Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happiness is...........

...finding the PERFECT thread to quilt my Maplewood Trail quilt.  Thanks Rose B. 
The thread is King Tut Caravan (#925).

Maplewood Trail - Stonehenge Maplewood, Woodland Colourway (Northcott) - Pattern Coming Soon!

...finding a box big enough to send over 400 of ONE pattern to a customer!

Yes, it's those Maplewood Trail patterns!
 ...quilting my friend Jean Boyd's quilt using rulers on my home machine. 
This is a new Banyan Batiks pattern from Jean - coming soon!

Mary's Garden - using Mary collection from Banyan Batiks

What are YOU happy about today?



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Needles from Schmetz


I'm very excited about this new introduction from Schmetz. Over my quilting career I have used a lot of fusible web and stabilizers: for Too Easy Stained Glass™ and Give &Take Appliqué™ . And students learn to use fusibles in one of my regular workshops, Machine Applique FUNdamentals.  Some fusible products DO put us into a 'sticky situation'.  

About these new needles:

A Super Universal Needle with a non-stick coating of NIT (Nickel-Phosphor-PTFE). Extra-large eye is suitable for embroidery work. The eye corresponds to a needle two sizes larger (i.e., the 70/10 NonStick eye is similar to a size 90/14 regular Universal eye). Distinctive scarf with the special design of the eye ensures prevention of skipped stitches. Slightly rounded point provides trouble-free sewing on most materials. Strong conical blade reinforcement easily handles thick fabrics like denim. 

Check your favourite local quilt store and get 'unstuck'!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Workshop Pictures

A few pictures from recent workshops to share with you today.


Last week I visited the Langley Quilters' Guild. I presented lectures to their day and evening meetings and then students joined me for my Sunflower Runner workshop. 


Students learned all about Give & Take Appliqué - an easy way to take advantage of positive/negative design where one fused design makes two blocks!

Fabulous work everyone!! A special thank you to all the members of the Guild who were so welcoming, particularly to Jan who hosted me in her beautiful home.

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And here are in progress photos of the projects made by students in Machine Appliqué FUNdamentals at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop here in Victoria.





There is another workshop scheduled for March 17th, 12:30 - 4:00. 

Call the store to register (250-658-2722).
Spots are filling FAST.  



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

More Finishes for 2018

I'm on a roll!  Another pattern has been completed this year.


Zen Chic is a quilt you can make in a weekend! Two types of log-cabin style blocks are used in the quilt.

I made my sample while working in the Victoria Quilters' Guild tent at our Saanich Agricultural Fair last September. I finally had time to write the pattern for you.

Fabrics are Sophie from Banyan Batiks, a new division of Northcott. I love the florals and textures and the graphic fabric for the border of the small quilt was the perfect 'ending'. These fabrics are delivering to quilt shops this month.

There are 2 quilt sizes in the pattern: a 44" x 54" lap quilt and a full size quilt (80" x 80").

Pattern available now!



Stay tuned - more patterns coming soon!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

More Quilt Shares

Prickly Paws made by Gail M.



Want a KIT for this project?

See my ONLINE STORE for my 'Just Add Batting' Kit for this quilt. 

Only 1 Kit Left!
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Myknonos Marble made by Sharon M.


Thanks for sharing your pictures Gail and Sharon!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Class DATE CHANGE - Calico Cupboard, Victoria

We have changed the dates for one of my upcoming classes. 

This will work better for quilters who can come to classes on the weekends.


On the Move - a modern quilt perfect for Confident Beginner quilters!


NEW DATES:

Saturdays, April 21 and 28, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Contact Calico Cupboard to register (250) 658-7722

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Student Shares

Vi joined me in the classroom on my cruise to Alaska last summer with Stitchin Heaven Travel.  She recently sent me pictures of her quilting 'assistant'...



And her finished quilt, Under the Northern Lights.


Looks GREAT Vi - thanks for coming to Alaska with me!







Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Water Lily Park - The Quilting

Several pictures to share with you today showing how I quilted one of my recent quilts, Water Lily Park.

I used many different thread colours -
Rainbows and Magnifico from Superior Threads 




My finished quilt - hanging in the classroom at Calico Cupboard in Victoria.
The rod in the classroom was a bit too low!

The pattern for this quilt is available in my store.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Birthday Sale!

I celebrate my Birthday in February so.........it's time for a SALE!
Starting TODAY and ending on my birthday
(February 22, 2018, midnight PST).....
I'll take 20% off all online pattern orders!

Sale is on ALL PatternsALL CategoriesWhile Quantities Last

No coupon to enter!
Just place your order, the 20% discount will be deducted and CheckOut.

NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY PATTERNS YOU CAN ORDER!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Shibori = fun with 'stripes'

Have you seen the new Banyan Batiks fabrics?

Banyan Batiks challenge all aspects of the batik design process, from innovative tjaps (pronounced "chops"), original artwork and designer selected colours, to the finishing of the goods. Banyan Batiks strive to provide the quilting industry with a higher quality batik and a finish that sews like no other.

My latest pattern uses the new Shibori collection. 

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Banyan Batiks has created this very ancient fabric style using the batik process and it is gorgeous! The background for my quilt is a TRUE WHITE batik with subtle patterning.

Here are the other Shibori colours. 


You will find these fabrics in stores March 2018.

Friday, February 2, 2018

YOU did it!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!...to all my retail customers who bought patterns during my Spread the Net Challenge.

Patchworks Studio will be donating $90 to provide 9 Bed Nets....oh....let's make that an even $100 for 10.

Here is a reminder about why I chose to support this project.
  1. This is the final season for The Mercer Report, a Canadian comedy/public affairs show hosted by comedian (and all round adventure seeker) Rick Mercer. It's a fitting tribute to all the years of laughs and sober thought Rick has given me and my family.
  2. Every TWO MINUTES a child dies from malaria. The scary truth - malaria is treatable and preventable. For just $10 one bed net can help save the lives of two children for up to three years.
  3. My father and I were born in Africa - my father in Zimbabwe and me in South Africa. A part of my heart will always be there.
  4. Because this is a 'school/student' challenge it can educate and encourage lifelong support for charitable giving by students. This puts a 'face' on who we help - it is person-to-person giving.
  5. I have two 'under 5' people in my life - my beautiful granddaughters, Brooklyn and Alice, and I can't imagine having to protect them from this killer disease.

If you would like to lend your personal support here is the link.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Donation Quilts - BC Wildfires 2017

The Loose Threads Quilters (my weekly quilt group) completed 13 quilts to donate to families affected by the Wildfires in British Columbia last summer.

Here are some quick pictures taken in my living room before they were shipped to Coldstream, BC for distribution.

Great Job Everyone!!

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Lori H. is coordinating quilt donations and distribution through her 
Facebook Group, Quilts for BC Wildfires 2017 if you want to get involved too.




This is a 'Disappearing 9-Patch' with really large blocks. Works up very FAST! 
Jill made this quilt while thinking of the horses and their owners who needed help during the fires.



This started as a Panel - thanks Northcott!

The center is a Panel by Northcott too.

This time....3 Panels by Northcott and an amazing shaded fabric for the borders.

Another of my 'pattern quilts'

Wonderful scrap quilt

Another creative way to use scraps

Centre fabric from Northcott and I added solids to make the stripe border.

I had 2 of these quilts (pattern samples) so I donated them too.

Animal panels donated to Jill - she turned them into a lovely quilt.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

3 Finishes for 2018

Three new patterns were finished over the weekend and have been added to the website.



Swing Along is a child's quilt or coverlet suitable for Beginners and more advanced quilters will like this quick-to-make project too. 

The large quilt is 47" x 56".
The small quilt is 36" x 36".

Fabrics: Sleepy Sloth by Northcott  




Only 4 stunning fabrics are needed to make Gemstones II. Strip piecing and easy connector corners make this project quick and fun.  Choose a textured background for your quilt; blue and white backgrounds are shown in my pattern.
Quilt size: 59" x 79"

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Fabrics I used: Strokes of Brilliance by Northcott


Night Blooms quilts are a perfect showcase for Imogen Skelley's bright multi-layer floral designs found in Northcott's Floral Fantasy collection.
The small quilt is 29" x 47" and is suitable for Beginners.
Intermediate quilters will enjoy making the large quilt (39" x 57") with its lattice border (not paper pieced).


You will find all these patterns in the Patchworks Studio store.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Spread the Net Challenge - ENDING SOON

Ending Soon!  My Spread the Net Donation ends on January 29.  

I will donate $5.00 from the retail sale of every Patchworks Studio pattern to Spread the Net. One malaria net costs $10.00 so every pattern you buy will pay for 1/2 a net. Buy 2 patterns and you'll buy ONE NET!

Read about this fundraiser below.

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Each year, malaria kills an estimated 438,000 people, and it remains the leading cause of death of children under 5 in Africa.
Since 2007, Spread the Net has helped protect the lives of over 41 million people by contributing to the delivery of more than 19 million malaria-preventing bed nets to families in Africa.

Co-founded by Rick Mercer and Belinda Stronach in 2006, the Spread the Net Student Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian schools to raise funds for bed nets. The top fundraising elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools receive a visit from Rick Mercer himself and appear on an episode of the Rick Mercer Report!
This is a cause that I strongly support. You can read more about the Challenge here.
So...
Starting TODAY and running until January 29, 2018, I will donate $5.00 from the retail sale of every Patchworks Studio pattern to Spread the Net. One malaria net costs $10.00 so every pattern you buy will pay for 1/2 a net. Buy 2 patterns and you'll buy ONE NET!
Why this project?
The reasons are many....
  1. This is the final season for The Mercer Report, a Canadian comedy/public affairs show hosted by comedian (and all round adventure seeker) Rick Mercer. It's a fitting tribute to all the years of laughs and sober thought Rick has given me and my family.
  2. Every TWO MINUTES a child dies from malaria. The scary truth - malaria is treatable and preventable. For just $10 one bed net can help save the lives of two children for up to three years.
  3. My father and I were born in Africa - my father in Zimbabwe and me in South Africa. A part of my heart will always be there.
  4. Because this is a 'school/student' challenge it can educate and encourage lifelong support for charitable giving by students. This puts a 'face' on who we help - it is person-to-person giving.
  5. I have two 'under 5' people in my life - my beautiful granddaughters, Brooklyn and Alice, and I can't imagine having to protect them from this killer disease.
  6. And why is January 29, 2018, the end date? This date is my father's birthday. He would have been 89 years old. This is a way to honour him too.

I hope you'll get on board and buy a pattern or 2 today.
Here is the link to all the Patchworks Studio patterns
PS...gift giving season is coming.
Why not buy a pattern for yourself and one for a friend?
Together you will SPREAD THE NET!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Christmas PJs - and QUILTS!

My mother gave me new pyjamas every Christmas when I was young. And it was the ONE present I could open on Christmas Eve.

I continued this tradition with my own children and have started it with my granddaughters too.

I made them nighties and coordinating quilts this year. They opened the nighties on Christmas Eve and the quilts were part of their Christmas Day presents.

Alice

Alice's Quilt

Brooklyn

Brooklyn's Quilt

Snuggling with their quilts - Christmas morning