Joyful Blooms at Quilt Canada

>> Tuesday, June 21, 2016

joyful blooms on railing

It's nice to have my Joyful Blooms quilt home! This is the first time I've had a quilt gone so long - the pattern for it was published in the Spring Issue of A Needle Pulling Thread.

What was even more fun is that I got to travel all the way to Mississauga to bring it home. I was fortunate enough to get to go to Quilt Canada 2016!

me and joyful blooms at Quilt Canada

You might have seen this photo on my Facebook page over the weekend. What a thrill to see it hanging among so many other beautiful quilts. I went to the show with my mother in law and we decided the quilt looked so good that we would leave it hanging one more day and come back! 

me and carla outtake

The best part of the show was meeting people and sharing quilting stories. Here I am in a photo 'outtake' that I hope Carla enjoys too! She is the editor at where I have been so fortunate to contribute as a blogger. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many quilts and quilters - I needed to get home and quilt:)

quilt canada goodies

Of course, what's a visit to a quilt show without bringing home some souvenirs! I had to buy some bright Kaffe fabrics. Seeing all of the vendors with their quilted signs made me really want to make one for my space. The orange print was bought with making my own quilted sign in mind. And my first license plate of the Row by Row experience for this year - I saw more, but this one really spoke to me. Since I haven't done anything yet with the few I got last year, I'm not going to spend all of my fabric budget on them. 

row from rutis needlebed

This row was really cute too - 3D bed quilts! The store is Ruti's Needlebed in Mississauga. And the prints are from Northcott - they make great mini quilts, don't you think?

I'm pretty much recovered from the long road trip and all the walking! A few more weeks of teaching and I can quilt all day:)

What's your favorite part of attending a quilt show? 

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Two Months of Secret Garden Blocks

>> Wednesday, June 15, 2016

May got really busy for me somehow - procrastinating on projects put me behind on the quilts I'm making for me. This is the May block from Pat Sloan's My Secret Garden block of the month. 

My Secret Garden May Block

I really wanted to use the blue Denyse Schmidt print that I've been holding onto as the background. Using 4 different colors for the pinwheels really adds some movement to the block. This is the first block the fabric in the darker inner border has made an appearance - I will have to start including it in more!

I'm really happy with how my June block turned out. Pat showed two fabric placement variations which you can see here. I wanted to try and make my center star float so I chose two different light fabrics for the star background fabrics. 

My Secret Garden June Block

I also took another design cue from Pat - I noticed one of her blocks used the three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow.)  I have a tendency to use the secondary colors a lot - green, orange, and purple. I went through my stash of fabrics set aside for this project and got as close to the secondary colors as I could! Fun to see how the coral Tula pink fabric has played several different roles for me in these blocks. 

Now I'm caught up on this project until next month;)

How are you doing with your Block of the Month projects?

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Birthday Blocks for April

>> Monday, June 13, 2016

Yes, April! 

April's birthday quilter requested blocks in blue for her Florida home. I chose the Aurifil block of the month by Christa Watson. I used a some of all the blue Pat Sloan fabrics I had! The center is not as liberated as it could be, but I'm still happy with the outcome.

The birthday group of is made up of a group of quilters who met online through Pat Sloan's forum. I try to incorporate a design and/or fabric in each block. I don't always, but it's fun to try!

There was no birthday quilter in May but there are several in June. 

Here's the first one that's already been celebrated:

This quilter wanted a snowman of any size. I used Pat Sloan's snowman from her book, "New Ideas for Applique", and just left off it's cute hat. The background fabric is from Pat's Sweet Life line of fabric.

Two more June blocks are made but I'll share them later this month once they've been received!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


May Finish - Wish Upon a Star for Spring Quilt

>> Wednesday, June 8, 2016

It's finally quilted! And being used :) I snuck it out one day to get a *style* shot - in the park with plants not yet in bloom. Appropriate, yes?

You can find the instructions to make your own  Wish Upon a Star for Spring quilt over at

Here are the direct links for each step:

First post with Fabric Requirements

Cutting the Fabrics

Making the Center blocks

Making the top row of  stars and the bottom row of tulips

Putting the quilt together

While you're visiting check out the beautiful sunflower quilt Christine is making!

Do you make quilts with flowers on them? Patchwork or applique?

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Splendid Sampler Blocks End of May

>> Wednesday, May 25, 2016

splendid sampler block 26

The most recent Splendid Sampler block I finished is block 26. It's a pretty mini dresden! It was actually fun to make one so small - the instructions were very easy to follow. 

I have fallen behind - perhaps by choice - as so many of the blocks are paper pieced and this is not my favourite technique. {Julie mentioned the same *choice*;) } I will attempt some of them but I think I'm going to start doing some of the bonus patchwork blocks to replace a few.

In the meantime here are the blocks that I've finished so far - except one! I must have set aside block 20, the embroidered one. I'll take a photo for next time I report in;)

may 26 splendid sampler family portrait

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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