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Disappearing 9-patch Baby Quilts

Sometimes I pull fabrics from off my shelf and my closet and put them together in different combinations. These are a couple I did back in June. Blue Green Baby Quilt - FOR SALE HERE Pastel Baby Quilt - FOR SALE HERE For the blue quilt, I pulled shades of light turquoise blue to minty green.   I found a blue solid that was just slightly darker than the darkest blue in the prints and used it for the smaller patches and the binding. Such a sweet baby boy quilt! And then I took a bundle of lemony yellow to orange prints and had enough of them for the quilt top and matched them with a multi color stripe for the binding. Perfect for a baby girl! Some all-over stipple quilting and they are done. A beautiful sunny day for photographs.  Disappearing 9-patch quilts are so much fun to make and depending on the fabric choices, they look completely different from each other. A good tutorial can be found here if you want to try your own. --Ann

A New Sewing/Embroidery Machine

My local quilt shop rearranged their shop and put the sewing machines at the front of the store instead of the back. And when I went in for something small, my sweet husband saw some great deals on embroidery machines and needless to say, we went home with a large box! I have lots of ideas that I want to try out with it as soon as I learn how to digitize my own designs, but in the meantime, I bought a bunch of designs from Designs by Juju and stitched them into some cute little mug rugs. I made some Christmas carol ones for Christmas: And some dog lover ones for the many dog lovers: These were good sellers for me this year and I am loving my new machine! --Ann

I'm Back!

Sorry this blog has been a little dead the last few months. I've been busy with grandkids, travel, a newly retired hubby and adding stock to my Etsy shop! I have some ideas for the coming weeks - my goal is 1 new post per week and some more tutorials. --Ann

Adding A Giraffe to a Baby Quilt

Sometimes when discussing a custom quilt with a customer, an extraordinary idea comes through. This was a repeat customer who had already received one of my chevron quilts for her grandchild. When she found out she was expecting another grandbaby, she came back to Magpie Quilts. We talked about another chevron quilt and before I got started, she asked for something with giraffes.  I didn't find any giraffe fabrics that would work with the chevrons (animal prints are often directional and that doesn't work for this pattern). But I did find a great print of fabric for a giraffe body. I searched online for an outline silhouette of a giraffe - something that wasn't too babyish and more realistic. I enlarged it until it was large enough to stand out on the quilt, traced it onto fusible web and fused it onto the quilt top. The fused giraffe was finished with a machine blanket stitch. The quilt was quilted with in-the-ditch on the chevron and around the outline of the gira

Jean Quilt with Homespuns

I am a blue jean girl. My fav outfit is a comfortable T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans. But eventually, those jeans wear out, but a lot of the fabric is still usable and durable. I've been saving ideas for things to make from them when I'm done wearing them on Pinterest. Jean quilt This quilt starts with circles of blue jean fabric (this quilt features all used jeans) and squares of fabric for the centers. Jean Quilt  There's also a square of batting, so this quilt has a bit of weight to it and warmth. Jean Quilt  This would make a great picnic blanket. Jean Quilt on the Deck  Or a blanket for the cabin or for on the deck on a cool Canadian evening. Black and Blue Jeans  Some of the blue jeans were black and the rest blue which gives a different look than if they were all one color. Jean Quilt In hindsight, I should have spaced the black pieces a little more randomly, but this quilt is

Early Creative Influences

Growing up I was surrounded by people who created. My mom sewed clothing and crocheted doilies, especially with fine thread. My sister and I both learned to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. My grandmother did tatting. My aunt had stacks of magazines that I loved looking through while visiting. None of my immediate family were quilters. hand piecing hexagons School trips were supervised by mothers who often brought along their own handwork while they waited for us to learn or do whatever it was that we were doing at the time. One mom in particular would bring her hand-stitched fabric hexagons that she turned into beautiful tea cozies for church bazaars or wedding shower gifts. Another mom made beautiful rag dolls. A neighbour I babysat for had a basket filled with quilting magazines that I would page through rather than watch TV. Antique butterflies - personal collection Stories about the wild west and life of the early settlers fired a desire in me for learning to quilt.

Embroidered Tea Cozies

Embroidered Tea Cozy These have been in the creative works for a while. How that works for me is first I'm inspired by something. For these tea cozies, it was a photo on Flickr from Patchwork Pottery  of a red and white tea cozy with an embroidered saying around the bottom edge. Inspiration from Patchwork Pottery This tea cozy has been in my favorites for a few years and in the meantime, I've been collecting tea related quotes and sayings that might possibly work as part of a tea cozy. Planning the embroidery  Next was to bring on my best hand writing - not an easy task as I rarely write by hand and if I do, it's a mixture of printing and handwriting that changes from day to day and mood to mood. Stitching  After tracing the handwriting onto a piece of plain cotton (this is just off-white), I start to embroider a simple back stitch. I have tons of embroidery floss left from my cross stitching days, so I won't run out any time soon! Putting fabrics

Row by Row House Quilt

One of the quilt guilds I am a part of is in the midst of an Unfinished Object (UFO) challenge with a neighbouring quilt guild. The way this challenge works is every UFO that gets finished is given some points, depending on how long it's been since it was started. The winning guild is to host our annual year-end dinner in June. Row by Row by Beaumont Quilting Buddies The oldest UFO I have is one that was started way back at the turn of the century - 2001. The group of quilters I was part of at that time decided to do a Row by Row Round Robin quilt. Each person began the process by making a row and deciding a theme or colour for their quilt. When their row was completed, the row (and maybe some fabric) was passed on to the next person on the list. Every month we were to pass on the rows and by the end of the process, each person would have a quilt with a row done by everyone in the group. Ann's row of houses This is the row that I did to start. I liked the yellow fo

Leftover fabric plus stash fabric equals stunning quilt!

Do you remember this quilt top from last year? It's back from being quilted by Marie at Blueberry Hill Quilts . And I love how it looks! The quilting always adds the extra little bit of texture. Country Star Quilt  The centre is just an arrangement of 4-patch squares along with some 1/2 square triangles. Country Star Quilt  The rose pink inner border was bought after the centre was pieced and the outside border fabric was pulled from my stash collection of fabrics. Country Star Quilt  The final binding was chosen after the quilt came back from quilting. I had a green set aside, but it just didn't look right when all was said and done. A brown shade pulled from the border floral ended up as the binding around the outer edges. Country Star Quilt Detail  The backing fabric is a plain muslin. It's a little stiff right now as I don't pre-wash any of my fabrics. It will soften and pucker up slig

Wool applique Chickadee Circle

I am always game to try something new and wool applique is something I've been wanting to try for a long time. This little wool project was a kit & pattern I bought on Etsy in 2012 from a shop called Honey and Cloves .  I love watching the birds outside my window and the birdfeeder is always filled with these cheerful little birds that stick around all winter long in Alberta.  The colours of wool chosen for this pattern are just perfect. And the wool applique went together easily and was a great project to have beside me as I watched TV. I finished it off with some little red buttons that were in my button jar. I'm pretty happy how it turned out and it has it's own pace on a little round table I have sitting by the easy chair in our house. So, this is another finish off my UFO list and now I'm on the hunt for the next wool applique project! --Ann PS. Pattern can be found here: