• 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…

  • my makes,  pattern

    Ripple & Swirl – the pink one

    I made another Ripple quilt, this time in bright pink. I love how quick this pattern is to whip up, while being in no way boring. HSTs really are one of the most versatile blocks around. You can find this pattern right here in my shop. This quilt is the throw size, which is fat quarter friendly (always a bonus) so I just picked a selection of bright pink, and white on white prints. It’s going to be gifted to a little girl who just became a big sister, and since her little brother gets to use the family baby quilt, she gets a “big girl bed” quilt. She loves…

  • Uncategorised

    Machine Binding Tutorial – Part 2

    Here’s the second part of the binding tutorial – how to attach binding by machine. You can find the first part here.There are a few ways to do this, but I find this the easiest way because it involves barely any pinning. First off, when you attach your binding by machine, you will always have an extra visible line of stitching that you don’t have when binding by hand. You can see this in the picture below, there is a stitching line running along the top binding strip. Determine which side of your quilt you want that line to be one, because that will be the side you start with.…

  • A digital rendering of the Victorian Tiles quilt pattern in peach and navy to show the effect of different colouring options
    new pattern,  tutorial

    Victorian Tiles – Variations

    I mentioned in my last blog post that the Victorian Tiles pattern is super versatile. But I figured instead of just talking about it I’d show you.So here are a few digital renderings of the quilt in different colourways, to show off the many secondary patterns you can achieve with strategic placing of colour and value. First off, this is a sort of reversal of value from the original in that the navy and white parts have been reversed, and the lighter and medium blues and the pink have shifted spots. Then there’s the option of completely paring it down to only one blue and the pink, with white to…

  • A quilt in pink, white and various shades of blue in a geometric, square in a square style pattern hanging on a log barn wall
    magazine feature,  pattern

    Victorian Tiles – the Breeze version

    Have you ever seen those tiled entries and hallways in Victorian homes? I love those geometric floor tiles and this quilt pays hommage to that. It’s published in Make Modern magazine’s issue 35, which hit the virtual newsstands as I am writing this post. This pattern is a repeat block design that’s set on point. It’s a simple block to construct and the pattern includes instructions for time-saving techniques such as 4-at-a-time flying geese. The fabrics used in this sample are from the Breeze collection by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda. Having the tone-on-tone prints adds interest up close, but lets the primary and secondary patterns shine without…

  • black, white and red striped table runner on a wooden table with a chocolate cake on top
    my makes

    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 🙂 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…

  • tutorial

    Machine Binding Tutorial – Part 1

    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…