My Optimistic Third Quarter List for the Finish Along

>> Friday, July 7, 2017

It seems that success breeds success - or at least when it comes to public accountability, quilting and deadlines! Here is my rather long list for this next quarter. Since it is summer I should have more time to focus and quilt. After my vacation!

pineapple fabrics for mini curve ruler pattern

1. For Me! 

A mini pineapple wall quilt using the Sew Kind of Wonderful quick curve ruler mini. I'm adapting the mini pumpkin pattern based on stem directions given on the Sew Kind of Wonderful free patterns on their website. I've started and hope to finish it soon!

quild mystery quilt 2017

2. For me or to give as gift

My guild's mystery quilt this year. This is one of the blocks and I have all of the units made for it. The other blocks and border involving trying another new-to-me ruler, Deb Tucker's V Block.
This might be a gift because I know what it looks like and the person would love it, but I did use some of my absolute favourite saved fabrics in it. hmmmmm. I'll finish it first then decide!

stash supplies for an alzheimer fidget quilt

3. For local hospital

Guild summer challenge - make a fidget quilt for Alzheimer's. This is something I'm not sure how to start but have been looking up on the internet. I did find some instructions I liked at the Quilt Posse, especially some of the useful comments left on the post. I'm aiming to make one in colours, textures, and images that men might find enjoyable as this seems to be a need as well.

I found this while rummaging through my stuff for things to add to the fidget quilt and realized I could make one to include on the fidget quilt. It's for keeping track of needles.

Instead of putting batting inside I think I'll try using some felt. Or maybe I'll just use batting!

4. For me and gifts

This one is three separate items - 3 quilted pillows. Each one will be made of one of these Celebration Leaves blocks that I designed. I'm planning to practice more free-motion quilting on them!

This instructions to make this block are FREE to my newsletter subscribers.

holiday homies fabric

5. For my brother (and maybe my husband too!)

This will be fun! A quilt for my brother using my Churn, Baby, Churn pattern.

churn baby churn quilt pattern by Sarah Vanderburgh

My pattern uses a layer cake to make a baby sized quilt - I plan to cut two - 10 inch squares from each of the fabrics and see where it takes me!
My husband liked the fabric when I showed it to him; it's Tula Pink's holiday line, Holiday Homies. It is pretty cool! I was lucky enough to buy a bundle of the whole line from Mad About Patchwork, a Canadian online retailer. So, I just might make two (shhhh!)

You can purchase my Churn, Baby, Churn pattern on Craftsy here - or Etsy here   :)

hope blossom quilt

6. For me + a new pattern

This one was on my list last quarter - quilt my Hope Blossoms quilt. The block was in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, volume 15. I would like to have a finished quilt to take photos of to promote this pattern:)

pat bravo rock n romance fabric sampler

7. For a niece

I told you this list was optimistic! I'd like to quilt this sampler for a niece (maybe the one turning 16 next year?) I will add borders to the side and bottom to give it some overhang on a twin bed. This was a Pat Sloan block of the month several years ago. I love the fabric - Rock'n Romance by Pat Bravo. 

That's my list for this quarter. VERY optimistic. It's kind of in order of how I plan to approach it as well with some projects having end of summer deadlines. I'm hoping that by including who the quilt is for it will keep me focussed on finishing. We'll see!

What to do next?

quilt room shelves

Re-prioritize these shelves!

I'm linking up to the Finsh Along over here at Dizzy Quilts. Come encourage us! Maybe you joined too - let me know in the comments and I'll visit your blog/instagram and encourage you too!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Quilt for Canada's 100

>> Saturday, July 1, 2017

It's finally Canada Day! And so far, it's not raining :)
Before I head out to enjoy the celebrations offered in my small northern Ontario town, I wanted to share this special family quilt with you.

canada centennial quilt

This quilt was given as an 18th birthday gift to my mother - who actually turned 18 the year after Canada's Centennial birthday!

center dates on Canada centennial quilt

However, it's pretty obvious that this quilt was made to celebrate Canada's 100 with the dates marked in the center of the quilt. I'm not sure how though, the numbers are not stitched and don't feel like an ink. They have also stayed very clear after years of use.

Centennial star stitched in blue on quilt

The handstitching between the rows of bowties show the Centennial star handstitched alternately in light blue and light pink. This photo clearly shows the stitched star.

Centennial logo

I found this photo of the Centennial Star in an interesting article about Canadian graphic design here.

Centennial star stitched in light pink

The pink stitched star is harder to see, but it's there!

top view of Centennial quilt

I took the photos of the quilt this past Christmas. This was the first time I had looked at the whole quilt from above (for obvious reasons?!) and noticed for the first time the intentional layout of the bowties. 

My mom pointed out that several of the bowties are made from fabrics she had dresses made from as a girl. In this photo my name is over the top of the box my mom kept that stored the quilt - there is a handwritten note on it from my great grandmother that this quilt was for my mom's 18th birthday. 

sister on quilt

My sister has always expressed interest in inheriting this quilt. She took another opportunity during the photo shoot to claim it! 

Enjoy the day!

Sarah V.


A Finish for the Finish Along Quarter 2 - Liberated Churn Dash placemat

>> Sunday, June 25, 2017

There's nothing like a finish to encourage me to find the time to share here on my blog. I could show you piles of marked artwork and report card comments, but I don't think it would be the same :)

School is almost out for summer and I have been sneaking in a few minutes in my quilting space to quilt, trying to focus on  those things I planned to work on for the Finish Along Quarter 2.

I'm happy to report this placemat is finally quilted! 

I used the chance to review PFAFF's creative 3.0 as an opportunity to add some fun stitiching to it as well.

I used the sequencing feature to add my own words to the placemat between the fun pencils.

Then I used some of the built in stitches to add some more fun details - like the stitches around the FRIENDS patch.

Now all four of my placemats made with this fabric (Story, by Carrie Bloomston) are in use and making my dining room look a bit more jubilant with the arrival of summer vacation!

pattern for Liberated Churn Dash placemats

If you want to make your own Liberated Churn Dash placemats you can find my pattern here.

Now back to my quilting space where I hope to have my second Finish Along Quarter 2 project finished today!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Winner and What's on my design wall

>> Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May is flying by here! I'm happy to announce a winner from last week's blog tour for Quiltmaker's 100 blocks, volume 15.

quiltmaker's 100 blocks vol 15 magazine cover

Congratulations to C. Knapp! She won a copy of the magazine and three of my downloadable patterns.

The most fun part of the tour for me was reading about all of the festivals mentioned in the comments worthy of road trips!  My winner lives close to the OK Mozart International  festival - sounds like a great one :)

The magazine is on sale now so you should be able to find a copy of your own if you didn't win one here or on another block stop.

Saturday was my second time going to my guild's sew day - remember I just joined in February. This time I took a lot of different projects that I was hoping to catch up on.

bow block holly jolly quilt along

The first thing I worked on was the bow block for the Holly Jolly quilt along. This Friday is the next pattern pick up day so I wanted to be sure to get it done. The woman behind me at the sew day is making 2 quilts with this pattern and was working on her bows too! Plus she was making her second set of the stocking block;)

I was a little concerned because last time I didn't take things that required thinking - like reading a pattern and cutting out pieces! I only had to redo one piece in this block which encouraged me to keep going!

design wall

The next thing I worked on was cutting out a second Celebration Leaves block. This will be a free pattern available to my newsletter subscribers.

 I was testing my written notes and also checking if I had enough of my chosen fabrics to make 3 blocks - and I do! A fat quarter of each colour, plus a half yard of the white will make 3 of these 16 inch blocks. The third block is in the works as I am trying to keep the momentum going this week and sewing a bit every night.

block 64 of 150 cdn women blocks

Working full time has left me behind on my 150 Canadian women blocks, but more money to buy fabric so. . . :) I printed out several of my blocks and took them to the sew day but didn't touch them. I decided to try to catch up by doing one block a night. Sunday night I prepped block 64 and then sewed it together last night. I have block 65 prepped and will finish sewing it after posting this and hopefully get 66 cut out too.

61 to 64 blocks of 150 cdn women

I'm sewing my blocks together to turn them into 12 inch units. If you follow me on Instagram you'll be able to see my blocks as I finish them this week - and encourage me to keep going! This week I posted an alternate colour arrangement for the last block using all pink. In the end the block was too bright like that and I added the red to help in blend in. Only in this quilt would red tone down a block!

Tonight I'm downloading the next 3 blocks in the 150 designed by Kat Tucker, finishing block 65, and chain piecing Celebration Leaves in between. Hopefully I will cut out the next block too but feeling a bit tired tonight. A little concerned a coughing cold has found it's way into our house!

Stay sewing, keep joyful.
Prayers to all dealing with flooding concerns across the country. xo

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally at Sew Joy Creations

>> Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Welcome to my block stop on volume 15 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.

QM 100 block magazine volume 15 cover

It's always fun to find out a block gets accepted into the magazine - it's even more fun when you discover your block made it to the cover!

I've been asking my newsletter subscribers and blog readers if they could guess which block was mine. . . 

Here it is!

hope blossom for qm 100 vol 15

I knew that I wanted to use Janine Vangool's fabric line, Uppercase, for my block - she's Canadian too, eh!

In the process of making the block I had to decide whether to use a light or a dark background.

Here is my test layout of some different Uppercase prints using a light background. 

I decided that I liked how the colors popped on the dark background more so I went with the dark background.

Then of course, I had to make more!

The theme of this volume's blog tour is a road rally and that inspired my quilt.

I set my blocks on point to look like a field of tulips. Tulips in Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and the month of May are a tradition. If you don't live too far away it is definitely worth a road trip!

Since I live too far away, I decided to make a field of tulips to enjoy on my own bed. I used one of the light prints in Uppercase and a Pat Sloan print for my tulip block backgrounds. Then I had fun making some bright, mostly red tulips.

canada 150 tulip

Fun tulip fact - there is a special Canada 150 tulip!

Canada is celebrating it's 150th birthday this year with many special events and souvenirs to mark the occasion. I'm considering my quilt to be a 150 birthday quilt - hopefully it will even get quilted this year!

The solid looking green fabric in my quilt is from Northcott's fabric line celebrating Canada. There are several maple leaf prints in this line if you wanted to make something Canadian this year too - or just add to your stash for a souvenir ;)

newsletter free block

Since I'm in the celebrating spirit, I am currently working on this NEW block called "Celebration Leaves". It's big at 16" and lots of fun to play with AND it will only be available to my newsletter subscribers, so, if you like it, sign up

Hopefully I've inspired you to make a tulip block or visit a local festival - maybe your road trip will be to the nearest quilt shop for a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 magazine and some fabric!

Of course with a blog tour there's a giveaway :)

My winner will receive

magazine cover QM 100 blocks vol. 15

a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 blocks vol. 15

3 SewJOY Creations' downloadable patterns:

quilt pattern churn dashes from layer cake baby quilt

a baby quilt made with a layer cake

queen size liberated piecing quilt
a queen size quilt making liberated churn dashes

layer cake placemat pattern

two placemat patterns from a layer cake

International entries are welcome
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Leave a comment until Friday, May 5, midnight EST
telling me a favorite local festival you go to
or one that's worth a road trip!

Winner will be announced Saturday, May 6 
after my local guild sew day :)

Thanks for visiting! Keep on touring with Quiltmaker's block stops for today.

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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