Words of Wisdom

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Words of Wisdom | 2 Comments

My second fabric collection this year, Words of Wisdom has started shipping to stores!

Words of Wisdom is a positive little collection centred around a panel print of words, phrases and quotes to inspire us, give us guidance and get us back on track. It offers all kinds of imaginative possibilities for thoughtful gift giving and brightening our own days.


Words of Wisdom Panel

The panel, available in white or soft blue, is a full yard of fabric and consists of 15 images, each 8″ x 10″. I chose some of my very favourite pages from my Words of Wisdom colouring book for this print so that all you creative sewists could work your magic bringing them to life through embroidery and embellishment, fabric painting or colouring, thread painting or creative piecing.


Say Yes to New Adventures, Enjoy the Little Things & Dream it, Believe it, Do it.

And then there are just 3 sweet co-ordinates, but in the prettiest rainbow of harmonious colours.

Stores can get more information on the collection directly from Michael Miller Fabrics.

I will be back shortly with more on the embroidered wall hanging at the top of the post and a fun quilt project that uses the whole panel print and the co-ordinates too. Hope you’ll join me!

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.

The Oh Canada! Maple Leaf Quilt Pattern

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog, Janome, Patterns, Quilts | 6 Comments

I’m so excited to finally share this pattern with you!

Earlier this year I designed and made this quilt based on the logo I created for Janome Canada for a limited edition sewing machine (available until the end of 2017 through your local Canadian Janome dealers) to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

It is a 44″ square, foundation paper pieced project that has been touring Canadian quilting and sewing shows with the Janome Canada team since this Spring and will continue to do so for the rest of the year.

I finally got the pattern properly drawn up for you and have written some pretty thorough instructions so that even if you haven’t previously paper pieced, you should be able to accomplish this quilt as long as you are a confident sewist and can sew a straight line.

The quilt was made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids and a full list of colours is included in the Fabric Requirements list in the pattern. If you don’t have easy access to these solids though (they are easily accessible on many large US online fabric stores like Hawthorne Threads), you can easily substitute similar colours from other fabric houses.

I had a lot of fun with straight line quilting it, using a light grey thread on the leaf and a few rows of light grey, a row of red and lots and lots of rows of a darker grey thread for quilting the ground.

I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. I’ve included a multitude of hints and tips in the pattern to help you out along the way. I think you’ll find it goes together surprisingly quickly due to its large scale pieces.

You can purchase the pattern here.

And I’d love to hear your feedback and see your quilts, so please send me an email or share on social media with the hashtag #ohcanada!quilt

A Couple More Frolic Quilts

A couple weeks ago I shared the first 2 of 4 quilts I made with FROLIC for Quilt Market. Today it’s time for the other two.

As FROLIC is a pretty young, playful, bold collection, I wanted to create a quilt that worked along the same lines. My mind went to children’s sorting games where colour, shape and counting play a principal role. The Building Blocks Quilt is what resulted.

5 different blocks for 5 colour groupings. Squares turned on point for orange, half-square triangles for green, equilateral triangles in blue, petals in pink and circles for the multicoloured print, Mini Bargello. Arranging the blocks in groupings of varying numbers results in a bold, playful quilt… Just what I was going for. With all that colour, a white ground keeps things from getting too intense.

You can find a complete list of fabrics used & the free downloadable instructions here.

Beyond the last 2 quilts I shared and the 1 above, I was asked to do a larger, really eye-catching quilt for one wall of the Michael Miller Market booth, so I chose to go full on with colour in this Over the Mountain Quilt.

Simple equilateral triangles arranged in an inverted V formation according to colour makes for a striking quilt top.

I paired each print I was using with a solid Cotton Couture partner, keeping the lighter of the 2 for the triangle in each block. This formation makes for some fun fussy cutting where some FROLIC critters can be highlighted.

Lots of luscious colour!

Find the list of fabrics used and the full instructions here.

{ Happy Sewing } My First Attempt at Sewing Knits

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | 2 Comments

A quick post to show you my first tiny tentative efforts at sewing with knit fabric (I used FROLIC Big Love in Candy). For all you uninitiated soles out there, it was surprisingly simple & painless & oh-so-rewarding!

I made these teeny-tiny baby leggings using this tutorial, a baby headband using this one, and a baby bonnet based on this one. All really easy and a good introduction to the serger for me.

Happy Wednesday!
Tamara

A FROLIC Knit Dress by Craftstorming

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | No Comments

To round out the FROLIC Blog Tour (I have a few more things to share that I have created, but this is the last post from other wonderful makers out there), Laura of Craftstorming sewed this adorable Waterfall Raglan dress and co-ordinating hat for her cute daughter.

Laura used FROLIC Knits, choosing Frolicking in both the Royal and Sky colour ways.

Head on over to Laura’s post to see oodles of cute pictures and read about her experience sewing with these happy knits.

Thanks for your lovely addition to the blog tour, Laura. I hope your little one gets lots of wear out of her new dress.

Endless Summer Quilt by Agnes Wong

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic, Quilts | 2 Comments

My good friend, occasional running buddy and fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member, Agnes Wong has made a fun Frolic quilt.

This is a first for her on many fronts:
– Her 1st medallion quilt.
– Her 1st hourglass block quilt.
– Her 1st quilt without grey in it (I tend to think of her quilts as lovely jewel-toned works that certainly do a have a smokey undertone to them).
She also says this is a 1st for her exercising design control, but I always admire the control in her quilts, so I’m not sure about that one.

Agnes used this tutorial for her blocks, starting with 6 1/2″ squares of fabric.

She opted to work with the full range of blues and pinks from FROLIC with just a hint of the fresh green.

At 52″ square, this would make a fabulous summer picnic blanket, wouldn’t it?
Thanks for playing along with Frolic, Agnes and enjoy your happy non-grey quilt!

A Fun Frolic Project by Gingercake

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | One Comment

Virginia of Gingercake has created something fun and unexpected with FROLIC… A beanbag chair!

With a unique shape so it takes on a different character depending on which way it is turned, her daughters now have either a reading or a napping spot.

Virginia chose to work with the sweet hedgehogs of Summer Portrait with On the Wind in Raspberry, Big Love in Candy and Tresse in Lime and 2 coordinating solids she had on hand.

Head on over to her blog to see more photos, find out which pattern she used and get tips on construction and filling.

Thank you, Virginia for your cheery contribution to the FROLIC blog tour and for showing that FROLIC isn’t just for quilts and pretty dresses.