The Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple pattern is from the book Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. I am always on the lookout for patterns that will show off my large prints, and that is what attracted me to this one. I used a very similar colour scheme to the one pictured in the book, in order to get the idea. Because the blocks are so big (26 1/2″), it was relatively easy to piece, though there were some tricky corners. I’d like to do this again, on a smaller scale for a baby quilt, in a lower contrast fabric grouping. As the pattern produces a perfect square, I think it would lend itself to a baby or picnic quilt.

This quilt was long-arm quilted with an overall flower and leaf design by Anne Freidrich. I am particularly happy with the sashing and border of Basic Grey Moda Grunge in aqua.

The Big Pineapple was sitting unfinished for a year or so, just because of the binding. I am almost through my UFO pile, but having new quilt ideas every day.

French Braid Quilt

This French braid quilt was done in browns and golds using various small prints and solids in a graded colour sequence. I’d like to try this pattern again in brightly coloured batiks to see the difference. This UFO has been sitting waiting for binding for a couple of years. It feels good to finally finish it off and make it useable. Plus I am getting closer to starting some new quilting projects – only a few UFOs are left.

If you would like to duplicate this quilt, it was done using 2 1/2 inch by 9 inch strips in descending/ascending colour sequence, and 2 1/2 inch accent squares. The offset centre squares are 8 inches, and the gold sashing strips are 3 inches wide. The assembly was quite simple; the accent squares line up perfectly without special effort. As always, I measured the strip lengths before cutting and sewing the sashing strips and border strips to fit. (Otherwise you’ll end up with a less than flat quilt top.)

This quilt was long-arm quilted by Robin Petty using an all-over pattern of oak leaves, which seemed fitting for the fall palette.

Traditional Stitch Motifs

Well I am back on track after March break.

This is another pattern from Stephanie Van Der Linden’s “Around the World in Knitted Socks.” They were easy to knit, though I did get a bit confused by the gusset pattern, and there were about 25 threads on each sock to weave in. I love the braid at the top and the three colour combination. They are a perfect fit, so I will keep them for my self – on to the next!

Next on the agenda are the Route 66 socks from the same book. My brother admired them, and he has a big birthday coming up.

Shiny Things

It’s been a very busy week (March Break), but I did manage to finish my rug hooking, which I am calling “Shiny Things”. I’m going to sew it into a tote bag – a future post.

Shiny Things seemed like an appropriate name since the crow has found something interesting and shiny, and the tote bag will be for shopping. The tote bag idea came from one of the women at the Burlington Hooking Crafts Guild (thanks Patty!) Once I saw her fabulous bag, I knew I had to make one too.

This is my own design, and the first in a series of crow themed rug hookings. The simple colour scheme pleases me, and the variation in reds in the background give it some interest and texture. It’s wool on linen, about 14″ by 19″.

Quiet Haven

This quilt was started in 2014 at a workshop at the Oakville Sewing Centre led by quilt and fabric designer Brigitte Heitland.

Using Brigitte’s Quiet Haven pattern , the group first chose colours and fabric for the design with Brigitte’s guidance, and based on a pre-chosen photograph. My photograph was from a travel-themed wall calendar; a picture of boats in a Norwegian harbour. During the day-long workshop, we then cut and pieced the 9 blocks using raw edge applique.

This quilt design was outside of my comfort zone for a couple of reasons:

  1. The bold and cold colour palette
  2. Applique – something I never do

Anyway, when I got my blocks home I didn’t like them because of the saturated blue batik background so I stacked them in a closet. A few weeks ago, as a follow up to the fabric inventory in January of this year, Mom and I got together for a session called “Can this Quilt be Saved?” My mother has an amazing colour sense, and together we decided the blocks would look great with either a sky blue border, or a border of just the right green – picking up the green in the blocks. I couldn’t believe my good luck at the Oakville Sewing Centre where Linda and I found the stunning green fabric I ended up using. It even has circles on it, which echo the circles in the blocks.

The blocks were quilted using echo quilting with the walking foot and thread that best matched the different areas of the quilt. The border was quilted using the free motion foot and a waves pattern ( to honour the Norwegian boats).

Because of the invisible thread used on the applique, this quilt will need to go to a bold and modern baby whose family is willing to air dry it.


Jaquard & Stripe Socks

I have knitted this sock pattern many times. It’s a free pattern designed for Kroy Patons sock yarn, but these were made with Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic in Teal Static. The yarn is quite fine with a nice fuzziness to it. And the stripes on each sock are an almost perfect match without any effort on my part.

The next pair of socks is underway: Traditional Stitch Motifs from Stephanie Van Der Linden’s Around the World in Knitted Socks. (This may be the best pattern book ever). I’m just to the heel of the first sock and the pattern is looking gorgeous already.



Naughty Bunnies

Well this turned out nicely!

It’s a very simple design: there are two complementary Beatrix Potter fabrics for the large squares (6 1/2″), and the nine patches are made up of four matching fabrics (2 1/2″ squares). Each nine patch block is identical, and they are lined up to create blue diagonals, adding some interest to the quilt, but keeping the overall effect serene.

I chose two free-motion quilting motifs, wavy lines for the plain blocks and echoing swirls for the nine patches.

It took some thought to decide on the binding, but I went with this sweet off-white.

Baby quilts are one of my life missions, and I look forward to welcoming someone into the world with this one.