A first quilt!

IMG_3339Quilting Tangent wrote to me and told me that she had used the same block as my “Stars on Ice Quilt” (see more HERE. )

An amazing Quilter!

When I was astounded that was a block she used for her FIRST quilt – she sent me pictures and this is what she said, “Yes, my first quilt was hand pieced, queen size and reversible.  I got a machine, figured out how to use it and did the quilting with a vine stitch the machine had.  Took forever!  Now I’m trying to learn to piece on the machine, a lot different then hand sewing..”



Oh my!  I am totally amazed!  This is absolutely astounding!  Hand pieced!!! Reversible!!!  Quilted with a machine. WOW oh WOW!



When I asked for permission to share on my blog (she granted it!) and said, ” I have no guild, self taught with the help of TV and the internet.”

I can’t wait to see what talented Quilting Tangent does in the future!   I’m sure she’d like to hear your comments … please comment below and I’ll make sure she gets them!

Design Wall

sewing machine pic

I’m piecing something secret and there’s something secret being quilted.  You will see them all in good time!

Stash Report

Since the fabric for the top of “Stars on Ice” was given to me by Island Batik, I’m not counting it as fabric “used” this year.  However, the flannel back was from my stash. So, I’m adding it in.

I was working at the Creativ Festival in Abbotsford for the past 2 weeks.  There was fabric.  Nice fabric.  Pretty fabric.  Really NICE fabric.  And I didn’t buy ANY of it!!!  WhooHoo!!!  Aren’t you proud of me??

* Fabric Used this week: 2.5 yards back of “Stars on Ice”
* Fabric Used this year: 53.9 yards
* Fabric Bought this Week:   0 yards
* Fabric Added this Year: 44.55 yards
* Net Fabric Used for 2019: 9.4 yards
* Husband’s purchases 6.5 yards

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – Feb:  42 out of 48
  • March: 21 our of 24
  • Year-to-date: 63 out of 72 = 87.5%

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

I finished my March Island Batik project (“Stars on Ice.”)

You may see that I added 3 BBQG quilts to my UFOs … that’s because I’ve pulled them out.  I sewed on one to demonstrate webbing, another to was laid out for the demonstration and the 3rd is being used as a “leader and ender.”  I added them to my list … if I get them done – great and that will be 3 quick UFO finishes.  But if I don’t get them done, that will be OK … I’ve lots of bigger quilts to work on!

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Happy Quilting! 


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Stars on Ice: Vintage Reimagined

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March’s Island Batik Challenge

I love working with Tri-Rec rulers.  I know they were not around when my Grandma did a lot of quilting, but I do know that she used cereal boxes and the like to make templates for her quilts.  I have no idea if she ever made the block that I used in this month’s challenge.

I found a block … Screen Shot 2019-02-11 at 2.20.24 PM 54-40 or fight in EQ 7.   The history of this block was from the 1800’s when the British and the Americans were deciding on the border between the USA and what is now known British Columbia. Many people wanted the 54th longitude and the 40th parallel.  They finally settled on the 49th parallel as the dividing line for between the USA and Canada.  As I child growing up in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, I was aware that Victoria was below the 49th parallel.  Also,  as we rode the ferry to Vancouver, we always travelled through US waters.  How much different would my life have been if the border had been 54 -40?  You can read more about the history HERE.   img_2943

Also, for this challenge, I wanted to use this wonderful fabric stack and the coordinating yardage.   I just LOVE each fabric in this collection: “Icicle.”  Isn’t it pretty?

I spent a lot of time with EQ, downloading the fabric images, and designing the quilt.  On point? Straight? Sashing? No sashing?  I think I ended up with about 40 versions and finially settled on one by process of elimination.

Then I started the quilt.

First, I took 8 dark 10″ squares and 8 light 10″ squares.  I cut them into 4 ½” strips and then used my Tri-rec rulers.  I’m thinking that when I purchase more dies for my Accuquilt, the Tri-rec die will be my first purchase.  Accuquilt calls these “Triangle in a Square” and they come in 3 sizes: 2″, 3″ and 4″.   Whoohoo!

These 40 blocks were then sewn together.

The 4 patches were next.  I used the Accuquilt for these.  Talk about speedy … very speedy.

I cut 2 ½” strips of the dark blue and the light.  I also took (1) 10″ lighter blue square and sewed them lengthwise.  Pressing to the dark side.


This was the super fast part!  I took the strips and laid them on the accuquilt,  starting with the bottom strip: Right side up with  light up, dark down … and the strip that was laid on top right side down with dark up, light down, matching the seams.  I fed this through the Accuquilt cutter and I had all my pairs together – ready to sew into 4 patches.  All accurate, perfectly sub-cut 2 ½”.   I have NEVER had such perfect units before!!!


The units to the right were made for the half blocks on the sides and end of the quilt.  Paired with the Triangle in a Square / Tri-rec blocks, 4 patches and the blocks came together nicely!

The blocks are set on point, with light sashing and dark blue cornerstones.

At this point, I was in love with this quilt!!!




Then borders needed to be added.

However, deciding how to quilt it took awhile.  It had to sit and perculate for a long time. In the end, the 4 patches have orange peels, the tri-rec blocks have straight lines on the blue and curls on the the white triangles.   The corners also have curls, as does the border.

Hobbs 80/20 was used and the quilt was quilted with a light grey Aurifil Italian thread, 50 wt., #2600.  It was the PERFECT thread for the job!

Here is the finished quilt:


I know that I’m biased … but I LOVE it!!!  The finished size is 45″x 63″.

Here are some “staged” photos: I know there’s a bit of boasting, but the hyacinths are blooming and they smell so pretty!!!

And a close-up, with the flange binding!


Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their co-sponsers Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!

I was Featured!

IMG_3162 This POST with the table runner was featured on not 1, but 2 blogs!!!   1.  the QuiltFabrication blog and 2. Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing: Free Motion Mavericks

It’s worth your time to go to these blogs and check out, not only their blogs, but the wonderful eye candy that is in their linky parties!!!

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Travelling to a quilt show and quilting at home

We had a fun bus trip to Monroe Washington to see all the quilts on display.  Wow oh, WOW!!!  There were over 500 quilts … tons of eye candy … I took a picture of only a fraction of them.  Click on the slideshow below to see what I took pictures of.  Of course, I took pictures of every single Bonnie Hunter design I could find!  🙂   I also included the description of each quilt … usually following the quilt, but some of them came before the quilt …  I’m sure you’ll figure it out!

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One came out …


Out of the container, that is.

This is my #3 UFO … It’s come a little ways since I took the picture on the right in December.  It came out of the container.  I finished the blocks and put a border on it.  I was going to add an additional blue border, but then it will be too big for my coffee table … sew … I’m going to use the cut dark blue border material for the binding.  This table runner was suppose to be finished in 2017 for a swap at our annual Over the Rainbow retreat … hmmm … guess it’s missed it’s chance for the swap!  That’s OK … I like it, hubby likes it and it will be pretty on the coffee table.


Now to sandwich it, quilt it, bind it and call it done!  Hopefully, I can show you the finished runner soon!

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A little of this, a little of that

I haven’t had a lot of time to sew in the last few days … but I’ve done a bit!

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The March Island Batik project is sandwiched!  The theme for this month is “Vintage Reimagined.”  It is a fun theme to work with!   I used these fabrics on the right!!!  Oh – what a joy it is to use this beautiful fabric!!!  I’ll show you more when it’s quilted.


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  • Border #1 is on.
  • Border #2 (purple triangles) is in progress.
  • Border # 3 is ready to sew on
  • Border #4 is being pieced together.

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A Super Fun Class

It was super fun, mostly because I came home with a FINISHED project!!!

We had homework to do before the class … the homework took a LOT of time … like hours and hours and hours …  We had all bought the pattern prior to the class, sew we knew what to do for homework … the pattern is “Jelly Roll Rug Pattern” by Roma Lamson for R.J. Designs …

I already showed you my pile of 2 ½” strips and the start of the rope we had to make.  Our teacher, Dawn,  had 2 beautiful rugs done and now that I’m home, I realized that I forgot to take pictures of them!!!  groan!!!



My strips were cut from my stash of mostly Kansas Troubles fabric.   I told one lady that I have STABLE.  She looked at me weird … then I explained it meant STash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy!  Then she laughed!   And the batting was all Hobbs 80/20 leftovers from the sides of quilts that I have made.  Dawn suggested cutting them 2 ¼” wide … which made it WAY easier than the strips that were 2 ½” wide!  (Hmmm, maybe, just maybe, I had a whole wack of strips that were cut at 2 ½” and I didn’t take the time to cut them down to 2 ¼” …)

Here is my finished Jelly Roll Rug.

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New project reality!

83805-_dsc0230OK … in my last post, I talked about how I was going to follow along with Caroline and watch her tutorial videos to make a wonderful zippered bag.  Reality set in and I thought, “Who are you kidding???? You can’t start ANOTHER new project.  SEW … the zippered bag was not started … I didn’t even pull fabric to do one.  However, you can.  You can see the first video HERE.  The videos will be on Youtube and I can watch them in the future when I’m ready to make a zippered bag!

52 Blocks 52 Weeks#52blocks52weeks

I have caught up:  Blocks 5 & 6 are done!  It is fun making these little 6″ blocks.  They don’t take to long at all.  Except for the neutral, I’m only using blue fabric that is in my blue scrap bag …  So far, the bag is still full! (Do completing blocks 5 & 6 make for a “Friday Finish?”

Jelly Roll Rug

I signed up to take a class with the guild tomorrow! The lady teaching it is an awesome teacher, so she will help my rug making to be successful.  I went to my tote of Kansas Troubles, and along with a few reproduction fabrics, I made my own jelly roll.  Except for the dark for the final round, the fabrics are all mixed up.  I’m using stash and that makes me happy!

Happy Quilting! 


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Colour bleeding

I haven’t had a lot of issues with colour bleeding.  But I have had a few.img_0070

I posted in Oct. 2016 HERE about how the label bled really bad … so bad that I could see it moving quickly and without thinking too much, I cut it out really fast!  I was using a solid green of my grandmother’s fabric … the green went into recycling.  It did not have a long life in my sewing room!  I ended up fixing the disastrous corner and you can read about it HERE. Continue reading

Magnificent Mini

Magnificent Minis


This is our Island Batik February challenge.  We were instructed to use any Island Batik fabric in our box, but not the “surprise” fabric. It was to be smaller than 24″ x 24″. Once I decided what to do for my mini … the rest was easy.   Decision: A smalll Sudoku Quilt!

Island Batick 1/2 yard cuts


For my mini, I needed 9 fabrics plus a background.  I received 8 wonderful fall colours.  I added a vibrant green from a stash builder’s roll.   And I used the neutral fabric for the sashing, border and back (the yummy butter fabric).

The next step was to cut all of the 2 ½” squares.  I used the GO Cutter to do this … Once the strips were cut, I lined them up on the GO cutter and the squares were ALL cut all at once as they went through the cutter!!!  (Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of this!  But it was pretty quick work!)

I found a Sudoku puzzle and wrote it out so that I would have an easy visual to use.

I have numbered pins, but they are scattered all over … SEW, I took a piece of selvage with the coloured dots on the side.  I cut the dots individually and stuck a pin through them.  It made it easy to keep track of which colour was which number!

I then began sewing … one block at a time.  No rushing this one.  I would have had a lot of ripping to do if I did.   As I finished a block, I added the sashing to the left of the block.

The corners were able to be twirled or swirled, but it took me a bit to figure it out.  (I LOVE twirling where the seams meet – it makes it sew smooth when free motion quilting!)


The blocks were all joined together … and I checked carefully to ensure they were all in the correct placement.    The quilt was sandwiched with Hobbs 80/20 batting, using a spray baste.

I started quilting on my domestic machine.  I used Aurifil thread 50 wt (top & bobbin). IMG_3015.JPGI stitched in the ditch along each seam and extended out into the borders.  In the sashing, I sewed wonky ¼” seams.  (I call them wonky because they were not all perfectly straight! grin!)  I thought I was done quilting, until I looked at it closely and saw that the 2 brown fabrics, although quite different, read almost the same colour.  As well, one of the oranges had a lot of green in it, and definitely did not read the same colour throughout.  No Problem!  I decided to just quilt a tiny motif in each block to hopefully define each colour …  Thankfully, I have lots of Aurifil thread in many colours … SEW that was easy.  Then I had to decide which motif to use.  Eventually, they all spoke to me and soon it was done! This little mini measures 22″ x 22″.

The wind is blowing up to 90 km gusts today, so it was hard to get a picture without the quilt being blown away.

I tried to be a bit artistic with my photos …  The one on the tree  (left) is the closest to the true colours … the right and bottom one are both washed out a bit.

Magnificent Mini - in the sunshine

Can you see the tiny motifs in the 2″ squares?


If you want to see the Magniifcent Minis that are already posted, go to these blogs:

There will be many many more minis being posted during the rest of the month.  You don’t want to miss them!  There is a tab at the top of my blog that lists all the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors.  If you go to each of their blogs and “follow” each one, you will ensure that you don’t miss a single post of all of their creations!

Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their program partners: Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!

Happy Quilting! 


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