Lucky Penny, Lucky Indeed!

Ever since the Missouri Star Quilt Company ( )   came out with their “Block” magazine ( ), I have been a faithful buyer. A local quilt shop here in Calgary, Along Came Quilting ( )  , offers subscriptions, delivered to the store at a fantastic price. They also carry the MSQC line of templates etc. Each issue is as good as a full quilting book, at a fraction of the cost. They are very beginner friendly, and really well written. As a bonus, a lot of the patterns found in “Block” have tutorial videos on the MSQC YouTube channel.

This pattern, Lucky Penny ( ), caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I’ve now, finally, started to attempt it.

I’m impressed at how quickly it’s come together. All three kids have been sick this past week, and as a result, yesterday was the first chance I’ve had to sit at the sewing table.

So happy to say that they’re all on the mend, and now keeping me from sewing thanks to requests for playing. Such a relief, and I’m thrilled to oblige them.

This is the progress I managed to make last evening after they were all snuggled in to sleep though. It will be a baby quilt for Little Miss #4 coming this Spring, and is my first attempt at using Fireside as a backing.

I’m loving this ‘Free Spirit’ fabric.



Learning My ABC’s Part 2

These alphabet blocks from Moda came together so well. The kids had a blast spelling stuff with the blocks and playing hopscotch on them, I hope they like the finished quilts as much. Please see my previous post on this for links. 🙂

I highly recommend doing two of these quilts (or more) at a time. I made two this round, and may attempt three at a time the next go ’round. I figured if I was going to take the time to cut and piece 26 different blocks, I may as well do two of each, and I’m glad I did.

My oldest picked flannel zebra print backings for these, and they’re pretty wild. 😉


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 ) was selling fat quarter bundles of Tula Pink’s Eden line ( ) , 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 ( )  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 ( ), 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.


Hello Darling

Well, Hello Darling. If you haven’t already noticed this beautiful fabric collection from Moda, go take a gander. It’s pretty, cheerful, and incredibly adaptive. I love the bright happy colors, vibrant prints, and bold florals. Add in the all around vintage look to it, and my heart swoons.

I had snagged a jelly roll of this beauty back in June, and was waiting to find just the right project for it. Once we got back from our trip at the end of August, I was able to get my hands on another, plus a layer cake and a bit of yardage. Finally felt safe enough to start cutting.

I decided on the Floral Bouquet pattern from the book “Jelly Roll Quilts” by Pam & Nicky Lintott.

    Because no straight line was ever cut with wine, hubby brought this home for me. I’m the youngest sister, not the middle sister, but our middle daughter is nicknamed “Rollercoaster”. 🙂

Camper to Glamper Makeover – Part 2

Not much to add. Hubby cringed slightly when I had first showed him the black and white damask fabric for some of the curtains. I believe his words were something like “At least it’s not tea cups. You’ll never be able to find tea cup fabric anyway ha ha”. It’s like he doesn’t know me at all. Challenge accepted.

Found this, and I fell head over heels in love with it. Perfect for the window above the sink, and some place mats. I adore that it looks like Pyrex dishes as well. The walls will be a little bit lighter grey, and the lower cupboards around the sink are going tobe this teal colour, so it’s perfect.


What Was Old, Is New Again

photo 12Ever since I can remember, I have loved snuggling under quilts at my Grandmother’s house. She’d tell me who once wore the dress that the quilt fabrics had been made from. It seemed so magical that something that was once an article of clothing could become a quilt. To this day, I adore vintage fabrics, as well as vintage looking fabrics. Moda’s recent release Ambleside caught my eye immediately.


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And so, my first attempt at a jelly roll quilt using Ambleside and the Moda Cartwheels pattern, found here .

Charm Packs and Stars Oh My!

Moda, you have got to stop with all the beautiful things. No, don’t stop. 🙂 Whitewashed Cottage is a fairly recent release from Moda Fabrics in their charm packs etc. I fell in love with the soft colours and bought some of this collection in mini charm packs. I was able to piece together this block, which I of course, made into yet another car seat blanket. I went back to the store and bought enough to do a bed size quilt for hubby and I out of these very same stars. Stitch in the ditch and done. 🙂

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Can I really be blamed if another charm pack collection followed me home? And also turned into another car seat quilt?

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My First Pieced Quilt…okay…it’s a small car seat quilt.

So, here we are, a few months after my first rag quilt. I’ve since had another baby and am enjoying my time ‘off’. I had imagined the kids playing quietly while the baby napped and me at my sewing machine. Ha ha ha! Oh well.

I have made three or four more rag quilts, and even given one to my best friend as a wedding gift. She swears she loves it, and I hope that’s true. Even if it wasn’t exactly ready on her wedding day. I did, however, get it to her in time for her first anniversary.

What’s next? An actual pieced quilt. Sticking with my stash of flannel, I picked some out for a cute car seat blanket for Littlest Little. Yay for blue girly prints.

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