Category Archives: Patterns

MONDAY ! REVIEW: Paula Reid’s Borders and Bindings DVD

About a month ago I reviewed Paula’s “Fluff and Stuff” DVD. I was so impressed, I contacted Paula and she sent me some additional DVD’s which I’ll review over time. Today’s review is of her DVD “Borders and Bindings”. I found it immensely detailed, stuffed with useful tips and information.

Paula covers several different types of borders and bindings.

  1. Straight or butted corner bindings. These are the easiest and most common. Paula adds advice on rotary cutting, measuring and types of needles to use, in this section.
  2. .”Crumb catcher” – a bright shot of color that is very narrow. It creates an accent but has to be small to avoid covering points on the quilt.
  3. Borders with cornerstones. Detailed info on how to measure and decide on border width offered in this section.
  4. Mitered corners – if you’ve been avoiding these, you no longer need to. Paula’s instructions on how to calculate sizes with a “piece of mind allowance” is invaluable. She also offers advice on when to use them and how to do multiple borders at once.
  5. Border Treatments – This section offers advice on choose colors, creating hanging sleeves, and how to measure and cut. There are detailed techniques for pinning and sewing and how to piece fabric to make longer borders.
  6. Scalloped edges – I thought this would be extremely difficult but Paula’s advice makes it easy to get beautiful scallops.
  7. Prairie Points – Again, Paula not only shows you how to use them, when to use them, how to make them, and how to finish a quilt with these points.
  8. The final section deals with how to create hanging sleeves and samples of ideas using border.

The DVD comes with a PDF file with instructions on measuring for borders which includes diagrams. There is also a PDF file with a pattern and instructions for making the Fat Quarter Quilt demoed in the DVD.

I can’t recommend this DVD enough. It is packed with useful information that would be helpful to all but the most advanced quilter.

Where can you get it?
First of all, you can buy it directly from Paula at: http://www.battsintheattic.com/shop/DVDs/p/Borders-Bindings-Instructional-DVD-x7399664.htm.

In addition, I found a copy at the Fraser Valley Regional Library so you might be able to get it through an inter-library loan. Details are: Publisher:[S.l.] : LiTen Up, Inc. Productions, c2004, Branch Call Number:DVD 746.46 BOR, Title: Borders & Bindings, Finishing Your Quilt with Paula Reid.

At Sweet Pea Quilting we have all the supplies you’ll need to make any of the borders and bindings you see in the DVD. We look forward to seeing you in the store.

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.

http://www.quilterscache.com/V/ValentinesBlock.html
http://www.quilterscache.com/images24/valentinestemp.gif

Emily’s heart block.

 

Emily’s Heart Quilt Block
http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/quilting/blocks/emilys-heart-quilt-block.htm

Log Cabin Heart Quilt
http://www.equilters.com/library/holiday/logcabinheart.html

Valentine’s Day Mug Rug by Jacquelynne Steves
https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/valentine-s-day-mug-rug/228731

One of nine free patterns from craftsy.com

Nine free Valentine’s patterns from Craftsy.com
https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/02/handmade-valentine-gifts/

Nice use of applique

Valentine Clothesline Pillow by Amy Smart
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/01/valentine-throw-pillow-tutorial.html

Photo courtesy of with-heart-and-hands.com

Michele Bilyeu – a whole range of heart shaped patterns
http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2013/02/free-heart-quilt-patterns-and-other.html

Photo courtesy of allpeoplequilt.com


Twisted Hearts by designer Avis Shirer
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/wall-quilts/twisted-hearts

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!

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.

Two New Quilting Inspiring Things in Store

Who doesn’t love something free? Our first new store event/s is our monthly free pattern. You have to come in to the store to get it but we all know that a trip to Sweet Pea Quilting is a delight.

Welcome to Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

Welcome to Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

FREE PATTERNS
Join us at the store Friday January 27th 2017 for the launch of our new free pattern program. Each month on a selected date, which we will announce in advance, we will be giving a free pattern. No purchase required; we are just giving it away.

Come on in, pick up your free pattern. While you are there, see what fabrics we chose as we will always have a finished store sample on display.

If you like our sample, kits will be available. Wanting to use up your stash, no problem we are just trying to inspire you to continue to quilt. Something new each month might just do that. The project will never too big or complicated. Stay tuned each month as we will post on Facebook as well as send out an email to store customer’s giving you plenty of notice when our Free Pattern Friday will be.

WITH GLOWING HEARTS – Celebrating a 150 years of Canada

Trend-Tex-Fabrics introduces an exciting quilting challenge featuring their exclusive fabric collection designed by Canadian Grace Noël and produced by Moda. Winning quilts will be displayed at International Fall Quilt Market 2017.

With Glowing Hearts Fabrics

With Glowing Hearts Fabrics

The good news is that we have these fabrics in stock right now. Alvina and Gail have made a quilt from a selection of these.

Glowing Hearts Quilt

Glowing Hearts Quilt

Happy Quilting! We look forward to seeing you soon and serving your creative needs in 2017.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY ! REVIEW: Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman

Good Monday Morning Quilters and Sewists! Did you enjoy the wildly changing weather forecasts all weekend? A truer word/s was never spoken than those by weather forecaster on a weather channel this weekend. It was something like, “There is a great uncertainty in the forecast this weekend.” It made me laugh out loud.

patchworkcity1Today, I’m reviewing a wonderful book by Elizabeth Hartman, Patchwork City, subtitle, “75 Innovative Block for the Modern Quilter“. This book is chock-full or ideas with 75 modern quilt blocks. The book includes three quilt block sizes, 8″ x 8″, 5″ x 8″ and 5″ x 14”, each with a lively name. Some examples are: Favorite Sweater, Bowling Alley, Emergency Exit, Magazine Rack, Carpool and Laundromat. As well as easy-to-follow cutting charts and instructions each block is shown in 3 different fabric combinations.

patchworkcity2 patchworkcity3

Inside the back cover of the book is a pocket with full-size freezer-paper templates for a number of cut pieces from the blocks. Each block in the book takes two pages and includes:

  • A photo of the block
  • A drawing of the block with the segments clearly marked
  • Fabric Requirements and Cutting
  • Instructions for making the block
  • Two alternate versions of the block.

Downsides:
None except that I dislike the cover – much too busy I think. I thought at first it was a comic book.

Upsides:
The book is very clear and easy to follow, use and understand. It provides patterns that would work for you, if you prefer a modern style or perhaps for a quilting gift to a younger generation that prefers angles to flowers.

Who is the book for?
I’d say definitely for intermediate to advanced quilters. Intermediate knowledge and tools needed.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (Nov. 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607059517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607059516

Where to find the book:
I found mine in the public library. You could try interlibrary loan service if you don’t find it. You can also buy from amazon.ca for $26.85.

 

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.

SPECIAL OFFER IN STORE ONLY TODAY
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: http://ecbiz194.inmotionhosting.com/~agfabr5/liveartgalleryfabrics/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CrossSea_instructions.pdf

Photo: Art Gallery Fabrics

Photo: Art Gallery Fabrics

From APQS Quilt Forever, you can download a free quick and easy seasonal table topper here: http://www.apqs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Pick-Your-Holiday-Table-Topper.pdf

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: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/free-easy-bed-sized-quilt-patterns. Once you’ve done that, you will be able to download a whole ebook of free patterns at: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/eBook2013.BedQuilts.pdf. Enjoy.

Snippets and Bits Quilt Pattern from McCalls

Snippets and Bits Quilt Pattern from McCalls

From craftsy.com 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. https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/chevron-table-runner/249627

Chevron Table Runner Pattern from Craftsy.com

Chevron Table Runner Pattern from Craftsy.com

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.

treecard

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: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/free-christmas-quilt-patterns. 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!

 

Bags in Store!

If you’re like me, you want to be able to make things that you can use (and show off) immediately. The alternative is to give them as gifts. Today we look at several fab bag patterns and kits that we have here at Sweet Pea Quilting. Some of these are not so easy to get your hands on so consider yourself lucky that we have a few in stock.

The newest item we have in stock…and it wasn’t easy to get it, is the Quick and Easy Mesh Tote Bag Kit by Lyle Enterprises. The kit includes: mesh, lining fabric, webbing, fast & easy pattern and handy bag.
Approximate size: 18″ wide by 15″ high with a 4″ gusset.

Mesh Tote Bag in Blue

Mesh Tote Bag in Blue

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Mesh Tote Bag Kit

Alvina just finished another bag, the Camden Tote which we mentioned last Wednesday. Here is the finished product.

Delightful, colorful, Camden Tote

Delightful, colorful, Camden Tote

The following bag, The Double Diamond Tote Bag is taught in a Sweet Pea Class. Alas, the class has already started but you can still find the pattern and materials at the store. This eye catching Tote Bag uses a specially designed ruler to construct rows of fabric diamonds. In this class we will spend one session making and embellishing the diamonds panels. In the second session we will review the construction of the Tote Bag. Our focus will be on the making of the diamond panels as they are the focal part of the Tote Bag.

Double Diamond Tote Bag

Double Diamond Tote Bag

Finally, we have the wildly popular, New York City Tote. Get this one before the fabric is gone forever!

New York City Tote

New York City Tote

Stop into the store and see the samples or call us at 250-586-1050 if you have questions about any of our products. We’d love to hear from you.

By the way, our annual sample sale is going to be on Dec. 2 and 3rd this year. Plan to come into the store. I’ll post more about it with lots of photos on Friday.

Happy Quilting!

 

MONDAY ! REVIEW Two books by Kaffe Fassett

Today’s review is of two books by San Francisco born, London based fabric and quilt designer, Kaffe Fassett. His fabrics are truly spectacular and some of his quilt designs have been shown in major museums in England.

Brilliant Little Patchworks

Brilliant Little Patchworks

Kaffe has written many books on quilting and the first book I’m looking at today is Fassett’s Brilliant Little Patchworks: 20 stitched and patched projects using Kafe Fassett fabrics. The book is excellently illustrated with photography by Debbie Patterson.

My favourite projects in this book are the leafy apron, the summer flowers table quilt and the big tea cosy.

Leafy Apron

Leafy Apron

Summer Flowers Table Quilt

Summer Flowers Table Quilt

Big Tea Cosy

Big Tea Cosy

 

Brilliant Little Patchwork Cushions and Pillows

Brilliant Little Patchwork Cushions and Pillows

The second book is Kaffe Fassett’s Brilliant Patchwork Cushions: 20 Patchwork Projects Using Kaffe Fassett Fabrics. Photography is again done by Debbie Patterson and is so inspiring. Templates and instructions are included for all twenty projects.  Quilting knowledge is required but the projects are quick and fun. My favourite projects in this book are the brilliant square cushion, the lotus cushion and the roman stripes pillow.

Brilliant Square Cushion

Brilliant Square Cushion

Lotus Cushion - templates for the vases in the book.

Lotus Cushion – templates for the vases in the book.

Roman Stripes Pillow

Roman Stripes Pillow

Upsides (both books):

The book has the patterns, templates and instructions you’ll need. The designs are unique and modern. The book is beautifully designed and laid out. Easy to follow.

Downsides (both books):

The patterns and designs assume a level of sewing proficiency that is higher than beginner. You will have to find fabrics to replace the ones recommended since they use only his fabrics. I suspect that selecting fabrics will be half the fun of working on these projects.

Details and Source for Fassett’s Brilliant Little Patchworks: 20 stitched and patched projects using Kafe Fassett fabrics. I found it in my local library and it is available on Amazon.ca.  It is available from the Vancouver Island Regional Library. If you’re trying to order it, the ISBN numbers are available here.

  • ISBN-10: 1627107444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627107440

Details and source for Kaffe Fassett’s Brilliant Patchwork Cushions: 20 Patchwork Projects Using Kaffe Fassett Fabrics I found it in my local library and it is available on Amazon.ca.  It is also available from the Vancouver Island Regional Library. ISBN numbers below.

  • ISBN-10: 1910339148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910339145