Author Archives: Valerie

One Block, Two Quilts

I thought I was over my obsession with tumbler quilts, but there are SO many design possibilities with just one block. Here are the two most common designs, but even in that are so many choices with so many outcomes. Here are the two most common layouts for this kind of quilt.. the first is white or off-white blocks alternating with colour. Thank goodness I have a bottomless stash and a design wall!

The second quilt has exactly the same number of blocks, and used the same template. This layout is called lava lamps.. I did allow myself to play with colour. Why do I have so much blue fabric??

The one final thing I played with is the quilting. Confession time. I do appreciate that quilting adds another dimension to quilts, but it is not something I am comfortable with. Luckily I have a friend who loves quilting, and we trade techie computer help (me) with long-arm quilting (her).

I played a bit with contrast, etc in these photos to try and show the quilting more clearly. Love the pattern choices and the quilting by Sandy Lindal, Thanks Sandy!!

Made for Christmas… 2017!!

I found this post from December 2017.. I am not sure why I never published it! Of course the baby I made them for is now 4, but I was thrilled to see my second granddaughter wearing them recently!

The pattern by Wiksten is for baby and toddler bloomers and pants, and I couldn’t resist making a few pairs for her. It was a very simple pattern, and clear instructions, so they whipped up pretty darn quickly.

Clamshells Galore

Yes, I recently posted all some of the unfinished projects I SHOULD be working on.. but for some reason I felt I “needed” to make a clamshell quilt. I have lots of white and black fabric from previous quilts I have made, photos below, so no need to shop for fabric. [I have decided not to buy any more fabric online, in person only, and in fact I do not need more fabric! Maybe for the backing though?? ] The one problem I can see with this quilt getting finished is that I will need to hand sew the blocks down. Anyway, blocks are cut! Off to the design wall.

Last tumbler (for now!!)

I have made a large number of tumbler quilts since COVID lockdown began, and most are not posted here, so you get an exclusive view when you see my zoom presentation. But I couldn’t resist one more…

I like it now, but know I will love it once Sandy has quilted it..

From Crayons to Quilts

With us in lockdown FOREVER it seems, I have only been able to visit my son and his family outside, masked and 6 feet away or via FaceTime. They have a 2 month old that I have not been able to hug yet.. sigh!

I have started a series of craft projects to share with my 3 year old granddaughter, which we mostly do online. This has been a fun adventure seeking out age-appropriate things that she might be interested in. What kinds of things have we done?

We did a few Christmas related projects for their tree: made brightly coloured paper chains to hang, we made candy canes by putting beads on pipe cleaners, also for their tree. We made small wreaths by gluing pompoms onto green felt circles.

We did some fingerprint painting, turning fingerprints into bugs, people, etc. I printed off a photo of the family onto a magnetic sheet, and cut it into jigsaw puzzle shapes (with another copy of the photo as a cheat sheet!). And since she has shown so much interest in learning to read I made a small “book” with index cards and rings to hold them together. I wrote some simple words on each page, and she used sticky foam alphabet letters to copy those words. She especially liked this one!

We’ve done a few outdoor activities too: I dyed ice cubes with food colouring to use as building blocks outside (flop!), and created an 4 foot high outdoor slide from snow. It started to melt away the next day, but we had a lot of fun making it and trying it out.

My favourite so far, though, has to be the colouring book I made. I went through my photos of the family, used an app on my iPad to trace simple outlines, printed them off, and stapled them into a book. And being a quilter, I kept looking at those images and decided I NEEDED to make a quilt or two from them.

The middle photo is called Mom’s Boots, and brings back fond memories. It is the one I have turned into a small wallhanging. The photo on the far right means a lot to me- it was taken at the final Quilts at the Creek in 2019, and will become a quilt one day.

Hopefully we will be able to meet up close and personal soon..before I run out of ideas!!