Baby Elephant

Lynnette found herself with extra time on her hands because of the pandemic and decided to give quilting a try. She made this cute baby elephant quilt in bright colours as a gift for a baby in the family. I kept the quilting simple, it gets lost in the busy fabrics anyway, and free-motion stitched flowers and loops around the appliqué. Lynnette did a fabulous job, I hope we will get to see more of her work in the future.

Baby Elephant




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Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #6

I will keep it short today as I am taking this week off, so you don’t have to read through my garden ramblings. I will be back next week after Labour Day with the start of this year’s Row Along with the theme “It’s A Garden Party”. I am scheduled to post on the first day which is September 8, so make sure you don’t miss the fun.

This month’s penguin is building a snowman… or maybe a snow penguin? The pattern will be available until the end of the month, as always, and then move over to the store when the October block is released.

Penguin #6





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Garden Hoppin’

Isn’t this the cutest little bunny quilt that Brenda made? The finished quilt will have embroidered bunny faces and buttons sewn on for eyes and also the flower centres. Since embellishments can only put on after quilting, you will have to imagine these details. I love how some of the appliqué extends into the outer border. The quilting doesn’t show very much on the darker fabrics, I mostly tried to add some texture, and I even free-motioned some carrots in the background. It was a really fun project to work on.

Garden Hoppin'


Garden Hoppin' Detail 4



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Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #5

After a cold and wet June, July came with nicer weather, and it has been really hot for the past week or so. It feels a bit weird to be working on skiing and skating penguins when it’s 35 degrees outside. Celsius… that would be in the mid-90s Fahrenheit, I believe. I have never been a winter person, and I don’t like snow. Unless it is on the mountains and stays up there, then it’s pretty. And while I like skating, I have never learned how to ski. I gave it a try once, maybe ten years ago or so but I never got the hang of it. I believe that it is easier to learn when you are young and don’t even think about falling down and not being able to get up again or break a leg. My husband has been skiing all his life, and our son was a quick learner and went down the slopes in no time, and I decided that it was better to let them do their thing and not get in the way. I’d rather be quilting anyway.

In garden news, I lost a bunch of broccoli plants to the cabbage root fly. They were doing just fine, and then just fell over one day. Those little maggots had munched all the roots right off. Two plants were either not infected or strong enough to survive, in any case I harvested two nice crowns of broccoli last week, and they were so good. Now I am waiting for the tomatoes to turn red. I have a whole jungle of tomato plants with lots of green ones on the vines but no sign of red yet. The potato plants are all gone, I removed the last dried up stalks and leaves last week. Since I am not very patient, I already dug up some potatoes, I had to make sure there were some, right? I prefer firm potatoes, and this is a quite mealy variety but they make excellent mashies. Considering that I had no clue about gardening when I decided to do this in March, my first season is going quite well.

Okay, now back to winter and our penguin buddies. This month’s block features a penguin on a sled, all dressed up in matching ear muffs, mittens and a bow tie. The block will be available for free download until the end of the month and move to the store section in September.

054-05 Penguin Promenade #5


EDIT: If you missed the free download of the August block, it is now available for purchase in the pattern store.



EDIT: Auch Block 5 ist jetzt als Kaufmuster auf Deutsch und in metrischen Maßen im Shop verfügbar.


 


 



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Baby Elephant

This darling little quilt was made by Barb as a baby shower gift. Isn’t that little guy just the cutest? The hearts scattered across the top made choosing a pantograph easy, this design is called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.

Baby Elephant




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Emma Mary

Lisa loves English Paper Piecing and made this fabulous quilt called “Emma Mary”, pattern by Judy Newman. There is a bit of custom quilting in the centre medallion to enhance all those lovely hexies. For the pieced blocks around the centre we decided that they were busy enough and detailed quilting would only get lost, so I used a pantograph in this area. The design is called ” Paisley Curls”.

Emma Mary


Emma Mary Detail 3



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Happy Hippo Hop – Finally Quilted

If you wondered what happened to the Happy Hippo quilt, I did finish the top in a timely manner. And I was ready to quilt it over the May long weekend. I had to fix the backing because I hadn’t considered that the fabric was directional, and it was very distorted. After spending half a day on calculations and straightening the fabric and sewing it all together until it was finally ready to go on the longarm, I realized that I was very low on the turquoise thread that I wanted to use for the majority of the quilt.

Happy Hippo


I decided to postpone the quilting rather than risking running out of thread in the middle of the project. And I can’t just run out to the next store to get more thread as I order wholesale from a distributor in Ontario. Anyway, the thread arrived in the meantime, and I finally quilted the top last weekend. And wouldn’t you know it… I had just enough turquoise thread left to finish the quilt and didn’t need the new spool. But I am sure if I had taken the risk and started quilting without another spool for backup, I would have run into trouble. Oh well, at least it’s finally done. Now on to the binding!

Turquoise Thread



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Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #4

Happy Canada Day! We had really bad weather during the first half of June, cold and wet, and while the spinach still decided to bolt, I had little hope for my remaining cucumbers. But as soon as the weather changed, the first flowers appeared on the cucumbers, and they seem quite content by now. The tomatoes ignored the weather as well and have apparently decided to outgrow their cages as quickly as possible. They are in a rather dry spot close to the house but I didn’t think they would grow that much while it was so cold. In other gardening news, I have decided to try to grow Brussels sprouts. I belong to the 50% of the population who cannot taste anything bitter in Brussels sprouts and have always liked them. And I know they grow around here, you can see them in the fields awaiting harvest in late autumn. I had to order the seeds online, I guess this is not a very popular crop. As you can tell, I am having a lot of fun with my garden experiments.

But you are not here for my veggie stories, so let’s move on to this month’s penguin. July means Canada Day, and Canada means hockey. So of course the July block had to feature this favourite winter pastime and Canada’s official national winter sport. I realize the little guy should be dressed in red and white and not in blue but it didn’t look right in the final layout of the quilt. So I have decided to have him play in Vancouver Canucks colours instead. The hockey penguin will be available for free download until the end of the month and then move to the store section to make room for August’s free block.

PPP-054-04 Penguin #4


EDIT: If you missed the free download of the July block, it is now available for purchase in the pattern store.



EDIT: Auch Block 4 ist jetzt als Kaufmuster auf Deutsch und in metrischen Maßen im Shop verfügbar.


 


 



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Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #3

Another month has come and gone in this weird year. British Columbia has entered phase II of its reopening plan, and I have amended my procedures for taking in quilts a bit. This is mostly interesting for local customers, please click here to read more. There is still no square dancing (and probably won’t be for a long time), and the lack of dancing has managed to turn me into a gardener. I never thought that day would come but I have planted lots of veggies, and most of them seem to thrive. We have already harvested some spinach and lettuce, the peas are blooming, and the potatoes are growing like crazy. And yesterday I found the first flower on one of the tomato plants. Just the cucumbers don’t seem to like me but I am hoping it’s just the weather. One of my green thumb friends says her cucumbers are struggling too which made me feel a bit better.

I can’t think of a clever transition from gardening to penguins, so let’s just jump right in and check out what our friends are up to this month. There is definitely no gardening going on in their world. June’s penguin is gliding serenely across the ice on his skates, all dressed up in his finest bow tie, his ears kept warm by matching earmuffs. As always, the pattern is available for free download until the end of the month and will move to the pattern store when the next block is released.

Penguin #3


Edit: The June block is now available for purchase in the store section if you missed the free download. I have also created a pattern bundle that has all three blocks that were previously released for a special price.



Der dritte Block ist jetzt auch auf Deutsch mit metrischen Maßen als Kaufmuster verfügbar. Und auch in diesem Jahr gibt es wieder ein Blockbündel, das alle drei bisher erschienenen Blöcke zum Sonderpreis enthält.






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Sue’s Bookcase

Kelley made this Bookcase quilt as a gift for her sister. It comes not only with her sister’s favourite books but also has a coffee cup, pictures of the grandkids and the cutest little bookworm. The bottom shelf is dedicated to Harry Potter and contains the Sorting Hat, Hedwig and a selection of Hermione’s favourite books. Some of the book titles are printed on fabric, some are hand-embroidered. We chose a simple overall design called “Taj Mahal” for Kelley’s quilt. What a lovely gift!

Sue's Bookcase




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Always In Bloom

Pat started this gorgeous quilt years ago and worked on it on and off until she finished it last year. I have a vague memory of seeing this pattern in a Keepsake Quilting catalog a long time ago, when the internet was a long way from what it is today and they sent out little paper booklets every few months. I don’t remember the name of the pattern, “Always In Bloom” is the name of the Maywood Studio fabric line with the pretty roses. The quilting design is called “Rose Garden”, a perfect fit for Pat’s floral project.

Always In Bloom




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Rosa Biddlecombe

Cynthia enjoys needlework by hand and pieced and appliquéd this lovely quilt called “Rosa Biddlecombe”, designed by Margaret Mew. The variety of fabrics used for the blocks makes the quilting almost disappear, and we decided on an allover design called “Wild Wind” for this part of the quilt. The centre part is lightly custom quilted, the way Cynthia likes it, with just one echo around the appliqué and a few free-motion feathers in the background.



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