Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sneak peek

Here's a little sneak peek at what I've been working on this week.  Well actually, what you're seeing here has been made for a while, but the related pattern writing has taken a good chunk of the past week.

Now I need pattern testers!  This quilt is a bit modern, involves simple piecing and some simple applique, and measures 55" x 62".  I need volunteers to follow the pattern to make the top then give me feedback about the clarity and accuracy of the pattern.  Testing just a block and/or the applique part would also be helpful.

If you are interested in being one of the first to make this one (in time for the eclipse in August!) let me know and I'll send you a peek of the whole quilt to help you decide.  Thanks for thinking about it!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bird Watching Quilt

Now that the quilt has reached its destination and the recipient has seen it, I can share pictures of the finished bird watching quilt.

I decided not to add borders to this quilt.  I wanted the bird panels and the accent floral and green fabrics to float on the background, and print borders seemed to interfere with that goal.  Still, I wanted a frame of some sort, so I decided to use the quilting to create a framing border that didn't interrupt the blue background.

All the quilting was done with my trusty walking foot.  I did start some free motioned hooked swirls in the center, but while it looked good on a small section, it was too busy for my taste and seemed to overwhelm the design and the bird print when spread over a larger area.  Plus it really didn't go well with my quilted border. 

Yes, I quilted this backwards, quilting the borders before the center.  I just wanted to see if my border quilting idea would look good, and I got carried away and quilted it all.  I liked it, so it had to stay and I had to work from there to figure out the rest of the quilting.  After a lot of staring at the quilt, walking away and coming back to stare again, I decided that for this quilt, simpler was better and I settled on simple straight lines on the diagonal.  All the dressy stuff is in the border.

I still wanted more floral than what made it into the top, so that went in the binding and on the back.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, I miscalculated the fabric required for the backing, so I incorporated the leftovers from the front (the blue and the floral with blue background) as a strip down the middle to make up width.  That was a happy accident.  I love how it turned out.  It's so much more interesting than an expanse of a single floral fabric.

After a final Rosie test and approval, I boxed up the quilt and sent it off to New Brunswick.

Now on to the next project.  I have a few simmering away, but the Wandering Geese remake in Moda Grunge fabric is what's on the design wall right now.  I hope to have a finished top to share by the end of the week!

There's a solar eclipse themed pattern coming up soon as well.  I'll post a bit more about that soon as well, and ask for testing help.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day! and a linky party

Happy 150 years Canada!

I put the last stitches in yesterday with just a few hours to spare!

Each white leaf is labelled with a province or territory.  I had planned to include the date each joined Confederation, but they would have been too small to be legible.

Thank you to all who commented on my last post and talked me off the ledge, so to speak.  I put down the seam ripper and left the 150 and dates the way they were, and that was the right thing to do!

Rosie approves!

Now, please link up below to share  your own Canada-themed projects, finished or in progress, this pattern or any other!  If you don't have a blog to link up but you're on Facebook, add your picture to the comments on the Canada Day post on my facebook page (  If Instagram is your things, post with the hashtag #CanadaQuiltParty.

PS: Today is your last opportunity to download this pattern for free at  Starting tomorrow, it will be available for purchase.