Category Archives: star quilt

Play Day

I really appreciate those days when I put aside everything that I need to do, and just play. I pinned a block on Pinterest called Ellen’s Snowball  last year, and a year later I still love it, so I decided to make one, in shades of blue. It is paper pieced, which I have not done for a while, and makes a 12 1/2″ block. It went together easily, and the very centre is not too bumpy, considering how many pieces meet here.

I now think I will make a medallion quilt, with this block as the centrepiece. I have accumulated quite a bit of blue / white fabrics, so I won’t need to visit any shops real time or online for more. (I think….). It may be a while before I get back to this, meanwhile it will hang on my design wall tempting me, and reminding me to research medallion quilts to see if there are any fun, interesting, new rounds that others have used in their quilts.

Kathy Doughty’s Comin’ To Town

Kathy Doughty, of Material Obsessions, will be in Toronto this summer doing 4 days of workshops, along with a trunk show/lecture. She is being hosted by Quilts at the Creek, and you can find out about this fabulous outdoor show (and enter a quilt or two!) on their blog. I have always been totally impressed with her bold mix of patterns, colours and fabric styles all in one quilt.

I may not be as brave as her, but she was the inspiration for these two quilts. The first is Soul Searching (from her book “Making Quilts with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession)”.



The second quilt is from her Super Nova pattern in “Adding Layers: Colour Design and Inspiration”. My version is mostly blue florals and looks way better in person. Choosing the fabrics and putting it all together went very smoothly, one of the quickest quilts I have made. Just need to decide what backing to use. Hmmmm.

They will both be on display at Quilts at the Creek- see you there!

Works in progress

I broke the 5th metatarsal in my right foot 2 months ago, which meant I could hobble to work and back, but otherwise I spent a lot of time at home. The upside is that I managed to move a few quilts closer to completion… and start a few new ones- yeah!

First, I got more work done on my HST quilt made with Cherrywood fabrics. I’ve got LOTS of blocks made, but still not enough for a generous-sized quilt for our bed.  It is on hold until one last bag of scraps arrives, but I have settled on the final layout of the quilt. This is the centre block, below. The rest of the quilt will be more rows of the mid-size blocks. I am loving it!


Every year I make one quilt for our guild’s community quilts program. They supply the fabric, you make the quilt. Last year I picked up a pile of red, orange and yellow fabrics from them, and I do love star quilts, so here it is! Sandy Lindal of Scrappy Gal Quilts did a fabulous job of quilting it, and turned it into a stunning quilt. Hopefully someone will cherish it for a very long time. (The cat does not go with the quilt!).


I seem to have collected a lot of teal/turquoise fabrics over the years, and it is time to start using them up! I am making my favourite kind of quilt- a one-patch with a restricted colour palette, lots of variations in hue and saturation. Hoping to make this to fit a double bed.
There are probably a few other things starting to take shape that I will share when they get a little further along.. I do love making quilts!

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.

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.