The Radiant Maple Wall Hanging

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Aurifil, Blog, Janome, Patterns, Quilts, Tutorials | 2 Comments

Today I have one final tutorial for you to round out the Canada 150 celebrations in conjunction with Janome Canada.

As I’ve mentioned here before, in celebrating Canada’s big birthday this year, Janome Canada and I teamed up to offer sewists a series of fabulous products and projects. Here’s a quick recap…

1. I designed the logo for the Canada 150 Limited Edition Sewing Machine. {Snap yours up through your local Janome Canada dealer quickly before they’re all gone).

2. My Oh Canada! paper pieced cushion project was released. Pattern & instructions are available here.

3. The show-stopper Oh Canada! quilt toured a few Canadian quilt and sewing shows with the JC crew. The pattern & instructions are available here.

4. Inspired by the afore-mentioned quilt, I worked with Aurifil to put together an exclusive thread kit that is available through Janome Canada dealers.

Which brings us to No. 5, the Radiant Maple wall hanging!

A more subtle take on highlighting the maple leaf, this quilt is all about the thread. If you don’t feel up to piecing a quilt top, what about embracing the simplicity of white fabric (though it would be equally stunning and more dramatic on a charcoal grey ground, for example) and pulling out a rainbow of thread colours to execute this project. All it takes is a couple hours at the machine, then a bit of binding and you are done.

THE TUTORIAL

What I Used:

– 2 pieces white cotton 38″ x 38″

– batting 38″ x 38″

– 10″ x width of fabric (WOF) binding fabric

– a rainbow of thread colours. I used the 9 non-neutral colours from the Canada 150 Aurifil thread kit (red, orange, apricot, lime, jade, turquoise, blue, lilac & pink)

– A hera marker and a long acrylic ruler

– the Accu-Feed Dual Feed foot (walking foot). This will keep all your fabric layers in place when sewing, making for an easy and enjoyable project.

What I Did:

– Press both squares of fabric and make a quilt sandwich (fabric, batting, fabric), pinning at regular intervals to keep layers from shifting.

– Mark the centre of the quilt top with a pin.

Radiant Maple pattern PDF

– Print & prepare the above pdf pattern following these instructions:
– Page size is 8.5″ x 11″
– Select File, then Print
– Set Page Scaling to “None” (do not select “Shrink to Fit”)
– Press Print
– The 6 pages need to be cut (remove the 1/4″ frame around all pages) and taped together matching the grey triangles along the edges as in the following graphic. Cut out the maple leaf & discard the exterior paper.

– Mark the centre of the maple leaf and position this mark directly over the centre mark on the quilt sandwich, keeping the leaf straight in relation to the fabric edges.

– Using the hera marker, mark the fabric along the edges of the maple leaf by pressing the marker’s sharper edge into the fabric to reproduce the leaf shape.

– Using red thread and the walking foot, stitch all the way around the leaf. I started and ended the contour using the Auto Lock option which makes 3 or 4 stitches in one spot, creating a tiny “knot” on the back rather than having to bury bury threads later. Keep the needle down, raise the presser foot and pivot the fabric at each corner.

– Use the acrylic ruler to extend all the angled border lines of the leaf out to the edges of the fabric, marking each with the hera marker.

– As in the above diagram, using red thread, start at the fabric edge and stitch a line all the way to where it pivots, stitching along the previous stitching lines along the leaf, then pivot out to the fabric edge again. We will call these V-lines. Continue doing this for all the V-lines extended to the fabric edges around the quilt, always starting & stopping at the fabric edges.
You now have a double line of red stitching all the way around the leaf to accentuate it and red lines radiating out to the edges of the quilt.

– Again using the ruler and hera marker, mark V-lines at random intervals within each previously-sewn V-lines, as in green below. Where the red Vs are wider, you may want to do 2 new sets of V-lines, but only one set where the V is narrow.

– Choose another thread colour and stitch along these lines, again starting and stopping along the fabric edges. Continue working in this fashion, changing thread colour after you have created new V-lines within all the red Vs.

– You can see above that I didn’t use every thread colour within every red V and that the new colours of V-lines all converge at the same spot within each red V.

– When you have used all your thread colours and are satisfied with the density of the stitching, square up the quilt top.

– Cut the binding fabric into 4 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF. Stitch together binding strips and bind the quilt sandwich.

Project finished!

Last Week For the Free Pattern & Chance to Win an Aurifil Thread Kit

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Aurifil, Blog, Giveaways, Janome, Patterns, Quilts | No Comments

As I mentioned last week, I have teamed up with Janome Canada to celebrate sewing & to offer a few awesome giveaways.

For info on the free Fabric Bucket pattern, look here.

And here’s the link for this week’s thread kit giveaway.

Best of Luck & Happy Sewing!

Limited Time Free Pattern Offer & Thread Collection Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Aurifil, Blog, Giveaways, Janome, Patterns, Quilts | 2 Comments

A couple months ago I introduced you to this quilt and its pattern.

Well, exciting news… Janome Canada and I are back with a limited time free pattern offer and thread box giveaway!

First the free pattern:

Over the next 2 weeks, every purchase of the Oh Canada! Maple Leaf Quilt pattern will entitle you to a free copy of my Variable Size Fabric Buckets Pattern.

This pattern is a popular one I teach at classes and offers full instructions and templates for six different sizes of this fun accessory. You can see details about it here.

How it Works:
– Offer open until midnight, September 30th, 2017.
– Available internationally.
– Both the quilt pattern and the Fabric Buckets pattern are PDF download patterns.
– Simply purchase the Oh Canada! Maple Leaf Quilt pattern and the Fabric Bucket PDF pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours (to the email address associated with your Paypal account). It’s that easy!

And the Thread Box Giveaway:

You’ll love this! There are actually TWO boxes being offered by Janome Canada for this giveaway, one per week over the next two weeks.

All 12 of these pretty 50wt Aurifil threads, specially chosen to co-ordinate with the Oh Canada! quilt, come in a handy collector’s box.

How it Works:

– Go to the Janome Canada post here and comment.
– Shipping of thread boxes to Canadian addresses only.
– Only one entry per person during the 2 week draw. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
– Entries will close at 12 midnight on Saturday 30th September. ONE winner will be drawn from entries during week 1: 18-23rd September and a SECOND winner from entries during week 2: 25th – 30th September.

Best of Luck to you!

A FROLIC Aurifil Thread Kit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Aurifil, Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | 4 Comments

This is an exciting project I had the pleasure of collaborating on this Spring. A FROLIC thread collection with Aurifil. How cool is that!?

Twelve large spools of gorgeous 50wt. Egyptian cotton threads housed in their own collectors’ box.

I chose the colours based on the saturated hues of the fabric collection’s grounds, including 2 white spools, and added a light blue variegated spool as a little something special.

So if you’re looking for that perfect colour blue thread to topstitch your daughter’s Maggie Jean dress, look no further.

While the colours are specific to the Frolic collection, they were also chosen as standards for all you sewers who love working with lots of colour (cause I know there are all kinds of rainbow lovers out there).

If you ‘d like a box, be sure to ask your local fabric store to bring them in with the fabric collection.

And, as a little hint of what’s coming up, the threads have been doing double duty in my sewing room lately as they may just work really well with a certain fabric collection of mine (that of course, I can’t show you pictures of yet) that’s soon to be shown to stores and will be coming your way in the Fall.