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!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Schedules and Fall and Quilts

It's that time of the year again when the slow days of summer come to an end and my darling kids head off to school.

I don't know who is more sad, them or me.  I love having them with me all summer long and hate to see them head out to the confines of a classroom for the next 10 months.

I have been quilting on projects throughout the summer to meet deadlines.

One quilt has lovely solid modern colours in it and oh so many half square triangles!
I find that if I press and cut very exact plus sew exactly 1/4" then it goes much smoother in the long run.

I even found time to make a cute spider for a free pattern over at QUILTsocial in mid September.

I downloaded this very cool app on my phone called PRISMA.   And it allows me to manipulate pics in many different ways. Below is the original shot and the pic beneath that shows four different images of the same picture!  Cool ay?

Signing off, is a picture of my happy place.   When deadlines are pressing and life throws curve balls, I can go here. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Free Quilted Table Runner Pattern

I am back with a fun table runner pattern over at the QuiltSocial blog!
Day 1 instructions are here.
Day 2 here
Day 3 here. 
It involves piecing and fusing.  Very easy and very fast but allows you to play with color and prints to create adorable flowers out of various sized fused circles.  I had so much fun making it!

I stacked layers of circles together to create cute flowers then fused them down to the runner.  

To create the leaves, I simply free motion quilted the shapes coming out off the green pieced stems.

I had fun adding some creative quilting in the circle flowers as well as the background for the runner.

I was even named the 'Quilted Flower Queen' after someone saw this pattern=)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

'I Love Nine Patches' Book

I can't wait to see it! Martingale Publishing has done it again. With their fun 'I Love' series, they have put together a book with 16 adorable quilting projects in it centered around the nine patch.

I have the privilege of being in the book with TWO quilts! I don't mean to brag ( ok, I really do want to just for a moment) but the image of the quilt on the right hand side, second from the bottom, is my quilt!  That means I am a cover girl! Technically probably a 1/4 cover girl, but still... that is pretty exciting!

This book is all nine patches! And we know that those are super simple to make. Yet the quilters turned them into gorgeous quilts.   I picked just a few to show you how incredibly fun this book is!

Counted Nine Patch by Sherri Falls

Bespoke by Corey Yoder

Lollipops by Barb Cherniwchan

To The Nines by Audrie Bidwell

Old Nine by Tammy Vonderschmitt

The next two are mine! I remember madly sewing these up as my kids were out of school and I had to get them done and off to the publisher to make the deadline! It was so much fun and Martingale has to be the sweetest and kindest team of people in the publishing world that I have ever met! They treat you so well from start to finish, I simply adore them!

Jewel of the Nine by Jackie White

Take a Bite Out of Life by Jackie White

There will be some fun giveaways in a few weeks as the books hit the stores, so stay tuned! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Goodbye May and June! Now onto quilting

I can't believe how time has just flown by! And life is full of surprises and unexpected events.
In May, there was a very unexpected death in the family and that shook life up to never quite be the same again. But I think that is one of those things apparently we have to go through, get through and somehow move on.

But this blog is not to make you sad.   June came in like a hurricane as it was all prep for Quilt Canada! Our national conference in which I got to play a small part in.  Up to it, my stomach was butterflies as I had some incredible opportunities to speak in front of quilters and of course was nervous.  

Quilt Canada arrived and it was unreal!   Literally. I designed and with the help of a great friend, set up our booth.  It won Best Booth award!  Ok, there wasn't really an award, but I know if there was an award it would have won!

 I used my Accquilt to cut out the circles... but still there are over 1,000 and I then had to glue and pin all those circles on! But really it is circles and I fell in love with it. 

See those cute lollipops out of pool noodles? Oh it was just the most delightful booth ever! Lots of people even took their picture in front of the circle heart! 

This quilt below is by Helen Fujiki and it won Best of Show.  All the winners are here

 Cinzia Allocca won an award with this fabulous black and white quilt!

Leanne Chahley also won an award with her fantastic blue circle quilt!

 I gave ten tours of the National Juried Show over the four days. One day had four tours, three of them back to back and 45 minutes in length.  It was tiring but it was so exhilarating being able to educate quilters on our National Juried Show and talk about how hard the judges work and the difficult decisions they have to make. 

I even lucked out and got to emcee the Juried Show awards night! Not the best pic of me but just wanted to show you that I was right up there where the action was! Really the best place to be when big awards are being given out! And it was a super fancy microphone, and the place was packed! Like standing room only! There is a chance it was because they wanted to see who won, but I secretly think they came to see me speak.   (totally joking!)

On the last day of show, the editors from 'A Needle Pulling Thread' give me the latest edition of the magazine.  Guess whose quilt that is?  Okay, did you guess me?  Yeppers, my quilt is right smack in the mag!

After two days of early bedtimes I think I am ready to head back into my studio and get quilting!