• 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. 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 cats, so I had to get this awesome kitty fabric…

  • 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…

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

    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…

  • colors,  colours,  pattern

    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…

  • pattern

    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…

  • new pattern,  pattern

    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.

  • 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…

  • magazine feature,  pattern

    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…

  • magazine feature,  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,…