Friday, June 17, 2016

Row, row, row....

Are you ready to 'start your engines'?  Row by Row Experience® 2016 starts NEXT WEEK - on Tuesday to be precise.

This amazing event is in every Canadian province, all US states and Europe too. So, no matter where your travels take you, you can collect free row patterns from the quilt shops you visit.

I have designed rows for 5 shops this year, 3 here on Vancouver Island, 1 in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and 1 in New York state.

This year's theme is 'Home Sweet Home' so all the rows reflect the local shop's vision of what 'home' means to them.

Here are a pictures of the rows I have designed. Shops will be handing out the FREE patterns and they'll also have kits available for purchase so you can make your row just like the 'in store' sample. Happy ROWING everyone!

Bib 'n' Tucker, Victoria, BC

Black Sheep Quilt Shop, Duncan, BC

Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre, Nanaimo, BC
Hamels Fabrics & Quilting, Chilliwack, BC
Fabric Mart NY, Yorktown Heights, NY

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kit Sale - for a Limited Time Only


until quantities last!


These Kits are 30% off

Kits include fabric for the quilt top and binding
plus the pattern

Meadow Lark - Indigo

Backing Fabric

Meadow Lark - Orange

Backing Fabric

This Kit is 35% off


Backing Fabric

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Show 'n' Share

I received this picture from Kathryn C.  This is the Crosstown Path Mystery quilt.  Yes....there's another Mystery coming.  I have the design almost finalized and now I need to separate it into parts and write and test the instructions.

One big would you like this Mystery to be?  My preliminary idea is a LARGE quilt - approximately 81" square.  Too big?  Email me to let me know your preferred Mystery Quilt Size.

And be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter - I'll announce the new Mystery in the Newsletter FIRST and spaces will be limited.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Planning Ahead....Alaska Quilt Cruise - August 2017

Although this wonderful adventure is more than a year away I'm getting very excited about my next quilting cruise.  I have just finished making the project that I'll be teaching onboard the ship and I love how it has turned out!

Under the Northern Lights features a panel designed by celebrated Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee. Her fanciful portrayal of an Alaskan winter makes this a wonderful keepsake of your trip.  The quilt is a nice lap size and you can reserve a pre-cut Sail 'n Sew Fabric kit so you can start sewing as soon as our class begins.

One of the reasons I am so excited is that this cruise is organized by one of the industry's BEST cruise co-ordinators, Deb Luttrell of Stitchin' Heaven and her amazing staff.

I will be joined on this cruise by quilt teachers Brenda Henning and Donna Thomas. They also have some wonderful projects for you. And you will be sewing on Bernina 330 sewing machines (one for each student) and we will use Aurifil 50 wt. thread as we make our quilts.

Every quilting guest can take every class and we only sew on the 'at sea' days. Still lots of time to explore our interesting ports of call: Juneau, Skagway and Victoria (that's the major city 20 minutes from my home and also the home of Butchart Gardens).  If the Gardens are on your 'bucket list' you will be able to explore them and still have time to check out a couple of my 'home' quilt shops too!

I know you want to know MORE....

First, you'll want to check out our ship, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. The ship sailed into Victoria in mid-May this year. Here is an article) all about the ship (with pictures) from our local newspaper.

Next, pop over to the Stitchin' Heaven site to read all the details about the amazing benefits included in this cruise, project information and a detailed itinerary. Oh yes, pricing is there too.

If you have any questions not answered on the Stitchin' Heaven site, use the Stitchin' Heaven Travel Contact Form and one of Deb's staff will get right back to you. Any questions about my project? Just email me.

Hope to see you onboard!

Monday, June 6, 2016

We have a WINNER!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my Little Lovely Lindsay post.  Through a random draw, Marilyn R. is the winner of these 5 fat quarters.

I'll have more Prize draws throughout the summer. Be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter to get the deets!  You will receive a FREE PATTERN as my thank you.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Little Lovely Lindsay - FREE Pattern

Hello Quilters,

Be sure to read right to the end of this post. You can win some freebies and get the FREE pattern. You don't want to miss out!

I recently had the pleasure of working with Susan Emory of Swirly Girls.  I remember attending her first Schoolhouse presentation at International Quilt Market where she showed her first fabric collection for Michael Miller. At that time I was designing a lot of patterns with Michael Miller fabrics. It was an exciting time for her and for me as a pattern designer. We were sharing our creativity with an international audience. We both have come a long way over the years and we are still sharing our creativity through quilting.

Susan is running her Little Lovely Free Pattern Series all year long with designs from her studio as well as from guest designers. This month I am the designer of Little Lovely Lindsay, named for my daughter. 

I used ColorWorks solid fabrics from Northcott for my block. I love the high contrast and my quilting designs are easy to see with these solid colours.

I used longarm rulers on my domestic Bernina 440 for the first time when quilting the curves for this project. I had to firmly hold my curve ruler in place and not push my free motion quilting foot toward it too strongly. It is a bit different from using rulers on the longarm but it can be done if you are careful. I'm hoping Bernina is working on a 'thicker' free motion foot to make this process a bit easier...I've heard a rumour that they are (but don't quote me!)

I used my walking foot for all the straight quilting lines. And I LOVE that serpentine stitch (#4 on my 440). I use a longer stitch length than the default (I use 2.3) and the design is perfect for sashing or narrow borders.

Both Susan Emory and I are giving away prizes on our blogs as well as the FREE pattern. Be sure to leave a comment here on MY blog for a chance to win my prize. 

On Sunday, 9 pm Pacific time, one person drawn at random, will win this set of 5 fat quarters.....

Be sure to head on over to Susan's Blog to see her version of my design, download the pattern and leave a comment there for a chance to win her giveaway as well.

Good luck everyone. While you are here, why not sign up for my FREE email newsletter. You will receive a different free pattern as my gift and more!  I share what's happening in my quilting life, quilting tips and the occasional product or book review and I NEVER share my subscriber list.  The subscription box is to the right, at the top of this page.

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.