Thursday, January 17, 2019

First Finish for 2019

Gradation Crossing

I finished the quilting, binding, label and sleeve over the weekend and wanted to share the final quilt with you.

This quilt uses 2 of Northcott's Stonehenge Gradations Ombre fabrics - Midnight (#47) and Slate (#97) to provide the range of values for the quilt. There are other colour options in this collection so you can choose your 2 favourites and make this quilt.

Read more information about how versatile Ombré fabrics can be in this post.

And if you'd like to make this quilt you can buy the pattern in the Patchworks Studio Store.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Patterns - Woodland Scamper and Chantilly

Fabrics for both these patterns have recently arrived in your local quilt shops.

First up is Woodland Scamper using Woodland Pitter Patter by Northcott.

The pattern includes 2 sizes:

Toddler Quilt – 54" x 66"
Baby Quilt – 36" x 42"

Several of the fabrics are 'directional' and this pattern includes detailed instructions about how to work with these fabrics.

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

 The next pattern uses a Banyan Batik panel.
Yes...this is a batik panel!

I wanted to showcase the centre section of the panel in my design but also wanted to use the corner sections in the same quilt. I developed a way to cut the panel and still use the corners for the smaller Half Square Triangles.

I continued the Half Square Triangle theme for the border of the quilt too.

Quilt size: 58" x 68"

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fabrics are French Macaroon from Banyan Batiks

Both these patterns can be ordered from the Patchworks Studio Store.

Friday, January 11, 2019

A great Tool!

I posted this picture on Facebook last week..........and several people asked me what it was.  I was machine sewing the binding on my Gradation Crossing quilt. I sew binding to the back of the quilt and turn it to the front and stitch it down.

I use the Hold It Precision Stiletto to keep the binding in place as I sew.

A Press Perfect tool by Joan Hawley.

Hold while sewing or pressing.
- Grippy tip for holding fabric.
- Angled tip for good reach and visibility.
- Heat resistant silicone tip for working near iron
while pressing.

I use the silicone tip to hold binding in place when machine sewing. The other end is great to use when piecing, particularly when you need to keep bulky seems flat as you sew.
I LOVE this tool!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Upcoming Workshops - Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop, Victoria, BC

Want to learn something new, upgrade your skills? My workshop schedule for Spring 2019 at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop has been finalized. 

One of my most popular workshops, Beginner Free Motion Quilting, is on the schedule with a range of dates.

Do you have a love/hate relationship with paper foundation piecing? Why not try my 'Ripless Paper Piecing' method. I guarantee you'll love this 'no waste' technique. And who doesn't love Spring Tulips?
 Want to learn more about how to use the Quick Curve Mini Ruler? We made Fall Pumpkins last year and this time it is Ric Rac - we'll make a different type of curve in this workshop. Make your quilt any size - mine is a baby quilt.

And what if you don't want to use a ruler to cut and sew curves. How about learning my fun method for Improv Curves. I've taught this class all over North America and students loved how easy it is and the range of projects they could make. Be sure to check out a few pictures of previous classes.

And who doesn't love the wonderful panels that are available in our quilt shops? Want to learn some innovative ways to use them?  Checkout the Panel Play Day, bring your panel(s) and we'll develop some unique quilts!

You can drop by the shop to see the samples and register in person, or by phone if you have a MasterCard or Visa.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Easing into 2019

I have been making a rather 'reserved' beginning to 2019. Oh, it's not like I have nothing that needs to be done!  I think my week away at the beach in November is still resonating with me! I had such a wonderfully relaxing time and then the Christmas festivities came right after and it makes me think it is still 'holiday time'!

My holiday week was spent at Madrona Beach Resort just south of Parksville. I read several books, watched the ocean tides come in and out, and ate wonderful food.

I also sewed - my annual granddaughter pyjamas were made and a pillowcase and crib sheet, and I worked on the Border Quilt QuiltAlong (which is not yet completed....see the first paragraph!).

The 2018 PJs - the pants are long...but they'll grow into them!
Grampie reading The Night Before Christmas.
The girls get their PJs on Christmas Eve.

I also spent a day baking with my daughter and Alice -
cherry bars for her 'baking exchange'. 
Alice is SO serious about baking!

And the best Christmas present of all....I received THREE big boxes from Banyan Batiks! These are the sample bolts of MY fabric - just a sneak peek for you since these will be 'launched' at Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City in May. Over the next few months I will be designing new projects and making items to display in our booth. 

PS...there is another 'layer' underneath all these - 28 fabrics in total!
I think I am finally getting into my normal routine. 

I'll be back in the classroom soon, plans for projects are moving along and
my First Finish for 2019 is being mailed today - I'll tell you about that one in a week or so.

And I must spend a bit of time finishing up The Border QuiltAlong...stay tuned for that.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Upcoming Workshop - Free Motion STUDIO

This is the class for you...if you have basic free motion quilting experience and want to improve your skills. I will be teaching this special workshop at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop here in Victoria.

I have taught hundreds of students throughout North America to free motion quilt on their home sewing machine. And my advice to students is always to 'practice, practice, practice'.

Practicing on small quilt sandwiches takes a huge 'bite' out of your quilting time so I developed a series of classes to give you more practice time. You won't be wasting precious quilting time as you make projects to increase your skills and become more comfortable with free motion quilting. You will have time to try new designs and work toward becoming an expert free motion quilter. Along the way you will learn some fun basic quilting techniques.

This series is based on a book I have recommended in my most recent beginner classes:
First Steps to free-motion quilting by Christina Cameli.

I selected projects that will build your experience as you make 5 projects. The book is required for this series. The supplies and preparation are discussed at the end of each session and you'll have 2 weeks between each class  to complete the project and prepare for the next one.

The 5 classes are on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - January 12 and 26, February 9 and 23 and March 9.

The cost is $150 for all 5 classes. 
There are two payment methods. If you pay $150 all at once, you get a 10% discount. 
Or you can pay three equal payments of $50 (1 at Registration, 1 on Feb 1st and last one on March 1st - this must be done on a credit card - there is no discount on this method of payment)

You need basic free motion quilting experience to attend this class.

If you have any questions, please call Calico Cupboard -  250-658-2722.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas to you and yours

Wishing you a very
Merry Christmas
and my best wishes for a
Happy, Healthy
and Creative

As always, thank you for your business,
loyalty, and support.

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.