• tutorial

    Festive Forest Christmas Ornament – a mini tutorial

    This is a super quick gift idea, or last minute addition to your christmas tree. After making a few full-size Festive Forest blocks, both for the table runner and for drawstring bags, I decided I wanted to see what it would be like as a mini (and I mean mini!) version. I shrunk the templates for the 6″ x 9″ block to 33% of its original size on my printer, and picked through my cut up scraps for some red and white mini charms I could use. In the end, I used two mini charms (2 1/2″ squares) of the red on white print, and one each of three mainly…

  • inspiration

    Quilty Gift Guide

    Do you need a fun gift for your quilty BFF? Or maybe some ideas to pass on to whoever fills your stocking? There are plenty of gift guides out there that list new quilting books, fabrics, rulers and other notions, so I wanted to create a gift guide with more unusual and fun quilt-related gifts. I love gift-giving and trying to find that perfect gift for a special person. But I also know that non-quilters have a hard time knowing what to get the quilter in their life. My family have all got to the point of just asking each other for wish lists. So if yours is the same,…

  • pattern

    Polar Peaks Table Runner – the Tula Pink version

    This is a quick and easy, fat quarter friendly table runner pattern. You can get it delivered straight to your inbox by signing up to my mailing list via the box in the sidebar. Polar Peaks uses simple half-square triangles to show off a fabric collection or some favourite fabrics you might have saved for that perfect project. In this pattern you’ll learn the best method for beginners to make half square triangles. You will make HSTs two at a time, leaving you with triangles cut on the straight of grain which means less distortion and more fun piecing and finishing the project. This pattern is perfect for quick gifts,…

  • tutorial

    Drawstring Gift Bag Tutorial

    Here is a quick and easy tutorial to make a lined drawstring bag using a quilt block. When I launched the Festive Forest pattern, two of my pattern testers turned their blocks into awesome little drawstring gift bags. They are super cute and a perfect little project for single quilt blocks. Whether you use them as gift bags, sewing notion storage, or to corral the lego and wooden blocks in the toy room, they’ll make a practical and cute bag of any size. The drawstring bag is fully lined and there are instructions for how to box the corners. Of course you can leave them pointy, too, if you prefer…

  • new pattern

    Festive Forest – a new pattern

    This is a quick and fun Christmas FPP pattern that is suitable for confident beginners and advanced quilters alike. Festive Forest is available in my pattern shop. I’m a big fan of colourful Christmas decorations. Did you see my pictures on Instagram of the tree skirt I made last year? You might notice a little trend towards bright, rainbow-y colour schemes there. I do have a small tree in the entryway of our house that I decorate in more traditional red and white, but our main Christmas tree is a hodgepodge of collected ornaments. We always pick one up on our travels, and quite a few we’ve inherited, too. Others…

  • organization

    Plan To Quilt – a review

    Recently, Shannon of evabmakery.com asked for reviewers for her quilt planner, Plan to Quilt. She had just redesigned it and was looking for real-life quilters to test it and write about it. I was lucky enough to receive one to test, and I can honestly say I love it. I’ve used other quilt planners before, especially the calendar-based ones, and was never all that happy with them. I didn’t use the calendar, or make the quilt patterns that came included in it, and then once the year was up, it felt like the planner was “expired” somehow. For the most part, I’ve just used a cheap notebook that I would…

  • tutorial

    Ice Cream Tote Tutorial

    Here’s a fun, quick way to turn two quilt blocks into a stylish tote. This is an easy, no-fuss tote with a lining and a small inside pocket for a library card, credit card or similar. It’s a quick and fun way to use up some quilt blocks you want to show off, like the Ice Cream Sunday blocks I used for these totes. But feel free to add additional inside pockets, or a magnetic closure at the top, or any number of other additions that would suit your use of the tote better. Materials needed for this tote are:2 quilt blocksbatting for the blocks (this is a great project…

  • new pattern

    Swirly Lollipop – the rainbow one

    I have a new FPP block to share today! This one will be released as a pattern within the next few weeks, so make sure you’re on the mailing list because you don’t want to miss it! I had drawn this Swirly Lollipop a couple of months ago, but didn’t get around to making an actual sample until just now. But I am so happy to see the pattern is working, although it has a few kinks that still need to be ironed out. I love a good rainbow fabric pull, and this one was no exception. All of these are fabrics from my stash and from the scrap bins…

  • my makes

    Ice Cream Tote

    How cute is this ice cream tote? I used two of my sample blocks from the Ice Cream Sunday collection to turn into a summery book bag for my daughter. The two matching ice cream bars work perfectly for this kind of project, and I was lucky to find this remnant of cute ice cream fabric in my stash, from Art Gallery’s Boardwalk Delights a few years back. It was perfect for the lining, and there was enough to add a little inside pocket for her library card, or her sunglasses when she uses the bag for her swim suit and towel to walk over to Grandma’s house for a…