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!

Wise Words Quilt – Free Pattern

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Blog, Quilts, Tutorials, Words of Wisdom | No Comments

When I received yardage of Words of Wisdom, I was faced with the question of “What kind of quilt would you make if you were going to use the whole Words of Wisdom panel print”?


Words of Wisdom Panel Print

I chose to highlight each saying in the panel by framing it with coordinating prints from the collection.

Rather than placing the coordinating prints randomly around the sayings which might make it confusing to look at, organizing them in a particular layout creates a secondary pattern that helps move the eye diagonally across the quilt.

While I used the fabric as-is for this project, you could certainly personalize it by embellishing the individual sayings prior to making the quilt. A bit of embroidery, anyone?

This is an easy sewing project with everything based on squares, rectangles and half-square triangles and at 58″ x 68″ it sews up as a lovely throw or lap quilt. Placed in a living room, it provides positive vibes for all to feed off of.

You can find the fabric here & the free quilt instructions right here. Enjoy!

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!

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.