Disco quilt- Complete!

More than 4 years after deciding to make a quilt together, B and I have finally finished! Since starting the quilt, degrees have been finished (and almost finished), babies born, new jobs started and new homes bought. Making this quilt has been quite the journey, so I’m excited to share the final result!

The finished top: ironed and ready to quilt!

Unloading the quilt from the longarm machine.

And finally: the finished product!

I tried machine stitching the binding for the first time. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and how much faster it was to complete!

As soon as B got home, she put it on her bed and sent a picture. I love how fresh and bright it looks!

Until the next post,



Mystery quilt

I recently started the Gathering Mystery quilt at Cora’s Quilts. I used this opportunity to buy some more fabric! I decided use all Kaffe Fassett Collective, since I love the patterns but have never used only those fabrics in a quilt. Hyggeligt Fabrics has a great selection for those looking to order from a Canadian store!


I cut all the pieces, and have completed the clues for week 2 and 3. img_5796.jpg

I love how the colours are coming together and can’t wait to share the next weeks!


Round Robin #3

We finally got around to making the exchange for the next round! I thought we made the last exchange at Thanksgiving, but I’ve been informed it was actually last May! A quick check to the blog post confirms this fact, so I hope the next few round will be a bit faster.

Here is our progress:


The addition to this one is the little scene showing my grandparents’ old house. Pieces of fabric from all the round robin quilt have been added. Can you identify them?

IMG_5811Fabulous feathers and an arrow have been added to this string quilt.


Stripes and circles were added here. This was my contribution and I would probably applique the circles if I did it again. I got a lot of practice with curves though!


The simplicity of the flying geese border helps to brighten up this piece.

More flying geese and teacups in the corners, partially obscured by a baby that refused to move. One of the teacups features the little red robin!


These flying geese bring out the triangle theme from the centre and continue to feature Kaffe Fassett fabric (always a favourite!).

I hope you enjoy the update on progress, and I hope the next instalment will take less time than 11 months!

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Unfinished Business

In my November post, I mentioned how I thought I had 10-15 quilting projects on the go. At the best of times I’m not the best at completing projects, but trying to navigate the new world of motherhood and working on my PhD has brought the number of quilts to finish to a whole new level. My mum challenged me to list all my unfinished quilts and to not start any new projects before finishing an old one. So, here is my list (in no particular order):

  1. ) Michael Miller Cotton Couture ChallengeIMG_5064

Started a few years and intended for a Modern Quilt Guild Challenge, this one is on my design wall and close to being finished. I wanted to try a lone star quilt, and this gave me a great opportunity to try!

2) Blue and Green curvesIMG_5065

Excited after learning about curves at a quilt guild meeting, I decided to used a set of blue and green solids to make this curvy quilt.

3) Jelly roll quiltIMG_5066

I won a jelly roll and had this yarn-dyed linen lying around so I just HAD to make something…

4) Foundation paper piecingIMG_5067

I love foundation paper piecing! I also wanted to design my own quilt. This is the result of those two thoughts.

5) KaleidoscopeIMG_5069

I love the idea of kaleidoscope quilts! So I started one and realized that I probably didn’t choose the greatest fabric for it. But I hope to salvage it!

6) Half-Square Triangle quilt


I wanted a new quilt for my bed.

7) Baby wall hangingIMG_5072

I wanted to make something for the baby. She’s almost one, so I will hopefully finish soon so it will actually have a chance to hang in her room!

8) English paper piecing 1 (Grandmother’s flower garden)


I wanted to try a project that I could take anywhere with me. This hexie quilt fit the bill! Here it is all-basted, mid-quilting. Since it was pieced by hand I wanted to quilt it by hand as well.

9) English paper piecing 2


Since I loved the first EPP quilt so much…

10) Crazy quilting with scrapsIMG_5074

I have tons of scraps and wanted to use them! Especially the pieces that are too small or weirdly shaped to keep for other projects.

11) Riley Blake Sashing Stash ChallengeIMG_5075

Boy, was this one a challenge! I was close to finishing it for the deadline, but just had too much schoolwork and had to give up before the end.

12) Pick-up sticksIMG_5077

Inspired by a block swap at the quilt guild. I love the bright colours!

13) Mini-quilt clubIMG_5079

I joined a mini-quilt club. This is the first of six; I haven’t started the other five.


This one was nearly completed in an afternoon from a mini-charm pack. Only a few inches of binding left!

15) Falling Leaves IMG_5082

This is a quilt I started awhile ago (I want to say 10 years?). I finally quilted it and now all that remains is the binding.

16) Rag quiltIMG_5083

I’m never doing one of these again. All I have left is clipping the edges, but it is so tedious and hurts my hand.

17) DisappointmentIMG_5085

I loved the pattern and I had a vision of the final product. But as it came together… the colours I chose didn’t end up as expected. And the number of points to piece together accurately became a chore as I realized how much I disliked the colour choices.

18) Block of the monthIMG_5086

My sister, mum and I all did a block of the month with our own colour choices. This was started a few years ago and none of us has finished. All that is left on mine is the binding!

19) Baby quiltIMG_5087

The piecing was ok, but the quilting didn’t turn out so well. It’s small and almost done so I might as well finish it.

20) CirclesIMG_5090

I had two layer cakes and a pattern! But my momentum slowed after some botched quilting.

21) Log cabinIMG_5091

A finished top for a lap blanket – ready to quilt!

22) Aiming for AccuracyIMG_5092

I did the Aiming for Accuracy quilt-along and use the extra fabric to start piecing the back (shown here in a messy pile).

23) AppliqueIMG_5094

I wanted to try some applique.

24) Modern Quilt Guild Triangle ChallengeIMG_5095

I cut the pieces using the template for the challenge. I got a few blocks done, but not by the deadline.

25) Baby shower quiltIMG_5096

This was only started a few weeks ago. I had guests at my friend’s baby shower decorate squares for a quilt.

26) Round RobinIMG_5098

This is my piece to work on this round for the round robin!

27) DiscoIMG_5101

Technically, this isn’t my unfinished project. I’m helping a friend make her very first quilt! But, it sits in my sewing room so I include it on my list.

28) Advent calendar paper piecingIMG_5102

This was obviously not completed during advent…

29) PlacematsIMG_5104

This is a gift for my friend. A wedding gift. She was married nearly a year ago, but I only have a few inches of binding left!

30) Rain drops


I had a couple of layer cakes and wanted to design my own pattern.


31) First quiltIMG_5103

These are the leftover blocks from my first quilt, started 15 years ago. This top is close to being done but I had some problems with the border and it needs fixing before being quilted.

So, there you have it! My list of unfinished quilts is a LOT longer than I expected and I admit to being a bit embarrassed about it. I will challenge myself to finish not one but two quilts before starting a new one. I hope to be down to single digits by 2025!

Thanks for reading!


p.s. My mum just reminded me about one more quilt!

32) Quilt for brother


Gift that sister and I have been working on. Close to completion!


Two Mysteries – One Solved and One beginning


It has been an exciting summer this year. We now have an added member to the Dionne Quiltuplets. My first granddaughter, Elizabeth, was born in July and I am so enjoying her and seeing her grow. She is our youngest member so far and she is definitely benefiting from all our craftiness.

To address the first solved mystery – last February, I posted about “My Stash” (and, yes , it is still growing.) At the end of the post, I mentioned that I had a fabric that  I really liked. What could possess me to use this piece of fabric when I knew that the recipient would probably never notice, and it would be thrown on the floor and washed many times?

Quilt Fabric

The gift was a hooded towel for my granddaughter.  I used this fabric for the binding. I had chosen the towel and the hood fabric and when I auditioned my fabrics for the binding, this was the best choice. I was only too happy to use it.



The pattern and instructions for this  hooded towel is found on the “Stitched in Color” blog (under tutorials, “Repurposed Hooded towel”).  I love how Rachel creates all kinds of colourful items. The only comment that I would add is to use a hand towel that is not too big, otherwise, you will have a huge hood.

And for the second Mystery – I have started a new mystery quilt. (I could write an essay on the UFO quilts that I have, but as long as my list is not as long as some of the other quilt  bloggers, I am happy.) I normally do not like doing mystery quilts as you can end up with something that you do not like. But in corasquilts.com blog, she describes the quilt as a bohemian, Moroccan, mosaic feel. She also shows another pattern that she  has created and mentions that the mystery quilt is most similar to that pattern.  ( I have admired that quilt before from Flicker)

I am using colours that are darker than the pattern calls for, but I wanted to use fabric from my stash.  And here is the confession, I had to get a bit more fabric so that I had enough of each colour. But I am really excited about this project. Every Friday night, I have the instructions for the coming week.  I am impressed so far, as the instructions are very clear.

The first week was cutting the fabric. There are 1325 pieces. The only change that I made was to keep the squares for the half square triangles whole instead of cutting them in two. P1030490

The pattern even includes letters for each type of square.


The second week was making squares (40) out of the half square triangles.


And having fun with the pieces. The pieces look purple/aqua so far, but my whole quilt is more in the fall colours.


There is still time to join this mystery quilt.


Thanks, Michele


My Stash!!

Yes, I am embarrassed to say that my stash is getting bigger despite my determination to only use my own fabric. Since December, I have gone to:

– A quilt store to pick up batting for my mother. While I was there, I saw so many original prints. They just hopped into by basket. I am also trying to build up my stash in the colours of which I have few. (Well, few depends on the beholder.) And what a selection of unique books!

– A big quilting fabric sale at a different shop.  I am planning on making another quilt for the cottage. This time, the colours are in the shades of water and sky. Despite the fact that blue is my favourite colour and thus the largest of my stashes, I actually needed a few more shades for my quilt.  (Yes, I did finish  my first quilt for the cottage last week. Today is very sunny but since the temperature is -28 C (-18 F), it will have to be a later post.)

– Yet a different quilt shop to pick up fabric for my sister. I was honestly doing her a favour. I seem to be low on plain fabric so this was a good chance to pick up some fabric with warmer colours. But alas, there was a sale on some fabrics.  I really did get a good price.

– Back to the second quilt store. I was just in to get a few fabrics for my challenge quilt. Oh, I have not told you about the challenge in our guild. Our guild is having a big quilt show in May and of course they need lots of quilts to display. One of the categories for display is the quilt challenge. This year, the challenge is that you can make any size and type of quilt you want (bed size, runner, wall hanging, clothes) but you need to include the participation of someone that does not quilt. I have heard from others and on blogs that you learn much from being pushed to do things that are not in your comfort zone. So, isn’t is great that I decided to take on this challenge! Well, back to my original reason for going to the quilt store. I needed to get some fabrics for this quilt. But when I got to the store, there was a big event that afternoon. Yes, there were several different areas displaying different quilting techniques. How cool is that! I even had to go home and come back with my daughter. Well, I was a happy shopper again.

If you have not noticed, I have a weakness for fabric. Beautiful fabric!!

Now to know me is to understand that I am very good at budgeting, saving and being organized in my finances.  So if you consider my stash as my bank account, you might also appreciate that I might hoard some of my more beautiful fabric, especially when I have a small piece. I tend to imagine that I will make something so beautiful with it, that the colours will inspire me and that the finished product will be wonderful. I think that I dream in Technicolor. Or perhaps, I should say technifabricolour!

The other day, I was working on a project that was not grand, that was going to be washed very often and that was probably not going to be admired a whole lot. I was auditioning quite a few fabrics. And then, I auditioned a fabric that I have been admiring and of course hoarding. I loved the colours of my fabric. This fat quarter was going to be the inspiration for a quilt. The cathedral window pattern, which I have yet to try, is one of my must try patterns. But over all, I saw much potential from this little piece. Hmm! Well I kept on auditioning fabrics, but kept on coming back to this fabric as it seemed to brighten up the project.

So here is my fabric. It might not be much to you, but I had a soft spot for it. So, I cut up in pieces. What would possess me use a fabric that I really liked for a something that was not grand?

Quilt Fabric

Stay Tuned!