Wednesday, April 9, 2014

States of Matter Inspired Mini Quilt

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When my pal Ali Winston of A Squared W asked if I wanted to participate in a blog hop event featuring her new book, Quilt Lab-The Creative Side of Science: 12 Clever Projects, I immediately said YES! Ali and I have been long time blogging friends and have even met a time or two face-to-face at different events. Watching her meet her goals & author her first quilting book has been so much fun -- way to go, Ali!

I choose to play around with her States of Matter pattern from the book. The design features a square block that can easily be rotated in the design for a new & different look. That single block was inspiration for me to make this mini quilt! 




In her book, Ali offers cutting instructions & templates to make these blocks -- but I used the Nifty Notions Bias Triangle & Half Rectangle Rulers. These rulers make it SUPER EASY to change the size of the block. I was recently introduced to the Nifty Notions ruler collection & I can't wait to share more information and tips about them. Honestly, they're the next best thing since sliced bread. No joke! :) 

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The fabric used in this mini quilt is Color Me Happy by Vanessa Christenson for Moda Fabrics. In fact, each of those blocks were cut using a Candy Charm Pack or 2 1/2" squares. The finished mini quilt measures 12" x 16".

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This mini quilt features quite a bit of negative space where I used my BERNINA walking foot & Aurifil 50 wt (color 2024) to create a basic pattern of straight-lines. The pattern is simple -- alternating lines 1/4" & 1/2" apart -- but really creates a great texture that compliments the design. 

Purchase your copy of Quilt Lab right here!

Happy Wednesday!
xo, Megan 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mini Northern Lights

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Last August, Brandon and I moved to Minnesota which meant new jobs for both of us! Luckily enough, I stumbled upon a Sales Manager position at the local quilt store and BERNINA dealer, Pine Needles Quilt & Sew. Talk about a dream come true! Fabric + BERNINA machines each and every day, yes please! Since then it's been a whirlwind of learning a new job, settling in to our first place together, moving ahead with my goals here at Canoe Ridge Creations, and more. It's truly been an exciting time in our lives together!

If you follow on Instagram and/or Facebook you've probably noticed I've been sewing lots & lots -- quite a bit of which are shop samples for Pine Needles. With the weather changing - YES! - I'm hoping to be able to get outside & take some pictures of all the projects, and share them here too!

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First up, this Mini Northern Lights quilt from JayBird Quilts. I'm a sucker for rainbows & cotton solids, both of which initially caught my eye with this design.  The pattern uses 8 different colors & the Mini Hex-N-More ruler -- which is so cute & easy to use! If you are looking for a quick & easy project, this is it!

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At first I didn't know how to quilt this mini. More specifically, what color thread to use. Instead of choosing just one color thread, I used matching Aurifil 40 wt thread. Perfect-o! The matching thread blends perfectly with the fabric and help accentuate the overall design, not draw it away. I alternated directions vertically & horizontally using my BERNINA walking foot & straight-line quilting. It makes for a really interesting visual texture!


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If you'd like to make a mini quilt like mine, you can purchase the kit including pattern right here

Hope you are having a wonderful week!
Megan 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Mini Quilt Patterns

Guess what?! I've added Fresh Mini Quilt Club | Round 2 patterns to the Canoe Ridge Creations Pattern Shop! Don't forget to share your finished mini quilts on Twitter & Instagram using #FreshMiniQuiltClub and in the Canoe Ridge Creations Flickr Group

Enjoy!
xo, Megan 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fresh Mini Quilt Club | Round 3

UPDATE: So sorry, friends! I got a bit ahead of myself! Round 3 of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club starts MAY 1st and runs through OCTOBER as originally stated in my Pattern Shop. I'm so excited to share this next rounds patterns that I jumped the gun! :) THANK YOU to those of you who pointed it out! I'll be sending an e-mail out to club members shortly 4/1/2014. xoxoxo

Hello!

Tomorrow is April 1st and it marks the first day of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club | Round 3. Lots & lots of you have already signed up, yay! For those of you who are new to the club, here are all the details. I've also included a sampling of patterns featured in Round 1 & Round 2 of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club -- please note that Round 3 with feature six ALL NEW designs!



Over the course of six months members will receive six fresh, modern mini quilt patterns -- they'll be a surprise each month, yay! Each mini quilt will measure between 18" & 24" (along one side) making them a quick & easy project. Whether you have been wanting to give quilting a try, or have been it it for years, this mini quilt club is for you!



:: JOIN TODAY ::
For only $24.95 -- that's less than $4.50 per patten!

HOW DOES IT WORK// 
On the 1st of each month, club members will receive a fresh, modern mini quilt pattern right in their inbox. This easy-to-follow & printable pattern will come complete with color diagrams and step-by-step instructions. Remember, each new design will be a surprise!

WHY MINI QUILTS//
Mini quilts are quick + easy projects, they don't take large amounts of fabric (budget friendly, yay!), are great for trying out new quilting techniques, and look great in your home! 

WHO SHOULD JOIN//
Everyone! Each mini quilt design will feature basic patchwork techniques -- perfect for beginners & the more advanced quilter.  

HOW DO I JOIN//
Purchase your membership over here!
Please note, the monthly mini quilt patterns will be sent to your pay-pal address.

CAN I JOIN AT ANYTIME//
You bet! If you sign up after April 1st you'll receive the previous months' patterns within 2 business days. 

If you have any other questions email me at megan [at] canoeridgecreations [dot] com. 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Safari Moon Blog Hop


Hello, friends!

Today's my stop on the Safari Moon Blog Hop & I'm so excited to share my project. Frances Newcombe, Art Gallery Fabrics designer, and I first met at International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas last fall. I was instantly drawn to her use of color & pattern, but especially her wonderful personality -- she's the sweetest! Safari Moon is Frances' first collection with Art Gallery Fabrics and it really is beautiful. Rich, vibrant colors paired with African inspired designs -- I just love it! 


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I chose to pair four prints from the Safari Moon line with a crisp white solid & my Starburst mini quilt pattern. You can find the pattern in my shop! And guess what?! I've put together a mini quilt kit so you can make one, too! 

GIVEAWAY -- Enter to win a complete kit & pattern to make a Starburst mini quilt top just like mine! To enter, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite color. I'll pick a winner on Friday, March 14th at 5pm CST. 

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Be sure to check out the other posts from the Safari Moon Blog Hop -- so much inspiration!

Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Lindsay Conner of Lindsay Sews & Craftbuds
Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
Cristy Fincher of Cristy Creates
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Teri Harlan of Sew Fantastic
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lilys Quilts
Sandy Whitelaw of Upstairs Hobby Room
Katy Jones of Imagingermonkey
Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
Megan Bohr of Canoe Ridge Creations