Tuesday, 18 July 2017

'Joy' it's Christmas in July

I now have a pillow for my Christmas decorating, I know shocking right. It took this blog hop to accomplish something I've been meaning to do for the past few years...ugh yes I said years. But it is done and best of  all you can add some 'Joy' to your holidays too as the pattern is free. Thanks to Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict for hosting the '12 Days of Christmas in July' blog hop and giving me the push to finally make a Christmas pillow or maybe it's a wall hanging.

'Joy' wall hanging

pillow cover nice and crinkly after a wash 

The hop runs from July 14th to the 25th. Make sure to visit all the blogs participating the schedule is at the end of this post. Make sure to leave a comment as Sarah is counting them for an extra special giveaway, you can read more about it on her blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

The pattern is for the pillow front or a wall hanging if you prefer. Either way have fun and add a little 'Joy' to your Christmas decorating. As you can see in the above photo I used three different greys for the background.

pillow front

Makes an 18'' x 18'' finished pillow front or wall hanging.

Fabric Requirements

1/4 yard of each a light, light medium and medium grey.

A variety of larger scrap pieces work well.
The snowman can be made from a 10'' square, the letters from (2) 8'' squares.

Cutting for the chevrons/ flying geese:
Traditional Method:
A(light) cut (3) - 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8'' cut diagonally once
B( lt medium) cut (3) - 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8'' cut diagonally once
C(medium) cut (3) - 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8'' cut diagonally once

A(light)  cut (6) - 3 7/8'' x 3 7/8'' cut diagonally once
B( lt. medium)  cut (6) - 3 7/8'' x 3 7/8'' cut diagonally once
C(medium)  cut (6) - 3 7/8'' x 3 7/8'' cut diagonally once

The Snowman Applique pieces are cut using the templates supplied. If you are doing turned edge applique remember to add a 1/4'' to the template pieces before cutting them out. The pieces are reversed and can be downloaded in the PDF on Craftsy


Use a 1/4'' seam allowance.

Traditional Method
Step 1:

Sew one small triangle (B) to one diagonal edge of the large triangle (A); press toward the small triangle. See diagram 1.

diagram 1
 Sew the second small triangle (B) to the other diagonal edge of the large triangle (A) to make a flying-goose unit; press toward the small triangle. See diagram 1.
This makes one 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' goose. Make (6) BA units.

Step 2:
Repeat using small triangle (C) and large triangle (B). Make (6) CB units.
Repeat using small triangle (A) and large triangle (C). Make (6) AC units.

Step 3:
Join 3 BA units, see diagram 2. Make 2.

diagram 2

 Repeat using 3 CB units. Make 2.
Repeat using 3 AC units. Make 2.

Step 4:
Join as per diagram 3.

diagram 3

This completes the background.

Applique Snowman:

Use your favourite method for applique. Instructions follow for fused machine stitched applique.

Fusible Applique Method:

Step 1:
I like Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 because it leaves less weight in the finished product and it's a double sided fusible. Trace your pattern on the side of the paper where the fusible adheres to the paper more strongly (usually one side of the paper releases more easily than the other - trace on the side that does not release easily).
On the larger pieces, less fusible is needed making the finished center more pliable.
To do this, take your original tracing, and cut from the inside, approx 1/4" inside the traced line. Rough cut beyond the traced line on the outside of the fusible. See diagram 4 as an example of the letter 'J'.

diagram 4

Step 2:
Adhere to fabric as per package directions.
Cut on the traced lines.

Step 3:
Align the pieces using the placement guide. A light box or window help for proper placement.
Press to fuse as per your package instructions.

Step 4:
Machine stitch using your preferred stitch and settings. I like the buttonhole stitch myself.

I quilted a 1/4'' on each side of the chevrons and around all the elements in the snowman. 

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 7

This month's block is the Double Star block. The Double Star block uses half square triangles, flying geese, and squares.

Double Star

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

 All seams allowances are 1/4''.


Dark fabric:   A  4-  3 1/2 '' x 3 1/2''  
                      B   4- 2'' x 2''
Medium Fabric: C   1- 7 1/4'' x 7 1/4''
                           D   1- 4 1/4'' x 4 1/4''
                           E   1- 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' 
Background Fabric:  F  4- 4'' x 4''
                                 G  4- 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''

Step 1:

1. On the back of all F pieces draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
2.Place two squares on top of piece C matching opposite corners and right sides together. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 1a.
3. Cut diagonal through all squares see diagram 1b.

diagram 1

4. Place a piece F on one of the units from 3 above, see diagram 2a.
5. This will yield two flying geese. Sew a 1/4" seam on both sides of the line and cut along the drawn line, see diagram 2b. 
6.  Repeat for other unit.
7. This makes four flying geese.

diagram 2

Step 2:

1. Repeat Step 1, using pieces G and D.

Step 3:

1. Join a piece B to both ends of the 3 1/2'' x 2'' flying geese unit. See diagram 3.

diagram 3
Step 4:

1. Join a piece A to both ends of the 6 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' flying geese unit. See diagram 3.

Step 5:

1. Join the rows. See diagram 4.
2. Press in the direction of the arrows.
3. This is the center star of the block.

Step 6:

1. Join as per diagram 5.

diagram 5

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I hope everyone is having fun making their blocks. I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using  #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Friday, 14 July 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Once again, 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!

And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren't enough, this year we've got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it's pretty drool-worthy stuff, too - it's Tula Pink's new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

Sarah has six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away - and here's how she's going to do it!
Visit each stop on the hop, including Sarah's, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop, she'll do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone's name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day's hop-blogs), and draw a winner for that day.

The twelve winners (one per person) will receive the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then she'll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!

Only one prize per person, though - let's spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment.  Giveaway open to all, so international comments are welcome!

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Nature plus

This is the view I enjoyed for the past week. Beautiful north country!

Tyson Lake in Killarney
 My oldest son recently purchased a place in Killarney it backs onto Tyson Lake, and a visit was definitely in order. This is nature at it's best. Peaceful and breathtaking beauty.

setting sun
Not only did we want to visit our son but also our granddaughter. They grow so fast, we hadn't seen her in a month. She is just over 3 months old, and rolled over for the first time while we were there. Ohh seeing the little things makes for one happy grandma!

smiling at grandpa

This little guy was so curious he would come out of the bush and walk along the side of the road before darting back in. 

a curious little fox

Getting back to sewing has been a little slow since getting home. But it was nice to get away and just enjoy what mother nature offers. 

Anja's has been testing  my new pattern

A sneak peak of my newest pattern. I am looking for a pattern tester if you are interested send me an email or leave a comment.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pictures from Quilt Canada

Quilt Canada was held in Toronto this year at the International Centre. I went on Thursday. Wow! The inspiration, I have a mental list of things I'd like to do and try. The only snag is time, or lack thereof. I know I'm not the only one with this little problem.
How about some inspiration?

Fall's First Frost by Susan Jensen
   This piece was stunning, the trees literally stood out.
Coast moments of the Woods by Carol Seeley

A few of the Quilts of Valour this was a Northcott challenge.


A couple of my favourites and there were lots more.  When looking at Walking with Mom it left you feeling like you were with them on their walk. A beautiful and amazing piece!!!

Walk with Mom by Debora Barlow

Over 30 different purples in Ellie and Squeak.

Ellie and Squeak by Terry Rowland Can you spot Squeak?

What show would be complete without some acquisitions?

these are destined for a bag. They are Northcott Stonehenge fabrics
The green ( L's Modern by Lecien) and purple ( Bear Essentials by P & B Textiles) go so well with the floral print (Walk in the Park by Maywood Studio) they just had to come home with me.

these may make it to a new quilt pattern I'm working on

I swore off FQ's but in my defense these are landscape fabrics and one can never have too many of those.

puffy clouds, turbulent water and little flowers 

 A four metre piece will be used for a backing from Sew Sisters.

at $4.99/m, four metres came home
Freebies are always welcome!

Northcott freebies

I really enjoyed the show! The quilts were amazing!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 6

The block this month is the Pinwheel Block. The Pinwheel block is a traditional quilt block with history dating it back to around 1795. The pinwheel block gave a little more flare to quilts at the time it was introduced.

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

All seams are 1/4''

Dark fabric: A 4- 4'' x 4''
Medium Fabric: B 4- 4'' x 4''

Background Fabric: C 8- 4'' x 4''  

Step 1:

1. On the back of all piece C's draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See diagram !a.
2. Place the square on top of piece B. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
6. Make 8.

diagram 1

Step 2

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces A and C.
2. Make 8.

Step 3

1. Sew HST's see diagram 2.
2. Make 2 of each colour.

diagram 2

Step 4

1. Sew units together to make rows.
2. Sew rows together to make block.

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using  #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Quaker Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2017 is a wrap

After an exhausting 3 days my small guild (30 members) pulled off an incredible show. A lot of time and work goes into a successful show, once the doors opened to the public it soon became apparent that it was well worth the effort put forth by everyone.
The weather was perfect, we had people from various places in the province including Barrie, Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and our local area.

A glimpse of what we had on display follows, this is a non-judged show. We display our quilts in a church on the museum site.

quilts in the early morning light 

 The quilts are draped over the pews. This is a view from the front of the church.

from the back of the church
All the glorious colour of the quilts greeted people as they entered the church.

right side and the wall hangings 
We hung the wall hangings on a line along both sides of the church.

left side

a couple of my quilts 

We had some vintage quilts included this year.

this is just a few of the vintage quilts

this one was hand pieced by Edna Carroll there are 1200 HST's in this beauty

For Canada's 150th we had a display with all the provinces and territories, from coast to coast to coast. This was the guild challenge and was called 'A Road Runs Through'. 

3 territories and one province

7 more provinces
I did Manitoba. The dimensions of the road on the sides of mine were 2 1/2'' wide on the left and 3 1/4'' wide on the right.


Some of the smaller pieces are displayed on dividers.

the watercolour, swoon mini, bluebird and Spring Whimsy are mine.

the leaves are placemats by Joyce Houghton

a nice collection of wall hangings

This is just a small sampling of the many quilts on display. We may be a small guild but as you can see in the photos above we don't lack in talent.