Who’s got scraps?

Wildest-Dreams  from Quilt collector: Miriam Kujac. Finished quilt: 75-1/2″ square.

I love how in vintage quilts the makers used  double pink or chinese red or mint green as their background colours.    Definitely easier to keep clean especially when used as a utility quilt. Definitely adds life to these quilts.

I think this is a perfect quilt pattern to use up some scraps.  I’ve had my eye on this quilt for some time.  Soon, I’m going to do a clean out and sort of my very small studio.  I don’t mind cluttered, but it has gone further than that. It’s forced me out onto the dining room table.  It will be the perfect time to sort my scraps into colours, then into lights and darks.  Perhaps more bins will be required.

It’s a very simple pattern…..just triangles sewn together to make larger triangles (watch colour placement). Then two of the larger triangles sewn into diamonds (watch colour placement).  Then 8 diamonds sewn into a star (watch colour placement).  Finish the block by setting in 4 corner squares.  I think the beauty of this quilt pattern is that there is no definite size to the triangles.  They just all have to be the same size…say 2 1/2″.  Make them fit what you have, that’s what our ancestors did.  If you feel you really need a pattern, you can always purchase one here .





Art with Fabric Blog Hop starts…..

Now I don’t just surf Pinterest with my morning coffee, I surf blogs as well …..look what I found on Tweety Loves Quilting.

Grab a cup of coffee and join the hop.

These are the amazing artist that are going to share their creation with us!

Monday, May 21st, 2018
Janeen: http://quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Andrée: http://quiltinglearningcombo.blogspot.com
Carol: http://www.quiltedfabricart.com
Melva:  https://melvalovesscraps.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 
Shannon: http://imworkingonaproject.blogspot.com/
Terry: http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/
Bea: http://www.beaquilter.com/
LeeAnna: http://lapaylor.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 23th, 2018 
Kat: http://www.katknapcrafts.blogspot.com
Julie: http://juliebagamary.blogspot.com/
Karen: https://tunaquilts.wordpress.com/
Wendy: http://www.piecefulthoughts.com/

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Alida: http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/
Heather: http://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
Tami: https://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/
Dione: https://www.cleverchameleon.com.au/

While you wait, you can visit the blog hop page and see all the creations shared in the previous editions (http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/p/art-with-fabric-blog-hop.html)

Finally going public

Jean contemp

This quilt if finally being shown in public at the Gwillimbury Quilt Guild Show at the Sharon Temple on June 22, 2018.

This is my very first contemporary quilt, made for my sister 12 years ago.  It has been used every day since as a “nap” quilt by my brother-in-law.







My sister is also a quilter.  She and my youngest daughter started me on my quilting journey.  My sister is also the one who encourages me to try new things.  I found this pattern ………. (I’ll see if I can find the book and insert a link)…..  and knew I would make it for her as a Christmas gift.

This quilt measures 50″ square.  The material I used for both the front and back was faux suede…..very slippery stuff.

The construction was interesting.  All the 2 1/2″ strips were cut on the bias.  These  strips were joined together, then folded in half, pressed, and then cut into approx 50″ lengths ….some what like making bias binding.  Remember this was back in the days when I didn’t know that bias could be difficult.  I just assumed I could do it and I did.

Each of  these folded bias strips were then sewn to a 1 1/2″ strip of faux suede.  Then those joined strips were sewn together.  I repeated this until the quilt measured square.

The secret to this quilt is that those bias strips can be turned either up or down creating a wavy pattern which is stitched down from top to bottom.  Try many different layouts and when decide on your wave pattern then sew it down.

Jean's contemporary


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Free Motion Quilting

http://centraljerseymqg.blogspot.com/p/2017-guild-quilt-long.htmlThe Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild  has organized a Free Motion Quilting QuiltAlong.  The idea is to make a machine quilting sampler to further your skills! This block-of-the-month style QAL will be focused on free motion quilting, using free tutorials from talented quilt instructors online. You will “choose your own adventure” to follow quilting tutorials. We will be using Quilt-As-You-Go to join the blocks at the end of the year. This QAL is open to ANYONE, anywhere in the world!

The  Themes for each month can be found here.

I think I’m going to join in on this quiltalong.  I know I’m late for the party (that seems to be a habit), but I can always use the inspiration and the practice.  I think I can use a very large quilt sandwich on my longarm for these exercises and forgo the sashing.

Anyone else up for this challenge?


Retracing my steps…

Succulent Path  is a free pattern from Windham Fabric by Sarah Sharp .  On my travels this morning it caught my eye.  I must still be in Drunkard’s Path mode because this Clamshell pattern is very similar shape.  Maybe it was the colours, not sure, but it looks interesting.  Lots of pieces, but I think  many fabrics, same families makes the party fun.

Succulent Path by Sarah Sharp of [no] hats in the house

Now back in 2016, I designed my own clamshell quilt.  Mine definitely has fewer pieces, but the colours are similar.  I chose the printed fabric first, then found fabrics to blend with it.  I find I can’t go wrong that way.  I hand cut and machines pieced all the clamshells together. I love sewing curves, but I still need to use pins.  Each clamshell was quilted with a different design.

Modern Clamshells

I’m going to look and see if I have any fabrics left over and maybe??? do a Succulent Path… we regularly repeat using triangles in our quilts, why not clamshells?

Progress report on Log Cabin

log cabin progress


40 of the 56 blocks have been sewn and trimmed to 10″.  Only another 16 to go.  That will give me a quilt approx 66″ x 76″

Now is the time I start thinking of how to lay it out and how to quilt it to the best of my abilities.  Hopefully that is being stretched each time I put a quilt on the frame.

The layout has been decided……..see previous post




Now the “How to quilt it”.  That old “quilt as desired” that used to drive me crazy.  Usually if I think about it for awhile and the answer comes to me.  Sometimes quite by accident.  That’s what happened this time.  I was looking for something in my very cluttered sewing room and came across this little excerpt from someones blog.

log cabin quilting design

Now, these days (since starting a blog) I would give credit to the author of the words and design that I copied.  BUT, I’m embarrassed to say, that way back in my surfing of quilting sites days, I copied info but not where I found them.  I was only going to use it for myself as inspiration was my justification.  I know better today, so if anyone recognizes this design please let me know and I will definitely give credit where it is due.  In the article  “One of the “things” she did was being a contributor to the “Fresh Ideas” column in the “On Track “magazine produced by the International Machine Quilting Association. ”

I GOT LUCKY…. I googled the information I had and I found the talented lady……Cindy Roth  back in 2012. (click her name and it will take you to the blog post she wrote. ) So thank you Cindy, I am going to use this design for the quilting of this log cabin.  Wish me luck.  Feathers and I don’t always get along.







Week 4 of 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

for those who are just starting the hop, here is a complete list of participants.  Please take the time to visit each blog and leave a comment.  I know they all will be thrilled.  I found my week just amazing.  So many lovely comments, new quilting friends, and definitely new ideas.  Grab that cup of coffee and get started…………………….

April 16 April 23
Gail @ Quilting Gail
Rachel @ Rachel Rossi Design
Tracie @ Riceford Streams
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts
Jan @ Cocoa Quilts
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Terry @ Quilting a Legacy
April @ Janda Bend Quilts
Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery
Carrie @ Carrie Bee Creates
Sharon @ Ms. P. Designs
Ann @ Laughing Gas Quilts
Nicole @ Hand Wrought Quilts
Becca @ Pretty Piney
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Stephanie @ Low Country Quilts and Embroidery
May 7 May 14
Sandy @ Gray Barn Designs
Linda @ Cozy Quilts
Dione @ Clever Chameleon
Cate @ Chaos Theory Quilting
Tara @ Quilt District
Roseanne @ Homesewn by Us
Karen @ Tuna Quilts
Rashida @ No 3 Quilt Studio
Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets day!
Joni @ For the Love of Thread
Cherie @ Cherie’s Quilting Journey
Cindy @ Gray Barn Designs
Karen @ The Quilt Rambler
Sarah @ 9658 Textiles
Terri @ Meanderings Along Lizard Creek

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out our host blogs for some fantastic giveaways!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Jan @ Dizzy Quilter
Tish @ Tish ‘n Wonderland
Sanda @ mmm! Quilts

Thanks for stopping by


My completed sesquicentennial project

O Canada,

O Canada

design by Cheryl Arkison, layout by Lucy (my 6 year old granddaughter), piecing and machine quilting by myself

As a proud Canadian I wanted to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

I started this quilt in 2016 to ensure I had it completed in 2017.  Life had different ideas and I wasn’t able to complete the quilt until 2018.

canada flag detail

Using small pieces of fabric to represent individual Canadians,  I sewed them together into slabs of different colours.  The colours represent the many diverse nationalities that have immigrated to Canada to join with our indigenous peoples.  The quilt represents the “melting pot” that is known as Canada.

A little history…….red ensign

The Canadian Red Ensign was the flag of Canada until 1965, when it was replaced by the current Maple Leaf flag. It is a British red ensign, featuring the Union flag in the canton, adorned with the shield of the coat of arms of Canada.

Also associated with the old Canadian flag was an unofficial national anthem of Canada…The Maple Leaf  Forever …which was written in 1867 by Alexander Muir.   I very proudly sang this song as a young person.   In 1997 the CBC held a contest for new alternate lyrics to the unofficial  anthem …… the winner of the 1997 contest was Vladimir Radian, a Romanian immigrant.  I have used his lyrics and my cursive writing style for the machine quilting in the coloured areas of this quilt.

Happy 150th Birthday Canada

Here are the alternate lyrics written by Vladimir Radian in 1997:

O, land of blue unending skies,                                                                                               Mountains strong and sparkling snow,                                                                                              A scent of freedom in the wind,                                                                                                        O’er the emerald fields below.

To thee we brought our hopes, our dreams,                                                                                For thee we stand together,                                                                                                                    Our land of peace, where proudly flies,                                                                                        The Maple Leaf forever.

Chorus:                                                                                                                                                    Long may it wave, and grace our own,                                                                                       Blue skies and stormy weather,                                                                                               Within my heart, above my home,                                                                                                 The Maple Leaf forever!

O, Maple Leaf around the world,                                                                                                    You speak as you rise high above,                                                                                                     Of courage, peace and quiet strength,                                                                                            Of the Canada that I love.

Remind us all, our union bound                                                                                                       By ties we cannot sever,                                                                                                               Bright flag revered on every ground,                                                                                           The Maple Leaf forever!


O Canada quilting

Above  is the backing showing the cursive writing of the lyrics.

Click HERE to see what the backing of this quilt was supposed to be.

My daughter suggested it become a quilt all on it`s own…….  so pictured below is the second sesquicentennial quilt that was created.


Still need quilting.  It will be finished by mid June so it and the Canada Flag quilt can hang in the Gwillimbury Guild Quilt Show on June 22 in the Sharon Temple in Sharon, Ontario

I did manage to complete a sesquicentennial project during 2017.  My granddaughter and I entered a challenge  for  another of my guilds  ….Region of York .  Click to see Gramma and Lucy’s Challenge Entry.  Passing my passion on to the grandchildren is the best!









It’s my turn…..

Welcome to my little space on the internet .

Today is my turn on the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by:

The co-hosts have been so generous with their time and knowledge. Links to their blogs are at the end of this post. Be sure to visit each of them today.  You also need to visit their sites to sign up for the giveaway. 

Now, a little about me:

I have been sewing since I was a young girl, but I found quilting in 1996 when my daughter said “Can you make me one of those?”  We were in a fabric store and she was pointing to a quilt on the wall.  Although I had never done anything like this before, I said “OK”  and we proceeded to buy fabric.  I also said “don’t tell your sister”


This quilt went to university here in Toronto.

She did tell, and a second quilt was requested by her sister.  So began my quilting journey.

Hand quilted by me… This quilt went to university in Edinburgh, Scotland

I am active in three local guilds.  I love sharing my ideas and techniques in member workshops.  My inspiration comes from everywhere.  As a visual learner I can see a quilt block in anything.  I find the fun part is translating what I “see” into a quilt pattern.

I could be described as a prolific quilter.  Over the past 20 years I have made about 100 quilts as I tried my hand at Traditional, then Contemporary and Modern styles. Whatever caught my eye, I made.  What really grabs my attention currently are geometric layouts. Some of the quilts have been given away as gifts, but many I have kept and still more remain “tops” needing quilting.

I pondered on ways to showcase and market my creations.  I wanted to show them off to others and let people know they could purchase them.  I mean what do you do with 60 quilts?

As a Mother’s Day present in 2016, my daughter gave me my website  www.cozy-quilts.ca.  She has done a wonderful job at designing the website and now it is my turn to learn more about blogging and interacting with the quilting world out there.

Please visit my website www.cozy-quilts.ca and browse around though my many quilts and also enjoy the journaling I have done on my blog.  If I find something interesting, I like to share the links with you.  Perhaps you could share some with me.

I showed you my first 2 quilts and hopefully you have clicked on the links to see some of my finished quilts.  Now I am sharing my latest quilt that has just come off my  longarm.   O Canada   Check back next week when I post about this quilt and it’s partner.

O Canada


We’ve come full circle.  That desire to learn is what brought me to the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  How do I make my site attractive and user friendly for those who visit?  I’m learning lots.  Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?

The technical enhancement of my blog is important, BUT , the most important tip I have learnt during this hop is to respond via email to everyone who leaves a comment.  We all like to receive comments on our blogs, but when we personally respond, the visitor know we have heard them and appreciate the time they took.  Encourage questions and dialogue.  Who knows what direction it will take your quilting journey.

The 2018 New Quilt Bloggers who are stretching their reach this week in the blog hop are listed below.  Visit each co-host for more new bloggers.  Please follow along and offer your encouragement.

Thanks to our blog hop sponsors listed below, there is a giveaway.…….  In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you need to visit one of the co-host blogs and follow the instructions for signing up for the giveaway. But do visit all four, they are wonderfully creative and fun to get to know!


Benartex Canuck Quilter Designs Christina Camelli
Clinton Modern Creative Cooking Up Quilts Devoted Quilter
Island Batik Make Modern Meadow Mist Designs
Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics Northcott Phat Quarter Fabrics
Quilting Jetgirl Sew Fresh Quilts Sew Sisters Quilt Shop
The Red Hen Shop Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts The Quilters Planner

2018 May Colour Challenge

The last time I completed and posted about the monthly challenge I said I was Late for the party.   That was in March.

Well, I missed April.  I now have to catch up on 3 blocks.  BUT, I have managed to complete the May block early.

2018 colour challenge May

The May colour challenge was green.  How appropriate.  It took Mother Nature till now to give us some green grass.

I had some leftover green fabric from when I made the Quilts for the Broncos.  I like this idea for the block to be completely one colour.  It should make an interesting sampler when completed.

Now I have to wait until May 24 before I can submit it.  Will I remember to do that?


Here is the  block from March:2018 colour challenge_ March