Life in Southern Alberta is often windy.  I don’t usually mind the wind, granted I’ve remembered to put my hair in a ponytail that day, but it does make it difficult to take nice quilt photos.  Today however, there is virtually no wind and the sun is out.  And my husband is home to hold up quilts for me.  A perfect combination!  So we went outside and took pictures of three tops and two completed quilts.  So I have some blog fodder now!  I’ll start with the oldest completed quilt that I haven’t blogged about yet.  Presenting Lucky!


Last year in May, I went to a sew day where everyone used the same fabric to make the same quilt. Now ordinarily that might be boring, but when the fabric is Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille, it’s just so pretty that you don’t care that you’re actually following a pattern for the first time in 6 years.


This is a new corner of my yard that I’m trying out for pictures. It was a fenced off dog area for a long time, but now it’s been converted to grass. It’s full sun, which really makes the colours shine. All the quilts I shot looked amazing in the full sun in this corner.


I pieced the back using fat quarters from other Bonnie and Camille collections, and I also used up some test blocks that I had made awhile back. The blue triangle on the bottom corner is the label.


This is how photo shoots go around here. Working around children who are intentionally photobombing everything.


This is the first large quilt that I quilted on my new Juki machine. It’s fairly large. roughly 60×80 I think, and the size was not as issue for the machine at all. The stitches are lovely and the tension was not a problem. And with a better machine, I’ve realized that I’m better at free motion quilting than I thought I was, which is a nice thing to discover.


Lucky has been residing on the couch in my living room since it was done. It is so wonderfully snuggly.  And I can tell from my green grass and the tiny buds on the tree that Spring is nearly here.  The quilt isn’t the only lucky thing around.


Bugs in Paris

I finished the commissioned baby quilt before my holiday to Portland (which was completely awesome, and I’ll post about it soon).  I had meant to blog about this while I was away, but I was having too much fun and completely forgot.  So, I guess I’ll just blog about it now!


This quilt went together very quickly, as simple patchwork is wont to do. It’s the first time in awhile that I’ve added borders to anything, but they were requested, so on they went. I really like the pink and orange together, and the grey ground everything quite nicely.


I know my fence needs to be painted, but it makes a nice rustic backdrop for my quits in the meantime. And this shot will not be possible in a few months, when the corn that’s planted in front of it will hopefully be nice and high.


This fence, on the other side of our yard, is in better shape, but we have the back side of it facing our yard. But it’s a nice spot, under a cherry tree.


I quilted it with a meandering loop. It went very quickly, and the looping was easier than the last time I tried it. Another example of how my free-motion is getting better all the time!


The backing is a really nice and soft irregular pink stripe. The quilting shows up beautifully on it. I bound it in a solid grey, and then hand-stitched the binding. I know that when I hand-stitch something it takes much longer and really makes it not worth my time when the quilt is going to be sold, but I just find the hand-stitching so soothing and relaxing. so I do it anyway. I might change my tune if I end up getting more commissioned projects, but I’ll stick with it for now.


And the quilt in the ash tree. I love this tree.

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