Finished! My Lizzy House Meadow Quilt

So it only took three weeks after finishing this quilt to actually photograph it and post about it….


This is my Q3 Finish Along finish, the pattern is Lizzy House’s exclusive Meadow quilt pattern that she only teaches in class (because the pattern is open to some interpretation and personal influence which in turn can mean it doesn’t turn out flat or the right size without supervision). I went to the class in April so I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to remember how to do it but it came out fine. I cut out the pieces on my Scan N Cut and made the centre “eyes” (or eggs in my case) first, then chain pieced the rest!


The back is slightly wonky, shh!


The block on the back was signed by Lizzy with a Micron pen and I was pretty sure I heat set it but it kinda washed out a bit which is a little bit sad.


The quilting was done freehand on the Bernina Q24 long arm at work which is a lovely machine. The ruler foot was broken and not yet replaced so I did the straight lines “organically”. It is based on a fab Meadow I saw quilted by The Workroom in Toronto but I modified it a bit by adding medallions to the centre of my “eggs” which I drew on with a stencil and I echo quilted then spiralised the borders. I quilted the middle first and then rolled it all back to do the borders in a purple thread.

Weirdly this is only the second finished quilt under this year on my Finished Quilts page, however I have actually made four others plus lots of cushions and smaller quilts and fiddly things in general. One quilt is currently in Quilt Now magazine so I will show you that in my next post.

Size – 76″ x 62″
Number of blocks – 20
Time to make – Piecing is hard to say because it was on and off… quilting four hours- maybe a total of 20-22 hours including binding.
Fabric – All sorts from stash plus a lot of Kona Eggplant
Backing Fabric – Mostly reduced discounted stuff- Amy Schimler Creatures and Critters is the main part, plus a bit of Cotton + Steel Honeymoon and some V & Co dots.
Binding Fabric – More Kona Eggplant.
Threads – Piecing with Aurifil 50 wt. Quilting with Wonderfil Decobob prewound bobbins (80 wt) and Isacord on top (40 wt).
Batting – 80/20 Hobbs Heirloom.
Quilting- Freehand grid, stencilled mandala type things, plus echo quilting and spirals in the border.

I will leave you with these images of my spirit town, Canmore and one of the nearby Spray Lakes (where the water genuinely cured my hiccups instantly). I want to live there so bad. It’s nice that it only takes an hour and a half to get there.

Yes, the building on the left is a quilt shop.

Yes, the building on the left is a quilt shop.


Linking up to the FAL…

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Modern Quilt Guild stuff

I’m still buried in book stuff. I feel like I’m making good progress but I have two more quilts to make (well, three minis and a full one) and more writing to do and five weeks to finish it in.

Quiltcon is the next thing. I’m doing the Michael Miller challenge for next year’s show and also contributing to the Calgary group quilt. The group quilts are going to be a theme of micro and macro, here are my blocks…

Putting binding on my Meadow Quilt today so maybe I can make two posts in one month?

Puppy bandanas

Because it’s Stampede season (Yahoo not Yeehaa/Yeehaw apparently), I decided to turn a couple of fat quarters into doggy bandanas for Hank when I got home from work on Saturday.
I folded them diagonally right sides together and trimmed off the excess, stitched around the edge leaving a turning gap, turned through and top stitched along all three edges.

They’re absolutely pointless but I think he looks cute 🙂

Finish Along Quarter 3

The end of this quarter ties in exactly with when I need to finish my book projects by, but I thought I would try and make a bit of an effort with the Finish Along still, despite knowing I will be busy busy!

This is the project I’ve chosen to aim to finish, my Meadow quilt. It’s all cut out, but no further than that. If I can make the top, then I plan to long arm it which should cut down on the time I will need to finish. I’m worried I’ll forget how to assemble it if I leave it any longer, plus it’s sat in a project bag on the floor and I like tidiness in my sewing room where possible. Maybe I can prepare all the centre pieces then do a block or so at a time between other stuff.

Meanwhile in secret projects I have two quilts and three smaller projects to make…. *cracks whip*

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This month’s update

Well it appears I am currently a monthly blogger. I have just finished up another project for my book and have written about 15% so I’m still quietly working away on that over the summer. Here’s some of the back of the latest project, I’m very pleased with how my free motion quilting is developing…

In bee news, I have made a few more words…

And I have received some too, since June was my month!

I'm not sure what I did with Elizabeth's signature block, but I'm sure I will find it...

I’m not sure what I did with Elizabeth’s signature block, but I’m sure I will find it…

The plan is to make an 8-bit map of Canada, probably next year by the time I get round to it.

I also have a pouch in the latest Popular Patchwork (July issue) but I have yet to get a copy in the post. There are a couple more patterns coming up for Quilt Now too which means I’ll have some more finishes to show you when they go to print. My photos are being used by Pop Patch to save me money on posting the finished stuff- result!

I’ve been bitten badly the last few weeks, I think by mosquitoes. I had one on my leg where the vein started going red and it spread upwards which worried me and cost $100 in pharmacy fees to calm down again, then I had one which made my elbow double in size. I have been spraying myself all over with bug spray before leaving the house, despite people repeatedly telling me that there are no mosquitoes this year because it has been too warm. Well I have found them all it seems! Today I ended up at the walk in centre again with some kind of allergic reaction, might be the bug spray, might be an unknown dietary thing…

Anyway back to the writing- I’m in the flow!


Fancy & Fabulous Skirt


I’ve got a second finish amidst the chaos that is writing book and magazine stuff. Each time I make this skirt pattern I get a bit better at it; this time I am happier with the finish on the zip at the back. As with all the skirts I make, it has pockets- an essential feature for my clothes. Why don’t shop bought skirts have pockets more often?!
The fabric is from Fancy & Fabulous by Riley Blake and I bought it partly with dressmaking in mind, I wasn’t 100% sure of anything other than I really liked the print and colours.

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The pattern is Simplicity 2117- the longer version. Originally I was going to put an invisible zip in but it was misbehaving and actually a standard one is all the pattern called for, and it worked well as it turned out. Next dressmaking venture: a McCall dress with boat neckline and waist belt detail in Mori Girls Dachshunds…

This is a finish along quarter two finish!

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Festival of Quilts, Calgary


By Wayne Kollinger


I didn’t have a whole lot of time at the Festival of Quilts to see absolutely everything, but I got a fair number of breaks to wander around considering I was at work!

Heritage Park is a historical village reconstruction of what the West used to look like, It has a steam train (and paddleboat); there’s a bakery and sweet shop and it holds events. This show had quilts all over the place- inside buildings, under a marquee, on frames outside, etc so without a guide book it was hard to make sure you saw everything.



By Irene Campbell


By Vanecea Greene


Also by Vanecea Greene- these blocks are teeny!



More tiny piecing by Vanecea Greene. It appears I like her work!



By Janet Aspinall



By Rebecca Cleaver Burke


I came back with a small haul…

Secrets secrets


So it appears I took a blogging break, but it wasn’t a break from sewing by any means. This month I sold my sewing machine that I bought in January and bought the Brother PQ 1500S. I needed something faster because at the speed I’m FMQing for the book, the tension was struggling on the other machine. I also had to get a cheap Walmart machine so I can still zig zag and blind hem, so it turned out to be a more expensive exercise than I imagined it would be, and now I have two machines with just one desk. It has to sit on foam because it vibrates the whole room and I’m worried I annoy the neighbours.

I finished up the bee word for April (late) and I’m yet to start May… I have three “the”s to make, so chain piecing ahoy!

I made a baby quilt and halfway through another for magazines that I can’t show yet, both I used the Scan N Cut that I love so much. So much so, I was demonstrating them at the Festival of Quilts in Calgary this weekend. More photos from that to come on another post. Yes I bought fabric.

I also made a quilt and halfway through a smaller project for my book. I’ve even started writing actual words now! Today I plan to sketch out the illustrations for where I am up to.

DSCF1036I’m cutting out a dress (that will probably sit in pieces for ages). I also made a skirt but I’m going to do a post all on it’s own for that for the Finish Along. That’s right, two more posts in the works, I’m making up for lost time!

A finished quilt: Kananaskis

I finished the binding on a quick quilt a couple of days ago, so yesterday I took it out for photos. We went back to Elbow Falls; last time we visited, it was covered in snow. This time it was crazy hot and we brought Hank with us this time.


I made this within a week so I could rent the longarm machine at work. I needed something quick so I could practice. I panto-ed this in three hours- and that included unpicking a whole row and somehow managing to do a whole row with no thread.

Back to more photos from yesterday…

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The back…

It looks like I’ve only finished up one quilt this year but it’s actually two, nearly three. Too many secrets!

Size – 61″ x 57″
Number of blocks – 20 – 10 of two styles.
Time to make – Piecing a couple of days and quilting three hours- maybe a total of 14 hours including binding.
Fabric – Bo Bunny’s Trail Mix collection plus Kona Forest.
Backing Fabric – Anne Kelle Remix ovals and a bit of Jo Morton Leesburg to make up what I needed, both were 75% off so I paid about $4 a metre for them.
Binding Fabric – More Kona Forest.
Threads – Piecing with Aurifil 50 wt. Quilting with Wonderfil Decobob prewound bobbins (80 wt) and Isacord on top (40 wt).
Batting – 80/20 Hobbs Heirloom.
Quilting- English Oak pantograph from Urban Elementz on Bernina Q24.

Bee Blocks and Quilt Workout and Canada

Quilt Workout is (finally) go!

The first pattern – Shine Bright – is now available on Craftsy and walks through each round on this semi-medallion quilt which can be made with a bunch of fat quarters and a co-ordinating solid. It is priced at just $7 USD and there’s some other patterns in my Craftsy pattern store you might like too. It’s also listed on Payhip. The second Quilt Workout project will be an applique workout that looks a bit like this…

So far though, my version just looks like this and my priorities have had to change a bit recently, so I’m not sure of an ETA for this. Maybe the end of this year?

In Spelling Bee block news I have run out of the sandy coloured pearl bracelets print. It should say “yarnie” but so far it looks like pirate speak. This is the April block and I’m loathe to fall behind but I am waiting for it to be delivered. For Susan in May I am making three “the”s!

I’m queen for June and I want blocks for the provinces of Canada so I can make an 8-bit style map. It’s different to the improv lettering of the five turns before me so I made an example block. Saskatchewan!

As I finished making up this block, the Discover Canada range arrived at work and I had to buy the panels, even though I’m really not a panel person. I liked the vintage-y advert style.

So I will have two maps of Canada eventually it seems. I even planned a layout in EQ7…

Mine will have better bears though, I’m going to buy this block pattern and make it 10″!