Ideas for quilts with panels

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Some people love working with panels, some hate them! Either way, they give you a lot to talk about.

When you sign up for our newsletter, we send you a free pattern for a throw quilt using a standard sized panel for the center, with three matching fabrics. I thought I’d do some mockups with some panels we have in stock to see how they’d look all made up.

I used the EQ software for this. Once I had the pattern diagram in the program, it is super easy to recolor in new fabrics!

This is our Save the Bees panel. I choose a bright yellow and ebony black from our Canvas blenders line. Simple and easy! I didn’t choose a third accent color and used black there as well. For dark quilts like this I recommend using a black batting as well. Any bearding from the batting will be black and not noticeable.

Then I did a mockup using Feathered Nest. I actually tried a few different combos with the fabrics. Every single one looked great, no matter what fabric I used or where it was placed.

This fabric is so new I’ve barely mentioned it! Father Christmas arrived early and I had to see what it looked like in a quilt. Stunning, but we all know I am a sucker for the blue and white snowflakes. I played around with the accent colors and placement here.

Even though the pattern I used is fairly simple, there’s lots of room for customization – changing the borders, substituting blocks in the corners, and placing different fabrics in alternate areas. Which panel would you pick?

If you are looking for more ideas to use panels in quilts, I made a Pinterest board for you to peruse.

Fireside backings

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Similar to Minky and Cuddle, Fireside is a 100% polyester stable knit that comes in a 60″ width. This is perfect for lap quilt and cuddling! With a shorter pile, there’s less fuzz when cutting and it shows off your quilting beautifully.

Available in 48 colors, in stock colors are listed below. Please order in 1/4 m increments. For example, to order 1 meter you’d place 4 units in your cart.

Show notes anniversary edition

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It was time for our weekly video and also our wedding anniversary! Catch the replay on Facebook or Youtube.

We started the show with technical difficulties, so I was 10 minutes late. I introduced everyone (virtually) to my husband Ron. He was a really big help in the early days of starting the shop. He’s more behind the scenes now, but still acts as CFO – Chief Fabric Officer. I quickly showed off some of Ron’s quilts, so I’ve added some better images below.

Other things we talked about were panels, the Happy Hour book, fusible batting in crib size, and scraps. So many scraps! I mentioned I was waiting for some stock to show up so after the show, while writing the post, the UPS guy brought in 4 new Fireside bolts. They’ll get up on the site shortly.

March quilt of the month

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Every month I hang up a new quilt from our stash. There’s a divider between the shop and the rest of the house, so the quilt goes on that divider.

This month, I chose a blue and yellow quilt to remember the Ukraine, and my friend who lives in Kyiv.

I used the Delight quilt pattern from Jaybird Quilts. While I don’t have the pattern in stock, I do have the Hex n More ruler. There’s NO Y seams or partial seams in this quilt, and it is constructed very cleverly.

When I made this quilt ages ago, I went through my stash and pulled any and all of the med to dark blues I had and cut as many pieces as I could. For the yellows I did the same thing. I made sure to alternate the yellow triangles with some solid or near solid so there was more of a pattern where they met.

The top sat around unquilted for a while, and when we got our longarm I suggested Ron have a go at quilting it. He did freehand hexagonal spirals.

More than awareness or good thoughts, the Ukraine needs money. Consider donating to UNICEF.

St Pat’s show notes

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Well it’s the day before St Patrick’s Day and time for our weekly LIVE video. Didn’t catch it? Don’t worry, I got you covered.

Watch the recap on Facebook right here or over on Youtube.

Things I talked about:
Shamrock fabric, new flannels, Art Theory fabric and panel, dash blenders. Also we restocked some basic notions like needles, seam rippers and measuring tapes. New generic light bulbs for your sewing machine too (pics coming soon).

I also rambled on about orphan blocks and how to use them for practise pieces and wall hangings. I talked about the many ways to lay out HSTs, and how I refilled our scrap bin. Got some scraps to get rid of or need some scraps? Hit me up.

ps. I found the chocolate I hid on myself. The day is saved.

Hello spring!

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Hi there fellow quilters. Now that the province has eased restrictions, this post is to let you know that yes, we are open to the public and we STILL REQUIRE masks to be used. I’m not sure when we might lift this, other than when we can open windows and/or most of the children under 12 have been vaccinated.

My aim is to use the blog more on our site, so stay tuned! (If you are reading this on Facebook, the automatic sharing worked. YAY!)

Moving to online only for January

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If you’re reading this and not local in New Brunswick, our government had another press conference about the rising COVID case numbers. They have moved hospitals to their level 3 guidelines, and schools K-12 are going online only for two weeks, but nothing else will be changed.

Yet.

Out of an abundance of caution, and the knowledge that COVID is airborne and doesn’t care what you are doing where, our shop is moving to online only until January 31st. I picked the dates the same as the school system, not because I have kids that young, but because it’s easier to keep track of if large chunks of people are using the same dates.

So while we did rig up an air filter, the space is enclosed enough that I cannot in good conscience take any chances or encourage people to be out and about. We are doing this ahead of any move to Level 3, because by then we feel it will be too late.

I can say I will work with you as much as I can, so I can bring items to your car if needed, for color or size check. Online ordering with pickup is encouraged. I will be starting up the Wednesday videos again and am hoping to maybe do some extra ones.

Inventory is almost done and we have some goods to clear out and put on SALE! So I gotta show you these thing some way, right?

Shop closed this week

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Our shop will be closed until December 18th, next Friday. Someone in our household has received an exposure notice and is self-monitoring for symptoms.

We would like you reassure you this is not an exposure notice for the shop. Closing the shop is a precaution to protect us all.

Online shopping with no contact pickup is still available. You can also get a gift card for someone, or send the link to anyone shopping for you.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Andrea, Ron, and Emma