Tag Archives: Spring

A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time Table Topper Pattern

Using Northcott Fabric reminiscent of all things sewing, quilting and vintage, this table topper is an ode to the warm feeling we get when we think of our time spent at the sewing machine in absolute bliss! Read more in our Spring 2017 issue. Download the PDF pattern now. Designed by Elaine Theriault crazyquilteronabike.blog

Afghan Scraps Cushion Tops

Afghan Scraps Cushion Tops Pattern

Last fall, after 3 years, I finally completed an afghan that was made in “crayon colours”. When it came to the outside border, I added more yarn for the border so I could make better use of the fabulous center colours by incorporating a customized colour-block design. When I still had yarn scraps in all […]

Cabled Leftovers Neck Roll

Cabled Leftover Neckroll Pattern

What to do with leftover yarns? One of my favourite ways to used up leftover yarn is to combine it with a skein of yarn I wasn’t able to resist at my local yarn shop. Adding leftover yarn is fairly easy as a concept, but finding the right pattern can sometimes be a challenge. I […]

Fabric ratios for smocking and other applications

Fabric ratios for smocking and other applications 2

Judith Marquis explains the smocking ratios for different fabrics. Photos include 6 different smocking ratios using soft batiste, broadcloth, flannel, and 21 wale corduroy. Excellent article for those wanting to further their sewing, dressmaking and smocking skills! Read more in our Spring 2017 issue. Download the PDF pattern now. Designed by Judith Marquis www.amberlane.ca

Fun with Pyramids

Fun with Pyramids Pattern

The stitches used in the samples are common, but the beauty of these little treasures is that it allows us to explore other stitches with quick gratification and very little risk. Make your own design, perhaps a little cottage, a miniature garden, or little fish, whatever it is – make it your own and have […]

I am Scrapped

I am Scrapped Pattern

Here’s a fun quilt that will help you reduce your stash of leftover fabric pieces. The fabrics you use will give your quilt a totally different look: make it grunge, make it vintage, make it traditional, or as in this case, make it modern. Reducing your stash and exploring the stained glass effect, bonus! Read […]

Spring Curves

Spring Curves Pattern

Let your inhibitions go with this free form curved piecing technique. Before you begin with your masterpiece, you may find it helpful to practice the methodology using some scrap fabrics to perfect the technique. Try using different widths for the curved pieces, you may prefer to make the pieces a consistent width from top to […]

Odds and Ends Tags

As stitchers, we always have leftovers. There is fabric and threads that remain after a project and there’s not enough for another project. This project involves using up those leftovers. They can be a gift tag, Christmas ornament (small enough and flat to fit inside a card), key tag, etc. You can put them back […]


Over the years designer Jo Gatenby has collected sayings and quotes from a number of people – many of whom are celebrities. If you’re familiar with Jo’s work, you know she has used many of these quotes in a variety of designs, but this one is the first in this style – with the attributed […]