Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Wedding Quilt

It has been quite some time since I blogged -- months & months, actually. So many life changes have happened, I'm actually unsure as to where to start. Let's start with the big stuff first, I'M GETTING MARRIED. This past Christmas Eve, Brandon proposed in my parent's backyard under our favorite apple tree. The entire thing was perfection! My dad, mom, and sister all helped with the decorations and I couldn't be more grateful for the pictures my sister snapped while the actual proposal happened. They will be treasured for years to come!

We will be getting married this fall in our hometown in Northeast Iowa -- just a little less than five months away. With the big day fast approaching, there's been all sorts of fun wedding plans in the works and a wedding quilt, of course! I've wanted to make a traditional double wedding ring quilt for quite sometime. It seems like a "right of passage" quilt -- if I can take on the Double Wedding Ring (and live to talk about it!), I can take on any quilt. Right?!

All of the fabrics I chose were pulled from my stash (which is officially out of control, but that's for another post & another day). About 95% of the fabrics I'm using come from previous Denyse Schmidt collections, I'd call it a happy accident -- although it seems that our wedding colors are fitting in perfectly with Chicopee. Which also happens to be my favorite Denyse Schmidt collection. A girl likes what a girl likes, I suppose!

I'm using the FREE Double Wedding Ring pattern & paper piece templates from Free Spirit and so far, so good! I really like using the paper piece method to create the arches used in each of the double wedding ring blocks, it makes for perfect piecing every time. So far I'm about half way through sewing the arches and loving every minute of it. I have learned a few little tricks along they way, but that'll have to wait for another day. 

Have any of you made the double wedding ring pattern? I'd love any tips & tricks you'd be willing to pass along. Leave a comment below or feel free to send a note via e-mail (megan AT canoeridgecreations DOT com). 

Happy Sewing!
xo, Megan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kona Cotton Solids | 30 Quilts For 30 Years + Giveaway!

Earlier this summer, I was contacted by the awesome folks of Robert Kaufman fabrics and asked to take part in a special celebration of Kona Solids. You all know how much I LOVE working with solids, so I quickly jumped on board! Starshine is a modified version of my first Fresh Mini Quilt Club design, Starburst. Starshine finishes at 80" x 80" and features sixteen beautiful Kona Solids -- you can get the exact list of fabrics used here!

The Premium White solid used for the background has quickly become a new favorite. Remind me to stock up! Sarah Wilson from Crinkle Love machine quilted the Starshine quilt with fabulous geometric design that pulls the whole design together!  I really wanted the focus of this design to be on those color saturated stars, so I used the white for the binding too. This was a first for me but I am super happy with the results!

Purchase the Starshine pattern here!

Head on over to the Robert Kaufman site to check out all the other quilts & talented designers featured in this Kona Cotton Solids | 30 Quilts For 30 Years Celebration. There are so many great quilts -- I especially like Spectrum from Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts!

Here's the complete blog hop schedule! 

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

How about a GIVEAWAY? Robert Kaufman fabrics is offering one lucky reader a Summer '13 charm pack! 

TO ENTER: Leave a comment with your favorite Kona Cotton Solid color! I'll choose & announce a winner tomorrow morning at 10 AM CST. International readers welcome, too!

Good luck!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Modern Solids Challenge with Free Spirit

Hello, friends -- happy Friday!

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed that I've been working on something extra special! A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at Free Spirit Fabrics to take part in the Modern Solids Challenge along with several other fabulous bloggers. We each received a BEAUTIFUL Denyse Schnidt's Modern Solids fat quarter pack & our challenge is to create a Modern Quilt using Traditional Inspiration. Hello, beautiful!

And let the games BEGIN! // #modernsolidschallenge

It didn't take too long to come up with a color scheme -- a gradient of blues, with just a pop of citrus green. I tend to gravitate towards traditional, geometric designs, so I've chosen to put a modern twist on the traditional Irish Chain design. 
Working on my #modernsolidschallenge today! ✂️✂️✂️

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing ✂️✂️✂️ // #modernsolidschallenge @freespiritfabric

So, who are the other designers? It's quite the list!

John Adams of Quilt Dad
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Heather Jones of Olive & Ollie
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
Latifah Saafir of The Quilt Engineer 

You can follow along with all of our progress over on Instagram using #ModernSolidsChallenge, too!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Craftsy Mystery Workshop

I have something VERY exciting to share! Over the past few months I've been working extra hard on putting together this fun collaboration with the folks at Crafsty. Join me in October for a Mystery Quilting Workshop over on Craftsy -- featuring Moda's New Miss Kate Collection from Bonnie & Camille. 

This quilt design has quickly become one of my favorites to date. It combines basic patchwork, half square triangles, and half rectangles for a unique modern design! I can't wait to share the overall design with you all, too!

Wondering how this all works? You can head over to Craftsy and sign up today for only $86.99 -- that includes ALL of the fabric for the quilt top & binding, PLUS the workshop experience! Then starting in October, we'll reveal the mystery design & open up the workshop. You'll be able to work at your own speed, plus interact with myself and fellow workshop attendees! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dear Stella Starburst

Hello, friends -- just popping in to share some exciting news! It's been a goal of mine for some time to offer my PDF patterns as printed patterns, too. It's taken many late nights teaching myself Adobe Illustrator & InDesign, but I'm happy to announce it's becoming a reality!


The Starburst mini quilt I'm sharing below features a fresh, fun fabric line called Savannah from Dear Stella. Want to make a Starburst mini quilt just like mine? You can purchase the kit -- including pattern and fabric for top & binding --  from my local quilt store. 



Get your paper copy of my Starburst pattern in my shop, along with the other Fresh Mini Quilt Club PDF patterns. Over the next few weeks I'll be adding to my printed collection -- I can't wait! If you'd like to carry my Starburst mini quilt pattern in your store feel free to e-mail (megan AT canoeridgecreations DOT com) for wholesale prices. 

Happy sewing,