Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Today we celebrate 148 years as a country and I'm happy to share my friend Jill's latest quilt. When she finishes it the quilt will be donated to Quilts of Valour - Canada.

Fabrics are from the Oh Canada collection by Northcott.
Great job Jill!

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Quilts to Share

Here are 3 photos I received recently.

Liz started her Flight Path quilt in my Ripless Paper Piecing workshop in Yellowknife in May.The orange and yellow squares add great 'movement'to the quilt and the range of values work beautifully. Great job Liz! (and thanks to Linda for sending me the photo).

Donna H. used my Dragonflies by Moonlight pattern as inspiration to make this quilt. What a great way to showcase the dolphin print. Looks like her granddaughter loves her new quilt. This pattern is 'out of print' but I could get more if you really wanted one.

Ingrid M. sent her version of 'Pop-o-Dots'. The textured fabrics in modern colours work
very well in this design. Thanks Ingrid.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Romneya Coulteri
(Matilija Poppy - Papaveraceae)


Photographed at Butchart Gardens, June 2015
The flower blossoms are approximately 10 inches wide;
crepe-papery petals surround a large central cluster of yellow stamens.
My reference book, Sunset Perennials, tells me this is a very easy plant to grow. It grows in any kind of soil and established plants tolerate extreme drought. Unfortunately it can also be invasive. I suspect that is why it grows in a small, enclosed area next to the original Butchart home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reminder - Seminole Piecing

It is not too late to sign up for my Seminole Piecing online class at the Academy of Quilting. Class starts on Friday and I KNOW you have fabrics that would be great. 

The workshop is 3 lessons, with one lesson posted each week. The classroom will remain open until August 3rd so even if  you can't begin right away you can still enroll for the workshop. 

I will be there to answer your questions and share my knowledge every day. You can share pictures with the class as we go along. I love seeing your work!

See you in the classroom!

Sign up TODAY!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Solstice Party, Haines, Alaska

I received these great photos from Linda Axsom at Inside Passage Quilting in Haines, Alaska. They held a Summer Solstice event where students gathered to make my Aztec Sun pattern.  Looks like everyone had a fun, creative time - a great way to celebrate the longest day of the year.

The class was taught by Carol McConahay,
instructor and owner of Icy Swan Studio. 

Haines, Alaska

Love the wall colours in Carol's studio - see more in the next pictures.

Lots of ways to arrange the Aztec Sun blocks!

Red, white and blue - this will be a beauty!

Sewing, pressing, tracing, lots going on!

Great working space!

I love the colour choices for this one!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Flowers on Friday


Large plants outside my studio window, June 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reminder - Attic Windows - Online Workshop

Class starts on Friday. Sign up today and learn to design and make you own unique quilt.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Patterns

Just finished 2 more patterns last week.  Both designs use Northcott's Toscana fabrics - and they are 'PRE CUTS' - makes it so easy to get started right away!

First is 'Starstruck'.  This design uses Toscana Fat Quarter rolls - 10 coordinating fat quarters in each roll and you only need 2 rolls to make this 51" x 67" quilt. Even the borders are made using fat quarters from the roll.  You just add batting, backing and binding for this quilt.  The pattern includes cutting diagrams for the fat quarters and 3 different colourways:

Delphinium / Nutmeg
Azalea / Evening Shadow
Lagoon / Rainforest
The coordinated colours in the Toscana Fat Quarters  provide a range of values from rich deep shades to delicate pales. This makes them ideal for this quilt.  Fabrics are delivering NOW to your local quilt shop.

Buy Starstruck HERE.

Pattern number 2 also uses Toscana Pre-cuts but this time it is the Strip SetsQuattro is 78" square and the subtle shading of the strips results in a very 3-dimensional design.  Choose 2 strip packs in different colours to make this quilt.  Just add batting, backing and binding - you'll use all the strips for the quilt!

This quilt includes 3 colourways too.

Rainforest / Cardinal

Delphinium / Heather
Rainforest / Lagoon

Buy Quattro HERE.

Check your local quilt shop for these amazing Toscana Fabrics!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Upcoming Workshop - Seminole Piecing

My Seminole Piecing online workshop begins on June 26th at the Academy of Quilting.

If you have ever wondered how to make these intricate bands of patchwork and the interesting projects you can make with them, join me for lots of fun and education. You'll learn how to make 8 Seminole bands in class and how to turn some of them into a totebag, a bolster pillow and a wall quilt.

Seminole Piecing is a patchwork method used by the Seminole people of south Florida to enhance their garments. I will show you how to create the bands of patchwork using simple rotary cutting and basic piecing techniques. The magic comes when you cut the units apart and sew them back together. You will also be inspired by my suggestions to use the bands to trim garments and home d├ęcor items.
The workshop is 3 lessons, with one lesson posted each week. The classroom will remain open until August 3rd so even if  you can't begin right away you can still enroll for the workshop.  I will be there to answer your questions and share my knowledge every day. You can share pictures with the class as we go along. I love seeing your work!
The tuition is only $30 US and you can learn from the comfort of home - with your entire stash of fabric to work with and all your favourite tools and equipment. Don't you just hate it when you travel to a class and you know you have the perfect fabric, but it's at home in your fabric stash! It's no problem when you take my online class. You can even sew in your PJs – I won't tell!

If you can sew with a 1/4" seam allowance, this class is for you! I hope you will consider joining me. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Ceanothus - California Lilac

Ceanothus impressus 'Victoria' (California lilac)
My Garden, June 2015 - we pruned our shrub into a tree a couple of years ago.

Native to California, ceanothus is a blue-flowering evergreen shrub that likes its summers warm and dry and its winters not too chilly. 


Monday, June 8, 2015

Sleep Sack for Brooklyn

I spent a couple of hours in my studio last week making a Sleep Sack for my granddaughter, Brooklyn.

I started with a tutorial at Sew Mama Sew by Bonnie Ferguson from FishsticksDesigns

Bonnie used knit fabrics but I wanted to use quilting cottons for my project so I adapted the instructions to make my sleep sack with three layers like a quilt (outside, batting, lining). 

I spent a bit of 'thinking' time and 'step-by-step writing' time to figure out how I would approach the project. It has been a while since I put in a zipper and I definitely wanted to be able to sew everything by machine.

I used my draft step by step instructions to make the sleep sack and I am very pleased with the result. 

For the next one I will use a longer zipper - of course Brooklyn needs more than one!

Melissa and Brooklyn - June 3, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Sun Rose - Helianthemum

Sun Rose and Hostas - my garden, June 2015

Helianthemum are native to dry European grasslands. They are known by common names such as as sun rose, rock rose and frostweed.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Attic Windows - Design and Make a Personal Quilt

This class is a bit different from what you might expect.  I will show you how to explore a variety of window options to suit YOUR fabric and how to design your own one-of-a-kind quilt. You will learn to select the supporting fabrics and sew traditional mitered windows with my fool-proof technique.

Register NOW.

I will be with you every step of the way in the Classroom Forum where everyone can ask questions, get answers and share!  Plus you will be able to show your quilts in the Gallery - I love seeing what everyone has chosen and how their designs are progressing.

This 3-lesson class begins on June 19th. I'm sure you have a fabric that would look wonderful in 'windows'.

In the first lesson you will learn how:
·   an Attic Windows quilt differs from a real life view of a window
·   to determine the scale of your fabric
·   to try different window sizes and select the best ones for your fabric
·   to draft an Attic Windows quilt layout for your particular fabric

In lesson 2 you will learn how to:
·   make a cutting chart for your quilt
·   calculate how much fabric to buy for sashes and frames
·   select fabrics for sashes and frames
·   cut your fabrics
·   sew mitred window sashes

In the last lesson, you will learn how to:
·   sew the frames to your windows
·   sew the windows together
·   audition and add borders
·   finish your quilt

Here are a few photos from previous students. I think  you'll agree - these aren't your 'normal' Attic Windows quilts. Each one was designed FOR the fabric. You can do it too.

Sign up today!


Friday, May 29, 2015

Flowers on Friday


Photo taken at Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ripless Paper Piecing - a New Design

I have added a new design for my RiplessPaper Piecing workshop. I call this quilt Flight Path - imagine having perfect points every time and no 'ripping the paper off' . Great time saver and no wastebasket full of paper!

There are many ways to arrange the blocks in this quilt and you'll learn all about my 'ripless' method and how value is such an important element in all your quilts.

And here is a new image for Machine Quilting with Decorative Stitches. You'll want to see the 'closeup' of this quilt - all the stitching is done AFTER the quilt was layered with backing and batting. This gives the quilt amazing texture and you never need to use a stabilizer when you use your decorative stitches.

Here's a picture of this class taught in Kona in February.

There is still time to book me for a workshop in 2016 so tell your Guild's workshop coordinator about my website and have them get in touch. Hope to see YOU in my travels!