Every Stitch Counts - Chasing Joy

>> Thursday, April 28, 2016

fabrics for qm100 project

This has been a busy week for me supply teaching in kindergarten. But, I do have a quilting project that needs to be done for next week so I've done my best to do a little bit every night.

I needed to pick out the fabrics I wanted to use for my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog hop stop next week!

qm100 button

Be sure to stop by here next Tuesday, May 3rd, when I reveal my block and my project.
You can hop from Quiltmaker's blog to all of the different designers participating here:

trimming qm100 project hsts

There is a wee bit of trimming to do on some hsts, but it will be worth it! You know that I am a *converted trimmer* and trust me, on these smallish pieces, trimming is the way to go;)

new iron

This week also saw the sudden and unexpected finish of my iron! It just wouldn't heat up. I've had it for years, bought at a hardware store, but still. This week - really?!
Glad that there was a sale on at my local Canadian Tire - just about my only choice in my small town to shop for an iron. As you can see, I'm not picky AND I lucked out with the pretty green:) It heats up and does the job so I can't complain.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already saw these photos - thanks for reading my blog too! When I work every day and have so little time to quilt - and I have a deadline - unfortunately blogging has to wait. So, tonight was blog night! 

Stay tuned for next week - I'll be hopping and also blogging at QUILTsocial with a tutorial for a spring quilt!

Every stitch counts,

Sarah V.


Splendid Sampler Blocks Update

>> Sunday, April 24, 2016

splendid sampler block 12

I am still working at catching up to the current Splendid Sampler blocks. Block 12 I did using the patchwork program built in to PFAFF's creative sensation pro - what a treat! 

splendid sampler block 11

For block 11 I chose to try out the chain stitches on the creative sensation pro instead of doing them by hand. It didn't turn out too badly - I like the stitching. I had the tension too tight and my block is a bit wavy. Not sure it will *quilt out* but I'm leaving it for now.

splendid sampler block 13

The pieces are really tiny in block 13, but I like it anyway :) I'm a little concerned about having enough of my light background fabrics by the time we get sixty blocks done. I'm starting to think about using the light green as background too.

splendid sampler blocks done end of april

Together they are looking good! 
Are you making the Splendid Sampler blocks?

With Joy,

Sarah V.


New Pattern - Churn, Baby, Churn

>> Saturday, April 23, 2016

I'm proud to offer my first baby quilt pattern!
Let me introduce you to *Churn, Baby, Churn*

baby churn on fence

I designed this quilt as a challenge - a way to use only a layer cake for the top and my favourite block, the churn dash. Somehow my local quilt shop still had a layer cake of Sweetwater's Noteworthy laying around and I decided it was finally time for me to buy it and use it!

quilt on chair outside with stuffies

The piecing is easy; it's almost all straight line sewing with some half square triangles. Big quick pieces! And it's simple to make this quilt bright and busy, or calm and low volume, or for a specific gender depending on the fabric line you pick. Primary colours are great for baby quilts - this would be fun to make with black and white prints too!

baby quilt with backing showing

I used a bright alphabet print for the back. My 8 year old son still has the toddler blanket I made my daughter in his bed! I know that little ones get attached to their quilts so I thought I would use a backing that would interest a toddler. It could also be the teacher in me thinking that you can never start too soon;)

This pattern works up quickly and would make the perfect gift to welcome a new little one in your life. You can find it listed in my Craftsy pattern store and in my Etsy shop.

With Joy,

Sarah V


Free eMagazine to Enjoy

>> Monday, April 11, 2016

quilt social ezine 6 cover photo

Just a quick post today to let you know
the newest FREE eMagazine from
is available.

It includes my Curling Rock(s) Runner
and several other fun projects!

There's still curling happening and the runner comes together quickly.
{I won't dwell on the fact that there's still snow here too!}

Sarah V.


New Joy from Scraps - Spring Scrap Vortex Quilt

>> Thursday, April 7, 2016

angled view step 2 scrap vortex

I found a way to use up my scraps as is - no pre-cutting, no light and dark organizing - just put two pieces together and go!

Yes, I'm finally making Amanda Jean's, of Crazy Mom Quilts fame, Scrap Vortex Quilt.

scraps bins

Minimum set up was required. I moved my bins of scraps over to my sewing table; one on top and one on the bin that sits under the table (it holds projects and medium size pieces of batting)

lowered ironing board

Then I lowered my ironing board to the same height as my sewing table so I could just swivel back and forth in my chair to iron.

step one scrap vortex pieces

Pieces made during Step 1.

first step pieces

Pieces made at end of first scrap sewing session.

step 2 on design wall

I didn't plan to keep going with Step 2 and joining pieces made together, but once I started it was fun to get back in touch with these fabrics!

left side of design wall

middle of design wall

right side of design wall

It's not enough blocks for a quilt, but I still have lots of scraps left! Plus, there are three more steps in the quilt along ;)

I feel like I just took the pressure off myself to *do* something with my scraps. I'm really happy with how it's going so far and plan to make some time to do some more Step 1 piecing soon!

Do you have a scrap quilt in progress?

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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