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.

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 Frolic Quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Frolic, Quilts | One Comment

I was thrilled earlier this year when fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member and maker of beautiful quilts, Shannon Fraser said YES to making a quilt with FROLIC.

Shannon’s clean design aesthetic can always be counted on in her work and she certainly didn’t disappoint with this stunner, Spring is in the Air.

Choosing to work with large pieces of fabric to show off the designs is a delightful way to work and oh-so-effective with the different tonal values in the FROLIC collection (and, as she points out in her blog post… quick!). And her graphic quilting is the perfect complement.

I just love how cheery and fresh this quilt is. Shannon has created a pattern for it which is available here and one lucky person can actually win a free pattern on Shannon’s blog post here. So run on over and enjoy all her pretty pictures and story telling along the way.

Oh, and Shannon’s binding fabric of choice? Tresse, which is available in 4 juicy colours and is just the perfect not-too-heavy finishing frame for this lovely piece.

Thanks for making such a gorgeous piece to showcase FROLIC, Shannon!

A Couple FROLIC Quilts From Quilt Market

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Blog, Frolic, Quilt Market, Quilts, Tutorials | 4 Comments

I sat out Quilt Market this time around, but FROLIC was there in full force in the Michael Miller Fabrics booth.

In preparation I made four quilts, two of which I am sharing with you today (and yes, you have access to the free instructions for both).

The first is a baby quilt. Happy, young and colourful.

The Frolic Field Baby Quilt is a play on colour (as I like to do) moving gently from saturated floral colours to shades of leaves and sky, all mixed with white.

Simple, graphic half-square triangles with some shots of plain white squares keep things light, airy and easy on the eyes, while meandering quilting lines move horizontally across the quilt to give a wind-swept feel.

As the finished quilt is 35″ x 44″, it was the perfect opportunity to back it with the Frolic Border fabric. This print is a double border print, so regardless of which way you hold the quilt, there is a happy border facing the right way.

And really, what babe wouldn’t love these critters and colours? You can find the list of fabrics used and the full instructions here.

Next up is Frolic Migration.

This is a second take on the Starry Migration Quilt I made a few years ago with the black and white prints from my Origami Oasis collection.

Migration of colour from the most intense blues through to much gentler ones with a shot of hot orange make this a bold quilt, while the use of the white fabric for the ground keeps it spare and clean at the same time.

At 41″ x 53″ this is a good size for a lap quilt or for a toddler. Simply expand on the pattern to make a fun single or double quilt size for a child’s bed.

The list of fabrics and complete instructions can be found here.

I will share the other 2 quilts shortly. See you then.

Last Quilt-Along Post & { Giveaway }

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Blog, Giveaways, Janome, Quilts, Tutorials | 98 Comments

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Today Janome Canada is featuring the last of three blog posts I did to walk you through creating the Whatever the Weather Quilt. Day 1 was about quilt layout and picking colours, Day 2 tackled piecing the quilt top and dealing with all those angles (there really aren’t that many) and today, Day 3 talks about how I quilted it.

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To wrap things up, I am offering 2 charm packs of all 72 coloured Tamara Kate fabrics I used in the quilt. You can enter on the Janome Canada blogpost for one and right here for the other.

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To enter, leave a comment below telling me what colour fabrics are your favourite when you are making a quilt. Entries close next Wednesday, September 28th at 6pm EST. Contest open to Canadian residents only.

Whatever the Weather Quilt for Janome Canada

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Blog, Janome, Quilts | 6 Comments

A new quilt, a Quilt-Along and a free pattern all in one!

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The Whatever the Weather Quilt made its debut earlier this summer at Quilt Canada in Toronto in the Janome Canada booth. I created it to mark the launch of the Whatever the Weather Sewing Tote Collection that features this bicycle logo I designed (Those of you who know me from my early days on Spoonflower may recognize it as part of my very first fabric design that won the “rain” contest).

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A little about my design thoughts: I wanted to design a quilt that was inspired by the bicycle in some way and the element that spoke to me the most was the fun wheels. The theme of “Whatever the Weather” played out in the rainbow of fabric choices that I chose to pull from each and every one of my collections with Michael Miller Fabrics, while the ground is made up of a number of low-volume black on white Michael Miller prints.

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Come join me for a 3-part series Quilt-Along over on the Janome Canada blog starting today and make your very own Whatever the Weather Quilt! There is a link to the free downloadable pdf there too.
Psst… There just may be a co-ordinating fabric give-away at the end of the series.

Happy rainbow making!

Off the Beaten Track Quilt

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog, Nature Walk, Quilts | 4 Comments

With NATURE WALK arriving in stores over the last and coming weeks, I want to start sharing a few sewing ideas to hopefully inspire some projects of your own.

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First up, my “Off the Beaten Track” quilt. This was a fun and easy quilt to make. I love Flying Geese blocks for their simplicity. Like most good traditional blocks, they lead to a wide range of more modern possibilities where design is concerned, all based on playing with colour placement and block direction.

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I chose some of my favourite prints from the Cloud colour group as inspiration and for the most part I worked with white ground, but added a few spots of medium and dark grey (Fog & Clay Cotton Couture) for a bit more contrast and creativity.

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I didn’t want to make things too visually chaotic so kept prints grouped together to give the eye places to rest, and chose to send some of the geese horizontally in just a few areas to keep things dynamic.

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And the binding… well, let’s just say I have found my new favourite binding fabric. I have always loved stripes for binding a quilt as they add a bit of fun, but these little watercolour lines, Tall Grass, are soft, fade in and out and even offer occasional rows of spots for variety. And they come in four different colours to co-ordinate with a variety of projects. Fun! Fun! Fun!

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Back to School Quilt for Janome

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog, Janome, Quilts, Tutorials | 4 Comments

Earlier this sumer I was asked to contribute a project to the 2015 Janome Institute gathering. The theme was Fall. I could’t get my mind beyond the obvious coloured leaves and pumpkins, which I wasn’t terribly inspired by. I pondered what Fall brings and landed on “back to school”. As last year I had created the Big & Juicy Quilt, I thought a companion piece would work well, and thus I had my colour pallet all worked out for me.

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Big & Juicy Quilt

My version of a graphic, modern alphabet quilt seemed like a good balance to the big, bold apple (with a little something extra to keep it young and fun). Michael Miller Fabrics kindly provided me with a generous mountain of black & white and grey fabrics, with the odd hit of metallic thrown in for good measure (and there’s the occasional piece of fabric from my own stash in there too).

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Back to School Quilt

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I mentioned bits of metallic… Isn’t this fabric great? It’s called Bow Ties and is soon-to-be-available from Michael Miller.

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The letters are all paper pieced… yes, I finally focused on a good tutorial and got my head around the technique. Really pretty easy.

I have provided Janome with instructions for the quilt that were given out at Institute and once I get the ok from them, I will post them here as well.
For all you Institute attendees, the alphabet templates are available for download below. Enjoy! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask below.

Back to School Templates

Flight Formation Quilt

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Birds & The Bees, Blog, Quilts, Tutorials | 2 Comments

Quilt Number 2!
When I first received yardage of BIRDS & THE BEES, the Bluejay colour story quickly inspired this quilt.

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While I almost always have ideas of what I would like to sew while I am designing fabric, it usually takes having the finished yardage in hand for me to really be able to envision how I would like to use it. For this quilt, it was the intensity of the indigo alongside the jewel tones and soft white grounds that dictated direction. I simply wanted to play with colour in a dramatic way. I incorporated squares of Cotton Couture solids, some complementary, some contrasting, to break up all the pattern a bit and arranged everything in a strong “V” down the centre for impact. Even the simple quilting lines follow the “V” throughout, as does one’s eye, that then darts around catching little glimpses of a butterfly or flower here, a bird’s head or feather there…

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For the binding I chose Baby the Stars Shine Bright in Navy which frames the quilt well, with little bright stars adding a happy, confetti-like feel.

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There is a free downloadable tutorial on the Michael Miller website for this quilt, should you desire to whip one up yourself. Enjoy!