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Cuddle applique and pondering quilt size

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When I saw a sample of Robinson Pattern Company's "The Midnight Wolf" baby quilt, I knew it would be perfect for a baby baby quilt I need to make by mid-August.  The family has a big fluffy white Samoyed dog, and I decided I could turn the wolf into a Samoyed by using white and cream instead of grey and white.


Isn't he cute?  The background in the original pattern is just a single length of fabric, but I wanted more color than that. I don't know if the baby is a boy or a girl, and I don't know the parents well enough to know if they feel strongly about colors being gender-specific, so I was stuck for a little while.  I thought about green and orange, and maybe a little yellow, but didn't know exactly how to pull it all together. 

Two weeks ago, my husband and I took a little mini-vacation to Decorah, Iowa, and stopped at Red-Roxy Quilt Company.  Didn't they just happen to have a baby quilt made up in just those colors?  Hubby agreed it would make a…

Blue Butterfly blocks

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Yes, blocks, plural.  I have more blue scraps than any other colour so they're getting two whole blocks for the July installment of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.


I'm challenging myself to make each butterfly different and to use only my smaller scraps.  Every month is getting a bit more difficult.  I almost gave up on the bright blue one after putting the 60 degree triangles together.  I couldn't figure out how I wanted the set of triangles to sit in the wing. Just as I started packing up the blue scraps, inspiration struck.


 This doesn't look like much but it did the trick.  I outlined the wing shape on my ruler with tape so I could see what the wing would look like once the corner triangles were added.  I added fabric to my triangle unit until it was more than large enough to make a wing base, then used this outline to audition the angle.  This loaded sideways, but you get the idea.


VoilĂ ! One fussy cut wing base!


 And a complete butterfly.  I think it's my favour…

Sneak peek

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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!

Bird Watching Quilt

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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…

Happy Canada Day! and a linky party

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/CanuckQuilterDesigns/)  If Instagram is your things, post with the hashtag #CanadaQuiltParty.

PS:Today is your last opportunity to download this pattern for free at www.payhip.com/CanuckQuilterDesigns.  Starting tomorrow, it will …