Saturday, 3 February 2018

Valentine's Flash Sale 15% off on Etsy

Hello! I've decided on the spur of the moment to have a flash sale this weekend! :) My entire Etsy shop is 15% off. This includes, well everything, but just a few examples for you...





T-Shirts (limited stock)





Supplies and more


Happy Shopping! Thank you for looking. :)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Morsel Lunch Bag in Heather Ross Fabrics a pattern review

I made a Morsel Lunch Bag over the Christmas break for my daughter. She kept coming home with her school agenda and homework soaking wet (usually with milk, yuck!) because her drink containers leaked in her lunch bag which leaked all over her back pack. A mother's lament! This was generally due to carelessly stowing the drink containers in the lunch back either upside down or without closing them properly. Despite my many pleas to for her to be more careful. To fix this problem I made a new lunch bag and lined the inside with vinyl. No leaks so far this month!

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This lunch bag is made with the Morsel Lunch Bag pattern which is part of the Minikins Pattern bundle by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. The Minikins Pattern bundle is a fantastic bundle of patterns and each pattern has an instructional video. 

If you've seen Sara's videos on YouTube you know how well done they are and they really help in understanding how the bags go together. The patterns also come with step by step photos and instructions.



I made my Morsel Lunch bag with my long treasured Heather Ross "Far Far Away" prints. Of course a unicorn needed to be featured front and centre because my daughter, like most nine-year-olds, loves unicorns.



The lunch bag has an awesome zipper gusset that is a great opportunity to feature another favorite fabric. I used the cute little snails from the line as you can see.

This bag did offer up a bit of a challenge for me in putting it together but I consider myself an intermediate bag maker and it turned out really well. I just followed the written instructions and photos because the video wasn't released yet. All the videos are now out for the Minikins Pattern bundle.
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I used insul-brite insulating fleece inside the lining to keep cool things cool and hot things hot while they're sitting in her school locker waiting for lunch time. I also ironed an iron-on vinyl product onto the lighter prints that I used for my lining to make my bag water proof and prevent these exasperating leaks that we have been experiencing.

My daughter and I are both very pleased with the outcome of my project. :) Find the Minikins Pattern Bundle at:




Thank you for stopping by my blog today! :) Happy sewing!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Rainbow Canadian Flag Heart Quilt

I finished my Rainbow Canadian Flag Heart Quilt yesterday morning and managed to get outside while the light was just perfect for photos. We had fresh snow overnight which made for a beautiful white backdrop to photograph against.


I have been wanting to try a rainbow version of this quilt since I wrote the pattern last year and I made this quilt with scraps and charm squares from my stash.

This quilt is made with my Canadian Flag Pixelated Heart Quilts pattern found on my website here and on Etsy. The pattern has two versions of the quilt, a heart shaped flag and a flag in a heart. I also sell these quilt as custom orders.

My pattern shows the quilt with a red background but it can be any background colour you choose... even rainbow! Any flag can be substituted for the Canadian flag so long as you know how to make your flag. Some countries such as France and Italy have flags that would be so easy to put into a quilt. I know there are a few Union Jack flag patterns out there too.


It is every bit as lovely as I had thought it would be in my mind and I am so glad I pushed through to finish it this week. This quilt is available for purchase here and on Etsy.


The quilt is 52" square and is backed with Petit Henna Garden fabric in an olive green.



The binding is a black on white Carolyn Friedlander cross hatch fabric that is machine sewn to the front and back of the quilt.


I free motion quilted stippling in the white heart with white 50 wt. Aurifil thread and free motion quilted wavy lines in the rainbow with dove grey 50 wt. Aurifil thread.


The red in the flag was left un-quilted but the leaf is blanket stitched around all edges with 30 wt. Aurifil thread. The red fabric is by Northcott Fabrics and has words to describe Canada on it.


There are still loads of scrap in my sewing room so I guess I better cut out another one. I will be at the Spring Etsy Pop-Up in Edmonton at the Aviation Museum on the May long weekend and I'm hoping to bring a few Canadian Flag quilts along.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Wine Tote Bag PDF Pattern

I tried using my Wine Bottle Quilt Block in a wine tote bag ahead of Christmas. I asked my Instagram followers if they thought I should write a pattern for it and was told "yes" so finally I have the pattern ready for the Wine Tote Bag.

The wine tote bag fits one bottle of wine perfectly and it uses bag foam which helps to protect your precious cargo from bumps along the way from one place to another. The most fun part, in my opinion, is choosing the fussy cuts for the wine labels.

Wine Tote Bag with a fussy cut of the gem fabric from Lizzy House's Natural History Line.


A fussy cut wine label with Sharks on it! This is from Dear Stella's Dark and Stormy line.

This Wine Tote Pattern is available on our website and on Etsy.

Monday, 22 January 2018

"Toque, eh?" Winter Hat Quilt Pillow or Block Pattern

I finally got it together and built the PDF pattern file for my "Toque, eh?" pillow cover pattern now that the pattern rights have reverted to me from the magazine. This pattern makes a 16" pillow cover but could also be used as a quilt block.


This pattern is available on our website and on Etsy.


This "Toque, Eh?" pattern first appeared in the June 2017 issue of "Quilter's Connection Magazine." In Canada we call a knitted winter cap a "toque". (Pronounced Took - rhymes with "juke" or "fluke".)

This pattern uses two drunkard's path blocks to make the main body of the hat and simple piecing to create the ribbed band of the hat.

The PDF file is seven pages and includes the drunkard's path templates and computer diagrams along with written instructions. There is also a link to a YouTube video showing how I sew curved seams.

The finished pillow cover size is 16".

Fabric requirements:
1 fat quarter of white solid
1 fat quarter of red solid
¼ yard of red and white gingham
½ yard of backing

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Fabric Love January 2018 Edition

Hello! I am having a bit of a window shop online at my two lovely blog sponsors shops and thought I would share a few things that I am loving at the moment. That's the things about January... lots of window shopping. If you're lucky enough to be able to actually shop give these a look!

First up: The "For Fox Sake" bundle from Dear Stella at Clinton Modern Creative.


Photo by Clinton Modern Creative. I am especially loving that Raccoon print on the top of the pile.

This Cotton + Steel pigment basics aqua is definitely on my wish list. My favorite color of all time!



I cannot wait to get my hands on this "Purely Canadian" line by Andie Hannah. So cute! The three fabric photos above are available at Clinton Modern Creative.

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Photo by Studio 39 Fabrics.

This Wild About You bundle at Studio 39 Fabrics is cute but also sophisticated. I love that they have the coordinating Kona solids in the bundle.

Photo by Studio 39 Fabrics.

If you missed out on the Paper Obsessed line it's now on Sale at Studio 39 Fabrics. I have quite a few fabrics from this line and they are fun. I liked using them to make notebook covers.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of fabric eye candy this evening as much as I did. :)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Ninety Minute Valentine Pillow Project

Here's a quick Valentine Pillow tutorial for a fast and fun accent pillow to highlight the heart filled holiday on February 14th.


When I thought of this pillow I was inspired by the raw edge ruffle pillows that have been popular in decorating but I wanted to highlight the Valentine's Day theme with hearts. These hearts are cut with pinking shears so the edges will soften and fray but the pinking will help keep them from going too far.

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Supplies:

  1.  Half a yard of main pillow fabric. I used Kona Snow.
  2.  Fabric for the hearts. I used 6" strips of Boundless Ombre fabrics. If using these strips you will need about four strips.
  3.  A heart template. (I used an acrylic heart template from Creative Memories from my scrapbooking supplies that was 3.5 inches wide by 4 inches tall. If you don't have a scrapbooking template you can make a heart template with quilter's template plastic and clip art from your computer. Print out a heart, trace it onto the plastic with a Sharpie marker and cut out.)
  4.  A disappearing ink fabric pen or a Fixion pen.
  5.  Pinking shears.
  6.  Iron.
  7.  Sewing Machine.
  8. 18" zipper with nylon teeth
  9. 16" pillow form
  10. pins or Wonder Clips

Step 1: Trace

Keep your fabric strip folded in half (wrong sides together) the way it comes off of the roll. With your fabric pen trace the heart template all the way up the strip. I was able to get six hearts traced into one side of the strips.

Step 2: Cut

Cut the hearts out with the pinking shears. You will be cutting through two layers of fabric. Keep the hearts in pairs wrong sides together. 

Also cut the half yard of main pillow fabric down to 16.5" by width of fabric. Trim off selvages and cut two 16.5" squares. Cut one of the squares in half to make two 8.25" x 16.5" rectangles. Then cut a 3.5" x 16.5" strip from the remaining fabric. (this will cover the zipper on back) 

Step 3: Press

Fold the heart pairs in half vertically and press a center crease with your iron. If you used a Frixion pen this will remove any marks left after you cut out your hearts as well.

Step 4: Sew

Fold the 16.5" square for the pillow front in half and finger press to make a center line crease. Line up a heart pair on the top left side of the center crease. Leave at least a quarter inch from the top of the square for the seam allowance (so your heart does not get caught in the seam later).

Start at the top of the square with your needle lined up with the  crease of the heart pair. Sew down the crease. Pause with your needle down and line up another heart pair below the first one. Sew down the crease of that pair. Continue with two more heart pairs in this row.

Start again at the top of the square on the right side of the finger pressed crease you made. Place another heart pair a quarter inch from the top. Sew this row of heart pairs down the center crease lines.

Continue with the last two rows on either side of the pillow front.



Step 5: Add the Pillow Back

Create a pillow back as you prefer. You could make an envelope back but you would need to cut the backing pieces bigger than 8.25 inches to allow for a hem and overlap of fabric. Below are directions for a hidden zipper pillow back.

Fold the 3.5" strip by 16.5" strip in half wrong sides together along the length of the strip and press.

Take your 18" zipper and place it face up with the zipper pull on the left end.

Line up the raw edges of the pressed strip with the top edge of the zipper tape. Place an 8.25" x 16.5" rectangle on top right side down also lined up with the top edge of the zipper tape. Clip or pin all the layers in place (I find Wonder Clips to be easier than pins).

Sew the fabrics to the zipper tape leaving at least 1/8 inch of tape next to the zipper teeth (so the fabric doesn't catch in the zipper). This will be about an eighth of an inch seam.

Flip the rectangle away from the zipper teeth and the strip over the zipper teeth (as it will be when the pillow is finished) and press. Top stitch just next to your seam.

Place the zipper right side up with the zipper pull on the right end. Lay the second 8.25" x 16.5" rectangle right side down along the remaining zipper tape edge and clip or pin in place.

Sew the fabric to the zipper tape as before with about an eighth of an inch seam. Flip the rectangle away from the zipper teeth and press. Top stitch just next to this seam.

Slide the zipper pull to the center of the zipper (make sure to do this so you can turn your pillow cover right side out later). Hold the open zipper ends together and baste them together by sewing over the zipper with your machine where the zipper extends past the fabric.

Fold the strip that hides the zipper over the zipper and baste in place on either end with an eighth of an inch seam.

Trim off the excess zipper ends so the zipper is even with the fabric.

Place the pillow back right sides together with the pillow front and pin or clip in place. Sew all the way around (including over the zipper ends) with a quarter inch seam.

Trim corners on an angle (do not cut through stitching) and turn the pillow right side out through the opening in the zipper. Poke out the corners and insert a 16" pillow form.

Enjoy your ruffly heart pillow and Happy Valentine's Day!


Feel free to pin! ^^^

Other Ideas:

You could add more layers of hearts to make it more ruffly. Just keep in mind that many layers will be difficult for some machines to sew through. Four or six layers of hearts should be okay though.

You could cut 20 single hearts (instead of 20 pairs) and applique them down onto the pillow front if you don't like them flapping freely. It would be best to reduce your stitch length and sew around the hearts twice to keep them from fraying past the stitches. This will take longer to make.

Note that this pillow is meant to be a decorative accent pillow. I doubt that it will do well going through the wash so try not to spill your champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on it on Valentine's Day. ;)

If you have any questions send an email or leave a comment on this post and I will try to help.

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