Category Archives: Green

Drunkard’s Path

I have been wanting to practise my curved piecing for a long while. To start with, I watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to do this, and I tried and tried and tried. They were pretty bad. Tried pinning, clipping, and more. THEN I remembered there is a foot attachment you can buy that makes this much easier- they claim! It is called the Curve Master Presser Foot, and as I rummaged through my sewing machine box, I found not one, but TWO of them. I have wanted to work on these blocks for a long time, and I probably bought them years ago in preparation for this!

I am away from most of my stash right now, but I did bring a big pile of charm squares with me.  I rummaged through them to find a variety of green squares, and started working on them. This curved foot does really make piecing these blocks a lot easier.  I have a collection of quilts with these blocks on Pinterest, and found one I really love on Linda Franz’s Inklingo website. Here is what I have made so far… I’m loving it!


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!


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!

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!

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.