Saturday, February 17, 2018

Birthday Sale!

I celebrate my Birthday in February so.........it's time for a SALE!
Starting TODAY and ending on my birthday
(February 22, 2018, midnight PST).....
I'll take 20% off all online pattern orders!

Sale is on ALL PatternsALL CategoriesWhile Quantities Last

No coupon to enter!
Just place your order, the 20% discount will be deducted and CheckOut.

NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY PATTERNS YOU CAN ORDER!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Shibori = fun with 'stripes'

Have you seen the new Banyan Batiks fabrics?

Banyan Batiks challenge all aspects of the batik design process, from innovative tjaps (pronounced "chops"), original artwork and designer selected colours, to the finishing of the goods. Banyan Batiks strive to provide the quilting industry with a higher quality batik and a finish that sews like no other.

My latest pattern uses the new Shibori collection. 

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Banyan Batiks has created this very ancient fabric style using the batik process and it is gorgeous! The background for my quilt is a TRUE WHITE batik with subtle patterning.

Here are the other Shibori colours. 


You will find these fabrics in stores March 2018.

Friday, February 2, 2018

YOU did it!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!...to all my retail customers who bought patterns during my Spread the Net Challenge.

Patchworks Studio will be donating $90 to provide 9 Bed Nets....oh....let's make that an even $100 for 10.

Here is a reminder about why I chose to support this project.
  1. This is the final season for The Mercer Report, a Canadian comedy/public affairs show hosted by comedian (and all round adventure seeker) Rick Mercer. It's a fitting tribute to all the years of laughs and sober thought Rick has given me and my family.
  2. Every TWO MINUTES a child dies from malaria. The scary truth - malaria is treatable and preventable. For just $10 one bed net can help save the lives of two children for up to three years.
  3. My father and I were born in Africa - my father in Zimbabwe and me in South Africa. A part of my heart will always be there.
  4. Because this is a 'school/student' challenge it can educate and encourage lifelong support for charitable giving by students. This puts a 'face' on who we help - it is person-to-person giving.
  5. I have two 'under 5' people in my life - my beautiful granddaughters, Brooklyn and Alice, and I can't imagine having to protect them from this killer disease.

If you would like to lend your personal support here is the link.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Donation Quilts - BC Wildfires 2017

The Loose Threads Quilters (my weekly quilt group) completed 13 quilts to donate to families affected by the Wildfires in British Columbia last summer.

Here are some quick pictures taken in my living room before they were shipped to Coldstream, BC for distribution.

Great Job Everyone!!

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Lori H. is coordinating quilt donations and distribution through her 
Facebook Group, Quilts for BC Wildfires 2017 if you want to get involved too.




This is a 'Disappearing 9-Patch' with really large blocks. Works up very FAST! 
Jill made this quilt while thinking of the horses and their owners who needed help during the fires.



This started as a Panel - thanks Northcott!

The center is a Panel by Northcott too.

This time....3 Panels by Northcott and an amazing shaded fabric for the borders.

Another of my 'pattern quilts'

Wonderful scrap quilt

Another creative way to use scraps

Centre fabric from Northcott and I added solids to make the stripe border.

I had 2 of these quilts (pattern samples) so I donated them too.

Animal panels donated to Jill - she turned them into a lovely quilt.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

3 Finishes for 2018

Three new patterns were finished over the weekend and have been added to the website.



Swing Along is a child's quilt or coverlet suitable for Beginners and more advanced quilters will like this quick-to-make project too. 

The large quilt is 47" x 56".
The small quilt is 36" x 36".

Fabrics: Sleepy Sloth by Northcott  




Only 4 stunning fabrics are needed to make Gemstones II. Strip piecing and easy connector corners make this project quick and fun.  Choose a textured background for your quilt; blue and white backgrounds are shown in my pattern.
Quilt size: 59" x 79"

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Fabrics I used: Strokes of Brilliance by Northcott


Night Blooms quilts are a perfect showcase for Imogen Skelley's bright multi-layer floral designs found in Northcott's Floral Fantasy collection.
The small quilt is 29" x 47" and is suitable for Beginners.
Intermediate quilters will enjoy making the large quilt (39" x 57") with its lattice border (not paper pieced).


You will find all these patterns in the Patchworks Studio store.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Spread the Net Challenge - ENDING SOON

Ending Soon!  My Spread the Net Donation ends on January 29.  

I will donate $5.00 from the retail sale of every Patchworks Studio pattern to Spread the Net. One malaria net costs $10.00 so every pattern you buy will pay for 1/2 a net. Buy 2 patterns and you'll buy ONE NET!

Read about this fundraiser below.

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Each year, malaria kills an estimated 438,000 people, and it remains the leading cause of death of children under 5 in Africa.
Since 2007, Spread the Net has helped protect the lives of over 41 million people by contributing to the delivery of more than 19 million malaria-preventing bed nets to families in Africa.

Co-founded by Rick Mercer and Belinda Stronach in 2006, the Spread the Net Student Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian schools to raise funds for bed nets. The top fundraising elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools receive a visit from Rick Mercer himself and appear on an episode of the Rick Mercer Report!
This is a cause that I strongly support. You can read more about the Challenge here.
So...
Starting TODAY and running until January 29, 2018, I will donate $5.00 from the retail sale of every Patchworks Studio pattern to Spread the Net. One malaria net costs $10.00 so every pattern you buy will pay for 1/2 a net. Buy 2 patterns and you'll buy ONE NET!
Why this project?
The reasons are many....
  1. This is the final season for The Mercer Report, a Canadian comedy/public affairs show hosted by comedian (and all round adventure seeker) Rick Mercer. It's a fitting tribute to all the years of laughs and sober thought Rick has given me and my family.
  2. Every TWO MINUTES a child dies from malaria. The scary truth - malaria is treatable and preventable. For just $10 one bed net can help save the lives of two children for up to three years.
  3. My father and I were born in Africa - my father in Zimbabwe and me in South Africa. A part of my heart will always be there.
  4. Because this is a 'school/student' challenge it can educate and encourage lifelong support for charitable giving by students. This puts a 'face' on who we help - it is person-to-person giving.
  5. I have two 'under 5' people in my life - my beautiful granddaughters, Brooklyn and Alice, and I can't imagine having to protect them from this killer disease.
  6. And why is January 29, 2018, the end date? This date is my father's birthday. He would have been 89 years old. This is a way to honour him too.

I hope you'll get on board and buy a pattern or 2 today.
Here is the link to all the Patchworks Studio patterns
PS...gift giving season is coming.
Why not buy a pattern for yourself and one for a friend?
Together you will SPREAD THE NET!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Christmas PJs - and QUILTS!

My mother gave me new pyjamas every Christmas when I was young. And it was the ONE present I could open on Christmas Eve.

I continued this tradition with my own children and have started it with my granddaughters too.

I made them nighties and coordinating quilts this year. They opened the nighties on Christmas Eve and the quilts were part of their Christmas Day presents.

Alice

Alice's Quilt

Brooklyn

Brooklyn's Quilt

Snuggling with their quilts - Christmas morning

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy New Year - Christmas Preparations!

My time before Christmas was extremely busy. That's why you haven't heard from me in almost a month!  Here is a bit of what I was doing.

I spent several days looking after my granddaughter Brooklyn. I decided it would be fun to have her help make some cookies to give to family members.

Here she is helping with 'thimble cookies'.  I found the perfect 'thing' for her to use to make the indent. It was too hard to have her use a thimble. We tried all the thimbles I had - such small fingers on a 2-1/2 year old!

She also made gift tags (with Grammie's help) for each package of cookies.  She enjoyed making thumb prints with my red ink pad and I turned them into little birds. She loves birds, especially watching them come to our feeders just outside our back door!


It was such fun watching her hand out her gifts on Christmas Day. She was sure to tell everyone 'it's got a birdie on it'!

Come back tomorrow to see the sewing and quilting I did in the last couple of weeks before Christmas.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

On the Go - Last Class Sample

I finished my last sample for Calico Cupboard Spring classes yesterday.  

This is On the Go, a fun modern quilt.


Here is a close-up of the quilting. I really enjoyed planning the quilting for this quilt and I practised longarm ruler work and free motion designs.


Class details:

Mar 9 and Mar 16: "On the Move"
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (2 sessions)   $60
A modern, fun and easy quilt project!  No special rulers required!  Yes, those triangles are all different sizes but the unique way to make them is very simple! Join Daphne the designer, for 2 fun and productive sessions.  You can make a baby or lap size quilt in class. We will discuss in class how to make a larger size as well.  This class is suitable for all levels of quilters, with an emphasis on confident beginners.

This is a great way to showcase 4 theme fabrics and you just need Fat Quarters of those 4. Add some supporting prints and solids and you'll have a great quilt too!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Planning is Done, the Dates are Booked!

I am excited to share the upcoming Classes and the Block of Month that will be starting at Calico Cupboard in January!  Registration is now open! 

Water Reflections Block of the Month
This stunning 6-month Block of the Month quilt was designed by Sue Harvey & Sandy Boobar of Pine Tree Country Quilts.  It features fabric from Northcott's Artisan Spirit Water Garden collection.

There are two versions for this quilt. 
One has a panel; the other is pieced in the centre.  You will need to choose one version for your quilt.

Instructions for both quilt versions are included in your patterns.  The full-colour patterns are printed on cardstock and your pattern and fabric kit will be packaged in a clear zipper bag - a great way to stay organized!



Skills you will learn as you make this quilt include:
  • precision piecing and pressing
  • partial-seaming and fussy-cutting
  • set-in seams
  • cutting 30-degree angled pieces
  • machine or hand applique
  • half square triangle units
Sign up is available immediately, and the first Block kit will be ready in January 2018.  I will be doing 1-1/2 hour monthly Demos, from January to June. There will be a small fee to join these Demo sessions and you can sign up now for these too.

The deadline to sign up for the Block of the Month is January 10, 2018.

My other Classes from January to March

Jan 27th:   Fine Finishes - 6 Ways to Bind Your Quilts   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.     $60
You will finish the edges of sample-size quilts using 6 different methods, which will become your reference samples. Daphne will show you finishing methods for ALL types of quilts and options for both hand and machine sewn finishes.
 
Jan 26th:  Beginner Free Motion Quilting    10 a.m. to 1 p.m.      $30
In this introductory workshop you will gain confidence and begin to develop your own style and designs.  Learn how to stitch interesting and creative patterns without having to continually turn your quilt through your sewing machine.

Also offered in February - February 3rd: 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Feb 20th: Machine Applique FUNdamentals  
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.    $35

Step by step instructions, including how to use fusible web, and stitching the applique. Concentration will be on satin stitch, however blanket stitch will also be demonstrated. You will learn about setting up your machine and how to stitch smooth curves and sharp points. This class is suitable for all levels of quilters.



Mar 9 and Mar 16: "On the Move"
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (2 sessions)   $60
A modern, fun and easy quilt project!  No special rulers required!  Yes, those triangle are all different sizes but the unique way to make them is very simple! Join Daphne the designer, for 2 fun and productive sessions.  You can make a baby or lap size quilt in class. We will discuss in class how to make a larger size as well.  This class is suitable for all levels of quilters, with an emphasis on confident beginners.


Most samples are on display at the shop. I am still quilting 'On the Move' and it will be there next week!

Drop in and have a look or call the store at 250-656-2722 to sign up.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I just received these pictures from Diane G. in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania. Diane's quilt was a second place winner in her county fair.





This quilt is a 'walk down memory lane' for me because it is a pattern I designed in 1999! The Millennium Quilt was a way to celebrate the start of the new century. It was an online Block of the Month sponsored by Patchworks Studio (one of the only quilting websites in Canada at the time). Quilters were asked to send in pictures of their completed quilts. Perhaps a dozen or so would send pictures............

The flood of pictures was AMAZING! And from all over the world.  I have a photo album full of pictures. Yes, actual photographs! Sending electronic photographs was not easy back then.


Netherlands, Ontario, Michigan

Here are a few pictures of some of the other pages in my album.

California, Oklahoma, Virginia, Iowa, Mississippi!

Maryland (3 quiltrs) and Australia (2 quilters)

Washington State
 
One of the few electronic pictures received from Roxy A.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Another New Pattern



Add an asymmetrical border to this digital panel to make this wall quilt
that celebrates the majestic bald eagle.


You can also use any 24" x 40" panel for this design.


Quilt Size: 40" x 58"

Skill Level: Confident Beginner


Fabrics shown are by Northcott 



REMINDER - Spread the Net Challenge

I will donate $5.00 from the retail sale of every Patchworks Studio pattern
to Spread the Net

One malaria net costs $10.00 so every pattern you buy will pay for 1/2 a net.
Buy 2 patterns and you'll buy ONE NET!




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Quilts for SALE


Are you looking for gifts for family, friends or even yourself? I have added more quilts and quilted items to the 'Quilts for Sale' section of the Patchworks Studio website.

They include

Placemats (holiday and year-round themes)




















Table Runners - SHOP HERE

Christmas Runner - 14" x 42"


Wall Quilts - SHOP HERE
Ariano Shadows - 29" square


Lap and Bed Quilts 
Starstruck - 51" x 67"

Blue Stars - 65" x 78"


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New Pattern

Crossroad Squares is my latest pattern. This quilt uses Island Batik fabrics; it would be great in other fabrics too. Choose 1 large scale 'theme' fabric and select 2 coordinates and a background.




Here are some other ideas for this design:







Saturday, November 18, 2017

Too Easy Stained Glass - it REALLY is!

I have the perfect solution for those wonderful fabrics that you hate to cut up. You know the ones I mean....landscapes, large scale modern prints, children's theme prints. Use my Too Easy Stained Glass method and you don't need to cut that great focus fabric at all!


Too Easy Stained Glass, www.patchworkstudio.com
Too Easy Stained Glass projects from my book Simple Stained Glass Quilts

I had a few goals in mind when developing this method:
  • I wanted to sew around the stained glass part only once instead of making the quilt top and then having to stitch around the shapes again to do the quilting.
  • I wanted to prepare the entire stained glass leading and then put it ON TOP of my focus fabric so I didn't have to cut it up and fit it into the 'spaces'.
  • I needed to find a product that would give me the best results.
My method uses fusible web - and it is just like magic....students who have taken this class say 'It's Too Easy' and that is where the name came from.

Do you have these types of fabrics in your stash? Don't know what to do with them?  Join me for my 'on demand' workshop TOO EASY STAINED GLASS at the Academy of Quilting and turn those fabrics into quilts.



Too Easy Stained Glass, www.patchworkstudio.com
Class Project, Academy of Quilting

In Lesson One you will learn the basic steps, including how to select fabrics for your first project, how to use fusible web to create the stained glass leading and how to fuse it to your fabric to make the quilt top.

In Lesson Two you will learn how I layer my quilt top with backing and batting and how to stitch the leading with a zigzag stitch. Yes.....you'll be quilting at the same time!  I will show you how to stitch corners and curves so you have perfect stitching. I'll also show you how I bind my quilts.

In Lesson Three you will learn how to adjust or redesign the leading to fit a larger piece of focus fabric. I'll also share how I have used printed photographs in my stained glass quilts. We will also look at how you can create your own focus fabric and how to adapt this method to make a lap or bed-size quilt.


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You can enroll for this class any time - it is an 'on demand' class.  
ENROLL TODAY and join me for Too Easy Stained Glass.   

See you in the Classroom!