Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Published! I Love House Blocks

What an absolute delight to see my sweet house quilt in Martingale Publishing's newest book, 'I Love House Blocks'.

When I created mine, I wanted a modern look yet still have fun with it. 
It is made with 2 blocks that I called 'fat and skinny houses'.   My kids loved seeing what color combinations I would come up with and where I would put them on the quilt. 
It is called 'Village On A Hill'. 

Here are a sampling of a few of the other quilts in this book, and they are all wonderful!

My Hometown by Christa Watson

Home Is Where The Heart Is by Melissa Corry

Four Generations by Amanda Niederhauser

A giveaway will be taking place on the Martingale blog today, and if you go to my facebook page, I will also be giving away one of the books. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Quilting and more quilting!

I think May and June are the two busiest months for me.  Gearing up for Quilt Canada 2017, Canada's national quilt conference and all the social media that goes along with that has been crazy and amazing all at the same time.

I have managed to sneak in a few fun little projects and am working on some new projects that are not quite ready to be shared.

While this does look like Easter eggs that are actually napkins, my kids have enjoyed using them at all meals, any season.

This sweet button bowl showed up on a facebook page made with glue, and I just had to try my own version of it.   Using a balloon and buttons, I went to work.   It was messy that is for sure.   Someone mentioned putting a rick rack border on the outer edge, so I may have to go back and do that. 

Here is something I tried and have been doing quite a few of lately. Thread sketching has caught my fancy.   I can't really draw but am finding objects that don't require a lot of skill in their shapes and am having fun with that.  

Next up, I am diving into some ruler work so you will see some quilts coming out of that. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017


The excitement of getting that package in the mail and opening it to see your quilt block in print is one of the best things in life!

I had the privilege of being selected to appear in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks volume 15 with one of my blocks.

This is the block that was chosen to get in with so many other wonderful blocks!

It incorporates my hexies that I make from a circle, where you can see the tutorial for it here

In the meantime, I have been finishing up another project that will be sent off next week!  I really did a lot of free motion quilting on this one, so I hope they like it!   Here are some sneak peeks of it. 

I did notice when I used the dark pink thread on the light blue fabric, it really showed my stitches and hilited if my circles were not quite perfect.  Then I started getting nervous that they weren't perfect and made them even more messy. Finally I calmed down and continued on, realistically, it is just a quilt=)

I hope you are getting some quilting time in now that spring is here!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chatting with Pat Sloan

What a thrill Monday March 27th is going to be as I have the opportunity to represent Canada's national quilt organization and chat with Pat Sloan on her podcast about our Big Quilt Bee. 

Our goal to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday is to make 1,000 quilts to go to kids in care at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.

At this point in time, we have 300 finished quilts and enough tops and blocks to make 200 more!

Almost at the half way point! If you want to help, please go here and see how simple it is to make a block and participate!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Two Free Quilt patterns for a game and a quilted wall hanging

Wow, time really does fly when you are having fun!
I have been busy over on the QUILTsocial blog whipping up some cute patterns using Northcott Fabrics.

The first is a game of X's and O's, but I used hearts instead of the X's as it was right around Valentine's Day.  I know kind of sappy=)

You can get the link here to get the instructions on how to make it!  Yes, I did quilt hearts in the background. I even made sure it would roll up for easy traveling.

This next quilted wall hanging looks so adorable in real life, and I am not just saying it because I made it, or because it has circles all over it.

I used a bias tape maker to make the trunk and branches and it worked really well. 

The hearts were fused on and then quilted. 

My latest project has circles in it, that is the rough plan anyway.  No sketch with this one, which is not something I usually do. I always have a sketch in my art pad, but this one, I just went into my studio and started to sew!

I hope you are doing lots of fun quilting projects!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Two Free Quilt Patterns Using Northcott's Naturescapes Fabric

Happy New Year!

I have had the pleasure of bringing in the New Year making two fun quilts using Northcott's Naturescapes collection.

The best part is the patterns are free and available over at QUILTsocial.
The first one, I show you a super simple way to the Drunkard's Path block.  Trust me when I say, it is easy, no pins and actually fun!  Plus it involves circles and I love circles.  Here is the quilt, I called it Pebble Play, because the one fabric of pebbles I simply adore!
My kids thought it looked like a zipper=) You can get the pattern here.

Here is a close up of some of the quilting. Had a little fun free motion quilting it too. 

The next quilt I made is called Fractured Landscapes.  It is a pieced chevron looking quilt, and before all the pieces are sewn together, it gets fractured by black fabric strips.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fast and Easy Aprons on my Janome Memory Craft 9400

I love quick and easy gifts to give to coworkers, bring to parties or simply give as a gift.
With the holiday season upon us, I opted to make gifts for the cooks in the house. One that would not only be practical but make them feel festive and stylish.
This cute apron does up in no time at all. In fact if you get an assembly line going, you can do up a batch of them in a few hours.

hand towels often found at dollar stores, pick up some holiday ones or everyday ones

long strips of corresponding fabric


Cut a strip of fabric 64" x 2 1/2". You  will have to piece it to get the length. This is for a narrow band, if you want a wider band, make it 64" x 3".

Sew narrow ends under 1/4" to the wrong side.

Fold the fabric 1/4" on each long side to the wrong side and press.

Fold in half and press.

Find the centre of the strip and place a pin. Do the same with the top of the handtowel, lengthwise.

Matching the two pins, taking the long side of the top of the hand towel, place the towel on the wrong side of the strip opened up, about 1/2" in towards the centre.

Fold over the top half of fabric and pin along the strip ensuring the towel is tucked in  and pinning the fabric together.

Sew along the bottom of fabric catching the hand towel as you go. You can see I chose a fun decorative stitch from the 'Play' menu! It even tells you which foot (F) to attach to use with the stitch!

Enjoy your beautiful new apron!

Friday, December 2, 2016

I am quilting on my Janome MC9400

Whew, I have been doing project after project and forgot to share over here! 
The great news is I have 3 projects on QUILTsocial next week for you to check out!  They are cute, fast and just in time for Christmas!  In fact I made all 3 in a weekend and they are now all wrapped up for Christmas presents!
Can you guess what those orange shapes are?  I am hoping you guessed carrots!   Yes, you bet I have a quilt that uses those carrots and it is stinkin' cute!  

 I love this picture, one because I love getting to the 'binding' stage of a quilt and second it means I am almost done a Canada 150 quilt that got shipped off to the publisher! It was so much fun to use my NEW Janome MC 9400!

My most exciting news is getting published in another book with Martingale!
It is a wonderful book and I will have more on that next week with giveaways to boot! 

Here is my sweet quilt using Riley Blake fabrics!

Come by next week for 3 projects and a giveaway!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Canada's Big Quilt Bee

In 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. As quilters, we wanted to celebrate in style, grand style! Our national quilt association decided that we would make 1,000 quilts to go to kids in care at Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation!

This is the cool logo Jill Buckley made! She is an amazing artist and a complete sweetheart to boot!

So we began promoting.... and then things went a little crazy!  Soon quilters from coast to coast were jumping on board.   We asked them to make a 'slab block' designed by Cheryl Arkison.   We named it Canada's Big Quilt Bee . #bigquiltbee is what we will use in our social media posts.

Jill Buckley also sent me some slab blocks.  Did I mention she has an incredible sense of humour?

I even made a fun movie trailer on facebook, that you can watch here.
We are inviting well known Canadians to come to the national conference in June in Toronto where we will host the Big Bee.   I have my three that I would like to come and am pretty much driving the committee crazy asking if they have heard back from them!

If you want to join in the fun and be a part of something national while helping kids at Ronald McDonald Houses... please join in!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Two Cute Quilt Tutorials

It's been a fantastic September to say the least.

This adorable Spider quilt was featured on the QUILTsocial blog, I created a free pattern and it was so much fun to make, be sure to check out the little spider hanging right off the quilt!

My little turtle quilt was also featured on QUILTsocial blog as well.  It is also a free pattern. 

I used some sweet buttons to make their little hats pop!