split rects tool

So much great news!

A summer evening at the lake.

A summer evening at the lake.

Hello Friends and hello August.  Summer holidays have come to a close, and we are home from our two weeks of vacation at camp with family and friends, but it doesn’t end there.  Our youngest (the one living in London UK) surprised us on Thursday with news that she has some holidays and will be arriving home on Monday.  Monday, like, tomorrow!  So needless to say we are pretty excited at this house as we haven’t seen her in quite awhile. So family fun just keeps on for a while yet. 

That’s not all!  I’m happy to share with you some exciting news that I have been sitting on for a few months now.  Yours truly has had a quilt design accepted into The Quiltmaker magazine.  It will be in the September/October issue which should be in news stands soon.  The pattern is now available as a digital download on the Quiltmaker website.  Click here

For those of you who know me, know that I am not really fond of paper piecing.  I try to find innovative ways to strip piece block units so that I don’t have to paper piece.  Now don’t get me wrong, when it comes to Mariners Compass quilts or quilts by Judy Niemeyer there’s no way around it, they have to be paper pieced.  But here’s the funny thing, the folks at Quiltmaker wrote the pattern for my quilt in the magazine and the long right angle triangles are, you guessed it, paper pieced.  

When making my original quilt, I used the “Split Rects” tool by Studio 180 designs. 

For me, this construction method is faster, easier and just as precise.  It just goes to show you that there are many ways to make units.  You just have to find the way that works best for you. 

I’d like to take a few words here and thank my very good friend Catherine Sloan who Longarm quilted the quilt in the magazine.  The magazine omitted this information and well, it would not be the quilt it is, without the amazing job Catherine did.  Thank-you my friend.

My fall workshop, “Storm at Sea” information is now up on the website and I am taking registrations.  Workshop information packages will begin to roll out in a week or so if you have already registered.  There are so many design possibilities that I thought a few pictures of Storm at Sea in the next few posts would be a great way to get you familiar with the design and colour possibilities.

Made with dark and light blues with white.  

Made with dark and light blues with white.  


Well that’s what’s been happening here at the studio.  Thanks for dropping by, until next time, stay safe, have a great week, and water the flowers!