Thursday, 22 February 2018

The King Sized Swoon Quilt Takes Up My Whole Kitchen Floor

Hi! Well, this was quite the project let me tell you! But I am now very good at sewing Swoon blocks which for some reason used to boggle my mind. I have five more blocks to go on my own Swoon quilt (the regular 80" x 80" sized "Classic Swoon".) This one is 106" x 106" and is made for my Aunt and Uncle's King sized bed. As you can see it takes up my whole kitchen floor! (Don't mind the dishwasher running in the background in the video.)

If you follow me on Instagram you saw all the blocks and their colour inspiration. The colours for these blocks are chosen from the artwork of Canadian artist Ted Harris. This was at the request of my Aunt and Uncle who love his artwork. The book of art I was using is called "O Canada" and has paintings of all the provinces and territories in Canada.

I am not about to attempt to quilt this massive quilt on my home machine so I took a little highway drive to the next town over and dropped it off for long arm quilting at the quilt shop there. While I was there I booked in my own Swoon so now I have even more motivation to get that 5 year WIP finished! (And I know I can do it now too!)

I will absolutely blog the finished quilt. Hopefully my husband and son can hold it up for me. They might need ladders though. :)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Valentine's Flash Sale 15% off on Etsy

Hello! I've decided on the spur of the moment to have a flash sale this weekend! :) My entire Etsy shop is 15% off. This includes, well everything, but just a few examples for you...

T-Shirts (limited stock)

Supplies and more

Happy Shopping! Thank you for looking. :)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Morsel Lunch Bag in Heather Ross Fabrics a pattern review

I made a Morsel Lunch Bag over the Christmas break for my daughter. She kept coming home with her school agenda and homework soaking wet (usually with milk, yuck!) because her drink containers leaked in her lunch bag which leaked all over her back pack. A mother's lament! This was generally due to carelessly stowing the drink containers in the lunch back either upside down or without closing them properly. Despite my many pleas to for her to be more careful. To fix this problem I made a new lunch bag and lined the inside with vinyl. No leaks so far this month!

Note: This post contains affiliate links. These links cost you nothing extra but if you purchase through them I may receive a commission which helps me to keep blogging and putting milk in lunch bags. :)

This lunch bag is made with the Morsel Lunch Bag pattern which is part of the Minikins Pattern bundle by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. The Minikins Pattern bundle is a fantastic bundle of patterns and each pattern has an instructional video. 

If you've seen Sara's videos on YouTube you know how well done they are and they really help in understanding how the bags go together. The patterns also come with step by step photos and instructions.

I made my Morsel Lunch bag with my long treasured Heather Ross "Far Far Away" prints. Of course a unicorn needed to be featured front and centre because my daughter, like most nine-year-olds, loves unicorns.

The lunch bag has an awesome zipper gusset that is a great opportunity to feature another favorite fabric. I used the cute little snails from the line as you can see.

This bag did offer up a bit of a challenge for me in putting it together but I consider myself an intermediate bag maker and it turned out really well. I just followed the written instructions and photos because the video wasn't released yet. All the videos are now out for the Minikins Pattern bundle.

I used insul-brite insulating fleece inside the lining to keep cool things cool and hot things hot while they're sitting in her school locker waiting for lunch time. I also ironed an iron-on vinyl product onto the lighter prints that I used for my lining to make my bag water proof and prevent these exasperating leaks that we have been experiencing.

My daughter and I are both very pleased with the outcome of my project. :) Find the Minikins Pattern Bundle at:

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! :) Happy sewing!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Rainbow Canadian Flag Heart Quilt

I finished my Rainbow Canadian Flag Heart Quilt yesterday morning and managed to get outside while the light was just perfect for photos. We had fresh snow overnight which made for a beautiful white backdrop to photograph against.

I have been wanting to try a rainbow version of this quilt since I wrote the pattern last year and I made this quilt with scraps and charm squares from my stash.

This quilt is made with my Canadian Flag Pixelated Heart Quilts pattern found on my website here and on Etsy. The pattern has two versions of the quilt, a heart shaped flag and a flag in a heart. I also sell these quilt as custom orders.

My pattern shows the quilt with a red background but it can be any background colour you choose... even rainbow! Any flag can be substituted for the Canadian flag so long as you know how to make your flag. Some countries such as France and Italy have flags that would be so easy to put into a quilt. I know there are a few Union Jack flag patterns out there too.

It is every bit as lovely as I had thought it would be in my mind and I am so glad I pushed through to finish it this week. This quilt is available for purchase here and on Etsy.

The quilt is 52" square and is backed with Petit Henna Garden fabric in an olive green.

The binding is a black on white Carolyn Friedlander cross hatch fabric that is machine sewn to the front and back of the quilt.

I free motion quilted stippling in the white heart with white 50 wt. Aurifil thread and free motion quilted wavy lines in the rainbow with dove grey 50 wt. Aurifil thread.

The red in the flag was left un-quilted but the leaf is blanket stitched around all edges with 30 wt. Aurifil thread. The red fabric is by Northcott Fabrics and has words to describe Canada on it.

There are still loads of scrap in my sewing room so I guess I better cut out another one. I will be at the Spring Etsy Pop-Up in Edmonton at the Aviation Museum on the May long weekend and I'm hoping to bring a few Canadian Flag quilts along.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Wine Tote Bag PDF Pattern

I tried using my Wine Bottle Quilt Block in a wine tote bag ahead of Christmas. I asked my Instagram followers if they thought I should write a pattern for it and was told "yes" so finally I have the pattern ready for the Wine Tote Bag.

The wine tote bag fits one bottle of wine perfectly and it uses bag foam which helps to protect your precious cargo from bumps along the way from one place to another. The most fun part, in my opinion, is choosing the fussy cuts for the wine labels.

Wine Tote Bag with a fussy cut of the gem fabric from Lizzy House's Natural History Line.

A fussy cut wine label with Sharks on it! This is from Dear Stella's Dark and Stormy line.

This Wine Tote Pattern is available on our website and on Etsy.

Monday, 22 January 2018

"Toque, eh?" Winter Hat Quilt Pillow or Block Pattern

I finally got it together and built the PDF pattern file for my "Toque, eh?" pillow cover pattern now that the pattern rights have reverted to me from the magazine. This pattern makes a 16" pillow cover but could also be used as a quilt block.

This pattern is available on our website and on Etsy.

This "Toque, Eh?" pattern first appeared in the June 2017 issue of "Quilter's Connection Magazine." In Canada we call a knitted winter cap a "toque". (Pronounced Took - rhymes with "juke" or "fluke".)

This pattern uses two drunkard's path blocks to make the main body of the hat and simple piecing to create the ribbed band of the hat.

The PDF file is seven pages and includes the drunkard's path templates and computer diagrams along with written instructions. There is also a link to a YouTube video showing how I sew curved seams.

The finished pillow cover size is 16".

Fabric requirements:
1 fat quarter of white solid
1 fat quarter of red solid
¼ yard of red and white gingham
½ yard of backing

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Fabric Love January 2018 Edition

Hello! I am having a bit of a window shop online at my two lovely blog sponsors shops and thought I would share a few things that I am loving at the moment. That's the things about January... lots of window shopping. If you're lucky enough to be able to actually shop give these a look!

First up: The "For Fox Sake" bundle from Dear Stella at Clinton Modern Creative.

Photo by Clinton Modern Creative. I am especially loving that Raccoon print on the top of the pile.

This Cotton + Steel pigment basics aqua is definitely on my wish list. My favorite color of all time!

I cannot wait to get my hands on this "Purely Canadian" line by Andie Hannah. So cute! The three fabric photos above are available at Clinton Modern Creative.


Photo by Studio 39 Fabrics.

This Wild About You bundle at Studio 39 Fabrics is cute but also sophisticated. I love that they have the coordinating Kona solids in the bundle.

Photo by Studio 39 Fabrics.

If you missed out on the Paper Obsessed line it's now on Sale at Studio 39 Fabrics. I have quite a few fabrics from this line and they are fun. I liked using them to make notebook covers.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of fabric eye candy this evening as much as I did. :)