12 January 2020

Sunday Stash & My Sewing Room

(ABOVE) This was my view just before Christmas.

(BELOW) This was my view in the morning last Tuesday.

Welcome to My Sewing Room!

Here is my finished Kangaroo & Joey2 quilt hanging out.

To the left is my grandmother's china cupboard.

 Filled with old photos and treasured trinkets.

One such treasure recently resurfaced.

My Thumbelina dolly that has been with me for 50 years.

I just made her a new bracelet and necklace at Christmas time!

My ironing station is in the far left corner.

And the cutting table runs along the length of the back wall.

To the left is my fabric storage.

MOST ALL of my fabric now fits in these 9 totes.

The pattern for Life in the POND is ready for testing.

But I also wrote the Good Old Hockey Game pattern and want to test it first!

Just wanted to let you know that things have been going SUPER FANTASTIC in my life!

I am regularly getting spoiled with flowers like these.

From my guy Brett.

There are many of you who have been friends of mine for so long now....
You have sent me so many encouraging comments and emails....

I wanted you to know....

I am doing GREAT! Thank you!

Sending a SHOUT OUT!!!

To Linda of Quilting Biker for coming over for a personal visit, 
along with Michaelanne of Stache Fabrics & Notions in London, Ontario.

These two ladies came to pick up some sample quilts to hang in Stache Fabrics.

And since they were also ordering some printed patterns to sell in the shop....

I put them to work! Lol!

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10 January 2020

Kangaroo & Joey2

Kangaroo & Joey2 is my first finish for 2020!!!

Have you ever seen a kangaroo in the show?

Most of the fabrics used to make these adorable mama and baby kangaroos were from the Sun Print 2019 collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

And then when it came time for the backing....
I switched it up!

I normally look for a full width print and then add a half width piece of something to make backings larger than a baby quilt. But when I came across this half width piece of large floral print, I quickly dove into my stash of Kona Solids, looking for enough full width solids to create an ombre back.

I quilted using my usual wavy lines from edge to edge using my walking foot on my domestic.

And finished the binding by machine.

"Kangaroo & Joey2" finished at 50" square.

If you are interested in making your own, you can find the Kangaroo & Joey2 pattern here.

Thanks to the generous nature of quilters and crafters from all over the world, my fund raising efforts have been revived!!! I am continuing to keep track of the sale of all the Koala Love, Koala Mama & Baby and Kangaroo & Joey2 patterns sold so far this month, and will be donating 50% of the proceeds of those sales to the NSW Koala Hospital.

Did you know that the Kangaroo & Joey2 blocks finish at 12" square?
The Koala Love and Koala Mama & Baby blocks also finish at 12" square.

You can combine the Koalas and Kangaroos into one quilt!

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3 January 2020


How to change the size of any traditionally pieced quilt block.

Over the years, there have been a few occasions where a quilter has written to ask how to double the size of a block, as in the case of the Dog Block from the Dog Gone Cute design.


The Dog Gone Cute design was my second Quilt Along.

It had originally offered the Dog Block in 2 sizes.
SMALL BABY Dog Blocks finished at 9” x 6”.
MEDIUM MAMA Dog Blocks finished at 18” x 12”.

At the time of it's release back in 2015, mini mini quilting was ALL THE RAGE!!! 

So sewing tiny was the aim.

This was my first finished Dog Gone Cute project. It's the mini size version of the pattern.

Finishing at 30" x 30" using 12 of the small size blocks, these little pups were made using Kona Ash for the background. Two fat quarters easily provided for 6 pups from each fat quarter. These small size blocks finish at 9" x 6".

This was my second Dog Gone Cute project. It's the mama size version of the pattern.
Quilt finished at 60" x 60" using 12 of the mama size blocks that finish at 18" x 12".

And one mini size Baby block was used to make a pillow to match the Mama!

Sometime during 2017, people came to their senses. Requests for a larger version were made. Now the Dog Block also includes LARGE PAPA Dog Blocks that finish at 36” x 24”.

It's fun to see the size comparison!!! 

Just always keep in mind, when you double the size of a block, you are actually doubling the size in each direction. Therefore, 4 SMALL blocks laid out in a four-square pattern are the same size as the MEDIUM blocks. And likewise, 4 MEDIUM blocks are the same size as the LARGE block. 

And then there have been a few occasions where a quilter has taken one of my blocks, done the math THEMSELVES to double the size of the block, and then proudly displays their SUPER SIZED masterpieces!!! I LOVE to see people using their creativity..... 

This SUPER SIZE Math post was inspired because I recently viewed this SUPER SIZE, super CUTE, baby quilt made by Melissa Marginet and shared on Instagram by walking.foot.quilting.designs. Melissa increased the size of these Fox blocks to make a quick, cute finish in solids! 

The Fox Blocks were originally designed for the Forest Friends pattern back in 2015.

Fox 1 Quilt BLOCK Pattern PDF Instant Download 8 inch and image 1Fox 2 Quilt BLOCK Pattern PDF Instant Download 8 inch and image 1

FOX#1 and FOX#2 Block patterns have now been updated to allow 2 Block Sizes.
SMALL finishes at 8" square and LARGE finishes at 16" square.

These Fox Blocks were incorporated into this design, Fox among the Birches, in 2017.


Likewise, Fox among the Birches Quilt Pattern has been updated to allow 2 Quilt Sizes. SMALL finishes at 38" x 45" or LARGE finishes at 76" x 90"
Depending on the size of your baby...

A few thoughts of my own....

Although I do enjoy the challenge of tiny piecing...
And it is a great way to test a block to make sure it will be easy enough to piece in a double size....

Sometimes we just aren't in the mood for tiny pieces.
They can be frustrating.

Especially if you have big PHAT fingers like mine!!!

Super trusty needle nose tweezers are my constant side kick.

Working recently on the Koala and Kangaroo patterns has also reminded me that a post like this was a long time in coming. I designed the original Koala Love Quilt Pattern block size to finish at 14" square.

Koala Love Quilt Pattern PDF Instant Download modern image 3

Kangaroo & Joey 2 Quilt Pattern PDF Instant Download modern image 1

When I announced the Kangaroo & Joey2 pattern, that would also finish at 14" square, but would include the little Joey in the Mama's pouch, there was a request for a half size block of the Koala to be made to match.

Koala MAMA BABY Love Quilt BLOCK Pattern pdf Instant image 1

So I released this Mini Mama & Baby Koala Block pattern.

After all the tiny piecing I have been doing, I am looking forward to some SUPER SIZE.

Last minute invite to a baby shower?

Whip up a couple of SUPER SIZED blocks and you've got yourself a quick and easy finish.

As soon as you get it basted and quilted, that is.

LOOKING for other SUPER SIZED blocks?


BIG PHAT ZOO includes BOTH a Zebra and Giraffe.

Quilt Blocks finish at 30" or 60" square. 
Quilt Finishes at 34" or 68" square. 

BABY Quilt size is perfect for a tummy time baby play mat! And yet..... BIG Quilt Size is perfect for an adult to use while napping on the couch!


BUMPER2BUMPER provides instructions for making:

SMALL Car blocks finish at 5” tall by 9” wide
LARGE Car blocks finish at 10" tall by 18" wide

BABY quilt finishes at 38" x 43"

TWIN quilt finishes at 76” x 86”

Smitten Kitten Quilt Pattern PDF Instant Download modern image 0

SMITTEN KITTEN provides instructions for making:

7 different Quilt settings ranging in size from 15" to 78" square. 

SMALL blocks finish at 6" x 6"
LARGE finish at 12" x 12"

FOX NAPPING provides instructions for making:

SMALL blocks finish at 10" tall x 18" wide
LARGE blocks finish at 20" x 36"



Let's take a look at the Fox#1 block cutting chart.
SMALL finishes at 8" square and LARGE finishes at 16" square.

Fox #1

8” Block
16” Block
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
1 @ 2.5” square
1 @ 4.5” square
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
1 @ 4.5” x 6.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
1 @ 4.5” x 8.5”
1 @ 3.5” x 5.5”
1 @ 6.5” x 10.5”
3 @ 1.5” squares
3 @ 2.5” squares
1 @ 3.5” square
1 @ 6.5” square
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
1 @ 1.5” X 2.5”
1 @ 2.5” X 4.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 2”
2 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
1 @ 1” x 2.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
7 @ 1.5” squares
7 @ 2.5” squares
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
2 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
2 @ 1” x 2.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
1 @ 1.5” square
1 @ 2.5” square
1 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
8 @ 1.5” squares
8 @ 2.5” squares
1 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
1 @ 1” x 1.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
2 @ 0.75” x 2.5”
2 @ 1” x 4.5”
1 @ 2.5“ x 3.5”
1 @ 4.5“ x 6.5”
1 @ 2.5” square
1 @ 4.5” square

As you can see, Background (B) is 1.5" x 3.5" for the SMALL blocks and 2.5" x 6.5" for the LARGE blocks. To double the size of the SMALL (B), first we must minus the seam allowance. Our seam allowance for traditional piecing is 1/4". This seam allowance is found on each side of (B). So the total seam allowance is 2 sides = 2 x 1/4" = 1/2"

Subtract the 1/2" seam allowance,
Multiply by 2,
Add the 1/2" seam allowance back on.

For example:
SMALL Background (B) is 1.5" x 3.5"

Subtract the 1/2" seam allowance:
(1.5" minus 1/2" = 1") x (3.5" minus 1/2" = 3")
1" x 3"

Multiply by 2:
(1" multiply by 2 = 2") x (3" multiply by 2 = 6")
2" x 6"

Add the 1/2" seam allowance back on:
(2" plus 1/2" = 2.5") x (6" plus 1/2" = 6.5")
LARGE Background (B) is 2.5" x 6.5"

To make a block smaller, you would do the same process, but use division to make the size smaller, rather than multiplication to make it larger.

For example:
LARGE Light Brown (L) is 1" x 4.5"

Subtract the 1/2" seam allowance:
(1" minus 1/2" = 1/2") x (4.5" minus 1/2" = 4")
1/2" x 4"

Divide by 2:
(1/2" divided by 2 = 1/4") x (4" divided by 2 = 2")
1/4" x 2"

Add the 1/2" seam allowance back on:
(1/4" plus 1/2" = 3/4") x (2" plus 1/2" = 2.5")
SMALL Light Brown (L) is 0.75" x 2.5"


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