Saturday, 14 July 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July 2018 Blog Hop

Sarah at Confessions of Fabric Addict is hosting the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. And it starts today, July 14th and ends July 25th.  It's never to early to start thinking about handmade gifts and holiday decor.  Sarah has a great tutorial on her blog today!

Come back on July 21st to see what my Christmas project is. Last year's project was a pillow. You can read about it here.

2017 Christmas in July project

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Outside Stars a new Pattern

I would like to introduce you to 'Outside Stars' this is my second pattern to be released from this years #30quiltdesignchallenge. It is a paper pieced pattern. I love stars and as you can see this pattern forms two stars. Mr sun was not co-operating at all, two days of cloud and rain doesn't make for ideal photos.
hanging out with my hostas

This is the baby quilt size I started out with the intentions of making a lap size but real life changed my plans. I will be making the lap size as I love the look, can I say that about my own pattern.

The blocks are 15'' on point. I quilted straightish lines around the stars to make them pop.

straight lines to pop the stars
swirls in the red star centers

The gray fabrics are Northcott 'Canvas', the white is Kona, the black solid is also a Northcott. The red is a mottled red by Moda.
I quilted it with my favourite quilting thread Aurifil in the following colours #1103, #2605, #2024 and #2696.

Outside Stars is a paper pieced pattern and includes freezer paper instructions, which is my favourite way to paper piece. It comes in three sizes Baby 42'' by 42'', Lap 62'' by 84'' and Queen 84'' by 106''.

made by Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life made this beautiful version of my pattern. Thanks Wendy for testing 'Outside Stars'.

You can purchase a pdf of 'Outside Stars' in my Craftsy store.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Twist'n'Turn Published

 I am published!

my name in print!! photo by Quilters Connection 

My quilt 'Twist'n'Turn' is in issue #36 of Quilters Connection.

I haven't received my quilt back from the magazine yet. So here's the one I do have.

I won a gift certificate from The Red Hen Shop last year when I participated in the #30quiltdesignchallenge. Melody was fantastic and helped pull a bundle together. My challenge to myself when I won it was to use it and not stash it. After playing around in EQ7, Twist'n'Turn was born. And the rest is history as they say.

I hope the comment problem is fixed as I love comments. I followed a quick tut from Just Let Me Quilt.
We'll find out together whether it works or not.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Wish Upon A Star blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
Star Blocks are one of my favourite blocks. Carol has 44 people participating in this hop so sit back and enjoy some star studded blog reading. Thank you Carol for organizing this hop! A complete list of those participating can be found at the end of this post.
My project is a scrappy star block. As this is a scrappy project I will be giving the measurements of the pieces needed to make it and not an overall fabric amount. All seam allowances are a 1/4''.

Scrappy star block in my favourite colour

So here goes. We will be making the 16 patch center first, it is a simple 4 x 4 grid. Grab yourself (8) 2 1/2'' neutral squares and (8) 2 1/2'' coloured squares or colours of choice.

Step 1: Arrange your squares in a 4 x 4 grid. Starting on the top row place a neutral square and a coloured square right sides together, sew a 1/4'' along one side. Do not cut the thread, we are going to chain stitch the remaining sets of squares. Simply feed your sets through until all 8 are sewn together. Press to the dark side.
Now lay your first set on top of your second set right sides together and stitch. Press as above. Row one is done repeat for row 2, 3, and 4.
Lay row 1 and 2 right sides together, butting or locking seams together this helps keep the seams aligned, and stitch along the long edge. Repeat for row 3 and 4. Press seams to one side.
Lay the 2 completed sections right sides together and again lock seams and stitch along the long side.
Congrats you now have a scrappy 16 patch! It should measure 8 1/2'' by 8 1/2''.

16 patch 8 neutrals and 8 green squares

Step 2: Adding the corner triangles.
Cut (2) 7 1/8'' squares. Cut in half diagonally.
Cut (4) 3 1/2'' squares of a neutral fabric for the background. Draw a diagonal line, from corner to corner, on the wrong side of the 3 1/2'' neutral squares. Lay right sides together on the corners of the 7 1/8'' square sew on the diagonal line. If you draw another line 1/2'' away from previous line and sew on that line, then cut apart between sewn lines you will end up with a bonus HST. Flip and press.

1. Cut square in half diagonally. 2. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of background square, lay right sides together in the corner of the triangle. Sew on drawn line. 3. Cut a 1/4'' from sewn line. 4. Flip and press.

Sew one triangle to each side of the 16 patch unit creating a square in a square, although this is not a traditional square in a square as the points are not a 1/4'', they are 5/8''. Trim to 12 1/2''.

Sew triangle units to 16 patch center

Step 3: Four at a time flying geese.
Cut (1) 7 1/4'' square.
Cut (4) 3 7/8'' squares of neutral fabric or background fabric. Draw a diagonal line, from corner to corner on the wrong side of the four neutral squares. With right sides together, pin two of the neutral squares on the opposite corners of the 7 1/4'' square. Sew a 1/4'' on both sides of drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line, press toward the neutral squares. With right sides together lay the remaining 3 7/8'' neutral squares on the corner of the above units. Sew a 1/4'' on both sides of the diagonal line. Cut apart on the drawn line line. Press seam out. Trim to 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2''. You now have four perfect flying geese.

1. Lay two background squares on opposite corners draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. 2. stitch a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the drawn line. 3. Cut apart on drawn line 4. Lay a background square in corner, stitch on both sides of drawn line. 5. Cut apart on drawn line 6. Makes 4 flying geese.

Step 4: HST's
Cut (4) 4 3/8'' squares of your neutral fabric and (4) star point colour fabric.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the neutral fabric square. Place right sides together with the star point fabric. Sew a 1/4'' on both sides of the drawn line. Cut diagonally on drawn line. Press to side. Trim to 3 1/2''. Make 8.

1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background squares, stitch on both sides of the drawn line. 2. Cut apart. 3. Press open to dark side and trim.

Step 5: Cut (4) 3 1/2'' squares of neutral or background fabric.
Using 2 hst's and one flying goose stitch together. See diagram below. Make four.

Stitch together two hst's and one flying goose. Make four. Add a background square to the both ends of two of the above units.
Refer to my picture below for the layout of the center  and the flying geese units. Join using a 1/4'' seam allowance. Press and trim to 18 1/2'' x 18 1/2''.

I made a small cutting error, when I made my block. I used 3 3/4'' background pieces instead of the 3 1/2''. I guess it pays to read my own directions a little bit more carefully. Now when did I notice the error? Of course after I had the block finished. If you look at the picture of the block at the top of this post you can see my little error.
Now I ask should I fix it or leave it?

Here's the complete list of stars.

May 21

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25

Monday, 21 May 2018

H2H Quilt Finish

A finish, especially for a worthy cause makes me smile. This cute quilt is bound for Ronald MacDonald House in London, Ontario and will be delivered this week. You can read more about it here. The Hands2Help is hosted each year by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict. This is the third year I have participated in H2H.

I quilted it with an allover loopy feather, I love the texture it gives and it keeps it cuddly and soft to wrap a little one in love.

fmqed with loopy feather

I used a bright print for the back it wasn't quite big enough. No problem I pieced it with a blue strip. Perfect if I do say so myself.
bright pieced back
I used a scrappy binding to finish this scrappy quilt.

rolled quilt showing the scrappy binding in a tree

Hop you get to quilt today!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Lattice a New Pattern Release

Back in February Sandra of mmmquilts! hosted the 30 Quilt Design Challenge. I decided to play along and had fun coming up with design ideas.
The next step in designing is writing some of these concepts into patterns. Today I am excited to be  releasing the first of one of those 30 designs.

I would like to introduce you to 'Lattice'.

'Lattice'  includes four sizes in the pattern - Baby (40'' x 40''), Lap (50'' x 70''), Twin (70'' x 90'') and Queen (90'' x 100'') size.  

finished quilt with  fmqing
Anja of  Anja Quilts tested this pattern pop on over to see her version. Thanks Anja!

You can purchase my pattern (pdf only) on Craftsy

I thought I would do a little giveaway to celebrate my new pattern. So if you want to win a PDF copy of this pattern. Leave a comment on this blog, one winner will be chosen. 
Deadline 11:59 PM May 21, 2018
All entries welcome.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Guild Challenge Block

This year my guild members have been making challenge blocks. Every month is a different colour or theme. Some of the challenges for the year have been primary colours, leaves, red and green, winter blues, hearts.
After our last meeting some of us stayed and started making quilt tops. We had pizza for lunch and got to work.

primary colour blocks

winter blues


As you see there were a variety of blocks. With rotary cutters, zipping through sashing, sewing machines humming along and irons pressing. We turned those blocks into lovely tops for our charity quilt program.

primary colour blocks with a yellow strip sashing

for the winter blues we used white sashing

hearts are set with a red sashing

A very productive afternoon interspersed with laughter, learning and making. When quilters get together good things happen.