Thursday, January 26, 2017

Canadian Sesquicentennial from Northcott Fabrics



Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary with Northcott Fabrics' very special Canadian Sesquicentennial Collection designed by Deborah Edwards.

This beautiful collection features a 24" digital panel with beloved symbols of Canada, collector panels for all the provinces, a map of Canada panel,  a gorgeous newsprint coordinate, maple leaves, text and a text stripe in Northcott's classic Stonehenge red and beige.

Click here to purchase: Canadian Sesquicentennial 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Sandy Whitelaw

The Canadian Sampler begins this week and we are thrilled to feature the wonderful designers who made this beautiful quilt!

Earlier this year we invited 20 amazing Canadian designers to each design a red and white quilt block to celebrate our great nation. The designers created a 12" red and white quilt block that expressed their love for our beautiful country. They made maple leaves and flying geese, star blocks and snowflakes, inuksuit and grain elevators. They drew inspiration from the seasons, the cities they live in, and the towns they visited. They showcased Canada's beauty, strength and rich heritage. They created blocks with great care and generosity and we are honoured to bring you their beautiful work.

Each month, members receive two block patterns. You can read about these talented designers and their inspiration for making the blocks here on our blog each month.

January's Blocks are Keep'n Warm by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room and Pacific Stars by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio. Read about Daphne's Pacific Stars Block here: The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Daphne Greig

Keep’n Warm 
by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room
Keep'n Warm by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room

Sandy has always loved to craft. She's sewn, knit and crocheted for most of her life. She's dabbled in tole painting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, woodworking and has always loved photography.

Sandy attempted her first quilt, a Quilt in a Day pattern in 1991 for her then 4 year old son. She finished the quilt when her son turned 25 - 21 years later!  Her son loved the quilt and Sandy's quilting journey officially began.


Sandy Whitelaw

Sandy loves everything about the quilt making process and quickly knew she wanted to be involved from the beginning to the end of making her own beautiful quilts. She purchased a good sewing machine and later her very own long-arm machine. Sandy now creates her own patterns, blogs about her work and hosts Block of the Month programs on her blog as well. She says, There is something so amazing about having an idea, creating the design and seeing your pattern brought to life in fabrics and colours, and almost 4 years later that love is only growing stronger.

Sandy has been married to her best friend for 31 years. They have three wonderful children together. As families do, they have grown in the last few years to include a son-in-law and their first granddaughter.


You can follow Sandy on her Blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Page. 
You can find her patterns here: UpStairs HobbyRoom Designs

Inspiration for Keep'n Warm

You can't be Canadian and not own a toque! Most of my fondest memories as a kid involve our Canadian winters with tobogganing, skating, shoveling the driveway with my siblings... and you can't do any of those without a toque!
- Sandy Whitelaw



Keep'n Warm in The Canadian Sampler
You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Daphne Greig

The Canadian Sampler begins this week and we are thrilled to feature the wonderful designers who made this beautiful quilt!

Earlier this year we invited 20 amazing Canadian designers to each design a red and white quilt block to celebrate our great nation. The designers created a 12" red and white quilt block that expressed their love for our beautiful country. They made maple leaves and flying geese, star blocks and snowflakes, inuksuit and grain elevators. They drew inspiration from the seasons, the cities they live in, and the towns they visited. They showcased Canada's beauty, strength and rich heritage. They created blocks with great care and generosity and we are honoured to bring you their beautiful work.

Each month, members receive two block patterns. You can read about these talented designers and their inspiration for making the blocks here on our blog each month.

January's Blocks are Pacific Stars by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio and Keep'n Warm by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room. Read about Sandy's Keep'n Warm Block here: The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Sandy Whitelaw

Pacific Stars
by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio
Pacific Stars by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio
Daphne can't remember a time when sewing and needlework were not part of her life. She started making dresses for her Barbie doll when she was 6 years old and made all her own and her children's clothes for many years. It was an opportunity to take a one-day quilting class in 1984 that lead to her career as a quilter, designer, author and educator. Quilting started as a hobby, but turned into her passion and her business. 
Daphne Greig

Daphne has written five quilting books, filmed an instructional DVD teaching her Give & Take Appliqué™ technique and has designed hundreds of patterns through her company Patchworks Studio. 

Designing quilts is a large part of Daphne's career, however teaching and interacting with students is one of the joys in her life. She loves meeting students who share her passion for fabric and creativity. She has taught at quilting conferences throughout North America and also at retreats and for guilds and shops. Daphne also teaches online at the Academy of Quilting and has sailed the high seas to teach on 6 Quilting Cruises. Her next Alaska Quilt Cruise is scheduled for August 2017.

Daphne lives and works in North Saanich on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.





Learn more about Daphne at her website: daphnegreig.com | See Daphne's patterns and books at: patchworkstudio.com | Follow Daphne on Facebook at: facebook.com/PatchworksStudio

Inspiration for Pacific Stars

I started with one thought. What is British Columbia known for? We are known for our forests, particularly the Coastal Rain Forest, and we are on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. 


I designed several patchwork tree designs. They didn't work well! My main problem was trying to get the sense of the trees without having tiny pieces and complex piecing. I tried a landscape with trees and trees diagonally in the block but there were still so many small pieces. 

I thought again about what else happens in British Columbia. We aren't the first in the country to see the sunrise or the sunset. We are the last! And what happens when the sun sets? Stars begin to appear. In fact we are the last place in Canada to see the stars. So that's when I decided that a 'star' block might work well. With that in mind I designed a block with a white central star surrounded by an exploding red star. 

 As you make this block, imagine you are in a British Columbia forest, you look up into the sky just as the sun sets and you see the last stars begin to appear over Canada's Pacific province.


- Daphne Greig




Pacific Stars - Top Row & Last on the Right in The Canadian Sampler

You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!