Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jams + Jellies Pantry Quilt

I've always loved the Jar block and finally finished my version of the classic pantry wall quilt. I wanted my pantry to have a real vintage feel to it, so I used a medium floral print in the background for "wallpaper." I think the wallpaper really adds interest to the design. I also took away a few jars to break up the rhythm. This pantry is stocked with my favourites: cherry jam, orange marmalade, and grape jelly, but there are so many cool novelty food fabrics out there that would work great for this quilt.

This is a simple quilt to make and would look great on a small wall space in the kitchen. My Jams + Jellies quilt pattern will be at My Pattern Shops next week.  

My Jams + Jellies quilt is now available to My Etsy Shop and My Craftsy Shop.

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Jams + Jellies Wall Quilt | 35" x 32"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Job: Time to brush up on my time management skills

I haven't been able to post very much these days because I have a great new part-time job. Besides loving to quilt, I'm also a floral arranger. I love my job, but I'm now juggling my time between job, blogging, sewing, and housework. It's totally doable (I have no kiddies running around), but I really have to plan my time better for my sewing. I have a halloween table runner on the design wall and on deck is a beautiful Christmas table topper.

Here are some of my floral design creations. It's been a long time since I did any floral work, but I'm starting to get the hang of it again, and I'm learning from some very talented designers at work.

Friday, September 9, 2016

I'm now a Connecting Threads Designer

I was so pleased to have my patterns accepted by Connecting Threads last week. I posted four of my best selling patterns there and will be posting more very soon. Click the link below to check them out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

10 Great Canadian Online Fabric Stores

If you think buying your fabric online south of the border is cheaper, think again. I found out early that shopping US online doesn't really save me much money.

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When I first started ordering fabric online, I initially went to the US stores because of the cheaper prices. I quickly learned, however, that I wasn't getting much of a bargain. 

Let's do the math . . . 
For one thing, shipping costs from the US can sometimes be outrageous. Also, you have to take into account the current Canadian/US dollar exchange rate, which is pretty high right now. As of this post, the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar is around 1.30. That's right, right now our dollar is only worth around 0.70 cents compared to the US $1.00. This means when you shop US stores online, you're paying 0.30 cents more on the dollar for your fabric. For example, a fabric at $10 US will cost you $13 CAD and $100 US can jump to $130 CAD! And that's before shipping costs.

It didn't take me long to realize I was better off shopping locally or at Canadian online fabric stores. In some cases the fabric prices are higher, but I've found some great bargains with really good shipping rates. 

I still prefer to shop my local stores, but below are 10 of my favourite Canadian online fabric stores with their shipping rates. This is not an exhaustive list. These are just the main stores that I go to if I shop online. If you have any Canadian online shops you like that aren't listed here, let me know.

Canadian National Fabric
This is my favourite online fabric store. The selection of quality fabrics is excellent and prices are as low as $6/metre. You also collect points on your purchases.

$5 flat rate shipping anywhere within Canada.
Free shipping on orders over $75.

Dinkydoo Modern Fabrics
A very nice selection of modern fabrics.

$8.99 flat rate under $99
Free shipping for orders $99+

Friday, August 19, 2016

New foundation pieced patterns I'm sure you'll love

Coming soon to my pattern shops. I have two new patterns I've been working on that I think you'll love. They'll be up for sale by the end of August so check my Craftsy or Etsy shops in a few weeks.

Butterfly Garden

The first is a pretty table runner with foundation pieced butterflies and traditional nine patch sashing. It's so sweet. You can make it longer to fit the length of your table or piece it as a grid for a wall hanging.

The pattern instructions are for a two-block table runner like the first image below. It measures 23" x 13" (82.5cm x 32.5cm). The finished block is 7" x 7" (17.5cm x 17.5cm).

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Christmas Cactus

My next table runner was inspired by the Christmas Cactus which got its name because it starts blooming during the early winter, just in time for Christmas. Version 1 is a table topper and Version 2 would make a lovely wall quilt.

The blocks are simple foundation piecing, and I provided yardage and assembly instructions for both versions below. Both versions are 26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm). The finished blocks are 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm)

Christmas Cactus | Version 1

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Christmas Cactus | Version 2
Here's a beautiful Christmas Cactus in bloom.

Image from the-pics.com

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Postage stamp doll quilt

I love postage stamp quilts; they're great stash busters. I made this doll quilt for my grand niece, Abby, who just had a new baby brother. I made her mom my Precious Bundle pinwheel quilt for the new arrival, and my sister and I thought it would be nice to make a quilt for Abby's baby doll as well.

To make this quilt, I used a great piecing technique I found at So Resourceful, a blog with some great sewing posts. This technique makes piecing all those little squares a breeze. See the tutorial HERE

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Postage stamp doll blanket | 24" x 18" (60cm x 45cm)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

4 Summer Mug Rug Patterns

My new mug rug book has four great patterns inspired by lazy summer days. These cheerful mug rugs would be great by the pool, at the cottage or as hostess gifts at your next BBQ. The book includes complete patterns for every skill level.

Get my 4 Summer Fun Mug Rugs PDF at MY PATTERN SHOP for the great price of $10 US.

Precut fabric guide: Free poster download

When quilters talk about jelly rolls and layer cakes we're not always talking about the scrumptious desserts. We could also be talking about our fabrics.

The other day, I mentioned to my sister (who isn't a quilter) that I ordered some jelly roll fabrics. As soon as I said it, I got that deer-in-the-headlights gaze from my dear old sis that said, "What the hek are jelly roll fabrics"?  Quilting has its own jargon just like any other craft.

Precut fabrics are a quilter's dream. All the colours and patterns are perfectly coordinated, you get to try out beautiful samples of any designer you like, and the choices are endless. There are even quilt pattern books written specifically for precuts.

I created this pre-cut fabric reference tool that you can download for FREE. Put it up in your studio as a guide to what type of pre-cuts are out there.

Get your FREE PDF download HERE

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