Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Stitch it Central Block of the Month #3

 Cut fabrics out as listed in your pattern.
 sew corner squares into sets of two, and small #3 and #5a triangles together as shown
 sew triangles together
 sew blocks together into rows press for least bulk.
sew together and, press rows inward to centre
the finished bock with numbers showing fabric placement.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

trunk show

I did a trunk show in Vitoria yesterday. The group I was presenting to was quite a bit larger than I had anticipated so I had a few butterfly's in my stomach, but the presentation went well I think. At the break when I was selling my patterns someone mentioned that Sue Patten who designed "Alexis' Winter Garden" for Frond design studios was in the audience and was interested in what I had done with some of her fabrics.
It was great to meet Sue and get a picture taken together with the quilt I designed.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Classes I will be teaching

 This is the small Lindy bag I will be teaching a class on the large lindy bag at Stitch it Central in Ingersoll in September. They are having an open house Sept. 6, 7, and 8 and I will be there showing my patterns and the classes I will be teaching.
this is my Snail star pattern I will be teaching a class on this as well there is an option to make it longer so it can be used as a table runner

this is the large lindy bag its big enough to hold a laptop but stylish enough to carry anywhere. I use my pink one all the time.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

simple paper peicing tutorial

This post explains how to paper piece using the paper piecing method where you don't have to rip paper latter.

The main difference in this method as opposed to the traditional method is. That with this methodyou sew beside the fold in the paper, instead of on the line on the paper.

first you cut out your foundation and crease the paper on the sewing lines.

apply fabric safe glue to the back of the #1 spot

fold foundation line line between spot #1 and #2 attach onto the back (wrong side of fabric) of one of your precut pieces making sure there is 1/4" seam allowance along folded edge of paper.

line up next piece of fabric with glued piece making sure they are right sides together

sew along fold in paper
it will look like this

open and press

continue on in the same way with the whole foundation. if you are piecing a very large or complicated foundation you may have to use glue in a few more places or you can use flat pins if you like that better.

trim along foundation. most foundations will have a 1/4" seam allowance already marked on them, but if they don't be sure to leave a seam allowance

this is what it will look like when you are done.
I hope to post a curved piecing tutorial in the next few weeks this tutorial is based on a new pattern I am working on. It will be a lap size quilt.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

a few quilt show pics

This is the salt box house where the tea room and my booth was in.

some pictures of my booth

The church where the main show was in I didn't get around to taking pictures till they were taking down the show so I didn't get many but here are a few at least.

lone star

anniversary quilt

some mini quilts
desert star

quilts from one of our members who died of cancer.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Quilt show

The Norwich Quaker Quilt Guild is having a show this weekend, and the show is beautiful. We have a small guild but regardless of that the members have put an amazing amount of work into the show. I will be posting pictures latter today or tomorrow of the show.

This is one of my new patterns I am introducing at the Norwich show
Cherry Blossoms

This is one of the blocks from another of my new patterns "Spinning my Wheels"
More Pictures latter

Saturday, 20 April 2013

$10 quilt layouts

I just got the last block for my $10 quilt from Seven Sisters Quilt shop today. So I have been playing on EQ trying to find a layout I like. Here are a few I came up with. I don't know which to choose, the first one is double/queen size the others are lap/twin depending on the border size. Which ones do you like best?

Saturday, 6 April 2013

final clue

Clue 6

Putting it all together

Sashing (color #2 light) cut 24 pieces 12 ½” by 3 ½”.

Inner border cut six 1 ½ by width of fabric strips from colour #3 dark join together into one long length.

Outer border cut border parallel with selvedge. Cut 4 borders 6 1/2” wide by length of fabric (2meters).

Lay out quilt according to diagram.

Sew blocks and sashing into rows pressing rows in opposite directions to nest seams as you go.

Sew rows together press.

Measure through center of quilt, cut inner borders to fit, Sew to quilt center.

Repeat with outer borders.

Quilt and bind as desired.


Saturday, 9 March 2013


Clue 5

Cut 8 squares 2 7/8” from background fabric. Cut from corner to corner to make 16 triangles.

Cut 4 squares 9 1/4” from background cross cut into 16 triangles

Cut 4 squares 3 3/8” from med/dark color#3 fussy cut if necessary.

Lay out block as shown.

Sew small background triangles to ends of flying geese strips.

Sew 2 strips to either end of med/dark square.

Sew 2 large triangles on either side of the other flying geese units. Press and put block together.

Make four 12 ½” blocks




Thursday, 14 February 2013

Clue 4

Take the half square triangles you made in clue one and lay them out according to the block diagram.

Make five 12 ½” blocks.

Sew into rows pressing toward the darker fabric. Sew rows together and press block.
the red is colour #1 med /dark and the grey is colour #2 med.


Hope you enjoy this clue we are getting close to the end now.
I have been very busy getting ready to sell my house so i havent even finished this clue all the way yet.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

happy new year and some projects from last year

This is a picture from the front cover of one of my new patterns. Its a realy fun block and the pattern has options for a on point set, a row and applique set or 4 table runners.

I realy like this quilt its one of my first modern patterns. The fabric is from Frond design studios. They are a new company just starting up and the have some realy neat stuff.
Both theses patterns are for sale. Just email me and I will set things up. Im also thinking of selling kits of the modern quilt if anyone whants one.