Monday, July 27, 2015

Quick Bably Quilt - a FREE pattern


I have been busy sewing for the past few weeks; it is nice to re-introduce myself to my sewing machine!  There is a 'baby boom' going on around here. My granddaughter, Brooklyn, is 3 months old and close friends have a new grandson.  New babies mean .....baby quilts!  
 
This is the baby quilt I made for our friends' grandson.
  
I had a set of bright-coloured checks and stripes Fat Quarters for a LONG time. I bet you have fabrics in your stash, just waiting for the perfect project.  I knew I wanted to use a couple of them for a child's quilt and the timing couldn't be better!

 
 
 
 
 
 
This quilt was so fast and fun to make. I quilted the quilt on my Handi Quilter Avante and used this quilt to learn about some of the features and ruler tools. I quilted half-circles and circles and a random box design to add texture to the quilt.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Daylily
(Hemerocallis)



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REMINDER - don't forget to enter!

Patchworks Studio
2nd Annual 'Flowers on Friday' Challenge - Summer 2015

The challenge:

Make a quilted project using one of five
Flowers on Friday photographs as your inspiration.


Deadline for entries:
September 7, 2015 - midnight, Pacific Daylight Time
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Judging:
An independent quilt industry professional
will choose the Grand Prize Winner.
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One Grand Prize (value over $150.00) will be awarded.

Additional prizes may be awarded.





Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Printing on Fabric

Electric Quilt printable fabrics are back 'in stock' at Patchworks Studio.  They will be available for shipping this week.

I am stocking two types of prepared fabric sheets:

Inkjet Fabric Sheets

Thread count: 200 - fabric for inkjet printers. The warm white fabric makes photo-complexions glow. Perfect for memory quilts, fabric scrapbooks and quilt labels.

8.5" x 11", 6 sheets per pack

$27.95 Canadian per package (plus tax/shipping)




Premium Cotton Lawn Inkjet Fabric
 
Thread count: 240 - fabric for inkjet printers. The warm white fabric makes photo-complexions glow. You'll be amazed at how beautiful your photographs look.
 
Perfect for those special wedding, anniversary and other memory heirloom projects that deserve the best!

8.5" x 11", 6 sheets per pack

$29.95 Canadian per package (plus tax/shipping)


I used these printable fabrics for these projects:
Doors I - photo book, collage
Pictures of doors printed on Inkjet fabric


Anemones, collage, photographs printed on Lawn fabric
published in Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts, C&T Publishing


Photograph of yellow rose, Butchart Gardens,
printed on Inkjet fabric and quilted with a variety of threads
 






 

 


Friday, July 17, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Snapdragons
(Antirrhinum)



I couldn't resist closeups too.





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REMINDER - don't forget to enter!

Patchworks Studio
2nd Annual 'Flowers on Friday' Challenge - Summer 2015

The challenge:

Make a quilted project using one of five
Flowers on Friday photographs as your inspiration.


Deadline for entries:
September 7, 2015 - midnight, Pacific Daylight Time

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One Grand Prize (value over $150.00) will be awarded.

Additional prizes may be awarded.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Pattern - True North - a Celebration of Canada


My latest pattern, True North, celebrates Canada and showcases animals, birds and the diversity of this great land. The fabrics are from Northcott, the latest collection in the Oh Canada series. 
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Northcott proudly supports Quilts of Valour – Canada.
 
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This quilt is a 'horizontal row' quilt and it is designed for Confident Beginners. 
 
The size fits the Quilts of Valour requirements so you can
donate your quilt to support Canada's soldiers and their families.
 
 
 
The Oh Canada 4 collection of fabrics will arrive in Canadian quilt shops in September. Let your local shop know if you'd like them to stock them so they can place their orders.
 
 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Water Lilies
 


Photos taken in the Italian Garden, Butchart Gardens, June 2015

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REMINDER - don't forget to enter!
 
Patchworks Studio
2nd Annual 'Flowers on Friday' Challenge - Summer 2015

The challenge: 

Make a quilted project using one of five
Flowers on Friday photographs as your inspiration.

Details are here.
 


 



 
 
 


Deadline for entries:
 September 7, 2015 - midnight, Pacific Daylight Time
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Judging:
An independent quilt industry professional
will choose the Grand Prize Winner. 
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One Grand Prize (value over $150.00) will be awarded.
 
Additional prizes may be awarded 
depending on number of entries.
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kits in the Patchworks Studio Store

Two new kits have been added to the store.

Happy Trails - Lap Quilt Kit


 Celebrate cowboys, young and old, with this fun theme fabric.
Experience the magic of the rodeo with classic shades of
denim, red bandanas, boots and horses.
 
Quilt size: 54" x 74"

Kit includes the pattern PLUS all the Northcott Rodeo Roundup fabrics
for the quilt top and binding - all for $109.99 (Canadian).
Backing is also available.  Contact me for information.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
 
 

Tonbridge Tiles Quilt Kit
 
 
The focal point for this design is the marquis inlay panel and
exotic wood grain parquetry flooring designs add intricacy to the quilt.
 
Quilt size: 58" x 74"
Kit includes the pattern PLUS
all the Northcott Knotty Intentions fabrics
for the quilt top and binding.
 
Kit cost: $119.99 (Canadian)
Backing is also available. Contact me for information.
Skill Level: Advanced
(partial seams are needed for the quilt layout;
the large motifs are a panel, not pieced)
 
 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Product Review - Perfect Rectangle Ruler and more

I love it when I can combine testing a new product with a small project. I had a cute flannel panel fabric (Northcott's Flirty Birdies) in my stash and decided to make a cot cover quilt for my new granddaughter, Brooklyn. Two textured solids and a wavy stripe coordinated well.
 
 
I thought 'tipsy blocks' would be fun to make with the bird blocks so I decided to give the Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle Ruler a test run. The ruler's main function is to cut perfect rectangles that can be assembled to make half-rectangle blocks when the width is one half of the height. But these half rectangles can also be used to 'tip' square blocks.

 
I cut four 8" squares from the panel, followed the instructions with the tool to cut triangles from 8-1/2" wide strips and then sewed them to the square. The instructions that come with the tool are well written and illustrated.
 
 
The final step was to square up my blocks to measure 11" square.
 
 
 

I joined the blocks with sashing and prepared my quilt sandwich. I tried Pinmoors for basting. These are drum shaped rubber pieces that allow you to baste your quilt with straight pins. You push the sharp end of the pin into the Pinmoor. Since I have some arthritis in my right hand it was easier to use the Pinmoors than safety pins (my usual basting method). The pins stayed in place and were easy to remove as I quilted my small quilt.
 
 
 
 
And here is Brooklyn's first quilt - the first of many I'll make for her!
 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Flowers on Friday + 2nd Annual Flowers on Friday CHALLENGE!

Himalayan Blue Poppy

Photograph taken at Butchart Gardens, June 2015

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Patchworks Studio 2nd Annual 'Flowers on Friday' Challenge - Summer 2015


The challenge: 

Make a quilted project (size information below)
using today's flower (Himalayan Blue Poppy) or one of these four 
Flowers on Friday photographs as your inspiration.

CLICK THE CAPTION TO GO TO THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST.

Pasque Flower

Sun Rose

Fritillaria

Cineraria

Here are the details and rules:

You must use photographs from one of the
 five blog posts as inspiration for your entry.


  • Your project must be 3 layers and must be completely finished.
  • The minimum measurement for one side of your project is 14" - a block, a runner,a quilt. a bag - you choose what to make.
  • If you use a pattern you must give credit to the pattern designer
  • There is no maximum size.
  • Your project DOES NOT have to be a 'flower' quilt - ideas: use the colours ('green' will always work with the flowers), the shapes, the proportions of the colours in the photograph. 
  • The style can be traditional, contemporary, modern or an art quilt.
  • You can use any technique but you may not print the picture and use it in any part of your quilt. 

How to Enter:

EMAIL two photographs of your completed project - 
one full view and one closeup 
to Daphne Greig, Patchworks Studio

(Please place a tape measure along the shortest side of your project
 when you take the full view photograph.)


Tell me which photograph inspired your piece.
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Deadline for entries:
 September 7, 2015 - midnight, Pacific Daylight Time
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Judging:

An independent quilt industry professional will choose the Grand Prize Winner. 

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THE GRAND PRIZE:

The 'Best in Show' winner will receive this Prize Pack


The Grand Prize includes:
Stonehenge Stone Strips
My Pad &Schmetz Universal and Machine Quilting needles
Row by Row 2015 Charm Squares
Stonehenge Pink Ribbon - 5 fat quarters
Northcott Colorworks (solids) - Fat Quarter Roll (blues)
4 Patchworks Studio patterns

Additional prizes may be awarded 
depending on number of entries.
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The 'fine print'...................
Only one entry is allowed per person.
Judging will be from the submitted photographs only,
so send the best quality photographs you can.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Today we celebrate 148 years as a country and I'm happy to share my friend Jill's latest quilt. When she finishes it the quilt will be donated to Quilts of Valour - Canada.


Fabrics are from the Oh Canada collection by Northcott.
 
Great job Jill!
 
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Quilts to Share

Here are 3 photos I received recently.

Liz started her Flight Path quilt in my Ripless Paper Piecing workshop in Yellowknife in May.The orange and yellow squares add great 'movement'to the quilt and the range of values work beautifully. Great job Liz! (and thanks to Linda for sending me the photo).



Donna H. used my Dragonflies by Moonlight pattern as inspiration to make this quilt. What a great way to showcase the dolphin print. Looks like her granddaughter loves her new quilt. This pattern is 'out of print' but I could get more if you really wanted one.


Ingrid M. sent her version of 'Pop-o-Dots'. The textured fabrics in modern colours work
very well in this design. Thanks Ingrid.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Romneya Coulteri
 
(Matilija Poppy - Papaveraceae)
 

 


 
Photographed at Butchart Gardens, June 2015
 
The flower blossoms are approximately 10 inches wide;
crepe-papery petals surround a large central cluster of yellow stamens.
 
My reference book, Sunset Perennials, tells me this is a very easy plant to grow. It grows in any kind of soil and established plants tolerate extreme drought. Unfortunately it can also be invasive. I suspect that is why it grows in a small, enclosed area next to the original Butchart home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reminder - Seminole Piecing

It is not too late to sign up for my Seminole Piecing online class at the Academy of Quilting. Class starts on Friday and I KNOW you have fabrics that would be great. 

The workshop is 3 lessons, with one lesson posted each week. The classroom will remain open until August 3rd so even if  you can't begin right away you can still enroll for the workshop. 

I will be there to answer your questions and share my knowledge every day. You can share pictures with the class as we go along. I love seeing your work!

See you in the classroom!



Sign up TODAY!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Solstice Party, Haines, Alaska

I received these great photos from Linda Axsom at Inside Passage Quilting in Haines, Alaska. They held a Summer Solstice event where students gathered to make my Aztec Sun pattern.  Looks like everyone had a fun, creative time - a great way to celebrate the longest day of the year.


The class was taught by Carol McConahay,
instructor and owner of Icy Swan Studio. 


Haines, Alaska

Love the wall colours in Carol's studio - see more in the next pictures.

Lots of ways to arrange the Aztec Sun blocks!

Red, white and blue - this will be a beauty!

Sewing, pressing, tracing, lots going on!

Great working space!

I love the colour choices for this one!