Birds

Maureen made this cheerful quilt from colourful Laurel Burch fabrics. This is the first of two she made for her grandkids to take on their camping trips this summer. I really like the layout of this one, a very effective pattern. The quilting design is “Celtic Scroll”, we decided to keep it simple.

Birds




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Latte Macchiato Stars

Jean made this wonderful quilt in subtle neutrals that reminded me of milk and coffee. She chose the quilting desing “Swirling Feathers” which filled all that negative space between the star blocks nicely.

Latte Macchiato Stars - Copy




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P.S. I Love You

This super cute girly quilt in pink was made by Lynne as a gift for her granddaughter. She asked for a quilting design with hearts, this one is called “P.S. I Love You”. The back is cozy bright pink flannel with a very special embroidered label.

P.S. I Love You




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Judy Niemeyer Flower Garden

Lynne made this quilt designed by Judy Niemeyer in a class. This isn’t her first Judy Niemeyer project but the first that has appliqué. She asked for an overall quilting pattern and chose the design “Ginger Flower” for her quilt. This is a huge quilt that was difficult to photograph, and the pictures don’t do it justice at all but this was the best I could do.

Judy Niemeyer Flower Garden


 



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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #8

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and doing fun things while the weather is good. Or stay inside and sew, if it gets too hot. I seem to be allergic to something and spend a lot of time hiding inside, hoping we will either figure out what’s going on or it will just go away. But looking on the bright side, I am getting a lot of sewing done and finally feel I am accomplishing something. I am actually writing this a week in advance… a whole week, that’s absolutely unheard of 🙂 This month’s block shows a stretching kitty, probably just woke up from a nap. It will be available for free until the end of August but please make sure you download right away as I am not sure yet about the timing for next month’s block. My son will be moving from off campus to a dorm room for the next term, and we will be busy Labour Day weekend helping him move. I might have to post the September block earlier or later, but I will definitely announce in advance what I am going to do.

Tuxedo Cat #8


Edit: The next block has been published, and the August block has moved to the store section. It is available for purchase now, in case you missed the free download.



 


 



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54-40 or Fight

“54-40 or Fight” is the name of one of the blocks Ellen used for this quilt. She alternated them with different blocks to achieve a secondary circular pattern. Isn’t this an amazing quilt? Ellen usually quilts her own quilts but this one is a special gift, and I was happy to quilt it for her. She had even come up with most of the quilting design before she dropped of her quilt, she wanted it to emphasize the secondary circles. For the back, she pieced her leftover fabrics and blocks, and I really like how the quilting looks from the back, like stars and flowers on a cross-hatched background. What a fun project to work on!

54-40 or Fight




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Coming Soon – Once Upon A Story Row Along 2019

It is almost August, and in a little over a month, this year’s Row Along will start. We have all been busy preparing our patterns and samples, and of course it is all a big secret until the event gets going. But today I want to give you a little sneak peek along with a big shout out and thank you to Northcott Fabrics. They have been sponsoring the Row Along from the beginning, and this year is no exception. We all got to choose up to 1 metre of any of their fabrics, and they even shipped it to us for free. They are very generous in their support of independent designers year after year, and we all appreciate them very much.

Northcott Fabrics


I chose two quarter metre cuts and one half metre cut for my row. I needed a night sky and a forest floor and something for a wall, and Northcott’s Stonehenge and Naturescapes collections are always my first choice for fabrics that I want to look as realistic as possible. The night sky is from “Stonehenge Out Of This World”, the forest floor is from “Stonehenge Mighty Pines” and the brick wall is from “Naturescapes”. That’s all I can show you for a sneak peek, now you can let your imagination run wild and try to figure out what I am creating with these particular fabrics. And be sure to come back in September for a fun event with lots of free patterns and giveaways.

39156G-49

39156G-49 Stonehenge Out Of This World

39416-76

39416-76 Stonehenge Mighty Pines

21393-94

21393-94 Naturescapes




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Scrap Crazy

For this quilt, Beverly was determined to use up scraps and orphan blocks. The top is mostly organized and within a certain colour scheme, and she did a lot of crazy-quilt-style embroidery. But for the back she decided that anything would go… large and small scraps, pieced, appliquéd and embroidered orphan blocks – whatever was at hand went into it. I had to laugh when she warned me before she pulled it out of her bag. Yes, it certainly was quite wild but at least she found a use for all these leftovers. I quilted it with the pantograph “Celtic Scroll”, this was definitely a quilt that didn’t need a lot of intricate quilting.

Scrap Crazy




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Polka Dot Parade

This quilt was made by Beverly, and she wasn’t sure if she wanted custom quilting or just an allover design. I thought the quilt asked for custom quilting with all that white background to fill. I could immediately see one design in the polka dot squares and another in the background, and Beverly liked the idea and trusted me enough to let me go ahead.

Polka Dot Parade




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Log Cabin Beads

“Log Cabin Beads” was made by Ginger and is already the second quilt she made using this pattern. She gave the first one away but loved it so much that she decided to make it again, this time for herself. The pantograph we used is called “Time Warp”.

Log Cabin Beads




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Animal Adventure

This adorable animal quilt was made by Beverly as a gift for her grandson. It has lots of embroidery and didn’t need much quilting, I just stitched around the blocks to stabilize everything and tried to stay away from the motifs. I couldn’t decide which details to show as they are all so cute, so there are lots of detail pictures today.

Animal Adventure




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Dinkelmaus

If you are a German quilter, you will probably have a very good idea what a “Dinkelmaus” is. These little creatures are very popular, and I have made a few over the years. For those of you that don’t speak German, a “Maus” is a mouse, as you can probably tell from the picture. And “Dinkel” is the German word for spelt, a grain that is very popular in Germany. And a “Dinkelmaus” is the German version of a bean bag. Its triangular shape makes it perfect to use in the shoulder and neck area, it will stay in place, and you can even walk around with it. A few years ago, when I was still working in an office, staring at the computer all day long, I used to live with one of them around my neck to soothe the tense muscles. I would put it in the microwave whenever needed and just take it off when clients came in.

Dinkelmaus


They don’t take long to sew and make wonderful gifts, and of course you can fill them with whatever you like if you can’t find a source for spelt. It took me a while to find spelt in Canada, so feel free to use whatever works and you have on hand. I just happen to like the smell of spelt warming in the microwave. A few years back I made one for the Christmas gift exchange for our local guilt, and it was an instant success. Several people asked me for a pattern which I didn’t have. I had always just been making it up as I went, so I sat down and wrote a few instructions that I am happy to share with you today. It isn’t a complete pattern but it shows the basic construction process, and unless you are a beginner, you should be able to figure it out. And when it is not in use, just tie the two back corners together in a knot and place your little mouse on a shelf, they are excellent decorations as well.



Disclaimer: Always consider that these will be heated in the microwave when choosing your material. Don’t use polyester, don’t use anything with metal. Be careful not to burn yourself, they can get very hot! And although I have been using Kamsnaps for eyes for years without problems, there is no guarantee they will work for you. The manufacturer doesn’t claim Kamsnaps won’t melt in the microwave, so please decide for yourself if you want to use these or not.



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