Category Archives: Quilts at the Creek

A Little Colour in My Life

I’ve been working on some more subdued quilts lately, and craved some COLOUR! The York Heritage Quilters Guild is having its UFO challenge, and I am using all the extra blocks I had cut out for the Border Creek Station challenge run two years ago at Quilts at the Creek. Here is the quilt I made then…



Here are the blocks paired up and ready to make HSTs.. I thought I had a lot more blocks than I was able to find, so I will have to do more digging in my stash to make it the size I want! Most of the fabrics are from Kaffe Fassett- I can never get enough of his luscious colours.

and some of the blocks I have pieced together:

Needs to be done for our May meeting, so add it to the list of things to work on NOW!


All I Want for Christmas..

is to finish this quilt… and I did it!

I made hundreds of triangles from my orange scrap basket while a snow bird last winter. (I have no idea where the yellow ones are now!!)


Well, I used a fair number of them up making this quilt. I made it as part of the Quilts at the Creek 2017 challenge: a red and white quilt to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Funny how you barely notice the orange!


I love the way I worked the corners, but I can tell you there were many times I had to remove blocks to get it right. I used the Marti Michell templates C19 & C 20 for the tricky(54-40 or fight blocks), and especially love how the  red “circles” really pop. Of course I still need to think about what I want on the back, and what kind of quilting it needs, but right now I just want to stare at it- SO pleased with it!

If you want to see it live and in person (and finished!) you will have to visit Quilts at the Creek 2017.

Improv Block #1

Last year I took a workshop with Cheryl Arkinson. If the name does not ring a bell, think of Sunday Morning Quilts, A Month of Sundays, and You Inspire Me to QuiltIf you still don’t know Cheryl, you are missing out! She is a fabulous “modern” quilter (whatever that means these days!!), and will be coming to Quilts at the Creek to teach workshops in July 2017.

At that workshop (hosted by Hyggelit) Cheryl dumped a range of fabrics on our tables, and we spent the day playing: stitching, slicing and dicing, and evaluating our work. At the end of the day there was a draw for the pieces we had created.. and I won! So excited, but do I REALLY need more scraps??

There are so many blogs, books and classes out there these days about using up your scraps, and I now need to start clearing some of mine out. So I pulled out the box marked Cheryl Arkinson Workshop, and found lots of fun pieces. A few hours later, this is what I have made. It is ~24″ square, and will be the centre block of a quilt back for another project. ca_scrap


This was so fun that I may continue posting orphan blocks and working them up into larger blocks- and maybe one day, quilts!


A few of my Favourite Things

I am one of the organizers for Quilts at the Creek… a truly wonderful outdoor quilt show held every year at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. And here is a link to photos I took at the show. This is the first view you had this year as you entered..

start2Here are some of MY quilts from the show – but not all! The rest I am saving for future blog posts… so stay tuned. (click on images for close-ups!)


And here are two really talented quilters whose work blew me away:

AnaPaula Brasil

Rebecca Burnett

Some other quilts I loved: made by friends, scrappy quilts, applique, and more:

And last but DEFINITELY not least, some of my favourites by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession, who gave 5 days of workshops, as well as a trunk show. Fabulous!KD1KD2