Sunday, 29 March 2020

Free Pattern - Simple Comfort Lap Quilt


A simple to make quilt that makes a lovely gift
Simple Comfort Lap Quilt

The pattern for my Simple Comfort Lap Quilt is now available.
Simply click on the Free Pattern Page above for full instructions.

This fun little pattern is great for all skill levels and though written for Fat 1/4's it can easily be made from scraps.

You could eliminate the border for a smaller quilt or make it with as few as two fabrics for a totally different look.
Some of my long time students will be familiar with this pattern originally written in 2005 as the Six Fat 1/4 Baby Quilt.

I hope you enjoy making this quilt for yourself and for others.

A special request from me to you!


As you make this quilt for yourself why not make a second one to gift to one of our front line workers?

Our Doctors, Nurses, Care Workers, Pharmacists, Grocery Clerks, Gas Station Attendants and more are still on the job and working hard to help us through this very difficult time.
Many have felt the need to live separately from their loved ones to protect them from possible infection.
All are under a great deal of stress.
Let’s show them we care!

Please share your photos here and on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

A little gesture goes a long way





Thursday, 26 March 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #159


This weeks new Free Motion Quilting design is my way of offering a little diversion for you in these unsettling times.

What do you think this new Free Motion Quilting Design should be named ?


Comment below (here or on Facebook and/or Instagram) to suggest a name or vote for your favourite.


The winner will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday March 29 , 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).


And this designs new name is "Spring Hope".
This wonderful name was suggested by Jaynie Himsl of Regina Saskatchewan!


To stitch the design follow these steps.




Start point


1) Stitch one teardrop (feather) shape. 

2) Stitch a curved line inside the teardrop. 
This line should be about two thirds the length of the motif and echo the shape of the outside curve.


Stitch a curved line inside the teardrop shape
Re-stitch on top of your previous line to return to the start point.
This completes the first half of the motif.
Stitch back to the start point

3) Next stitch a curved line that echos the top edge of the teardrop shape.
Don't worry about being too exact. Just allow the design to flow.

Echo the top arc of the teardrop shape

4) Leave a little space between the lines to create a half moon shape and stitch back to the start point.

You have completed one full motif  repeat.


Stitch back to the start point to complete the motif


One complete motif

Stitch a continuing series of motifs to create the all over design.

To travel to the right start with a teardrop stitched to the left.
To travel left start with a teardrop stitched to the right. 

Please share photos of your stitch out of this design in the comments below.

Happy Quilting !

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #158


I.m wishing you all good health and happiness in these very unusual times💚

The naming of this new Free Motion Quilting Design came down to a tie.

The winner was chosen by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram) with some help from a random name picker on Sunday March 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).

This free motion quilting design is now called “Luck o’the Irish”.

Thank you and congratulations to Irene Harvalias of New Westminster B.C. for once again suggesting the winning name!

Monday, 23 March 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #157


Inspired by a seed pod this new Free Motion Quilting Design has been named.

The winner was chosen by popular vote (with a little help from a random name picker) on Sunday March 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).


This design is now called “Spirograph”.


Thank you and congratulations to Eleni Harvalias of Parksville B.C. for suggesting this winning name!


Don’t forget to share.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

It's time for a celebration!


Let's Celebrate 150 Free Motion Quilting Designs   

With A Free Giveaway          


We have so very much to celebrate !

Julies Name Game has turned three.
Over this time I have created and you have named 150 new Free Motion Quilting designs.
In fact I am about to post design #157.
Yet another milestone has been reached as

Julies Quilt Class has passed 25,000 views.

It’s time for a giveaway to thank you for your continued support!
It's free to enter... just follow these steps!


1) Follow this Blog, here or on Bloglovin

2) Share this post (Share buttons at bottom of post)

3) Comment below with the name and # of your favourite Julies Name Game design from 1 to 150

Additional entries for sharing your favourite designs original post. 

(Yes ... you can have more than one favourite!)

Follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram to receive an additional entry each. 
(Button on top left of this blog)

Still more ways to enter on Facebook and Instagram.

This fabulous prize will be awarded on March 31. 

Don’t delay, get your entries in today❤️


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #156


Inspired by the colors of Spring and my design number 150.
What do you think this new Free Motion Quilting Design should be named ?
Comment below, on  Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a name or vote for your favourite.


The winner will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday March 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).

After a close race and lots of wonderful suggestions this new Free Motion Quilting design has been aptly named "Spring Fling".

Thank you and congratulations to Cathy Crawford of Mill Bay B.C. for suggesting the winning name.

Classes available in both stitching and design.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Take a class from me at creativfestival West Abbotsford 2020

 creativfestival west

I have three fabulous one hour lecture/demo classes for you at creativfestival west in Abbotsford B.C.


                  Tiramisu, One Block Four Ways


One class only Friday March 27, 11:45 to 12:45

Tiramisu is a yummy layered dessert that though beautiful is super easy to make.



It’s also a fantastic complex looking but equally easy quilt block.

In this fun filled class I’ll teach you how to construct a basic Tiramisu block then show you how to create four completely different looks using the same block.

                                     Free pattern.







One Meter Challenge Quilt


Friday March 27 from 2:15 to 3:15
Or
Sat. March 28 from 9:15 to 10:15

How many times have you bought a single meter of fabulous fabric and then found it a challenge to find a pattern to use it?

In this lecture/demo I’ll teach you how to add a couple of coordinates, fat 1/4's  or even some scraps and create a small lap quilt, baby quilt, table runner or the start of something big. 

Free pattern.





More Tips and Tricks for Precision Piecing


Friday March 27 from 9:15 to 10:15
Or
Sat. March 28 from 10:30 to 11:30


Do you struggle with your 1/4 inch seam?

Do your points and corners seem to get away from you?

Do your blocks shrink or grow?

Are small pieces harder to sew with accuracy?

In this fun and fast paced lecture/demo I’ll show you a variety of easy ways to greatly improve your piecing skills.

The perfect class for beginning quilters to get off to a good start, experienced quilters who need a refresher and everyone in between.


Please Note !

This event has been postponed until further notice due to the current situation with COVID-19

My heartfelt wishes go out to to you all in these challenging times.