Monday, 29 September 2014

Modern Block Monday - The Trials and Tribulations of the Union Jack

A new week! A new block! Janet from my Canadians Quilt Bee asked for this Union Jack block by Tracyjay Quilts (this free pattern is available on Craftsy). This is a combination paper pieced and pieced block. Boy, did this one test my patience! With myself -- the pattern is just fine!


First, I agonized over the fabric selection. Janet wanted red, white and blue fabrics that read as those, but had some of the other colours in them. For a solids girl like myself, this was a big stretch (This isn't a complaint -- I like doing bees for exactly these reasons). I started with a different white and blue, but realized midway through that I didn't have enough of the white. Seam ripping. A piece of red fabric was too short for one of the paper piecing sections. Seam ripping. Did it again -- same piece! Seam ripping.

This block did not like me. And I didn't like it...until it was done. I wasn't sure about the lighter blue either, but I think it works. Hopefully Janet thinks so too!


Happy Monday, all!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Quilt Hack #2 - Mini Fabric Bolt

One of the best quilt hacks I ever came across was from Angela Pingel at Cut to Pieces. She uses comic book boards to store her fabric like mini bolts. Brilliant! Up until then, I was storing my fabric horizontally and having a hard time keeping the stacks neat and tidy. I'm not a neat and tidy person so I love easy storage ideas.

The 8.5" by 11" boards come in 100-board packs and can be purchased at comic book stores (or at for about $10/pack of 100. Because they are made for the long-term storage of comic books, they are acid-free and of archival quality -- perfect for storing fabric too. :) Here's the thing though, once you start folding all your stash onto the boards, you start to realize exactly how much fabric you actually have. Ahem!

I store any fabric that's a 1/2 yard or larger on my boards. I fold the fabric in quarters along the selvage edge, which is handy because that's how I cut fabric too.

I wrap the fabric around it.

Then, I tuck in the raw edge, and secure it with a pin. Done!

Don't they look so pretty like that?

Have a quilt hack you'd like to share? Let me know (quiltmatters{at}gmail{dot}com) and I may feature it here.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

What's Up, Buttercup?

Have you heard Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale is happening now? 50% off ALL online classes until September 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Once you enroll you can watch your classes anytime, anywhere, forever. Have you checked out Craftsy's latest class additions? I've got my eye on Patsy Thompson's Ultimate Free Motion Quilting course as my next course. FYI, I am an affiliate.


I've had a number of local quilters ask me if I was teaching my Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler on a weekend and I'm happy to say that I am! I'll be teaching it at The Country Quilter, Richmond, Ontario on Saturday, September 27th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There are a few spots left so if you are interested, contact The Country Quilter

I'm out and about quite a bit this Fall. Here are some other upcoming speaking and teaching events:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Let's Talk Modern Quilting Lecture and Trunk Show 
Common Thread Quilt Guild, Ottawa, Ontario

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler
Montreal Modern Quilt Guild, Montreal, Quebec

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Let's Talk Modern Quilting Lecture and Trunk Show
Arnprior District Quilters Guild, Arnprior, Ontario

Monday, November 10, 2014
Let's Talk Modern Quilting Lecture and Trunk Show
Kemptville Quilters' Guild, Ottawa, Ontario

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Modern Totems Workshop
Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild, Ottawa, Ontario

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Let's Talk Modern Quilting Lecture and Trunk Show
Limestone Quilters' Guild, Kingston, Ontario

Fun! Fun! Fun!


We went to an Ottawa Fury soccer game recently. The new Landsdowne stadium just opened and they only seated people on one side, which gave us a great view of the seats on the other side. Doesn't the seat arrangement look like it could be a cool quilt? You find inspiration in the most unlikely places sometimes...

Have a great Thursday, folks!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

TGIFF! - A Banner Day for Otis

Welcome to TGIFF!, where every finish deserves a celebration!

Today, I'm sharing the quilt I made for my new nephew Otis. The last time I wrote about this baby quilt, we talked about the quilting. Lines, wishbones, loopy loos, stippling -- so many great options! I wanted the quilting to accentuate the bunting so in the end, I chose a combination of echo lines, loopy loos and stippling. The quilting was done with Aurifil 2021 (I don't even have to check the colour card or the bottom of the spool anymore to remember the number - lol!). I left the bunting unquilted. I like that the bunting puffs up, but time will tell whether that was a good call. If it doesn't wear well with washing, I'll add some quilting.

Here is the finished A Banner Day for Otis. I'm so very pleased with how it turned out!

A Banner for African Lion Safari

The fabric for the bunting cords, the backing and the binding is Red Clown Stripe by Michael Miller:

Originally, Otis looked a little 'under-whelmed' by his welcome gift.

"Really, Tante Mich? It's 25C out!"
But he's enjoying it now!

Isn't he a cutie?! This quilt finishes at 40" by 60" so it will grow with him a bit. I can't wait until he's old enough for me to tuck him in with this quilt.

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