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.


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

Luck o' the Irish Table Runner: Celtic Twist block tutorial

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 Celtic Twist block below. It may look complicated by it's so simple to put together. The block consists of two 6 inch blocks (one is a snowball block) and two different sized triangles. That's it!

celtic twist block for Luck o' the Irish table runner

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.
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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.

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Pencil Me In Mini Quilt 

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.


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 artsy.net 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.



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



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


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.

Buy the PDF pattern download for 
Butterfly Garden 

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


Create a pretty wall hanging for your spring decor . . .


. . . 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.

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Christmas Cactus Table Runners
at MY PATTERN SHOPS

xmas cactus paper pieced table topper
VERSION 1


xmas cactus paper pieced table topper
VERSION 2

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.

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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.

North Woods - Felicity 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

HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY CANADA!

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.
Get the pattern at 
MY CRAFTSY or MY ETSY
pattern for paper pieced canadian flag banner

paper pieced Canadian flag banner - detail