May Monthly Color Challenge block and More!

>> Thursday, May 28, 2020

I've been busy in my quilt room and so close to a finish! I'll try to catch you up on a few things in this post. 


Monthly Color Challenge


Before it's too late, here's my block for the Monthly Color Challenge.

may monthly color challenge block


This month Jen had us working with green. I am using the fabrics that I have on hand (actually, the fabrics that I had on hand in January!) and I don't have much green in my stash. I reversed the light and dark green color placement this month because of it. I do like the dark background and think the black background with bright pinwheels would make a fun quilt - and look like fireworks!



The link up is already up for this month - click here to go and enter your block.


The month isn't over yet, so you still have time to make May's block (and get it free!)
Visit this post on Jen's blog to get the May block:


What else have I been working on?
It might be quicker to list what I haven't, but not as much fun :)

Upcycled Pillow


napkin pillow upcycled pillow


My daughter has been at our place for the last while. This pillow has been planned by me for a long time. I picked up this pair of cat napkins for her somewhere sometime ago with the plan to make them into a pillow. Cleaning up lately brought them back up to the surface and we went for it! I also found some fabric that felt like muslin and we used it to make a pillow form. My daughter stuffed it with the batting trimmings from quilts that I had been saving. I had just enough! I used a zipper I had in my stash and the pillow is finally made! 

Jelly Roll Quilt


rainbow jelly roll qal
I did get to making all of the blocks for the Rainbow jelly roll quilt along hosted by Ruby Star Society. I can't believe I finally used my Prayer Flag jelly roll!

rainbow jelly roll qal blocks

I cut one of the blocks so far and am really thrilled with it. I'm waiting to cut and trim them all until I can actually put them all together. The seams are all on the bias now and the blocks will definitely stretch if I let them sit. Maybe next month I can get this quilt together?

Stash Building


teal fabrics Kim Diehl
I have been doing a little bit of online shopping in addition to supporting my local quilt shop. These beautiful half yards of Kim Diehl fabric came from another Ontario quilt shop. I love them!

Kim Diehl fabrics pink swirl
This print in particular caught my eye when I went through the bunch - do you see the litte pink 'S's too?!

Rainbow Quilt


Pat Sloan may quilt double sided binding
I have spent most of my time this month getting this quilt made. My daughter and I worked on making Pat Sloan's magical quilty May quilt - a rainbow quilt! Believe it or not the quilt is done AND quilted!

double sided binding
Next up is to attach this double sided binding - another first for me! I followed Margot from the Pattern Basket's tutorial for this (and then did a lot of changing things up). Her photos made it click and I'm hoping it all works out :)


Sew Along



sew joy sew along august 2020

And I've been working on this! I sent out a survey to my newsletter subscribers to ask what they would like to sew with me. Sewing one of my patterns together got the most votes!

The sew along won't start until August because I will be using new fabric by Christa Watson that comes out in July called Good Vibes. We chatted and plans are in the works to offer a KIT too!

Now to decide which pattern! I'll be asking my newsletter subscribers to vote on this so be sure to have your vote included by subscribing.



The sew along will be hosted here on my blog, but I'm sure I will be chatting about it in my newsletter too. Sign up to read things I only share there including my list of links to enjoy. 

Okay. Back to the machine!
Sew what you can with
 what you have and 
fill up your creative well.

 Stay safe and stay healthy.

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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Modern Baby Quilt

>> Saturday, May 2, 2020

Here's a fun, bold, happy project! A modern baby quilt is just the thing to make at the beginning of Spring.


modern baby quilt solids quilt

This is my latest project over at QUILTsocial.

The first post gives the fabric requirements and cutting instructions:

This modern baby quilt steals the show


PFAFF performance icon sewing machine

This project I challenged myself to use solid fabrics and let the stitches add the texure. Of course it was not that difficult to achieve using all of the stitch features of the PFAFF performance icon! I used my old favourite, floating stitches, as I put the blocks together.

Floating stitches on a modern baby quilt make all the difference



quilt units as churn dash


If you've been a reader for any length of time you know that I love the churn dash block. This quilt was inspired and is made with the units of the traditional block. I just played with placement of the units to end up with hints of churn dashes throughout. See those floating stitches?

HSTs and piecing a baby quilt top with the performance icon



radiant stitches pfaff performance icon

The quilt top was designed so that I could use the radiant stitch feature on the performance icon. This was a new stitch feature for me and I was curious about how to make it work on a quilt. I didn't want to make a crazy patch quilt - which I think would be an excellent place to use these stitches - but I did want space to show off the stitches.


stippling stitches radiant stitches floating stitches pfaff performance icon


The modern setting is supposed to look like mountain sides. I was thinking about the song from The Sound of Music - Climb every Mountain - and I used the stitches to help me create a landscape. Trees, weeds, flowers, mixed with snow, rain, and sunshine. Even some lucky clover!



multi fabric binding baby quilt


I also used a serpentine stippling stitch in some of the connecting hsts when I quilted the top to represent rivers and mountain streams. I know, it sounds silly, but making all of these different elements connect to a theme made it easier to choose what stitches to use, and which not to use on this project. 

In the end I also decided to use the leftover blue and green fabric in the binding and tested it to get most of it to line up with one of the blue, green corners. The rest of the binding is white which feels like a no-no - I guess I could blame it on the modern tendencies of this project!

I like this photo because you can see how I used different thread colors to help me create my imaginary landscape too. It was hard not to put radiant stitches everywhere!

Stippling stitches on the performance icon add whimsy to a baby quilt


modern baby quilt

Maybe you need a modern baby quilt in your life? Remember, you could always turn it into churn dashes by moving around the units ;)

If you like what you see, 
could you please go to one of the linked posts 
and leave your comment there?
 It will help more quilters find my project. 

Or pin a photo to one of your Pinterest boards :)

Thanks!


With Joy,

Sarah V.



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Personal Projects at the end of April

>> Thursday, April 30, 2020


April is ending with lots of showers and perhaps, even MORE projects in my quilting space!


sewjoycreates design wall


I decided to take a quick photo of my two design walls last week because they made me smile! You can see my quilting personality here for sure. I have a few small liberated churn dash blocks done for my Inventory Quilt. Not as many as I should, but I will keep this one going into May and hopefully have a completed top by the end.



Liberated Churn Dash quilt pattern ~remember you can save 20% using code IQ20


The three bottom blocks are for a sampler quilt I'm doing with a group of online quilting friends. Each of  us is responsible for providing a block to make each month.

cotton and steel churn dash variation block

For this month's block I used some saved Cotton and Steel Christmas prints.


sewjoycreates second design wall other peoples designs

The pineapple quilt got moved over to my other design wall where I can see it when I walk into my space. It's paper pieced! I'm so happy I took some time to try this technique again. The flower basket and the pineapple quilts are both challenges in another online quilting group. Lots of independence and creative license there with the goal of sharing a love of the designer's work. I plan to finish both of these in May as they will look great for spring.

The star block is the next block in Darlene D'eon's 52 week challenge. I have actually cut my background fabric and have some color fabrics ready so that I can keep up. So many less pieces than the scrappy bear paw blocks :) I'm really looking forward to seeing this quilt completed at the end of the year.

You can find Darlene's instructions on her facebook page - Darlene D'eon Designs


Would you be surprised if I told you that I have more projects ready to go for May?! I'm enjoying my time at home with my stash and UFOs. I hope you are too!


With Joy,

Sarah V.




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Two ways to trim large Half Square Triangles without a square ruler

>> Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Today's tip came about when I found myself needing to trim a bunch of half square triangles that were larger than my 6 1/2" square ruler that I usually use to trim. I had to find an alternative and looked down at my cutting mat and hoped it could help me out!

Of course, if you happen to own larger square rulers then you can use those. But right now I don't and I don't plan to shop for rulers right now. But I am making a shopping list! ;)

Here are 2 different ways that I came up with to use the lines on a mat to help trim. I also used my 18" long ruler and my rotary cutter.

Hopefully one of them will work for you too.

hst trimming tip


First Way to Trim with Cutting Mat

Trim First Side


  • Line up the diagonal seam with the 45° angle line on the cutting mat - the line might even read '45' on your mat.  See the black arrows in the photo.
  • Line up two sides of the block with a lines on the mat. In this case, I lined up the top and left edges, but it might be easier to line up the bottom and right edges. 
  • Use the 18" ruler to trim the side NOT on a line to the required size. See the pink arrow in the photo. Here I am trimming to the 1/2" using the line on my cutting mat and straight edge of the ruler.


Trim Second Side


  • Turn the block clockwise to trim the next side. The first trimmed side is at the bottom.
  • Line up two sides (top and left) with lines on the cutting mat. See the white arrow in the photo.
  • Trim the right side using markings on mat and edge of ruler. See the pink arrow in the photo.
  • NOTE the diagonal seam of the block is not lined up with any markings in this step.


Trim Third Side


  • Turn the block clockwise to trim the next side. The second trimmed side is at the bottom and the first is now to the left lined up with the cutting mat.
  • Line up the diagonal seam with the 45° line on the cutting mat. The top edge will also be on a line. See the black arrows in the photo.
  • Trim the right side using markings on mat and edge of ruler. See the pink arrow in the photo.


Trim the Final Side



  • Turn the block clockwise to trim the next side. The third trimmed side is at the bottom.
  • Line up two sides (top and left) with lines on the cutting mat.
  • Trim the right side using markings on mat and edge of ruler.
  • NOTE the diagonal seam of the block is not lined up with any markings in this step.

Trimming is complete and the block should be the desired size.
But that was a LOT of turning! I decided to try the same steps, but with my rotating cutting mat so that I didn't have to lift and turn the block. It definitely made the trimming go faster. My rotating mat can only accomodate a block that untrimmed is 12" square, but maybe you have a bigger one!



Second Way to Trim - with a Rotating Cutting Mat

Trim First Side


  • Line up the diagonal seam with the 45° angle line on the rotating cutting mat - the line might even read '45' on your mat.  See the black arrows in the photo.
  • Line up two sides of the block with a lines on the mat. In this case, I lined up the top and left edges because I trim the right edge. You could do it the other way as well - line up the bottom and right edges to trim from the left.  
  • Use the 18" ruler to trim the side NOT on a line to the required size. See the pink arrow in the photo. Here I am trimming to the 1/2" using the line on my rotating cutting mat and straight edge of the ruler.

Trim Second Side


  • Rotate the mat! I went clockwise.
  • Since I'm trimming the right edge, I now trim the new right edge and don't move the block
  • For this edge, I trim to the marked line.

Trim the Third Side


  • Rotate the mat! I went clockwise. 
  • Since I'm trimming the right edge, I now trim the new right edge and don't move the block
  • For this edge, I trim to the marked line.

Trim the Final Side



  • Rotate the mat! I went clockwise again.
  • Since I'm trimming the right edge, I now trim the new right edge and don't move the block
  • For the final edge, I trim to the 1/2" mark on the rotating cutting mat.
The second way is much quicker, but you might not have a rotating cutting mat. 
Both are accurate ways to successfully trim large half square triangles.

I hope this tip helps you with your larger quilt blocks!


With Joy,


Sarah V.


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7 Full Days of Designers Quilt Show live today

>> Sunday, April 19, 2020

Today is the final day of the Designers Quilt Show! We are doing a big hurrah finale and giving you access to ALL 6 days of the show today.



Featured Designers

You can now visit all of the designers Featured pages 





Here's a link to go to mine :)

Take time to check out some you might have missed or go back to ones you liked and make that purchase you've been considering. . . that's quite a few patterns for me! Several designers have specials on right now or are introducing you to new programs.
Go look and see if something catches your eye and delights your heart!

Show Special

My show special ends tonight. 
This pattern pack introduces you to my patterns and gives you a variety of things to make. It's also a good deal!


show special patterns perfect for precuts

Go to my online shop to pick up your Patterns Perfect for Precuts for only $10

Classroom Recap

All of the classes put on by the amazing designers this week are available too! I'm sure there's something you would enjoy.

Visit the classroom schedule here

My SewJoy Tip: How to make your own 10" squares



Rafflecopter Giveaway

AND it's the last day to enter the giveaway.
I highlighted all the designers who are donating prizes in this post

Have a coffee break and go enter by going to the Rafflecopter link.


Dear Stella fabrics patterns Sew Joy Creations


My prize is digital copies of my 3 new patterns.
I'm looking forward to these fabric lines by Dear Stella coming to the stores this spring!
The patterns are available now in my shop.

New Freebie for Newsletter Subscribers

Dine In placemats newsletter freebie Sew Joy Creations

My newsletter is going out today. I have been working on a new placemat pattern for my subscribers. I'm trying to have a freebie for every season available to keep my followers making year round :) 

Are you a happy follower? Subscribe here or by clicking on the image below! 

Special Thank You

A special thank you to all of the quilt pattern designers in the quilt show and especially Kathryn of Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio who was the website designer and the show coordinator. Please visit her and say thanks too!


With Joy,


Sarah V.




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