Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - week 35

Hi Everyone:

     Where has the summer gone?  Even though fall is my favorite time of the year, I am sad to see the end of summer. I am enjoying some time at the cottage sewing and as promised this weeks blog post.

My Favorite Sewing Spot

This weeks block is called Propeller.  It is an interesting take on the Pinwheel block.  The first step is to piece 4 half square triangle squares using fabric #1 and #3.  Don't forget to trim those little triangles off the corners of your squares.

Add A Triangle To Your Half Square Triangle Squares

Sew 2 triangles to your pieced squares to make a pieced triangle.

Add 2nd Triangle Resulting In A Pieced Triangle
 Arrange segments like this (see diagram below).

Block Segments
Sew your  triangles to your pieced triangles to make squares. You will have 4 squares.

Block Segments
Your finished block will look like this.

Stonehenge Propeller Block 

30's Reproductions Propeller Block
Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Giveaway on Felicity Quilts!

We're sponsoring a giveaway on Felicity Quilts!

Felicity has a great blog and does some beautiful and inspiring work. We're sponsoring a giveaway of the new Kona Color Card and a bundle of Half Yards on her blog today.
Check out her blog and the giveaway here: Felicity Quilts 
Good luck!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fundamentals Sew - Along Week 34

Hi Everyone:

      Can you believe that we are two thirds of the way finished!  I am really enjoying this journey.  I hope you are as well.

       This weeks block is called Fox and geese.  It is a variation of last weeks block.  You will need to make 2 pieced triangles just like you did last week and then sew the pieced triangle to a large triangle to make a square.  You will need to make 2 block segments this way.

Pieced Triangle Segment
Pieced Triangle

Next you will sew half square triangles squares from fabric 1 and 3 triangles.  You will need to make 4 of these.

Half Square Triangle Squares
  Sew the squares and pieced squares into 2 rows.  Sew the rows together.  Don't forget to press your seams as you go.

Piecing Layout
These are what the finished blocks look like.

30's Reproductions Fox and Geese Block

Stonehenge Fox and Geese Block
Have a great week everyone!

Monday, August 20, 2012

24 new Mist Fusions!

We've got the 24 new Mist Fusions from Robert Kaufman. 

The colours are simply stunning!
Use these beautiful textured blenders for your projects.
Click here to purchase online: Mist Fusions

In Black and White

This is a beautiful black and white collection with elegant patterns offered in black on white and white on black fabrics. Vice Versa is designed by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures. 
Click here to purchase online: Vice Versa

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Grandmother's Flower Garden Flower Kits

Halloween Fabric on Sale + Free Tutorials!

Halloween Fabric new in clearance for only $6.99 per metre. 

Start early and get your home and kids ready for Halloween with these fun fabrics from Alvyn and Robert Kaufman. If you're looking for ideas check out these great tutorials.

Make a special Trick or Treating bag for you kids with these great Halloween Tote Bag Tutorials

 7 Layer Studio has a lovely Table Runner and the cutest Girlie Ghosts ornament ever!

And here's a great collection of 50 Free Patterns and Tutorials from Quilt Inspiration! Wall Hangings, Quilts, Table Runners, Throws, Pillows, Bunting and more! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Class: Beginner Quiltmaking by Hand

10 Sessions starting Monday, September 26th 2012
Time6:30pm - 8:30pm
InstructorJeannie Jenkins

Carry on this traditional method of quilting by learning how to piece, appliqué and quilt by hand in 10 sessions. You will work with squares and triangles and learn to make your own templates and appliqué them. You'll make blocks with a variety of skill levels starting simple with the 16 patch and moving on to stars, tumbling blocks and even a dresden plate! You will learn to piece your top, sash and border it, baste the quilt sandwich, hand quilt and bind it. Gaining these skills will let you create a quilt that will be cherished for years to come and get you started on an enriching quilting journey.

Come by the store or call us at 416 633 8800 to register. 
You can also mail us at

Check our website for more classes this fall. 

Here are some pictures from the course in January this year.  
Getting started on hand quilting.

Jeannie always brings loads of samples to the classes.
They're great inspiration and give the class a chance to discuss ideas and techniques. 

Sophie and Janet practicing their quilting stitches. Sophie is using a  quilting  hoop (available in the store)
and Janet is using a Q Snap Hand Quilting Frame. 

Quilt Tops of some of the participants done. 

Here's another one. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fundamentals Sew - Along week 33

Hi Everyone:

     Well the Olympics are over and things are back to normal in our house.  I must admit I got a lot done on my English Paper Piecing project while watching the Olympics, another week and I might have gotten the top finished.

     This weeks block is called Buckeye Beauty.  First we are going to sew  fabric # 1 triangle to a fabric # 2 square. Press.  You will notice the triangles overhang the square. Trust me this works.   

Square And Triangle With Right Sides Together
When it comes to pressing, I find it is very easy to distort triangles.  It helps if you keep the heat of the iron away from the bias side of the triangle. If you  place the iron down carefully on the seam, you don't need to press the  whole segment.

Press Seam Carefully So Not To Distort
Sew another triangle # 1 in place.  Press to make a pieced triangle.  Make 2 of them.  Sew a fabric # 2 triangle to the pieced triangle to make the squares.  Make two of them.

Pieced Triangle

Repeat this process with fabrics # 1 and 3. Make 2 squares with fabrics # 1 and 3. You have 2 options when assembling this block.  I will let you decide which one you like the best.  See pictures below.

Option 1: Gold Triangles In The Middle
Option 2: Grey Triangles In The Middle
I chose the second one.  If you are doing the 30's your finished block will look like this.

Buckeye Beauty Block

If you would prefer to have the yellow triangles in the middle for the 30's feel free to change it up!

Thanks Anita for your comment on my 30's hexagon English Paper Piecing project.  I would love to see the one you are working on.  Next time you come to the store, bring it along you know how much we love show and tell.  Have a good week everyone!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gorgeous Collections from Dear Stella


Dear Stella brings us vibrant colours and patterns inspired by the exotic beaches, turquoise waters, bright blue skies, white sandy shores, and seascape of Hawaii. In cottons and laminates, Lanikai is a collection true to its name which means Heavenly Sea

J'adore Stella

J'adore Stella is a romantic nook in a corner cafe. It's fresh pastry and sweet perfume in the air. J'adore Stella is Paris and Joie de Vivre! A beautiful modern take on Paris from Dear Stella. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 32

Hi Everyone:

  Are you all enjoying the Olympics?  I am, I  have a hand project that I am working on while watching the events. I'm at the boring part of the project, which is sewing the black diamonds and triangles.  At last count I have 66 more diamonds and about 40 + triangles. So working on the fundamental block is a nice change.

30's Reproduction English Paper Piecing Project
This weeks block is called  Mosaic.  It is similar to the star blocks that we have been doing the last few weeks. The difference being this weeks block has a square in  a square block in the centre of the star.  Sew a square in a square from fabric #2 square and fabric #4 triangles. Join the triangles on the opposite side of the square.  It makes it easier to center the triangles on the square.

Square in a square Segment -Step 1

Square In A Square Segment - Step 2
Mosaic Block Segments Before Assembly
Mosaic Block
This is your finished block.  Those quarter square triangle blocks are going together quickly.  We are going to be real pros by the end of this project!  Back to handwork and the Olympics, see you next week.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hot Who - Owl Hot Pads Pattern Giveaway!!!

We love this pattern so much we want you guys to have it! :)  

Pin on your Pinterest Board. 

Go to our Facebook Page and leave a comment that you did and you could win this adorable Hot Who Owl Hot Pad Pattern! Just click on this link and re-pin. 

Giveaway ends Friday, 3rd August, 5:00 PM EDT. We'll announce a winner on the page then. Good luck and Happy Pinning! :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 31

Hi Everyone:

     August is upon us.  Where does the time go?

        I cannot believe the name of this weeks block.  It is called Swamp Patch.  I wonder who is responsible for that name.  I googled it, and yes it does exist.  Mind you the half square triangle blocks that are in the corners of the block can be flipped with the darker triangle on the inside and it gives the block a whole new look.  Try it before you put the block together and see what you like best.  I just followed the directions and did what I was told.  The last 3 blocks have been very similar, so assembly directions for the last two weeks should be helpful in guiding you through this weeks block.

Assembly for Swamp Patch Block
If you do decide to flip your corner triangle block so the dark part is to the inside of the block it will make the block look much different than the last two.  I will let you make the artistic decision that suits you.  This is what your finished blocks look like.
30's Swamp Patch Block
Stonehenge Swamp Patch Block

 I thought you might want to see the last three weeks blocks together.  It was a coincidence that two of them are in the same colourway.

Last Three Weeks Stonehenge Blocks

Last Three Weeks 30's Blocks
     Have a great week everyone!