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14 Mar 2016

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern

The cold Canadian winters can be trying, but they can also beautiful. When conditions are right, ice crystals form on the tree branches (called hoar frost) and it's a sight to see; it's truly magical. And in the sunlight, the snow takes on a gorgeous blue cast.

My favourite thing about this block is that it's Jelly Roll friendly. The strips required are 2-1/2 inches wide. So, if you have any Jelly Roll scraps hanging around, this could be the block for you. It's quick to make and a great project for quilters new to foundation paper piecing.

Blue Frost Quilt Block

Blue Frost Quilt Block by Monica Curry



11 Mar 2016

Easter Egg Table Topper


Get hopping and cheer up your table this Easter with this sweet Easter Egg table runner. My cheery table runner pattern is ready just in time for Easter. I love the Easter colours. They remind me that spring is finally around the corner. This table runner/topper measures 22" x 16" (55cm x 40cm) and could also be used as a placemat or a cute wall hanging. The kids are sure to love it.
Easter Egg Table Topper by Monica Curry
Easter Egg Table Topper Pattern by Monica Curry

2 Mar 2016

How to Make Your Own Quilt Ruler Grips

How to Make Your Own Quilt Ruler Grips

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You can easily make your own quilt ruler grips in a few easy steps. I recently bought a couple of new quilt rulers, but I didn't think to get any quilt ruler grips. Also, the ones on my other rulers are starting to wear out a bit. So, wanting to pinch a penny, I decided to make my own ruler grips. They're really simple to make and you most likely have everything you need at home to get started.

YOU WILL NEED
  • 1/2 inch double-sided tape 
  • *220 fine-grit sandpaper. 
  • an old pair of scissors (or utility knife)
*Don't use anything higher than 220 grit because it won't grab, and don't use anything lower than 180 grit because it could damage delicate fabrics.

      Supplies Needed to make Quilt Ruler Grips


      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Stick a strip of the tape on the paper side edge of the sandpaper.

      Quilt Ruler Grips - Step 1

      2. With scissors or utility knife, cut along the side of the tape to make a strip of sandpaper. Do this over some old newsprint to catch any loose sand. I made a couple strips for future use.

      Quilt Ruler Grips - Step 2

      3. Cut 1/2 inch squares from the strip.

      Quilt Ruler Grips - Step 3

      4. Peel the tape paper off to expose the sticky side and stick your grips to the back of your quilt ruler.

      Quilt Ruler Grips - Step 4