Flower stars





I didn’t sew a stitch today but I did a lot of starching, pressing, cutting and rearranging for a new quilt idea. It will be made of Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill, some solids and maybe even some Tula Pink. Sewing tomorrow! This last one is my favorite so far…  Which one is your favorite?


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

A pound of scraps

Oddly, scraps stress me out, so as per Tara‘s suggestion I decided to go through my scrap bins and sell some in my Etsy Shop.

Bending Pins: One Pound Scrap Pack

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Pack includes Kona solids, Art Gallery solids, Tula Pink, Joel Dewberry, Patricia Bravo, Denyse Schmidt and others in blues and turquoise. Or, if you have something you’d like to swap, drop me a line!

Quilted: Orange Scattered Squares

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Aneela Hoey quilts loops and I like it and that’s what I thought I’d do with this quilt especially since loops are incorporated in one of the fabric patterns. I followed the horizontal seams to keep me sewing straight. After I’d followed all the rows, I flipped the quilt around and followed the seams again but on the opposite side. I love the effect, it makes the design look like a vine.

Quilt backs are always a bit of a struggle for me. I don’t always like throwing left overs on the back because I feel that you need keep them in line with the front. I also don’t have a ton of yardage — who does? I know some do but I don’t think it’s common, I could be wrong. I did have a yard or so of Joel Dewberry’s Sparrows in Aqua but not quite enough to cover the entire back seamlessly so I cut it in half and inserted a 6″ strip of natural linen.

I love the quilting in the linen. Now I have to find a binding.

I also managed to squeeze in a mini zippy pouch today, so fun!

Now I’m thinking I should try an even smaller pouch, just for fun. 😀

Friday Round-up #3

It’s been a busy week in the sewing room, mostly filled with little zipper pouches. I’m not finished with them yet, I have a few more different styles I’d like to try.

I signed up for the new Craftsy class with Elizabeth Hartman, Inspired Modern Quilts: 7 Small Projects with Big Style and immediately started on the Scattered Squares quilt. I adjusted my version as I was making it for our coffee table. Instead of the individual squares being 3.5″ x 3.5″, I made mine 5″ x 5″ to fit our table. I need to add a single border at the top and bottom, not the sides, for my specific purpose. Turns out the colours are not quite right and doesn’t work in that space. Next week I intend to make a few other projects in the Inspired Modern Quilts series and perhaps create something that will suit our living room better.

I started the week working on Michelle Patterns pouches and eventually developed my own style, a red and camel coloured pleated zipper pouch which, I think, turned out quite well. I also wrote a tutorial on how I create the pleats for this pouch.

I wrapped up my Thursday by making a Triple-Zip Pouch from A Quilter’s Table tutorial and a simple curved bottom pouch of my own design. I think Summersville Metro Floral in Orange Zest and Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone in pond are my new favorite fabric combination, I love how the blue pops.

TGIFF everyone!

Loving Triangles

About a year ago I bought a Fons & Porter 60 degree triangle ruler, today was the first time I used it and I am madly in love!

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I fussy cut some fabrics then sewed 1 & 3/4″ strips around each side. The inside triangles finish at 4 & 1/2″ and the borders are 1 & 1/2″. I love the colour combinations of raspberry, yellow, orange, light blue, olive green and a dash of purple. My favorite combination is the raspberry bee print surrounding Melody Miller’s retro clock in olive.

My favorite!

Second favorite.

Tula Pink & Joel Dewberry

Can’t wait to make more and expand.

More Happy Stitches

It was Jennet Mae Jones of Feathered Nest Studio  who led me to Big Picture Classes and the Happy  Go Lucky Stitchalong, I drew Jennet’s name for a hand made swap and have been following her blog ever since.

A needle and thread symbolizing my love of hand sewing.

Lucky toadstool & the Bremen key

Lawn bunny

In Campbellford, near the cottage, I found this yellow yard stick type fabric by Moda and grabbed 1/2 a yard.

Moda measurement fabric

Recognized the pattern on my tablecloth? I purchased this at Loblaws two years ago before I started quilting. Do you think the pattern was licensed from Joel Dewberry?

It’s hot here today, time for another dip in the kiddy pool!

Backyard Baby Help Please

I’m choosing a winner for my Fat Quarter Shop $50.00 shopping spree Saturday morning (March 3rd), so get your entries in now, enter HERE!

I need help deciding what to do with with Backyard Baby fabric. I’ve ordered 1/2 yard of most prints and a full yard of Birch Forest, Bug Jars in grey and Windy Day.  

My good friend and his sweet wife are having their second baby in June or July, they already know it’s a boy. We met while working at very busy and popular animal hospital together and he’s our vet now, taking excellent care of our menagerie.

I’ve considered a simple charm quilt or maybe larger framed squares to highlight the prints. I have lots of different shades of Kona grey and Kona white I can incorporate. I’m definitely going to use use the orange snake skin print for punches of colour here and there. I also have Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone in pond which might work nicely with this line.

What would you do with this fabric? Please send links to patterns, tutorials or images of your favorite quilts.