Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Stacey Day Book Tour

What an absolute thrill to have the opportunity to be a part of Stacey Day's book tour!

Her new book 'Child's Play Quilts' is filled with adorable and quick quilts. Broken down into sections talking about color and fabric, looking after your stash, and last but not least, a wonderful variety of appliqué and pieced patterns. The instructions are easy to follow with lots of pictures to keep you on track and inspired!
Stacey is giving away a copy of her book over on her blog,  and on her instagram @staceyinstitches.

I had the opportunity to work with her quilt pattern in the book called 'Whirling'. It was so easy and fun to make, and you guessed it, the pattern had circles! 

This is the quilt Stacey made for her book, isn't it gorgeous!

I chose to work with Riley Blake Designs gingham collection to make it playful.
The instructions were easy to follow and while I didn't make the full sized quilt in the book, I did make a smaller wall hanging.

You can get your own copy of the book here. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

I chose to use a rainbow of gingham colors on a grey print background. 

The block above,  I pieced the fabric together in fan type sections and then cut so I would get a variety of colours in each circle. 

I chose a simple straight line stitching on the quilt to keep with the modern theme I wanted. 

As always my favourite place to take pictures is on old barns. 

Be sure to visit Stacey's blog and on her Instagram for a chance to win a book!  Drop by and see me on my Instagram @jackiesartquilts!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Modern Quilting with Bright Colors

I have been getting a bit more into my studio now that spring is coming and the winter deadlines are fading as fast as the snow is melting.

With Easter approaching, I thought it would be fun to design my own Easter quilt. The bunny and carrot were done first as they were the trickiest with a few pieces to figure out.
The eggs were nice and simple and bright rick rack finished them off.

Spending some time working on different free motion designs within  a quilt and to play with bright colours and drunkard path blocks. My colours at the moment seem to be bright blue, pinks and greens. 

When watching a movie with the kids, hand sewing these hexies is a great way to keep productive while enjoying family time. 

The national quilt organization I belong to, is hosting a Postcard Challenge this May and you make a postcard, mail it in, and it gets displayed at their annual conference where you can buy the postcards for $5 each and the money goes to the Children's Hospital in British Columbia, Canada. I kept mine simple and modern, hoping that would be a nice draw for someone to purchase. 

Last picture is I am spreading my wings.  My father was an amazing carpenter and could make anything. Most often design his own items. This is a small coaster with epoxy that I dyed blue. I have four more in the making. Eventually I want to make bigger items but need to start small to perfect the process. 

Hope you are getting crafty as spring comes into season!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Finishes in 2018!

2018 was a year I have dedicated to getting some quilts finished.  I have really been enjoying thread sketching for the past few months, but had several that didn't quite get the quilting and binding done.

This girl is quickly becoming a favourite of mine and I enjoy having her do fun and quirky things.

This flower was a coloring page that I looked at for inspiration, drew on fabric and then outlined in black thread. I let it hang on my design wall for a week and decided it must have colour. 

I took a break from thread sketching in January as I had this concept in my head that I simply had to try on fabric. Here is  a snapshot of what I was trying to achieve.  Full pic coming soon=)

As a treat to myself I bought several different sized drunkard path templates and will start playing with those soon!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How To Make a Quilted Postcard Tutorial

Quilted postcards have to be one of the most fun things to make! When I was working with a group of  quilters across the country, we made postcards for each member of the group and mailed them across the country. What I ended up with was a beautiful collection of these gorgeous works of art from some wonderful women.  It is still a special treasure to me. 

My very dear friend Cindy Scraba has created and sponsored a wonderful postcard project that is giving back to a wonderful cause. Through the Canadian Quilters' Association, Cindy has created a Postcard Challenge of  quilted postcards that will then be sold at the national quilt conference in May 2018 in British Columbia Canada, with the proceeds going to the BC Children's Hospital.

Helping Cindy is another superb lady, Karen who is receiving all of these postcards before May 1, 2018 and will then have them ready to be judged and displayed at the conference! 

Now the best part!  The theme is 'Inspired By Nature' and there are cash prizes to be won!  Check out the prizes here!

I thought it would be fun to show you just how easy it is for you to make a postcard, so you too can join in the fun!

Supplies for a 4" x 6" postcard:

Fabric for the top - you won't need much, just some of your favourite scraps
5" x 7" stabilizer for the centre. Peltex is often used, or batting can be used, I like bamboo batting. 
5" x 7" for back of postcard. 
Two 4" x 6" pieces of fusible product (optional)


Design the front however you want, remembering that you have 1/2" on each side that is going to get trimmed, once all the layers are put together and quilted. The reason we went a little bigger is you know sometimes in quilting it can eat the fabric up a bit, so better safe than sorry. 
Your top of postcard can be pieced, fused, embellished... whatever you want. Think of it like creating a minature quilt! 
Postcard top - pieced, stabilizer for centre, back

Once you have your top created, you are going to put the layers together. If you are worried about movement, you can apply fusing to the wrong side of your postcard top and back and fuse them to your batting or stabilizer. Once you have your quilt sandwich, quilt it as you desire and add any embellishments you may want. Trim to a 4" x 6" size.

To finish your postcard, there are 3 common ways. The easiest is a simple satin stitch around the edges holding it all together.  If you like the ease of satin stitch but not the look, remember you can cover it with couched yarn or rick rack or even tiny buttons! 

TIP: When doing satin stitch around the edges, it sometimes gets caught on corners. In order to avoid this, start in the middle of each side and stitch right to the end. Go back and start in the middle of the side and stitch to the other end. This way you never have to start or maneuver around a corner. 

The second way is to do the traditional binding. If you usually use a 2 1/2" strip, you may want to downsize it to a 2" strip as the quilt is quite small. 

The last way is the pillow case method and you would need to do this method prior to assembling your quilt. Once your top is done, you will trim your top, batting/stabilizer and backing to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Layer it as follows: stabilizer/batting, then backing right side up, then postcard top, right side down. Pin carefully and  sew entirely around the postcard with a 1/4" seam except for about 3 inches in the middle of the bottom edge. Trim all around leaving an ⅛ inch, trim the corners close. Turn inside out, pushing out the corners carefully. Close the open seam with invisible stitches. Now quilt as desired.

Enjoy making your postcards, I bet you find it hard to make just one!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks

It is here and you can buy your copy today. Check out all the amazing quilts in the new book by Martingale Publishing: 'Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks'.

It is always such an honour to be able to contribute to their books, plus they are absolutely fabulous to work with.

Here are a few of the quilts in the book.
This one is mine.

'County Fair' by Melissa Corry

'Dashing Stars' by Kimberly Jolly

To see all the rest of them, please go here. If you want to win an e-book, go here

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thread Sketching and Circles

It has been a busy summer, filled with fishing, hiking, swimming, and long walks at the farm. Kids headed back to school yesterday and I have entered my sewing room with inspiration and creativity!

Thread sketching girls has caught my attention and this is the third piece I have made. Still working out the process of the sketching to reduce wrinkles, ensure a smooth finish and so on. This is the one I finished. There is writing in the background that says 'because she can'.

If you follow my blog, you know I have a slight addiction to circles. Out came the rotary cutter and glue and freezer paper as I practiced some fun circles to see how I can turn it into a quilt. 

Here is a sneak peek of a pattern I am releasing shortly. 

Do you have any fun fall projects?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hexie Happiness

Summer is for fun in our family. We take extra long weekends, spend it at the beach, at the farm and visiting relatives near and far and having a good time with each other. This relaxed enjoyment roles right into my quilting!

This summer I decided to just goof around with my quilting, not try and make a quilt for competition, but to just have fun, not worrying about 'finishing a quilt' but making samples and playing.

Where did that bring me? Well, with nothing in mind, I simply started making hexies. Probably because I can take them wherever I am with the kids. Plus I use my one minute hexie making tutorial you can find here on youtube. I use a simple circle and fold and tack as I go to create my fast hexies.

I started playing with different sized circles which made different sized hexies.

I absolutely love hanging my quilt projects on my grandparents barns. They are old and grey and so full of memories that my heart bursts being able to put my work on them. 

I have also been playing with creating fun sayings that help motivate me. 

What are you working on this summer?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Quilt Canada 2017

Quilt Canada 2017 wrapped up mid June in Canada.  It is the nation's premiere quilting event with workshops, lectures and most importantly the National Juried Show!

I had the privilege, once again, of being a finalist in the show with my quilt 'Fractured'.

My artist statement is:

This quilt almost put itself together. It is called Fractured because life is beautiful—full of colour, wonder and love. When tragedy happens your world is shattered; sending the beauty into a million pieces. You are in darkness. The life and colour is there, but you have to find it and put it back together, piece by piece.

What isn't told in the statement, is it is a reflection of my life after my father died suddenly and unexpected a year ago. Only those that knew me well at the conference understood what the statement meant.  

If you want to see the amazing winning quilts, go here. To see all the quilts that were finalists in the show go here

I also had the privilege of giving tours of the National Juried Show for the second year in a row. It was so much fun talking about the quilts and the artists! What made it really special is my first tour had a group right from Holland!  They loved it so much, they came back and gave me these adorable Dutch shoes.  

One night while waiting for a lecture, 2 other quilters and I were laughing so hard we were crying! That is so typical of all the conferences I have been to, that you have such a good time with quilters you are in hysterics.  It was amazing to see so many old friends I have met over the years. It was definitely a conference to remember, thanks to the wonderful quilters that have become a part of my life. 

For now, I am working on some things that I can't show just yet, but soon!

Enjoy the summer=)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Published! I Love House Blocks

What an absolute delight to see my sweet house quilt in Martingale Publishing's newest book, 'I Love House Blocks'.

When I created mine, I wanted a modern look yet still have fun with it. 
It is made with 2 blocks that I called 'fat and skinny houses'.   My kids loved seeing what color combinations I would come up with and where I would put them on the quilt. 
It is called 'Village On A Hill'. 

Here are a sampling of a few of the other quilts in this book, and they are all wonderful!

My Hometown by Christa Watson

Home Is Where The Heart Is by Melissa Corry

Four Generations by Amanda Niederhauser

A giveaway will be taking place on the Martingale blog today, and if you go to my facebook page, I will also be giving away one of the books. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Quilting and more quilting!

I think May and June are the two busiest months for me.  Gearing up for Quilt Canada 2017, Canada's national quilt conference and all the social media that goes along with that has been crazy and amazing all at the same time.

I have managed to sneak in a few fun little projects and am working on some new projects that are not quite ready to be shared.

While this does look like Easter eggs that are actually napkins, my kids have enjoyed using them at all meals, any season.

This sweet button bowl showed up on a facebook page made with glue, and I just had to try my own version of it.   Using a balloon and buttons, I went to work.   It was messy that is for sure.   Someone mentioned putting a rick rack border on the outer edge, so I may have to go back and do that. 

Here is something I tried and have been doing quite a few of lately. Thread sketching has caught my fancy.   I can't really draw but am finding objects that don't require a lot of skill in their shapes and am having fun with that.  

Next up, I am diving into some ruler work so you will see some quilts coming out of that.