February 24, 2015

I'm Back with a New Pattern!

Spring flowers have brought me out of my very long hibernation and I have found inspiration once again as the sunlight streams through my attic window!



My resolution is to be more productive this year and release more patterns in my shop so I have hired another illustrator. {You will see more of the cute little bunny helper in the next post.}




Sarah, my new illustrator, is fabulous and has had lots of patience while we worked out the tedious little details in the first pattern of the year. I know things will only get faster and better with every month to come.





My friend Jana who I have known since we were little comes to my studio once a week to help with brainstorming, organizing & bookkeeping. She keeps me motivated because it is hard for me stay focused and maintain deadlines while working alone every day.




By popular demand, the Leaf Potholder pattern is now available in my SHOP. They are a great way to use up your endless baskets of scraps! Make a set with all three sizes, a set of two large leaves, or sets of coasters. String the loops together for easy hanging! These make easy quick gifts that your friends and family will love.



Even though I have been away from blogland for a long time, I have still been designing and quilting which means there is a lot for me to share with you. Stay tuned...


Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 29, 2014

Pattern Shop News!

The Quilted Teapot pattern is now available in my SHOP. This one's for all those tea lovers out there...





This beautiful work of art is certain to be the centre of attention at your next tea party and would make the perfect gift for any tea-loving friend. Now you can add a teapot to your teacup collection for an entire quilted tea set!





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Thank you for all your patience to those of you who have put in requests and have been waiting for patterns. Be assured that I am working on them and I haven't forgotten about you.




Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 26, 2014

Christmas Star Pillow

This was a quick pillow I made at Christmas for my brother's fiancee. A simple wonky star but with holly freemotion-quilted into the white.




I used the same striped back and tie design as in my Crane Star Pillow pattern. I outlined the star and ties with a red embroidered running stitch, and finished it off with scrappy binding.




I loved how it turned out and it was difficult to give it away! She loved it and I think my brother loved it even more :o)


Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 16, 2014

Easter Apron

We are going to my Parents' for the annual Armstrong Easter Egg Hunt at the park. The best-dressed wins an Easter basket full of goodies and we are hoping this sweet Easter Apron wins for my daughter this year.




I designed the apron and chose colours to match her strawberry summer dress & Easter hat. Of course the nest needed to be a pocket so she can stash extra goodies when her basket is full! She promised that if she wins she will share the candy with her cousins. Thank goodness!




I used this lovely apron tutorial by Prairie Moon Quilts as a guide for my apron. I cut a 15 x 21" rectangle for the white background, 6-1/2 x 13" piece for the waist, and 6 x 40" strips for the ties. I love the long ties tied in a bow at the front.



Spring has sprung! The tulips are blooming in my garden! And I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my vegan chocolate bar to find this waiting for me! I'm certain all you crafty people would totally appreciate little details like this!




HAPPY EASTER!



Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 14, 2014

Jelly Bean Jar Quilt

I designed this quilt for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's challenge due in November. We were given some fat eighths of Michael Miller Cotton Couture bright solid cottons and they immediately reminded me of candy... jelly beans to be precise!




We just happen to store our candy in a jar at home so the Mason Jar came instantly to mind. I had a hard time deciding whether to make a flat quilt or a three-dimensional bag; large or small. I eventually opted for the easier design in the larger size which just seemed modern. There's nothing like giant jelly beans! The finished jar ended up being 29 x 51 inches. I pillow-cased or "faced" all the appliqué jelly beans so that they all had a second white layer in behind to keep the colours bright even on the dark purple background.





I added a wide binding and sewed it by hand so I could change the width as I went along, making it wider at the bottom. I added a pre-sandwiched lid at the end to give it extra loft, and felt as if I were screwing the lid onto a real jar as I quilted it!




I think I stuck with the original design pretty close except that the jar called for some extra free-motion quilting to fill in the empty space. I also felt that 5 cents was a bit steep for a jelly bean!

I won first prize and received a fabulous Cotton Couture colour chart as well as an even more fabulous $50 gift certificate for Sew Sisters Quilt Shop! (Thanks Stacey for the photo.)


Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 4, 2014

Leaves

I made this set of three Leaf Potholders in October. I have only made sets of two large leaves before and was toying with different size options. I am planning to release the pattern due to a growing number of requests!




Quilters will have the option of creating sets of two in any size or a set of three which I think looks super cute all linked together. The small leaf would be perfect as a coaster.




I always have so much fun making these leaves. They are fast to make, and there's something very rewarding about sewing all those small scraps together. You can see more of my Leaf Potholders in my flickr gallery.


Here's a few of my favourite pictures from last Fall. Yup... more leaves and Jack-o-Lanterns in Spring while I still try to catch up on blogging.





Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

March 27, 2014

Pencil Mug Rug

This was just a little gift for Claire's teacher at the end of June. Her favourite colour is yellow and I had the perfect fabrics.




I was very happy with the bit of pink velveteen I used for the eraser. I paper-pieced the pencil and had lots of fun free-motion quilting her name!




I hand-stamped a little note from Claire on the back. I heard through the grapevine that she is still enjoying it on her desk at her new school.



I had so much fun making this little mug rug that I think it will be the year-end gift for the teacher every year!

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)