Placemats for Canada's 150th Birthday

Hi everyone:

This is a post especially for my Canadian subscribers, although anyone will enjoy making this project, I'm sure. 

There is still time to create a project to celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial. While many quilters are making large quilts to commemorate this once in a lifetime occasion, I decided to keep it a little smaller and made some Canada 150 placemats. Quick to make and practical to use!


This project will be in Janome Canada's Look Book in the future, but I wanted you to have this pattern while there is still time to make it before the big day (July 1).

These placemats use a quilt-as-you-go technique for quick constructions. You'll just need a background fabric, a few additional fabric strips and a small piece of fabric for the maple leaf appliqué. Click here to get the FREE instructions to make the Canada 150 placemats. Make 1, make 4 or make as many as you need!


I hope you'll share your version of these placemats by posting a photo in the Comments below or by sending them to



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Book Review - Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

I love free motion quilting and am always looking for a good book to add to my quilting library all about this topic. I've found one in Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 by Lori Kennedy.

You may already follow Lori's blog, The Inbox Jaunt, where she shares information and free motion quilting designs. (If you aren't familiar with her blog, you should check it out). In Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 Lori shares many of her free motion designs and provides lots of information on free motion quilting. 

One of my favourite things about this book, other than the amazing content, is that the book is ring bound. This allows you to lay the book out next to your sewing machine and use it as reference as you stitch out one of the over 60 designs in the book. Very handy!

The book is divided into sections based on the shapes of the designs, making it easy to find a swirl-type design or one that uses another shape, such as a leaf. Due to the type of information in the book, you would expect, and hope for, lots of reference photos - and this book has those. Lori stitches out her designs on solid colour fabrics so it is easy to see the design details. 

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see more about Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.

If you want a good reference book on free motion quilting, you will want to get your own copy of Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.

Do you love to do free motion quilting too? Leave me a comment below as to your favourite type of free motion design.



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Unloved and Unappreciated: Finding the Hidden Value in Vintage Sewing Machines

Unloved and Unappreciated: Finding the Hidden Value in Vintage Sewing Machines

If you've been following my blog, you've probably seen just a few blogposts about vintage sewing machines lately as well as FREE downloadable information. You may also have noticed my post on Monday telling you about my exciting news: I've just launched a new online program called Unloved and Unappreciated: Finding the Hidden Value in Vintage Sewing Machines.

Still Waiting To Buy Your First Vintage Sewing Machine?

Still Waiting To Buy Your First Vintage Sewing Machine?

I’ve created a program, Unloved and Unappreciated: Finding the Hidden Value in Vintage Sewing Machines, which explains the 4 steps to evaluating, acquiring, repairing and using a vintage sewing machine. This program will take you step by step through each of these 4 stages to ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to purchase your first, but hopefully not your last, vintage sewing machine.