Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ribbon Rings in Make Modern Issue 21

I am so very excited to announce that I am a published designer in Make Modern magazine Issue 21!!! I had so much fun designing and making these quilts. They are 2 1/2" strip friendly and go together much easier than they look. Here's the glamour shot as it appears in the magazine.....

I tell ya it takes longer than you would think to get a photo just right. The weather here this winter has been great, but sunny non windy days are far and few between. Here are a few shots less than perfect....

I took some photos that I thought were great until I got inside and realized my mitten was in the upper left corner of every single one!! LOL. Ah winter in Canada so much fun!!

Oops lost the light in this one....

It may have taken lots of practice but I think I got a great shot in the end.

My Mum made a larger version of the "Ribbon Rings" quilt, using prints instead of solids and I think it looks pretty awesome too.

If you would like to purchase Issue 21 of Make Modern you can find it here

Want to order another Issue or get a subscription? Use the link here

I'd love to hear your thoughts on "Ribbon Rings"so please leave a comment beow. If you decide to make a "Ribbon Rings" quilt I'd love to see it to, you can sent me your photos on instagram @catequilter.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Almost Finished Friday

I look back to when I "re"started working on the "Sunkissed by Spring" Quilt (Nov.3 2017), and although I couldn't work on it every Friday..... I did try my best to work on it when I was in my Sewing room and it happened to be a Friday.
 At long last I can say it is finally (Almost) finished!!! It's a completed Quilt Top and that is good enough for me!!!

 I literally have a closet full of completed quilt tops, but they don't bother me as much as the bins of half started blocks. It feels good to finally have this quilt top assembled!!! I loved the pattern as soon as I saw it, but the fabric I ordered just wasn't that great. Don't get me wrong I loved the designs on the fabrics, but the cotton felt quite thin. 

So, it went into hibernation or a time out, I don't know... I just wasn't ready to deal with it. But it occurred to me that I paid $$$ for that fabric (poor quality that it was), and it was pretty after all, so I brought it out of solitary confinement and thought to myself " hey, you've been wanting to learn how to Free Motion Quilt, and it's not like I'm going to be any good in the beginning. Why not have a not so important quilt lying in wait for the day when I want to tackle FMQ'ing an entire quilt, but won't be crushed if it doesn't turn out as awesome as I want."

So that's the plan. It can go into the closet and I know it will be there waiting for me when I am brave enough to jump in to Free Motion Quilting an entire quilt. 

Don't think that I have been keeping my Mum from having "Finish it up Friday" fun. We worked on these blocks together over the last few months and hers is so close to finished.... She noticed one of her blocks had an oops, and she knew she wouldn't be able to unsee it, so after she fixes hers up I will post a pic of hers too.

Hmm, what will my next FIUF project be??? I have some quilty obligations to see to in March, so we will see. 

Be sure to come back to see my Mum's "Sunkissed by Spring" and in March I will have a fun project reveal to share that I've been keeping secret!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Welcome to Finish it up Friday!!!

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of half finished projects. I start out strong and then oh look, SQUIRREL!!! LOL,  but really what with pattern designing, and writing, and hosting a Quilt-Along, and the fact that My Mum is a faster quilter than me, I have accumulated several totes of projects in various stages of completion. I'm not talking about completed tops (I have a ton of those too).  So in an effort to free up some totes and move things from one pile to another, I have decided that on Fridays I will pull out an unfinished project and work on it on Fridays until they are completed tops and the tote is empty.

I hope you will join me on my journey to free up some room and cross some long standing projects off my list (so I can start more, LOL). Maybe even consider finishing your own unfinished projects.

Me and My Mum are working on a project we began pulling fabric for in 2011. Six years ago!!! Here are some of the blocks we had completed so far:

  Just 24 left until we can start putting the quilt together.

Feel free to share your progress with me and I will post it here along with our progress for "Finish it up Fridays!!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Moroccan Tiles Quilt

Autumn is here in Prince Edward Island. Cooler temperature make me want to snuggle under a quilt with hot cocoa. I love the way the leaves change their colors from greens, to yellows, reds and browns. I think it is nature's way of showing one last burst of beauty before the sparseness of winter. Don't get me wrong, I think winter has its own beauty. But this post is about my feelings for Fall. Rich earthy tones, Spices that fill the air. Apples and pumpkins are just some of what I love most.

I am so pleased to announce another tutorial for the modabakeshop. The backdrop for this quilt, shows off Autumn's harvest. I hope you like "Moroccan Tiles".  This tutorial really knows how to let your favorite fabrics shine! It uses a Layer Cake and 2 Charm packs with some background and an accent. I think this project would be lovely in Batiks, Rich Autumn colors or super bright shades. Of course you could use a Fat Quarter bundle quite easily too. So grab your favorite fabrics and start showing them off!  I hope you try my method for constructing this quilt. (I promise it goes together quite quickly, once you get the method down).

Stay tuned in the coming months for a holiday inspired version, that Me and My Mum will be making: Here is a sneak peek of my version...

This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada, and I am truly thankful for so much. I think after an afternoon with family and amazingly tasty food, I will be ready to snuggle up under my "Moroccan Tiles Quilt"

Friday, September 22, 2017

Web Weaver Tutorial and Alternate Layouts

Hi everyone, I am so pleased to share another Modabakeshop tutorial with you today.

I call this quilt "Web Weaver" because I felt like  a spider making a web as I went around and around this block. It is a very big block, it finishes a smidge over 22 1/2". (That's with the setting corners on it). The block is 16" finished without the corners and alternatively you could just focus on the centre of the block for a 8" finished block. Lots of options to play around with!!!

I have also decided to add a few other layout options that I played around with while designing this quilt/block. 

Here is the 16" block on it's own:

Here is a striped "On Point" version:

Regular setting with outer border:

Regular setting with sashing and border:

This block looks really complicated, but as long as you take care to match seams, it actually comes together quite nicely. 
I'd love to see any blocks/quilts that you make using my tutorial, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us using the link in the "Contact Us" tab.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Stars All agleam Quilt

Hi it's Me, just a quick note.... I have another ModaBakeshop pattern to share with you. I called this "Stars All Agleam" ( mostly because every other play on Sparkling, Twinkling, Shining Stars was taken) I had a lot of fun designing and making this quilt. I think it would look fantastic in Batiks, or Brights as well. My version uses the Snowman Gatherings III collection, and I love its soothing hues.

My Mum's version reminds me of Fireworks, very fitting for the upcoming festivities. This year Canada is Celebrating its 150th birthday, so July 1st is going to be a very big deal this year. She used a collection from Connecting Threads. She also played with the fabric positions in her version and I love the extra movement that gives her quilt.

I hope you like our "Stars all Agleam" quilt. If you make your own version I hope you will share it with us too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Add A Twist

I recently had the opportunity to write a tutorial for the Modabakeshop. Me and My Mum had lots of fun making several versions of this versatile pattern. I loved the idea that by rotating either the corners of the blocks, or by alternating how the blocks are placed in the quilt, you can achieve such different results.

Here are just 3 of the different versions Me and My Mum made....

The "Add a Blueberry Twist" was made with a Basic Mixologie by Studio M Layer cake and solid Blue and White charm squares:

My " Add a Licorice Twist" was made with 4 Rusty and Friends by Bernartex charm packs and solid Black and Grey charm squares:

My Mum's " Add a Berry Twist" was made with a Whisper by Victoria Johnson Layer Cake and some beautiful yardage she cut into charm squares. And here's a funny twist, as my Mum was assembling her blocks she got some pieces swapped and the resulting happy accident occurred. Her plus blocks became crosses!! My Mum is a woman of great faith and she was so pleased with her surprise block she decided to keep it.  Add a Twist indeed....

I'd love to see your " Add a Twist" quilts. Please share your photos or questions with us. You can find the "Add a Twist" tutorial on the ModaBakeShop here.

Whatwerks emailed me to share a photo of her similar quilt. She stash - busted and added sashing. It looks great.