Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Book Blog Hop Winding Down

Welcome to the final day of guest bloggers on the Modern Plus Sign Book Blog Hop. I had the absolute pleasure to be part of this hop. The first part of my quilt was what I called the dark block. A plus sign in the centre of a bear paw. I wanted my fabric choices to be somewhat masculine and thought of black bears and grizzly bears when I was scouting my stash for something suitable.

If you missed the first week of the blog hop and have time to visit the bloggers who highlighted the first patterns shown from the book here is a list that connects directly to their blog post.

Tuesday, March 13th
Signature Plus
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter

Tribal Plus
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Plus Surround
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter

Kaleidoscope Plus
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Postage Plus
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches

Rick Rack Runner
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Friday, March 16th
Row Addition
Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts

Transparency Chains
Ruth @ Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts


The second component is one I call the light block. Again a straightforward, no issues quilt block. The book is well illustrated and the directions are very easy to follow.

The end result when the two blocks are combined is this lovely Bear's Paw Plus Quilt. It is so nice to say this quilt is finished and once the blog hop is over will reside on my hubby's easy chair. He has needed a new quilt for some time and this one is just the ticket. 

I used my walking foot to straight line quilt the grid on this quilt. Cheryl and Paige will wrap up the hop tomorrow. If you have been following you will know by now what a great book this is. You can obtain signed copies directly from them. Thank you Cheryl and Paige for letting me part of the blog hop for your fabulous book.  Piecefully, Joanne

Here are the links for this week's Blog Hop participants.

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Friday, March 16, 2018

The latest Fat Quarter Shop Short Cut Quilt Pattern is out

Meet Jelly Roll ripples. Or rather my practice blocks. The Post Office either south of the border or here decided I needed to wait for my real fabric. So while waiting I decided to use a partial jelly roll and some Kona Red to test out the block.The pattern is truly easy to follow. Each block uses most of a jelly roll strip. My real fabric is here so I need to get on with my real quilt. Hopefully I can post a picture of it sometime next week. Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I do enjoy a finished quilt

At our Guild retreat last fall one of our guild members was throwing out her "bonus" triangles. I couldn't have that. When I said sure I'll use those she was kind enough to start collecting them in a baggie so they did not go everywhere. And then at another quilting get together another friend did the same thing. So these are primarily the bonus triangles from two different quilting friends. So much fun to play with. I used two different fabrics for borders because I did not have enough of either one. As far as I am concerned they work together. This quilt will be going to Project Linus later this week.
Hubby has set a goal of our 50th anniversary for me to get the quilt tops in the house made into quilts. And to facilitate that he is pinning them ready for me to quilt them. He has done three this week and I am just finishing stitching the binding in place on number three. So need to get backing organized for a couple more for next week's pinning session. I do have a couple of years to work on this.
There are a couple of big events coming up in the next little while. Hands2Help sign up starts today. and the Modern Plus Quilts Blog Hop begins this week. More about both in the coming week.
Piecefully, Joanne

Linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap! at

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Welcome to Month Two of the Clementine Quilt Along

This month the block we are making is called Broken Berries. We are adding one new fabric design and taking away one from last month. For those of us living under a blanket of snow these are a delight to work with. Such happy colours. The fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop is fabulous.

The block components are straight forward, clearly illustrated and ones you are likely used to making.
I hope that you are saving your bonus triangles. I am generating a goodly number of them and have not as yet stitched them into actual HST's but they are contained and ready to be my next Leader and ender project.

If you follow some of the other bloggers who are working on this Quilt Along you may have seen the little Valentine purse made by Pat from the  Scrapatches Blog (here). She used her smaller bonus triangles for the project. so far I am generating two different sizes and have just put them all together in my next Leader/Ender container.
And these are my two Broken Berry blocks. I would encourage you to join in. Make a donation to St. Jude's Hospital. We don't have that particular hospital in Canada but we do have Hospitals like Sick Kid's in Toronto that fulfil a similar purpose. The work they do is amazing and has been for years.
Visit the Fat Quarter Shop to purchase a monthly block pattern for a simple donation. Piecefully, Joanne

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hunter Star; A Fat Quarter Shop, Classic and Vintage QAL

The newest Classic and Vintage Quilt Along being offered by the Fat Quarter Shop is the Hunter Star block. Several participants have made a block and several others have made a functional quilt. This particular pattern has been designed to be done "scrappy". My favourite way of working. I have made this block before with specialty rulers but never just by piecing so I was anxious to see how it would turn out.
I selected a light textured grey for my background colour and a textured red for my accent.

I was really pleased with how this turned out. Pressing directions are provided that result in all kinds of nesting situations and that helps with making nice crisp intersections. In fact I was so happy with this that I made another red block and two black blocks.
With some insulated batting such as thermolam this will make a nice table topper for my daughter who has a black dining room table. Stop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog (here) to view the helpful video or to purchase your pattern. Piecefully, Joanne

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I have never met a blue I didn't like

As we head into the shortest month of the year we only have 28 days to enjoy our blue blocks this month. For some that will just not be enough. I hope you got a chance to make at least Jen's blocks if not some of the other blocks that the Blog Hop crew is offering. I am on the hop to support and enjoy Jen who is a talented, young hard working individual. And I would like to see her succeed.
Again this month I made one 12" block and one 6" block. They went together quickly and help reinforce the importance of value in a block. Karen Combs was the first designer I heard say "Value does the work and colour gets the credit". So true.
Before you leave your reds behind in a safe place so you can find them in December when it is assembly time, think about cutting one 2 1/2" strip the Width of Fabric. You may want a scrappy binding when all is said and done. Have a great February. We have a couple of birthdays this month as well as a non-birthday. My hubby is now much younger than I am.
And one last important note be certain to visit the other bloggers on the hop. Several of the designers are offering alternative blocks. Dionne's applique bear last month was a delight. Here is the list. 
And of course Jen from PatternsbyJen(here)

Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Using my scraps for pattern testing

This table topper made hardly a dint in the blues. The logs are cut much smaller than I normally cut for scrap storage. My normal cuts are 5", 2 1/2" and 1 1/2". I leave those in strips and box similar colours together. I had to use untrimmed chunks for this assignment. The pattern is called Log cabin Twist and this is just one of a few variations illustrated in the pattern.
Over this past month I have been trying to tidy up a little as the sewing room has managed to get out of control. I am inching closer to some level of organization. But it is an ongoing battle.
Piecefully, Joanne
Linking with Cynthia for Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More fun than Housework (here)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along Started Thursday This Week

Once again the Fat Quarter Shop has organized a charity focussed Quilt Along. The quilt is called Clementine and the feature fabric is Mama's Cottage by April Rosenthal.
The kits were a little late in shipping and mine have to cross the border so as a result I was a little late starting. 
The block for Month One is called Watermelon Wheel.  Each month we will be making a large (20" block) and a small (12" block). The fabric selected for the kits was Mama's Cottage by April Rosenthal, a delightful breath of fresh air for we sun and warmth starved Ontario residents.
There are bloggers and designers from many locations participating in this Quilt Along. To obtain your own copy of the pattern the Fat Quarter Shop requests a voluntary donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The pattern itself is crisply written and well illustrated.
This is the list of participating bloggers. Please try to visit a few as even though we are all doing the same thing it will have little variations here and there. 
*April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

Both blocks together for a hint of scale. I know for most of the people who visit my blog from time to time these are huge blocks. But change is good. Piecefully, Joanne

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Welcome to my Stop on the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Hop

Sugar and Spice
Bloomer Buddies
I was able to finish these two outfits for the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Hop. I can't begin to tell you just how much fun I had working on these two little outfits. The Sugar and Spice outfit on the left comes with a dress pattern and what I call a pinafore. Some would call it a sleeveless dress. The instructions were so clear and I really liked the way they came with their own checklist to help you keep track of where you were. (Especially handy for people who get many interruptions while sewing). I added the scarf because the doll owner's Grandma,  who has a far better developed fashion sense than I do, suggested it would be a good accessory. The Grandma also told me that pink was a favourite colour so I made the Bloomer Buddies dress in a pink stripe with a plain pink yoke.
Both patterns require some basic sewing skills but the size makes them much easier to sew than Barbie clothes.

Here I am with the happy recipient. Ivy loaned me her doll so I could tell if the clothes fit and in return she now has two new outfits for her doll. I helped her with the velcro on one and she was good to go on the velcro with the second one. Note that we are all wearing glasses. I was surprised but pleased to see glasses on Ivy's doll. Accessories for dolls have changed in the past 30+ years since I had anyone around me who played with dolls. Ivy has been wearing glasses since she was an infant.
I would love to make more of these outfits and if Ivy's reaction was any indication they would be popular.
Thank you for dropping by my stop on the Blog Hop. If you want to see and/or purchase these or other designs made by Oh Sew Kat you can visit her blog at
If you have not had a chance to visit some of the other blog stops here is an updated list.
January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
January 19th: Seams Like Style
January 22nd: Elli & Nels
January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
January 26th: Sewing with D
January 29th: Our Play Place
January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
February 1st: Dear Daydream

Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Oh Scrap! I am still at it

Who said Waste Triangles are garbage? Not I for sure. This small quilt is 29" square. Each Half Square Triangle finishes at 1 1/8". I was at two retreats last fall and at both of them friends were throwing away their Waste Triangles. I couldn't let that happen. So they would bring them to me in installments and one just stuffed her's in a baggie and dropped the baggie off. I had a lot of fun playing with them and trying to make them into something useful. with the borders on them they are now big enough for the small Project Linus quilts.
As to what else I have been doing. It is a lot of secret sewing. that phrase used to drive me nuts but I totally understand it now.
Piecefully, Joanne
Linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More fun than Housework (here) and later in the week with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts (here)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Starting today An 18" Doll Clothing Blog Tour

Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo
Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. 

My day is next week. I had a lot of fun making some doll clothes. A definite change of pace. Check out some of the other participants over the next little while.

Welcome to the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!!  Oh Sew Kat has so many doll clothes options. 
We are so excited about the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!  Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:
  1. January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  4. January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
  5. January 19th: Seams Like Style
  6. January 22nd: Elli & Nels
  7. January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
  8. January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
  9. January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
  10. January 26th: Sewing with D
  11. January 29th: Our Play Place
  12. January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
  13. January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
  14. February 1st: Daydream Sewing and Design

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome to 2018 and the Monthly Colour Challenge

As we head into a new year mnay bloggers and some Instagram people offer new challenges for us to follow. One I intend to follow is the Month Colour Challenge (note Canadian spelling) offered by Jen from Patterns by Jen (here). I have tested quilt patterns for Jen for a couple of years and I love how she takes something basic and accessible, gives it a little twist to step it up a notch and creates a great design.
For 2018 she is offering on her blog a month colour challenge. Each month she will provide a different quilt block in both 12" and 6" sizes in the colour of the month. I have seen the blocks and they are original and interesting. I encourage you to follow along. Jen is being joined by some other bloggers for this project. Some like myself will just make the monthly project while others will enrich the experience by adding something via their blogs.
The other bloggers contributing to this project are:
Jen of Patterns by Jen
Sherry of Powered By Quilting 
Jen of A Dream and A Stitch
Nancy of Masterpiece Quilting
Joanne of Quilts By Joanne
Dione of Clever Chameleon Quilting
Diane Cullum of Sewing with D
I "borrowed" the links from sherrie at Powered by Quilting. she is adding a second block each month. These blocks will be free for the month they are offered and then available for a small fee.
As with many blog hops there are sponsors and linky parties. I understand the first sponsor is Northcott Fabric. For all the first hand information please visit Jen's blog (
And now for my January blocks.
I hope you will find the time to join us as we explore colour in 2018. Piecefully, Joanne