Category Archives: Blue

What was I thinking?

One week before my son’s wedding, and I would be hosting the wedding rehearsal dinner for out-of-town guests and the wedding party- a total of 48 people. Menu has been planned and organized, but there is still a ton to do.

Outside, there be would be hanging about a hundred paper lanterns in various shades..

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So of course I decided I need to make a table runner to match the colour theme of the evening- blues and greens. The pattern is based on one I saw on Quilting Arts website. Luckily my sister arrived a few days early to help, so she sewed the binding on for me- NOT my favourite part. But we got it done, and it looked great. The colours went beautifully with the napkin holders and napkins I had purchased. In the plastic cups on the buffet are plastic utensils.

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All went well at the dinner, and the wedding was wonderful. So beautifully organized by the bride and groom- so thrilled to have a daughter at last!

Another baby…

Yes, another baby from a lab member is due pretty darn soon. This is a such busy time for me right now- my son gets married in 5 weeks (yeah!), our lab moves in July, and I have a major quilt show coming up in August- more about that later! So I took a day off of work to catch up on a few things at home.

Laundry, cleaning out cupboards, and starting that baby quilt. Luckily I know it is a baby boy, and I have recently purchased some charm squares for boys. Three hours later, the top is done. And cute! Binding will be blue, and final size is 32″ x 32″.

And here it is, completed.

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A Sprinkling of Stars

I am busy on yet another One-Block Wonder quilt. I just love playing with those shapes… I hope to have this quilt finished and on display at the Quilts at the Creek outdoor quilt show this summer, August 10th & 11th 2013. (note: I am the writer of that blog too!). Below is the starting fabric. This is quite different from the kind of fabric usually used in this kind of quilt, mostly because there are only a few colours in it, but I do love paisleys!

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Here is a typical block- I love the patterns that form.
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..but I don’t really like the way they work when I put them together…..
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So, back to the drawing board.. this is what happens when you another set of triangles to a hexagon block.. interesting!

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What next? Here are some ideas I’m playing with right now……
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And this is my favourite as of now…
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And here are a group of them..first layout. Once again, the stars don’t seem to “shine” when grouped too closely together. oneBlock5

And my favourite layout right now.. a sprinkling of stars on a white background. I think it makes the stars really POP.
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New Year Resolutions

1. Quilt more! Make some time each and every day to quilt.
2. Finish those works-in-progress (i.e. UFOs).
3. Use my stash.

OK, I’ve started another baby quilt, and I am in LOVE with how it is working out. I have spent some time browsing the internet for quilt inspiration over the holidays, and kept coming across patterns for Trip around the World. After starting my own I found these instructions on Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville website.

Here is a sneak peak of my work in progress- and it goes together so quickly!

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Blocks are 9″ square, so this will be 36″ square. Will think about borders etc later, right now I need to make more blocks! I cut lots of strips of fabrics, and sorted them into sets of 6 colours. You can see some sets hanging on the right in the photo, ready to stitch together. There are also a few sewn together on the left- just need to cut into 2″ strips, remove the seams, arrange them in the right order and sew them together. Simple and fun!

As always, it will be heart-breaking to part with this quilt, but I am already dreaming of making it in more muted colours for a full-sized quilt.

And here it is, finished! I also blogged about this quilt here, where there are more photos of the free motion quilting I did on it.

Baby Trip

And there is a pattern on Quilters Cache that uses the same kind of random blocks of colour that I have been tempted to make for quite a while now.. called Sunny Lanes.

Next post will be photos of some of my other works-in-progress. Hopefully this will guilt me into completing them instead of diving into the next one -or two, or three projects.

One-Block-Wonder Update

In my last post describing the steps in the construction of the one-block wonder quilt, I gave the amount of time it took me for each stage. I realize that I did not explain that this is not the first quilt of this kind that I have made. The first few times took WAY longer, as I read and re-read the instructions, and double-checked every step. My current project is my fourth quilt using this technique, so I am pretty familiar with it now.. I thought I would share images of the other three one-block wonder quilts I have made.

The first was the most difficult, partly because the directions call for a fabric with a 24-inch repeat, and I used one with a 12-inch repeat. Also, there was not that much variation in the original fabric, so it was often difficult to find matching pairs. It was made as a gift for my sister’s birthday.

The second was made with a fabric that had fish swimming in a stream- small bits of the fish are visible in a few of the blocks.

The third quilt I made was a tricky one, as it was a simple red leaf design, and did not seem to have much visual interest, but I loved the colour. I was worried that the blocks would all look the same- what a surprise! I was thrilled with the way it turned out, and it now has a happy home with a good friend who fell in love with it at first sight.

Am I Blue?

The title reminds me of a very old song by Brenda Lee, look for it! But no, I am not blue. More of a Pollyanna, always looking and finding the bright side. BUT..

I don’t make many  blue quilts for some reason. Lots of people love blue, and there are lots of things I love that are blue… so I decided it was time to buy and use some blue fabrics in quilts..

Here are some of my inspirations for the range of blues:


Here is my Baby Blues quilt! Now for sale on Etsy. 

Hello world!

Welcome to the Crayon Patch.

I love to play with colour and pattern, and will share my adventures here in this blog.  I discovered quilting a few years ago, and still can’t get enough of it! There are so many creative people to learn from, so many techniques to try.

Here is a sampling of some of my recent quilt adventures: the two on the top row are baby quilts (the purple and yellow still waiting to be finished); the blue item on the bottom left is a placemat, and bottom right is the back of a quilt on our bed- my favourite right now. There is a shadow over part of it so it may be a bit difficult to see that there are two different greens used.