• black, white and red striped table runner on a wooden table with a chocolate cake on top
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    Urban Scandinavian Table Runner – the black, white and red version

    This is my second Urban Scandinavian table runner. You can read more about the first one here. I finished this table runner a little while ago, but hadn’t gotten around to taking photos of it yet. My husband’s birthday was a good excuse to “borrow” the cake and snap a few pictures before we started the celebration πŸ™‚ This one is for a friend’s house. He’s moved in a little while ago, but I wasn’t sure what would fit best with his decor until we were invited for dinner over the Christmas break and I had a spark of an idea. I used the securing stitches for the applique strips…

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    Binding Tutorial Series – Part 1: Making binding strips

    Binding is the finishing touch of any quilt. Some quilts you want to have a very subtle binding that blends in with the pattern and doesn’t command too much attention. Sometimes, it even has to be a facing that’s not visible from the front at all. And other times, binding that really pops adds just the right amount of zing to finish off a quilt. One of my absolute favourites is striped binding. It does make you go a little wonky-eyed cutting it, but it just adds so much fun to a quilt. I often get asked how I bind my quilts, do I bind them by machine or by…

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    Dayglow – in Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 86

    I’m so excited to finally share this quilt. It was made and sent off to Love Patchwork & Quilting almost 5 months ago and I haven’t been able to say anything about it until now. Well, I did share the cover photo with my mum and best quilty friend when I got it, because I couldn’t not tell someone πŸ˜‰ But, issue 86 is out now! They’re not able to ship any paper issues internationally at this point, due to the pandemic lockdown measures affecting Royal Mail, but the magazine is still available as a digital issue through Zinio, Apple News, Google Play or the Love Patchwork & Quilting app…

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    Mini Flocks

    Flocks of Colour has a mini! The Mini Flocks block pattern is now in the shop. This quilt block is a 12″ by 12″ version of my popular Flocks of Colour quilt pattern and is made using Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s the perfect little project for using up your scraps or the leftovers from the big quilt. Turn it into a tote, frame it in an embroidery hoop for instant wall art, or add borders to make it into a throw pillow or mini quilt. I’m envisioning it in soft tones for a nursery, hanging on the wall to go with the matching baby quilt. Or with a splash of…

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    How to join batting pieces

    If you’re like me (and most quilters for that matter), you probably keep the batting scraps you trim off before you bind a quilt. I used to keep them thinking I’ll make coasters and other little things from them, but somewhere after my second or third quilt, I quickly realized that nobody needs *that* many coasters. So what do you do with all those batting strips and remnants? You make “Frankenbatting” as my friend calls it. Here’s a quick photo tutorial on how I do it. First off, select a few pieces that will make up the size you need. Make sure they’re all the same kind of batting. Lay…

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    Plaid-ish Quilt

    What a strange time we live in right now… with the global pandemic and all its added effects like having the kids at home, working from home, and juggling other added responsibilities, I jumped at the idea a fellow Instagrammer had of making my own personal coronavirus quilt project. I decided that I was going to need a little spot of sewing every day, just to turn off the mind and even if I didn’t get to work on one of my bigger projects because of the added responsibilities mentioned above, I could spare 15 minutes a day to make a block for a kind of diary quilt. I don’t…

  • throw size quilt held up outdoors, blue and white spiral swirl pattern
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    Winter Swirl

    Today I’m sharing another Swirl quilt! This winter version was finished just a few days ago, and I managed to get some photos of it before too much of the snow had melted. The Ripple&Swirl pattern is available in the pattern shop. I really enjoyed making this quilt because of the light colours, it is such a contrast to the original one in nautical navy and red. I wasn’t sure at first whether it was going to be a beachy, white sand and blue water kind of a quilt, or more of a winter wonderland with snow and bright blue sky (my favourite kind of winter days, although they also…

  • colors,  colours,  pattern

    Birthstones

    When I was chatting with Colleen about her version of the Facets quilt above, we got to talking about birthstones and all the options to use that concept in a quilt. From baby quilts in the new baby’s birthstone colour, to Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gifts similar to the Mother’s Pride jewellery, to family quilts and wedding gifts, the possibilities truly are endless. I was so inspired I had to sit down with my Kona colour chart and figure out some birthstone colour combinations. There are only 9 colour combinations for the 12 months of the year, because a few colours are too close to make a truly different…

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    Facets Pillow

    Of course, I had to make a pillow for the new Facets pattern, too. This was another scrap buster and took four 5″ squares of blue Konas from my scrap bin and all the smaller bits of white Kona I had set aside as not big enough for the last few projects, but not small enough to cut into squares and stash away with the other scraps. Cats are so helpful πŸ˜‰ To quilt this one, I decided on a simple crosshatch pattern of straight lines that would underline the simplicity of this pattern but add enough “oomph” to do a gemstone justice.Marking all the lines with a Hera marker…

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    Swirl – the scrappy pillow

    I’m loving how the Ripple & Swirl pattern gives so many options with one simple block, just by changing up colours. This year my goal is to try to use my stash and my scraps as much as possible. I didn’t impose any fabric buying ban on myself, but I will think twice before purchasing fabric for a project and will look through my stash to see if something could work. So having chopped three small bins of scraps into squares recently, I hunted through the stack of 4″ squares for a colour combination that would make a great Swirl pillow and came up with these pinks and blues. A…