Friday, August 22, 2014

Flowers on Friday


The bees were buzzing all over these flowers at Butchart Gardens in July.

Don't forget to enter the Patchworks Studio Flowers on Friday Summer Challenge
where you can WIN a GREAT PRIZE!
Deadline for entries: September 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sign up TODAY - Ripless Paper Piecing at the Academy of Quilting

Marlene's quilt from Ripless Paper Piecing

It's not to late to join me for Ripless Paper Piecing at Academy of Quilting.

Class starts on Friday - why not join in the FUN!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Alaska Quilt Cruise - September 6-13

Preparations are well in hand for my upcoming Quilting Cruise to Alaska. Kits for the lap quilt we will make are almost complete. Here are the packages all cut and ready for sewing.

Kits for Give & Take Applique - Design Discoveries are next on my preparation schedule.

I can't wait to meet everyone and see all that Alaska has to offer.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flowers on Friday


Found thesegrowing in the garden at the Deep Cove Market, just around the corner and down the street from my home. A great place for local produce, specialty food items and baked goods.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Academy of Quilting - Ripless Paper Piecing

 Ripless Paper Piecing online workshop at the Academy of Quilting starts on August 22

You may already have some experience with paper piecing, sometimes called foundation piecing since the usual way is to sew onto a foundation. This class will show you how you can achieve the accuracy that paper piecing gives without some of the extra steps. The steps you WILL NOT do are:
·create one foundation for every block you sew
·sew with a very small stitch length that is extremely difficult to rip out if you make a sewing mistake
·spend time removing the foundation from your blocks
·fill your recycling bin or garbage with the foundation removed from your blocks

I like to think of this method as the Green Alternative. I have made many paper pieced blocks and quilts. I shudder to think of all the paper I threw in the garbage over the last 25 years. At least in the last few years, it has gone to be recycled, but it still makes me feel wasteful!

A step that can cause difficulties when paper piecing is having the right sized piece of fabric to cover a section of your block. I will show you how to avoid this problem with some prepration steps.
In this class, you will learn how to
·select fabrics in a range of values in two color families; a very complete discussion of 'value' is included in this class.
·download a foundation piecing block
·set up your machine for ripless foundation piecing
·sew your blocks and add borders
·audition and test quilting designs before quilting and binding.

Along with the main project (pictured above) I have added a 'BONUS' project to the class. This Ripless Star Table Runner will be a great addition to your table.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pattern Writing - The "Inside Scoop"

For several weeks I spent a LOT of time on the computer putting the finishing touches on my 2 new patterns. I have quite a system for creating patterns which helps me prepare them for publication but it still involves quite a bit of time to get everything 'just right'.

I created the designs using Electric Quilt software  several months ago and made lots of notes about each project. When I decide to publish a design as a pattern for sale I go back to those notes and turn them into the supply list and the cutting, sewing and finishing steps that you can follow to make the quilt. That is when I find out if I have been successful in these 'preparation' steps!

Pattern Writing - The "Inside Scoop"

I create my design - a time consuming process in itself, trying ideas, different fabric arrangements, borders, or not.

First I create files for the new design: both an electronic file on my computer AND a real paper file folder. The folder has a printed picture of my design and any other printouts from Electric Quilt. These may be the rotary cutting instructions for blocks, printed applique shapes, block or quilt images that I have exported to other software so I will be able to use them when I write the pattern. The file gets a PS number (that's Patchworks Studio, of course). 

Next I begin making notes about the design. I determine all the shapes and sizes that will be needed for each fabric. This involves lots of counting and re-counting and studying my design very carefully to be sure I don't miss anything. I 'do the math' for all borders so I am sure to allow enough fabric. When doing this step I have to decide exactly how a quilter will make the quilt so I make notes about that too.

Windswept File

Holiday Lights File

I have to decide the best way for a quilter to cut all the shapes needed and from that I can determine the fabric amount that will be required. I calculate this both as 'yards' and 'metres' since my patterns are sold worldwide. Helpful tools at this stage are my calculator and a tape measure that has both Imperial (inches/yards) and Metric (centimetres / metres) on it. I could probably just have a chart to refer to but I am such a visual person that I want to SEE the conversion.

I often use my rotary cutting rulers at this step too. I use them to measure applique shapes so I am sure to allow enough fabric. I also do paper sketches to decide how the shapes might be arranged so there won't be a lot of fabric waste. I have to do this, too, when I calculate fusible web if the applique technique is fusing.

All these notes go into the paper file and when I am ready to create the pattern documents it is easy to grab the file, open my electronic file and get started.

Stay tuned to the Blog for more about the next pattern production steps. 

And leave a comment if there are specific questions you would like me to answer.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flowers on Friday

This week I am sharing a selection of pink and white flowers.

Pictures were taken when I visited Butchart Gardens with my friend Joan Ford.


Don't forget to enter the Patchworks Studio Flowers on Friday Summer Challenge where you can WIN a GREAT PRIZE!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Printable Fabrics and MORE! - ON SALE

(or while quantities last)

Patchworks Studio is having a sale and it's time for you to SAVE on all Printable Fabric and Transfer paper PLUS selected Electric Quilt Company Software.

All these products are 30% off - quantities are very limited so order NOW.

Electric Quilt Company Printables:
Inkjet Fabric Sheets, Premium Cotton Lawn, Premium Cotton Satin,
Peel & Stick Fabric Sheets, Foundation Sheets

Electric Quilt Company Software: 
Amy Butler Softwares, Kaleidoscope Collection,
Karen K. Stone - More Quilts and
Classic Applique - 20's & 30's

 Lesley Riley's TAP: Transfer Artist Paper:
5-Pack and 18-Pack

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

National Golf Month

August is National Golf Month - are you a golfer too?  I'm not very good but I love getting out in the fresh air with friends.
Jill, Rose, Peggy and Daphne - Ardmore Golf Course, August 2014

What do quilters make for their friends or family who golf?  Here are some examples of things I have made over the years.

This small quilt is a sample for my Attic Windows online workshop at the Academy of Quilting. Each window in the quilt was sized to suit the fabric. That is why the windows are different sizes.  That is the main focus for this class - designing an attic window quilt for YOUR fabric.  I show how to create a design that works well and also how to achieve perfect miters for the sashes around the windows.

This class has just finished but it will be offered online again. If you subscribe to my FREE Email Newsletter you will receive announcements about all my online workshops.

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And here are boxer shorts I made for my husband with 'golf' fabric.  It is such fun finding theme fabrics that work for a person you know.

My colleague, Janice, from Anything But Boring, published a pattern she calls Golf Anyone? It includes head covers and a towel. These would be fun to make using fabrics you love and they would also make a great gift for the golfers you know.

Have you made anything with golf-themed fabric?  Leave a comment and share your story.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Flowers on Friday

Desert Wildflowers

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Touring Victoria

A couple of weeks ago my friend and business colleague, Joan Ford, visited Victoria as the last stop on her Breakfast at Sea quilting cruise. Joan had an amazing time teaching on the cruise and visiting Alaska. 

I met her at the cruise terminal and we took the long way to Butchart Gardens, with a short drive along the waterfront and a stop at the World's Largest Totem Pole.

Here are a few pictures I took that day.

Rose Garden at Butchart Gardens

Japanese Garden

and a selfie as we were leaving.

Monday, July 28, 2014 the printer

For the last week or so I've been spending a LOT of time on the computer putting the finishing touches on TWO new patterns. I'm happy to announce that they are finished and ready for their debut!
Windswept is a reminder of the colours of autumn and crisp, cool days and nights. Fused appliqué leaves are drifted by the wind and the innovative fabrics are from Northcott's Artisan Spirit Falling Leaves collection.

These fabrics were designed by my friend Elaine Quehl and will be in stores in September. They were inspired by Elaine's wonderful hand-dyed fabrics. Remember I took that dyeing class with her at Quilt Canada. (I blogged about it here.)

Elaine's method results in such luscious fabrics - and now you can buy them and get that hand-dyed look in your own quilt.  


Dashing tweeds and dapper twills inspired Tie Rack - a modern twist on a 'tie' quilt. The menswear prints used for the cover quilt are Northcott's Man About Town collection. This fabric will be in stores in September too. Or you could choose fabrics to reflect YOUR man's spirit.

This is a 'modern' quilt with lots of negative space; a perfect place to show the quilting. Perhaps horizontal lines would be nice, or how about an allover geometric design. This is a 48" x 64" lap size and it would also look great in a home with modern décor.  Wonder what it would be like hanging sideways?



Friday, July 25, 2014

Flowers on Friday

Another picture this week from Osoyoos - Canada's only true desert. This area also has Canada's warmest lake and hottest, driest climate and a valley of stunning beauty filled with vineyards and orchards.

This picture is from the Veteran's Park in Osoyoos - a cactus in bloom.

Don't forget to enter the Patchworks Studio Flowers on Friday Summer Challenge where you can WIN a GREAT PRIZE!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Breaking News! - Fall Quilt Festival Registration is OPEN

Breaking News!
International Quilt Festival / Houston
Online Registration is OPEN 
Who is going to Quilt Festival in Houston in October?
 I am, I am....actually I will be there for International Quilt Market which is the weekend before but the last day of Market is ALSO the FIRST day of Quilt Festival classes.
So I've sent in my registration form for a class on Monday. Hope I get in. It's a class with an instructor whose work I greatly admire and I've always wanted to be in a class with her.  I'll keep you posted!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paper Piecing Paradise - STARTS FRIDAY

Don't forget to sign up for my workshop at the Academy of Quilting.

During this workshop, I will show you how to create your foundations, select and prepare your fabrics and how to sew perfect blocks every time. Even traditional blocks can be pieced this way; it is not just for small blocks or unusual blocks with sharp points.
This 4-session workshop starts on Friday, July 25. You will have access to one lesson each week and our classroom remains open until September 8. You will have access to the 'Classroom Forum' to ask questions and share your results. I can't wait to meet you and share my tips for success.