Friday, 13 October 2017

X Marks The Spot

Today's block is an X block.  This block finishes at 9 inches (9 1/2" including seam allowances.)

To make one block you will need four 3 1/2" squares for the corners, four 3 1/2" squares for the centre outer edge blocks and from the X fabric you require one 3 1/2" square and twelve 2" squares.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on all twelve 2" squares.  I prefer using my chalk-o-liner to mark lines.  Place a 2" square on the corner of your outer 3 1/2" squares as shown and sew on the line.  Fold on the line and press to outer corner.  Cut off the bottom two layers and press the seam allowance towards the larger square fabric.

Using the same method, sew two 2" squares as shown above, onto each of the centre outer edge 3 1/2" squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the smaller squares.

Lay out all the units as show and sew together .

Now, for the rest of the story.....

I wanted to make a 36" square baby quilt.  Rather than make sixteen blocks and sew together, I decided to eliminate a few seams so that it was quicker to make.

 I replaced the four corner units of blocks with a 6 1/2" square of feature fabric, and applied a 2" accent square unit to each corner the same was as in the block.  Nine units are required.

For the corners of the quilt I made four feature fabric units with a 3 1/2" square and one 2" square of accent fabric.

The edge pieces of the quilt were made from 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" units of feature fabric with two 2" squares of accent fabric.  Twelve units are required.

This is my sashing unit, twenty-four required.  It is made from a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" background fabric and four 2" squares of accent fabric,

To complete the top I made sixteen units from a 3 1/2" background square and two 2" squares of accent fabric. Use the picture to lay out your pieces, sew together and enjoy.

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Alaska Cruise Quilt

This quilt was developed for the recent Alaska Quilt Cruise that I participated in, sponsored by Cherry Tree Quilt Shop in Summerland.

The block is a great way to show off a fussy cut fabric.  All the kits for the cruise were Cotton + Steel fabric.  What fun!

This is a close up of the block made from a little halloween fabric.  For each block you require a feature fabric, a background fabric and two accent fabrics.  #1 accent for the Star points and #2 accent for the frame.  I use the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers.  I will give Substitutions at the end of the instructions.

The first step is to fussy cut the feature fabric.  You will need one 4 1/2" square and four 2 1/2" squares.

The block has eight 2 1/2" half square units.  My favourite way to make these is to lay a 2 1/2" strip of background right sides together on top of a 2 1/2" accent 1 fabric.  Cut with the Easy Angle ruler as shown, then sewn the two cut pieces together to make the half square unit.  Here is a video tutorial on using the ruler.  After cutting the units, cut four 2 1/2" squares from the background fabric.

To make the corners for the block, sew the half squares, fussy cut 2 1/2" pieces and the background squares together to make the units shown.  Note that they are all pieced a little different, so that the fussy cut fabric will be right side up within the block.

The next units needed is cut from a 1 1/2" strip of accent 2 fabric.  Use the Companion angle ruler to cut eight of these.  From the background fabric cut four 1 7/8" squares.

Sew the units cut as shown.

From accent 1, cut eight 2 1/2" Easy Angle units.  I like to lay the fabric wrong sides together to cut, so that I get mirror image units.  Sew together as shown.

The block requires four flying geese units that are 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Using the Companion Angle Ruler cut four 2 1/2" units from accent 2.  Using the Easy Angle Ruler cut Eight Background 2 1/2" units in the same manner as the previous step.  Piece together.  Click here for Bonnie Hunter's tutorial on making flying geese.

The two units above are sewn together to make your last pieces of the block.

Lay the pieces out as shown and sew together to make your completed block.

Substitutions: 2 1/2" Easy Angle - 2 7/8" square cut in half diagonally
                       1 1/2" Companion Angle -3 1/4" square cut twice on the diagonal
                       2 1/2" Companion Angle - 5 1/2" square cut twice on the diagonal

I made eight blocks and then set them together as shown below

The units that are not marked on one side of each block are 2 1/2" x 14 1/2"  These measurements assume the blocks are 12 1/2".  The outer border is cut 4 1/2" wide and yes, there is a bottom border. I must of cut it off for the picture.

To make a baby quilt out of the block, I upsized the block to finish 36".  The fussy cut pieces are 12 1/2" and 6 1/2".  The half squares are 6 1/2", the flying goose unit is 6 1/2" x 12 1/2".  The small background square is cut 4 3/4" and the companion angle units attached to the squares are cut from a 3 1/2" strip.  A great class demo size block that also makes an adorable baby quilt.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Kansas Troubles

No, not the state, the fabric!  Lol!  Whenever I want fabric that works for a man, I turn to Kansas Troubles Fabric.  The latest line is called Harvest Mill.

I love this simple pattern, mainly because it is so quick to stitch up.  The country feel of the fabric is perfect for that man in your life.  I'm sure he won't mind the odd little flower here and there.

From country to modern, here we go.  This line is Farmer's Daughter by Lella Boutique.  The pattern is one of my favourites from the book Beyond Neutral by John Q Adams.  Another quick and easy pattern.

I am currently on a Quilting Cruise to Alaska.  This trip is hosted by Cherry Tree Quilt Store in Summerland.  Pictures to follow when I make it home to my computer.  Have a great day!

Friday, 8 September 2017

September.......Where did summer go?

It is hard to believe that we are into September already!  Even though this summer was one of the hottest on record, it wasn't the most enjoyable.  Fires, smoke and all the evacuation orders dominated most of our thoughts for the last two months.  Not that we are done with all that yet.  I hate to say it but please let it rain soon.

First up today is a quilt that I made just after Spring Market.  The fabric is Fig Tree's Hazel & Plum.  It will be released in stores this fall.  Most Fig Tree quilts are made with a cream background.  I wanted something a little different so I went with a grey Grunge.  I like it so much that even though I made this quilt for Trend-Tex, I'm about to make another one just like it for myself.

Have you seen the "Dream Big" panels by Hoffman.  They really have perfected the digital panels.  Every time I'm asked to make something from their panels, I get very excited.  I'm just finishing up their latest Call of the Wild panels but you will have to wait a bit to see them.

If you are in the Kamloops area this month you must check out the FAN (Fibre Art Network) display at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre at 7 Seymour St. W.  It is open Tuesday through Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday from 10am - 4pm.  The display is on now until September 30 with an artist reception on the 30th, 2 - 4pm.  Admission is by donation.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Hoffman Call of the Wild

The latest in Hoffman's Call of the wild series has landed in local quilt stores.  This is my version of the Elk panel.  Click here if you would like to see all the digital panels they have developed so far.  The blue tones in this panel were so exciting to work with.

It took a little while to figure out what I wanted to do with the Racoon panel.  Finally I zoned in on the geese flying in the sky and decided that flying geese blocks on the side would work.

The quilting on both quilts was fairly simple all over curves.  They were samples for Trendtex and needed to be finished in a hurry, so simple it was.

Hope you are having a great day!!!  Take care.

Friday, 11 August 2017


Today's quilt is made from "Sunday Supper" by Sweetwater for Moda  I fell in love with this line when it first came out this spring.  However, life has been a little busy, so I just finished the quilt this week.

The pattern I used is "Meadow" by Corey Yoder.  It is in the book Scraps made simple.  There are several patterns in this book that I want to make, when I get a minute.  LOL!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful summer.  There is a chance that the smoke here in BC will ease up a little.  With ratings between 8 (high) and 49 (extreme) on the air quality index here in Kamloops, it has been difficult for anyone to spend time outside enjoying our summer. Fingers crossed wishing for rain!  

Friday, 28 July 2017

A Little Cotton + Steel

The latest Cotton + Steel fabrics are hitting the shelves.

I was in a rush for my pictures, so this is what you get!  This is Managerie by Rifle Paper Co. The pattern is Gridwork by Running Doe Quilts for Villa Rosa Designs.  A great pattern that works up really quick.

Magic Forest by Sarah Watts is the next line.  Once again it is a Villa Rosa pattern called River Queen.  A little more attention was needed in the cutting to make sure all the horses are upright.

This line is Lagoon by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  The pattern was featured in the artwork from Spring Market, and will eventually by on the web page.  I didn't have access to the pattern, so I drafted it up on EQ and made it up.  Since then I have figured out a much easier way to make it, but more about that this fall.

Have a great day everyone and stay safe.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Here We Go Again

Once again the wildfires in BC are dominating all our thoughts.  The weather seams to be cooperating a little today so lets all hope that the evacuees can safely return to their homes soon!

The Quilt Store in Newmarket Ontario produced this great Northcott block.  A friend was attending Quilt Canada and snapped up the kit for me.  Every Canadian Quilt needs a hockey player!

The binding went on this little nine patch quilt today.  The main fabric is a Hoffman digital print.  Batiks make up the rest of the quilt.

I did manage to get a little quilting done for friends this week.  Fran left me lots of room to play on her Blue and Yellow floral quilt.

Katja is kitting this quilt up and asked me to quilt it for her.  I played with a new to me type of texture.  A dark Grey thread was the only colour that I had that worked on this one.

Have a great day and stay safe out there!

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Friday, 7 July 2017

POOF! A biscuit quilt

The new name for biscuit quilts is a "Poof" quilt.

Leslie asked if she could come over and make one for a friend.  Of course I agreed and provided a little Me and My Sister fabric to complete the project.  After a couple of great afternoons together, the quilt was finished and on it's way to it's new owner.

 Leo will use this as a floor rug for a bit.  What a little cutie!

Summer has finally arrived in Kamloops with 40 degree weather.  I won't complain since we have been waiting so long for it to happen.

Last night Doug and I took in a ball game under the lights.  The local KIBT tournament  is on. The seats are warm and the beer is cold.

I am working on a little project of my own.  I try to remember to take a picture of the upper corner, so that I can refer to it when I reach the bottom of the quilt and hopefully have the four corners match.  It's fun to take a little time to make a quilt just because.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Happy Canada Day!!!!!

150 years young July 1, 2017.  What a party it will be.  It just seams like yesterday that we were celebrating our 100th birthday.

I am still plugging away on my Northcott blocks.  I missed my goal of having the top together by July 1st.  I do have a new goal to have it all done by the end of the year.  Hmmm.  Hopefully I make that one.  This block is from Wee Folks Sewing & Quilt Shoppe in Selkirk Ont.  It is so Canadian!!!!

Yesterday was my oldest Grandson's graduation from elementary school.  The school put a wonderful ceremony together for all the kids.  Way to go Tyrese.

Till next time, wishing all my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day and all my American friends a happy July 4th.  It's great that both our birthdays are so close together.  One big party.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Time for Knitting

Knitting has been part of my life, long before I learned how to quilt.  My Grandma Bailey had taught me how as a little girl, and I have dabbled in it all my life.  I knit numerous sweaters for my kids and nieces and nephews.
With the new yarns that are available, it is such an indulgence to pick up a luxurious yarn at my favourite little shop Knit 2 Yarns.  Last week was knit in public day, and I did stop by Carla's shop and pick up a little something for myself.

This is a Shawl I just gave away, knit from yarn I had picked up at Carla's last year.  Just like quilt fabric, sometimes the yarn has to age a little before it is used.  The pattern is from the book Sock-Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas.
I have been knitting up a storm lately with an upcoming new addition to the family, so I'm sure I'll be posting more projects soon.

The Northcott blocks are coming along.  This is the block from Along Came Quilting in Calgary. The pieces all came in the kit laser cut and ready to fuse in place.  What a bonus.  It took longer to stitch down than to actually fuse.  Thanks to Hailey for picking this one up for me.

Continuing on with the Christmas theme from last week, I am currently quilting a darling little appliqué quilt for Iva.  As always, her hand work if exquisite.

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