Jelly rolls (and other baked goods)

As I mentioned in a long-ago post “Peanut Butter Jelly Roll” I have been tempted by gorgeous jelly rolls – unfortunately after picking up a cheap roll at a non-fabric store, I went shopping for an actual jelly roll at a quilting shop.  The first shop I popped into – doesn’t carry jelly rolls at all!  I went into the second, and the selection was less than impressive, but I came out with two rolls and some coordinating fabrics.  We’ll see how these work….

Jelly rolls

The fabric is by Moda, and it’s called Basicgrey/eva. (Or, apparently it’s “Eva”, designed by BasicGrey, and distributed by Moda…) I also picked up coordinating fabrics from a collection called “Paws for thought” by Benartex.

Some examples

Here’s a heart quilt using this Jelly roll on Flickr

Stef blogged about her sampler quilt using this roll too.

KISSED Quilts posted this quilt made from a Charm Pack with the same fabrics rather than a Jelly Roll.

Alison made this Seville quilt using the roll too.

Heather designed this little “toe warmer” quilt from a charm pack.

Jen also used the same fabrics for her quilt too.

Stay tuned to see what I end up making…..

More holiday crafting

Although I obviously did my holiday crafting in advance of the holidays, I didn’t want to post this until after my gifts had been given. 

Our family is very much a dog-family… sometimes I wonder what we’d all talk about if it weren’t for the silly, funny, annoying, and cute things all of our dogs do.  Of course this also means that the dogs all get holiday gifts (even when the people decide not to exchange gifts…)

This year for all five of the dogs in our extended family (two belong with one uncle and aunt, and another with a different uncle and aunt, and then two more are mine…) I made super-soft, cute and cuddly flannel blankets.  We won a similar blanket two years back at a dog event, and it has become a favorite of our dogs (which is a bit of a pain, since there is one blanket and two dogs…) plus it’s heavy enough that my play-centric dog doesn’t bring it out to shake nearly as much as he does with the fleece ones.

Front and reverse of the blue blanket

For my dogs and the one only-child dog I made grey and black blankets, while for the other two I made blue ones with more of a holiday theme.  I figured that even if they don’t go with home decor, they would still make good car blankets to reduce the amount of dog hair on the car seats.

One side of the blanket is smooth, while the other is fluffy – caused by the fraying of the fabric in the washer. The blankets are also really soft and warm. I’m actually HOPING to make something similar for myself, (In a larger version of course!)  and apparently these blankets are great for babies because they love to grab onto the texture of the fluffy side.

Inspiration at Creative Stitches


As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended this year’s Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive! trade show – and I’ve already discussed some other elements of the show, but there were a few other photos I didn’t have a chance to share, that I thought I’d toss up for inspirations sake.

Three-dimensional poppy wall-hanging from Veronica’s Sewing Supplies which I really liked – though I didn’t end up getting the pattern or the kit.  I had already picked up a few other things, and I was trying to show some restraint with ‘new projects’. (Since I already have so many on the go…)


I think that this pretty Elk pattern was from The Sugar Pine Company (located in Canmore) although I could be wrong…


This one is called Monarch of the Valley, and it is of an elk – they also had a bear, a buffalo, and another elk as well.  (Click here for a shop selling this pattern – no recommendation intended – just one I found online since the Sugar Pine Co. didn’t seem to have it on theirs.)  I liked this mostly because of the black outlines around the element – I am guessing that several of the pattern pieces is cut out of black and then the fabric – with then the fabric cut slightly narrower – so that when layered on top of the black, an outline of black shows around each of those selected elements.

In Carola’s class on texture, she also brought out starfish, and the example below. Time was running short when we were in the workshop, so I didn’t get the chance to see it up close, but instead saw it in her booth later on.
The starfish were each sewn, slashed and stuffed, the quilting was done on “ugly” (her words) hand-dyed fabric resembling mucky water along the shoreline, and turned-and-stuffed pebbles as well.
The seaweed in this piece was made the same way she made the moss in the texture example art quilt that we spent the most time on in the workshop itself.  (By stitching with quilt-weight thread on several layers of wash-away stabilizer in a repeated pattern to build up the thread before washing out the stabilizer and then attaching the ‘seaweed’.



Steampunk hat

In the scrapbook area, there was a shop booth that had this awesome steampunk mannequin – made almost entirely from paper-crafting supplies! The outfit included a corset and bustle skirt, but what I really liked was the hat!

Steampunk hat

Decorated with gears, flowers, and goggle,s what I really loved about the hat was the huge scrapbook chipboard ‘clock’.


I found cogs similar to the chipboard clock…

clock faces

… and then also found the clock too.  Such a cool idea I’d love to try to replicate it – but… eh. I didn’t bother picking this up, again trying to show some restraint in the new-project-file.  I have so many projects on the go – including hats… that I didn’t want to add this – especially since the chipwood would restrict the wearing of the hat – being paper and all.  Plus, I think I know where I can get the chipboard clock faces (or the cogs if I wanted to go that way instead…) if I decide to attempt to do something similar in the future.

So.. that’s pretty much it in terms of the inspiration from the Creative Stitches show – and the last post I’ll have for the show (at least for this year!)

So… feeling inspired means I should have some completed projects to post at some time.. right?

Quilt examples at Creative Stitches

So earlier I wrote about the Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive! trade show in mid/late October and some general thoughts.  I then showed off some of the examples from one of the workshops I attended.

I didn’t mention that there were also two displays at the show of completed quilts in a sort of competition/exhibition.  One was all full-sized quilts (with a theme of patriotism or military or Canadiana I’m not sure exactly…) and I’ll admit that I wasn’t especially inspired by them, so I didn’t take any photos.  The other was more of an art-inspired, textile exhibition.  I found some of them really nice, and took a few photos.




Like the Sunflower quilt that Carola showed us – this one was most likely made by discharge (bleach).  I think that the artist/quilter started off by custom-dying the background fabric in the gradation from green to yellow to orange to rust, and then used a stamp or something to bleach out a few leaves “falling” down to the ground.

Notable is that the leaves do vary in size, but the largest leaves are near the bottom while the smaller ones are towards the top.  This gives the impression of distance.  The boldest quilting seems to be a wind blowing down, while the background filler quilting is geometric.

This quilt is called “Blown into my yard III” and is by Margie Davidson from Edmonton, Alberta.

She writes ” Having grown up in Ontario the memory of vivid red and orange maple leaves is a part of me. Maple leaves are my favorite leaves to sunprint with when I am painting fabric. But a maple tree is rare here in Alberta where I have lived for half my life. I seek them out.  My neighbor has one. The next closest, a silver maple is 20 blocks away. I am always delighted when the maple leaves from that neighbor’s tree are blown into my yard.”

(I suppose that means that rather than discharge, this is a sunprint?)



The next quilt is called Crows and Crabapples and is by Emilie Belak from Grand Forks, BC.

She writes “A crabapple tree in front of the dining room provides beauty and entertainment year round. the crows occupy a linden tree by the compost bin watching for the daily scraps. Combining these two seemed like fun. Crows are definitely not unique to British Columbia and you might have multitudes of your own. Let my crows span the distance gap from west to east and bring you smiles and cheer.” 


I like the imagery of the crows, and the bright pops of red along with the dark brown branches and dark birds is very bold against the varied blues of the background.  I really like the background itself too – it looks so subtle from a distance, but up close you can see that it is loads of little rectangles all lined up and appliqued (fused) and stitched down to the background to create one layer of quilting on top of which the applique is added.



The next quilt I really like, but can’t even imagine reproducing in any way – it is called “Kanaka Creek Sunset” and it is by Vivian Kapusta from Maple Ridge in BC.

She writes “Kanaka Creek is named for the Hawaiians who worked across the Fraser River at Fort Langley.  The pilings were used at the turn of the century to tie up log booms by the Abernathy and Lougheed Railway & Logging Co. The Kanaka Park is one of my favorite walks along the banks of the Fraser.”

With the lighting in the room I wasn’t able to get as good of a shot of this as I would have liked to really represent what it looked like.  Basically it seemed as though the quilt was as much a quilt as it was painting with thread.  The sunset in particular was really well done (and really blown out in the photo so you can’t really see it at all… ) with all of the yellow threads coming from the ‘sun’ in the centre.

Looking at the details- it also looked like the fabric was more dyed and painted than pieced, which was kind of cool, and an interesting way to reproduce the image.

Milky Way

The final quilt that I really liked and took a photo of (there were many more quilts than just this, but only a few that I really liked) is called Too Far Away by Pat Findlay from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The exhibition was put on by the Fiber Art Network of Western Canada, and represented artists/quilters from Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Milky Way

About Too Far Away, Pat writes “…In this piece I have focused on the most obvious image in the night sky – the Milky Way – and one image that is seen in the same way throughout the world.  I have futhur tried to include many generations of man, by including the oldest religious symbol know – the triple spiral, which has been adopted and used by many belief systems in our history.” 

The triple spiral is used in the background quilting of the piece, and in addition to beading the piece extensively (I would suggest that the beading is creating the “art” of the piece much more so than the quilting…)  the artist also used silver paint to expand the “milky way’ around from just the beads.

The eye is really drawn to the one very large glass piece which is not a bead I suppose – as it is sort of couched onto the quilt with silver threads, and framed in small white beads (possibly hiding the base of the silver threads?) Some of the larger white circles might also be buttons instead of beads, since they seem to be flat.  This is actually something that I think would be a lot of fun to try to reproduce.  It sure would be fun to collect all of the beads!

Milky Way

Shopping at Creative Stitches

So earlier I wrote about the Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive! trade show in mid/late October.  I didn’t include my shopping in that post because it was already getting pretty lengthy – so I figured that I would include some of the photos here.

Steamtrunk Craftworks


One of the first shops I stopped at was Steampunk Craftworks, from Surrey BC. Here I picked up a bunch of skull beads (to add to the collection of skull beads?).  Oddly enough, the beads at the show were $.83 for the large ones (in a set of three) and $.50 for the small ones (in a set of five).  On their website, the large ones are $.93 (in a set of seven) and $.65 for the small ones (in a set of ten). So… I guess I got a good deal?

I also got  some skull and crossbone ribbon (also a collection?) which is black with silver (and a white outline) I don’t love that the skulls go right-side-up and upside-down, but I’m sure I can find something to do with it!

Finally I also got some satin leaf ribbon in green and brown. This is the kind that is shaped and basically created by heat-cutting the shape, so you get a great shape, that doesn’t fray or need to be hemmed in any way. I saw this becoming something like a hair wreath or something.   (The photo below isn’t great – but you get the idea of what it looks like… )

leaf ribbon

Sugar Pine Quilt Company

grey flannelette

The next shop I went to was a quilt shop called The Quilt Patch where I first saw a few very simple flannelette quilt that I really liked the colours of.   (Dark blues, greens and greys with black sashing.) They had a package of the decorative fabrics (not the black for the sashing) in a multi-pack.

I made a note of the multi-pack to go back later if I didn’t find anything better in that theme – and did go back near the end of the day – but when I got there I saw a pile of greys instead, which I thought would go a lot better with the grey flannelette that I had bought the previous weekend.  But…. I’m not sure if it will.

I figure that if it doesn’t match (I haven’t actually checked yet at the point of writing this…) that maybe I could just go with the pack as it is – and then add in the black for the sashing, and perhaps a highlight/contrast/pop of colour.  I thought red would be nice, but then as I was heading to the cash register, I saw a multi-pack of plums, and although the fabric itself was wrong (quilting cottons instead of flannelette) I thought that the colour would be great.

Again, the photo isn’t fantastic, but it gives at least an idea of the colour I am thinking of, and a general idea of how they might look together.  So… now it’s just a matter of first – finding the grey flannelette that I bought up in Edmonton and see how these would work with it – and after that… seeing if I can find any plum flannelette instead!

possibly plum?

Scrapbooking shop



For this next item, I’m not actually sure of the name of the shop I got it in – they didn’t give me a receipt or a bag, and their price sticker doesn’t have a shop name either.  I think it MIGHT have been The Paper Box – but their website is only a blog.. which doesn’t help either.

This is a tiny lantern from the Tim Holtz collection.

I’m actually a bit disappointed in this one… I don’t quite know what I thought it was in the package – but I didn’t see the electrical cord, and thought that the battery for this tiny little lantern would be like a watch battery, and that the on-off switch was hidden by the way the lantern was packaged.  (Need a better photo? Here it is on a shop site.)

Instead, it has a brown cord which runs to a double-A battery pack.  A very large and cumbersome battery pack.  Which is incredibly hard to open (it doesn’t have a latch, rather the two pieces are just shoved together, and thus need to be pried apart with a butter knife…) and worse still – the battery pack doesn’t have an off-on switch! According to this website – the light will glow for about three days if left on.

I had hoped to do something interesting with this – but with the ugly battery pack, and the annoying cord, and the lack of on-off switch, I really can’t see me using this in the way I had hoped.  So, now to either adapt my idea and plow forth anyways – or to find an entirely different use for this all together.

Bears & Bedtime


The final item I picked up was just a plain teddy bear nose from Bears & Bedtime – this felt like a somewhat silly purchase, weighing in with tax at $.26, but there was nothing else there that I needed or wanted.  (I did take a look at a pattern for needle felting, but it wasn’t needed..) This is HOPEFULLY going to be used in a project I have upcoming – though I haven’t done anything else to start on the project, other than get it started in the research, planning, sketching and inspiration phases…

… and you?

If you attended the show, what did you buy? What workshops did you attend?