Category Archives: Projects

Dogs in Sweaters


Miss Jersey with pillow

Have you seen this pattern? Dogs in Sweaters by Elizabeth Hartman is so much fun. When Heather saw this pattern she was compelled to make a Miss Jersey version.

The pattern uses traditional piecing methods and was a little more involved than Heather had the committed time for so she opted to make the pillow version included in the pattern. She made hers a reversible pillow so she could make one of each available block style.

Isn’t it cute? With the nearing celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday we love that Janet suggested the Canadian themed fabric “With Glowing Hearts” for the sweater.
Hipster Dog Dogs in Sweaters pillow

Want to make one yourself? Find the pattern here.

Quilts with Rounded Corners Using Dinner Plate


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Just last week, Pauline brought in a whole line of “gauze-like” cottons into the store. The series of bolts are called “Color Basic” by Lecien. This lightweight cotton is going to be wonderful this summer! So many ideas bounced in our heads for using this fabric and then we decided to make a simple one piece quilt top using this new fabric. It’s amazing what we think of when the boss is away in Alberta at a quilt show! Linda cut us one metre of the dots for the top and one metre of yummy Henry Glass flannel for the backing.

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To make the quilt we simply squared up the two pieces to the exact same size and put them right sides together and sewed all around the edge leaving an opening to turn it out. But wait a second… what if we “rounded the corners” on this super easy quilt? Why not?!Using a dinner plate from my kitchen drawer, I was able to make a nice rounded corner to sew around. Just draw a line with a marking pen, snip off the excess and head off to the sewing machine.  I was first inspired by a civil war quilt I saw in a book that sported rounded corners.

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Rounded corners on a regular quilt that needs binding will require bias binding to be applied. But that  is easy to make. Refer to our post from a few weeks ago on “continuous bias binding“.c312969b917c194f8f99af67e9d9dc3f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please let us know if this inspires you at all to try rounding the corners on your quilt project. We love seeing your comments.

Button Boats


Button Boats

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Photo credit to Lazy Girl Designs

Heather stitched up these Button Boats using up some odds and ends from her stash. They use a minimal amount of fabric, ten inch squares (so crack open those Layer Cakes), and make cute organizers for your sewing space and store flat when not in use.

These are easy and quick…no exaggeration, Heather tells us she made two in under an hour.

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The Button Boat pattern is by Lazy Girl Designs and can be found HERE.

Other supplies used for this project;
Lite Steam-a-Seam or Heat N Bond Feather Lite
Stiff Stuff Firm interfacing

Dog Gone Cute


Dog Gone Cute Pillow

Heather stitched up a block from this Dog Gone Cute pattern by Canadian designer Lorna McMahon. Heather stitched her block to resemble “Gypsy Rose” Brenda’s French Bulldog puppy who has been spending a bit of time here in the shop.Gypsy Rose

This is a great way to test out a block from the pattern without committing to a large project and a pillow is a fun way to make practical use of a single block. Below is Miss Gypsy Rose with the pillow.

Be sure to check out Lorna’s other fun patterns on the website.Dog Quilt 1_z (1)

October Scare


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We have yet another darling “Little Quilts Squared” pattern by The Wooden Bear. This time we are sharing October Scare which is a whimsically styled jack-o’-lantern and his friendly little eight legged friends.

As with previous “Little Quilts Squared” projects this quilt is appliquéd with fusible web and machine blanket stitched. The eyes on both the jack-o’-lantern and the spiders are tiny buttons which can be purchased separately in a package here. The border is made up of scrappy squares in coordinating colours. Again this is a great little project to put your bits and pieces to good use as the entire quilt is twelve inches square when complete.october-scare-jackolanternoctober-scare-spider

If you want a pattern for yourself you can find it HERE.