Friday, May 27, 2016

Show 'n' Share

I am so pleased to share these photos from Sheila Hancock.  

This quilt was made and donated the the Stony Plain Fish and Game Club and Wabamun Gun Club, for their dinner and silent auction.

The pattern is True North and the fabrics are Oh Canada from Northcott. Read below the pictures for more about Stony Plain and it's Sister City in Japan.

Here is the story of this quilt sent to me by Sheila:

I live in a town called Stony Plain. In our community there are several murals painted on buildings throughout the town.   This mural was made and painted on the Town Office Building to honour the Friendship between the two communities.  In the mural are both Mayor of Shikaoi and the then Mayor (Donna Cowan) of Stony Plain.

The Town of Shikaoi, Hokkaido, Japan, and the Town of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada have been sister city's for 30 years. The year 2015 marked the 30 year anniversary of our two towns twinning, and I had the pleasure of traveling to Shikaoi, Hokkaido, Japan, as an adult delegate. February 2015 22 people from our town (Our current mayor William Chow, a couple of Councillors, past mayor Donna Cowan, Representative from the County of Parkland, Town employee's and 11 selected people from our community) travelled to japan, to join in the 30 year anniversary celebration. While over there, our experience was amazing, and the community and all of their people treated us like royalty. They are very hospitable people, loving and kind. Their town is a population of 5,000 and they have a farming community surrounding them.  They have seasons and weather very similar to ours, but I believe they receive more snow. They are in the mountains, but not like our rocky mountains. The views are amazing.  They grow a lot of lavender and a lot of potatoes, the skins are light/thin, amazing flavour. Dairy is also a big industry for them.  I am not fond of dairy, but their dairy is amazing; the yogurt tastes like ice cream. I could go on forever about the experience.  The memories will live a lifetime in my mind and with the thousands of photo's I took. ANYWAY.... That is why I selected that area of our Town to take the photo, to have the beautiful mural in the background.

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and the wonderful story Sheila.

If you would like to make a True North quilt you can buy the pattern here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One Wonderful Curve - Book Review

I have been meaning to tell you about this great book for a few months but time seems to get away from me. One Wonderful Curve is the 2nd book by the wonderful designers from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

These are contemporary quilts and each one uses the Quick Curve Ruler designed by sisters Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn.  I have taught several workshops using this ruler and the QCR Mini ruler and students learned how to cut the perfect curves and sew perfect blocks very easily. I love tools that can be used over and over again - and the Quick Curve Ruler fits my requirement well.

This book has patterns for 12 quilts and each one is very appealing.  This is not a book where you'll like just one or 2 designs.  I'm sure you will want to make them all!

The Techniques section is well-illustrated, showing how to cut and then sew the curves. Close-up photographs are very helpful in this section.

Projects range in size and complexity. The first project, Summer Citrus Runner, is easy for quilters who are new to the technique and for anyone wanting a quick project.

There are wall-size projects and full bed-size projects in the book.

My personal favourite is Moroccan Vibe Quilt. I have a collection of fabrics I bought in Hawaii last February and just need a couple more to find and then I can get started on this quilt.

One other thing I LOVE about the book is the photography. I can really SEE how each project was quilted.  A bonus at the back of the book are Quilting Suggestions to help with this part of your project too.

Although I wasn't able to attend Spring Quilt Market this year I found this photo of the Sew Kind of Wonderful booth taken by Quilters Newsletter Magazine.

I'll be watching for new patterns for quilts displayed here!

You can buy the book (and a wide range of patterns)
directly from the gals at Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Sample - Ripless Paper Piecing Workshop

I recently completed a new sample for my Ripless Paper Piecing workshop.  I am scheduled to travel to Lethbridge, Alberta, in September to visit the Lethbridge Centennial Quilt Guild and this is one of the workshops they have selected.

Fabrics are Artisan Spirit Sandscapes (turquoise Flight Path blocks)
and Shimmer (green and borders) - all fabrics by Northcott.

Northcott invites quilters to participate in the
 Artisan Spirit Sandscapes Challenge.

The prizes are amazing!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Snow 'n' Share

Colleen M. from Parksville sent me this photo of the quilt she made - my Crosstown Path Mystery quilt.

About the mystery, Colleen says: " I liked that it wasn’t too big, and it wasn’t too complicated!"

I'm still planning to do another Mystery.  I'll have something for you in a few tuned!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Three New Patterns!

I have just put the finishing touches on 3 new patterns and they are available to order now.

Tweet & Greet
Welcome the new addition with a quilt that starts with a 36" panel. Complement the woodland theme with easy half square triangles in Cuddle Comfort flannel, because only the best will do for your little ones!

Quilt size: 48" x 55"
Skill Level: Beginner

Fabric: A Little Birdie Told Me, Cuddle Comfort Flannel by Northcott, in stores July, 2016.

Christmas Elegance
Make a holiday heirloom with this elegant panel illustrated in a classic painterly style by Richard Macneil.  The addition of glitter adds a touch of glamour to this quilt.
Quilt sizes: 2 sizes: Large quilt (39" x 57") and
                            Small quilt (29" x 47")
Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Fabric: White Christmas by Northcott,
in stores July 2016.

Go! Fish
This quilt is an abstract undersea picture, with fish darting to and fro above a bed of coral.  Using an Island Batik stack gives you the wide variety of fabrics to make this quilt.
Quilt size: 60" x 72"
Skill Level: Intermediate

Fabric: Red Tide stack (40 - 10" squares) by Island Batik.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We have WINNERS!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment about my block in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 13.

Four winners were randomly selected:

Lori S. wins 1/2 yard of each of the Northcott Toscana 'browns' fabrics PLUS the magazine.

Nancy A. also wins 1/2 yard of each of the Northcott Toscana 'browns' fabrics PLUS the magazine.

Kathy M. wins 1/2 yard of each of the Northcott Toscana 'blues & grays' fabrics PLUS the magazine.

Sandi will be receiving the magazine directly from Quiltmaker.

Have you found a block that inspires you to start a new project?  I have several 'on my list' too.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

REMINDER: Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

There is still time for you to WIN prizes.  One of my blocks is in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13. 

 Check out my blogpost here.

I have 3 prizes to give away but you must leave a comment on that post telling me which quilt you like best.

I will randomly draw 3 names and each person will win 1/2 yard of each of the fabrics used in their favorite quilt plus a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13.

The deadline for comments is midnight, Saturday, May 7th (Pacific Time).

I will draw an additional name and Quiltmaker will send this lucky winner a copy of the maga
zine too.

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Quilt for Alice

Here is the quilt I made for my new granddaughter, Alice.

The wedding quilt for my daughter and son-in-law had 'bicycle themed' fabrics, so I thought Alice should have one too!
Coming soon.....a new pattern based on Alice's quilt will be released later this year using a collection called Tee Pee Time from Northcott. This is wonderful Cuddle Comfort Flannel and the pattern will have 2 quilt sizes, including one that uses the 24" x 42" panel.
Sign up for my F.R.E.E Newsletter (in the right sidebar) to be the first to know when this pattern is available.  You will receive a free pattern (and more) as my Thank You.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13

Hello Quilters.....Welcome to Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

The most recent issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is hitting the newsstands now.  Can you believe it is Volume 13 of this great magazine? 

I'm thrilled to report that a block I designed is included in this issue.

I was struggled a bit trying to decide where to focus my attention (and creativity) for this blog post....but there it was, right in the magazine!  The first advertisement, on the back cover, is for Northcott's Toscana fabrics. I chose Toscana fabrics for major parts of my block so it just seems like serendipity that I should show you a few more ways to make my block using these fabrics.

Toscana is 100% cotton - that looks like suede.  There are 135 colors in the collection, from the palest pales to the darkest darks in a full rainbow of colors (plus neutrals). I can always find a color to coordinate with prints in my stash.

I decided to work with fabrics from my stash and use my  Electric Quilt software to show you a few quilt designs using my 'Flashlights' block.

I'll be giving away some of these fabrics too!  Details at the end of this post.

About using fabrics in Electric Quilt software:

Did you know that you can download fabrics images from Northcott's website to use in your Electric Quilt software? I do it all the time when designing patterns with Northcott's fabrics.

Here is a YouTube video showing you the steps to download the fabrics from Northcott's website.

Note: The website has changed a bit since that video was posted. To find the Toscana fabrics follow these steps on the Northcott website.

Select Products > Essentials

Scroll down to Toscana 9020 and Click

You will see images of all the fabrics and the button 'Download Fabrics for EQ' in the sidebar. Click the button and follow the instructions on the video to save the Zip file on your computer. Your EQ manual includes instructions to import the fabrics into your project file.

So...let's see some quilt designs with my block. For the quilt images that follow I used 2 color combinations and I added 1 more fabric for my blocks. I changed the applique semi-circles to be 2 values of the same color.

Here are the colors I used:

Quilt #1 uses 2 types of rows of blocks. In rows 1, 3 and 5 the blocks are arranged horizontally and in rows 2 and 4 the blocks are arranged vertically. There are 5 blocks in each row.

Sashing (4" wide) is sewn between the block rows and a 4" border surrounds the quilt. The final border is 1" and the quilt is bound in the same fabric. This quilt measures 70" wide x 86" long.
Quilt #2 takes advantage of rotation for the blocks. You need to have an even number of blocks across and down for this arrangement. Every 2nd block is rotated 90-degrees in this arrangement. I call this arrangement 'Windmill' since the rotation results in a windmill effect where the blocks meet. This quilt measures 48" square.
The use of 2 fabrics for the applique makes the windmills stand out in this colorway.
The use of 2 fabrics for the applique makes the windmills stand out in this colorway too.

Quilt #3 is a horizontal set quilt, with no sashing between the blocks. To my eye there appears to be an optical illusion where the lighter value melon shapes appear to be tilting.  They are not tilting at all. It appears as if those patches are being 'pulled' toward the darker rectangle of the blocks. Do you see this too?  This quilt measures 48" wide x 60" long.


Quilt #4 is a straight horizontal set quilt too. But this time I changed the color placement for the strips, in the block to eliminate the 'tilting' effect that appeared in Quilt #3. I also changed the color for part of the block to see what would happen. This quilt looks like rows of beads.

It was easy to re-color the blocks in Electric Quilt and to print the 2 different blocks that are required for this arrangement.

 The  re-colored and re-arranged blocks used for this quilt:

  The re-colored and re-arranged blocks for this quilt:

And now for my giveaway. I have 3 prizes, but I would like your opinion. For a chance to win , please leave a comment telling me which quilt above is your favorite (#1A, #1B, #2A, #2B, #3A, #3B, #4A, #4B).

I will randomly draw 3 names and each person will win 1/2 yard of each of the fabrics used in their favorite quilt plus a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13.

The deadline for comments is midnight, Saturday, May 7th (Pacific Time).

I will draw an additional name and Quiltmaker will send this lucky winner a copy of the magazine too!

Don’t forget to visit Quiltmaker’s blog to see what the other bloggers in the tour have for you as well.  Most of all, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Online Learning ...... Whenever it works for YOU!

Do you take classes from the comfort of home?  In your PJs, with all your 'stuff' close at hand?  That's the beauty of online learning. No need to pack up your machine and all your quilting supplies - and find that you forgot something important, like your foot pedal, or that you have the PERFECT fabric for the project....on the shelf at home!

Yes, you do miss some wonderful aspects of classes when you learn online at home. Some of the in-person social nature of classes may be lacking but I find a combination of online learning and in-person workshops work very well for most of us.  And, depending on how the online class is designed, you CAN still have a connection with the other students in the class.

And the best online workshops work WITH YOUR SCHEDULE...also known as 'On Demand'. That means you don't have to join the class on a particular day at a particular time.  So, whether you are in Canada or Australia or England, you do not need to worry about a difference in time zones. 

One of the On Demand workshops that I teach at the Academy of Quilting is Seminole Piecing.

Seminole patchwork was developed by Native American Seminole women in south Florida in the late 1800s. It was, like so much patchwork, originally a product of necessity. A bad winter made it impossible to travel to down river for new supplies, so the women used up the last strips of old fabric. These designs were first painstakingly constructed by hand. They used these very intricate looking bands to decorate their garments. The advent of the sewing machine in the early years of the twentieth century revolutionized Seminole design and production.

Women began creating more elaborate patterns which often reflected their individual tribes. A competition developed among designers. All of this was fueled by the fact that tourists were willing to purchase clothing that was decorated with the patchwork designs. By the 1920's, Seminole women were actively courting the tourist trade and had begun using prints in their patchwork design.

Here is a jacket I made that incorporates several Seminole bands.

Would you like to learn to create your own Seminole patchwork?  In this class you will learn how to make 8 different designs and can use them to make a totebag, bolster pillow and a wall quilt. This is such an intriguing patchwork method and easier to do than you may think. If you can sew a 1/4" seam, you can make magic with this technique.

You will use rotary cutting, strip piecing and re-sewing to create the patchwork.  We will begin with simple designs that you can sew in an hour and then progress to more complex designs that build on your new-found skills.
The basic technique is familiar to most quilters: sew strips of fabric together, cut them into pieces and then sew them back together again. The bold, graphic designs that result from this process have many uses. You will be inspired by my suggestions to use the bands to trim garments and home décor items.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Show 'n' Share - MINE

I can finally share something that I made earlier this year.  My granddaughter, Brooklyn, turned 1 year old on April 17th and I made her this fun dress and hat to celebrate.

Fabrics are Northcott Topsy Turvy
Here's a link to Northcott's Website.
I used the Petal Dress & Hat pattern from Sew Baby! It was very easy to sew - just 3 pattern pieces for the dress and 1 for the hat.
This multisize pattern fits 6 months - 2T so I'm sure I'll be making it again.
Brooklyn enjoyed blowing out the candle on her cake with a bit of help.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Show 'n' Share

Sue J. sent me this picture of the New York Beauty runner that she started in a workshop with me.  

This pattern is from my book Give & Take Fabric Appliqué

Buy the book HERE.

No, this is not PIECED, it is APPLIQUE. With this method you get perfect curves and sharp points.

I love the colours Sue used for her runner - anything with Lime Green excites me!

As my 'Thank You' for sharing her picture Sue selected my Fandango pattern - another Give & Take Appliqué design.

Would you like a FREE pattern too?

Send me a photo of a completed Patchworks Studio pattern (or book or workshop project) to share on the blog, in my newsletter and on social media and I will send you a FREE pattern!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New Kits - and 'simplifying'

In my last newsletter I spoke about 'simplifying' (if you don't receive my FREE newsletter you can subscribe to the right).

Northcott has produced an amazing fabric that simplifies piecing - STRIP-R's.  This fabric is a stripe across the width of the fabric..... and the stripes are exactly 2" wide. These fabrics are a great way to SIMPLIFY!

You know about 2-1/2" wide precut strips, right. Well this fabric elminates the need to sew all those strips together!  STRIP-Rs are available for many Northcott fabric collections including the new Stonehenge Gradations and Ambience. 

STRIP-R - Ambience Collection
STRIP-R - Gradations - Onyx colourway

I used the STRIP-R from the Artisan Spirit Nature Studies collection
when I designed one of my latest patterns.

Meadow Lark uses Strip-R for the pieced border in my quilt.

Kits are available for both these quilts - but quantities are VERY LIMITED.
Cost is $99.95 Canadian

(Kit includes all the fabric for the quilt top, the binding and the pattern).
Backing fabric is also available at a special price.
Meadow Lark - Indigo colourway
62" x 59"


Meadow Lark - Orange colourway
62" x 59"

The full width 'ombre' fabric also makes this pattern simple.
It is used as the focus fabric in the windows of my quilt.