Throw in that complimentary gift-wrapping, and the shopping for the person-who-has-everything is done! You can see all the thread sets here. We ship across Canada.
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Saturday, 13 November 2021
The name might be a mouthful, but it gives the whole picture of what this pattern is about: tree-shaped placemats made log-cabin style. These clever mats are sure to be a hit on the table, and they go together really quickly. Because they are strip-pieced, you can easily sew a set in a day.
We could all use a bit of fun and whimsy this Christmas, and these placemats will delight your family. Ask for the pattern at your local quilt shop, or find it in print form from my website, or downloadable at this link.
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Aurifil has just announced the details of their 2022 Colour Builders, and it looks pretty amazing! This highly successful thread-of-the-month program is now heading into its third year season, with each year building on the success of the previous. As a dealer, I participated for the first time this past year and have to say that everything ran like clockwork. It’s a super way to build your thread stash and save a bit off the price of individual spools while doing do. Personally, I loved going to my thread rack and having just the shade I needed at my fingertips.
Rainforest Trust , an organization dedicated to the long-term protection of these forests. The patterns for 2022 were designed and developed by Aurifil’s own Kate Brennan in partnership with graphic designer Christina Weisbard. Patterns are centered around floral-themed appliqué, allowing each featured monthly plant to take center stage. While instructions are given for fusible appliqué, we’ll highlight a variety of methods of appliqué and finishing throughout the year. Blocks may be finished as 12 individual mini quilts or pieced together to create a full quilt. Patterns will be exclusive to subscription holders for one year.
The program is delivered monthly; if you are local (or close to!) Amherst you are welcome to pick it up here. Otherwise, the thread will be mailed to you each month for a small postage fee. You will be billed monthly in a pay-as-you-go system, not all at once, either via credit card or etransfer.
The feedback I received on this year’s program has all been positive, and I am excited to be part of this program again. I look forward to having you join in. There is more information here: https://www.aurifil.com/2022-color-builders
Please be in touch with any questions, or to have your name added to the list. The program will begin on Jan 15/22, and your first payment will be due then, but we need to let the plant in Italy know before Oct. 15th so they can be packaging up the threads just for you!
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Friday, 9 July 2021
"Encircling" is a great design to showcase large prints and gorgeous florals, and when I saw Tula Pink's "Curiouser and Curiouser" line I knew it was perfect. A trip to Mrs Pugsley's Emporium in Amherst yielded this stack of Fat Quarters. I paired it with Fairy Dust for the background, and a black solid for the rings and binding.
The pattern is simple to sew with gentle curved seaming, and only 3 large pieces per block. It's easy to adapt for fussy-cutting special motifs in the fabric.
I quilted the circles in a spiral:
The wavy outer edge is a dream to bind – no inside or outside corners to mitre - and gives a unique finish to your quilt.
Sunday, 21 March 2021
The old saying of "time flies when you are having fun" is certainly true in my case. When I have my head down designing and sewing, little else gets attended to. (like blogging...or housework!)
This week with the approach of spring, it was time to sew a new runner - a quick and simple one. It features a central appliqued blocks flanked on each end by checkerboard patchwork. The petal elements are arranged in a circle.
from my website and you can follow the links there for printed or downloadable versions. As always, I am grateful for the sharp eyes of Cheryl Coville of Grandma Coco Designs for her help in checking the instructions.
Monday, 8 February 2021
Nova Scotia had a dusting of snow overnight (we understand between 30-45+ cm, but no official word on how much our area received. We know Polly was greeted with a nice wall of snow at the back door.
Luckily, we have no need to be in the backyard for anything other than to make snow angels. (Polly does not like doing those.)
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
The Aurifil Color Builders program has launched, and the block for January is a Sumatran Elephant. I couldn't wait to tear into my beautiful little box of threads!