We’ve just brought in some new patterns by Canadian quilt designer Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts. Her designs are fun and whimsical featuring primarily pieced animals of all sorts of variety, jungle, woodland and man’s best friend to name a few. Our favourite is easily Forest Friends which comes with the option to make a Canadian or US Version in varying sizes and layouts.
The pattern directions call for a traditional piecing technique according to Lisa;
Quilt blocks are made using traditional piecing methods. No templates. No paper piecing. Only simple straight line sewing and diagonal seams. Easy to follow instructions are provided for every step of the way!
Her patterns can easily adapt to make pillows, wallhangings and tablerunners as well.
All the photos are courtesy of Sew Fresh Quilts. You can see more of Lorna’s quilts and follow along on her quilt journey by reading her blog.
One of the newer quilts we have in the store is Jelly Spots Cake Crumbs. The Calico Printworks pattern makes use of either Jelly Rolls or Layers Cakes so this is a great project to use those precuts you’ve been saving.
Our latest collection of William Morris reproductions is named Earthly Paradise for an epic poem written by the great designer. He had many talents, among them novelist, publisher and political activist. The fabrics in Earthly Paradise capture the Morris look with seven prints from old swatchbooks and catalogs. Graceful florals dating from 1874 to 1910 include some rarely seen prints by the master and his apprentices. Transplant Morris’s Earthly Paradise into your own home with quilts and craftsman decoration inspired by a unique garden view.
We currently have the line available in precut Moda bundles.
The quilt is made up of dozens of small squares layed out in equal rows which makes for a very simple but effective design. This quilt is offered as a kit here or the pattern alone can be found by clicking on the image below.
Eliza’s Indigo is a newer quilt we have in the store. It is 80″x 92 1/2″ and features Eliza’s Indigo 1810-1830 by Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabrics. If you haven’t heard the story behind the fabrics line is really interesting….
In 1739, at age 16, Eliza Lucas moved from her home in Antigua to South Carolina, where she would care for her invalid mother, siblings, and manage the three plantations inherited by her father. Relying on her study of botany in England, Eliza experimented with a variety of seeds, but it was with the indigo seeds sent from her father in Antigua, that Eliza found success. After several crops were killed by frost and another crop sabotaged by an overseer, Eliza’s indigo crop was so successful, that she saved the seeds and shared them with other planters. Indigo dye proved a profitable crop with the volume of export to England increasing from 5000 lbs in 1745-1746 to 130,000 pounds in 1748, making it one of the major cash crops, for South Carolina until the American Revolution. Eliza married Charles Pickney in 1745 at age 20. Widowed in 1758 at age 32, Eliza continued to manage the couple’s many plantations and raise her family. Eliza died in Philadelphia in 1793, an educated, independent business woman of colonial America. George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral.
After sewing the quit Heather had enough leftover fabric (minus the light background) from the kit to make another smaller project. She made up this little table top beauty using a pattern from the Moda booklet Go Big For Your Home. Way to go Heather for taking advantage of the scraps!
MODA Go Big For Your Home – Block 4
If you are looking to make an Eliza’s Indigo quilt for yourself you can find the kit here.
Recently Heather arranged an outing for us Hamel-Lite’s with her friend Cheryl Wall who just happens to be a published quilt designer living just a hop, skip and a jump away. Cheryl graciously invited us for a tour of her home to see her quilts.
Cheryl was raised in a Mennonite home where she became familiar with the rich Mennonite quilting heritage, but it wasn’t until her mid-30s that she tried quilting for herself. She was hooked immediately. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience as a quilter, she has designed more than 100 patterns under the name Country Quilts.
Cheryl gave a private showing to six available Hamels staff members.
Summer Daze Quilt
Bumbleberry Pie Quilt
In the Night Garden Quilt
She’s inspired by rich colours found in Kansas Troubles. Her quilts have primitive themes and some are classic designs with a unique flair. She began her pattern designing years ago with encouragement from her family.
Project on the design wall
Cheryl has self published four books and designed more than 100 patterns under her company name Country Quilts. A member of the Canadian Quilters’ Association, Wall sells her original designs to quilt shops around the world. She actively participates in quilt guild shows, trade shows, and her local quilting group.
The Hamel-Lite’s that were able to make it on the outing had a fabulous and inspiring time.
You can find a collection of Cheryl’s books on the website here.
Accuquilt is a great way to cut shapes out to piece your quilt. It saves time and creates perfect shapes for perfect piecing. No more ruler and rotary cutter needed. In addition to this, there are some real neat short cuts and tricks you can use with your Accuquilt to create great blocks and even binding. You can use the Accuquilt to create beautiful quilts from those old quilt patterns Watch this video below from Eleanor Burns as she demonstrates how in the way that she can only do. Click Here for more information on all our Accuquilt products or to order your own.