2017_July 23_Woven blocks_17 inches square

At our July guild meeting, one of our members brought a quilt to show and tell that she had made from strips.  Her quilt was 9 blocks in a 3 by 3 setting.  I think she said she made her blocks 18″ square.

I was so inspired from the meeting that I went home and the next day I dug out my bins of cut strips and started making my own version.  My blocks are 17 inches square.  I made them this size because that is the width of my cutting mat and it is so easy to use it to square up the block after piecing.  I decided I wanted more of a rectangular quilt so I went with 12 blocks in a 3 by 4 setting.  I need to decide on what colour to use for my sashing.  I am thinking of a solid grey.

The inspiration for this quilt is a quilt called Woven by Kati Spence that is in a book called Scraps Inc.

I still have plenty of strips left so I am trying to come up with a way to piece the back so that I can use more of my stash of strips.

I realize this was a deviation from working on my UFO’s but I just had to give this one a try.  After all, making these blocks allowed me to work on another one of my goals which is to use up my stash of fabric.

FVQG Quilt Show – June 24, 2017 and Happy 150th Birthday Canada!


I attended the Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild quilt show last weekend.  The name of their show was, Patchwork Nation and featured many Canadian themed quilts.  Since today is Canada’s 150th birthday it seems appropriate to feature some of the quilts from that show.

Listen to Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield and his brother, Dave sing a polite little song they wrote about Canada.


The decor outside of the show definitely gave you a hint as to the theme of many of the quilts inside.DSC_0770 DSC_0771 DSC_0772

The challenge quilts were fabulous!  Every quilter had to use the colour red in their project and one other colour that was drawn at random from a paper bag.  You can see the mandatory colours that were used in each quilt on a piece of paper next to each quilt.

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The following images were of quilts that centered around the Canadian theme. DSC_0782 DSC_0794 DSC_0795 DSC_0796

These two fabulous quilts were part of the Premie Quilt donation program that the guild supports.  This guild donates on average 500 quilts to the NICU (Natal Intensive Care Unit) at Women’s Hospital.DSC_0797

Every time I hear the story around this quilt it makes me smile.  This quilt is by Val Smith and is called, Does It Come In Other Colours?DSC_0798

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There was also a bed turning which featured quilts from Canada over the last 150 years.  This quilt was from our Centennial in 1967 and featured the symbol of Canada’s Centennial in the border.  1967 was also the year that Montreal hosted EXPO.DSC_0817 DSC_0818 DSC_0824 DSC_0825

This vintage quilt was from 1967 and featured the crests and flowers from each province.  The designs were drawn on fabric and then coloured with liquid embroidery.  I remember the tubes of Artex paint that my mother used to have.  :)DSC_0826 DSC_0828 DSC_0829 This is another Canadian Centennial quilt that was painted with Artex.  This quilt won first prize at the PNE in Vancouver in 1967.DSC_0842 DSC_0844



Starting a New Project

Ever since I saw the “Family of Three” pattern in the January/February 2016 issue of Quiltmaker magazine, it has been on my list to make.  The quilt is the creation of Canadian quilt designer, Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts.  

This project seemed like the perfect first quilt for our grand-baby expected in September since the nursery is a jungle theme and the giraffe is my favorite African animal.



Warning:  There are a ton of tiny pieces to be cut for this quilt.  I spent most of yesterday at our guild’s sew in cutting out the pieces.  The smallest pieces are 1″ square.  Thankfully there were only a few of them.  However, there were 215 – 1.5″ square pieces that had to be cut!  You need to be organized as you cut out the pieces.  I had strips of paper labeled with the colour of the fabric, the number of pieces that I needed to cut, the size of the cut piece on them, and the corresponding letter assigned to that piece in the pattern.  As I cut out each piece, I pinned the piece of paper to the top of the stack of pieces.  The time taken to organize the pieces as you are cutting will pay off when you go to sew the units together later.

There are some printing errors in the magazine.  If you check the Quiltmaker website, they list the pattern corrections as: 

Family of Three (Jan/Feb ’16)

The cutting dimensions for the F patches in the unit 4′s and unit 5 are 1″ x 5″.

The cutting dimensions for the N patches in the unit 15′s are missing. The measurements for N are 4-1/2″ x 9-1/2″.

In the assembly diagram one patch was mislabelled. In the fourth row of leaves from the top, the patch labelled “S” (to the right of “T”) should be labelled “R”. In the cutting list, the dimensions and the amounts for R and S are correct.

The light orange patches labelled “L” on the small giraffe are mislabeled. These two patches should be labelled BB. The cutting list under Light Orange Solid should list 6 L’s (cut 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) and 2 BB’s (1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″). 

We regret the error.

Family of Three - Assembly Diagram

Family of Three – Assembly Diagram

Although the assembly diagram makes this look like an intimidating project, if you take the time to lay out the units on a design wall and refer to the assembly diagram as you piece the different units, you will have the top completed in no time.

I elected to make the quilt with Kona solids in the colour scheme that the designer used:  Cedar and Sunny for the giraffes, Cactus, Peapod, and Grass for the leaves and ground/grass, and Capri for the background.  There is a small amount of Medium Gray required for the eyes, nostrils, and feet.




CAPRIMEDIUM GRAYI spent today piecing the first 3 rows of leaves.

Family of Three - first three rows (leaves)

Family of Three – first three rows (leaves)

I am very pleased with how the pieces are fitting together so far.