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May 18, 2017

Hexagon Colour Wheel Mug Rugs Patterns

I'm introducing three new mug rug patterns to brighten your home for spring. The bright primary colours against white, black,  and grey is a crisp combination. You could use these as pot holders as well as mug rugs. They would look lovely in a modern kitchen. They would also be a great gift for an artist or art student. This is a good project for quilters just learning to foundation piece. Instructions assume basic knowledge in foundation piecing. The pattern includes instructions for all three mug rugs.

colour wheel hexagon mug rugs

quilted color wheel hexagon mug rug pattern#1

quilted color wheel hexagon mug rug pattern#2

quilted color wheel hexagon mug rug pattern#3

May 10, 2017

Phone book foundation piecing

Earlier this year, I was able to get my hands on a Layer Cake of With Glowing Hearts by Grace Noel before it was sold out from pretty much everywhere. I'm using this gorgeous line of fabric to create a commemorative quilted throw to mark Canada's 150th birthday this year.

with glowing hearts fabric by grace noel

I decided to make my quilt using the Hunter's Star quilt block because I love the block and it ties in with Canada's fur trade history. Hunting and trapping, especially beaver, was how Canada began.

hunter's start block

There are several ways to make a Hunter's Star block. It's a matter of choice which one you use. I chose to use foundation piecing because it's the technique I'm most comfortable with. However, this left me with a dilemma. I needed 48 blocks to make the quilt, but I didn't want to use 48 expensive sheets of foundation paper for the project. I know phone book paper is used for strip piecing, so I thought I'd try using it for foundation piecing. I was very pleased with the results. The phone book paper printed beautifully with my inkjet printer. If this were a complicated template, it might be hard to read, but it was perfect for this block. This paper is very light but doesn't curl up with normal iron heat and it tears away easily. Honestly, if I could get my hands on some of this paper not printed I'd buy a box of it.

The pros and cons of using phone book paper for paper piecing:

  • Very light but strong enough to be handled.
  • Prints very well in an inkjet (not tested on a laser printer).
  • Tears away with no effort at all.
  • Doesn't curl up with heat.
  • Somewhat difficult to read template
  • Not a nice 8½" x 11" sheet of paper.
  • Can't see through it.
How to make your phone book foundation piecing templates:
  1. Photocopy your templates onto an 8½" x 11" sheet of paper.
  2. Cut out phone book pages to about 7¾ " to 8" wide.
  3. Cut a piece of white paper to the same size as your phone book paper.
  4. Cut out templates and paste or tape them down onto the smaller white piece of paper. 
  5. Place phone book paper in your printer paper tray and adjust the paper width bars to the width of your paper.
  6. Center the template page on the printer bed and photocopy it onto the phone book paper.

April 17, 2017

Pixel Beach Mini Quilt Pattern

Inspired by a day at the beach. Pixel Beach is a simple and elegant quilted wall hanging in a checkerboard of neutral tones. A lovely addition to your summer beach house.

Think warm summer sand, collecting pretty stones and sea glass on the shore while the gulls singing overhead. These were my inspirations for my new mini quilt pattern Pixel Beach.

April 11, 2017

How to Recycle your Batting Scraps

Over time, like most quilters, I wind up with a lot of spare quilt batting pieces in all kinds of sizes. I keep these in a batting scrap box. These pieces come in handy when I don't want to cut up a large piece when doing a small project.

I used to zig-zag stitch my pieces together but in a rush one day, I used a quicker method that I now prefer. I now recycle my batting bits by joining them together with fusible interfacing. It's so much faster than stitching them together, and they hold together very well this way. I hope this little tutorial will encourage you to save your batting scraps and find a use for them.

You'll need:
  • batting chunks you want to join
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting ruler or regular ruler
  • strips of fusible interfacing. I used Pellon Sheerweight interfacing, but a medium weight interfacing will work just as well. I'm also pretty sure there is such a thing as batting tape but the interfacing does the trick.

recycle quilt batting scraps
1. Get your batting pieces and check if they are jagged on the edge or not (these are pretty jagged).

recycle batting scraps
2.  If the batting edges are jagged, trim a little off to make both edges straight.

recycle quilt batting scraps
3.  Butt the two edges together as shown; don't overlap them.

recycle batting scraps
4. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing about 1 inch in width and the length of the seam you need to join. (I cut a few strips and keep them handy for this type of thing.) Place the strip of interfacing down over the seam being sure to keep it even on either side of the seam.

recycle batting scraps
5. Following the manufacturer's instructions, press (don't iron) the fusible interfacing to your batting seam being sure that the interfacing is sealed on well.

recycle batting scraps
6. This is something like what your batting will look like. Any puckers are not an issue because you won't see them once you sandwich your quilt.

April 5, 2017

My Urban Pathway table runner is a Connecting Threads kit!

The Connecting Threads spring catalogue came in the mail this week, and I was so excited to see my Urban Pathway table runner quilt kit there. The kit uses Shiny Objects Fabrics designed by Flaurie & Finch for RJR; it has a gorgeous metallic print. Thank you Anita and all the gang at Connecting Threads!

April 4, 2017

GRAND PIANO Quilted Hot Pad Pattern

This cute Grand Piano quilted hot pad is sure to play a sweet note in your kitchen. The pattern uses one 10" square from your favourite Layer Cake and some black and white scraps. The keyboard is simple foundation paper piecing. The black bias binding completes it beautifully.

quilted piano hot pad pattern

This hot pad pattern measures 12" x 9" (30cm x 22.5cm), which is the size of a small standard backing pan or dish.

quilted piano hot pad pattern

I choose bright colours to set off the contrast of the black and white keyboard. Any print would look gorgeous for this project, and the black binding ties everything together, but I think a print with even a little black in it really creates a nice balance of colour.

quilted piano hot pad pattern

March 25, 2017

My Pattern Store is now open on my blog!

I'm very excited to finally be able to sell my patterns from my blog, making it easier for my readers to purchase and enjoy them. Visit my shiny new PATTERN STORE now!

For a limited time, receive 15% OFF your first pattern purchase if you subscribe to my blog.

March 21, 2017

Tulip Basket Mini Quilt Pattern

I'm excited to be introducing my newest mini quilt pattern Tulip Basket just in time for spring. The basket is two paper pieced log cabins, and the simple tulips are done in hand stitched appliqué. It measures 19" x 18" (47.5cm x 45cm). This mini quilt uses a soft taupe colour palette inspired by the beautiful quilts by Japanese quilt artist Yoko Saito.

patchwork and applique tulip basket quilt pattern

I think the rich tones of the tulips are stunning against the quiet neutrals. If you have basic appliqué and paper piecing skills, you can make this cheery spring project in no time at all. Hand stitched appliqué or fusible appliqué are both suitable for this project.

February 23, 2017

Celtic Twist quilt block tutorial: Luck o' the Irish quilted table runner

Welcome some Luck o' the Irish into your home this St. Paddy's day with this elegant Celtic Twist table runner. My mother was Irish, so I have a strong affinity for anything Celtic. I particularly love Celtic knots. So, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I completed my Celtic twist table runner for my coffee table. I'm a big fan of neutrals and used the Woodland Wonder fabric line by Sarah Summers.

Buy the PDF pattern download for 
Luck o' the Irish Table Runner 

celtic twist table runner

I love the warm neutral tones in the Woodland Wonders fabric design and couldn't wait to use it to cheer up our living room. All those little woodland creatures are adorable.

Celtic Twist Block Tutorial
I've provided a tutorial for how to create the 17" x 17" Celtic Twist block below. It may look complicated but it's simple to put together and there are  No Y-seams and No templates to worry about. The block consists of two 6 inch blocks (one is a snowball block) and two different sized triangles. That's it! If you want to print this tutorial, there's a Printer Friendly button at the end of this post.

Finished Measurements: 17' x 17" (42.5cm x 42.5cm) 

Materials to make the Celtic twist block shown above:
  • [8] 5" x 2" dark
  • [8] 5" x 2" light
  • [4] 2" x 2" dark
  • [4] 2" x 2" light
  • [4] 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" medium print
  • [1] 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" large print
  • [1] 7-3/4" light solid
  • [2] 7" light solid

Below are the four sections needed to complete the block.

Let's get started . . .

February 15, 2017

My "Pencil Me In" Pencil Quilt by Polly

One of the most rewarding things as a quilt designer is seeing how other quilters interpret my patterns. I was so pleased to recently see one of my most popular patterns, Pencil Me In, created by Polly at Aunt Polly's Porch. I think she did a beautiful job with this pattern. Her colour choices are stunning, and I love the hanging tabs she put on the top.

pencil me in mini quilt pattern
My Pencil Me In quilt pattern created by Polly
at Aunt Polly's Porch

February 7, 2017

Kandinsky Revisited: Inspiration for a new art quilt

When I first started my blog a couple of years ago, I posted an art quilt I created that was inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky. Get the post HERE.

kandinski quilt by Monica Curry

I've recently been itchin' to try something different, so I thought I'd revisit my Kandinsky phase; I'm glad I did. Recently, I found other quilts inspired by Kandinsky and discovered Kandinsky quilts are quite a thing in the quilting world.

Below are a few examples of the Kandinsky quilts I found recently. You can see that Kandinsky's art translates extremely well into art quilts. If you want some inspiration for your own Kandinsky quilt, check out where you'll find a catalogue of Kandinsky's artwork.

This Kandinsky quilt pattern is one of three patterns by quilter and fabric designer Patricia Bravo.
kandinsky quilts

Check out these gorgeous Kandinsky quilts at the Lollyquiltzs Kandinsky Challenge.

kandinsky quilts

Kandinsky and Me by Carol J. Floyd. This is an award winning Kandinsky quilt from the 2010 American Quilt Society Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kandinsky quilt by Carol J. Floyd

Inspired by the Kandinsky classic, Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles. This quilt was created by Rebekah at Don't Call Me Becky.

Kandinsky quilt by Rebekah

Kandinsky Goes to the Bahamas by Daniela Schupp for the Art Quilt Association Inspired by the Masters Show

kandinsky quiilt by daniela schupp

January 28, 2017

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern: Get a taste of spring a little early

Spring can never come soon enough. Until it arrives, this pretty paper pieced Butterfly Garden block is bound to cheer you up. The finished block is 12" x 12" and the paper piece butterfly center block measures 7" x 7" when finished.

paper pieced patchwork butterfly quilt block

paper pieced patchwork butterfly quilt block
This is a very versatile block. It would make a lovely
pillow for a sun room or a girl's bedroom.

paper pieced patchwork butterfly quilt block
Create a pretty wall hanging for your spring decor . . .

paper pieced patchwork butterfly quilt block
. . . or a sweet and cheery table runner.

Christmas Cactus Quilted Table Topper Pattern

I first introduced this pattern HERE this past summer and finally finished it. I really wanted to have it done before Christmas but other commitments took up a lot of my time during the holidays. The nice thing about this quilt is that it can be used year round because it's not too Christmasy.

This stunning quilted table topper was inspired by the Christmas Cactus that blooms throughout the Christmas season. The pattern includes instructions for both versions shown below. Finished size for both versions is 26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm) and the finished block size is 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm). This table topper fits perfectly on a standard 42" round table.

xmas cactus paper pieced table topper

xmas cactus paper pieced table topper

January 19, 2017

Sweetheart Placemats for that romantic dinner

Are you planning a romantic dinner at home this Valentine's Day? Why not make you and your sweetie these cute quilted placemats for that special night? You'll need five Fat Quarters to make two placemats. Fusible appliqué makes this project simple and quick.

Buy the PDF pattern download for 
Sweethearts Place Mats 

pattern for heart shaped placemats for valentine's day

I'm so glad to have this pattern complete for Valentine's Day. I think these are adorable. They would add a nice personal touch to a romantic dinner at home.  Also, this is such an easy pattern to make. Just fuse the pieces together, quilt, bind and your done.

The fabrics I used are North Woods - Bliss in Cranberry and Felicity in Cranberry by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. They were perfect for this design.

Northwoods fabric line felicity in cranberry
North Woods - Felicity in Cranberry

Northwoods fabric line bliss in cranberry
North Woods - Bliss in Cranberry
I like how the little heart gives you a faux reverse appliqué look.

detail image of valentine heart shaped placemat

January 15, 2017


Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!
Buy my Canadian Flag Banner pattern
at 40% OFF until July 2, 2017

This simple paper pieced pattern takes less than a day to make. Hang it in your window with pride this year, make it into a pillow, or use the paper pieced maple leaf block in a quilt.

Buy the PDF pattern download for
Canadian Flag Banner

pattern for paper pieced canadian flag banner

paper pieced Canadian flag banner - detail