Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A St. Patrick's Day Mini Quilt & Free Pattern

With St. Patrick's right around the corner, I wanted to share with you this little Lucky Mini Quilt I just finished. The pattern is FREE right here & comes together in no time at all - I love a quick finish! If you'd like to make a Lucky Mini Quilt just like mine, there's a kit available right here. Be sure to check out my straight-line quilting tutorial where I show you step-by-step how to get those lines so straight. 

Happy Sewing!




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Greige Love



Greige. Have you heard of it? Just like the name sounds, it's a combination of Gray & Beige and it's popping up all over the place in neutral and farmhouse decor. Think shows like HGTV's Fixer Upper - I love me some Chip & Joanna Gaines. Speaking of which, have you read their book yet? Yes, please - so good! 

Okay, back to Greige. I've been crushing on it so hard that I just had to play around with the color palette at my local quilt shop, Hen & Chicks Studio. It's just so clean & fresh, I want to make all the quilts using Greige. 

Do you love it too? Lucky for you, Hen & Chicks Studio is now offering this exclusive bundle in their online shop and their calling it Megan Pit'z Favorite Greige Fat Quarter Bundle - go check it out. The 10 Fat Quarter bundle regularly costs $35.00, but they're offering it at $27.27 just for you!

Now I just have to decide what to make first. Maybe this neutral quilt from my friend Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter? Or a new Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Orange Quilt

My grandpa's favorite color has always been ORANGE. Orange, orange, and more orange. So when he celebrated his birthday this past December I knew I had to make him an all orange quilt. Lucky for me, I love the color almost as much as he does which meant I had plenty of orange fabric stashed away in my sewing room. I knew I wanted to keep the design simple to show off all those fabulous prints so I decided to cut everything down to 2 1/2" strips.  This Stripology Ruler was my best friend -- it makes cutting strips of any size super fast & easy.


I've been working hard to make use of the fabric stash I already have and am happy to report The Orange Quilt made a dent -- the quilt top used just over 4 yards of fabric. A little dent, but a dent nonetheless. Each block finished at 20" square and uses ten strips measuring 2 1/2" x 20 1/2". If you're looking for a fast & fun quilt, this is it -- I had it put together in no time! 

The quilting was done on my BERNINA Q24 longarm using a matching Aurifil thread -- I'm happy to report my longarm LOVES Aurifil thread just as much as I do! This Loop De Loop quilting design is a favorite of mine right now, so don't be surprised if you see it more in my next few quilt finishes. Not only is it a fast all over design but it's simple and modern. 


If pictures can talk I think it's pretty obvious he LOVES IT! Quilts are so fun to make, but there's something even more special about gifting a quilt to someone you love. This past Sunday I stopped by my grandparent's dairy farm in Northeast Iowa and was happy to see the quilt is still in the living room & being used every day.

Happy Sewing,
Megan

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Blue Heart Quilts for Fallen Officers & How You Can Help

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 megan@canoeridgecreations.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 megan@canoeridgecreations.com for more information.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Scrappy Pincushions

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!