Saturday, January 17, 2015

Eye of the Modern Tutorial

Here is a super fun and easy tutorial using only half square triangles!

Eye of the Modern
36” x 48”

2.5 yards of White   includes backing
1/2yard of one print
1/2 yard of 2nd print
  ½ yard  3rd print
¼ yard 4th print for binding
¼ yard of 5th print for binding

  1.  Using the White fabric, cut 4 strips 6 ½” wide x WOF (width of fabric).
  2. Cut those strips into 6 ½” x 6 1/2” squares.   Make 24.
  3. Cut the 6 ½” squares on the diagonal making 48 HST’s.  (half square triangles)
  4. Using the first 3 prints, cut 4 of each fabric 2 ½” wide x WOF.   4 strips of each of the 3 colours for a total of 12 strips.
  5. Sew together along the WOF length, a strip of one print to a strip of 2nd print, then sew on a strip of 3rd print. 
  1. Cut sewn strip into 6 ½” squares to get 24.
  2. Cut the 6 ½” squares on the diagonal making 48 HST’s.  (half square triangles)
  3. Sew a white triangle to a coloured triangle along the diagonal.  Press and trim corners.  Make 48.
  1. Layout in the following manner.  You might find it helpful to know that rows 1, 3 and 5 are the same.   Rows 2 and 4 are the same and rows 6 and 8 are the same.
  1.  Stitch blocks together to form rows.  Stitch rows together.
  2. Quilt.
  3. Cut 2 ½” strips from remaining prints for binding.  Sew alternate pieces together. Bind.
Enjoy your fun new modern wall hanging!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

3D Lilies

I did it!

I published my first pattern today on Craftsy. I have had so many requests for my 3D flowers, so I started with a simple one, my 3D Lilies.

I am very excited! And I have a facebook page called 'Jackie's Art Quilts' so if you want to like it, that would be terrific!

Thanks everyone for cheering me on!  It is so appreciated!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Splashing Up The Studio and My Words for 2015

I was recently told that the walls in my studio are a bit plain. They are white with nothing on them, but I was thinking it was a modern look. Ever since that comment was made, my walls did look boring and stark to me, and it bugged me.

Last week I was wandering around a dollar store and some wall stickers literally jumped out at me. They were coloured dots and words I try and live by.  I snatched them up and yesterday spent time jazzing up my studio.

I am very happy with the results and thought I would share here.

On different note, I have been aware of several quilting groups that pick a word or phrase for the year for their quilting endeavours. I was searching for one, not realizing that there was one right underneath my nose on a bracelet that I put on for times I know are going to require a multitude of multitasking or a presentation or something that makes my heart rate go up. 
'Just breathe' are the two words that I use to remind myself to keep things in perspective and keep going.

Do you have a phrase for 2015?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I Disappeared

Happy New Year!

I went MIA for a couple of weeks as I spent time with family, finished up a quilt for an upcoming deadline and just relaxed.
Did you make your New Year's resolutions? I am still formulating mine so not quite ready to post. But it will have something to do with following your dreams.

I am featured on Craftsy today where I talk about different bindings you can use. Check it out, trust me when I say they are a bit on the wild side=)

This is what I have been playing around with lately. All this delicious thread!

And here is what I have come up with... serviette holders. Don't roll your eyes because I used polka dots=) What else would I use? LOL

How sweet do they all look lined up together?

What are you working on this January?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Love Janome

I have some fun news... and even more fun is I didn't tell my mom and I am going to give it to her today as a total surprise.
This is in the Winter edition of the 'Quilter's Connection'.   On the other side of the cover!

I keep pinching myself. I love my Janome Horizon since getting it almost 4 years ago now, and was thrilled to have my quilt supporting this fabulous company. Rockin' the Rainbow has been to Houston and AQS shows and just came home 2 weeks ago and was just in time for another fun photo shoot!

I also have done a little studio clean up too... check out my beautifully arranged buttons and my new wall hangings!
This is my favourite dot fabric from Riley Blake Fabrics in different sized embroidery hoops.

Now off to plan my next quilt in my super clean studio!

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I love it. I wasn't sure if I would. I had pieced the leaves together a few months ago and then left them as I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. When I finally decided to try and do a 'modern whole cloth quilt', that is the definition I am calling it, I didn't know if it would work=)

 I arranged my leaves on the cotton background on my design wall and took several shots of them being rearranged in many different ways.  Once I decided on a pattern, I machine stitched using different thread on each of the leaves matching colours of the leaves.

Then came the fun part. I decided not to plan out what free motion pattern or where I was going to quilt it, instead I started in the middle with no idea and just went!  It was very much 'free' motion quilting. White on white thread and background. Something I have never done on such a large piece before. Only once near the end did I consider getting my hot pink thread out and go a little wild!  But I held off.

I am very happy with the results.

In case you want to see what Canada is up to these days in quilting, I made a guest appearance at the GenerationQ blog! It is so much fun going there, they are the sweetest quilters ever!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Binding Stage

I am putting the binding on my quilt.  I love this stage. It signifies that the end is in sight and after hours of work, I will finally have a finished product. Right after the sleeve goes on=)

What I always have trouble on is squaring it up and getting it to hang flat. I use my special 90 degree steel ruler that carpenters use, but still can't get it quite perfect.

I try very hard not to pull the binding too tight so the corners don't curl, and so it hangs without ripples.

This is the best binding tutorial I have ever seen!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Designing Away

I have my design wall filled with fabric, circles and ric rac... trying to get an idea that popped into my head, went down on my sketch pad as a very loose design, to turn into a quilt from fabric!
Easier said then done.  First the circles had to get cut using my Accuquilt GO, then the fabric auditioned.  Then more fabric auditioned because the green I had beside the pink was just not working.
And of course, then more circles had to be recut as they suddenly didn't match the green and pink.

Then I took a pic of that and went to EQ7 and started again. Here is one of my rejects, it just doesn't work for me.
It might be the colours, but I did audition a whole bunch, I think it may be the different widths in the rectangles as I tried to create my own version of a log cabin block.  Either way, it hit the rejection bin=)

So what do you do when you have reject after reject?   Okay, maybe you don't have that happen, but I sure do.
I go and find some inspiration. This video is so great for making me feel like giving up is not a great option. The caption is 'The only person standing in your way is YOU. Find something in your life worth fighting for and discover a FIRE within you.' 
How amazing is that for a quote?

Or how about 6 ideas to inspire your work routine. Love the creative ideas in this one!

One of my favourite blogs is a new one 'Find Your Lula'.  Now I will admit I have been to the retreat twice and this blog is a spinoff from it... and simply put, you can find what you need for growth and inspiration and organic thought here. Another disclaimer I do write for the blog as well. 

Tell me, what do you do for getting the creative juices flowing?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quilting Is Done!

I finished!   I spent the last few weeks grabbing minutes when I could to finish the free motion quilting on my latest leaves quilt. It was white thread on white fabric. And I didn't have a plan, just quilted whatever design popped into my head at that moment.

I was a bit worried that I would get bored without any use of colour but it wasn't until I had only 20 minutes of quilting left that I thought how much fun it would be to be using pink!  For the most part though, I was concentrating so hard on the design that I didn't focus on the colour.

Now I have to bury threads, cut, square and bind.

Now if you want to see more quilt eye candy, check out the winners from Houston this year!

Monday, November 3, 2014

My quilt in Houston, a tutorial to celebrate, learn about good design and gratitude!

It was there, my quilt hung in Houston for the first time in the juried show.  A great gal Debbie, found it and took a picture of it for me.

Another friend posted it on fb for me, and told me it was hanging beside Sheila Frampton Cooper's quilt!  (the one to the right of mine)   I facebooked that it was hanging beside hers, then wondered 'Is she facebooking  that hers is beside Jackie White's?'  
I am just being silly, mostly because I am over the moon that my quilt finally hung in that show that I have spent so many years trying to get into!

To celebrate, head on over to the great Craftsy quilt blog and look at my fun tutorial on 3D flowers. They are so easy and the sky is the limit in making these!

3D flowers

I simply have to point you in the direction of '10 Principles of Good Design'. While not everything applies, it is an excellent read.

Lastly is a powerful video on gratitude that has already garnered over 1 million likes.

To all of you that read my blog... thank you!