Sunday, 15 September 2019

Guild BOM 2019



It's one of my favourite seasons 'guild season'. My guild had there first meeting of the year on Monday Sept 9th. I look forward to catching up with fellow members and seeing what they've made over the summer.
It is also the time I introduce the new BOM for the year, this is the fifth year I have designed the BOM. My guild is more traditional than modern and as such more members join in making the BOM if it is a more traditional setting.

2019-20 BOM
This years quilt I made in my favourite colour...green. I picked up the greens from Caroline Quilts when she was a vendor at our quilt show in June. They are mostly Northcotts you can read about them here.

A few closeups of some of the blocks and the quilting.

 some feathers in this block
straight lines and curves

swirls and  a loop with echoing out

I tried not to overthink my quilting and just had fun
The following are the previous BOM's I have designed for my guild.

2015 the first design was a medallion style quilt my oldest son has this one
 2015 my first BOM design for my guild, read more about it here.

2016 in preparation of Canada's 150th birthday, applique
2016 was a wall hanging with applique, you can read more about it here.

2017 on point with Irish chain alternate blocks
 2017 saw a more traditional style set on point, you can read more here.

2018 saw more of a modern setting
2018 I designed more of a modern setting, you can read more about it here.

Do you like making BOM's?

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

My Favourite Quilt Block Hop


Thanks to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for running this fun hop.


 It was an easy decision as to what block I would be showing you today, Star blocks hands down. I like all stars the LeMoyne Star or Eight Pointed Star, the  Ohio Star, Sawtooth Star, Friendship Star to name just a few.
Star blocks are one of the most common patterns used in quilts. They are by far my favourite block.

Shall we look at a few.


Ohio Star

The Ohio Star is a nine-patch block made of quarter-square triangles around a central square, the Ohio Star block is a lovely quilt block. 


North Star or Sawtooth Star block

North Star one of the oldest block patterns. It’s been published by many pattern companies under many names, including Aunt Eliza’s Star or Variable Star, over the past 120 years or so. Today’s quilters often call it Sawtooth Star.


LeMoyne or the Eight pointed Star
The LeMoyne Star or Eight Pointed Star dates back from 1834 - 1859. The block can be made a couple different ways the traditional pieced using diamonds and y-seams. Or using HST's a much simpler version.

Some quick instructions for an Eight Pointed Star.

Cutting Instructions for 12''  Eight Pointed Star.

Background Fabric
Cut 4 – 3 1/2'' squares for the corner pieces
Cut 4 – 4 3/8'' squares for the half square triangles

Star Fabric #1
Cut 4 – 4 3/8'' squares for the half square triangles

Star Fabric #2
Cut 4 – 4 3/8'' squares for the half square triangles

Make 4 HST's using two background squares and two of star fabric #1.


Draw a line diagonally on the back of a the background fabric. Place on top of star fabric #1 with right sides together. Sew a 1/4'' on both sides of the drawn line. Cut diagonally on the drawn line. Press. Trim to 3 1/2'' by 3 1/2''. Make 4. 

Repeat using two fabric #2's and the background fabric.

Repeat using one each of the star fabrics. Make 4.

Arrange as per the photo of the Eight Pointed Star above. 

I call this one Star Points I'm sure it probably has other names as well. I designed this for my guilds BOM this year.

Star Points

How about we take a look at some of my patterns with stars?

Hearted Beauties

A large double star with heart shaped New York beauty blocks. You can read more about it here, the pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Outside Stars
Stars Outside is a paper pieced pattern with stars. You can read about it here,  the pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Another type of star quilt I've made is a Mariners Compass Star, you can read about it here.



I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse of my favourite quilt block and you have found a new appreciation for stars in quilts or blocks.

My Favourite Quilt Block Blog Hop Schedule. 

Monday, September 9th


Tuesday, September 10th


Wednesday, September 11th


Thursday, September 12th



Friday, September 13th

Monday, 2 September 2019

A Month Goes By

I know how long it's been since my last post and I am not to going to apologize for the lack thereof I had too much fun. Family comes first and I want to spend as much time enjoying my family as possible. Life is too short not to.
That's not to say I didn't touch my sewing machine just the opposite is true. 

a small amount of the fmqing
I have two, both lap size. Yes that's two quilts quilted all on my domestic machines. I will show the BOM for my guild next week, they get first view. The second is a magazine deadline so no pictures just yet. 
If you've ever quilted a quilt on your domestic machine you know firsthand how long it can take. But the results are worth it. No edge to edge for me I have tried but the quilt screams NO so what's a quilter to do but listen.

There was also a lot of laughs and fun in my sewing room so much so I forgot to snap pictures as we went.
One of my granddaughters wanted to sew. I was more than happy to oblige. We had to decide on a project she wanted a real project not just learning to sew seams, she choose a placemat. I thought that was a good idea. We got out my box of strips and she picked what colours she liked.
I taught her rotrary cutter safety and she trimmed the strips to 12 1/2'' by 2 1/2'' with a watchful eye from grandma. 
She made a quilt as you go carefully placing the strips one at a time.

one very proud little quilter

I am so proud of this girl! But the best was listening to her explain how she made it to her non-sewing mom. There may be hope for her mom yet... wait for it. She went out and bought a pink Splash, a cutting mat and a ruler. 

I hope you have had time to see the pleasure and joy in a young face seeing their first project take shape and proudly displaying it to everyone.