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FRIDAY ! FREEBIES A Selection of Free Valentine’s Day Ideas

What inspired this particular FRIDAY ! FREEBIE was this video from Art Gallery Fabrics. It just looks so fun…and easy. What do you think? It made me want to rush to my sewing machine. I always have a box of Strathmore Creative Cards ready to go. If you don’t have any, use some special paper and cut or fold it to card size.

How to make 3 cute Valentine's Day cards quick! Sew Crafty by …

Since valentines day is around the corner we want to inspire you to make cute and fun things! Check out this DIY tutorial where you will learn how to make cute valentines cardsFeaturing: Wonderful Things fabrics by going home to roost (Bonnie Christine)

Posted by Art Gallery Fabrics on Thursday, February 9, 2017


Here are some ideas from the Missouri Start Quilt Company. They use Pellon for the backing. If you’re going to stitch over top the hearts, I’d just use glue. However, if you want to put the pieces on without glue, try using Steam-A-Seam Lite 2. It will work well and allow you to move your pieces around on the card stock until you like what you have. Another tip is to save your left over bits of fabrics that already have Pellon or Steam-A-Seam or Heat n Bond. These projects use small pieces that won’t be useful elsewhere. This way, nothing goes to waste. I particularly like the hearts-tree card which you’ll see about the half-way point in the video.


If you want to make a heart-shaped bag, I recommend this video by Debbie Shore. You could make this bag in an hour or so for the little person in your life. Make a small one and fill it with chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

We have all your quilting needs at Sweet Pea Quilting. We look forward to seeing you in the store soon.

Happy Quilting!


FRIDAY ! FREEBIES Valentine Themed Projects

Don’t be confused. There are two Friday freebies – one here online EVERY Friday called FRIDAY ! FREEBIES and one monthly in-store. The next in-store pattern give away is Friday, February 17th.

 Now, to today’s online version… I thought I’d have trouble finding Valentine’s projects. Not sure why I thought that but I was very wrong. It seems that free Valentine’s patterns are everywhere. I’ve listed a few you might enjoy. Some will take more time than others but you still have time to do some of the simpler ones before the big day.

Take a look and see which you’d like to try for yourself.

Valentine’s Block
You can download the pattern and the block image at the following links.

Emily’s heart block.


Emily’s Heart Quilt Block

Log Cabin Heart Quilt

Valentine’s Day Mug Rug by Jacquelynne Steves

One of nine free patterns from

Nine free Valentine’s patterns from

Nice use of applique

Valentine Clothesline Pillow by Amy Smart

Photo courtesy of

Michele Bilyeu – a whole range of heart shaped patterns

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Twisted Hearts by designer Avis Shirer

You’ll always find a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting. We have all the supplies you need for the projects listed above. Drop in and see what’s new and pick up your creative needs.

Wednesday Report: Last Friday’s Free Pattern Event

Hi Everyone. Here’s a report on last Friday’s free pattern event and info on the date of the next.

First In-Store Friday Freebie
Well last Friday was our first Friday Freebie in the store. For all of you who stopped in, we enjoyed seeing you. It was a fun day. We gave away lots of free patterns, sold some kits of our sample and sold fabric so overall we would say the day was a success. We helped many of you match fabric and find some new fabric. We hope we inspired you after all, that is the goal of this promotion.

Friday freebie pattern - be ready for Friday, February 17.

Friday freebie pattern – be ready for Friday, February 17.

Our next Pattern giveaway day will be Friday Feb 17th, so mark your calendars.. We have chosen a completely different pattern and colour palette. Never too big or complicated, but the finished quilt looks so nice.

Cheers for Gail!
Gail deserves mentioning here as so far it has fallen on her plate to make the store sample for this promotion. She is doing a terrific job!

What else have we been doing? Making new samples of course.

We have spent the last few months working on some fresh store samples using new products and new fabrics. We have them tucked them away and will now start displaying them. So take a few minutes the next time you are in the store as new samples will be appearing over the next while.  We have placemats, wall hangings, baby quilts, regular quilts and storage ideas and tote bags to name a few. We will start including some photos here as the items are put on display.

New York City Tote - Just received one last bolt of this fabric.

New York City Tote – Just received one last bolt of this fabric.

For those of you who missed out on that fabulous New York Fabric by Hoffman, we have been lucky enough to get our hands on one more bolt. So if you are still desiring some of this fabric, don’t wait too long as it is in stock now!

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES Elegant Evening Bag from Scraps of Fabric

What can you do with tiny scraps? Today I’ll demonstrate with a free tutorial using scraps, Steam-A-Seam and decorative stitching. You may recognize some of these fabrics from last Friday’s bag.

The end result of all those scraps - an elegant evening bag.

The end result of all those scraps – an elegant evening bag.

Let’s get started.

You’ll need:

  • scraps of fabric that ‘go’ together
  • 12″ X 12″ Steam-A-Seam (you can use iron-on interfacing but you have to create it on the ironing board as pieces will fly as soon as you move them).
  • 12″ X 12″ lining fabric
  • 8″ X 8″ flap fabric, 8″ X 8″ batting, 8″ X 8″ sandwich backing fabric and 8″ X 8″ lining fabric.
  • Coordinating threads
  • Button or pin to embellish, if you want.
Step One: Organize and cut up your scraps.

Step One: Organize and cut up your scraps.


Be careful cutting the scraps. Without a ruler, it’s easy to cut yourself – as I did.

Step 2: Cut out a piece of Steam-A-Seam in 12″ X 12″. Fortunately, it comes in 12″ widths.

Step 3: Cut a backing fabric of 12″ X 12″

Step 4: Lay Steam-A-Seam on top of the backing fabric with the grid side up. Press lightly (important!). If you press too long you will destroy the second sticking effect of the Steam-A-Seam.

Press Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 on the wrong side of the backing fabric.

Press Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 on the wrong side of the backing fabric.

Step 5: Peel off the grid layer and you’ll feel that the top of your backing fabric is now sticky. Begin placing your scraps at random onto the backing fabric. One of the advantages of Steam-A-Seam is that you can reposition the pieces as you wish since it will stick again.

s10234Step Five: Once you’re satisfied with your layout, iron the fabric scraps on the backing fabric with a more thorough ironing.

5Step Six: Head to the sewing machine. Here’s your chance to practice your free-motion skills. You’ll see that mine aren’t yet that good but with all the fabrics, the lines won’t show too much….fortunately!


I used shiny gold thread to create a spiral on top of the free motion squiggles (the only word that can describe my messy free motion.)

I used shiny gold thread (on the front) to create a spiral on top of the free motion squiggles (the only word that can describe my messy free motion.)

Step 7: Prepare your flap. The flap measures approximately 8″ X 8″. Cut also batting and a backing fabric in the same size. Also, cut a lining fabric in the same size. To start, quilt the top of the flap. I used some straight lines in green and then did some decorative stitching in gold.

Under side of decorative stitching.

Under side of decorative stitching.

Continue step seven by placing the flap and lining, right sides together and sewing around three sides leave open the side that will attach to the back of the bag.


Turn and press the flap and do an overcast stitch on the raw edge. I placed the flap about 3" down the back and in the center from right to left. Stitch, press and turn over. Then top stitch.

Turn and press the flap and do an overcast stitch on the raw edge. I placed the flap about 3″ down the back and in the center from right to left.

Stitch, press and turn over. Then top stitch. Don't top stitch all the way up or you'll not be able to apply the lining.

Stitch, press and turn over. Then top stitch. Don’t top stitch all the way up or you’ll not be able to apply the lining.

Step 8: Prepare the lining and, if you want, a pocket. Cut the lining the same size as the bag fabric, 12″ X 12″. If you want a pocket, create one now and sew it to the right side of the lining. Be sure to put it far enough down so it doesn’t conflict with the seam sewing the bag to the lining.

13Step 9: Create a strap for the bag. I couldn’t find a nice metal one so made one from a braid using two strands of necklace leather and one strand of white and gold ribbon. Mine is about 30″ long.

Tip for braiding without help - stick one end under your sewing machine needle and braid from there.

Tip for braiding without help – stick one end under your sewing machine needle and braid from there.

Step 10: Assemble the bag. Sew the side seams on the main fabric and on the lining. I left about 3″ open on one side of the lining so I could turn it inside out later. Attach the straps to the outside of the main fabric at the seams. Now, put the right side of the bag in the pocket made by the lining. The lining will be right side inside and wrong side (seams showing) outside. Be sure the strap, flap and everything is stuffed inside. Now, match the seams of the lining and main fabric all the way around. Sew.

Step 11: Finishing. Turn the bag right side out. Press and then top stitch all the way around the top of the bag. I broke at least one needle sewing over my straps so be careful.

Step 12: Embellish. I started out using a pretty button from my favourite button supplier, Mission Clay Works, but then wasn’t sure if I liked it. Here are some options using various sparkly pins. See which you like best…nothing is also an option since the flap is nicely decorated already.


Another view of the finished back of the bag.

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Sweet Pea Quilting carries everything you’ll need for this project. I used Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 which provides the stickiness without the bulk. You’ll always receive a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting.

Don’t Forget this Friday’s Free Pattern at Sweet Pea

Friday launch of Friday Freebies is almost here….

The launch of our new pfreepatternquestionrogram is just two days away and we have to say we are excited about it. No purchase required, free patterns given out for one day only, this Friday January 27th.

Buy a kit if you like ours or rummage through your stash. This project sews up quickly, is not complicated and would be suitable for man, woman or child depending on your fabric choice.  

Our fabric choice starts off with an ode to Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday, so this would also make a great gift or a keepsake to commemorate the occasion.

Gail made the store sample and it looks great! This program are meant to inspire you and keep us all quilting, I am confident we will succeed. See you Friday.

You’ll always receive a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting. We’re open Friday from 9:30 to 4:30.

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES – Cross body bag with quilted chevrons.

After last weekend’s bag making activity I got the idea to look for interesting bag patterns for our FRIDAY ! FREEBIES. I found quite a few excellent free online tutorials. I thought, for this week, that I’d focus on “How to Make a Cross-Body Bag | with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics.”

Screenshot from

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You can view this tutorial for yourself here. I can’t recommend this highly enough. Jennifer’s instructions are clear and very carefully illustrated. You can download a PDF file of all the measurements for the bag from Jennifer’s website here.

The bag you see in the background – turquoise with chevrons – is the one she is demonstrating here. I admit I was pretty surprised at how small it was. I made one error (maybe I made more) and cut the body a half inch short but the overall bag size is about 10″ tall and  8″ wide. That was much smaller than I expected. However, as an evening bag or fun light-weight summer bag, it would be perfect.

The chevron pattern uses a quilt-as-you-go method. You piece directly onto the fusible batting. I used fusible medium-weight interfacing in mine. You have to be very careful about matching the sides of the chevron.

Here’s the bag I made. I’ll explain a few modifications I made below.

My version of the bag

My version of the bag

I was lucky enough to receive some wonderful batiks (probably Hoffman since they came originally from Sweet Pea Quilting) from my sister-in-law at Christmas and decided to use them, and a fabric I created (mauve with flower stamps) to make this bag.  I made a few alterations. First, I accidentally cut the bag 1/2″ less tall. Secondly, Jennifer calls for a much wider straps. She cuts hers 6″ and I cut mine 4″. I like the size of strap I made as it fits with the ‘dainty’ character of the bag.

There is a pocket on the front of the bag but I also added one to the lining. To do that, after cutting the lining, I cut, interfaced and sewed a rectangle and then sewed it onto the lining about 2″ from the top of the back of the lining. I think every bag needs more than one pocket.

As you can see, once again I used a decorative button to finish the project. I like this bag much better than I thought I would. Measuring takes a bit of time but it was worth it.

A few more photos of the bag and fabric.

Back of Bag

Back of Bag


Front Pocket


Simple inside pocket. You could add two if you wanted.

My hand-printed fabric.

My hand-printed fabric.


FRIDAY ! FREEBIES – Perfect Mitered Corners

Happy New Year Quilters! Just think of all the wonderful projects you can do this year. When I first came to quilting I noticed that a lot of quilts were finished with side bindings and then bottom and top bindings. I was more used to using mitered corners on projects. If you’re struggling with perfect mitered corners, then I have some videos to share with you. All of these are free and offer excellent and clear instructions.

The first video, one I used recently, is by Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop. I like this one because it’s very clear and also tells you how to do multiple borders all at once.

While I think the first video is the clearest, you may find something additional in this one from Fons and Porter. Again, they mainly talk about adding mitered borders.

The next video tells you how to add a mitered binding. It’s by Sara Gallegos of Baby Lock. Again, the instructions are very clear and I like the way she ends the binding – easier than some other methods I’ve seen. I wish I’d seen it before I did some placemats recently. This method is easy and will give you a very professional looking finish.

Hope these videos encourage you to try some mitered corners. Enjoy and happy quilting!

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES with Thanks for the Good Year.


Today’s FRIDAY ! FREEBIES will be our last blog and Facebook post for the year. Even quilting bloggers need time to prepare for Christmas. We will recommence in the first week of January with lots of news and information and FREEBIES.

First of all, if you’re reading this on Friday December 16
th, there’s a special offer in our store for you. If you buy four fat quarters at regular price, you can receive two FREE! This offer is only good today in store until 4:30.

FREEBIES today are a collection from other sources. There are some really good things out there is you have time to look. Here is my selection.

Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away a very pretty free quilting pattern called Cross Sea. You can download it here:

Photo: Art Gallery Fabrics

Photo: Art Gallery Fabrics

From APQS Quilt Forever, you can download a free quick and easy seasonal table topper here:

Photo: ABQS

Photo: ABQS

From McCall’s Quilting, you can get a free pattern for the Snippets and Bits bed quilt pattern. You’ll have to give them your email to be able to download but I think the pattern is worth it. Go here to input your email: Once you’ve done that, you will be able to download a whole ebook of free patterns at: Enjoy.

Snippets and Bits Quilt Pattern from McCalls

Snippets and Bits Quilt Pattern from McCalls

From comes a free table runner pattern download. Craftsy usually requires you to give them your email unless you’re already a member. Here is their Chevron Table Runner pattern.

Chevron Table Runner Pattern from

Chevron Table Runner Pattern from

A quick and easy idea from me to you.
For those of you who want to do something unique for a Christmas card, why not try using your quilting or fabric embellishment skills to create your own?
  You can buy Strathmore blank art cards with coordinating envelopes in packages of 20 at your local art supply store and go forth and decorate them.


Here is one example. You can see I created a simple quilt sandwich in a Christmas tree shape, added some silver cord and  decorative stitching, cut the edge of the card front with a curved rotary cutter (you can use decorative scissors) and glued a piece of decorative plaid fabric to the inside.  Then I stitched the tree to the fabric using a long stitch…didn’t want to perforate the fabric more than necessary. I tried glue but it didn’t hold the tree.

strathmorecardsHave fun with your own ideas.

A quick note about our seasonal store hours. We will close at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday the 24th and Saturday the 31st. We will be closed on Sunday, the 25th, Monday the 26th and Sunday the 1st and Monday the 2nd. Otherwise, we will be open our regular store hours of 9:30 to 4:30 M-F and 9:30 – 4:00 on Saturdays.

And a thank you…
We appreciate allowing us to serve your creativity this past year and look forward to seeing you again in the new year. We wish you peace, health and prosperity in 2017. We have an exciting and completely new event coming up in 2017 and will reveal all before long. Stay tuned.


FRIDAY ! FREEBIES Winter Themed Projects

Good snowy morning to everyone – well at least those of you, who, like me, are experiencing a very snowy morning. Where I live, this is the first real snow fall. We had a bit of a flurry a few days ago but now it’s snowing in earnest.

A quick note about our seasonal store hours. We will close at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday the 24th and Saturday the 31st. We will be closed on Sunday, the 25th, Monday the 26th and Sunday the 1st and Monday the 2nd. Otherwise, we will be open our regular store hours of 9:30 to 4:30 M-F and 9:30 – 4:00 on Saturdays.

Today’s snowy whiteness has inspired me to offer some winter themed FREEBIES. The first is a classic attic window snowman quilt tutorial. See the whole thing here. It’s rated Intermediate.

Attic Window Snowman Quilt

Attic Window Snowman Quilt

I LOOOVE this next one, the Zigzag Snowflake Patch Pillow from designer Pat Sloan. I think it would work well in both green and red, even some other color to match your seasonal décor. You can find the detailed tutorial here. It requires a fusible bonding product but I think the result is worth the trouble of gathering all the necessary parts.

Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow

Zigzag Snowflake Patchwork Pillow

Next – you can download a whole 10-page ebook from McCalls at: It’s free but you have to give them your email address. My favourite from this book is “Mr. Snowman.” It says you can make it up in a night. Put a flower on the hat and you can have a Ms Snowman.

mrsnowmanAnd finally, this adorable wall hanging entitled, Tweety Snowflake. We need red in winter when it’s dull outside. You can download the free pattern here.

Tweety Snowflake

Tweety Snowflake


Hope you enjoy these patterns. Do let us know if you have a chance to make any of them. Happy Quilting!


FRIDAY ! FREEBIES Last minute Holiday Ideas

Don’t know about you but I wish that Christmas music and sales could be confined to December. I love the holiday season – after all – who wouldn’t like beautiful lights or yummy food? So, since it’s now really the holiday season (in my calendar) I thought I’d offer some free patterns for last minute holiday gifts or décor pieces.

allfreeornamentsOur first items come from a blogger name RosMadeMe. If you love ornaments but don’t have a tree to decorate, you can simply hang them from your mantle or with a push pin on the wall in an attractive arrangement. Find all the instructions and list of supplies on the blog here.

Quilted Coasters from Larissa Another Day

Quilted Coasters from Larissa Another Day


Our second item is quilted coasters from the blog, Larissa Another Day. You can make them in  non-holiday fabric for gifts or in holiday fabric for a seasonal touch for your holiday entertaining. You can find the pattern/tutorial here.









I looked everywhere for some fun Christmas stocking patterns and was disappointed until I went to There they had at least four free patterns that I really liked. I have included the URL for you to download each pattern below.

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I LOVE this final item – quilted gift tags. Have a look and then download the pattern here.

Quilted Gift Tags

Quilted Gift Tags

Happy Holiday Quilting from all of us at Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC.

Don’t forget that today and tomorrow are our Annual Sample Sale. Lots of wonderful pieces at excellent prices. Hope to see you in the store.