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! 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sliced Cake Quilt | A Video Tutorial

A few weeks ago I shared a new tutorial on the Canoe Ridge Creations Facebook Page for a super simple patchwork throw quilt called Sliced Cake. Several of you have asked for the tutorial again, so this time around I decided to put it up on the blog. Next week I'll share some more details about the finished quilt and the new quilting design I tried. Until then, grab a 10" square pack and happy sewing!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Join Me As I Chat With Pat Sloan

Yesterday I chatted with Pat Sloan LIVE on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast. We talked about being a 4th generation quilter, how I first started in the quilting industry & how I continue to stay connected outside of Canoe Ridge Creations, my favorite thing - binding (here's the tutorial we talked about), that secret weapon to finishing works in progress that I shared earlier this summer - my Dad, the Fresh Mini Quilt Club, and more.

If you weren't able to listen in on Monday, you can find the entire show here on Pat Sloan's blog.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Quilts & More Scrap Lab and The Mini Barn Quilt Pattern

Have you seen the Fall 2016 issue of Quilts and More magazine yet? I'm over-the-moon excited to be a part of this issue & one of the Scrap Lab projects from the issue. I may be just a little excited to be a cover project, too! If you aren't familiar with how the Scrap Lab projects work, here is a run down. Three designers are given a bundle of fabric and asked to design a project that can be made entirely using those given fabrics. For this issue we were giving 12 fat quarters from the new Sweetwater Bella Solids bundle from Moda, plus an additional 1/2 yard of Bella Solid in the color Smoke. 

If you've been following me on Instagram lately I've been majorly crushing on the Iowa barn quilts that are in our neighborhood. I mean, can you blame me? My Scrap Lab project, Mini Barn Quilt, was inspired by these bold designs. You can download the entire step-by-step pattern for FREE over on the Quilt's and More website. Plus, if you want to make your mini quilt just like mine -- or want to make the other two projects from the Scrap Lab -- you can pick the complete bundle up right here from Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa.

Happy Sewing!

Images used with permission from Meredith Corporation and Quilts and More magazine. Copyright 2016.