Herringbone

Karen made this modern quilt as a gift for her granddaughter who was involved in the design process. She had seen a similar quilt on Pinterest and liked it a lot, she helped pick out the fabrics and also requested just straight lines for quilting. Her original plan was to have vertical parallel lines all over. I suggested the diagonal parallel lines, following the seams in the herringbone pattern. The idea was approved by Karen’s granddaughter, so that’s what I did, and I believe it adds a bit more interest to the quilt.

Herringbone




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Urban Jungle

This colourful modern quilt was made by Lynnette. What a great setting to showcase some pretty fabrics, and I especially like how the black sashing brings out the bright colours even more. I quilted it with a leaf pattern called “Ground Cover”.

Urban Jungle




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Floral Stars

Here is another one of those quilts that I am particularly fond of where your brain starts seeing secondary designs when you look at it for a while. This one was made by Kelley, showcasing a pretty floral fabric. I quilted it with “Azaleas”, a floral design with a bit of echo quilting.

Floral Stars


 



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Ellen’s Double Irish Chain

This Double Irish Chain quilt was a guild project a while back, and Ellen asked me to custom quilt her version. She gave me a drawing of the feather wreath she wanted in the alternate blocks, and I filled the chain parts with diagonal lines. We were both quite happy with the way it turned out.

Double Irish Chain




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Quill

“Quill” is the name of the fabric line (by 3 Sisters for Moda) that Liz used to make this quilt. Liz likes swirly patterns, and this quilt is more about showcasing the pretty fabrics and didn’t need elaborate quilting, so we chose the pattern “Whisper” to finish her project.

Quill




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Purple Memory Quilt

Shelly made this memory quilt in purple and included a lot of personal pictures printed on fabric. For privacy reasons I have covered these pictures with white squares which makes the quilt look a bit weird, sorry about that. Shelly wanted to leave the photos unquilted, so I just stitched in the ditch around them, and for the background she asked for “feathers and swirls”, and I free-motioned all over it. I actually like doing that a lot, after the first hour or so I get into a “zone” and filling the background feels very calming and relaxing.

Purple Memory Quilt




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Elephant Walk

Thomasine also made this adorable little baby quilt with elephants. I quilted it with the design “Wandering Daisies” that has just the right amount of playfulness for the quilt. What a cute gift!

Elephant Walk




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Maple Woods

Here is a cozy flannel quilt made by Thomasine. I really like quilts that combine patchwork and appliqué, and a pattern like this one is a great starting point to try your hand at fusible appliqué. Big shapes, and just a few blocks… so even if you end up not liking the technique, it’s totally doable. We finished the quilt with the pattern “Fall Leaves”.

Maple Woods




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Sparrows

Both of these quilts were made by Dylena, and at least one of them, maybe even both (sorry, I can’t remember) where auctioned off for a charitable cause. As you all know I am more of an appliqué person, but aren’t those little pieced birds adorable? Both were quilted with “Taj Mahal” to add a minimal amount of texture, and as always the quilting is much more visible in the pictures than in reality.

Sparrows 1


Sparrows 2




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Dragonfly Garden

Here is another cheerful little quilt made by Naida. I think the outer border fabric is a design by Me and My Sister, and I have always loved their fabric lines, exactly my kind of bright colours. The pattern “Champagne Bubble” finished the quilt nicely, picking up the circular design elements in the fabrics.

Dragonfly Garden




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HedgeHUGS BOM – Block #1

Happy New Year 2023! Best wishes for a great year to all of you, and welcome to my brand new Block of the Month “HedgeHUGS”. Once again there will be twelve blocks with a finished size of 10″. They all feature a hedgehog doing mostly human things, as you already know from my previous BOMs, “Hunny Bunnies”, “Monkey Business” and “Penguin Promenade”. This is a fall-themed quilt but not centered around a specific holiday. When I first announced the BOM last month, I learned that hedgehogs are not native to North America. I didn’t know that! They are all over the place in Germany but of course it was wrong to assume they’d be around here too. 

PPP-076-01 HedgeHUGS Block #1


The layout will be the same as the last two years, the finished quilt size is approx. 52″ x 64″. The finishing instructions will be available for free download in December as a separate pattern. I am always happy to see pictures of your finished blocks, my email address can be found on the cover page of every pattern, in the lower left corner, so feel free to send them my way.

I have also provided an estimate on the cover page of the amounts of fabrics you need if you want to use the same fabrics for all twelve hedgehogs. For the accessories just dive into your scrap bin and see what you have. The exact colours don’t really matter, just go with what you have and don’t forget to have fun!

The free pattern will only be available in English/Imperial again. There will be a German/metric version available for purchase later. The rest of the rules are the same as always, and I copied them from last year’s post:

A new block will be published on the first day of every month at 9 am Pacific Standard/Daylight Time. Any changes I might have to make due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control will be announced here on the blog. Since I am in the Pacific time zone,  it will already be the second day of the month for some of you. Please be patient and please don’t email me asking when the next block will be published. I don’t like to schedule posts to be published in the middle of the night. There can always be a problem with one of the pattern files, and I would like to be able to fix it within minutes instead of waking up to dozens of messages complaining about the bug. If you find an issue, then please don’t hesitate to contact me, so I can fix it ASAP.

Each block will be available for free download during the month of its publication. It will be moved to the store section when the next block is published. If you miss a block, you can still purchase it for a small fee. Please do not email me asking me to send you the pattern for free. I will ignore these requests. I only charge $2 per block (and that’s Canadian dollars – as I write this, this amount equals approx. 1.48 US dollars and 1.38 Euros – you can’t even get a decent coffee for these amounts anymore!), and I will make bundle packs available again for three or six blocks, once we get there, that will give you an additional discount. Please respect my copyright and don’t pass your copy of the pattern on to your friend who might have missed the free download. This will just result in designers not offering free patterns anymore.

Thank you for reading all this, and without further ado, here is the download link for the first block. Enjoy!





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Coming Soon: HedgeHUGS Block of the Month 2023

You might have guessed it already, next year’s BOM project will be a fall quilt. When I decided on a summer setting for the Monkey Business quilt I already had the idea in the back of my head to do spring and fall afterwards. This year we had bunnies for spring, and in 2023 it will be hedgehogs with all kinds of fall activities. There will be a Halloween block (but only one) and also one for Thanksgiving but it will be centered around fall in general and not a specific holiday. Hedgehogs were my first idea for fall but can you imagine how hard it is to draw a hedgehog that can be sewn?? I was ready to give up more than once, and I seriously thought of changing it to squirrels but all my attempts to draw a squirrel looked too much like this year’s bunnies and I eventually went back to the hedgehog idea. I can draw a hedgehog just fine but nobody would want to cut out all those spikes! So this little guy ended up with just a spiky haircut, enough to make him a hedgehog but still simple enough that cutting the pieces will be doable.

HedgeHUGS BOM 2023 Logo


As always, the logo is also the first block* to be published in January. The brown fabrics I used for my sample are a bit darker than the ones in the logo, and I like it even better that way. But you will have to wait until January 1 to find out what it looks like 🙂 Getting the hedgehog just right was once again the most difficult part, the rest came together fairly quickly. I tried to keep it simple but it wasn’t always possible, oh well. But even though there are quite a few pieces most of them are not tiny, and the blocks come together quickly.

The instructions for the first block will be published on January 1, 2023 at 9 am PST, and the rules will be pretty much the same as before, I will post details with the first block. The blocks will be available for free download during the month of their publication (in English/Imperial only).

I also made Christmas cards again this year, and this time I chose an easier design with less intricate piecing. I came up with these pretty ornaments, a nice way to show off some Christmas fabrics.

Christmas Card 2022


Thank you for stopping by, and have a happy and safe holiday season. I am going to take the next two weeks off, and I will see you all in 2023 with the first block of the HedgeHUGS BOM.


*The orange border is NOT part of the block/quilt, there just wasn’t enough room for the text on the block.



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