I finished this Quilt of Valour on the weekend so I could gift it to a kind, courageous and brave Canadian soldier who has become a very dear friend of mine. I have learned so much about this man while working out with him every morning at 6:00 a.m. at the gym. I am positive, without a doubt, that he is more than deserving of the gift of a Quilt of Valour.
I will not write out his story here because it is not my story to tell but I will say it was as great an honour to make this quilt and surprise him with it as it is to know him.
This quilt is a heart shaped Canadian flag made with my Canadian Flag Pixelated Heart pattern. I would have like to have more contrast between the heart and the background but I needed to work with fabrics I had in the house.
I used “True North” fabric by Kate and Birdie for this quilt because they are perfectly Canadian fabrics. This version of the quilt measures 80″ tall x 64″ wide.
I quilted the heart with stipple quilting and the background with a quilting design I call “balls on string.” This was to differentiate the heart from the background a bit more.
The maple leaf is appliqued onto the quilt top and stitched with machine blanket stitch around the edges.
Here is a closer look at some of the fun Canadian fabrics designed by Kate and Birdie. There are fabrics from both the first and second “True North” lines in the quilt.
I added borders to the quilt to make it a nice twin size because the man receiving it is over 6 feet tall. I quilted the inner border with a half feather motif and put stippling in the outer border. The borders are Kona solids.
Making and giving this quilt gave me immeasurable joy and happiness and the quilt recipient was kind of speechless (but happy) when he received it. My friend, if you ever read this, you deserve this quilt and so much more.
I made a quilt several years ago and then I basically “ruined” it with poor quilting choices. The quilt has sat for years unfinished until this weekend when I decided to cut it up and reupholster my dining chairs.
I made a six minute YouTube video where I tell you the whole story. Learn from my mistakes both on the quilt and on my first fabric choice for the chairs. Then learn how I reupholster the chairs for a happy ending.
Handmade keychains, or key fobs as we call them in the sewing world, are fun to make and they are great to have in your vendor booth at craft shows. Since I have a few in-person shows coming up I thought I would make some more to add to my stock.
To make a ribbon key fob you need the following:
13″ cotton webbing
13″ grosgrain ribbon
key fob hardware
a lighter to melt the ribbon ends
needle nose pliers
scrap of fabric to protect hardware
Note: melt the ribbon ends first and do not light the flame when using E-6000 glue or while the glue is drying
Melt the ribbon ends to prevent fraying by passing the ribbon ends through the blue part of the flame on a lighter.
Clip the ribbon to the webbing and topstitch down each side.
Spread some E-6000 glue inside the key fob hardware. Fold the webbing in half and put the ends into the glue.
Close the hardware with your fingers and then squeeze it tight with the pliers. Use the fabric scrap to protect the hardware from scratches. Let the glue set and dry and you’re done!
All of us around the world are devastated by this week’s horrific events in Ukraine. We are wondering what we can do to help. This is one idea.
How to help Etsy sellers in Ukraine:
1. go to etsy-dot-com
2. type in search “digital file”
3. choose button “all filters”
4. scroll down and find “Shop Location” category
5. choose custom and type “Ukraine”
The result: in front of you are all the digital products of Ukrainian sellers. There are patterns, svg files and more. All of these products are automatically delivered to your e-mail, the seller does not have to post anything in real life, but she/he gets money to live on.
PLEASE buy something for yourself, for a friend as a gift or just for support. AND BE SURE TO SHARE!
Enjoy this free snowflake quilt block pattern that I have designed for the Daydreams of Quilts Community! This block finishes at 12 inches square. You will need two fat quarters of fabric and a 2 1/2″ square fussy cut.
The two main fabrics in my sample block are by Canadian Fabric designer Libs Elliott for Andover Fabrics. I used a fussy cut from a batik fabric for the block centre.
Download the free pattern file to get started. I have created a YouTube tutorial for this quilt bock as well.
Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you know our Black Friday sale is live on Etsy and this weekend is best last chance to shop for Christmas delivery. Physical and digital products are on sale up to 30% off. Orders over $100.00 CDN receive free tracked shipping.
I released a new YouTube video today of how to make the Pumpkin Hot Pad from the (affiliate link) Holiday Quilter’s Club by Annie’s Kit Clubs.
This was a fun little project that only took an hour or two to make. You can find the video here. I will be giving my little hot pad to my Mom for a hostess gift at next weekend’s Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂