Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Posh Santa - Sew Kind of Wonderful Pattern

Upcoming Class at Calico Cupboard

Two Dates available:

Monday, September 23, 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday, November 16, 10 am - 2 pm

Posh Santa uses the Quick Curve Mini Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful

I had great fun making my class sample.

I also had fun quilting him. I used a variety of free-motion designs in the different areas. I chose a swirling texture for his beard.

For the background I referred to a new book I found at Quilt Market in Kansas City: step-by-step Texture Quilting by Christina Cameli. 

My students have been using her previous book for my Free Motion Studio workshop. (This workshop is on the schedule too - 5 weekly sessions, starting Wednesday, September 25th.)

There are 65 new Free-Motion and Walking-Foot designs in the book - everything from swirls and whorls to feathers and grids. It was the grids that intrigued me for this quilt. Everything in the quilt is based on a 4" square. That made a grid easy to stitch with my walking foot. I stitched 'on point' squares over the entire background.

Then, how to enhance that grid?  I chose one of the first grid-based designs in the book because it reminded me of a tin roof ceiling and gave the quilt an old-fashioned feel. To 'jazz' it up a bit I stitched the grid and the motifs with Superior Glitter thread. A bit of sparkle to the 'tin'.

Friday, September 6, 2019

The 151st Saanich Fair

Our family tradition over the Labour Day weekend is to visit the Saanich Fair. This year was no exception.  Just a couple of pictures from this year:

Loved this prize-winning dahlia - just MY colours!

Brooklyn's first ride on a Ferris Wheel - with her dad.

My friend Julie Hillsden received the People's Choice award for her wonderful zebra quilt.
Great work Julie!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mod Ornament - a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern

Here's a quick project that I made recently and I'll be teaching you how to use the 
Quick Curve Mini Ruler in this class at Calico Cupboard soon.

You don't need to have previous experience using this ruler to take this class.

This class is intended for Confident Beginners and above.
Sewing Machine with ¼" Patchwork Foot Required.
Quick Curve Mini Ruler required.

Pattern Required - you will download this free pattern from the Sew Kind of Wonderful website and follow my additional Supply List, that you'll receive when you register.

Class is on Saturday, September 14, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hope you'll join me - you'll never be afraid of sewing curves again!

Give the shop a call and get registered today!
Call 250-652-2722

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


We celebrated my Mom's 90th Birthday at the end of August. What a milestone!

My Mom taught me to sew when I was very young. 
She also encourages and supports me, particularly in my business as a
quilt designer, teacher, author and, recently, as a fabric designer.

She still lives in her own home, walks every day and putters in her garden.
She's an inspiration to all of us!

The whole family celebrated. My 2 oldest granddaughters loved sitting on the tuffet,
kindly made for me by Sharyn from Tuffet Source using my upcoming fabric collection.

And my husband took this picture of 'just the girls'
so we would have a picture of all 4 generations.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Quilters Meet & Greet

Welcome Everyone!

I am Daphne Greig, owner of Patchworks Studio, a quilter, pattern and fabric designer, author and educator.  I wear a lot of 'hats'!

A bit more about me..........

I made my first quilt when I was expecting my first child - my son, Scott. That was almost 40 years ago. It wasn't my first adventure with sewing though. My mom taught me to sew when I was 7 years old - it started with clothes for Barbie. I continued sewing all through school, made most of my own clothes and loved every part of playing with cloth! No wonder I took to quilting so well - though I did wonder if those 1/4" seams would just fall apart since I was used to the 5/8" seams used in clothing. Of course, we know they don't!

Patchworks Studio is my pattern design business.  I've designed and published hundreds of patterns since 1996, wrote 5 quilting books and I've taught thousands of quilters all over North America, including on 7 quilting cruises. Now that's the way to travel!

 My travels have slowed down a bit but I still teach at local quilt shops and at a selected events. Now that I am a grandmother to 3 special little girls I want to spend time with them.

I'd like to share a few of my favourite quilts with you. First is Old Growth, a quilt I designed using Northcott's Naturescapes fabrics. 

I live on Canada's West Coast and trees have figured prominently in several of my quilts. I love the quiet of the forest and the majesty of the tall trees. Here are 2 more 'tree' quilts I have made over the years.

Emily's Forest, 1998

Looking West, 2011

My latest accomplishment is designing a collection of fabrics for Banyan Batiks. I have dyed and created stamps based on my own photography over the years. My unique cloth was fun to use in my work and I wanted to share my inspirations with quilters and designers. This creative work inspired my collection called Tapa Cloth.

The fabrics will be in quilt shops in December. Quilt shops can order NOW so mention them to your local shop owner. Be sure to follow me - and sign up for my newsletter.

There will be Tapa Cloth giveaways in December!

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I hope you'll have a lot of fun this month as you travel around to 'meet' other quilters.

Don't forget to enter for the GRAND PRIZE!

And continue Meeting & Greeting by clicking here:

You can enter for the GRAND PRIZE at each stop along the way!
Good Luck Everyone!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Workshop Brochure - Calico Cupboard

In case you missed the 'link' to my Fall teaching brochure at Calico Cupboard, here is a small image showing the brochure.

Hope to see you in the classroom soon!

2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet - Coming Soon!

Date: September 3rd, 2019

Time: All Month

Prize: One Great Grand Prize
You'll be able to enter at each 'stop' along the way.

List of Guests: Amazing!

Where: Right Here

Come back for my 'Meet & Greet entry' and 
the big Grand Prize reveal
on September 3rd.

Event created by
Benita Skinner of  Victoriana Quilt Designs

Monday, August 26, 2019

Wreath Making

I was 'challenged' by Karen Gibbs (Banyan Batiks Design Director) to make a fun fabric wreath.

Here's the one that Karen and her daughter made using her upcoming Vintage Chic batiks.

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I took up the challenge and made my own version using a picture frame and 2 1/2" strips of my collection Tapa Cloth. I 'jazzed it up a bit' by cutting the strips with my fancy-blade rotary cutter.

What do you think? You up for the challenge too?  Share your creations on Instagram or Facebook and tag them with #wreathstripperchallenge

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Seen around Vancouver Island

I visited a few shops this summer and spotted these great quilts:

Row by Row block - Serge & Sew, Nanaimo

Of course....it's a Nanaimo Bar!
The city has a 'Nanaimo Bar Trail' where you can learn 
all about these wonderful treats - and taste some!

Also spotted at Serge & Sew, Susan made my Old Growth quilt. 
Great job Susan!

Found this fun quilt at Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville.
Fabric is White Sands by Northcott.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Easing into Fall

I can't believe I haven't posted since late June. I hope you've had a wonderful Summer - I definitely have. I spent wonderful days with my granddaughters and spent time relaxing and read a few good books. I also enjoying being outside in my garden, encouraging plants to grow (and discouraging the weeds).

Canada Day Parade - Sidney
Red and White - the dresscode for the day!

Brooklyn & Grannie - Victoria Harbour Ferry in August

The studio wasn't always quiet. I designed several quilts for upcoming patterns, made projects for magazine articles and quilts for fall classes.

I also started a large project to provide Digital Download patterns through my store. It is still a 'work in progress' as we iron out the kinks so it will work perfectly. Stay tuned to my newsletter for a launch announcement. You can sign up for the Newsletter right here:

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Speaking of Fall Classes, I will be teaching again at Calico Cupboard here in Victoria. 

I am offering a few new workshops this year, including 2 new Quick Curve Mini Ruler classes, Binding by Machine and 2 of my new patterns (Twizzle and Angel Chorus). I haven't taught
Give & Take Applique locally for a while so I've scheduled a class to learn this technique too.

My always popular Beginner Free Motion Quilting workshop will get you started on your machine quilting journey with confidence. And for those who have experience with Free Motion and want more practice join Free Motion Studio. a 5 session workshop where you'll make small projects and learn a wide range of free motion quilting styles.

Two Special Events are also planned, including the 
Tapa Cloth Launch Party.

Come and celebrate with me as I launch my Banyan Batiks fabric collection called Tapa Cloth. 

I'll have a trunk show and you'll be the 'insider' as I show you how this collection came to be and what influenced the fabric designs.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

FIGO Baby Quilt

Have you seen FIGO fabrics in your quilt shops? I love their trendy modern style.

I decided to make a baby quilt with a collection of 6 Fat Quarters from my local quilt shop.

SMIDGE is the result.

The pattern is by Running Doe Quilts for Villa Rosa Designs.

Download this fun and easy pattern here.

And check out the other fun projects by Villa Rosa Designs!

If you are in the Victoria area, stop by Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop. 
This quilt is hanging in the store.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Twizzle - a THREE-for-ONE pattern!

One of my latest patterns is not just 1 project. When you make the Twizzle quilt, you can make TWO other projects at the same time. It all has to do with how you make the quilt.

Here is the quilt (70" x 77")

The 2nd project is a wall hanging (48" x 48")

And the 3rd project is this table runner (18" x 60")

I used Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabrics for my version of the quilt. 
This collection will be in quilt stores in early July.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Help from MORE friends

I was supported by more industry colleagues when I showcased my Tapa Cloth collection at International Quilt Market in Kansas City last month. My previous post about other support is here.

Kate Colleran lives in Colorado and she is a pattern designer and the author of Smash Your Precut Stash. Kate invented a cool tool for making 'braid' quilts. 

She made this Pack It Up Bag for my booth space. 

Annette Ornelas from Southwest Quilt Designs is known for 'Dimensional Quilt Patterns'. 

Here are 2 pillows she made using Tapa Cloth. 
This is her recent pattern called Tequila Sunrise.

I've known Lisa Amundson from Around the Bobbin for quite a few years. 
Here is Izzy's Convertible Backpack, one of her latest patterns.

I interviewed Lisa as part of my 'Designer Interviews' series back in 2012.

I hope these great projects show you the versatility of my Tapa Cloth collection. 

You'll see it in your local quilt shops in December!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The 'To Do' list

At this time of year I start thinking about the classes my students will want to take starting in September. I know it's a few months away but I have to start the planning and scheduling now, especially if I hope to offer some new workshops. I will need time to

  • plan and design
  • decide if my idea has appropriate learning outcomes for students
  • make the project - at least once and probably more!
  • decide how long the class should be, allowing plenty of time for individual attention for each student
  • write handouts, promotional information and supply lists - and check, check, check each one for accuracy.
As you can see I WILL need several months to get all of this work completed.

Here is a picture of Anne, one of my students in last session's Improv Curves workshop, and the quilt she designed and made

When Anne left the class she wasn't too sure what her curve-pieced fabric would become. I remember that she wasn't sure she even liked the fabrics she had used! I, on the other hand, thought they were amazing - great textures and a variety of scales and values.

 A few more curve cuts, some sewing and then Anne made amazing circles that she sewed into the dark background - NOT appliqued - cut circles sewn into the 'right sized' holes!

And the quilting with decorative stitches adds the prefect addition to the quilt. Isn't it FABULOUS!  

I am considering offering this workshop again this fall at my local quilt shop. And it is also in my repertoire of 'away teaching' too.  Let me know if you are interested!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rock City by Banyan Batiks

Spotted at my local Quilt Shop, Calico Cupboard, last week when I was buying some fabric for a small quilt.

A great runner using Banyan Batiks Rock City collection.

The pattern is Twist and Turn by Designs to Share With You.

Check out the other colourways for this fabric collection here.