Monday, 15 August 2022

2019 Mystery


I designed this quilt as a mystery for my guild, back in 2019. It turned out to be a bit more difficult than I planned, as it was pieced with minimal seams. No y-seams, but lots of triangle work.  If I were to do it again, I'd replace most of those odd pieces with HSTs and make the assembly simpler, even if it means more pieces to work with.

The pattern is available here

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Good Fortune

Two years ago, I worked on Bonnie Hunter's mystery – Good Fortune. As I posted back then, I had some quilter's remorse as the clues progressed here.  This was the breaking point here

I put aside a lot of the pieces, and redid my colours for Good Fortune, ending up with a quilt I liked much better.



But I saved all those rejects, telling myself that I would do something with them.  They were definitely Christmas colours, so a Christmas quilt came out of it.  I pieced it last year, and finally this Christmas got it onto the longarm for quilting.



Thursday, 24 December 2020


This quilt was a project I started back in about 2014.  It was a series of paper pieces blocks, both stars and houses. I decided early on that I didn't like the finished project, combining both types of blocks together, so I separated them out and decided to make two charity quilts from them.  Borders on this one were based on a border I had seen – I loved the asymmetrical look with the geese in only two corners.  As you can see, I chickened out on fully asymmetrical, and made the top left and bottom right match.


In retrospect, I don't really like those cornerstones that ended up on the outside of the stars.  They either needed to be left out completely, or to be defined with another border before the geese, I think.


Sunday, 13 December 2020

Easy Street

In the spirit of Christmas, and as Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery gets ramped up, I've decided it's time to give myself the gift of finishing some quilts. I took a couple of weekends in the longarm studio, and devoted them to my own projects, some older than others :) 

This quilt is Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street quilt, hey mystery project from 2012. Piecing was completed way back then, and it's waited patiently for its turn on the long arm. Quilted, bound, and the label is ready to go on. 

Sunday, 25 August 2019


I wanted to make a couple of pillows to match my Bonnie Hunter "Christmas on Ringo Lake". I took a couple of leftover blocks, added some borders, and then made them into pillows. The back of the pillows matches the back of the quilt. I have an invisible zipper on the back of each, so they can be switched out for different seasons (and washed).

It's interesting, seeing them beside the quilt here, even though they are the exact same block from the quilt, without the sashing and with the borders I used, they look quite different.

Can't wait to use them for the Christmas season this year!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Murder Mystery

I am participating in a murder mystery this year at, and have been trying desperately to keep up with the clues each month. This was July's clue, which I finished in plenty of time.

I laid it out with all of it friends from the first half of the year, and I still have no idea where this mystery is headed.  I also need to catch up on my reading, which I hope to do this month.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Celtic Links Revisited

I created this pattern last year, and showed my first stab at it here Since I wanted to publish the pattern, I needed to write it out and then test the instructions, so this is the official "made from the pattern" version of the quilt.

This time, I pulled some different colours from my stash and paired it with a basic white Kona background. I fixed a minor error in the border blocks so that they now weave correctly.

The quilting is a modern design that I hadn't used before. I think it worked really well with this quilt, and I'll keep this around not only as a pattern sample, but to showcase the pantograph in my longarm studio.