I Woolly Love Ewe

Isn’t this just the cutest quilt? I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to custom quilt it for her. There was so much negative space to fill, block background, sashing, borders, I had a lot of fun playing with it and coming up with different designs for the different areas. Wendy provided the picture of the finished quilt, and I have permission to share it. I agree with the little girl, the black sheep was my favourite too 🙂

I Woolly Love Ewe

Several people have asked for the pattern, I didn’t design this quilt, I just quilted it. The designer’s name is Janet Stone, and it was published in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine, in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue. It looks like it is still available as a digital edition here.

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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #10

October is quilt show month in Chilliwack which means I am super busy again. I didn’t do much in September, my mom was visiting from Germany, and it was her first visit to North America. We took her on a nice trip down to Seattle, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula, then took the ferry back to Vancouver Island and spent a few days there. Then I dragged her with me to quilt guild meetings and square dancing, and we also went up to Kelowna where our son is going to school at UBC Okanagan. We had a few very rainy days but overall we were lucky with the weather… a week later, and there would have been snow on the Coquihalla (that’s the Highway Thru Hell, if you are familiar with the TV show). We had a great time, and after she left I discovered that I had nothing left to do for this month’s BOM pattern other than write this post. Looks like I was well organized ahead of time, and I don’t even remember 🙂 As always, the pattern will be available for free download until the end of the month and move over to the store section when the November block is published.

Tuxedo Cat #10



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Once Upon A Story Row Along – Bremen Town Musicians

Bremen Town Musicians EQ

I found this year’s Row Along theme a little more difficult than last year’s. I am not really familiar with any North American nursery rhymes, and they don’t make a lot of sense if you don’t grow up with them. Well, nursery rhymes don’t make a whole lot of sense in general, I guess 😉 Anyway, I started thinking about fairy tales, being German I grew up with the Grimm Brothers and their stories. Unfortunately a lot of these stories have been turned into Disney movies, and I knew I needed to stay away from those. I finally chose the “Bremen Town Musicians” for my row. Not only is this a very German story (Bremen is a city in northern Germany) but the animals on top of each other also worked very well with the row format. If you are not familiar with the story, you can find an English version here.

Bremen Town Musicians Row

My row shows the four animals outside the cottage in the forest as they are climbing on top of each other, getting ready to drive the robbers out and chase them away. It is all fusible appliqué with a machine blanket stitch. I then added two outside borders to turn it into a wall hanging which I registered for our local quilt show in October.

Northcott Fabrics generously offered their fabrics to all the designers again this year, and we could choose anything from their current collections for our projects. I chose three fabrics this time, the night sky, the forest floor and the cottage wall. Thank you, Northcott, for your beautiful fabrics. The pattern for the row will be available for free download for a week. Afterwards the pattern for the complete wall hanging will be available for purchase. If you know me, you know that I am fond of tiny appliqué pieces, and I appliquéd every piece of my design that isn’t marked as embroidery. Some of those pieces are very small, and if you don’t enjoy working with them, you can always embroider the details.


39156G-49 Stonehenge Out Of This World


39416-76 Stonehenge Mighty Pines


21393-94 Naturescapes

Edit: A week has gone by, and the free download isn’t available anymore. If you missed it, the pattern for the full wall hanging is now available for purchase.


And now it’s time again for a giveaway! This is organized by Marian and she makes the rules, you can find them at the bottom of this post. Our sponsor today is Northcott Fabrics with a beautiful Fat Quarter bundle, thank you for your generosity.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Our main sponsor this year is again the Electric Quilt Company, one lucky winner will receive the complete EQ 8 quilt design software. I design all my quilts in EQ and have been doing so for almost twenty years. Thank you, EQ, for supporting the Row Along! EQ8

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comment moderation is turned off for today to make it easier for you to enter the giveaways. But please don’t leave your email address in the comment text. It is not necessary to do so, and the spam protection software will kick in and not publish your comment, so it will have to be moderated after all. I will be happy to manually publish it but please keep in mind that I am in the Pacific time zone and will still be asleep when this post publishes.

And last but not least, here is the full schedule, be sure to visit all the participating bloggers to see their fun projects.


Tuesday, September 3
Just Let Me Quilt
Seams To Be Sew
Pamela Quilts

Thursday, September 5
Made By Marney
Pretty Piney Quilts
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, September 10
Linda B Creative
Patchwork Breeze
KISSed Quilts

Thursday, September 12
Bobbin In Quilts
Clever Chameleon
Mountain Meadow Designs

Tuesday, September 17
Barbara Dieges
Ms. P Designs USA
Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, September 19
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Tuesday, September 24
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
Stitchin At Home

Thursday, September 26
From My Carolina Home
Words & Stitches
Tuning My Heart Quilts

Tuesday, October 1
Carol Andrews
Charlie’s Daughter
Mountain Meadow Designs

Thursday, October 3
Clever Chameleon
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday, October 8
Show and Tell Day
Participating blogs to be announced

Marian’s Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways:

Please take the time to read them.

  • Rules and guidelines are also listed on the Rafflecopter window of each blog’s giveaway entry on their featured days post.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various blogger/designers for their featured day.
  • There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor and blogger/designers themselves.
  • You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All giveaways can also be entered at Seams To Be Sew. You must have commented at each of the blogs post to enter at Seams To Be Sew,
    Winners who win from entering at Seams To Be Sew will be checked for the comment. When you enter a give away that asks you to answer the question asked on the entry form, you do need to fill in that box. No answer means your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.
  • You are only allowed to enter once at each of the featured day sites. Giveaways are different at each site, thus you can enter those giveaways. On the Electric Quilt giveaway, you can enter once each day of the row along, new sites to click on are assigned to this giveaway you need to visit each site to be credited for the entry.
  • I will start announcing winners on September 10, 2019, and finish announcing winners on October 13, 2019
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • All giveaways run for 1 week with the exception of the Electric Quilt giveaway which runs the full course of the event.
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  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
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  • All winners are chosen at random.
  • All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers/designers may enter any of the giveaways.
    The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • Additional Notes About Giveaways From Our Sponsors
  • I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
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  • An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. Depending on the weight of the prize, first class is always my first choice, but priority mail will be done where needed. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee.
  • Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an airtight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
  • Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.


Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #9

A big thank you to all of you for your patience and especially those who took the time to leave a comment. I know that I don’t owe anybody anything but the internet can be a weird place. Being a perfectionist and overachiever I realize that I am usually putting more pressure on myself than necessary, so not publishing the block on time is a big thing for me. Progress, I guess 🙂 And thanks for all the good wishes for my son. He is already starting his third year at the university, time sure flies. He just added math as a second major, “for fun”. I am sure that anyone who thinks college level math is fun, will do just fine. Speaking of fun, our Tuxedo Cat has his Ginger Cat buddy with him in September’s free pattern. Those two must be watching something interesting… probably birds or squirrels. The pattern will be available for free download until the end of the month and move to the store section when the October block is published.

Tuxedo Cat #9

Edit: Block #9 is now available for purchase if you missed the free download. I have also created another bundle with blocks #7, 8 and 9.



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Anne of Green Gables

It doesn’t get more Canadian than Anne of Green Gables! Darlene purchased these kits for five Anne-themed wall hangings in a quilt shop on Prince Edward Island, Anne’s home province. She decided to combine the five blocks into one big quilt, and I was thrilled when she asked me to quilt it for her. I had a blast coming up with different designs to enhance the background. It was a bit tricky quilting through all those layers of fusible, and I had to make a few compromises to make it work but it ended up being one of my favourite projects ever. For some reason I didn’t take a picture of the whole quilt but you wouldn’t be able to see all the details anyway. 

Anne of Green Gables 1

Anne of Green Gables 2

Anne of Green Gables 3

Anne of Green Gables 4

Anne of Green Gables 5

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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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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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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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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #7

Happy Canada Day! If you are celebrating this holiday, I hope you have some fun things planned for today. The weather here is supposed to be lovely, warm and sunny but not too hot. If you are in Europe, stay cool und hydrate. I thought it was hot when I was visiting, I am sure glad I am missing this heatwave. We had some cool and rainy days this past week but I am not complaining, I’ll take rain over heat any day.

Tuxedo Cat #7

With today’s block we are already more than halfway through this year’s block of the month. After feeling overwhelmed for months I was wondering if I should do another BOM next year, and I am still a little undecided but ideas keep popping into my head. Maybe that’s a sign 🙂 I have been feeling more organized for the past two weeks, and I am getting more things done without feeling stressed. But back to the Tuxedo Cats, as always, this block will be available for free download until the end of the month and then move over to the store section when the August block is published.

EDIT: It’s August, and the July block moved to the store section. If you missed the free download, it is now available for purchase.


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Little Birdies Growth Chart

This super cute wall hanging was made by Wendy. There will be a tape measure added to the tree trunk, and it will become a growth chart. What a wonderful gift for a baby shower! The appliqué is wool, and the details are embroidered. I only stitched around the shapes and filled the background with swirls. An adorable project, and lots of fun to work on.

Little Birdies Growth Chart

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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #6

June has arrived, and summer is here. Can you believe that we are already halfway through the Tuxedo Cats blocks? The months have just been flying by. I will be in Germany when you read this, and I have made changes to my schedule for when I return, and hopefully I will feel less stressed and have a little more time to do some sewing. Here is this month’s kitty, providing another dot of colour with her red water bowl. The pattern is available for free download until the end of the month and will move over to the store on Canada Day with the release of the seventh block.

Tuxedo Cat #6

EDIT: Block #6 has moved to the store and is available for purchase now for those who missed the free download. I have also created block bundles for the last three blocks and all six blocks at a special discount price.

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