Monday, November 19, 2018

Perfectly Plaid - A New Pattern


Today I'd like to introduce you to a new pattern we've just added to the Canoe Ridge Creations Pattern Shop called Perfectly Plaid. It's a design I originally created this past Spring while on maternity leave with Harper and have been anxiously awaiting its release to share it with all of you. The instant download PDF pattern includes beginner friendly step-by-step instructions, full color diagrams, two size options, and a coloring page to customize your own quilt. 



I wrote the instructions to include a strip piecing method for a quick assembly - hello, quilt in a day! Choose between the Small Throw at 52" x 52" or Large Throw at 70" x 70" and if you are like me, you're going to want to make multiple quilts. My first Perfectly Plaid quilt is the original solid version you'll see on the cover of the pattern. A simple pink duo paired with a crisp white background makes it timeless. 


For my second version I went with a black solid & black Robert Kaufman essex linen. Don't tell the first version, but I think this one is my favorite - it screams Farmhouse Vintage decor!

Monday, November 5, 2018

November Longarm Quilting Design of the Month - Seamless


A new month means a new Longarm Quilting Design of the Month - this month's design is Seamless but we are calling it "Fun-fetti". It's a playful design that adds texture and crinkle goodness without taking away from the quilt pattern. Almost like a modern meander! This month only, Seamless is 20% OFF - making it $0.016 per square inch - just in time for your Christmas quilts & gifts. Check out all the details on our Professional Longarm Quilting Services right here and send us a note to get on our quilting list. 


Happy Monday!

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Fall Sidewalk Chalk Quilt Top


Fall is in the air. The farmers in their tractors running day & night with the harvest. Crunchy leaves, apple orchards, pumpkin patches & soup for dinner. There's just something magical about this time of year. And the best part - it's perfect sewing weather! I've been working on several projects at once and this new Fall quilt for Harper is sure to be a favorite. It's jewel-toned solids are a refreshing change to what I normally use in my quilts - it's fun to change it up.

QUILTY DETAILS
Finished Size: 40.5" x 48"
Fabric: Stash Buster - solids from my stash





Monday, October 22, 2018

A Baby Quilt For Harper


Last June we received the news we'd been waiting to hear for almost 2 years - we were finally pregnant! We each have our own story, but like so many others our journey to parenthood didn't come easily. It included months of trying naturally, a false positive/early miscarriage (to this day, we aren't really sure what happened), fertility specialists, testings, and a planned surgery. So we just stopped trying and a month or two later we were expecting - a complete surprise! Naturally I did what any quilter would do and started sewing a baby quilt. In fact, if I remember right, I started sewing before we had even told our parents & family. My plan was simple - stick to gender neutral colors and a clean, scrappy design.


I started pulling gray & aqua scraps and paired it with white & off-white solids - spray starching the fabric as I pressed. Let's be honest, is there really anything better than crisp, freshly starched fabric? For years I've used Mary Ellen's Best Press but just recently started using this kind of spray starch and I absolutely love it - the price point is great, too! From there I started cutting the scraps into different widths keeping the sizes random while still utilizing the most out of each piece.

I started randomly sewing the fabrics together and used my 6x24" quilting ruler to cut the rows into uniform widths. The project went together rather quickly and before I knew it I had enough scrap units for a baby quilt. For the backing fabric I pulled one of my favorite Bonnie & Camille prints - the aqua scallops.


Keeping with the simple, crisp design I opted for a simple Loop design for the longarm quilting. I actually finished quilting this project the week before we had Harper - perfect timing! Normally I prefer a bold binding fabric - like the black & white strip I use so often - but bold wasn't right with this quilt. This low volume, aqua dot came from my stash and was just perfect. If you are interested in how I do my Double Fold Binding check out this tutorial - it's been viewed over 150,000 times making it one of our most popular tutorials.



Harper turned 8 months on Saturday and it's been so much fun using this quilt as she's grown. This quilt is the first of many she'll have and it's already a part of so many memories.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

October Longarm Quilting Design of the Month - Figure Eight


This month's 20% OFF Longarm Quilt Design of the Month is Figure Eight - it's a wonderful quilting design that adds beautiful texture that's perfect for both traditional and modern quilts. Be sure to have your projects postmarked by October 31, 2018 to take advantage of the savings. We'd love to quilt your next project for you!

Find additional details about our Professional Longarm Quilting Services & our complete quilting design list right here. Feel free to e-mail us at megan@canoeridgecreations.com to discuss your project, too.

Happy Sewing!