I have been slowly working away on The Chickadee block and I am thrilled to say I am finished. I must confess, I am mighty pleased with the way it turned out. This block is the first of 13 blocks I am making that are inspired by Canadian birds and flowers. The blocks will be stitched together to create a quilt, although each of the single blocks will make lovely stand alone wallhangings. Your choice!
I taught this block at both Retreats I recently hosted at Fireside Retreat in Orillia. It is suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers. The Chickadee Pattern is now available on my website here. And because it’s been requested, you can also purchase the templates already traced onto freezer paper for you. This is definitely a time saver:)
While at the first retreat, I was introduced to Cindy Blackberg’s Template Stamps by Amy, one of the students. These stamps are fun to use and is another option for anyone wishing to do hand piecing. I used the Carpenter’s Star template set to make this lovely border for the Chickadee. I love the way this border frames the block. On to the next block!
Til next time…
This past weekend, my “To Everything There Is A Season” quilt won a ribbon at the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair! This quilt was exquisitely machine quilted by Rose Bell of Fancy Feathers. The paper pattern is now available on my website . The digital patterns for the blocks will be available by the end of the week. Many of you have asked about getting the patterns available in digital form and we are doing our best to make that happen, including the patterns from last year’s Academy of Applique, A Taste of Lilies and Crazy For Callas.
The show, which is always held at the Simcoe County Museum, has some very poignant memories for me. I remember coming to this museum many times on school trips and learning about the fascinating history in our own back yard. Later on, my Mom and I would go to this show every year. Although I wasn’t really quilting at the time, I was so interested in quilts and quilting. This show has been extremely influential in my quilting life. It is more than just a quilt show. There are embroiderers, lacemakers, spinners, hookers and weavers eager to demonstrate their many talents. It is an awesome opportunity to see the remarkable talent in Simcoe County. The weather was absolutely gorgeous this year so sitting outside and eating a piece of pie seemed like the right thing to do!
Big News….I am so thrilled to announce that I am launching my very first Applique Retreat! The 3 day event will be held at The Fireside Retreat in the Spring of 2018 (March 27-29). Please join me for 3 days of stitching, learning and sharing everything applique! This retreat will be a great place to learn the techniques I use for all of my applique projects. If you are looking for a stress free way to hand-applique, look no further! Of course, there will be time set aside to work on your own applique projects. Imagine, 3 days of inspiration and creativity and eating! I will have all of the details in my next blog post.
Til next time….
I’m so excited to have finished this quilt! I wish you could see my face…I am beaming with pride:) To say I am thrilled with the results would be an understatement….a major understatement! I’m also very excited to announce that I am offering this quilt once again as a Block-of-the-Month. If you didn’t get in on the first go-around, this is your lucky day. The blocks are nine of my favourite blocks from Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”. I used the setting from Sue Garman’s “Baltimore Squared” pattern.
Here is how it works, once a month for the first 9 months you will receive the pattern and fabrics to do all 9 blocks. The fabrics will be exactly as shown below. Then the following 3 months you will receive the fabric and pattern for the paper-pieced stars, sashings, borders, swags and bindings.
You have until November 1, 2017 to sign up. (Don’t fool yourself…November 1 is not that far away). Details are on the website.
Very often people ask me which thread I use. I have always used Mettler 60 weight and probably always will. It’s the one with the green writing on the label. From time to time I do purchase a spool of something similar, but I always come back to Mettler. It is a little hard to find in shops, so I carry it on my website, along with other hard-to-find applique notions and tools.
Til next time….
I am pretty much all packed and ready to go! These are the two samples I will be teaching at Barbara Blanton’s Academy of Applique, which starts in just a few short days. These 18″ x 34″ wall hangings were exquisitely machine quilted by Rose Bell of Fancy Feathers. When the Academy is over, these patterns and kits will be available on my website Simple Bird Studio.
This beauty is called Crazy For Callas. Both wall hangings are part of a 12 part series that celebrates my love of flowers and vases.
This lovely is called A Taste of Lilies. Thanks Bruin for holding everything in place for me:)
Til next time…….
“Peggy’s Puzzle” is an original pattern for a table topper or a wall hanging designed with beginners in mind. Each 15″ block covers the basics of hand-applique……circles, stems, bias strips, layering and points.
The patterns for the 4 blocks and border are free to download on my website Simple Bird Studio. There are also some Youtube videos to go along with each block.
And, here is “Peggy’s Puzzle” finally finished! Rose Bell from Elite Quilting did the stunning machine quilting!!
Okay…it’s not exactly finished. I still have to bind it!
My addiction of handpiecing hexies continues. I am using Inklingo to print my shapes. I just have to fill in the last of the beige section and add the dark brown border. Will it stop there, or will I continue on? Good question!
A week ago I picked up the latest copy of Quiltmania and these house blocks were on the cover. Since I am trying really hard to use up my stash, I thought this quilt would be a good place to start! Too much fun!
Til next time….
This past weekend my husband and I travelled to Amherst Island with my sister-in-law and her husband to attend the Emerald Music Festival. We stayed in a wonderful cottage that belongs to my husband’s cousin. Not only was it filled with some awesome antiques, she also had a collection of old quilts that immediately caught my attention…this one especially. It is hand-appliqued and hand-quilted The applique pieces are pretty worn in some spots. This is the only block that has at least some of each appliqued piece. The rest are pretty faded.
I love the scalloped edge. Sadly, there was no label. (Note to self…label ALL quilts!)
We had a blast cooking breakfast on this 1952 Moffat stove…once we figured out how to turn it on!!
And best of all, I found the perfect spot to work away on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.
Til next time…
Canada Day is always a busy weekend for us because it is also our wedding anniversary. So, there is always lots to celebrate….and lots of cake and Canadian ice cream!
Even though it was a busy weekend, I still found some time to do a bit of stitching. When I finished the second border of Friends of Baltimore, I decided to take a bit of time and do some catch-up on a few projects. This is my second block of the Value Proposition Quilt Along, which you can find on a wonderful blog called Faeries and Fibres. Just click on the button at the top of the page called Quilt Alongs by Karen H. Concentrating on value (rather than colour) is more challenging than you might think!
I also took the time to stitch the first two rows of my hexagons together. I really am loving this whole hexie thing…can you tell??
So next, I decided to tackle the corner squares of Friends of Baltimore. To account for shrinkage, (which does occur) the four borders on this quilt are all cut the same length….
…..which means a corner block is needed. Some of the applique on the borders flows onto the corner square and cannot be stitched until the corner block is stitched to the border. This will make more sense as we go along. Trust me!
Now onto the corner block! I always like to start with the vase or the basket. I think it sets the tone of the block. When I bought this gold fabric, I thought it would make a great vase.
It also made a great butterfly on my Civil War Bride quilt!
Now, I am just filling the vase with flowers. Sweet!
Til next time…