Book Review: Quilt Traditions

Hi there:

I'm super excited to review Quilt Traditions by Devon Lavigne. Devon is a quilty friend and what's more, we both share the same birthday! Not the same year, of course, but we are both Leo gals. 

Devon has recently released Quilt Traditions and the projects in the book feature her amazing piecing skills. Unlike me, Devon is a piecing type of gal: I'm more of a raw edge appliqué type of quilter. This is okay though because I was able to help Devon out with a bit of appliqué on The Oath, one of the beautiful quilts in Quilt Traditions. 

Quilt Traditions features mostly pieced projects of a larger size: no table runners or mug rugs in this book. Devon uses a variety of techniques, including paper piecing and templates, to create the quilts in Quilt Traditions. This is a great way to learn a new technique or improve your piecing skills. Many of the projects also lend themselves to using fabric scraps, which I'm sure most of you have (or am I the only one with overflowing scrap bins?!). 

To learn more about Quilt Traditions, watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

Devon and I are just putting the finishing touches on a project that I'm really exciting to be involved in. It's not quite ready for release yet, but I promise I'll tell you all about it on Monday, so check back with me then.



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Quick No Sew Project for Canada's Sesquicentennial

Hi everyone:

Still haven't finished that project to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday (or sesquicentennial, if you are able to pronounce it!)? I've got you covered!


Use some background fabric, a few fabric scraps and embellishments with the Multi-Purpose Quilt Spray to create a no sew wall hanging. This is such a simple and easy project, that you may want to make several of them. The best part is how fast it is to whip up.

Here's what you'll need:

  • a piece of background fabric - you choose the size
  • some Canadian appliqués - I chose to cut out some maple leaves with my Artistic Edge digital cuter, but you can choose any motif that says "Canada" to you
  • some embellishments, such as ribbons or other trims
  • a piece of dowel or curtain rod to use to hang your new project

Once you've assembled your materials, decide on your design by arranging your items on the background fabric. Once you have determined your design, affix the items to the background fabric using the Multi-Purpose Quilt Spray. If you don't already have the recipe for this amazing, easy to make spray, you can get it here.

To see how this all comes together, you can watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

I'd love to see your creations, so post your photos in the Comments below or send them to

I hope you enjoy a fantastic Canada Day!



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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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