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. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

30 Quilt Design Challenge 2018

Sandra of mmmquilts hosted the #30quiltdesignchallenge2018 over on Instagram. I participated last year and had fun so I was all in this year.

Only one drawback now I have more want to makes on my to make list. I don't think that list will ever be done even if I live to be 200. You read that right, 200. It is one heck of a long list.
block testing using up some scraps

I haven't made a full quilt from any of the designs yet, but have written up three patterns and they waiting to be tested. Interested let me know. I won't share what those patterns are yet, you'll have to wait.

This was a good week I received some squishy mail, my favourite kind. A gift from Anja of Anja Quilts, she had made some pea pods and I commented how cute they were. See how adorable it is! Thank you Anja!

one adorable pea pod for my clover mini clips

Now where was I? Oh that's right, my post on 30 Quilt designs.

4 of my last designs

Here are a few of them. See one you like?

A huge thank you to Sandra for hosting the challenge and to the sponsors Clinton Modern Creative and The Red Hen Shop.

Now to get busy making test blocks and making quilts.

Monday, 16 April 2018

H2H Quilt

I am once again making a Hands2Help quilt hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict. This is my third year participating and I will again be donating my finish to Ronald MacDonald House in London, Ontario.
Last year I started making blocks using up some of my 1 1/2'' strings. You can read more about the blocks here. I would make a block or two now and then with no real plan in mind. Come around to this years H2H which features scraps I knew I wanted those blocks to find a home and give a little one some comfort along the way.

4 patch
The blocks are 5 1/2'', a nice size to make into 4 patch blocks. I put them up on my design wall and played around with the layout and sashing. I was so into playing with these I completely forgot to take pictures. Does that ever happen to you? 

a flimsy
In keeping with the 1 1/2'' strips I used in making the blocks, I decided to go with 1 1/2'' sashing strips and inner border of white. The strips were left over from another project. It feels good to find a worthy home for them. The borders are 3 1/2'' bringing the quilt to a 40'' by 40'' size.

Next up quilting and binding. I hope to have this finished up this week.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Postcard Swap

Today is parade day for the postcard swap hosted by Elm Street Quilts. The card I made (you can read more about it here) and sent was to Nanette she doesn't have a blog but is on IG. Always a concern when making something for someone you don't know.

the card I made

The word I gave for my card was rose. I love roses especially teas, if the weather starts to behave itself my roses can come out of hibernation. Enough snow already, yesterday we had snow then rain and more snow uck.

rose the card I received 

Glen from Quilts and Dogs sent me a lovely rose postcard. Thank you Glen!

Now go check out all the other great little works of art at Elm Street Quilts.

I am looking for testers, if you are interested send me an email.

Craftsy is having a Spring sale on their classes Save 50 to 60% off 100's of classes.

Hope you get to quilt today!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Medallion Quilt Finishing it up

This is it, the last instructions for the Medallion Quilt.

alternate layout using the churn dash block

Sashing and Borders


Sashing fabric: A   cut (20)  1 1/2'' x 20 1/2''                     
Cornerstone Fabric: B cut (10)  1 1/2'' x 1 1/2''

Step 1

1. Using 10 piece A's and the B's sew together using a 1/4 inch seam. See diagram 1.
2. Press towards dark.
3. Make 10.

diagram 1

Step 2

1. Sew a sashing strip A to the right side of the blocks in row 1. Using only 3 strips for the row. See diagram 2.
2. Do not join the blocks yet.

diagram 2

3. Repeat for bottom row. 
4. Sew the sashing to 2 blocks on the right side as above and 2 blocks on the left side. See diagram 3.

diagram 3
these blocks are on either side of the center as per layout above.

Step 3

1. Sew the units from Step 1 to  the bottom of the blocks in the top row. See diagram 4. 

diagram 4

2. Join the blocks in the top row together.
3. Repeat for bottom row except sew the strips from Step 1 to the top of the row. See diagram 5.
4.Repeat for side blocks. See diagram 5.

diagram 5

Step 4

1. Join rows to center. Sides first then the top and bottom rows. See diagram 6.

diagram 6



Border Fabric:    cut (2)  2 1/2'' x 51 1/2''  
                           cut (2)  2 1/2'' x 55 1/2'' 

Sew the border strips to the unit from Step 4 above.

Congratulations you now have a completed top ready to quilt.

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 Or email me a photo.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Fabric Postcard Swap

Have you ever made a fabric postcard? They are a fun addictive little quilt, that you can mail. I just made my first one. I am participating in a postcard swap hosted by Elm Street Quilts. The instructions were simple a 4'' by 6'' postcard to be mailed by March 17, mine was mailed more than a week ago and the recipient should have received it already. She did and she loved it!

assorted fabrics
For this exchange, we were supposed to choose one word for the maker to use as inspiration or a prompt. The word I had was 'House'. I did a little sleuthing around to see what the recipient liked, she has an IG account no blog. On her IG feed I quickly saw why she chose the word house as she has several pieces with various houses. 

I pulled some fabrics and started cutting shapes, going a little improv and adding various shapes and sizes. I used Lara's Crafted Applique method for the applique.

 I didn't cut with precision in mind as you can quickly tell from the door. I was totally into artistic license with this little piece, free form all the way. A little snip here a little snip there and the top was ready to stitch. 
thread pull
A simple straight stitch around the edges of the applique pieces to keep applique shapes,  the top and one layer of batting together. I did match thread to the fabric, it left for lots of thread changes but I wanted that matchy effect for this little piece. To put the piece together I used the top with the one layer of batting, a layer of timtex fused to the batting layer and the backing.
thread stitching for the grass

 A little free motion work for the grass and in the sky. Satin stitched the edges for a finished postcard. I did write a note on the back and her address and as such no photo of the back.