Sunday, January 21, 2018

A New Year and A Work In Progress

I am quite taken with the designs of Nydia Kehnle.  This is one of her patterns called Dimension.  I used one of her 8 recommended colourways.  All Kona cottons from Sew Sisters.  Windsor, Pool, Teal Blue and Jade.  I biggie sized this with extra blocks.  I spent the morning sewing all the blocks together and wrestling all that paper piecing and then spent a good chunk of time picking papers off the back of the quilt.  Sandwiched and ready for quilting next weekend.  It feels pretty good to be making something bold and dramatic after sewing so many baby quilts of late. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Modern Baby

Name: Pinkness and Grey
Design: 4" squares
Size:  35" by 42"
Fabric: Kona solids
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in Dove grey
Binding: Clown strip in black by Timeless Treasures
Backing:  By Dear Stella

I have been on a baby quilt roll because I decided I needed to do something with all the quilts I keep making.  This one is for sale in my new Etsy shop, Baby By Blueberry Patch.  Just for fun.  Simple 4" squares in pinks with a splash of grey.  I used the clown stripe binding and a lovely black and white print from Dear Stella on the back.  Already to go. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017


  Name: Gifts
Size:  96" by 96"
Fabric: Purple, red, a touch of dark blue and low volume stash fabrics
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in Dove grey, straight lines
Binding:   Kona Rich Red
Backing:  Story Wideback by Carrie Bloomston

Phew!  Finished this one just before school started this September.  I am entering it in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I made this large queen size quilts for a commissioned wedding gift.  It is HUGE!  Definitely at the size limit of what I can manage on my Janome Horizon, that is for sure.  This is a quarter log cabin design by Liz Katsuro and the block orientation gives a wonderful three dimensional effect.  The colour palette was by request and is supposed to invoke romance.  What do you think?  Rich purples, rich reds, a touch of dark blue against contrasting low volume fabrics.  

In order to make the colours work, I grouped the dominant colours in the blocks for each of the rings of blocks, radiating from the centre blocks.  

Quilted in straight lines, in Aurifil dove grey and backed with Carrie Bloomston's Story wideback, it is a finish!

Check out all the other quilts entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It never disappoints.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Flip, Stack, Stitch

flip your squares upside down onto the next rows squares

This is a strange photo.  But I am going to spend sometime sharing my favourite method of sewing squares or even blocks together.  Now this may be old news but a few years ago, an experienced quilter shared the method with me and it was one of those mind blowing, ah ha moments.  I am mostly a self taught quilter.  I took a quilting class way back in 1989 before our daughter was born but it was before rotary cutters and cutting mats.  Yep.  For real.  So when Carolyn showed this method to me, I was hooked and I do this all.the.time. 

I am going to call it flip, stack and stitch. 
1.  Layout your quilt blocks or squares on the design wall.
2.  Flip the squares or blocks upside down onto the block next to them.  Be careful, you don't want to mess up your layout but the blocks or squares do tend to stick to each other.

3.  Stack the squares or blocks on top of each other in the order of layout. Top squares are the top squares in the row.
squares are stacked and ready to chain piece, stitching will be on the right hand side
4.  Stitch by chain piecing squares or blocks on the right hand side.  These will now be in pairs.

chain pieced in pairs, ready to press

 5.  Lay out ready for pressing. See how I have alternated the pairs of squares.  That way the seams will be pressed to the side in opposite directions, perfect for nesting the seams. Stack them up and take them to the sewing machine.

 6.  Sew the pairs of blocks or squares together so that you have 2 rows all sewn together.  Press, alternating seams down, then up so that the final rows can be sewn together with seams nesting.  Place the sewn together squares back on the design wall in the order of your layout.

7.  Repeat the flip, stack, stitch with the next 2 rows of squares until all the squares are sewn together in 2 square columns.  Stitch the columns together and press.  Wow!  You have a flimsy!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sew Sisters Sunday Sale!

Sew Sisters is having a great sale on Sunday!  20% off Regular Priced Yardage.  Remember that Sew Sisters offers flat rate $9.99 shipping in Canada.  Sale on Sunday, September 10, 2017 online only.  Check it out!  Here is the link to all the details at Sew Sisters!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dandelions and Elephants

 Name:  Dandelions and Elephants
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 44"
Fabric: Stash fabrics 
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white across the diagonals

Our son and daughter in law's friends are having their second and a quilt was needed.  This is for a soon to be born baby girl and the design directions were yellow, grey and elephants.  I felt some satisfaction that I was able to go shopping in my stash and find just that.  I used some of my favourite Michael Miller Kiss Dots in Fog.  I seriously love that fabric and have bought yards of it.  It is getting increasingly hard to find and it needs to be reprinted please, Michael Miller.  It is the best small dot, and the best grey.  Perfect for baby quilts, bindings, backings. It just is perfect!  I also used some of my hoarded Stof Fabric grey print, seed heads?  I have always called it Dandelions but whatever it is, I love it.  And it should be reprinted too!  I quilted it on the diagonals in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  I love quilting on the diagonal like this.  I don't mark it... I just drive, corner to corner.  So much fun!

Just a simple 4" square design.  Perfect for tummy time.

Monday, August 21, 2017

BC Wildfire Community Quilts Project

  Name: Using it up
Design: Side braid by Jeni Baker.  
Size: 56" by 68"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white on either side of each square
Binding and Backing:  Blue and white print from the stash and backed with an Ikea sheeting
This summer, British Columbia has been hit extremely hard with forest fires.  Fires so bad that many people have been evacuated including the entire towns of both Cache Creek, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake to name a few.  Many of the alerts have now been cancelled but British Columbia remains in a state of emergency as a result of the wide spread fire action across the province.  Sadly, a large number of homes have been lost in the wildfire action.   I grew up in the Cariboo and the fires came close to the ranch where I lived.  I felt a great need to do something.   A group of quilters started a relief community quilting project with the idea of providing comfort quilts to those impacted by the fires.

I made three donation quilts for this project and they are currently in the mail and on the way.  Our guild, The Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, has quite an active community quilts, charity quilt giving group always on the go.  I used some donated fabric and batting and supplemented from my stash to make these quilts.  Charity quilting is a great way to use up some lingering fabric and bits of stuff.  All three quilts were quilted with my go to thread, Aurifil 50 wt in white.  I hope that these will bring some comfort to help.  

  Name: Just a bit bright
Design: St. Louis 16 Patch (tutorial at Sew with Sass)
Size: 55" by 70"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white on the diagonal
Binding and Backing:  stash fabrics

Design: Inspired by a quilt found on Pinterest by Kati Spencer and published in Scraps INc.
Size: 48" by 54'
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white
Fabric:  Various prints and Kona White