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Adventures and Misadventures in Mod Podge + Fabric

April 15, 2014

Today is Tuesday and you know what that means…We’re showcasing a fabric-related tutorial for our readers to try (or tuck away for another day).  How many of you have ever ventured beyond the sewing realm with your fabric?  I’ve tried a couple of times.  Once, I used my favourite Tule print to line the inside of a vintage suitcase for my Waffle Kisses craft show displays and, more recently, I decided to line the back of an antique hutch I was refinishing in chalk paint.

Tule Suitcase


From far away, they look ok.  From up close, you can see that maybe I should have started my fabric + mod podge adventure with something on the smaller scale.  Luckily, the handmade goodies I stuff inside of my suitcase do a great job of disguising all of those lumps and bumps.  For any of our adventurous types out there, this week we’ve found a tutorial that uses mod podge and fabric to create custom fabric Washi Tape.  I’m tempted to give it a try and have been ticking off the materials checklist in my head all afternoon.  Believe it or not, I don’t think I have any masking tape.  If you’d like to try something new with your fabric, check out this great tutorial over at Shey B and let us know know what you come up with.  We’d love to see your pics in our Flickr group.


Anniversary Celebration – Week 2

April 9, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Today I had some fun demonstrating  the Hex N More and Sidekick rulers from Jaybird Quilts at the Kanata Quilt Guild.  It gave me a chance to show off a lovely quilt that was made by Kirstin Fearon and custom quilted by Mari Lyn Jarzyna . They both did a fabulous job, and I am thrilled with how this one turned out.

northern lights


The pattern is Northern Lights by Jaybird Quilts and the fabric is Dowry by AMH —the Brass Locket palette. It’s available as a kit in the shop, ruler not included.

Thank you for your kind comments on our 6 year anniversary — they serve as a reminder of all the wonderful people I’ve met on my adventure. I promised a new sale for every week in April as part of the celebration, and this week it’s $6 /yard on loads of gorgeous fabric. See them all here. You might even find a few at $5.

I’m making a quick trip down to see some friends at the London Friendship Quilter’s Guild tomorrow. They invited me there as shop of the month, and as luck would have it, Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will be speaking. Kaisa and Laura will be taking care of business while I’m gone, so I think I might even be able to relax and enjoy my trip. See you when I’m back!

Cathy’s Carousel BOM – March Block

March 29, 2014
Posted by: Pam

More than halfway through our blocks now — French Braid, Lone Starburst, Mariner’s Compass, Cathy’s Star & Midnight Flight. This month we’re working on the two corners of the quilt which are reverse images of the same block.

Top Left Intersections

This is the top left corner of Cathy’s quilt — the complex weave of fabrics frames Cathy’s gorgeous appliqué and fabric painting. You can get as creative as you like with this block — embroidery or thread work would also be appropriate.

Top Right

Here’s the reverse image of the block in the top right corner of the quilt. This is actually 2 pieces — a 12.5″ block in the corner and a 10.5″ filler piece that extends it to the width needed. Cathy’s whimsical garden embellishments really suit the fabric she’s used in her quilt. And her sister Carol Darou’s quilting complements it beautifully.

The block is a modification of Alissa Haight Carleton’s block originally published as part of the Modern BOM at Sew Mama Sew. You can download Cathy’s instructions here.

I’ve taken a different path this month, and am substituting another 12.5″ block for the top left corner.

Birds Of The Air block

Thank to bee member Shena for the tutorial for the Birds of the Air block. After making the bee block I thought it worked well with some of the blocks already in this quilt. So I made it again in my blue and brown palette. That takes care of the top left.

I still have some work to do on the other side, but I’m sure I can pull it all together before June (only 3 more months until we’re done!)

Have fun with choices this month, and don’t forget to share with the Flickr group.



Little things

March 14, 2014
Posted by: Pam

red-eye-vireo trio

First task is to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway featuring Charley Harper’s red eye vireo mother and  baby. This print reminds me of baby Alex and how much he (and I) loved reading the book “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman about an intrepid baby bird who sets off to find his missing mother. Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. Seems like most of you shop by colour/collection and then designer. From 58 entries the random winner is #42 … Karen D. Congrats Karen!

think positive

This is my finished Architextures baby quilt .. the pattern is Think Positive by Esch House Quilts and is charm square friendly.

think positive back 

Lovely spiral circles quilted by Krista Zaleski (Kanata) ..  Essex Yarn-Dyed in Chambray on the back and the Scribbles in Orange for the binding. Washed and crinkled to perfection!

Babies are on my mind  (too old to be a new mother, too young to be a grandmother) because I’ve been watching Call The Midwife, a  terrific BBC period drama. It’s based on the memoirs of a midwife in east-end London in the 1950′s. As the title suggests, the series is about midwives, but it’s also a poignant story about life, love and loss. Just finished watching season 1 (on Netflix) and highly recommend it.


A second quilt finished … another baby! This one was made with a 10″ charm pack of the delightfully retro Sidewalks by October Afternoon. I followed this tutorial from Allison Harris (Cluck Cluck Sew) to make 20 blocks from 20 squares.

sidewalks balk

With a cozy flannel backing .. quilted by Joan Read (Almonte).

Coconut Cream, Peach and Pumpkin .. thank you to my wonderful daughters Emily + Anna who are both excellent pie bakers. Wishing you all a happy Pi(e) Day!

Wrapping up February

February 28, 2014

The OMQG had a sew-in day on Sunday and I managed to squeeze in a bit of sewing amongst all the socializing. My goal for the day was to get the binding made and attached to another sample for the shop. Some days it’s better to aim low.

This lovely quilt was sewn by my friend Maggie Ziehl from the Poole Creek group I belong to. She did a lovely job with the piecing, and Krista Zaleski did the fantastic long arm quilting (Krista is a fellow member of OMQG). All I had to do was piece the backing and add the binding.

The pattern is Northern Exposure by Lunden Designs.  I met Melissa at Quilt Market last October, and fell in love with her patterns on the spot. I have another sample in one of her designs out being quilted, and another one (or two) in the works.

The fabric used in the sample is Wallflowers by Allison Harris (Cluck Cluck Sew). The red, grey and green palette is striking and fresh. It arrived in the shop in November — the bundles are all gone, but several of the prints remain.

 Here’s a close up of the quilting on the back … those Swiss Dots from Riley Blake are so versatile (you might just need some in every colour!)

A final bit of sewing was the February block for the Canadians Quilt {bee}. Chelsea was very kind and picked a simple block for us this month — low volume background with a bright colour cross. You’ll find the photo/tute here.

Cathy’s Carousel BOM – February Block

February 26, 2014
Posted by: Pam

More HST fun!

This 12.5″ block is called Midnight Flight, which Cathy found on Pinterest and was finally able to trace back to Bonnie Hunter. Another block to hone your HST skills. I like to make my units a little larger than required and then trim them down to get the most accurate results. Do you have a preferred technique for HST’s?

You can download Cathy’s PDF instructions for this block here.

If you’ve been following our Facebook page you’ll know that we’re planning a big Sale-a-bration when we reach 1500 followers. As of this morning we had only 45 to go. Spread the word!

{Made in} Rubies and Pearls

February 20, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Before Christmas I put out a call for help with piecing some quilt tops. A number of you graciously responded, and I have a growing number of finished projects I would like to share.

This one came back just after Christmas … Teresa Jantzi did a beautiful job with the piecing and quilting. I met Teresa online last year and have previously blogged about two quilts she quilted for me, here and here. The pattern is Made in Cherry, which was a quilt-along at pins and bobbins in 2011. Dowry was a perfect choice for this one … I sent Teresa s0me Rubies and Pearls along with Kona Berry for the solid background. And the backing is another AMH print  in cozy velveteen. This is the original size (80″ x 80″) although the quilt- along has instructions for both smaller and larger versions. Thanks Teresa … a lovely finish!!


January 31, 2014
Posted by: Pam

First finish for the year! You can see my earlier post about the process of making these strip-pieced blocks here. The fabric is Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt (still available in the shop) with an Essex yarn-dyed cotton/linen blend in Indigo for the border and binding. It was long-arm quilted in an all-over feather pattern by Joan Read. I used a washable wool batting for this one, which gives it a nice winter weight. You can see the print I chose for the backing peeking out at the bottom.

Linking up with TGIFF at Riddle and Whimsy.

Cathy’s Carousel BOM – January Block

January 26, 2014
Posted by: Pam

After totally bailing on December’s block, I wanted to get back on track for January.

This is Cathy’s Star, designed by Marcia at The Quilter’s Cache. Back to my comfort zone – straightforward piecing with HST’s and QST’s. Just had to keep everything organized and pay attention to the position of the various triangles. I like the stars within the star. You can download the instructions here.

After I finished, I decided to make it again for the Canadians Quilt {bee}. Jaclyn had asked for a star block using this Frosted Brights palette from Design Seeds.

Here’s how it turned out.

Do you have a favourite star block?

Cathy’s Carousel BOM December

December 30, 2013
Posted by: Pam

This month’s block is the beautiful (and challenging) Mariner’s Compass with Flying Geese. I haven’t finished mine (haven’t started it to be honest) but will post Cathy’s block and the instructions so you can keep going. The blocks are easier from here on in, so I should be able to play catch up in January.

You can download the instructions here. Happy stitching!

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