Charmed by minis: mini quilt #1

I love mini charm packs! They are an inexpensive way to play with all the fabrics of a collection. I’ve started accumulating a little pile, so I’m experimenting with mini quilts as a way to use them.

I’ve also completed my first mini-quilt of this series. It’s not a new project (UFO #14) and the binding was sitting with a few inches to go for months. I started with a mini pack of Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection. After getting a layout I liked, I sewed pairs of squares to make rectangular four-patches.

Even though it’s a simple design, I like how it turned out!

Until next time!


HAPPY 2017!

I have been meaning to post for awhile, but didn’t realize how long it’s been until I went to make a post and realized I’d forgotten my password. Oops!

So with a new year, and a fresh start, I am once again making a resolution to post more frequently. By more frequently I mean once per month, but I’d like to eventually get new content on our blog weekly.

Without further ado, here is the update on my unfinished projects! I finished two projects, the rag quilt and placemats for a friend. I want to say I hated making the rag quilt. Making all those little cuts was tedious and hurt my hand, and all for a quilt that’s supposed to look like it’s made from rags!


Rag quilt – finished!


The other project I finished was a set of placemats for a friend who got married. I did quilt-as-you-go for each one and chose bright coloured fabrics to complement my friend’s very cheery personality.

To give the gift, I got inspiration from a jelly roll and use a simple white ribbon to show off the colours of the mats.

I’m happy to have finished these projects – now on to the other 30!!!


p.s. I wish everyone a happy 2017, and the best of wishes in getting to those UFOs!

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!


Round Robin 2

The second round has been completed! Check out what everyone has done! Sorry for the photo quality – these were all taken while at a family party 🙂


A little robin was added in the centre square at the top of this quilt!


This block is to be added to the shirt block – the hearts are made from ties. This quilt is especially meaningful to the Quiltuplets since it’s made from old shirts from my grandfather, who died in 2011 (mentioned in Michèle’s post from 2014).


I love how everyone added their own personality to the starting blocks. What will the next additions look like?


Round Robin

It’s been quite a few months since the last post (almost 8!). We’ve all been pretty busy with quilty and non-quilty things, but I have a few posts ready for the next few days. Today’s post is long overdue since it’s about a project we started in late 2015: a round robin. Each of the six quiltuplets prepared a block as the start of a new quilt which was passed on to the next person in the group. At each stage, we all add a bit to the quilt we’ve received with fabrics from the original block and pull some more from our own stashes (if needed). Everyone has a different style, so I can’t wait to see the end results!

Here is what we started with:

Check back later to see what happens after the first swap!

Getting back into the swing of things

After welcoming a new baby, it’s taken awhile to have enough time to sit down, sew and blog about it! I have about 10-15 projects on the go right now, but none are all that close to completion. I do have quick project to share: ankle bands to keep baby feet in the legs of their sleepers.


Little Lizzie kicks a lot and her feet have a tendency to find their way into the body of her sleepers. She gets very frustrated when the movement of her legs is restricted, so I come up with a solution to this problem! I used coordinating strips of fabric and a bit of velcro to make these little bands to keep her feet happy.

She likes to raise her feet in the air, which is great to show off her ankle bands!


She also likes to spend time on the floor on her new quilt, a special gift from the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild.


I’ve started having more of a daily schedule now, so I hope to post project updates soon! Until then,


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 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