Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild Challenge – 2017

Last summer, some of us were throwing around ideas for our next guild challenge over breakfast one morning at the Pacific Northwest MQG Meet Up in Portland.  We were talking about the books that we bought because we were inspired by the quilts inside of them and how these books sit on the shelves of our sewing rooms and we never get around to making the quilts.  The idea for our 2017 Creative Stitches Show Challenge was born:  “The book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet Challenge”. The idea of the challenge is that all participants take the opportunity to make the quilt from a book that prompted them to buy the book.

By our November quilt guild meeting, we had to commit to what our quilt was going to be. Our guild has a Facebook page and some of our members are already well into making their challenge quilts.  I usually agonize what I will make for any challenge and change my mind several times.  This challenge was no different.  I had several ideas and finally by the deadline, I had narrowed my choice down to one idea.

I thought I should pick a quilt pattern that not only inspired me but took me out of my comfort zone; after all this was a challenge.  I remember seeing a quilt at Show and Tell at a guild meeting one night that was so inspiring to me.  I ordered the book and curved piecing ruler so that I could make the quilt.  I believe that was back in 2014.  I never made the quilt because of the fear of making the curved blocks.  The quilt is in the book, Contemporary Curved Quilts – Curved Piecing using the Quick Curve Ruler by Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson for Sew Kind of Wonderful.

scan0001 The quilt in the book is called Modern Millie.  I have read the pattern over many times.  It isn’t a long pattern–only 3 pages of instructions.

Modern Millie Quilt from the book:  Contemporary Curved Quilts

Modern Millie Quilt from the book: Contemporary Curved Quilts

I wanted to make the quilt just like the picture in the book and I wanted to use a Kona solid for my background so I placed my order on line for 5 meters of Kona Cobblestone.


I picked a bright yellow for the center of the flowers–Kona Sunny.


My fabric order arrived in the mail.  I have pre-washed the 5 m of Cobblestone.  Now I am looking at the picture and thinking that the colour I picked may not be quite right for the background.

This morning, when I was reading blogs over coffee, I read a post by Debbie at A Quilter’s Table.   Debbie posted a picture of her latest quilt, Archipelago, which has a gorgeous turquoise blue background.  Debbie said that the use of Bahama, one of the Free Spirit Designer Essentials, as her background was an intentional use of a colour outside of her norm.  She went on to say that it was an enjoyable diversion.  This caused me to think that perhaps I have been approaching my challenge quilt all wrong.  Maybe I too should pick a background colour that I would never think to use.  After all, I am planning to use black and white fabrics like the quilt in the book, but who says I have to stick with the taupe background that the designer picked?  I have some Kona Turquoise in my studio that looks great next to the Kona Sunny.  


I have watched the videos of Jenny demonstrating the ruler over and over.  I think I need to audition background fabric choices against my black and white fabrics, pick a background fabric, quit stalling, and jump in and make one of those blocks!  

If the quilt doesn’t turn out, I can rename my challenge, “I was inspired by the quilt, I bought the book, ruler, and required fabric, and made the quilt; but in the end it looked better in the picture!

Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild Show – November 4, 2016


Last night, I attended the Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild’s first quilt show with a group of quilters from the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild.

Althought the show was small, the quality of quilts was high, and the variety of quilts was great.  It was a great way to showcase a new guild and recruit potential new members.2 3

This is a photo of the Canadian Quilters that attended and supported the Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild in their first showcase of quilts to the community.14902709_10153736021596618_5019694076623716421_o 14910536_10153736021501618_3598711797717848815_n 14976458_10153736021241618_2477352199625318915_o 15000194_10153736021226618_168741898179812981_o alice-what-a-trip-1 alice-what-a-trip-2 alice-what-a-trip-3 arctic-ice-1 arctic-ice-2 arctic-ice-3 color-and-improv-1 color-and-improv-2 color-and-improv-3 eureka-1 eureka-2 eureka-3 fire-escape-1 fire-escape-2 fire-escape-3 flower-power-1 flower-power-2 flower-power-3 gypsy-wife-1 gypsy-wife-2 gypsy-wife-3 hot-cold-1 hot-cold-2 hot-cold-3 hot-cold-4 infinity-1 infinity-2 looks-like-rain-1 looks-like-rain-2 looks-like-rain-3 my-perfect-room-1 my-perfect-room-2 primary-secondary-1 primary-secondary-2 primary-secondary-3 primary-secondary-4 schools-out-1 schools-out-2 spark-of-inspiration-1 spark-of-inspiration-2 spark-of-inspiration-3 spark-of-inspiration-4 spark-of-inspiration-5 storefronts-1 storefronts-2 summer-colors-1 summer-colors-2 summer-colors-3 the-owl-1 the-owl-2 timeless-1 timeless-2 tula-tangle-1 tula-tangle-2 tula-tangle-3Well done Bellingham Modern!


Double Slice Layer Cake


This was tonight’s finish…Double Slice Layer Cake.  At present, this is a flimsy measuring 52″ x 60″.  This is a pattern / video / tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

fresh-air-by-american-jane-modaAll you need to make the quilt top is a 10″ layer cake.  I made my quilt from a Moda Layer cake from Fresh Air by American Jane that I bought at our guild’s garage / trunk sale.  I love the 30′s retro feel to this fabric line.

This is the perfect quilt pattern for someone who is new to quilting as there are no seams to match up until you are sewing your blocks together into rows.  Even if your seam allowance is not a precise 1/4″, you have the opportunity to square your blocks to all the same size after piecing and before sewing your blocks together into rows.

This was the same pattern that my DIL used to make her first quilt.


M with her first quilt – a Double Slice Layer Cake – photo taken January 3, 2016.



Floating Squares

Today was a rainy day–the kind made for quilting.  I spent time this morning surfing the Internet looking for quilt inspiration.  I knew I didn’t want to make a huge project and I knew that I wanted to work with solids.  I came across a video from Missouri Star Quilt Co. showing how to make a quilt called, Floating Squares.  I didn’t have a charm pack of solid squares, but I did come across a nice stack of 6 solids all in the same location in the cupboard.  I am sure they were purchased all at the same time to go with some other print fabrics, but the print fabrics seem to have made their way to some other area of the studio.  They looked great together so a 5″ strip of each solid was donated to the cause for today.

Half Yard Cuts of Solids_June 18, 2016


In this photo, it looks like one of the fabrics is black but it is really navy blue.  The lighting on a rainy cloudy day isn’t the best.

By supper time, the blocks were finished and up on the design wall.  Truth be told, there is more cutting than sewing in this project which makes for a quick and easy project–perfect for today.

2916-June 18_Floating Squares_Blocks on the Design Wall_OptimizedJenny Doan of Missouri Star says that this quilt should finish about 47″ x 56″.

Now on to sewing the blocks together.


Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Mini Quilt Swap

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In May, our guild is swapping mini quilts with the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.

Our minis were to finish 12″ square.  This is a photo of the front of my mini.  I used scraps of Kona solids.  My squares finish at 1.5″.

This is an image of the label that appears on the back of the quilt which explains my design:

CaptureThis is a photo of the back of my mini:

2016_March 25_Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Exchange_back_editedI thought it was fitting to use dotty fabric as the characters that form the Braille alphabet are raised dots.

The two triangles in the upper corners of the quilt are to be used in place of a hanging sleeve to hang the quilt.  This was the requested method of hanging the finished quilts.