Saturday, 27 July 2013

Here Comes Santa

Size:  9.75" x 43.25"
Pattern:  Butterfly Trail, Tiny 52, by Pieced Tree Patterns

The main fabric is Here Comes Santa by Pat Yuille for Wilmington Prints.  The white is a solid Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman.  The star buttons are a package (yes, I used a full package!) by Buttons Galore & More.  A little tip:  I laid out all my buttons and glued them with temporary fabric glue to hold them in place until I stitched them so I wouldn't have to figure out their placement again and again.

Happy Quilting!


Christmas in Kyoto

Size:  24.5" x 24.5"
Pattern:  Center Stage, Tiny 29, by Pieced Tree Patterns

I love Pieced Tree Patterns & Robert Kaufman fabrics!  The poinsettia print and the darkest red are both Robert Kaufman fabrics, the poinsettia, part of the Christmas in Kyoto line, and the red, part of the Fusions Mist line.  The lighter red is by Patrick Lose for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and the gold is Old World Christmas by Fabri-Quilt, Inc.

Here is a picture of it on display at Galena Bay Novelty Fabrics in Powell River:

I also made a co-ordinating "gift bag" using the Cake Therapy Pattern by Cozy Quilt Designs.  The pattern is called "It's a Cinch Bag" and it was quick & easy to make.

Happy Quilting!


Friday, 26 July 2013

Fabric Box

Size:  3.25" x 3.25" x 3.25"
Buttons:  Tiny Buttons by Buttons Galore and More
Fabrics:  Seasons Greetings Gold Stars on Red and Gold Stars on Ivory by Fabri-Quilt
Batting:  Pellon Fusible Fleece 987F

This adorable little box is a tutorial on the Seaside Stitches Blog.  I did change the corners and sewed them as French seams so I wouldn't have the flaps to hand-stitch down inside the box.  It is so cute, I can't wait to make more.

Happy quilting!


Thursday, 25 July 2013

Fabric Covered Cork Bulletin Board

This is my new bulletin board beside my sewing room door.  Usually I have scraps of paper taped to the wall & door with green painter's tape with lists & reminders, etc., but yesterday I was at Dollarama and saw these Cork Bulletin Boards which are approximately 11.5" square.  

They already have two hangers attached with screws on the back which can be removed and then re-attached after covering the bulletin board with fabric (stapled it) and adding a felt bumper (glued it) on the back over the staples so the wall doesn't get scratched.

I was planning to glue some buttons to the thumbtacks but if you look in the bottom left corner of the first picture you'll see the ones I bought are pretty cute just as they are.  I think the hardest part will just be covering up the dragonflies with notes.  I'll probably still tape the notes to the wall around the bulletin board for a while :)

Happy sewing!


Saturday, 20 July 2013

Teabag Pouch


Teabag Pouch from the book Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahasi.
Size:  3.25" x 11" (when open)

Fabrics:  Noteworthy by Sweetwater for Moda.  Because I used a charm pack, I pieced the exterior using four different prints.  I used a piece of ribbon in place of string and a button from my stash.

Now to decide what to make next from the book...

Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

More Slabs

Here's my original slab plus three more and I got them mailed off today!  Check out Cheryl's half point update at The response so far has been truly amazing.

Happy Quilting!


Friday, 12 July 2013

Just One Slab

Size:  15.5" x 15.5"

Here's my slab - well my first one.  I'm hoping to make a couple more at least before my package goes out in the mail to Cheryl Arkison of Dining Room Empire Blog.  You can read all the details about the project to help Southern Alberta on her blog at
The slab block is inspired from The Missing U quilt from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg & Cheryl Arkison. 
It was a fun block to make & especially great knowing it is going to a fantastic cause!

Happy Quilting - hope you can make a slab too!


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Boxed In

Pattern:  Boxed In (Tiny 61) by Pieced Tree Patterns
Size:  51.5" x 51.5"

This quilt was made with a package of Northcott's Stonehenge Stone Strips in jewel tones and Stonehenge Stone Chips    (Caribbean/Mojave/Colorado/Mother Earth/Amazon/Glacier).  It was a fun & easy pattern, especially since I pieced it and Lainey Wilkins of Galena Bay Novelty Fabrics did the quilting on her longarm machine.  She also put on the binding.

Here's a close up of some of the quilting!

Watch for more of our joint projects in the future.

Happy Quilting!


Thursday, 4 July 2013

A Sampling of Geese Tote

This started as me trying out my new Bloc Loc 2x4 Flying Geese Ruler (which I absolutely love!) I was just going to make a couple of blocks to try it and then get back to work on a UFO or a shop sample  - however - 48 blocks later... 
I used the free pattern from (I just used the one side of the tote and made it twice and added pockets to the lining).  Here is the other side:
If you look closely, the tote contains Fusions Mist in Evening & Sky (Robert Kaufman) plus various other blues from my scrap stash so it's gone to Galena Bay Novelty Fabrics to be a shop sample for a bit (no more guilt for me :))

Happy Quilting!


Snowy Day Quilt

And the Christmas samples have begun...

This is the Snowy Day Quilt from the book Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow by Art To Heart (Nancy Halverson)
Size:  26 1/2" x 35 1/4"

The background fabric is Karma Baby by Mint Blossom for Northcott.
The snowman and snowflakes fabric is First Frost by Karen Montgomery for Timeless Treasure Fabrics, Inc.
The snowflakes also have Sweet Tea for Anthology Fabrics, Fairy Frost for Michael Miller Fabrics, and Stonehenge for Northcott.
The scarf and carrot nose are both from Bobbins and Bits by Pat Sloan.

The big buttons are approximately 1 3/8" and are Favorite Findings Big Fun (from my stash & a gift from a friend)

On the back I used a green flannel with white snowflakes from my stash (sorry I don't remember where it's from).

I meandered over the background, stitched in the ditched around the snowflakes and randomly stitched over the snowman.

The binding is the same as the background fabric.

Happy Quilting!


In Motion Blue Flames

You're going to see these oven mitts again very soon - probably in Christmas fabrics :). These are the Hot Stuff Oven Mitts by Vanilla House Designs.  The main fabric is In Motion Blue Flames by Elizabeth's Studio and the trim is made from Free Spirit Color Connectors by Heide Stoll-Weber.  I used Insul-Bright inside.

Soccer Balls & Flames

My nephew just turned five so I made him a new shirt with this fabric from David Textiles.  The pattern is McCalls M6548 view A.