Today my heart hearts, friends. As I shared on Instagram today, two Iowa police officers were shot & killed in two separate ambush style attacks overnight. Many of you know that my Dad, who also quilts with me, is a retired Iowa officer & it all hits too close to home. Once police family, always police family. I've cried tears, I've prayed, and now I'm doing what I do best -- making quilts for the families left behind.
Several of you have reached out asking how you can help (thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!) -- take a look below for all the details.
HOW CAN I HELP? MAKE A BLOCK.
We'll be using my FREE Patchwork Heart pattern as our block design -- you can find it here. Please use a scrappy selection of royal blue fabrics (prints & solids) for the heart and one white or gray fabric (print or solid) for the background. Each block should measure 18" finished (18 1/2" unfinished). When you are ready to send your blocks, please e-mail me at email@example.com for shipping information.
HOW MANY BLOCKS DO YOU NEED?
As many as your heart desires. Did you know there have been 51 policed officers killed in the US this year alone? In senseless, violent attacks just like this one. We'll put together as many Blue Heart Quilts as we have blocks for, starting with these two Iowa officers.
I DON'T SEW OR DON'T HAVE TIME TO MAKE A BLOCK NOW, HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Sometimes you just need a feel-good sewing project, like these two scrappy pincushions! Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts had a month long pincushion challenge this past summer and I was instantly inspired.
For these scrappy pincushions no fabric scrap was too small. I first pieced the scraps together and then layered with batting and quilted with Aurifil thread. The texture created from these 1/8th" quilting lines is my favorite!
Want in on a little secret? I love to fill my pincushions with crushed walnut shells, which happens to be the same thing as lizard litter from the pet store. You can find a big bag for just a few dollars -- score!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A few weeks ago I shared a new tutorial on the Canoe Ridge Creations Facebook Page for a super simple patchwork throw quilt called Sliced Cake. Several of you have asked for the tutorial again, so this time around I decided to put it up on the blog. Next week I'll share some more details about the finished quilt and the new quilting design I tried. Until then, grab a 10" square pack and happy sewing!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Yesterday I chatted with Pat Sloan LIVE on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast. We talked about being a 4th generation quilter, how I first started in the quilting industry & how I continue to stay connected outside of Canoe Ridge Creations, my favorite thing - binding (here's the tutorial we talked about), that secret weapon to finishing works in progress that I shared earlier this summer - my Dad, the Fresh Mini Quilt Club, and more.
If you weren't able to listen in on Monday, you can find the entire show here on Pat Sloan's blog.