Thursday, January 21, 2016

Introducing With Flying Colors

Good morning, friends!

Let me introduce you to my latest design, With Flying Colors. This lap size quilt pattern can be found in the Spring 2016 Quilt's & More magazine that is on newsstands now. My love of rainbows, bold geometric design, and solid fabrics is very apparent in this new design. I used twelve Kona solids to create this chevron rainbow effect & they are:

Cardinal 1063
Coral 1087
Kumquat 410
Papaya 149
Daffodil 148
Limelight 493
Peapod 414
Peacock 1282
Cyan 151
Mediterranean 479
Magenta 1214
Violet 1383

Want to make it mini? The kind folks at Quilts & More have put together a FREE PDF Pattern to make a mini version of the design. How fun, right?! This has been added to my "to-sew" list!

Pick up the Spring 2016 Quilts & More magazine for lots of other fabulous projects from some of your favorite designers!

Happy Sewing,

Image credit: Images used with permission from Quilts and More and Meredith Corporation, copyright 2016.

Monday, January 11, 2016

>>FREE TUTORIAL<< Fresh Mini Quilt Club | February 2016

Hello, friends!

Round 5 of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club ended this month, which means per tradition the next round will be starting back up March 1st (sign-ups are coming, I promise!). I wanted to take this month break as an opportunity to share with all of you just what it's like to be a member of the club. Each month you are sent a full color PDF pattern with a new mini quilt pattern -- complete with fabric step-by-step instructions. Want to see first hand? You're in luck, just click the link below to download your free pattern!

True Love measures 18" x 18" finished (FMQC designs finish between 18"-24" along one side). I used red & white tonal prints for my mini quilt and paired them with a crisp white background. I mean, can you go wrong with a white background?! The binding print is one of my favorites and adds that extra special finish to the mini quilt. Like always, I used my fool proof binding tutorial -- perfection every time! I also forgot how much I love & miss straight-line quilting -- here I used 40 wt. Aurifil #2024. I've put together some straight-line quilting tips & tricks if you'd like to take a look. 

Want to make a mini quilt just like mine? I've put together a limited number of kits just for you! Each kit includes the fabric for the mini quilt top & binding (substitutions may be made when needed, but I promise they will be great!). Red SOLD OUT!

Update: I've put together a PINK version, too -- Grab your kit in the Canoe Ridge Creations shop. 

As with all of my mini quilt designs, they can be used to make a larger quilt too. Here's a peek at what a 4 block x 4 block layout would look like. Hello, beautiful!! <3

Happy Sewing!

Monday, January 4, 2016

LAST CHANCE | Snag All Six Mini Quilts From FMQC Round 5!

August 2015 | It Adds Up (picture shown shows block repeated)
September 2015 | Nutty
October 2015 | Sweet Home (credit: @twoscissors)
November 2015 | Ridgeside (credit: @lizinprogress)
December 2015 | Gingersnap (credit: @lizinprogress)
January 2016 | Farm Fresh

Round 5 of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club wraps up this month. It has been such a fun round with six ALL NEW mini quilts. If you missed out on registration, have no fear -- there is still time! You'll be able to snag all 6 patterns for the original price of $24.99 ($4.17 per pattern) before they are released individually for the regular price of $6.50 each. Head on over to the pattern shop to get yours!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

#SewTheRainbow 12.17.15

Top Left: @peaches1008
Top Right: @purplepoppyquilts
Bottom Left: @abrightcorner
Bottom Right: @jenniferjohnston80

Hello, friends!

Late last fall I started a new hashtag on Instagram called #sewtherainbow, for three reasons: 1) I love Instagram 2) I love sewing 3) I love rainbows. Win, win, win! In just one year the hashtag includes 1,500+ photos from fabulous sewists + quilters just like you. It's one of the happiest hashtags to scroll through, I love seeing all the rainbow goodies! Each Thursday I am going to feature FOUR unique #sewtherainbow photos for the blog readers to enjoy & to inspire us all into the weekend. Enjoy!

You can follow the #SewTheRainbow account here.

Follow Canoe Ridge Creations on Instagram, too. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

FMQC X Stitch Lap Quilt

Hello, Friends!

The Fresh Mini Quilt Club is wrapping up it's 5th round next month -- there's still time to sign up! These mini quilts finish between 18" and 24" square & are perfect for table toppers, wall quilts, pillows, etc. However, each month I encourage members to explore the idea of turning the mini quilt design into a larger overall quilt design. This X Stitch Lap Quilt is a fabulous example!

The original mini quilt finished at 19" square and takes six jelly roll strips. I made five identical blocks (only 30 jelly roll strips!) and arranged them into a basic 9 patch design, alternating with large background fabric squares. This 61" x 61" lap quilt came together SO QUICKLY (anyone need a last minute Christmas gift?!). I paired the simplified Irish Chain inspired design with straight-line quilting 1/2" lines in white Aurifil #2024 using my BERNINA walking foot. I also choose to bind the quilt in the same white background fabric as to not distract from the quilt design. You can find my step-by-step binding tutorial here!

You can find the X Stitch mini quilt design in the Canoe Ridge Creations Pattern Shop and it's even ON SALE for a limited time!

Happy Sewing!