Category Archives: Blue

Teal Tumbler

I posted a work-in-progress photo of this quilt a while ago, and for some reason have not posted about it since. It has been finished for quite a while (note the snow in the garden). Binding a quilt is my least favourite part, but I am loving the colour orange with EVERYTHING right now, so this was done pretty quickly. (Note: click on photos for larger image). It is resting happily on our bed right now, as it has moved up to the top of my favourites list. This is a great design for those of you looking to use up your scraps, which I did here. I did limit my colour range, and am so happy with the palette I chose. Click on photos for closer view.


Here it is, completed:


.. and a close-up of the quilting. Love it!


Done and done

I had a few quilts in the 2013 Quilts at the Creek show two weeks ago. This is an outdoor show at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto- what a great place to display quilts. They look incredible swaying in the breeze, and come home smelling SO fresh. Here are two of my entries..

This is a Kaffe Fassett snowball design, and is one of the rare quilts that I made that is pretty faithful to the pattern. I bleached some of the lighter fabrics to give me a wider range of fabrics to work with, as I did not have a huge stash of pales.. something to work on!


The design for this quilt started with the blue fabric. I cut it up to make a one-block wonder quilt (see the Flickr group of these here…. ). I realized I could take a second set of matching triangles, add them to the hexagon shape, and make a star. I then needed to make a LOT of triangles from solid blue (I now have an extensive collection of these now!) and white. Several people at the show thought my science background was showing, and it does look like a molecule, now that I take another look at it. Beautifully quilted by my friend Sandy Lindal, of Scrappy Gal Quilt Company.

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..


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.


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.


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!

starting fabric

Here is a typical block- I love the patterns that form.

..but I don’t really like the way they work when I put them together…..

So, back to the drawing board.. this is what happens when you another set of triangles to a hexagon block.. interesting!


What next? Here are some ideas I’m playing with right now……

And this is my favourite as of now…

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.