Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Border Quilt - Quilt Along - Not Done Yet

I'm away this week and next. Hopefully I'll have an update showing my final border in early December. 

Hope you have completed all those HSTs.....I'm STILL making some of mine, in between working on Holiday Projects...that I can't share yet!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Photos to Share

My granddaughter loves her new 'big girl' bed (was her Dad's - complete with stickers!). And Granny had to give her a larger quilt to keep her warm.

You might recognize this quilt. It is my pattern Under the Northern Lights and it is the project I taught on a quilt cruise to Alaska last summer.

Check out these great 'Convergence' quilts from the class I taught last week at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop in Victoria.  Great job ladies!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Border Quilt - Quilt Along - Part 5

I'm a day late....and a bit behind with the Quilt Along.  I had to 'shift gears' and work on one of my own pattern quilts over the past couple of weeks.

This new pattern uses Stonehenge Gradations - those shaded fabrics work so well in this design!

Buy my pattern here.


Now....on to the Quilt Along!

I knew I would have to 'work smarter' for this part - with 304 Half Square Triangles needed for the Pinwheel Border!!

I thought I would use Thangles so I would not need to do any trimming....but I didn't have the correct size!  

So back to marking the cut squares and sewing 1/4" on each side of the line.

But....why not keep them 'chained together' - would that speed things up a bit?

IT DID! I didn't cut my chain of squares apart when I cut on the marked line.

That meant I could put an entire 'chain' on my ironing board, walk the iron down the row and press more efficiently. After they were pressed I cut them apart.  What a time saver this was! I didn't need to arrange all the sewn triangles and then press them. They lined up perfectly. This will be my new way to press HSTs!

I did have to trim with my Bloc-Loc ruler but this results in the perfect size.

I'm working along making the blocks 

and I'm loving how this brings that peach colour back into the quilt!

How are YOU doing with your quilt?  Be sure to share your progress on the 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

International Quilt Festival - Donation Quilt

The International Quilt Association sponsors International Quilt Festival in Houston every year. And they invite quilters to donate a small quilt as a fundraiser for the organization.

This year I donated one of my Give & Take Applique quilts.

This New York Beauty quilt uses Northcott's Stonehenge fabrics - very appropriate since Northcott is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Stonehenge fabrics next year.

Hope my quilt is popular and makes a lot of money for the organization!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Not your 'typical' Attic Windows quilt!

Did you know that I teach online at the Academy of Quilting? Most of my workshops are 'On Demand' - you don't have to wait for a specific date to begin the class. 

And for the month of November, my workshops are 15% off!

Today I'd like to tell you about one of these On Demand workshops: Attic Windows.  Well - this isn't your 'typical' attic windows class. 

You know the ones, where the teacher tells you exactly what size to cut everything and your quilt looks just like the one your friend made in the class. Oh, maybe you have different fabrics for the windows but her quilt looks better than yours!

This is a class where you can make an Attic Windows quilt that works with YOUR fabric perfectly.  I will show you how to explore a variety of window options to suit your fabric and to design your own one-of-a-kind quilt. 

Ideas to test your design ideas will be presented and practised. You'll use graph paper and pattern drafting techniques and I'll give you feedback as you refine your design.

Then you will experiment with a variety of supporting fabrics to enhance your design. You'll choose these fabrics with attention to 'value', knowledge that will help you choose fabrics with more confidence in the future.

You will learn my fool-proof method to sew traditional mitered windows. This is a skill you'll have for any future project where you'd like to add a mitred border.

This is both a design and sewing class, suitable for confident beginners with rotary cutting skills and basic quilt making skills.

Why not join me in the Attic Windows classroom today. ENROLL HERE.

Here are some of the amazing and inspiring quilts made by students in this workshop.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Setup Day

For the first year in almost 20 years I am NOT at International Quilt Market in Houston and I'm definitely missing all the fun including see long-time friends and seeing what is new and exciting in our quilting world.

I'm not missing the booth setup part as much!  But I'm there in spirit....working on the setup for the Victoria Quilters' Guild Christmas Sale that starts this afternoon.

I even wore my new Northcott shirt (that I would have normally worn in Houston to help in their booth).  Thanks Northcott for the great shirt and CONGRATULATIONS on the Stonehenge 10th Anniversary!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Border Quilt - Quilt Along - Part 4

I am moving along with my quilt. The next border is Friendship Stars. I took a lot of pictures as I made this border and I hope some of my hints and tips will help you as you make the blocks for this border.

I layered the marked squares on the dark squares and
'chain pieced' 1/4" from the marked line (both sides).
This saves time (and thread!).

I used a small ruler to cut the squares apart on the marked line.
The smaller ruler is easier to move around - also a time saver.

I arranged as many sewn units as I could on my ironing board and
pressed toward the dark fabric.
Can you see a 'theme' here? I'm all about saving time!

I want PERFECT Half Square Triangles and this is assured with the Bloc_Loc ruler.
First you trim one corner (with the ruler 'locked' on to the seams).

Turn the block. lock onto the seam and trim the opposite corners.....

and the blocks are the perfect size with the diagonal seam right in the corners.

More time saving with chain pieced units and the whole chain on the ironing board.

Snip the threads between and these units are DONE!

Pressing these steam open gives a flatter quilt.

Sewing with the 'blocks strip' on top of the plain border
allows me to see where the star points are.

Worked perfectly - no cut off points!

Friendship Stars and plain borders are now on my quilt.

The next border needs MORE Half Square Triangles. I'm going to try a different method so be sure to watch for the next instalment in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Electric Quilt Software

Do you wonder how I design all the quilt patterns I make? I don't use graph paper and coloured pencils. I want to really SEE how my designs will look with the actual fabric I intend to use.

The tool I use is Electric Quilt - the full-featured design software for quilters. I have been an EQ user for over 20 years!

I know some of you also use the software to design your projects and you may have recently upgraded to Version 8 of the software.  I did too!  But I have been so busy designing that I haven't really done a 'deep dive' into all the new features included in this new version. I decided that I really needed to be more 'systematic' about learning the software. You too?

To help me along I'm placing an order for some great Electric Quilt books.

I thought perhaps you would like one or more of these books too so I'm giving you the opportunity to Pre-Order any of these books from Patchworks Studio.

This only will work well for CANADIAN quilters since I have to buy the books from Electric Quilt Company in the US and then convert the US pricing to Canadian pricing (and it wouldn't make sense for me to have to convert it back again to US pricing and ship back across the border).

I have added these 3 books to my Online Store for PRE-ORDER*.

I am also adding Electric Quilt Printables designed for Inkjet printers to my order
since I am out-of-stock and this is the BEST product I have ever used for printing on fabric.

Read about how a quilt using EQ Printable fabric survived Hurricane Florence!

Premium Cotton Satin Inkjet Fabric
Contains 6 sheets, 8 ½" x 11"
Thread count: 283

Inkjet Fabric Sheets
Contains 6 sheets, 8 ½" x 11"
Thread count: 200

Premium Cotton Lawn Fabric
Contains 6 sheets, 8 ½" x 11"
Thread count: 240
You can PRE-ORDER* these now too.

I will be placing my Electric Quilt order first thing on November 5th so get your order in to me no later than midnight on Sunday, November 4th.

*NOTE: Your Credit Card will NOT BE CHARGED 

until I am ready to ship your order to you.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Finished! Water Reflections Block of the Month

I finished the last stitches on this quilt over the weekend. 

It is the Water Reflections Block of the Month that I taught at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop here in Victoria.

I made my quilt a bit larger than the original design by adding extra borders so it would be Queen size. The fabrics are amazing (Northcott Artisan Spirit Water Garden) and the blocks went together perfectly.

Here are a some closeups too.

This quilt will be included in the

Victoria Quilters' Guild Annual Christmas Sale
Friday, November 2 (1:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Saturday, November 3 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Salvation Army Citadel
4030 Douglas Street

You will fine unique gifts -
wall hangings, baby quilts, bed quilts, 
original handbags, ornaments and more!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Batiks in Courtenay

Lots of Banyan Batiks have arrived at Red Barn Quilt Shop in Courtenay.  I snapped a few pictures while I was there yesterday.
These fabrics are from the
Nostalgic Vibes collection.

Sophie, Ikat Sketch and Nostalgic Vibes in this picture
 and the one below.

They also have a good selection of colours of Canvas by Northcott. This is a textured cotton fabric with a silky smooth finish. Comes in 32 colours - you'll find one that works in any project you are making!

What are YOU working on this week?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Ombre Fabrics - Make the Shading Work for You

Have you seen all the shaded fabrics in your local shops? Most often they begin with a light colour next to one selvage and by the time you are at the other selvage they are a darker value of the colour.

Wikipedia explains that Ombré is the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.

Here are some examples of these types of 'shaded fabrics':

Stonehenge Gradations Ombre
by Northcott
A fusion of colours in this fabric,
but still light through dark.
Stonehenge Gradations Ombre
by Northcott

Here are more styles of shaded fabrics:

The colours don't change in this fabric.
The scale of the dots and their spacing
changes  across the width of this Jane Sassaman fabric
Here is a digitally printed fabric with a
rainbow of colours across the surface. 

A Cardinal Christmas by Hoffman
In this fabric the size of the trees and
the value change across the fabric.

Why Ombré? With just one fabric you can get the 'value' changes that are so important in your quilts.

I used two of these shaded fabrics in my recent pattern, Gradation Crossing

You can see clearly how I used the fabric for the sashing and cornerstones in my quilt. The blue parts of the block are made from the same fabric! All the different values of this colour were cut from different parts of the fabric.  The brown values in the blocks work the same way. 

Next time you are shopping for fabric in your local quilt shop, see if they have some of these types of fabrics and see where you can make that shading work for you.

And if you would like my pattern, you can buy it here.