Friday, August 30, 2013

Jelly Roll Race

 This is a fun project that people have been making recently. It gets its name from the fact that it is common to start with a pre-cut roll of forty 2-1/2" strips.  Each strip is at least 40 inches long, so when you sew them end to end, they make a long strip that is at least 1600 inches long.
I started this one a while ago, but I just quilted it yesterday, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out, it measures about 50" x 65"
These are instructions for how to make one, 
You will need:
   One 2-1/2" strip pack Or cut from your stash a lot of 2-1/2" strips-- They can be all different lengths if that's what you have, just make sure that you have enough to make a big enough quilt
   Binding: .5m
   Backing 2.6m
   Batting, rectangle at least 52" x 66

You can sew the ends of the seams together differently to get different looks:
1.  Use a straight seam — just lay the two pieces right sides together 
2.  Bias seams. – this is like how you usually sew binding strips together.  Place the ends at right angles to each other, right sides together and sew a diagonal seam, cut away the extra fabric.
3.  Sew a 2-1/2" square between each of the strips.  You could use pieces cut from the binding fabric or another accent fabric, or cut them from the ends of the jelly roll strips.
Before you sew all the strips together, cut a few in half at random places so that you will have some variation in where the seams will fall.
Sew all the 2-1/2" strips together, end to end, to make one extra long strip! (1600") Press the seams all to one side.  (Use one of the
Place the beginning and the end of the long strip right sides together, and sew the seam, which is very long.  When you get close to the end, cut the ends and untangle it, and finish sewing the seam.  Press the seam to one side. 
Put the beginning and end of this 800 inch strip together and sew the seam again, just like you did before.  Now it will be twice as wide and half as long. 
Do this 3 more times.  You’ll have a rectangle at this point.  Trim the sides evenly. 
 You can either quilt it now, or add borders if you like.  

You could also dress it up by appliqueing a letter or silhouette somewhere on to it, or some dresden plates or some english paper pieced flowers.. 

Layer the quilt with batting and the backing, and quilt it.  Binding can be cut in 2-1/2" strips. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

To add to the gallery of finished projects

Dresden Plate Ruler

Every so often, I like to play with my dresden plate ruler. 
I got one a couple of years ago, and it came with this cardboard cover and a paper pattern inside. 
I noticed the other day that now they are just packaged with the ruler, and not the pattern.

Good thing that it is so easy to use. 
Dresden plate blocks, and other designs that use wedge shapes can vary in the number of "petals" or wedges that fit into the full circle.
This ruler makes blocks that have 20 petals in a full circle.
A quarter block has 5 spokes, or petals in it, so I think that means that they are 18 degree angles. 
I made this little table topper with some of the fabrics that we are planning to use this fall for the Saturday Surprise Sampler program.  I decided to call it "Sticks and Stones".  It has lots of browns, beiges, ivory, and charcoal greys.
I was going to make a tutorial on how to use this ruler, but instead, I  found a really great tutorial already done on another blog called Quilt Expressions, here, so I don't have to re-invent the wheel. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sticks and stones color way

A sneak peek! 

Jelly belly quilt in parson gray fabrics

I finished the quilt I was making with Parson Gray  fabrics. It is a pattern called jelly belly by zen Chic.  The actual pattern is for a larger quilt but  I made a smaller version. I sewed the larger version as well but it is getting quilted at the moment. I'm excited to see what Patti is going to do with it.
I used some of the shot cotton "solids" to set off all the patterned fabrics.  The outer solid is a kona cotton in Ivory.  
This is the back.  I used one of the shot cottons by Westminster fabrics, and I just love the way it feels.
I think we will make up some kits using this color way at the shop, but for the full size version.  I love this pattern, I want to make it again!  

Monday, August 26, 2013

The new Sampler Colours

as many of you know, each year we run a program at the store called the Saturday Surprise Sampler.  This year is the twelfth year we have done it, and I am getting quite a collection of sampler quilts!  actually, it is a nice wedding present, although I still have most of the ones I've made.  This year, our first block pickup is not too far away, and so I am starting to play around with the fabrics.  
Rather than basing it on one particular line of fabrics, it will use a colour theme of Neutrals.   
These are indicative of the fabrics we will be using.  
I need to sew up some tester blocks, because I'm not too sure about the cream colour up in the right hand corner.  I do like the darks a lot!   
Well, that's my job for today..
Although I do want to add the borders to my "Jelly Belly" quilt using the zen chic fabrics.  I'm anxious to get it quilted!!  My friend has said she will quilt it on her long arm, and I know she will make it look great,

A sampler finish!

This weekend I finished the binding on a sampler quilt that was started a few years ago as part of our Saturday Surprise Sampler program.  The fabrics were based on a group by moda called Shangri- la.  I somehow had so many blocks that I made two quilts from them.  The first one I finished right away!  This one took a bit longer.  
I ended up making a special border using half Dresden plate blocks on white.  I thought about adding a darker outer border, but decided to just finish it off.
The machine quilting was done by Margo Halpinny, and she did a great job, I especially like what she did in the outside border

Of course I can't help picking out my "Favorite" block, don't you always do that with a sampler? 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Machine quilting

I've been working away at the quilt that I'm sewing with Parson Gray fabrics, and I'm pretty happy with the machine quilting in the main part of the quilt.  I just made diagonal lines across each of the rectangles and then filled them in  with back-and-forth sort of S-shaped loops.

now I have some pretty wide borders to fill in. I'm wondering how to fill them with the same density of quilting without repeating the loop design that I used in the center.
I also decided that I better get busy sewing the binding on some of the quilts I've had stacked up, waiting to be completed.  This morning I was working on one that has a batik backing.  I really like the dark blue binding against the pink and orange,

Monday, August 12, 2013


I spent a few hours yesterday updating the notions area at the shop!  In the last year or two we've started to carry more and more rulers and they were all crammed into a little space. So now they are way more easy to see,

Today isn't as warm as I thought it would be, so maybe I ll get some more sewing done, it is fun working on this Zen Chic quilt
The last photo is one that I put on Instagram.  Do you do Instagram?  I only got on to it a couple months ago, but I enjoy it, my user name on it is mimiharris if you want to find me there...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jelly belly quilt by Zen chic

Once in a while I find a pattern that I really want to make. This pattern company called send sheik has lots of patterns I really want to make. One of them is called jelly belly quilt.
I'm even using the same fabrics that are on the pattern cover, how often does that happen?
These are some of the piece that I cut from the strips just laid out to see their colors.
And here I am matching the fabrics that will go together for each of the blocks.
It's quite a modern style of design and I think it will be just lovely!
These are some of her other patterns. Who knows which one i will make next. I still have a layer cake of this same fabric in my stash!
I'm really tempted by this one. Especially since my friend said that the pattern looks like a zen symbol where they cross their hands.

Isn't the machine quilting on this one beautiful?
Simple but very effective.
I've already sewn one ex and  pluses block quilt so I guess I won't do this one.

Just amazing.

Baby snowball flannel

Recently we got in some really pretty baby flannels and I have been mulling over what to make from it. Finally I decided to make this quilt called baby snowballs. It's pretty easy to sew.  we cut the kits and I took one  home with me on Thursday.  I just put the finishing touches on it today!   
It was sort of fun to quilt, lots of hearts and loops...  Sort of echoing the designs on the fabric, which has little animals in hot air balloons.
It measures about 38"x48".
I don't have a particular recipient in mind for it yet, but my nieces and nephews have been having babies lately so I'm sure I'll find a home for it down the road.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Garage sale!

Today At the store we had a great idea to make the garage sale  table. So we used one in the back area,  and put lots of stuff on it.  Lots of odds and ends. We are going out of punch needle stuff.  So all about is there, lots of patterns, we didn't really go through the books much yet, will have to keep adding things as the days go by. Yesterday we put lots of nice fabrics into the half price section too, 

If you have time, pop in and see if there's anything you want! 

Website is Updated!

I'm feeling quite exhausted proud of myself tonight.  I spent a few hours (!!!) updating the shop's website with

1. new data on the classes for the fall,  here. 
This is exciting because Sandy has a couple of new options planned for you! check out the link to find out what....

2. The dates for the autumn's new Saturday Surprise Sampler blocks, here,   which again is exciting because we decided on a colorway, -- "Neutrals" which I promise will be more exciting than it's name might lead you to believe

3.  I added a new section with the information for our Quilt Retreat, which will take place in November, at Shekinah lodge, about 40 minutes north of Saskatoon.  You can read more about that here

These are all important events for us at the store, and another important event, if you're marking your calendar, is in October, on the 24, 25 and 26th, for the Saskatoon Quilter's Guild Show.  This year their theme is called "Fanning the Flames" which sounds quite dramatic.  It will be interesting to see how that will be interpreted in some quilts...  I am personally quite looking forward to it!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Playing with some settings

I've been mulling over what to do with the black, white and bright 12 inch blocks from the latest saturday surprise sampler. 
At the moment they are still pinned to the wall at the shop, but whenever I am there, they bother me because I haven't figured out what my plan is for them.

I decided to play around on my Electric Quilt program to see what some ideas might look like.  I thought I would post them here in case you too are wondering what to do with yours. 

1. white background, 3" sashing,  with 1-1/2" squares in the pieced outer border, finishes at about 76" x 90"

2. Diagonal setting, each block has an outer border added, they alternate in color,  77" x 98"

3.another very white setting, with a rectangle sewn on the side of each block, then sewn as a strippy quilt, 76" x 89"

4,  triple bar sashing, with skinny center bar, 80" x 96"
 5. outline each block with a skinny band of white, then set it in an ocean of purple: 80" x 96"
or maybe frame in black, and let it swim in white,
6. alternating with log cabin blocks, one inch logs, 84" x 86"
Well, that was fun.

print friendly

Recent topics;