Chain Link Quilt

By | August 25, 2019

I saw the pattern for the main block in this top somewhere on my travels on the internet. I can’t remember where it was, maybe facebook, but the block pattern stuck with me even though I read that it included partial seams. 

The partial seams turned out to be simple!

I had just enough of the red fabric for the background  to make 25 blocks including the optional sashing which I think really adds to the overall look:

However, it wasn’t a useful size and I had no interest in a square quilt.  And I couldn’t find anymore of the red fabric even with my good google search skills. So I had to get inventive.

This is what I came up with for borders for the top and bottom of the quilt: 

However that still didn’t look finished and I didn’t want to make it a square quilt by putting borders on the sides. However, the sides needed something. So I thought why not duplicate the inner (black) border treatment.

That looks more finished to me even though part of me is screaming that one needs the same border treatment on all 4 sides of the quilt. 

The moral of this tale is that picking a random piece of background fabric that looks like it should be big enough and hoping it will be is not always the best plan. 


Friendship Star Baby Quilt

By | August 17, 2019

This quilt has been sitting in the “to be finished” pile for a few years. Started at a quilt retreat a few years ago, this quilt has had its share of tribulations. First I had intended to make another quilt with these Alison Glass fabrics but I cut the grey background fabric incorrectly and had none left with which to fix my mistake. 

However, I did realise that I could make friendship starts with the blocks I had cut. So I made those, only to find out I didn’t sew them all in the same direction.  Some ripping out and an opportunity to resew occurred.  Then I had 9 blocks and needed to set them. Now what?  I had no more of the background fabric and nine 12″ blocks does not a quilt make. 

I did have a kona grey one shade lighter. I decided I’d use that for sashing and borders and see how it turned out.  While the difference is subtle is it noticeable when you really look at the quilt.  However, I like the interest it gives the quilt. I don’t think it is too jarring to the eye. 

I’m not sure where this quilt is going to end up. Im happier with it than I thought I’d be. 

I finished it with simple in the ditch quilting and some denser quilting in the border.  It’s 43.5″ square, and best of all it’s out of the UFO pile and finally done!





A Wider Nine Patch Quilt

By | August 12, 2019

I wasn’t happy with the nine patch quilt as originally made. It was too long and skinny. I’m intending (as of now) for it to be a child’s charity cuddle quit but as initially made it would only be useful if the child was a skinny beanpole. 

So, first I made an additional column and then another. Now it looks like a more useful and cuddly size at 48″ x 64″.  I’m not sure now, however, what I want to do about borders. I sense this project might sit a while as I contemplate whether it gets quilted as is or if I make it a wee bit bigger with borders. 

Nine Patch Quilt

By | August 5, 2019

I started making some 9 patches a la Bonnie Hunter. Scrappy whites/lights, scrappy anything goes colours, darks in the center and outside corners and lights in the other positions. I made a bunch with no real plan in mind. Simple pleasurable, mindless sewing – the best kinkd. 

The a friend showed me a quilt . The idea was using a different colour stripe but I thought, why not blue? And I came up with this:

Simple, bright, easy. 

I started made a whole bunch of these until this ended up being created:

I’m thinking a small white border followed by a wider blue border. 

Construction notes:

9 patches are made from 2.5″ squares.  Blue strip is 2.5″ x 6.5″. (6 can be cut from one WOF strip).



Bento Box Quilt

By | June 28, 2019

The website where I found this Bento Box quilt pattern has long since taken down the tutorial, Too bad since it was a very well written pattern so it is a pity I can not link back to it. I guess that is what happens when you work on a project for 4 or 5 years before finishing it. Good thing I had made a print out of the instructions. 

I made it with a light grey background and a fat quarter bundle I received in a monthly assortment of fat quarters I was receiving from Sew Sisters Bargain Hunters Club. So pretty isn’t it? (no affiliation, yada yada). 

Simple quilting using the serpentine stitch programmed into my sewing machine and straight stitching in the borders finished it off. 

I’m putting this one aside for the next time I need a baby quilt for a little girl. 

Fish Quilt

By | June 18, 2019

A friend of ours is having a third baby and for each of her first two babies we made her a quilt that was “sea” themed. This time around we couldn’t find any suitable materials and were at a loss what to make until I saw a quilt on another blog called  one-fish-two-fish-red-fish-blue-fish    That was it! I’d make fish blocks! That would be sea themed!

I did some web surfing and found the instructions for the blocks I made on the Objects of Design blog here .  I made 54 blocks using a variety of batiks and “batik like” fabrics.  I then played around with some sashing ideas as I did not want the fish touching each other. I ended up using 1.5″ sashing finishing at 1″. The outside borders were 3.5″.  Any wider and I’d not have been able to use WOF for backing. 

Here is my finished quilt:

I used a gorgeous blue fabric for that back that reminds me of water!

The quilting was done on my sewing machine using a serpentine stitch which I think nicely mimics the look of waves.

Oh and the fish swimming the wrong way is intentional. There is always someone swimming against the stream! 

Dancing Nine Patch Quilt

By | June 12, 2019

When I pulled apart the almost finished Bonnie Hunter Rick Rack Nines quilt from her Adventures with Leaders and Enders book, I ended up making 7 smaller quilt tops from it. This is the second of the quilts that have been completed.

Dancing Nine patch quilt

The 9 patches were from the torn apart quilt and I added the blue material to make them dance, the orange inner border and more of the blue fabric for the outer border. 

It’s a small quilt, about 34″ by 40″. I really love how the material crinkled up when it was washed. It has such an old time look to it as if it was made many years go. 

The quilt is going to the guild’s outreach program for donation. 

To Do List June 1 & 2

By | June 1, 2019

There are quite a few things I want to accomplish this weekend or if not this weekend in the very near future. My goal is to get as many of the items below as possible done, or close to done as possible done this  weekend. Other than 1 – 4 that really need to get done this weekend the list is in no particular order. 

  1. finish sewing down binding on the Dancing Nine Patch quilt with Orange Stripe in Border
  2. Fix quilting mistake on Dancing Nine Patch quilt with Orange Stripe in Border. 
  3. Make binding for Fishies quilt
  4. Apply binding to Fishies Quilt
  5. Make Red binding for Red, Black & Blue Rail Fence Quilt
  6. Apply binding to Red, Black & Blue Rail Fence Quilt
  7. Select binding for Grey Bento Box Quilt
  8. Make binding for Grey Bento Box Quilt
  9. Apply binding to Grey Bento Box Quilt
  10. Make brace pad for a friend
  11. Make 2nd brace pad for a friend 
  12. Make 3rd brace pad for a friend 
  13. 1st Xmas bag for Guild
  14. 2nd Xmas bag for Guild
  15. 3rd Xmas bag for Guild
  16. 4th Xmas bag for Guild
  17. 5th Xmas bag for Guild
  18. Quilt top for Judy
  19. Sew charity quilt squares together to make a top -ROWS MADE
  20. Choose binding for Green, Blue & Orange Rail Fence quilt
  21. Make binding for Green Blue and Orange Rail Fence quilt
  22. Apply binding  for Green Blue & Orange Rail Fence quilt 

Well that should keep me nicely out of trouble.  Better stop sitting here staring at the list and get to it. 

Regent Street Star Quilt

By | May 22, 2019

I’ve been working  hard on binding my Regent Street Star Quilt and finished it very early Monday morning thanks to a bought of insomnia that I put to good use. I can’t seem to make the insomnia go away so I try to make it productive whenever I can. 

I love how this quilt shows off some of my favourite Alison Glass fabrics. It was easy to make yet the result is so showy. As per our usual habit Marc and I quilted it together at the local long arm quilt studio. 

This is a free pattern that can be found at the Moda Bake Shop. It measures 64” square.


Happy Blocks and Maple Leafs

By | May 15, 2019

Three of my recent finishes are my happy blocks quilt and 2 Maple Leafs quilts.  The Toronto Maple Leafs fabric was bought when my nephews were much younger and is no longer suitable for a quilt for either of them, hence these quilts that will be donated to my guild for the charity outreach program. Here is a picture:

I’ll save posting a picture of the other Leafs quilt as it’s identical to the one above. 

The happy blocks quilt was from stash and used up the rest of the butterfly print that found in the centre of the blocks. Those happy blocks go together so fast and easily; I find them so relaxing to make. 


This was quilted by Whirls and Swirls, a local long arm quilt studio where they supplied batting and backing and quilted it as part of their charity program.  I picked it up from them to bind and it too is going to the guild charity outreach program. I really like the quilting they did on it. 

Now to finish binding my Bonnie Hunter En Provence quilt.