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Challenge 2017/18 - # 43 & 44 - Geese in Blue

My mother taught me to sew and knit. When hubby complains (which he hardly ever does) I can blame my mum! Mum and Dad recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. As I told them at our family dinner, they had set us 3 daughters very strong and clear examples of a Godly faith, Strong and loving partnership and caring parents. I love them to bits!!!!! I need to back up a bit. Although Mum had sewn and knitted and done needlework for years, it wasn't until I started quilting that Mum picked it up. She used to come to Calgary a couple of times a year to go to various quilting retreats with me. She loves scrappy quilts best because she uses the smallest bits of fabric up. Over the years

Challenge 2017/18 - #39 Dunamar Garden in Batik

I posted a while ago a free pattern for you, Dunamar Garden Quilt. I designed it while I was in Mexico and had a couple of quilts in the piecing process when I heard that a dear loved one was having some health issues. I knew I needed to make this lovely gal a quilt and started looking for something to do for her. In various video chats, I discovered that a bright Red/Blue/Yellow and Green quilt would not do. She likes grey and black and dark green. So, out came one of the Dunamar Garden quilt pieces and I joyfully, prayerfully, and tearfully stitched it into the finished top. I loaded it on my frame with black Fireside fleece as the backing. I quilted it with continuous curves and loops. T

Challenge 2017/18 - #45, Anniversary Scraps from Canada!

I received an email from my sister early this year to inform us that for my parent's 60 wedding anniversary my mother's younger brother and his wife had booked flights to surprise my Mum and Dad in June for their Anniversary! I knew right away that I would need to give them a quilt to commemorate their visit. In March I went to Winnipeg to visit Mum and Dad. Every time I see Mum, I get a bag full of scrap quilts to quilt. She can and will do the smaller lap size and baby quilts on her own, but I get to work on the bigger ones. This is the perfect opportunity to play with new to me quilt motifs and stitch patterns, learn and stitch something new with my Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher and play wit

Challenge 2017/18 - #46 - Modern Wedding Rings in purple

When each of my nieces and nephews turned 16 I made them a full size quilt. When they started getting married, I made them another quilt. I usually pieced a traditional wedding ring quilt. This spring we were thrilled to be invited to Kris and Tasi's wedding. I was informed pretty quickly that their colours were grey and purple! I've been playing with a new quilt design and thought this would be the perfect project to try out the design and pattern. I'm calling it "Modern Wedding Rings". At the pre-reception appetizer time, my nephew came close to me and asked if I had made what he hoped I had made for them? My reply "if I were to make you something, what colour?" PURPLE!!! They were no

Weekend Shout Out!

Wow, End of November already! Where has the year gone! Hubby is upstairs watching TV and reading....I don't know how he does both! and I am downstairs writing blog posts while I wait for some hand dyed fabric to set! I'll tell you all about this project in another post! In the Studio I have quilted my only "Christmas gift quilt" and have a couple of customers quilts to finish and then my machines are available for you to come and rent and quilt your own projects or to bring to me to quilt! The studio will be close for a week, starting on Thursday, so the best way to get a hold of me to book rental time or to book in your quilt for quilting is to email me at allison.meadowrosequilts@gmail.

Challenge 2017/18 - #50 - Christmas Trees

Woot! Woot! I'm up to quilt #50 on my Challenge for 2017 and 2018. I was cruising through Pinterest this week and saw this lovely tree quilt. Very similar technique to #49 quilt, a stack and cut/slash. I decided I just had to try it. In no time at all I had the blocks made, the quilt sewn together and loaded on my longarm! I found a quick tutorial by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter that I followed. This little quilt only measures 14" x 22". The quilt was quilted in no time at all using the Christmas Trees design that I got from Intelligent Quilting by Apricot Moon. I used my Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher Premium and shrunk the design down to 2 1/2" high. I had purchased this pattern to quilt

Challenge 2017/18 - #49 - Stack and Slash Baby Quilt

I am pleased to report that I am up to quilt #49 in my quest to finish 64 quilts in 2017 and 2018. This little quilt was pieced and quilted a while ago and sat in the "to be bound" pile for a few months. I finally sat down and got it done this week! This is a simple technique. I used 10" squares from a Batik Layer Cake just stacked and cut my squares. Here is a tutorial to make the blocks if you are not familiar with the technique. I trimmed them down to 8 1/2" square and just sewed them together. I quilted using the JSPANTOFEATH E2E from Jessica Schick. It is one of the included designs on my Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher Premium program. Done and ready to be gifted to a baby girl in the new

Challenge 2017/18 - #48 - Thornhill Patch

I've completed another quilt in my Challenge for 2017 and 2018. The goal is to complete 52 (1 per week in 2017) and 12 (1 per month in 2018) Quilts! I'm getting there. I have a few more to share with you and some that I need to finish binding before I share. I may make it!!!! This quilt is a simple disappearing 9 patch quilt. I am in the process of writing a pattern for it. A disappearing 9-patch is a very simple quilt, but many of us can never figure out what fabrics to use and how much fabric to purchase for the size of quilt we are making. The goal is to produce a pattern that will give you 6 different sizes and at least 3 different fabric combinations (FQs, scrap and planned). I used th

Weekend Shout Out!

Good Weekend everyone! I hope you have had a more successful Saturday than me! I woke at 2am this morning and knew I wouldn't get back to sleep. So after trying to read and then finally getting up about 3:30am, I curled up on the couch and started watching YouTube Videos on my phone. Duh! I was sitting in the living room and the TV was right in front of me! So, I accessed YouTube and spend a few hours watching some quilting videos. Here is one I really liked! It's Bethanne Nemesh and some longarm quilting inspiration! In the Studio AMY-JOY (Handi Quilter Amara) and I had a great week! We quilted an antique quilt for a customer. I'll share pictures when the customer has her quilt back. It

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