I’m No Gymnast, but I Can’t Resist Cartwheels

This is the third Cartwheels quilt I’ve made from jelly rolls. I can’t resist how quickly this top comes together, and I love the look of the pattern.

This one was made with Prairie by, of course, Moda (http://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabric/prairie-corey-yoder-little-miss-shabby-moda-fabrics ) . The pattern is free in the Moda Bake Shop (http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/08/cartwheels-quilt.html ).


Swoon Part 1

Bonnie and Camille fabric, it’s beautiful. Every line they put out is gorgeous. Camille designed the quilt pattern “Swoon” a few years ago (http://thimbleblossoms.bigcartel.com/product/swoon-pattern-142-pdf-pattern ) . I put off attempting it because the large block size was intimidating to a newbie like me.

Today, I finally took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. My first block came together in just a few hours, and for future ones, I’ll cut several at once.

I’m making this version with some of my Miss Kate ( http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/simplify/2014/03/id-like-you-to-meet.html ) fat quarter bundle I’ve been hanging on to forever.

If you’ve been swooning after Swoon, go for it. It’s a beautiful block.


For Fox Sake

I’ve been known to toss around a few f bombs, especially when I make mistakes that involve having to haul out the seam ripper. So, when someone at my guild showed their beautiful ‘Fancy Fox’ quilt (design by Elizabeth Hartman) I knew I had to give it a try.

Elizabeth’s patterns are well done and easy to follow. My oldest and I loved watching Fred the fox come together. In true tween girl style, she choose some unicorn fabric to mix in with it. We just did a simple 5×5 inch blocks style to go with Fred, and equally as simple stitch in the ditch to finish it up.


Chevron Love

I have loved chevrons for as long as I can remember. Once I realized they’re a very easy quilt pattern, I loved them even more.

I found this beautiful Miss Kate (by Moda)  layer cake ages ago, and began the quilt top. Somewhere along the way, I got busy and other things (three kids and an adorable husband) took priority.

It’s finally finished, and I love  how it brightens up the room. I used a simple diagonal stitch using masking tape. I wanted ‘somewhat’ straight lines, but knew better than to aim for perfection.





Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

At least, color wise.

A lovely lady in my quilt guild (Calgary Modern Quilt Guild http://calgarymqg.blogspot.ca/ ) was selling fat quarter bundles of Tula Pink’s Eden line (http://www.tulapink.com/eden/ ) , and I couldn’t say no. The colors and prints are so different from what I’m normally attracted to, but they pull you in and are gorgeous to look at, so I had to just go with it.

My oldest daughter was head over heels for the flashy prints and gorgeous hues and quickly claimed this collection as hers.

I didn’t have a pattern in mind, but at the last guild meeting, member Cheryl Arkison (http://www.cherylarkison.com/ )  had brought in some of her pieces. One was a triangle quilt made with all kinds of bright fun patterns, so that’s what inspired mine.

With my trusty Missouri Star Quilt Company triangle ruler ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/5545/msqc/-/large-simple-wedge-template-for-10-squares ), I just cut until there were no more pieces.

I love how it turned out. Free of perfect points and straight lines (no quilt police here, right?) it’s now one of our family favorite couch quilts for watching tv.

So, go ahead! Get some of that fabric that’s speaking to you and just go for it. You may just surprise yourself.