• tutorial

    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
    my makes,  pattern

    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…

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    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…

  • new pattern

    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 😉 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…

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    Ripple – the purple pillow

    So far this is one of my favourite Ripple versions of the new Ripple & Swirl pattern. I love how the ripple effect is visible simply by choosing light and dark values of the same colour. When choosing colours for a pattern like this one that relies heavily on contrast, it can sometimes be difficult to see whether a particular colour reads as light or dark. Here’s an easy tip: take a picture with your phone of all the fabrics together, then select grayscale in the photo editing options. It will be quite easy to tell which fabrics show up as light or dark, and which ones don’t provide enough…

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    Ripple & Swirl

    Ripple & Swirl is two modern quilt patterns in one. Part of my HST pattern collection along with Facets and Polar Peaks (available as a free download when you sign up for my newsletter), it’s another pattern that relies on simplicity for impact. Playing with contrast and layouts, this pattern takes the humble half-square triangle to new heights. This quilt uses contrast for the design to pop, whether that’s achieved with different colours, or simply light and dark versions of the same colour. It offers two different layout options that will make you want to play around with colours and value, mixing and matching to see where it’ll lead, and…

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    Facets – simple gemstones with big impact

    I’m so thrilled to have this pattern finally out in the world and available for everyone. It’s such a simple design but has wow factor in spades. I’ve always loved the intricate, faceted gemstone FPP patterns other designers have made. But, as wonderful as those look, they are very intimidating with their dozens of little pieces. It’s not that they would be impossible to make, but I love to scale back a design and see the impact simplicity has, and this quilt pattern has plenty. I also want to make designs accessible to beginning quilters, or those who might not have the confidence yet to attempt an intricate pattern. Simplifying…

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    Ripple & Swirl – Tester Quilts

    My testers have done a fabulous job both of making sure this pattern is easy to understand and free of mistakes, as well as creating some fantastic quilt tops from it, so here are their creations for you to get inspired. To see more Ripple & Swirl quilts, check out the hashtag #psqrippleandswirl on Instagram and be sure to post your makes and tag them, too! The pattern is available right here in my shop.