November 13, 2015

My Online Trunk Show

Have you seen the Online Trunk Show being hosted by Soma at Whims and Fancies? She has invited quilt bloggers to link up virtual trunk shows of their favourite quilts and it's been fun to sit back and check them all out.
Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

Before I open my virtual trunk and share some of my favourite quilts, I thought I'd share this fun fact: My fabric stash is stored in this real trunk, which my mother-in-law used when she went to university.
 

It's not at all organized, but I love rummaging around in the trunk to find fabric for a new project!
I'll start the trunk show with my very first quilt. I couldn't find a finished picture of it, so here's a shot of me working on it in the summer of 1997. The quilt has tons of hand embroidery and was hand quilted along those chalk lines that are drawn in the sashing. It was a wedding gift for my friends Michelle and Brian.
I made quilts for all three of my boys when they were born (or at least they were intended for when they were born!). Here is Aiden's quilt. The pattern is from the book A Quilter's Ark, by Margaret Rolfe. We used this quilt all the time when Aiden was a baby, until one day I noticed the threads I used to hand quilt it were disintegrating. I still don't know what happened!
The pattern for Zachary's quilt came from Margaret Rolfe's book too.The funny thing is, Zachary is now very interested in animals, and dolphins are among his favourites.
 Nathan's quilt was one of my early free motion quilting ones. It's also the only one of their quilts that still hangs somewhere in the house...in this case, the family room. The pattern came from a magazine, but I can't remember who designed it. I added the vehicles around the borders from another pattern, which I also can't remember right now.
And, not to leave my husband out, I made him a coffee quilt. This pattern was from the book Stack a New Deck, by Karla Alexander. It was hanging in our living room until a couple of weeks ago and we haven't found a new home for it yet.

This is my Scrappy Log Cabin quilt. If learning a new skill is mostly a matter of practice, this quilt played a big part in my free motion quilting skills! I think somewhere in the vicinity of 3 1/2 km of thread went into quilting this one!
This next one was made for the Schniztel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap, round 2. I used a block from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine called Spin Cycle, which was designed by Gudrun Erla. I did a lot of free motion quilting in the white sections and this was the first quilt where I felt like I had gone from a beginner to an intermediate fmq quilter.
 My And Sew On quilt was the first one I made that was inspired by a 'squirrel' moment because of something I found online. I stumbled onto Kristy's blog, Quiet Play, when she released the scissors block in her 2013 And Sew On BOM. It was just so cute, I had to make it! I made four more blocks from the series for this quilt that now hangs in our downstairs hallway.
 
My Flower Box cushion cover pattern was in Make Modern magazine. I was so excited about my first published pattern! Now I'm working on a wall hanging made with four of these blocks and I plan to release the pattern in my Payhip and Etsy shops within the next couple of weeks.
The last one I'll share for my trunk show is Noodles, which was designed for the Curves issue of Fat Quarterly magazine. It was fun making this one because it was only my second attempt at sewing curves and it was exciting to see each block come together the way it was supposed to! Noodles lives permanently on Miss Cleo, the 1923 Singer treadle machine in our entryway.
Thanks for coming to visit for my trunk show! If you're interested in sharing your own favourite quilts, the linky will remain open until November 18th, so there's still time to get in on the fun.

25 comments:

  1. What lovely quilts you shared with us....I really love the Dolphin Quilt with the "watery" fabric....and the real truck is such a treasure!

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  2. So fun to see your progression as a quilter. Love your flower box cushion and noodles quilt.

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  3. Yay!! I'm so glad you decided to do a trunk show of your own! :) So fun to see how your quilting has changed over the years. The swap quilt is gorgeous and I just love how that flower just pops right off of that pillow!

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  4. I love this trunk show idea and finding new quilters like you ! :)

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  5. Well now, you win the prize for the best trunk--I mean really, you keep your stash in one. That's so cool! It's been so fun seeing your quilts. I am a fan of Margaret's Wolfe's Ark animals, so you may have heard a squeal when I came to those. (I made a zoo quilt for a nephew from her book.) Have you ever used your treadle machine for sewing or quilting? It's a beauty. I love how you paired it with a modern quilt in your photo.

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  6. Love your stash trunk! The quilts for the boys are all fun. Love that you have a quilt called Noodles, it's a beauty. Wonderful show!

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  7. A real trunk! You have shared so many beautiful things--I can't pick a favorite. :)

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  8. Your quilts are so beautiful and your quilting on them is amazing. Add great photos and you've really made this trunk show a fun visit. I love your trunk! I have one that I should have photographed for this trunk show...wish I'd thought of it. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Very nice! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  10. Leanne I enjoyed all your pics. Your wall hangings are fabulous. Love the quilts you made for your boys too. My fave is your scrappy log cabin.

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  11. What a great group of quilts! thanks so much for sharing (love the dolphins!)

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  12. I think your car quilt is a version of Karie Patch's Jack and Jill. I've made the sailboat version. Love the way you changed that border!

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  13. Beautiful scrappy log cabin. Thanks for sharing all of your quilts.

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  14. Miss Cleo is lovely. I love that you shared a picture of you working on your first quilt. Oh and I am extremely jealous of your trunk :)

    Your quilts and your quilting are so beautiful, Leanne!! I can't pick a favourite. Thanks so much for sharing.

    -Soma

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  15. What a wonderfull job you've done on all you quilts. Thanks for sharing your quilting history with us as well as your lovely quilts.

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  16. I so enjoyed your trunk show and am jealous you even have an old trunk!!!

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  17. I *love* that your stash is stored in a trunk, that is so fun and perfect for this show. It is so much fun to get to see a retrospective of your work and progression of your style. It is also fun to see your photography and artistic quilt displays evolve, too.

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  18. Love your quilts, and your sons' names too, the same as 3 of my grandsons! And yours is a true "trunk show."

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  19. I love your trunk and the show. It has been fun seeing your quilting for the last year and a half.

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  20. Your old trunk does make my heart skip a beat. How fortunate are you to have such a treasure! Love all your quilts. Your son Nathan's quilt is a delight; those cars are such fun. Your scrappy log cabin is a scrappy treasure and your Schniztel and Boo Mini Quilt is singing a happy tune. Your FMQ is very impressive!

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  21. Great trunk show. I love the addition of the cars to your son's quilt and your curvy noodles is brilliant.

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  22. This is a great trunk show, and that old trunk is fabulous! The dolphin quilt is really cool, with the blue fabric that looks like water. Just so creative Leanne!

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  23. Thank you for a great trunk show. I really like seeing the quilts everyone has made. My favorite is the bear in the woods one. Very nice. I also like all the vehicles you put in your son's quilt. I made a trip around the world quilt, and was planning on appliqueing vehicles around the sides. This helps picture what that might look like.

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  24. Your work is beautiful. Congratulations on your published pattern. It is lovely and I really like the ones you are working on now.

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  25. Lovely work - it was fun seeing how your quilts evolved over time!

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