July 14, 2016

Rainbow Star Quilt

My Rainbow Star quilt started off as one block like all quilts do. It was the first time making a wonky star block and I utterly failed... my star looked like a blue crab with pointy pincers!





After making the first block, I decided that the next one should have a four-patch in the centre of the star instead of one big square. The patchy centres looked more balanced to me and gave me a chance to use even more colourful scraps! And with Janet's help, my next ones didn't look like crabs :o)




I free-motion quilted LOTS of pebbles around the stars, and flowery feathers in the border. I think this was the first quilt that I didn't mark out the quilting, I just went for it! The rainbow outer border was very ripply at this point and with a bit of help from the internet I discovered piano key quilting.




I had made a rainbow striped backing but then decided to add a wide border to the front. I was upset that my backing was too small but everything happens for a reason... the rainbow stripes turned into a giant star with a linen background... even better than what I had planned!





Adding buttons to the centres of the stars was the finishing touch. I just LOVE buttons!




I hung the quilt in my window to keep the cats off the quilt, when suddenly the sunshine came out and the quilt started to glow like fireworks!



The Rainbow Star quilt looks lovely with my favourite teacup! Mmmm... tea! It's time for my afternoon chai!



Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

July 11, 2016

Inspiration

I've been uninspired for so long. I've still been quilting a bit but was frustrated with keeping my three shops, flickr, facebook & my blog up to date. Sometimes it gets in the way of enjoying what you make. I told myself when I began blogging that I would never apologize for my sporadic posting or lengthy absences from the digital craft world, and I'm keeping that promise. Sometimes life takes over and sometimes it throws you new interests. That's Life :o)




I have been gardening lately. I was very involved with it this Spring. My husband built two 4x8 foot garden boxes for Mother's Day (well... I showed him how to build the first one)! I filled it using the Lasagna Gardening method to save money on buying dirt, and planted it using another method called Square Foot Gardening. As soon as it started to grow, I was absolutely inspired! Because the garden is divided up into one foot squares and different things are planted in each square, my garden looked like a quilt!





It has been very wet and rainy... as per usual in Coastal BC! And cold wet weather means mushrooms! Everywhere! In my garden boxes! I thought I took some pictures but I guess I was too busy looking up poisonous mushrooms. I'm pretty sure we're safe. The only poisonous mushrooms I have are the painted metal ones under the persimmon tree. Mushrooms are so inspiring!



Inspiring enough to paint or make a quilt of these magical garden inhabitants! I'm quite excited about my quilt design. I haven't seen a scalloped edge turned into mushroom tops yet! I just have to figure out how to align the stems if the scallops are different sizes...




I also discovered Katie Daisy when I was searching the internet for mushrooms. I love all her whimsical artwork, her lettering, the quotes she uses, and her passion for nature. Thank you for inspiring me, Katie!





Yes... it's time to go play outside!


Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

August 2, 2015

Pattern Shop News!

It's Christmas in August! Well, I wish it was.

I would give anything for snow or at least a drop of rain as we are in the midst of a level 4 drought here in the Vancouver area where it usually rains all year long!

The Partridge in a Pear Tree and Winter Wonderland patterns are now available in my SHOP!



Count down the days until Christmas with this cozy Partridge in a Pear Tree wall-hanging. Starting December 14th, take a pear from one of the side border pockets and hang it on the tree each day. On Christmas Day, it’s time to hang up the partridge!




And finally the long-awaited and highly requested Winter Wonderland pattern! Thank you all so much for your patience!



Light a candle in a lovely jar, place it in the centre of your Winter Wonderland candle mat, and enjoy the warmth it brings to your home all winter long. Use your mat as a centrepiece. Two layers of heat repellant batting also makes it perfect spot to rest a hot pot or kettle.




All PatchworkPottery digital pattern booklets include metric conversion chart, stitches & terms section, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and full size templates. These patterns are instant downloads so if you do not receive an e-mail with the link to your pattern immediately, please check your junk mail folder. Please subscribe to my blog via e-mail if you would like to receive shop & pattern updates.



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)

May 21, 2015

Pattern Shop News!

It's here! The Teapot Pouch pattern is now available in my SHOP.



This pouch is perfect to protect a pair of glasses, or for use as a pencil case or a sewing travel kit. It's another fun PatchworkPottery pattern for all those tea lovers out there.




All PatchworkPottery digital pattern booklets include metric conversion chart, stitches & terms section, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and full size templates. These patterns are instant downloads so if you do not receive an e-mail with the link to your pattern immediately, please check your junk mail folder. Please subscribe to my blog via e-mail if you would like to receive shop & pattern updates.



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)

March 10, 2015

Teacup & Laptop Cozy

Here's a couple things I made as presents last year...










Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

March 6, 2015

Little Bunny

As promised, I would like you to meet the little bunny who is now named Flopsy. Flopsy has spent most of his life as a pile of folded fabric, and a Velveteen Rabbit-loving 6 year old's first doll pattern.




Unfortunately, he was forgotten for the last four years at the bottom of the basket. The velveteen chenille type fabric was a horror to sew. It massively shifted & unravelled even after heavy pinning and using the walking foot.





The huge smile on my daughter's face as I started sewing her long lost friend kept me from giving up. My Janome 7700 decidedly did not like trying to sew through many layers of thick fabric so I switched to my Elna 6005. It sewed through the layers like butter and layers shifted less even without the walking foot.





After many reinforcing stitches, Flopsy still had time to spend the day with me at the studio. He helped me out with some pattern booklet layout but quickly became bored.




I based his shape loosely on these bears I used to make from a Japanese quilting magazine. I enlarged the pattern and changed the shapes of the parts but put him together using the same method. I added quilting fabric because my daughter loves bright colours and patterns. She was thrilled to receive this little bunny on Valentine's Day!



Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)