Thursday, 12 March 2015

TGIFF! - A Place for Each Child...

And each child in his place. That's the idea, anyway. It's been awhile. Sorry about that. There's some not-so-fun stuff going on around here.

Before the not-so-fun stuff started though, I did finish the boys' placemats so that is what I'm going to celebrate today!

Each boy picked out the colours he wanted for his placemat. The two older boys helped with the design and improv piecing. I did the quilting and the binding. Love these collaborative efforts!

Daniel went for a monochromatic look.

Micah (with a little help from Mama) went for these colours.

And chose a Star Wars backing.

Patrick went bold with this colour palette. In making his placemat, we talked about dominant and accent colours for the colour palette. He chose blues to be the dominant colour and red, salmon and purple for the accent colours. The salmon is looking kind of dominant though. I guess the next lesson will be about proportion. Lol! 

Think having these nice placemats will curb dinnertime chaos? Yeah, me neither. But I can dream... ;)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Marking Your Space

Bundle Bonanza 1000B-b-b-bonanza! Bundle Bonanza, that is, is on at Sew Sisters this weekend. Great bundles of coordinating fat quarters at delicious prices (yes, I haven't had breakfast yet). On until tomorrow!


By some scheduling miracle a couple of weekends ago, we got to spend a Saturday morning hanging out at home instead of the arena. Even better, I could spend it in my sewing studio sewing with my boys. Woo hoo!

I've been promising them placemats for some time. I pulled out the solid scrap bin and had them choose what colours they'd like.




Daniel's is finished and with a little luck, we may just finish the other two up this weekend!

Have a great weekend all!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Welcome Canadian National Fabric!

quilt matters sidebarHappy Wednesday, all! Can you really say that about a Wednesday? Well, I'm going to anyway. Not only am I happy that it is Wednesday, but I'm also happy to introduce a new sponsor to you!

Canadian National Fabric is a Canadian online fabric store based in the Caledon, Ontario area. Bebe and her team have over 1800 products available.

How awesome is their logo? Three of my favourite things - Fabric, Canada and beavers (I'm also a Beaver leader with Scouts for those who don't know).

Canadian National Fabric offers a flat rate $5 shipping across Canada and free shipping if you spend over $50. Hello?! They also offer flat rate shipping to the U.S. and other countries internationally -- check out their site for details.

They offer a cool "Cash for Stash" Points reward program for all customers, where your purchases get you points for discounts towards future purchases. Sweet!

Here are just a few of the gems that caught my eye recently:

Modern Mixers: Cobalt Blue

Riding Hood: Story Grey

Penelope: Aqua Baubles

Classics: Millefiore Pastel

Geekly Chic: Geekly Cameras Blue

oooh, and this:

The Chalk Line: 2129-001

I'll definitely be pick up some of this fabric!

If you aren't already familiar with Canadian National Fabric, I hope you get a chance to check them out. They have a great variety of fabrics to suit everyone's needs. 

Thank you, Canadian National Fabric, for sponsoring Quilt Matters! 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Birchen - À la Quilt Matters

Happy Monday all! I'm thrilled to be participating in the Fat Quarter Shop's Birchen Blog Hop today.

We're using Art Gallery Fabrics (woo hoo!) so I chose to use the Prisma Elements line of fabrics for my version of Birchen. I LOVE this line. For my quilt, I chose Zirconia, Apricot, Solar Quartz, Larimar Sea, Pagoda Gem and Sapphire Sparkle, with the idea that the aqua (Larimar Sea), yellow (Solar Quartz) and orange (Apricot) would pop against the darker colours.

I found the most perfect teal Aurifil 4182 and yellow Aurifil 2135 for the quilting. The teal worked beautifully for the back as well. The quilting is very simple for the moment, but I'll be adding in more.

I picked Time is Deer Coal in the Indelible line by Katerina Roccella for the backing. Love! Almost too pretty for a backing, don't you think?

The quilt finishes at 72" by 72".

If you've seen the pattern, you'll probably notice that I modified a couple of things:
  • This was the first time I've chosen fabrics for a quilt entirely online. One thing I missed I think was that there wasn't a lot of contrast between the Pagoda Gem and the Zirconia. Even the Sapphire HSTs blend in that block. In hindsight, I think I'd print the fabric swatches from the site in grayscale to better see the values. 
  • It was also the first time I made HSTs using HST paper templates. Very cool! I'm not sure it was really a time saver, but it certainly made more accurate HSTs!
  • I used three fabrics (Sapphire, Apricot, and Solar Quartz) instead of two for the J/K strip set. 
  • I added in a row of Sapphire and Pagoda Gem HSTs to Block One. 
  • I also switched my block pairings. I originally planned to pair the large Sapphire HST with the Zirconia, Pagoda Gem and Sapphire HSTs, but found it was too dark. 

Such a fun pattern! I can't wait to see what the other blog hop participants have done with it. Check them out on the Fat Quarter Shop blog!

The Birchen pattern is available for free from the Fat Quarter Shop site. They also have a quilt kit available! They've also put together a fabulous video tutorial

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