Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Beautiful Backgrounds

I know the internet has been nothing but sales and marketing the past week. I'm tired of the bombardment, too. But I just have to share this rare offer from Oakshott with you, then I'll be done with advertising for a while.  I'm busy with Christmas present making here (so I can't really share because surprises are nice) and prepping for my last day retreat of 2016 happening this Saturday.  Oh, and I got my QuiltCon entries in yesterday a full 28 hours before the deadline, yay me! Did you enter any of your quilts?

If you've got any interest in adding a je ne sais quoi depth & texture to a special quilt by combining a gorgeous background shot cotton with other coloured shots or vibrant prints (think Liberty!), then now is the time to stock up. Oakshott is offering 20% off on 3m purchases (with code BRUNSWICK) of the following background shot cottons: White Sand, Vintage Silver (a personal fav), White Marble, Carmargue, Charcoal and Black. I love that they used my cute Variegated Threads quilt in the flyer image - that quilt uses Vintage Silver and Charcoal as alternating backgrounds. Fabric kits to make your own Variegated Threads quilt, complete with pre-cut charm squares, are available on the Oakshott site here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Shore Up Your Stash!

Here are some of the amazing promos that my partners here at Poppyprint are offering this weekend.

First up is Mad About Patchwork, an online retailer and brick & mortar shop near Ottawa, ON offering total sale discounts with the codes you see in the graphic below:

You can check out Daryl's specials at Fabric Spark online AND in their brand new brick & mortar location in Toronto, where there'll be hundreds of bolts priced to sell at $9.95/yd! Check the website for their address if you're going in person. If you plan to shop with a keyboard in your jammies, don't forget to use the code "YAY" for a 20% discount on your total online order


(midnight EST)





And for you Oakshott fans, they're offering shipping specials with individual discount codes depending on your home country. They've created gorgeous ombre colour bundles for gift-giving! Check them out here.

 A helping hand with your gift buying -
Free Shipping until Monday 28 November 9am UK time!*
US & Canada
Australia & New Zealand
Minimum spend
* Excludes Samples-only orders

Friday, November 18, 2016

Heartland Horoscope Pillow

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Heartland fabric blog tour organized by Amy on behalf of designer Pat Bravo and Art Gallery fabrics.  My post marks the end of the tour, but if you're just finding out about it for the first time here, then check out the other beautiful projects made with Heartland at these great blogs:

November 7 Debbie
November 8 Jess and Charise

November 9 Jade

November 10 Amanda
November 11 Kari
November 14 Stephanie
November 15 Christopher
November 16 Kerry
November 17 Nichole
November 18 Krista (you are here ; ))


Horoscope Pillow by Poppyprint

I decided to re-make my 24" Horoscope pillow pattern in a two-colour version using the Sapphire Sparkle Metallic for background and Honeycomb for the star points. I loved fussy cutting Trekant Rows for the binding (I think this is a fantastic print for binding and you effectively get three different colour options in one print: yellow, pink and dusky blue/grey) and the pillow is backed in Hus Hoot Gul in canvas.


Horoscope Pillow by Poppyprint

You can fussy cut 2 1/4" binding strips from the Trekant print! I chose to use the coordinating yellow prismatic row on my pillow (below).

Horoscope Pillow by Poppyprint

The prisms of Saphire Sparkle Metallic are printed with metallic silver ink that I had no trouble ironing from the right side. So good! I love the hand of Art Gallery fabrics - it's true that they really don't feel like other quilting cottons. The hand is more like a voile and it is gorgeous. I prefer to piece this fabric with a microtex needle as it is very finely woven.

Horoscope Pillow by Poppyprint

I stuffed my pillow case with a squooshy down-filled pillow form and gifted it to a special friend celebrating a milestone birthday recently.

Horoscope Pillow by Poppyprint

My pattern includes instructions on how to conceal your zip with an integrated flap. I much prefer this to an envelope closure that gapes open. The canvas owl print is excellent. The substrate is heavy and seems very durable compared to other fabrics called "canvas" from quilting fabric producers.  The canvas would be perfect for designer pillows, duffels, totes, zip pouches, box pouches, back packs...etc.  

Here's some great news! I have enough of the Hus Hoot Gul canvas leftover for someone to make their very own project, or back their own Horoscope Pillow! I'd love to share this with one of you (open internationally), along with a paper copy of my pattern. Just leave a comment below to be entered and I'll choose a random winner on the evening of Sunday, November 20. 

GIVEAWAY NOTE: I must be able to contact you. More and more comments are left on the blog by folks who do not have their email linked to their blogger ID (and I cannot respond to wordpress users at all). If I can't contact you with one click, I'll pick a new winner. Please check that you are not a "no-reply blogger" and remedy that, or leave your email addy in the comment written out like this: poppyprintcreates(at)gmail(dot)com.  Google "no-reply blogger" for info on how to check and steps you can take to change that status so that you can receive emails replies from blogs you comment on.

ETA: the giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sue, comment #11! I've emailed you.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Stuff Your Stocking This Year!

The elves at Sew Sisters are lining up treats of all kinds for quilters naughty OR nice! This fun event includes the shipping in your registration fee of only $10. Every day from December 1 - 7th, you'll receive an email outlining the special deal exclusively for Stuff  Your Stocking subscribers. If you like what you see, make the purchase that day.  All of your purchases will be held and shipped together after December 9th.  Last year, I stocked up on a variety of Aurifil thread colours on small spools at a killer price!

  What are you waiting for ?

NOTE: if none of the daily deals sent to your inbox appeal to you and you make no purchaes, then your $10 will be fully refunded at the end of the event! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Just popping in to share a proper photo of my newest little quilt, Mojito. I'm having such a fun time creating these little abstract improv quilts in preparation for my exciting new workshop Speed Date with Improv.   I took this little quilt out and about the other day during a rare couple of hours of dry weather.

Mojito by Poppyprint

It may be a small quilt (20" x 21 1/2"), but there are 7 different improv piecing techniques packed into it's making, plus the jigsaw puzzle piecing of the units together into a fun little composition using joining strips and leftover trimmings. Can you see all of the arrows? For me, the fun of the design wall work here is to find places where colours merge to create interesting shapes and add visual energy to the piece. I love the vessel shape created with the quarter circles in the upper right corner; it really reminds me of mid-century modern graphic design. The collage nature of this work really appeals to me. I'm really looking forward to debuting this class with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild later this month.

We are into November, so that means my annual 5-day retreat to Loon Lake is upon us. Tomorrow I'm off to the woods with 27 other quilters to enjoy days of sewing, eating & laughter. Yippee!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

28 days of rain and other things...

Fact: it rained 28 days in Vancouver during the month of October. Know what that means for sewing bloggers? Lots of sewing time surrounded by Very Little Chance for Decent Photography. So, in order to stay in touch with you here, I'm going to break a personal rule and publish some sketchy iphone photos. I try to only use good quality, well-lit photos taken with my Nikon on the blog.  It pains me to do otherwise, but I have been making and teaching and doing fun things that I want to share, so here goes.

First up, last weekend I made this super cool leather tote at a workshop with Riley at Lonsdale Leather in Vancouver. It was a 3-hour evening workshop with 7 students and everyone had a completed bag in well under 3 hours. We were able to choose pretty much whatever leather we wanted from the warehouse, so I went with this distressed grey that is rather unique. I love the neon waxed poly thread for the hand-stitching! Patterns were provided by Riley. We learned how to cut out with an x-acto knife, glue our seams, mark our stitch lines and holes with a perforating roller, punch the holes, stitch the seams and rivet the handles on. I love my new tote!


The weekend before, I was very fortunate to be a teacher at the Denman Island Creative Threads Conspiracy. I re-connected with several women I hadn't seen in a long time, several of whom I had no idea would even be there! How fun. We did my Structural Improv workshop with gorgeous results. I always enjoy introducing traditional quilters to the concept of improv and designing-as-you-go with pieced units. 

There were about 5 or 6 concurrent workshops all running in the community hall within "classroom" spaces created with hanging quilts as walls. I wasn't sure how all that was going to work out, but it was super inspiring and fun to see what everyone else was teaching and making. I was especially thrilled to see two older gentlemen in the beginning sewing class, sitting together in the back, consulting their machine manuals.  A couple of my friends took a 2-day indigo dying & shibori workshop with gorgeous results (see one of Rossie's pieces below)!

I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 days on this small island, surrounded by a caring, creative community. I was well-fed with local organic produce and hosted in a super cosy island home by the Conspiracy co-ordinator and her ceramic artist partner. We were treated to a presentation by the Llama Lady one night and learned all about her herd of Llamas and Alpacas and the gorgeous fibre they produce. 

Here are the fantastic women from my class with their works in progress!

My friend Rossie's indigo dying results from a workshop at the Denman Island Creative Threads Conspiracy, October 2016

I managed to complete a second class sample for my new Speed Date with Improv workshop coming to several modern guilds this winter/spring. This one is called Mojito; for now you just get a glimpse of one corner and the facing. A full frontal pic will have to wait for some natural light.


I also finished up this special table runner for days that my stitch group, the Gathered Threads, come over! I used the same pattern as my Variegated Threads quilt (available in my Craftsy shop here) except that I sewed 7 spools side by side. I love it on my rustic pine dining table; the Oakshott fabrics are so vibrant. I'll be teaching this as a workshop this coming weekend for the Blue Mountain Quilter's Guild and I can't wait to see how the students like working with their custom Oakshott kits!

Variegated Threads Table runner. Pattern available in my Craftsy shop, search for "Poppyprint" on the Craftsy homepage.

Kathleen Riggins was in town recently and did a trunk show of beautiful quilts and longarm quilting at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. The next morning, I took a 1/2 day "marking for free-motion quilting" class with her at Stitch and Bobbin, my LQS. I learned a couple of cool infill and grid marking ideas that may or may not make it onto a quilt at some point. I enjoy practising on small sandwiches, but am a little intimidated to try ideas like this out on a big quilt. 


This afternoon I covered a wooden TV table tray to make a portable ironing surface for retreat. I might not have given my choice of cover enough consideration...the not-to-subliminal messaging could prove hazardous to my bottom line! I think the word CHOCOLATE is visible no fewer than 8 times!


My final tidbit of news is that I'm knitting!! I just finished a Boneyard Shall  and I absolutely love it knit up in Malabrigo yarn that I purchased on sale at Knotty by Nature in Victoria last spring. I know that I will make more of these because it was super enjoyable to do and very fast, too. Photo if the sun ever comes out again....

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Quarter Round Ombre

While creating this quilt for the RJR Fabrics What Shade RU blog tour, I did a little test on the ombre idea and made this Quarter Round version.

Quarter Round Ombre by Poppyprint

Like this one, I consulted my colour wheel for binding suggestions and since blue-green loves red-orange, I went for it! It's pretty zingy. I like it.

Quarter Round Ombre by Poppyprint

It is quilted with Aurifil 40 wt white and 50 wt teal thread. I'm still trying to decide if the rumours are true and a walking foot isn't necessary when quilting straight lines on the Juki. I tried this one without walking foot and there was some drag, even with the presser foot pressure on the lightest setting. This was spray basted and I stitched the ditch of the horizontal and vertical centre seams to stabilize before I started the closely spaced lines (which I did every third or fourth line, then went back and filled in the spaces between). I think I'm going to stick with using the walking foot in future.

Quarter Round Ombre by Poppyprint

Instructions for both Quarter Round and the larger 16-block Round Peg, Square Hole quilt are included in my pattern available on Craftsy (link up there in the upper right side bar). You'll also find a colouring page in the pattern that you can use to try out  your own colour blocking for secondary patterning.  If you're looking for some patterns to kick off your fall sewing, Craftsy has a promo on at the moment to save $5 on a $25 purchase using code FRESHLOOK25.

If you're celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, have a wonderful time with family and friends! Pumpkin pie....mmmmmmm.