More July Blocks

The Shop Hop is officially over as of tomorrow (August 1st), but we had a great time getting out and seeing all of our Southern Ontario shops and collecting the blocks.

And so the blocks begin!


This one is from the Greenwood Quiltery in Guelph, Ontario.


I can’t remember which shop this block came from and I’m away from home right now so will add the information on my return next week. This was a flying geese (dutchman’s puzzle) block and I found the bias edges tricky – time to improve some of my techniques, I think!


And while I don’t have the block sewn together yet, I couldn’t resist sharing this barn quilt from the Country Patchworks quilt shop in Woodstock, Ontario. Too cool!

Sadly, I dropped my little camera and it is not working properly right now so I’m taking photos with my phone until I can get it fixed or replaced – so please, bear with me in the meantime!

Have a great Civic Holiday weekend!


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It’s July

…and in Southwestern Ontario, that means the July Shop Hop!

This year the theme is blue and white in honour of five years of shop hopping. I discovered the July Shop Hop only last year (apparently it took until October to finish the quilt), but it’s great fun and an excuse to get out and see some great shops that I don’t normally get to.


This is the first block of several and comes from our local quilt store, Creative Sisters.

Looking forward to sharing more blocks soon!

Have a great Friday,


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More Colour

To join the medium-sized pillow from last week, two more colourful pillows.

First this little guy:


This pillow is based on a tutorial I found over at Crazy Little Projects. I made my centre panel a little narrower to show off the leafy vine fabric (from our Austin trip a few weeks ago) – I think that it looks really sharp against the pink fabric and ric-rac! I also added some free-motion quilting to the centre panel to echo the swirl design and some vertical lines to the leafy vine fabric in the background.

Next up is the biggest pillow of the trio:


This one is from the contact print pillow tutorial over at CrazyMomQuilts. I’ve made this pillow before and used the front of a cardigan instead of the envelope back, but this time I also followed Amanda Jean’s envelope pillow back instructions – so easy!

And I love this shade of blue :).


And here are all three, hanging out together at mom’s house!


Two small finishes, so linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts!

Have a colourful one!


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I apologize for my absence last week, however, with summer comes summer vacation! And we are currently on our way back from the west but I had to pop in for a minute and share this little pillow that was finished just before leaving.


This pillow came about because of the Scrap Vortex Quilt Along and a comment from my mother a few weeks ago that she thought her new apartment needed more colour. As I was sorting scraps for the QAL, I found many (many!) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch strips left over from this scrap beauty. Realizing that they are in fact quite colourful led to the pillow.

Here’s what I did – three rows of 15 of those strips are sewn to strips of grey measuring 1 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches. If you’re smarter than I am, you will begin and end with a 2-inch strip and use two 1 1/2-inch strips in between for a nice square 15-inch pillow top. Either way, trim up to either 15 or 15 1/2 inches square and layer with backing and batting. I quilted random-ish vertical lines in the grey about 1/2-inch apart, and a couple of lines in the patchwork. Create an envelope back and sew to the front to complete.

I used these great instructions from Amanda Jean to create the pillow form from leftover curtain lining fabric and stuffing that mom gave me when she moved (I’m slyly returning it to her in a new package :)). Amanda Jean also has a tutorial for making an envelope backed pillow (I usually just use my judgement rather than follow a tutorial, but if you are looking for one, you’ll find it here).

And that’s it – one little finished pillow to add some colour to a new apartment! Linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday.

Happy Friday!


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Poor, Sad Little Shed…

… You look so cold and lonely out there.


And even with a bed of your own (and very long grass when this picture was taken last year, apparently!), you’re not very cheerful. Maybe you need a little quilt of your own?


Or at least a few quilt blocks :).

These blocks are simply 18-inch square pieces of plywood, spray painted with a white base coat, and painted with acrylic paint from Michael’s, then sprayed with a clear coat to finish. I added 18-inch long strips of 2 x 1 inch pine to each side on the back and attached a triangle picture hanger to each side about one third of the way down. Each block is hanging on two screws from the shed door – they can easily be removed, if needed, but I love the look and they will probably remain here all year round!

Why these particular blocks? They have special meaning for me. The Bear’s Paw block at the top was in the first quilt I ever made. It was for daughter E. when she was small and she still has this quilt – though it’s in rough shape now (and not in purple, her favorite colour). The Churn Dash in the middle was in the first “big boy” quilt for middle son P. – it was a single Churn Dash block, but I was trying to work in his favorite colour here (the orange :)) so went with the double Churn Dash block. Youngest son J. chose a beautiful Lone Star quilt for his first “big boy” quilt and, although this star is a little different than a Lone Star for ease of painting, it still makes me think of him (yes, his favorite colour, at least it was in high school, is pink – though that might have been because the girls talked to him when he wore pink :)).

Here’s a closer view:


And since this is a finish – and somewhat quilt related – linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday!

Now to finish the window box… (and cut the grass?).

Hope you’re having a cheerful Friday!


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You may have noticed my absence last week, but it was because we were visiting beautiful Austin, TX for a couple of days vacation and to attend a conference (okay – technically we returned home last Saturday, but between very poor wifi connections, cancelled flights, birthday celebrations and laundry, blogging seemed a lower priority!).

We stayed two blocks from the beautiful Capitol Building and I was lucky enough to walk up Congress Street each afternoon during the conference, after the day’s activities ended, with this building in view.


We saw many lovely attractions while visiting, but a couple of favorites were the Zilker Botanical Gardens…


(We can’t grow cacti like these in Canada!) …And the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.


(That sign says “Fibre and Dye Garden” which I thought quite appropriate :).)

But what would a trip be without a visit to at least a couple of quilt stores? First we visited A Quilters Folly:


The lady who helped us here was wonderful and made us feel so welcome. Of course, I had to have these lovelies :)!


And later in the week, we found the Honeybee Quilt Store:


The staff here was also incredibly welcoming and helpful – and more finds!


Now I just have to find a little time for a some sewing!

Hope your travels are as much fun!


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Sweet Dreams

When I visit Jacksonville, Florida, I sometimes get a chance to visit a cute little quilt shop called Ladybug Quilts. The first time I was there, I was greeted by these little guys.


Obviously, they had me at “hello” :) – but what to do with them? This was around the time of the flannel sheep pillowcases, so it occurred to me that little mice with chocolates pillowcases could be the cute summer version. I had unfortunately only picked up a half yard originally, so a second visit was called for in order to acquire the additional yardage to make two matching pillowcases (hardship, I know!).

And here are the results:


At another quilt shop I had come across a blue ticking patterned fabric and while that might have been nice too, I am not displeased with the beige fabric here (and which I had on hand).

Another finish, so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts! And speaking of CrazyMomQuilts, I’m really looking forward to participating in the Scrap Vortex Quilt Along – but another week of travel is going to interfere with week one (and maybe week two!). I’ll have some catching up to do once I can finally get back into the sewing room next week!

Hope you’ve had a great week!


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