Thursday, April 28, 2016

Online Learning ...... Whenever it works for YOU!

Do you take classes from the comfort of home?  In your PJs, with all your 'stuff' close at hand?  That's the beauty of online learning. No need to pack up your machine and all your quilting supplies - and find that you forgot something important, like your foot pedal, or that you have the PERFECT fabric for the project....on the shelf at home!

Yes, you do miss some wonderful aspects of classes when you learn online at home. Some of the in-person social nature of classes may be lacking but I find a combination of online learning and in-person workshops work very well for most of us.  And, depending on how the online class is designed, you CAN still have a connection with the other students in the class.

And the best online workshops work WITH YOUR SCHEDULE...also known as 'On Demand'. That means you don't have to join the class on a particular day at a particular time.  So, whether you are in Canada or Australia or England, you do not need to worry about a difference in time zones. 

One of the On Demand workshops that I teach at the Academy of Quilting is Seminole Piecing.

Seminole patchwork was developed by Native American Seminole women in south Florida in the late 1800s. It was, like so much patchwork, originally a product of necessity. A bad winter made it impossible to travel to down river for new supplies, so the women used up the last strips of old fabric. These designs were first painstakingly constructed by hand. They used these very intricate looking bands to decorate their garments. The advent of the sewing machine in the early years of the twentieth century revolutionized Seminole design and production.

Women began creating more elaborate patterns which often reflected their individual tribes. A competition developed among designers. All of this was fueled by the fact that tourists were willing to purchase clothing that was decorated with the patchwork designs. By the 1920's, Seminole women were actively courting the tourist trade and had begun using prints in their patchwork design.

Here is a jacket I made that incorporates several Seminole bands.

Would you like to learn to create your own Seminole patchwork?  In this class you will learn how to make 8 different designs and can use them to make a totebag, bolster pillow and a wall quilt. This is such an intriguing patchwork method and easier to do than you may think. If you can sew a 1/4" seam, you can make magic with this technique.

You will use rotary cutting, strip piecing and re-sewing to create the patchwork.  We will begin with simple designs that you can sew in an hour and then progress to more complex designs that build on your new-found skills.
The basic technique is familiar to most quilters: sew strips of fabric together, cut them into pieces and then sew them back together again. The bold, graphic designs that result from this process have many uses. You will be inspired by my suggestions to use the bands to trim garments and home décor items.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Show 'n' Share - MINE

I can finally share something that I made earlier this year.  My granddaughter, Brooklyn, turned 1 year old on April 17th and I made her this fun dress and hat to celebrate.

Fabrics are Northcott Topsy Turvy
Here's a link to Northcott's Website.
I used the Petal Dress & Hat pattern from Sew Baby! It was very easy to sew - just 3 pattern pieces for the dress and 1 for the hat.
This multisize pattern fits 6 months - 2T so I'm sure I'll be making it again.
Brooklyn enjoyed blowing out the candle on her cake with a bit of help.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Show 'n' Share

Sue J. sent me this picture of the New York Beauty runner that she started in a workshop with me.  

This pattern is from my book Give & Take Fabric Appliqué

Buy the book HERE.

No, this is not PIECED, it is APPLIQUE. With this method you get perfect curves and sharp points.

I love the colours Sue used for her runner - anything with Lime Green excites me!

As my 'Thank You' for sharing her picture Sue selected my Fandango pattern - another Give & Take Appliqué design.

Would you like a FREE pattern too?

Send me a photo of a completed Patchworks Studio pattern (or book or workshop project) to share on the blog, in my newsletter and on social media and I will send you a FREE pattern!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New Kits - and 'simplifying'

In my last newsletter I spoke about 'simplifying' (if you don't receive my FREE newsletter you can subscribe to the right).

Northcott has produced an amazing fabric that simplifies piecing - STRIP-R's.  This fabric is a stripe across the width of the fabric..... and the stripes are exactly 2" wide. These fabrics are a great way to SIMPLIFY!

You know about 2-1/2" wide precut strips, right. Well this fabric elminates the need to sew all those strips together!  STRIP-Rs are available for many Northcott fabric collections including the new Stonehenge Gradations and Ambience. 

STRIP-R - Ambience Collection
STRIP-R - Gradations - Onyx colourway

I used the STRIP-R from the Artisan Spirit Nature Studies collection
when I designed one of my latest patterns.

Meadow Lark uses Strip-R for the pieced border in my quilt.

Kits are available for both these quilts - but quantities are VERY LIMITED.
Cost is $99.95 Canadian

(Kit includes all the fabric for the quilt top, the binding and the pattern).
Backing fabric is also available at a special price.
Meadow Lark - Indigo colourway
62" x 59"


Meadow Lark - Orange colourway
62" x 59"

The full width 'ombre' fabric also makes this pattern simple.
It is used as the focus fabric in the windows of my quilt.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How I Use Paintstiks

I thought I would share a few quilt pictures with you today.  I used Shiva Paintstiks to embellish each of these pieces.  You can learn how to use Paintstiks in YOUR work in my online workshop starting this Friday.


This is the first Anemones quilt I made. I printed the images and then 'crazy' pieced them into a background. I quilted the shape of the anemone plant leaves on this piece.

This is my second Anemones quilt. This time I painted inside the quilted leaves
with Shiva Paintstiks.
I used several colours to get more shading.
This was  a sample for an Architectural Applique workshop where students
find images in architecture to use in their work.
I quilted bubbles in areas of the background and when they didn't show up well
I painted these areas with Paintstiks to lighten them and draw attention to those areas.

Poppy Fields
I painted the background fabric - one my first attempts painting with fabric paints.
I hung the fabric on my wall and stared at it for a LONG time. I imagined a field of poppies so I painted the circles with a red Paintstik. Some are darker (more paint) and some very light (very little paint). I think that adds depth to this piece. 

The stems were made with a wooden skewer placed in ink and gently placed onto the surface. That WAS the scary part!  I machine quilted and hand embroidered this piece.

The next two closeups are of a Kelp collage. This piece is very heavily embellished with threads, fibres and beads.  When we see Kelp on our beaches we often see bubbles among it. I used several 'washers' to paint the circles on these pieces. Thanks to my DH who found all those different size washers in his stash in the garage! 

I hope this has piqued your interest in how you might use Paintstiks in your work. These are just a few ways to use them. This is an extensive course where you'll learn many different techniques.

Hope you'll join me in the classroom on Friday.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fun with Paintstiks - at the Academy of Quilting

Registration is open for my Fun with Paintstiks class at the Academy of Quilting

Class begins on FRIDAY, April 15th

Whenever I offer this class, many of the students said they had bought Paintstiks but just didn't know what to do with them. Is that YOU too? Why not join me and discover what you can do with your Paintstiks! 
I will show you how to use Shiva Paintstiks to add color, pattern and texture to your fabrics. You will learn several ways to apply the paint, how to put it just where you want it and how to blend paint to create a rainbow of rich colours.

You will fill a sketchbook for future reference as part of each exercise. The final lesson includes using the paint to highlight and color quilted projects and appliqué designs.

You will have plenty of time to learn in this class since the classroom remains open until May 23.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Show 'n' Share and On Demand Workshop

Gladys W. sent me this picture. It was made using the Rose Window project from my book Simple Stained Glass Quilts.

Here is what Gladys told me about her project:

The quilt now hangs in my church. Three of us in my quilt group each made one circle and then we pieced them together to make the wall hanging.

Great job Gladys and friends!

You can see more images from this book here.

As my 'thank you' for allowing me to share her photo Gladys received my Crisscross pattern for free!

Would you like to learn how to make a Simple Stained Glass quilt?  Sign up for my Too Easy Stained Glass workshop at Academy of Quilting. This is an 'on demand' workshop. You can start anytime!

You will learn my no-bias, no glue stained glass technique as you make a small project. I'll be with you every step of the way as you make your first project.

I used a 'pond' landscape fabric for this class project.
You can use a printed photograph to 'see' in your window!

See you in the classroom.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quick Curve Mini - Upcoming Workshop

I am still having fun working with the Sew Kind of Wonderful rulers.  The most recent one is the Quick Curve Mini. Here is a sampler quilt I made using one technique using this ruler.  

I am teaching this workshop at Cloth Castle in Victoria in April.

Date: April 15
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cloth Castle
786 Goldstream Ave. 
Victoria, BC

Phone to register: 250-478-2112

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

A wonderful Easter surprise for our family.

Little Alice Jean Green arrived 6 weeks early. Mom, Dad and Alice are doing very well!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Another Show 'n' Share

Carol O. sent me this picture of her version of my Crosstown Mystery Quilt. This was an Online Mystery, exclusively for my free E-Zine subscribers last February.

I love the fabrics Carol used for her quilt!  

Speaking of 'mysteries'.  Do you like doing them?  I'd like to get feedback from you - is this something you would like to do again this year?

Leave a comment on this post - or email me.  My contact info is here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Chic Flowers Workshop - The Results

We had a great day at Kaleidoscope QuiltCompany earlier this month. I taught students how to use the Quick Curve Ruler® to make Chic Flowers. Here are 4 of the students with their first blocks.


I missed a photo with one student but all the blocks are here on the design wall.

If you haven't tried this ruler I encourage you to give it a try. There are so many different ways to use this ruler it really is a great value.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fine Finishes - 6 Ways to Bind Your Quilt

The question I am asked most often is "How do I finish the edges of my quilt?" And the second question usually is "Do I have to do it by hand?"

I am offering one-day workshop where you will learn all the answers to these questions (and MORE)!  You will finish the edges of sample-size quilts using 6 different methods. These will be reference samples that you will refer to again and again as you select the best option for finishing the edges for your quilts. What you choose for a traditional quilt is different from the common ways for art quilts. You will learn about finishing methods for ALL types of quilts - both hand and machine sewn finishes.

Here are a few 'edges' of my quilts showing the wide variety of edge finishing methods you will try in class.

You can sign up for this class at Kaleidoscope Quilt Company in Mill Bay on April 9. Class runs from 10 am - 3 pm.

If you aren't in the local area and can't attend this class I would be happy to travel to your shop or guild to present this class (and any of my other workshops).  Details about the Workshops I offer are here and my current Schedule is here.

Friday, March 18, 2016

FLASH SALE! Special Pricing for International Quilting Day

All KITS and Kit Backing Fabrics are 15% off NOW
for this weekend only!

Special sale pricing expires
Midnight, Pacific Daylight Time,
Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Only while quantities last.

These NEW kits have been added:

Stonehenge Primitives fabrics

Quilt (55" x 70") Sale Price - $110.46 Canadian 

Backing also available at a special price for this kit!


Northcott Painter's Passion fabrics
Quilt (80" x 80") Sale Price $144.46 Canadian

Backing also available at a special price for this kit!


Northcott Mountain Lodge Flannel fabrics
Quilt (56" x 64") Sale Price $127.46 Canadian

Backing now priced separately for this kit!

Northcott Man About Town fabrics
Quilt (48" x 64") Sale Price $79.86 Canadian

Backing now priced separately for this kit!

Zigzag Zoo
Great Kids Quilt!
Quilt (40" x 48") Sale Price $46.71 Canadian


Cathedral Grove

I returned from my mini-vacation last week and it was definitely a week to 'catch up'! But we had a great time away on Canada's West Coast. 

Our trip took us through Cathedral Grove, a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island. The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference. 

Here are a few more pictures. I have a special 'affinity' for these trees. My heart slows, I feel such peace when I am surrounded by these majestic and beautiful giants.

This picture has inspired a new quilt I am working on - it will be a pattern in the Fall.
 I'll share the quilt with you in a couple of months.

The moss on the trees is amazing - this IS a rainforest!

This uprooted tree has a huge 'plate' of roots. This is my DH standing next to this windfall.
These are shallow-rooted trees and high winds are common in the ar

Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's going to be a PARTY!

This weekend is International Quilting Weekend (March 18-20, 2016) and it is time for a PARTY.

I have blocked time on Sunday to work on a few projects that have been languishing in my studio. How convenient that my DH has booked a golf game!

What will you be doing this weekend?  How about learning about quilters and their quilts?

The Quilt Show is celebrating too. Here is the letter they sent me to share with you:

Big news here! In honor of International Quilt Day (March 19, 2016), The Quilt Show (, the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will "open" all of its shows from the first seventeen series--that is, from show 100 through show 1713--for the entire weekend of March 18 –20. That means that—for three special days—everyone will have the chance to view these 221 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE. 

As you may already know, I appeared as the featured artist on TQS in Show #309. If you didn't have the opportunity to see this show first time around, now you'll have the chance to see it—and so many other terrific shows—at no cost in this unprecedented three-day offer.

I hope that you'll share this information with all of your quilting friends. It's a fantastic opportunity
to enjoy three days of learning and fun without leaving your home…all for free.

Enjoy the shows, and spread the word to all your friends!

There will be PRIZES to be won - over $11,000 worth of cool stuff like: 
Fabric, Books, Mats, Rulers, a GO! cutter and the Grand Prize: a BERNINA 570QE!

Click this link to enter: and GOOD LUCK!