Thursday, November 19, 2015

Catching up............

I can't believe we are already more than half way through November! And I haven't shared any news for more than 2 weeks.

So what have I been doing? Recovering from Quilt Market - I caught a cold a couple of days after I got back from Houston so that set me back for a few days. Then I had lots of follow-ups to do after Market.

 A family dinner and spending time with my Granddaughter (after I recovered from the cold) were also scheduled. I made her first Christmas Stocking - nice and big so it will last for years and years.  The pocket is made from a sample panel of flannel fabric. There are 5 other panels with the snowman doing different things. Another project is in the works for those panels. I'll share the results after Christmas.

Decorative Machine stitching - just a bit of GLITZ!

I travelled to Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre in Nanaimo last week to talk about what is NEW in the quilting world and show the upcoming fabric collections from Northcott. Several students also joined me for a 'Demo and Make/Take' Day. I showed students how they can use Strip-Rs and No-Sew Circles fabrics to make some amazing projects.

No-Sew circles make this project quick and EASY!
Strip-R's - the fastest way to Bargello!

Students used my 'Ripless Paper Piecing' technique to make a Winter Tree Mug Rug. The new Clover Wedge Iron worked beautifully for paper piecing. Compact, thin sole so pressing is perfect and it heats up quickly and hot enough to use for all your patchwork and paper piecing projects.

I demo'd a couple of  rulers from Sew Kind of Wonderful. The original Quick Curve Ruler can be used for an amazing array of projects. Here's my demo sample.

The Quick Curve Mini is their latest offering. Check out all the arrangements that can be made with these blocks.

And here is a photo from their booth at Quilt Market. They have written lots of patterns for both rulers and also have a book with new projects and ideas.

Kathy, the shop owner, hosted me overnight at her home. She's getting ready for the holidays too. Check out these PJs her grandchildren will be receiving.....and even some for the DOLLY! She used Northcott's Lumberjack Flannel - so soft and cuddly and CUTE!

Dolly needs PJs too!

And, if that wasn't enough to keep me HOPPING in the last few weeks.....I have also written and published TWO NEW PATTERNS!

First up is CRISSCROSS - bold, graphic, easy strip piecing! Fabrics are from Northcott's Artisan Spirit collection Painter's Passion. You can also select your favourite 5 high contrast fabrics to make this 80" square quilt.

I designed Gemstone to showcase upcoming Island Batik fabrics - and I loved this design so much that I made it with the batik...................

and for my friend Jill as a 'Welcome Home' gift....................

and still another version for my granddaughter!

I've got another wallhanging size ready for binding. That will be next week's project.  I'll do a tutorial about how I sew my binding completely by machine. Stay tuned......

These new patterns are available in the Patchworks Studio Store.

Wow...this has been a LONG blogpost....but lots to catch up on.  Talk to you next week!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Patio Lanterns Quilt

This is the last quilt I made for International Quilt Market using Northcott's Stonehenge Gradation Brights fabrics. The pattern for this one will be available in early 2016.

 I longarm quilted the other quilts for Market (see my previous post here) but for this one I wanted to use some decorative machine stitches for the quilting.  Here's a closeup of one area of the quilt.

Machine Quilting with Decorative Stitches is one of the workshops I teach. See examples from this workshop here.

If you would like me to teach this workshop (or others) for your guild or shop, see details on my website.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Too Easy Stained Glass - it REALLY is!

I have the perfect solution for those wonderful fabrics that you hate to cut up. You know the ones I mean....landscapes, large scale modern prints, children's theme prints. Use my Too Easy Stained Glass method and you don't need to cut that great focus fabric at all!

Too Easy Stained Glass,
Too Easy Stained Glass projects from my book Simple Stained Glass Quilts

I had a few goals in mind when developing this method:
  • I wanted to sew around the stained glass part only once instead of making the quilt top and then having to stitch around the shapes again to do the quilting.
  • I wanted to prepare the entire stained glass leading and then put it ON TOP of my focus fabric so I didn't have to cut it up and fit it into the 'spaces'.
  • I needed to find a product that would give me the best results.
My method uses fusible web - and it is just like magic....students who have taken this class say 'It's Too Easy' and that is where the name came from.

Do you have these types of fabrics in your stash? Don't know what to do with them?  Join me for TOO EASY STAINED GLASS at the Academy of Quilting and turn those fabrics into quilts.

The class starts this Friday (October 30th) and I'll be there every day to help you discover this fun technique.

Too Easy Stained Glass,
Class Project, Academy of Quilting

In Lesson One you will learn the basic steps, including how to select fabrics for your first project, how to use fusible web to create the stained glass leading and how to fuse it to your fabric to make the quilt top.

In Lesson Two you will learn how I layer my quilt top with backing and batting and how to stitch the leading with a zigzag stitch.'ll be quilting at the same time!  I will show you how to stitch corners and curves so you have perfect stitching. I'll also show you how I bind my quilts.

In Lesson Three you will learn how to adjust or redesign the leading to fit a larger piece of focus fabric. I'll also share how I have used printed photographs in my stained glass quilts. We will also look at how you can create your own focus fabric and how to adapt this method to make a lap or bed-size quilt.
Too Easy Stained Glass, www.patchworkstudio.comToo Easy Stained Glass,

The class is open for registration so ENROLL TODAY and join me for Too Easy Stained Glass.   See you in the Classroom!

Monday, October 26, 2015

More Quilts!

I was a cutting, piecing, quilting 'machine' creating more new pattern quilts in September and part of October.  Here is a 'sneak peak' of the quilts that you'll see as patterns over the next few months.

Happy Hour........
uses an amazing collection of fabrics based on Northcott's Colorworks fabrics.

The collection is called Colorworks Concepts and the panel I started with is called 'Cosmopolitan'.

That lead me to think of the drink....which always is served in martini-style glasses.

What fun it was to design the paper pieced martini glasses and to make this quilt!

Here are 2 quilts I designed and made using Stonehenge Gradations Brights fabrics. These are the PERFECT range of 5 values in a range of colourways.

Illusions uses Stonehenge Tiles (10" squares) plus yardage to make this 52" square quilt. The pattern will include 4 different colour options!

Picnic in the Park - 62" x 82"

This quilt goes together very quickly - piecing is simple and I fused the circles to the large blocks and then used machine blanket stitch to applique them.

I designed one more quilt with these fun fabrics. I'll show you that one next week.

Sign up to receive my FREE online Newsletter and you'll be the first to know when these designs are available as patterns.  The link is to the right and I'll send you a FREE pattern (and more!)as my thank you.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Coming soon.....another new design.

You haven't heard from me for quite a while.....because I have been creating a LOT of new quilts.  I'll be telling you about them over the next few weeks.

First up is a quilt for my friend Jill. She has been away from Victoria for 14 years since her husband was stationed in Italy, Belgium and the US. This is a 'Welcome Home' for Jill and a reminder of her travels in Italy.

I also made a smaller version of this design for my granddaughter. 
This one uses super cuddly flannel from Northcott.

I don't often make a quilt more than a couple of times but I just loved how this design went together and so I just had to make one more!  

This full size quilt uses an upcoming collection from Island Batik. The quilt is on display in their booth at International Quilt Market in Houston this week.

I have named my upcoming pattern Gemstone and it will include all 3 sizes.  Stay tuned for the release later this fall!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Pattern - Spinners!

My latest pattern really makes a 'spin'!

Pairs of five different pinwheel blocks are arranged in vertical rows in the center of this lap quilt. 

The easy-to-make triangle borders add an asymmetrical frame to the quilt.

The pattern shows you how to sort the cut pieces into bags to keep you organized as you make the blocks and pieced borders.

Quilt Size: 52" x 66"

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Order the pattern here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fun with Paintstiks - at the Academy of Quilting

Registration is open for my Fun with Paintstiks class at the Academy of Quilting

Class begins on FRIDAY, October 9th
Whenever I offer this class, many of the students said they had bought Paintstiks but just didn't know what to do with them. Is that YOU too? Why not join me and discover what you can do with your Paintstiks! 
I will show you how to use Shiva Paintstiks to add color, pattern and texture to your fabrics. You will learn several ways to apply the paint, how to put it just where you want it and how to blend paint to create a rainbow of rich colours.

You will fill a sketchbook for future reference as part of each exercise. The final lesson includes using the paint to highlight and color quilted projects and appliqué designs.

You will have plenty of time to learn in this class. Our classroom remains open until November 16.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Flowers on Friday

I have posted pictures of hydrangeas at the peak of blooming in the summer.

But the colour when the nights are cooler is just as beautiful!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Labels....means the quilts are almost finished

The last step for each quilt I make is to prepare and sew a label on the back of the quilt. You can see that I've been very busy over the last few weeks. Four quilts are almost ready for their labels!

These will all be new patterns coming later this year and the beginning of 2016!

I'll post pictures of the quilts soon.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Penta Lanceolata
(Egyptian Star Flower)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Flowers on Friday

(all photos taken at Butchart Gardens)

The foliage is stunning too!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I first told you about this quilt in December 2013 - WOW....I hadn't realized this quilt had been a UFO for that long!  But it is finally complete - quilted, bound and ready to use.

The madras plaid fabrics and some of the prints were collected when I was teaching on my Caribbean Quilt cruise.

I used my HQ Avante to quilt my quilt. I used the 6" HQ Mini Ruler to guide the straight stitching on the floral patches and I stitched bubbles in the Madras patches. I used Superior Rainbows thread.

It feels good to finish this quilt....only about 10 more UFO's to be quilted!

Here's the link to the original blog post with information about the design.

Monday, September 14, 2015

We have a WINNER!

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2nd Annual Flowers on Friday Challenge. It was a tough decision but I am pleased to announce the winner of this year's Challenge - Denni G. from Smyrna, Tennessee.  

Denni's entry was based on the Fritillaria - Crown Imperial photograph.

Denni described her entry:

I was inspired by the photograph of the Fritillaria – Crown Imperial.  Fritillaria is described as “a flower with spotted petals, long narrow leaves, bell shaped with spotted or checkered petals.”  One of the yellow fabrics, one of the green fabrics, and the brown fabric are all speckled.  The green fabric that surrounds the center court is checkered. There are several crowns in the design.  The fabric colors repeat the colors in the photograph.  I used my Electric Quilt 7 program to come up with a design.  The center block is “Andrea’s Fancy,” and the corner blocks are “Rising Sun.”  “Flowering Snowball” is the second block on rows one and three; and the first and third blocks of row two. 

Denni will be receiving the Grand Prize:

Stonehenge Stone Strips
My Pad &Schmetz Universal and Machine Quilting needles
Row by Row 2015 Charm Squares
Stonehenge Pink Ribbon - 5 fat quarters
Northcott Colorworks (solids) - Fat Quarter Roll (blues)
4 Patchworks Studio patterns

Watch for a NEW CHALLENGE in SPRING 2016!