Sunday, April 22, 2018

Starfall Parade of Quilts

This parade of quilts is being posted posted a little later than I anticipated.  I had internet connectivity issues this weekend.  However, it is still technically the weekend here, so I'll say it isn't quite late!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the generous quilters who offered to test my Starfall pattern.  Their feedback was a huge help to help me write a better pattern and release it with confidence, knowing the fabric amounts are adequate, cutting instructions are accurate and instructions are clear.

Without further ado, here are photos of their quilt tops.  I think you will agree that it is great fun to see so many varied fabric choices for a single design.  Well done, testers!

 Kathi Kivi (visit her on Facebook here)

 Judy Juhl

 Joyce Penney Schroeder

Rashida Juzer  (Visit her website here or find her on instagram as @no3quiltstudio)

Kim Williams

Sue Babbitt

Julie Sheehy

Amelia Clausen

Ann Wilbur

I love them all (quilts and testers)!  I think I might be lucky enough to see a few of the quilts in person once they are quilted as some of the testers live in my general part of the world (hint,hint, you know who you are!).  I'm looking forward to it!

If you would like to make your own version of Starfall, you can purchase the pattern here.  Use the coupon code STARFALL20 through the end of April for a 20% discount on this pattern. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Starfall in Batiks

As promised, here is a second version of Starfall. (If you missed the first version and pattern release, you can pop over to yesterday's post.)

You may remember my original batik fabric selection didn't work out very well.  I am very pleased with my second attempt though!

I'm very happy that this designs works just as well with a dark background as it did with a light background. It makes it very versatile.  Come back tomorrow to see a whole collection of Starfall quilts in a variety of fabric colors and styles.  My great testers were not afraid of making their own color selections and created some beautiful quilts!

To celebrate this pattern release I am offering a 20% discount on this pattern in my Payhip shop  through the end of April.  Use coupon code STARFALL20

UPDATE June 23, 2019: All my patterns have moved to my Etsy shop.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Presenting Starfall

It's ready!  It's finally ready!  Drumroll please!

Cover of Starfall pattern by Canuck Quilter Designs

My Starfall pattern is now available for purchase on Payhip and on Craftsy.  (UPDATE June 23, 2019: all patterns have moved to my Etsy shop.)

This pattern has been in the works for some time now.  The concept has been kicking around in my head for about 3 years and I finally pinned it down last fall.  I shared a peek of the top in September, and a second version in my 2017 round-up in January, but I haven't shared an official reveal here.  It took me longer than I liked to write this pattern because I wrote it two ways:  one using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star and V Block rulers from Studio 180 Design, and the other using foundation paper piecing in case you don't have access to the handy dandy rulers.  I also tried regular piecing, and it was possible but fiddly and there are only so many options you can cram into in a single pattern without making it a muddled mess!

In the end, the pattern has instructions for making both blocks with either the specialty rulers or foundation paper piecing, and you can mix and match.  If you have one ruler but not the other, you can use the ruler for one block and paper piecing for the other.

Oh, and it is in three sizes too:  baby, throw and twin, all the same layout but different sized blocks.

Here's a look at the quilting, all done with, you guessed it, my walking foot!  Deciding what to quilt took me a while and I finally just started quilting diagonally from one corner to the next in straight lines.  When I got tired of that direction I mixed things up a bit and went vertical. Then I got bored with that and went diagonal again, and so on until the quilt was all quilted.

Starfall quilt by Canuck QWuilter Designs

Here's a close up so you can see the fabrics a little better. 

Close up of Starfall by Canuck Quilter Designs
Starfall quilt close-up.  Photo by

The background is Moda Grunge White Paper (or is it paper white?).  The stars and triangles are all Tula Pink.  On even days, this light Tula version is my favourite, and every other day I prefer the darker, richer version I paper pieced.  Come back tomorrow for pictures of the darker version and let me know which you prefer.  Then on Sunday, I'll share my fabulous pattern testers' beautiful versions, with all their varied color schemes.  I hope you'll come back to see those too.

To celebrate this pattern release I am offering a 20% discount on this pattern in my Payhip shop through the end of April. Use the coupon code STARFALL20.

 (UPDATE June 23, 2019: all patterns have moved to my Etsy shop.)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Vintage Sparkle off the UFO list!

Two months shy of the 5th anniversary of starting this quilt, I have finally finished Vintage Sparkle!

Right now I'm not sure why I fell out of love with it and relegated to a UFO bin for so long.

If it's going to live on this bed, something will need to be done about the wall colour...The dog doesn't care though.  The quilt is 100% Rosie approved.


Again, credit for the longarm quilting goes to Liz and Stephanie of A quilted Memory in Nevada, IA.

Credit for the prairie points goes to me!  So glad I managed to fix that little slip of the scissors.

Next up, adding borders to this one:

It is farther along than this photo now.  It only needs borders, then I can send it off to Liz for quilting.  You might notice I like this star block. It just is not possible to lose your points on this one!