I’m sure I will be trying more modern techniques in the near future. Custom quilting; a variety of free motion quilting in coloured areas and horizontal lines in the off white negative space. Finished 50 x 60 inches.
This began as a Modern Block Study with the Modern Quilt Guild. A Melanie Rudy pattern in Modern Monthly. It grew into a wall hanging. The improv curved pink ombre blocks came together as the sun. The Lightening blocks radiate the light through the spring green foliage. Glide #40 Celery thread. Edge to Edge Ethnic Spiral Braid longarm quilting design. Finished 36 x 36 inches.
Autumn Nine Patch
Thoughts of autumn and a dive into my stash brought this quilt to life. I used lighter blocks in the middle and shades got darker towards the outer edges; like the gradual change of light in the autumn. The prism design reminded me of a compass and which direction the wind was coming from. The solid block design reminded me of wind swirling. Glide thread (medium brown) Quilting designs; HQ Block 17 and Prisms. Scrappy binding. Finished 68 x 83 inches.
This quilt was inspired by a print called Iceberg Alley from artist Adam Young. The Fogo Island artist uses vibrant colours. I decided to keep the quilting to a minimum as the fabric and design did all the talking. I made pillow shams to top it off. Glide thread. Dense Stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. Scrappy binding. Finished 86 x 91 inches.
Pattern from Missouri Star Company. Thoughts of summer; star gazing, fresh clear blue water and flowers. I carried over the flower design from the border print to quilt on the center angular blocks. In the border, I extended the angular lines. Coordinated pillow shams. Omni 30 thread Skylight. Light Custom quilting, Finished 80 x 80 inches.
The center panel was from a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern called Bird Song. I added panels to enlarge it to fit on the single bed. I quilted a meander throughout the center and added imaginary flowers on some of the stems. The leaves and birds were given some details. Along the border, I added some leaves and vines. Glide thread. Dense custom quilting. Finished size 72 x 92 inches.
Knitted Star / Kaffe Fassett
I enjoyed the Knitted Star pattern by Lo and Behold Stitchery so much I had to repeat! And how much fun is this fabric by Kaffe Fassett? Edge to edge circles in circles using a lime green Glide thread. Finished 65 x 65 inches.
Sparkle is a pattern by Sarah Chimblo @srhsews. I found it in Modern Monthly Issue 4. The Modern Quilt Guild puts out a quarterly publication for members to challenge their skills. This was a block study with variation in the size of the blocks. I liked how the gems were designed to be floating. Definitely a technique I would like to try in my own quilt pattern designs. I had some extra material left so I pieced the backing and off set it. Same quilt, but two sides to shine! The edge to edge Longarm quilting pattern is called wrenchworks stitched with a grey Glide thread. It finished about 49 x 49 inches.
Autumn Log Cabin Spiral
Traditional log cabin quilt block arranged in a spiral. This formation reminded me of a labyrinth or centering path. I find walking along the forest paths to be my favourite centering activity. During September, the woods were covered in brown, orange, yellow and cream coloured mushrooms. The different shapes and textures were inspiring. I had some leftover material and test blocks that I turned into zippered pillow accents. Permosoft #50 Khaki thread. Edge to Edge Stipple or Meander. Finished 89 x 100 inches.
I have been exploring modern quilt designs lately. This was a block study by The Modern Quilt Guild. Designer Jamie Siel @sewbrainy. I used a turquoise thread to show the graffiti style quilting in the negative space. The arrangement of the blocks reminds me of a European market in the center of a village. My urban planning studies creeping in. Glide thread turquoise. Edge to edge Karlee Porter EZ Doodle quilting design. Attached binding by machine to front and by hand to back. Finished 65 x 65 inches.
Pattern was in Quilt Sampler magazine Fall/Winter 2019 by Dora Cary @orangedotquilts. The colour of the fabric caught my eye. They are rich and earthy. At the time I was quilting this, there were a lot of dragonflies around. Did you know that dragonflies symbolize adaptability, change and transformation? Edge to Edge Dragonflies. Attached binding by machine front and back. Finished 60×60 inches.
Pins and Paws
Pattern by Jenny Doan, Missouri Star Quilt Company. Made for a cat lover! I custom quilted the cat features and in the background I used pebbles and lines. In the border area I quilted paw prints. Pillow shams and a rug were made to coordinate. Glide thread. Custom quilting, Scrappy binding. Finished 68 x 77 inches.
Star pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful. I used up some fabric leftover from another project. The grey thread was used to quilt the star design from edge to edge. 70 x 84 inches
Pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I was looking for a quilt that screams Spring!!! I had fun making pebbles and ribbon candy in the background. Added some details to the tulips and the leaves. Glide thread white. Dense custom quilting. Finished size 89 x 90 inches.
Soak Up the Sun
Pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful. I made the quilt a little larger to use on a single bed. Inspired by the sunflowers that grown in our garden. I like to watch them grow; they turn their faces to follow the sun. In the fall and winter, the birds come to eat the seeds. Joyful flowers! Permasoft #50 Khaki. Edge to Edge Flutterflies. Finished size 70 x 87 inches.