Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Here are a few slightly better pix of the quilt "formerly known as Flight Path" (with apologies to Prince).  Going forward this quilt will be known as Flock.

Flock is inspired by a public art installation of the same name by the artist team of Addad/Drugan at the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility in northwest Calgary.  I am delighted to have their permission to not only proceed with the development of this quilt as a pattern but to also give it the same name as their amazing art piece.  This is a true honour as I was  instantly smitten with their installation.  For more about the artwork, go to:

In the meantime, I wanted to get some better pix of the quilt.  Tuesday was sunny so I took a few quilts outside and was able to get a few better pix.  Just as I was taking a close up of a large black goose at the bottom, my rather precarious frame toppled over when a gust of wind came up so I took that as a hint that my photo session was over.  Nevertheless, I got a few better ones than I had before.  

I will write the pattern, then test it (i.e., make it again).  I'll use the second one as the sample for the pattern cover as I'm not crazy about some of the quilting on this one.  I like the city, the mountains and the birds, but not much of the rest.  So I'll figure out something different for that.  If you are interested in testing the pattern when it's done, let me know and I'll start a list.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Back to Art Deco Meets Dapper

I'm always threatening to "get better pictures".  Well, I tried today.  It was sunny with very little wind until the haze started to roll in.  So I took advantage, put up the rather precarious frame we have rigged and took a few quilts outside to snap some pix in the sun.  I'm much happier with these ones.  The colours and the quilting show up so much better.

I tried to get the sparkle on the "shiny" fabric.  Not sure that is shows that well - it's pretty subtle.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

T-shirt Quilt No. 6

This is T-shirt quilt Number Six.  This one will be gifted to my customer's husband for their 20th anniversary at the end of June.  Husband is an avid kayaker so most, though not all, of the Ts relate to that sport. I'm really super happy with the way this one came together.  I'm particularly happy with the fact that there are so many fun colours - so often Ts are what I consider "boring" colours - black or dark colours.  These ones are more cheerful - nice and summery even if it's not summer!

As usual, I used the remnants of the Ts to make the filler blocks, so the entire top is T-shirt fabric from Husband's Ts.

Those two small blocks on the right have inside neck labels stitched onto the centres.  The labels are still in good shape and are of logos so make cool little blocks.

Having a functional pocket on a quilt amuses me!  And note the collar tab above the pocket.  It is in good shape and is only the logo (no sizing info, etc.) so I put that in, too.

The lime green/purple/orange and dark purple/dotty striped bits are actually collar ribbing sections that I couldn't resist incorporating, it is so colourful.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tropical Galaxy

Every year the Calgary Long Arm Group does a group entry to the Calgary Heritage Park Festival of Quilts.  This year they decided to do a group entry using my Galaxy pattern!  The theme this year is curves and someone suggested my pattern and the group agreed!  I'm so excited!  (Thank you ladies - such an honour.) So I worked hard to get the pattern into a format that  could be download and printed.   This also give me the benefit of having 15 excellent pattern testers! 

I'm really looking forward to seeing the full display of 15 quilts!  I've seen most of them individually at "show and tell".  I think as a group, the display is going to be amazing!  Everyone has done a fabulous job on their quilt and it's so fun to see how different, yet how great, they are!

I made this one as my contribution to the submission.  I could have used my original one but I entered it in last year's show and I have a personal rule to never put the same quilt in twice.  Also, it gave me a chance to test my own pattern.  I like my first one best, but this one is OK.  I made it from stash - of course.

One very exciting note about Galaxy: Terry Rowland, also in our Long Arm Group, entered her Galaxy quilt into the Red Deer quilt show back at the beginning of April and it won "Best in Show"!  I think I'm as excited about that as she is!  Congratulations, once again, Terry (aka T-Row Studios).

I don't have too much to say about the quilting on this except that I struggled to come up with an idea for the background because the print is so busy.  I woke up one morning with an epiphany!  It's a galaxy!  Stars!  So I quilted in a bunch of stars in yellow and blue.  The thread is Fabulux - the neon yellow and blue.  I went over each line three times to pump up the outlines so they are visible above the busy background.