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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…

  • throw size quilt held up outdoors, blue and white spiral swirl pattern
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    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…

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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.

  • table runner made from three pixelated patchwork hearts in mixed blues and pinks, set on a table with a seed cake and tea cups
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    Tumbled Love – 2nd Edition

    This pattern was one of my favourites to write, and since it is about two years old now, I thought it was time I made a new version of it for our table. I had been sorting my scraps and cutting them into squares of various useful sizes, which meant I had the perfect excuse to dip into that stash and make this blue and pink hearts runner. The background on this one is scrappy as well. In my first version I used yardage for the background, a lovely print that said “love” in cursive all over it, but with my new resolution of using my stash and scraps wherever…

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    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…

  • magazine feature,  pattern

    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…

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    Tumbled Love Table Runner

    I have a new pattern available for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day!It’s a great little project to use up your small scraps, and comes together quite quickly, too. I’m in love with the scrappy look of the hearts! This one I just had to make in pinks, because I’ve been itching to use up all my lovely pink scraps, but also because my daughter informed me that hearts for Valentine’s Day always need to be pink. Who am I to argue with that logic? 😉Of course, this would look great in any colour, and I’m already plotting another one in blue, or possibly yellow. Just the right kind…