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.

New String Block Project

I often make string blocks when I am between projects or if I just want to sew something but I am not interested in focusing.  Sometimes you just need to mindlessly sew to wind down after a stressful day at work.

I am always on the lookout for ways to use the string blocks once they are made.  This was a quilt that appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.  The quilt is called Rock Island Campfires and was made by Marianne Fons.



Marianne’s blocks were pieced on paper foundations and measured 4.5″ square.  Four string blocks pieced together with a cornerstone and sashing measured 10.5″ square unfinished.  I pieced my blocks with a used dryer sheet as a foundation and trimmed them to 5.75″ which made my block larger at 13″ unfinished.

I found the perfect fabric for sashing my blocks – a tiny black and white houndstooth – First Crush by Sweetwater for Moda.


These are some of my blocks on the design wall.

2017May31-Rock Island Campfire - finished blocks

STS – #1 – Singing The Blues

Cher and I have decided that we need to use up some of the “Classic” fabrics that we have in our stash.  We have proclaimed 2017 to be the year of STS – Slash the Stash!   (I have also proclaimed 2017 to be the year to finish UFO’s.)  I started at the end of November 2016 with my stack of blue fabrics.  I have wanted to make the quilt pattern, Hot Shot by Maple Island Quilts for a while now.


By the end of December, according to the pattern I had enough blocks to make the bed size.  However, I made a design change and I decided that I wasn’t going to add the borders to my quilt like was suggested in the pattern so I needed to make more blocks to get my quilt up to a nice bed size – 87″ x 99″.  I ended up making 56 blocks for a 7 by 8 grid.

By January 2, 2017, I had my finished flimsy.

Singing the Blues - flimsy - 87" x 99"

Singing the Blues – flimsy – 87″ x 99″

I kept pushing on, determined that this project was not going to get added to the UFO pile.  By January 15, 2017, the quilting was finished and on March 7, 2017, I took the last hand stitches on the binding.

Here it is in all its finished glory:





This is also one of my 13 projects that I listed for my guild’s UFO Challenge – for the first quarter.  :)

Canada’s Big Quilt Bee


To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Quilting Association is inviting quilters to be part of Canada’s biggest Quilt Bee.

The Big Quilt Bee will be held June 14-17, 2017 at Quilt Canada 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.   There will be sewing machines, long arms, mid arms and an army of volunteers ready to work on quilt tops and stacks of slab blocks that have been made and sent in by hundreds of Canadian quilters.

The goal is to make and donate 1,000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.

The blocks that are making up the quilts are 12.5″ slab blocks incorporating at least one piece of special Canada fabric that has been printed this year in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.  Slab blocks were made famous when  Cheryl Arkison used ‘slab’ blocks in quilts for families who lost everything in the Alberta floods in 2013.  Now, with Cheryl’s permission, Canadian quilters are once again making slab blocks for a worthy cause.

Instructions on how to make slab blocks:



This is a piece of one of the special Canada 150 fabrics that can be used in these blocks.

DSC_0010 On January 21, 2017, the local university donated classroom space to our guild so that we could dedicate a day to making slab blocks and assembling quilt tops.DSC_0008 The room was a bee hive of quilters cutting, sewing, and pressing their scraps together into colourful blocks.DSC_0005 DSC_0003 DSC_0002 16114804_10156033663728849_1198452613346296336_n DSC_0004DSC_0011 16266356_10156033667408849_5993837092842560312_n 16174486_10156033663763849_1191666265943156475_n 16174468_10156033667048849_8917553810301714676_n16143018_10156033667718849_4013418356250088904_n 16142704_10156033663828849_5754646872907590053_n 16142342_10156033667653849_4811456033810262547_n 16105983_10156033663968849_3586695233020321134_n 16113937_10156033663693849_149851596118856489_n

By the end of the day we had a handful of completed tops and stacks of completed blocks.  DSC_0009 DSC_0007 16265297_10156033663393849_8664667437812629257_n 16265570_10156033663363849_6460190662865115948_n 16265907_10156033663498849_3284965721291446214_n 16265446_10156033666893849_3691263503481633106_n 16142660_1231269030283094_2271357198480529716_n 16114393_10156033663443849_6070207657016955034_nI took my slab blocks home and completed two quilts.

Canada 150 Slab Quilt - red and blue

Canada 150 Slab Quilt – red and blue 

Canada 150 Slab Quilt close up

Canada 150 Slab Quilt close up

Canada 150 Slab Quilt - green and purple

Canada 150 Slab Quilt – green and purple

Canada 150 Slab Quilt closeup

Canada 150 Slab Quilt closeup

Last night at our guild meeting, everyone brought the quilts that they had finished to date for a group picture.  The Canadian Quilting Association is eager to hear how everyone is doing and anxious for us to report in as they are keeping a tally of the number of completed quilts towards the 1,000 finished quilt goal.