Sunday, June 29, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 5
This place mat is the result of sewing 6 Nine Patch blocks together.

Add a little quilting and it looks totally different.

This design uses only two elements.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 4
I've been playing with quilting for a place mat made from six 6"x 6" Nine Patch blocks.

As Sophie pointed out in her comment the other day, place mats are great for practicing free-motion quilting and experimenting with quilting designs.

There are two place mats on the left because I decided to play with color as well to see how that affects a quilting design.

I used two elements to make today's design.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 3

Yesterday's place mat used a simple loop for the quilting.

Today's place mat uses a simple loop once again.

However, the loop is used two different ways. Sometimes it follows the side of a square. Sometimes it follows the diagonal.

The quilting proceeds in the following manner:

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat 

Version 2

Yesterday I designed this quilting for a place mat made using six Nine Patch blocks.

Today I designed this quilting.

In both versions the quilting is meant to be done using thread that contrasts with the background.

Yesterday the design used a flattened semicircle that was repeated over and over. Today I simply replaced the semicircle with a simple loop.

The quilting proceeds as follows:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Nine Patch Place Mat

Version 1
Six 6"x 6" Nine Patch blocks make a 12"x 18" place mat.

This definitely needs some quilting to make it interesting.

Way back when I  came up with this design using semicircles.

Getting the semicircles to meet nicely at the centers of the white squares might be difficult.

If I flatten the semicircle, then I don't have to worry about the centers. And the design still works

So can I quilt this design?

Yes I can. And here's how:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pumphouse Pinwheels

As you've seen in the last few posts, I used my Pumphouse alphabet to make pinwheels for a quilt.

There are 4 ways to make a pinwheel from a letter. This is demonstrated on the left using Z.

I decided to explore some of the possibilities.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Pumphouse Alphabet

Part 5

I've been showing you my Pumphouse alphabet. The final six letters are today.

Friday, June 13, 2014


Pumphouse Alphabet

Part 4

The border fabric includes all the primary colors. If you've ever mixed paints, you know that when you mix all the primary colors together you get mud. To keep the border lively I've alternated strips of the border fabric with strips of white.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Pumphouse Alphabet

Part 3

I mentioned earlier that the letters of my Pumphouse alphabet remind me of actors or comic book super heroes because of their flamboyance. In other words, they are very child-like. For that reason I picked
primary colors for this quilt.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Pumphouse Alphabet

Part 2

The letters in my Pumphouse quilt read left to right, then right to left, then left to right, etc. I did this so I wouldn't have to think about  the color sequence.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Pumphouse Alphabet 

Part 1

Pumphouse is a serif alphabet with large exaggerated triangular serifs.

The result of this exaggeration is an alphabet that is flamboyant, dramatic and theatrical. So I decided to name it after the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Look What Leanne Did

This is from the back of a quilt Leanne made for her husband Bill.
She used my Connaught alphabet.
I think she did a great job of piecing it.

The quilt also has a front.

The fabrics are Star Trek fabrics.