Lizzy House and the Meadow Quilt

Today was fun! I got to spend the day at the Wonderfil Threaducation Centre in Calgary with nine other MQG ladies and Lizzy House on what will be one of the final dates ever on the Meadow quilt tour, as Lizzy is getting married soon and plans to travel less and be more home-based from now on.

For those who don’t know, the Meadow quilt was designed around Lizzy’s Hello Pilgrim line of fabric around 4-5 years ago and took many days and “anxiety naps” to figure out before Quilt Market. Throughout this time when she was having problems getting a pattern to work, she was asking herself if this was wrong, or was this just difficult, a question that seemed to come up a lot when she was talking about the way she designs and actually a useful way of thinking about life in general. She’s fun, friendly and a funny lady too.

Because of the way this design works, it is not a pattern as such, as Lizzy explained, and the tuition for success with the design is essential which is why you can’t and won’t buy it anywhere. I saw it around on Instagram (look for #meadowquilt) and not knowing how it was put together bugged me, so I was glad for the opportunity to have a go myself.

My fabric pull

Lizzy worked with us to put groups of fabrics together by colour and value and we created little colour maps as well as assembling a block or two. My sewing machine decided to mimic another lady’s machine (Agnes had a Baby Lock version of the same machine) and have a minor breakdown partway through sewing curves, so I took the stitch plate off, reset the feed dogs and put it back together again and it seemed to be fine after that.

This is my sample block and colour map…

This signature block will go on the back but it’s another project that will have to go on the back burner for the while.

Well I have now checked what I am allowed to say and can announce that I am indeed working on a rhymes-with-cook as Reene suggested on Instagram, and it will be for Stash Books by C&T Publishing. I can’t say any more than that but I will need to get it pretty much all completed by the start of October. I’m not planning on giving up blogging at all, just reducing it for a while, still I do have some other stuff to share, so keep coming back, OK?

Fun times ahead!


I’m going to be working on a big project that I can’t share for the next few months so things are likely to be quieter on here than they already are. I won’t be making very much else on the side, but I’ll try to pop by occasionally, even if it’s with a Hank or life post because I truly like blogging and don’t plan to give it up any time soon!

I’ve sewn two rows of blocks of my Lotus quilt together out of the six. I may sew the actual rows together today so I have less to put in order if this needs to come down from my design wall.


I’ve also made this zippy pouch for a magazine, it’s really big and holds all my speciality rulers- exactly what I wanted.


For National Quilting Day yesterday I didn’t actually do any quilting, but I did piece together this mini top from a Doe charm pack for my Hank-esque quilt hanger on our first flight of stairs that is currently empty and sad-looking. I’ll hopefully finish this up and do a proper post on this soon.

I’ve also caught up with the blocks from the Spelling Bee so I feel more under control now. My turn to be queen bee comes in June as I did a bit of a swap around when it didn’t look like I was going to be settled any time soon.

For Elizabeth

For Lisa

For Mary

I’m also working hard to finish up the Quilt Workout first pattern within the next few days, though I will need to have it checked over for release. The bag pattern is due back from the testers at the end of the month (though a lot of them are surprisingly quiet and I wonder if they even received the pattern at all) so that should be available on Craftsy when I reopen my shop there in about a week or so.

Busy, but I love it!

My new sewing room and a round up

I’ve moved into a new house and a few days ago our stuff all arrived! So after a few days of hard work, my sewing room now looks like this…

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I’ve done another design for a magazine which I need to sew up soon, but at the moment my project on the wall is Lotus by Jaybird Quilts with the Hex N More ruler. This is the first time in a very long one that I’ve made something to someone else’s pattern, but it comes together quickly and I like the shape of the pattern. Hopefully I’ll long arm this one myself.


I also made two blocks for the January edition of the Spelling Bee quilt bee I joined for Elizabeth but I really need to get a move on with February’s since we are now in March!

This is the next pattern I want to make, from a jelly roll…


I’ve also started my next design for the Quilt Workout series. Yep I haven’t released the first one yet, but my other (bag) pattern I was writing is done and with testers so it’s my next job. This one will be an applique skills builder and the centre block was all sewn by hand.


Problem is now I’ve got my stuff I realised I had picked out a border, this Sashing Stash print of flying geese. Should I unpick the two Blueberry Park borders and go back to the original plan or do you prefer it without the geese?

Still haven’t done much blog reading so I’m resetting my reader again, sorry to be so lousy!

I’m still alive

I’m here! We’re all emigrated and stuff, the house is sold, we have ID and bank accounts and healthcare and a new sewing machine…. No house yet but I am working full time at My Sewing Room in Calgary so I get to be around and be inspired by lovely fabrics every Tuesday to Saturday.

It’s tiring working on your feet all day. I’ve forgotten what it is like, having worked a lazy desk job for the last eight years. I’ve also not got my fabric yet, the boat docked but the stuff is still needing to travel across the country from Montreal. It has made me a bit reluctant to sew or write my long awaited patterns, but I think I’m coming through the other side of that now. Another distraction has been the lovely countryside and western style little towns in the area, and we have been walking around and snowshoeing and stuff, interspersed with naps and watching hockey in the evenings.

So I’m not in the finish along this quarter but I do have some sewing pictures…

Progress on my Hexie medallion thingy, not sewn any since we arrived here on 5th Jnauary but did a fair bit in the Christmas break.

Some stashing has occurred (though I stupidly bought the same black and white Blueberry Park print twice- two FQs :S

Top left is a knit remnant I should be able to squeeze a raglan out of once I have contrast for the sleeves and waistband.

One massive thing I bought is my new sewing machine, which is a Brother Innovis NQ700. I have a workshop on Sunday to get acquainted with it better.

I’ve nearly finished my two Spelling Bee blocks for Elizabeth– they will be the words “loves” and “the”, though I’ve had no cutting mat or ruler, another reason my sewing has been minimal.

I’ve started on the next Quilt Workout, though I will be finishing the Shine Bright pattern as a matter of priority.

I’ve just this evening submitted a book proposal, so I hope to have my sewing juices running again soon. I’m also in a couple more magazines in the UK at the minute but I’ll blog about that when the other one has arrived here…

I’ve not read any blog posts whilst I’ve been here, nor have I responded to older comments. I’ve also been rubbish at promoting and cheerleading for Patterns to Print. I’m going to start afresh as of now, I’m not ignoring you, honest, just not enough hours in the day!

A few other loose ends

I’ve shown you my latest quilts, but I’ve got a few extra loose ends to tie up. Firstly my machine is gone now (oh and also my house) so I am onto handsewing for the foreseeable future. I think it might be one of my very first purchases when we land.

I’ve also got some magazine projects around the shops this month.

Firstly, I’ve got a block carrier in Popular Patchwork…

A trivet in Quilt Now…

I also sold the Hank, Frankly quilt the day we were putting our lives into boxes!

Oh and also it was my birthday yesterday! An 0 one….

A gift

Earlier in the week I went to Ange’s house and there was a surprise there!DSCF0462

The members of East Midlands Modern Quilt Group had secretly worked on a quilt for me as a leaving present- and of course it was brown, cheeky gits!

The maple leaf design was just perfect, and the design was put together and quilted by Ange, who had to move the project forward faster as our house sold faster than expected!


I love it, thank you everyone.

Shine Bright – My final finish for 2015, plus Project 48


It’s quilted and bound (and has been for about a week but I haven’t had the opportunity for photos until today)! Here is Shine Bright in all its glory! Now I guess I need to finish the pattern writing and get my first Quilt Workout pattern out there.


While I was taking photos, this guy was directly in front of me thinking he was having his photo taken. Maybe he has his photo taken too often, such a poser.

This quilt was done with a pantograph, started by me but finished by Penny (see this post). I really enjoyed the quilting, possibly more than the piecing part!

That’s a finish along finish!

Size – 60″ x 60″
Number of blocks – 45 of various shapes and sizes.
Time to make – Not sure how long the quilting took after I left it so lets just count the piecing – 18 hours.
Fabric – Best Day Ever FQ bundle by April Rosenthal for Moda, plus Kona Pomegranate.
Backing Fabric – Hummingbirds by Hillberg- £2 a yard in Fabric Guild!
Binding Fabric – Yellow print that I’ve had stashed for a while.
Threads – Coats throughout
Batting – 80/20 Soft and Elegant.
Quilting- Flowery pantograph on Gamill.

Linking up to the FAL Party…

2015 Finish-Along


Crystal from Raspberry Spool (and Sewvivor alumni like myself) and Linden from Vine Lines Quilting have been working hard to create a year-long sew-along sampler quilt with loads of other quilt bloggers – like me!

Project 48 delivers four 9” blocks each month on a different theme – two traditional and two modern style blocks so you can choose to make tradition or modern or a hybrid of both. The series will be offered free of charge in 2016 to all those who sign up.

Each week, subscribers will receive an email with the instructions to the block and information on the guest contributors – I’m doing a traditional appliqué block in September, Jo Avery is doing the modern variation. Linden and Crystal make the other two blocks in a month.

Membership to Project 48 is free! Go here to sign up!


Back tomorrow with a special gift…

Giveaway winner!

The winner for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day/week has been drawn!



Congrats to Shauna!
Hopefully be back soon with a finished quilt- moving out in three days!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

It’s Giveaway Day and I nearly completely missed it! I’m behind on my blog reading, that’s my excuse. This week is my last week at work. I’m emigrating to Canada from here in the UK in a few weeks and moving out of my house in less than two. My sewing machine has sold (I think… yep, it’s off eBay already sorry to those who were here yesterday) and I’m going to be getting on people’s nerves for at least a few weeks while I don’t know what to do with myself and don’t have private space any more.


A hugely unimaginative prize up for grabs – a half yard of each of these Cotton + Steel Backgammon prints by Melody Miller (yep I know I was destashing them only in yesterday’s post).
23548820451_40220df5c8_bI’ll also throw in the December issue of Popular Patchwork magazine. It features my Chandelier quilt pattern…

To enter to win, leave me a comment and for extra entries you can follow my blog, follow me on Instagram (@pennydog) or follow Patterns to Print on Facebook (a project I am helping to work on) and if you do any/all of those things, please leave an additional comment for each one to be entered into the draw. Following me on FB doesn’t count, sorry.

Winner will be drawn the morning of Monday 14th December (GMT) to allow all time zones to have finished their Sundays and get their entries in. International entries welcome.

If you don’t know what to say in your comment, maybe tell me one of your quilting goals for next year.

Go back to Sew Mama Sew here!

One last destash

My sewing machine has gone on eBay today so I needed to take a final sweep of my sewing room and decide if I want to sell anything else. You may get some freebie scraps or threads or whatever sewing paraphernalia I have too!

Let me know in a comment if you’re interested in anything here and if you’re interested in a bunch of stuff I’m sure we can come to a deal. If it comes to over £25 and you’re in the UK (or Channel Islands), I’ll do free postage for you too. Prices displayed don’t include postage.


Straight stitch plate for Husqvarna Viking – fits Opal and Sapphire machines. £6. SOLD

DSCF0410I have two yards of each of these Cotton & Steel prints by Sarah Watts. They are £9 per yard, £4.50 per half yard or £2.25 for a fat quarter. RESERVED


DSCF04081 yard of the blue and 1/2 yard of the pink, also Melody Miller. £9 per yard, £4.50 per half yard or £2.25 for a fat quarter.

DSCF0421Vintage Summer roll of 12 fat eighths. I bought this from Lindsey’s destash last week but decided the colours weren’t really me when it arrived! £10. RESERVED

DSCF0424And a bunch of zips! £3.

DSCF0422These FQs are £2 each. RED WITH PINK DOT SOLD

DSCF0423These FQs are also £2 each but the Amy Butler on the left is a couple of inches short so that one is £1.50. FIRST 3 FROM LEFT SOLD

Some of the FQs are actually bigger than FQ and you will get the lot!

And if you want a sewing machine with an extension table…. well it’s on eBay now!