Selvage Spools

There are lots of ideas out there for selvage quilts but I particularly like this one that Gail made and asked me to quilt for her. The grey and white frames give the illusion of spools and make the quilt three dimensional. I just can’t stop looking at it, if I ever decide to make a selvage quilt, this would be my pattern choice. (Not going to happen anytime soon… I am not even collecting selvages.) The pantograph I used is called “Celtic Scroll”, a simple swirly pattern that stays in the background but adds movement to the design.

Selvage Spools




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Guild BOM Sampler – Part 3

This is Kathy’s version of the Chilliwack Quilters’ Guild Block of the Month Sampler and the last of the three that I quilted for members. Ellen’s version can be found here, and Janet’s quilt was featured here. Kathy chose lovely blue fabrics for her blocks and also liked “Ginger Flower” as the quilting pattern.

Guild BOM Sampler


 



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Monkey Business BOM – Block #5

April was a crazy month! It started with a pleasant surprise, I received a letter that because of my health issues I was considered “clinically extremely vulnerable” and was asked to book a vaccine appointment. Well, they didn’t have to ask me twice! I was very impressed by how well it was organized, there was no wait time at all, and everybody was friendly and cheerful. Then we had two weeks of summer. Yes, you read that correctly, from one day to the next the temperatures jumped up to summer highs. It still cooled down quickly once the sun set but it was very nice during the day. My veggies liked the weather as much as I did, and everything is growing nicely. And then, on a Friday night, my machine broke down. Not the machine itself but the computer control unit, and I had to ship it back to the company in Ohio. I had it back a week later, and while it was booting again, it kept crashing every ten minutes. So once again I had to send it in and wait for its return. The second repair luckily worked, and my machine is up and running again, and I have been quilting like crazy to catch up. Of course this happens in the middle of a pandemic when nobody has anywhere to go and they all keep bringing quilts and I am booked for weeks and weeks. I am very organized, and I can always manage a week of unexpected downtime but two weeks with the bookings I have right now just wasn’t possible. Everyone affected has been very patient, and one lady even moved her quilts to the end of the queue to give me some breathing room, so I am almost caught up by now. Next week I should be back to my normal quilting schedule, but I still have lots of other things to sort out that I just didn’t have the time for. I am really looking forward to the weekend!

As for our monkey friends, this month the little guy is ready for some snorkeling. I have only ever once tried snorkeling, a long time ago in Hawaii, and it was a wonderful experience. I would love to do it again some day. All those colourful fish, and we even saw a turtle swim by. Great memories! If you have been following me and my designs for a while, you know that I love bright colours. My monkey has turquoise and purple accessories this month, but you can pick whatever colours you like. There will be lots of different colours in the remaining blocks, and you don’t need to follow my choices, you can’t really go wrong here. As always, the pattern will be available for free download until the end of the month and then move to the store section when the June block is released.

059-05 Monkey Business Block #5


 



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Renate’s Scrap Quilt Variation

This quilt made by Lisa is a variation of my favourite scrap quilt pattern. The original had four 2″ squares next to each other before a longer strip was placed in between, the variation adds a longer strip after just two 2″ squares. Other than that, the idea of alternating light and dark and the square/rectangle sizes are exactly the same. While I usually choose either a dark or light background fabric, Lisa did an excellent job sorting her scraps according to value and putting it all together. The quilting shows a lot better in reality than in the pictures, so I added a picture of the solid back for a better view of the quilting design called “New Delhi”.

Renate's Scrap Quilt Variation




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Penguin Flannel Donation Quilt

I like to find backing fabrics for my projects that match the theme of the quilt. That doesn’t always work out but I was lucky and found some cute penguin fabric for the back of my Penguin Promenade sample quilt. I ordered it online and didn’t even notice it was flannel. I usually go for flat cotton but didn’t mind a flannel backing. What I did mind though was the leftovers. I do not have a flannel scraps collection, and I definitely didn’t want to start one. So I cut all the remaining fabric into the largest possible squares and contacted the We Care committee of my local guild. The guild has a huge stash of fabric donations for quilts, and I was sure there would be some flannel pieces that would work with my little penguins. The ladies promptly delivered flannel fabrics for me to use, and Gail even donated a super cute penguin flannel from her own stash for the backing.


I came up with some kind of layout, very simple, really, probably too simple, because I ended up sewing the rows together in the wrong order and spent some time taking it all apart again. When the top was finished I decided to just use a pantograph for quilting and chose “White Out”, a snowflake pattern that I have in my collection. And for the first time ever I ran out of backing fabric on my longarm frame. I could have kicked myself… remember that old saying about measuring twice before cutting? Well, the same goes for measuring before loading a quilt, and while I would never, ever not measure a customer’s quilt, I *thought* I knew how large my quilt top was.

Penguin Flannel Donation Quilt


Turns out I was mistaken. Because I cut different sizes of squares from the penguin flannel (I am going to make at least one more donation quilt from the leftovers, possibly even two) and had come up with different layouts, apparently I remembered the wrong finished size. Anyway, to make a long story short, there are tutorials out there on how to join another piece of backing fabric with the one on the frame without ever taking the quilt off of the frame. Let me tell you, that’s not as easy as they make it look in the video tutorials. I managed to do it with a satisfying result for a donation quilt but I will make sure that I properly measure and lay out every quilt from now on because I sure don’t ever want to have to do this again! But it is finished now, even the label is stitched on, and I will drop it off to be donated soon and get started on the next one.

Penguin Flannel Donation Quilt Back

 



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Gone Fishing

Donna made this quilt for an avid fisherman. What a lovely gift this is going to be! The fabrics speak for themselves, and the quilt is already quite busy, so we chose a pantograph that adds texture and went with “Kristin’s Maze” for this project.

Gone Fishing




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Stepladder

Isn’t this a neat pattern for Jelly Rolls? Kelley made this quilt using a free pattern she found online. It is by Jordan Fabrics, and you can easily find it using your favourite search engine. It also comes with a video tutorial on YouTube. I am a big fan of symmetry, and the structured layout really pleases my eye. And I love the colours Kelley chose, what a fabulous quilt. The pantograph I used is “Champagne Bubbles”. All those straight lines in the quilt top needed some curves to pull it all together.

Stepladder




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Autumn Sun

This quilt by Lyn has a definite autumn feeling, and she asked for a leaf pattern when she brought it to me. We settled on “Acorns and Oak Leaves” which works great with the theme and colours of this quilt.

Autumn Sun




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Blueberry Fields

Susan made this blueberry themed quilt and asked if I could custom quilt it for her. This quilt is one of those rare ones where I think that custom quilting doesn’t make much sense. The fabrics and blocks are quite busy and the quilting gets lost, the irregular shapes in the blocks don’t really ask for specific custom patterns, and on top of it all this was a king size quilt, so custom quilting would be quite expensive without much of it showing in the end. We discussed a few ideas and then decided on a semi custom option with a pantograph in the block area but different designs for the two borders. I used “Wedding Vine” for the centre but couldn’t find a pattern that I liked for the outer border and finally designed my own blueberry vine to use on Susan’s quilt. We were both quite happy with the way it turned out.

Blueberry Fields


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Monkey Business BOM – Block #4

Spring is here, albeit a bit reluctantly, and my early veggies are growing nicely. In addition to peas and spinach I also planted corn salad. I found it listed in the West Coast Seeds catalogue and had no idea what it was. I looked it up and it turns out that it is the German “Feldsalat” (literal translation would be “field lettuce”), a cold-hardy salad green that is well-known in Europe and was super popular back in the 90s. None of my Canadian friends knew what it was. I highly recommend it. It is a bit like spinach, has a very mild taste and is harvested and eaten as a rosette of leaves. I am looking forward to a nice salad with a few mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. I have no idea why it is called corn salad, I don’t think it has anything to do with sweet corn. In any case, it is growing nicely already, and if you are looking for a new veggie to try, corn salad is definitely my recommendation.

In Monkey news, this month’s little guy is ready to play tennis. Doesn’t he look like a regular Björn Borg? Ugh, I think that reference is showing my age… I stopped paying attention to tennis after Boris Becker and Steffi Graf retired, so a long time ago, and I have never played myself, but it seemed like a nice activity for our monkey pal. As always, the pattern will be available for free download until the end of the month and move to the pattern store in May when the next block is released. Happy Easter!

PPP-059-03 Monkey Business Block #4

Edit: April has come and gone, and the free download period is over. If you missed the free pattern, April’s block is now available for purchase in the store section



EDIT: Den vierten Block gibt es jetzt auch auf Deutsch und in metrischen Maßen im Pattern Store.



 



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Ducks

Bonnie made this cute quilt featuring alternating blocks with ducks and stars that create an interesting secondary pattern. I like how it creates the illusion of on-point blocks with a diagonal sashing. For quilting Bonnie chose the design “Swirling Feathers”.

Ducks




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Reminder: Only 5 Days Left

It’s almost April, and this is a quick reminder to those of you who were planning on sending in pictures of their penguin blocks to receive the free finishing instructions pattern. There are only five days left, you need to get it to me by March 31, 2021 which is next Wednesday. I am in the Pacific time zone, so behind most of you, and I will accept any pictures that are in my inbox when I first check it on April 1 in the morning. I am an early riser, so don’t leave it until the very last minute 😉

PPP-054 Penguin Promenade Quilt


If you haven’t checked out the Penguin Promenade Show & Tell Gallery, grab a cup/glass of your favourite beverage and head on over, lots of cute little penguins are waiting to be admired.



And if you missed the free downloads last year, the full pattern including all blocks and finishing instructions is available for purchase in the store section.







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