My Original Design Entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival

>> Thursday, May 21, 2015

Amy from is hosting her biannual Blogger's Quilt Festival and I'm entering two categories this Spring. Two!

The last time I entered was a loooong time ago {my Liberated Churn Dash Quilt here}

This is my entry for Original Design. I used one of the older type of pre-cuts - the half charm charm packs. I made my favourite block the Churn Dash and tried out some Welsh inspired machine quilting. The wall hanging finishes at 35 1/2 inches square.

This photo lets you see how I integrated the churn dash into the quilting; I imagined the corners as baskets and quilted handles for them and added a flower and leaves.

This photo is a bit blurry but shows the quilting in the middle where I quilted 4 "leaves" and added some basic swirls.

If you spend some time looking around, or even just scroll back up to my header, you'll notice that my usual style is bright and vibrant. I love to play with bright colours but find comfort in quilts that feel grounded and balanced. The churn dash floating on a background is a departure from my usual style but pays tribute to the Mennonite quilts that were my first exposure to quilting. Their quilts exude comfort and skill and love for me.

I hope I shared some of that comfort and joy with you today.

There are more quilts in the Original Design category and the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Go visit and vote:)

Here's a link to the main Blogger's Quilt Festival where you can explore all of the categories.

Thanks for visiting. I have an entry in the ROYGBIV category too - come see!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


My ROYGBIV Entry for Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's the most wonderful quilt blogging time of the year again!

Amy from is hosting her biannual Blogger's Quilt Festival and I'm in under the wire this year to post two entries!

{Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet}

This is my entry - yes it's a pillow but it's also quilted so I think it counts:)

I find inspiration in traditional patterns and bright colours; I tend to put them together to create my joy. I was already a quilter when my daughter was born and she has grown up around me playing with fabrics and played in them herself. Once I asked her opinion {I think she was 5!} about what colours to pick to use in a quilt. Her advice - USE THEM ALL!
Now when I'm interested in trying something and not sure what direction to take, I think of her advice and make it in rainbow.

{I always read  "ROYGBIV" as "RAINBOW" - don't you?!}

This is not your average size pillow! I did take the wallhanging pattern and make it into a pillow front instead when I found some 26 inch Euro pillow forms on sale.

The design is not my own; it's actually the Primitive Gatherings 10th Anniversary Stitch Along patchwork version. It is now available as a kit on their website (I'm not sure if you can still visit the posts to find the pattern for free)

You can read my first post about the pillow here.

In this photo you can see me (hi!) and the quilting I did on the pillow. I echo quilted around the star until the yellow border. The pieces are small - I think those blue/violet hsts finish at 1 1/2 inches.

Thanks for visiting my happy place online. I invite you to look around and enjoy some more of my posts, maybe even a free tutorial or two.

There are lots more ROYGBIV quilts to enjoy at Amy's site, plus other categories too.

Click to visit the main site for the 2015 Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival

I'm posting a wall hanging in the Original Design category. See you there:)

With Joy,

Sarah V


Vacation Time Block for May

>> Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This was my first layout for the May Vacation Time block by Pat Sloan.
It's a free block of the month through Free Quilt Patterns.

Link to 2015 Vacation Time Mystery

I ended up changing it though!

Here's my finished block

Besides the better lighting, this block looks a lot more cheerful. Even though I really liked the blue beside the bird to highlight it's blue feathers, I think the neat blues in the colliding circles fabric does the same thing. In both layouts I made sure to separate the busy patterns with a more solid looking print - partly to highlight them but also to contain them.
The main reason I switched to this layout is because the yellow print in other blocks is part of the design and not the background. I thought the overall quilt would start to get really confusing if I used the same fabric for different design purposes in the blocks.

Now that there's five blocks I'm starting to see the possibility of using red, green and blue as accent colours. I really thought that the wild yellow and pink prints would steal the show but apparently I've found a few ways to tone them down:)

Looking forward to next month's block,

Sarah V


Liberated Churn Dash Block Making

>> Friday, May 15, 2015

This week I realized (thanks to Blogger's stats) that a group of quilters has chosen my liberated churn dash block for their guild activity: someone at the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild will win a whole bunch of liberated churn dash blocks made by its members this month.
How cool is that?!

Maybe I should host a liberated churn dash lotto?
Maybe a makealong where I share how I plan my colour choices?

Maybe LATER!
Can you say end-of-the-school-year-procrastinating-from-marking-by-starting-even-more-quilting-projects-enough-already-finish-this-blog-post-and-go-to-bed!

Anyway, here's the link to my Liberated Churn Dash tutorial for making a block,
and the link to the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild blog with a great review of the process with some added tips,
and here's the link to my Liberated Churn Dash QUILT pattern available for purchase with even more pretty pics and details to get you liberated and churning in joy!

Thanks for sharing some time sewing joy with me,

Sarah V


Charming Smiles - Placemats and My New Carpet

>> Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hi, it's me again! I'm finally starting to spend a bit of time in my space again.
{too bad most of the time is being spent marking!}
Notice anything different?

I got a really funky new carpet for my space! Not exactly a mother's day gift as I spied it a week earlier, but my husband said I had to get it because I would regret not getting it later. Sweet, eh! It's put together like a rag rug but made up in this swirl of a design. It gives me some more support underfoot for cutting fabric. And a big smile on my face every time I walk by it - and especially - into my space.

Another thing that's made me smile this week was finding out a massive amount of people downloaded my free Charmed Placemat pattern. Like 500 people. In one day!
Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy it.
And to think I was going to mention it as a fun treat for Mother's Day (I guess somebody else did that for me!) Thank you!

Have you made anything from one of my patterns?
I'd love to see a pic as I'm curious to see what colours people use when they use my designs.
You can email me a photo or leave a comment with a link.

Maybe my next post will show some actual quilting projects in it!!

With Joy,

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