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    Monkey Wrench Quilt Reveal

    It feels great to finally have this quilt out of my work in progress pile. I’ve been working on this project on and off for the past year and a half.  This is my largest quilt I’ve made so far, measuring in at 80″x80″. I rarely make quilts from traditional block patterns, preferring to stick with a more modern feel with rectangles and simpler designs. However, I really had a desire to get out of my comfort zone and move forward with a more traditional block. I used really fun, happy prints to keep the block lighthearted. I followed the block pattern from Patchwork Square for Monkey Wrench. I combined 52 monkey wrench blocks…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 5 – The Finale

    This is the fifth and final week of my Fidget Quilt Challenge.  Over the past four weeks, I created four quilt blocks that have interactive elements, meant to be therapeutic to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to view the past challenges, you can view each block in the fidget category. Week 5’s task was to bind the quilt and add a quilt label.  I’ll admit that binding and labeling quilts is my least favourite part of quilting.  My favourite part of the process is designing and assembling the quilt top, which is why I have a box of assembled quilt tops waiting to one day be sandwiched, quilted, and…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 1 Block

    I’m participating in a fidget quilt contest on a Facebook group, and I had a blast making my first block.  Fidget quilts, in case you’re not aware, are quilts that are used to help calm patients with diseases such as Autism or Alzheimer’s.  These quilts are tactile and interactive.  I typically only sew with fabrics, not with embellishments, so this was a move outside of my sewing comfort zone. For this quilt, I’m making the blocks 11″ finished, so 11.5″ raw.  Our assignment was to create a block that included a zippered component with something connected to play with inside, plus one additional interactive element. This is my first block. There are two main…

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    Diamond Echo Lap Quilt

    This quilt features brown and pink fabrics made with half square triangles.  I designed the pattern myself while doodling on my tablet – I call it the Diamond Echo. This quilt was a stash buster.  Years ago I picked up this pretty brown and pink floral while travelling south of the border with a friend.  While in Buffalo, we snagged a bunch of quilting cottons.  I loved the print so much that I didn’t want to cut into it.  I decided to keep the bulk of the fabric for the backing of a quilt and use whatever was left within the design.  I combined the brown floral with a cute pink on white polka dot…

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    Make a Mini Quilt with Fusible Grid

    The quilt I’m sharing is an oldie but I still look at it fondly despite its flaws. I have this folded on top of my fabric shelves beneath my craft room window for my cats to snuggle with while they watch the neighbour cat across the street. This mini quilt uses bright pink and green fabric prints combined with sharp white squares. I call this a “cheater quilt” because instead of piecing my rows and carefully lining up my corners, I used the fusible web to layout the design. This is a great way for beginners to start to quilt. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click…

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    Green and Pink Brick Quilt

    Today I will be sharing the quilt that has been on my bed for the past year or so.  I’m a bit obsessed with green, brown and pink fabric.  I’m not sure how I managed to gather so many prints in this colour scheme without specifically planning to, but it happened, so this is one of many in this colour scheme.  The prints were collected over years at local shops, from my travels to the US, and from online shopping. There are polka dots, argyles, florals, cherries, mushrooms, ditsy dots.  There’s a lot going on over here! The finished quilt measures 75″x78″.  I cut the rectangles out at 6″x4″ and arranged them randomly into…

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    Geisha Circular Fan Quilt

    If I love a fabric print, I’m often guilty of holding onto it for years until I think of the perfect project for it.  Years ago I purchased an adorably bright fabric featuring ladies in kimonos off of eQuilter.  I absolutely love it. The scale of the print is fairly large, so I didn’t want to cut it up into small pieces and lose the essence of the print. I used the geisha fabric as the background for an enormous circular design.  The overall quilt is busy yet bright and happy.  It brings a smile to my face every time I look at it. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you…