• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • magazine feature,  new pattern

    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 😉 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…

  • 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…