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
Please include your email address in your comment if you are unsure if you are a no reply blogger
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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.


Progress on my blocks of the months

>> Sunday, April 30, 2017

These projects are not necessarily on the back burner, but definitely the side burners! My last post focussed on my 3 focus projects for this quarter of the year. The following three - or four - are also taking their turns under the sewing machine needle.

pat sloan chelsea lane applique blocks

My Friends on Chelsea Lane blocks by Pat Sloan: I'm trying to at least fuse down one of these blocks a month. I am now behind on doing the blanket stitch on several and the words. I think I will spend time in the summer months stitching the words out on the porch :)

This is an older pattern of  Pat's that I was fortunate enough to be gifted as a kit. She has a beautiful quilt in the latest issue of Primitive Quilting that is available in a kit and features her new fabric line. You can see Spring Breeze here.

150 Canadian Women blocks

I've just recently started to fall behind on this one. This is my 150 Canadian Women blocks laid out on my queen size bed - there's around 64 - 6 1/2" blocks in this photo, plus the one 12" block that I added in. I'm hoping to catch back up shortly now that my secret sewing is finished!

These blocks are designed by Kat Tucker of  Next Step Quilt Designs. There are more blocks to come and a CD you can buy in November that includes all of the 150 blocks.

stockings pieced block holly jolly quilt along

My local quilt shop recently started the Holly Jolly quilt along by Sew Fresh Quilts . Of course I couldn't resist the easy pieced blocks and fun colours. Plus Christmas! I have been meaning to share this one for awhile as it seems I've made several copies of this photo for the blog ;)

stockings and mittens holly jolly quilt along

This is one of those block of the months where you pay a fee at the beginning, bring in your block completed by the next release date and receive the next pattern free. It works for me! I did mistakenly personalize my mitten block, but I like it. The next block is a big bow due in a few weeks:)

guild mystery quilt pieced units

And one more - my quild's mystery quilt! I joined the guild late in the year and have some catching up to do. Apparently I don't have to have it finished until the next quilt show in a couple of years :)  The last clue has been given out and I'm thrilled with the design - it's one I've been putting off doing. I'm also glad I used some stashed favourites in this one. Now I just have to get it done - and convince my husband I don't have too many quilts and can keep it!

There will be another post up here this week: I'm happy to announce that I am one of the stops on the Quiltmaker's 100 blog tour next week!

quiltmaker's 100 blocks vol. 15 blog tour

AND my block is on the cover!

Can you guess which one? Come back on Wednesday, May 3 to find out!

I have made a lap top quilt top for the tour and can't wait to share it with you. Now I just need to take it outside for some photos before it starts raining!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


My 3 for Finish Along Quarter 2

>> Friday, April 7, 2017

Joining up to this finish along in hopes it will help me stay a bit more focused on finishing!

As only finished projects, not just progress on UFOs or keeping up with Blocks of the Months count for this one, stay tuned for a second post about my ongoing block projects that I am trying to keep up to date as well ;)

quilt top tea party wonky blocks pat sloan

1. My Madhatter Tea Party Challenge quilt - still needs to be quilted! I know, I know. I wanted this one finished and hanging in my dining room right now to celebrate our "Unbirthday Season". We have no more birthdays in the house now until July so I thought this would be a fun quilt to display before my summer quilt. No such luck - yet!

This quilt is sandwiched with help from ladies at my local guild that I just recently joined. At my first sew day I attended I took my top and they helped me pin it together - FAST!

I've been waiting for a nice PFAFF machine to show up to review (one with a wide throat space and built in decorative stitches), but it looks like I will just have to take the plunge and start with some of the straight line stitching. 

placemat liberated churn dash carrie bloomston

2. Liberated Churn Dash placemat - needs to be quilted. 
This one has been waiting around in my pile for awhile. I would like it finished so I can use it with my other  placemats that are made up of different patterns but use up my scraps that I bought of Carrie Bloomston's last line of fabric, Story.

My Liberated Churn Dash placemat pattern is available on Craftsy and Etsy ;)

3. Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Quilt - needs to be made and quilted!

Yes, I'm excited to announce I have a block in the next issue of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks. This time, instead of just doing mockups of design possibilities with the block I actually went ahead and made the real thing!
I have half of the blocks completed and need to cut out and make the rest; sandwich and quilt, label and bind the quilt.

While I hope to have the quilt top ready in May, I'm also considering making it a gift for my paternal grandmother who celebrates a big birthday this year in June. I'll keep you posted!

Three is enough for me this quarter - ambitious really considering two of the finishes are quilts! But I'm game! 

I'm linking up over at She Can Quilt - check it out and please send encouraging comments!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Catching up with Canadian Women blocks

>> Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I have been quilting - just not blogging! 

150 Canadian Women blocks 49 to 51

The March blocks are starting to get more challenging, but also include some favourites. The top left block made up of capital Ts is one I like, and I really like the looks of the one on the top right. I think I will make one of these up to add to my Splendid Sampler blocks.

150 Canadian Women blocks 52 to 54

The one on the bottom right required a set-in seam, something I usually avoid, but in this case it was simple and was required given the way the outer border was pieced.

150 Canadian Women blocks 55 to 57

Last week's blocks were fun too. I started using some of the bottom Pat Sloan background fabric in another project and took this opportunity to add it into this quilt too:)

This week's blocks are now available for free downloading over at Next Step Quilt Designs

Are you keeping up or joining in?

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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