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.


The book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet challenge – Update

I am happy to report that my challenge quilt is quilted and bound, ready for entry in our guild’s little display at this year’s Creativ Festival in Abbotsford on March 24 and 25, 2017.


SISTERS IS OFF THE GRID - hanging in the 2017 Creativ Festival

SISTERS IS OFF THE GRID – hanging in the 2017 Creativ Festival

Title of Quilt: Sisters is Off The Grid
Quilted by: Me (Silverthimble Quilting)
Size: 64 inches x 74 inches
Book / Magazine / Pattern: Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine – Issue Twenty Six
Author / Designer: Jo Avery and the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild
Title of Original Quilt: Off The Grid
About the Quilt: The quilt was created as the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild’s Charity Quilt Challege entry for QuiltCon 2015. The challenge was to make a quilt using an ‘off-grid’ construction. The EMQG produced their version of the quilt in a random, improv style and Jo Avery produced the pattern for a structured version of the quilt. My version of this quilt uses a mixture of prints and solids. In 2014, some members of the FVMQG took a bus trip to Sisters, Oregon in July to see the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We were able to visit the famous Stichin’ Post, a quilt shop located in Sisters that is owned by Jean and Valori Wells. I purchased two fat quarter packs of Valori Wells’ fabrics as my souvenir of the trip and used them along with coordinating solids in my version of this quilt. Sisters is a very small town with a population of only 2,038 (as of the 2010 Census), located 155 miles southeast of Portland in the high desert. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show displaying more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all over the world flock to Sisters on the second Saturday in July every year to attend this quilt show.

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!