• pattern

    Rainbow Star Pattern

    I’m very excited to be launching my newest pattern!  It’s my first foundation paper pieced pattern and I am super happy with how it’s turned out, and the reception it had on social media so far. This one came about one April day as I was sitting at home with my daughter, who just had her appendix removed and wasn’t allowed to do anything she considers fun, like running, skipping rope, or dance. I remembered a stack of kite paper I had bought a while ago and started looking online for how to make window stars. Half an hour later, we had a paper star on our patio door, and…

  • inspiration

    May Colour inspiration

    Lately, I’ve been falling in love with this wonderful pink, yellow and orange colour palette. I have been working on some new designs and this palette features heavily in my drawings. We are having what is starting to look like a really delayed spring. Winter hung on far too long, and now, while the snow is long gone, it has been very wet and cold despite being the middle of May already. Being northerly as we are, we don’t plant most things in the garden until around Victoria Day, but even so, it doesn’t look like it’ll be planting weather until closer to June.  So if nature isn’t giving me…

  • my makes

    Expanding Stars by Quilty Love

    This spring I’ve been working on this Expanding Stars quilt thanks to a quilt-along Emily Dennis of Quilty Love was running. Not that I really had that much time to spare, but I love the simplicity and impact of this quilt, and being in a scrap organizing and scrap busting frame of mind lately, I couldn’t wait to try to make this with what I had on hand. I usually buy materials as I need them, although working at a fabric shop has meant I’ve brought home a few treasures here and there that weren’t strictly earmarked for a project yet. But on the whole, I don’t have a huge…

  • wise words

    The Three-Foot Rule

    Are you a perfectionist? Does it bother you when something is not quite right in a quilt? A seam might not line up perfectly, or maybe you cut off the tip of a point? Do you get the seam ripper out? Or can you shake it off? I want to give you permission (if that is what you need), or just a nudge, to accept flaws in your work. We all make mistakes, and what might look perfect to you in someone else’s work may actually have small mistakes in it that you haven’t even noticed. We are often our own worst critics, and being as close as we are…

  • tutorial

    How to Waterproof a Quilt

    A couple of summers ago I made myself a waterproof quilt because I was spending many evenings every week at the soccer fields with my kids, and while bringing folding chairs was an ok option, I kept forgetting to pack them when we had to leave in a hurry. So I decided I was going to make a quilt that I could carry around easily and leave in the car all the time. A couple of rainy practices later, I decided that it needed to be a *waterproof* quilt. The most recent issue of Make Modern magazine, Issue 27, included a pattern and tutorial from me about how to make…

  • pattern,  Uncategorised

    Canadian Diamonds Pattern

    They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend… This pattern started with this mushroom fabric and some random half-square triangles that I decided to cut again and see what would happen. I quickly got an idea for a layout and started cutting the rest of the fabric with this idea in mind. This first, mushroomy, version of the quilt was made in our temporary accommodations, a school portable turned into a cottage of sorts on my in-laws’ property, while we were waiting for our new house to be finished. We had most of our things packed away, with the exception of clothes and other important bits, and of course my…

  • pattern

    Flocks of Colour

    This fun rainbow splash of colour is my first ever published pattern, Flocks of Colour. It originally featured in Make Modern magazine’s issue 19 and is the pattern that started it all, so to speak. I used a rainbow of prints for the flying geese, and because I love bold pops of colour, I placed them on a dark blue background for maximum impact. This quilt is a lovely quick project that can easily be scaled up or down to even more sizes by a more advanced quilter, but the pattern includes instructions for both baby and throw sizes to get you started. As you can see from these pictures,…