Showing posts from April, 2014

Up A Creek

Time for something fresh. New. Fast. I'm feeling the need, the need for Speed!

Inspired by this quilt and this quilt, I took a jelly roll of the New Bright Palette by Kona, paired each strip with a Kona Charcoal strip and then cut the Charcoal strips at somewhat varying lengths. If I just used the jelly roll, the quilt top would have been 82 inches long. I decided to add four more colours though so that the top would finish at 90" long and could handle the quilting without shrinking it too much.

As the strips got sewn together, I kept thinking that it looked like a creek, a rainbow creek more specifically.

The top's not quite together yet, but I'm already loving the rainbow progression.

I'm also working on my photography skills. I'm taking the Shoot It: Product Photography Class on Craftsy class, as well as reading Maria Elkins' tutorial and the Shoot That Quilt! site. I'm trying to get the whites in my quilts to look white, the reds and oranges to sto…

Put A Pin In It

I'm finally starting to kick this cold's butt to the curb. Good riddance! Funnily enough, it coincided with finishing the binding on Scrap{Bee} 2.0. ;) I'll share it next week once I've taken some good photos of it.

Our OMQG swap this month is a pincushion, maximum size 6" square. I made this one for my friend Jan from The Pickle Dish.

I was trying to channel some Zakka. I used Essex Linen (natural?), some aqua fabric I had in my stash and Little Matroyshka by Carly Griffith for Riley Blake that I found in Jan's shop. I'm very happy with how the pincushion turned out. So much so that I will just have to make another one for me. :)

Edited to add: The pincushion is filled with crushed walnut shells. I bought them at Pet Smart and they look like this. You can fill a pincushion with all sorts of things, but I like the weight and shape that the walnut shells give it. Walnut shells are allergenic, I'm told, so you need to make sure that the person using it do…

Odds and Sods

Mad About Patchwork is in the last week of its six-year anniversary celebration. Save 16% until the end of the month on all precuts - charms, rolls & strips, and two new tumbler sets — Mormor and Enchant. Yummy! Use the coupon code CHARM16 at checkout to get the discount.

EQ7 for Mac was released this week. Yay! I'm thinking about getting it, but haven't seen any reviews yet. Anyone get it? Thoughts? Reviews?  ***
Spotted this quilt at the Museum of History. It was a quilt that was made by Japanese students in response to a quilt made by Canadian students after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in 2011. I just loved reading the messages on it -- "We are One". :)


And finally some Pinspiration...

This next one is more wishful thinking for me, but doesn't it make you smile?

Have a great day and be awesome!

Linking up with Really Random Thursday over at Live a Colorful Life.

It's A Bee-utiful Day!

The snow is all gone, the birds are back, the kids come home wet and muddy, I've got a cold that just won't quit, and hockey playoff season has begun -- these are the true signs of Spring in my household. When hockey playoff season begins so does quilting season and I've been taking advantage of the extra studio time to finish up some bee blocks.

The Garden Fence block (Tutorial) in tangerine and aqua for Anne-Marie of my Canadians Quilt Bee:

Square in a Square Blocks for Joanne of my OMQG Bee:

Interesting discussion over at Molli Sparkles today...

I'm linking in to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread NetworkW.i.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Hope you have a great day!

A Little of This, A Little of That

Happy Easter all! Did you hear? Craftsy's having a super Easter sale. Sweet!

Enjoy up to 75% off all Fabric with Craftsy's BIG Easter Sale happening now!
Enjoy up to 75% off at Craftsy's BIG Easter Sale

For those in the Ottawa area, I'm teaching a Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler class on Wednesday, May 7th from 10 - 4 p.m. at The Country Quilter in Richmond. It's already almost full (woo hoo!) so if you're interested, sign up soon!

I've been working away on Scrap{Bee} 2.0. I finished the quilting last night. Yay! I thought I'd block it because of the different types of quilting and the improv piecing had some puffs here and there. Should have known that blocking this quilt wouldn't be straightforward as nothing has been simple to date. LOL!

As I was laying it out though, I saw that the dark red had bled. A lot! I've been pre-washing all my fabrics for at least five years, but these fabrics were pulled from the scrap bin and are older t…

Modern Block Monday - Feathers

I've loved Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed quilt for some time. For my OMQG bee, I chose the Feather block. Now what I didn't realize when I chose it, is just how tricky it would be to figure out how to make just one block. According to the free pattern (Thank you, Anna!), one block contains two feathers. A friend gave me this great link that makes the feather cutting simpler. I fiddled with Meredith's measurements and figured out that 10" strips will make two feathers. Here is my practice block:

The making of the strip blocks for the feathers is fussy, but otherwise, it's a pretty straightforward block. I really love the look. I can't wait to see what my bee mates come us with.

In case there are some of you who just want to make two feathers (maybe for a bee or a pillow), here are the instructions I gave my bee mates:

Please read through all of the instructions before beginning.

1 fat quarter of a background fabric (cream) 
2 - 1" by 19" s…

TGIFF! - Fibonacci Is Not Random - Part Two

On Tuesday, I mentioned that fixing my Fibonacci Is Not Random triptych is a goal for this quarter. Inspired by The Da Vinci Code and a Quilters Newsletter article on the Fibonacci sequence, I designed and made this triptych for our dining room in 2005 (Parts One, Two and Three).

The centre (Part Two) uses 1" squares on a fusible grid. It was a beast to quilt on my old machine because it was thick and stiff. Originally I wanted gold thread in lines radiating outwards, but my machine was having none of it. In frustration, I used cream cotton thread on the grid and extended the lines outward in the background in gold. Lots of nests and tension problems. I think I redid it several times. Finally, I just tied off the cream threads at the back as best I could so it looked like this. Attractive, eh?

Fast forward a couple of years and it gets damaged with caulking while we were installing crown moulding. I cleaned what I could, but there was still significant residue on the binding of a…

One Goal, Two Goals, Red Goals, Blue Goals

I'm having a hard time staying motivated to quilt my Scrap{Bee} 2.0 quilt. It's big and it's cumbersome. The quilting is supposed to be wonky to work with the wonky blocks, but I find it sometimes just looks bad. This quilt is apparently going to test me all the way to completion. So I'm making it my April goal for A Year of Lovely Finishes to finish this one.

I was hoping to finish it for TGIFF! this week, since I'm hosting, but it's not looking close enough, is it?

I'm also going to do my Q2 Finish-A-Long goals in this post too.

Q2 Goals for FAL 2014:

1) Scrap{Bee} 2.0: As mentioned above.

2) Carsick: I think I'll need a smaller project before I tackle this one, but I'm putting it down to finish this quarter too.

3) Blue Improv: I really enjoyed the process of making Purplelicious so now I'd like to see if I can do one with blues, starting with this block.

 Or this one.

4) Re-finish Fibonacci Is Not Random: The binding was damaged several years…

Introducing Mad About Patchwork

Happy Monday, all! I'm very happy to announce that Mad About Patchwork has become a sponsor for Quilt Matters. Yay!  

I still remember the first time I saw a Mad About Patchwork booth at our local quilt show about five years ago. Pam, the wonderful owner of Mad About Patchwork, had a booth that looked very different from all the other booths. It was bright and bold, and not a calico in sight. I loved all those colours! It was the first time I'd heard about Amy Butler fabrics (beautiful!) and I had no idea what to do with them. Five years later, I still don't know what to do with Amy Butler fabrics (still find them beautiful!) and I still love Pam's great selection of fabrics. LOL!

Mad About Patchwork is celebrating 6 years in business this month. Congratulations, Pam! She has a coupon good until tonight - $10 off purchases over $50 with the coupon CELEBRATE10. I know I'll be stocking up on Konas...

Or maybe some Charlie Harper:

Or maybe it's time for some spri…

Fibonacci Twist - A Work in Progress

While making Innocence Lost, Courage Found, I kept thinking that the Fibonacci sequence (related to the Golden Ratio) depicted in tile formation could be a cool quilt design. Wouldn't using the Golden Ratio as the founding design principle for a quilt almost automatically assure success? I wasn't interested in the spiral or conch shell look so much, but the graphic look of the square tiles.

I also thought it might be neat to play with complementary contrast and colour ratio (i.e. 1:3 yellow to purple, etc).

I made two blocks using the Fibonacci sequence up to 13 again and rotated one of them to get this:

Hmm, it has potential, but it needs more and I'm not sure quite what yet. Something to balance the colour ratios? Using the Golden Ratio is not so easy. LOL! Thoughts?


I've been a big fan of Craftsy for a while now. I've taken over 20 classes with them. I've learned how to dye fabric with Jane Dunnewold, inset circles with Cheryl Arkinson, free motion quilt negative space with Angela Walters, and design modern quilts with Weeks Ringle. Right now, I'm branching out and taking a photography class.

I've really enjoyed every class I've taken with them and, since I recommend Craftsy to everyone I talk to anyway, I decided to become an affiliate. That means that I now have that button on my sidebar with a link to Craftsy and I get a commission if any of you sign up for classes through my links.

I'm going to be using the money to help fund this rather expensive quilty habit of mine. My pie-in-the-sky dream is to get to QuiltCon 2015, but we'll see. It may be 2017. Or 2019. ;) Maybe it will be used towards my ideal cutting table (counter height, on wheels, with scrap baskets underneath for immediate sorting and storage). Or m…

Lunch, Anyone?

April Fools's Update: We tried switching the kids in their beds last night. One of them woke up though and wanted to return to his bed. Oh well. The other two thought it was funny when we told them about it this morning though.

The auction for the OMQG went really well last night. Such a great group of people! I put the placemats out as two sets of four, as many of you recommended. Thank you! Both sets were bid on and sold. Yay! We also approved our Constitution, By-Laws and Procedures and approved a motion to officially join the Modern Quilt Guild. Double yay!

On the theme of dining (placemats yesterday), this is a lunch bag I made for a friend's birthday. I used this favourite lunch bag tutorial from Ayumi at the Pink Penguin. Still love the design of the bag!

I had picked up the fabrics for they exterior separately and then noticed that they go so well together. Then I looked at the selvages. D'uh! They are both from Jay McCarroll's Center City line for FreeSpirit. …