28 Jan 2017

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern

Spring can never come soon enough. Until it arrives, this pretty paper pieced Butterfly Garden block is bound to cheer you up. The finished block is 12" x 12" and the paper piece butterfly center block measures 7" x 7" when finished.

Buy this pattern at my Etsy Store

This is a very versatile block. It would make a lovely pillow for a sunroom or a girl's bedroom.

Create a pretty wall hanging for your spring décor or a sweet placemat.

Christmas Cactus Quilted Table Toppers

I first introduced this pattern this past summer and finally finished it. I really wanted to have it done before Christmas but other commitments took up a lot of my time during the holidays. The nice thing about this pattern is that it can be used year round because it's not too Christmassy.

These stunning quilted table toppers were inspired by the Christmas Cactus that blooms throughout the Christmas season. The pattern includes instructions for both versions shown below. Finished size for both versions is 26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm) and the finished block size is 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm). This table topper fits perfectly on a standard 42" round table.

19 Jan 2017

NEW PATTERN! Sweet Hearts Placemats for that romantic dinner for two

Are you planning a romantic dinner at home this Valentine's Day? Why not make you and your sweetie these cute quilted placemats for that special night? You'll need five Fat Quarters to make two placemats. Fusible appliqué makes this project simple and quick.

I'm so glad to have this pattern complete for Valentine's Day. I think these are adorable. They would add a nice personal touch to a romantic dinner at home.  Also, this is such an easy pattern to make. Just fuse the pieces together, quilt, bind and you're done.

The fabrics I used are North Woods - Felicity in Snow Cranberry and Felicity in Cranberry by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. They were perfect for this design.

North Woods Snow Cranberry by Kate Spain
North Woods - Snow Cranberry by Kate Spain

North Woods Felicity in Cranberry by Kate Spain
North Woods - Felicity in Cranberry by Kate Spain

I like how the little heart gives you a faux reverse appliqué look.

Sweethearts Valentine Placemat Pattern Detail

15 Jan 2017


Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!
Buy my Canadian Flag Banner pattern at
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This simple paper pieced pattern takes less than a day to make. Hang it in your window with pride this year, make it into a pillow, or use the paper pieced maple leaf block in a quilt.

Canadian Flag Banner Pattern

13 Dec 2016

Red Cardinal Mug Rug

This pretty Red Cardinal rug mug is quick to make and would be a great Christmas gift for the bird lover in your life. I love birds and came up with this quick little project for the holiday season. It measures 7" x 10" and the Red Cardinal block is 7"x 7". Combine it with a cute holiday mug and a packet of hot cocoa mix for a Hostess gift.

15 Nov 2016

Jam Pantry Wall Quilt: Free Pattern

Get a taste of something sweet with this pretty Jam Jar wall quilt. It would be perfect in a kitchen nook. I wanted my pantry to have a vintage feel, so I used a medium floral print in the background for "wallpaper." I think this adds interest to the design. I also took away a few jars to break up the rhythm and showcase the floral wallpaper. This pantry is stocked with my favourite jams, but there are many cool foodie fabrics that would work great for this quilt. Choosing the fabrics is half the fun.

Finished Block:  6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm)

Jam jar labels are included with the Jam Pantry quilt pattern

25 Sept 2016

New Job: Time to brush up on my time management skills

I haven't been able to post very much these days because I have a great new part-time job. Besides loving to quilt, I'm also a floral arranger. I love my job, but I'm now juggling my time between job, blogging, sewing, and housework. It's totally doable (I have no kiddies running around), but I really have to plan my time better for my sewing. I have a Halloween table runner on the design wall and on deck is a beautiful Christmas table topper.

Here are some of my floral design creations. It's been a long time since I did any floral work, but I'm starting to get the hang of it again, and I'm learning from some very talented designers at work.

happy face floral arrangement monica curry

basket floral arrangement monica curry

floral arrangement gerbera daisy monica curry

9 Sept 2016

I'm now a Connecting Threads Designer

I was so pleased to have my patterns accepted by Connecting Threads last week. I posted four of my best-selling patterns there and will be posting more very soon. Click the link below to check them out.

24 Aug 2016

10 Great Canadian Online Fabric Stores

10 plus Great Canadian Online Fabric Stores

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Hello Canadian quilting friends! When I first started ordering fabric online, I initially went to the US online stores because of the lower prices. However, I quickly learned that I wasn't getting much of a bargain. It didn't take me long to realize I was better off shopping at Canadian online fabric stores. In some cases, the fabric prices may be slightly higher, but the price you pay online in Canadian is the price you pay without the duties, exchange rates, and high shipping costs to worry about.

Shopping USA: Let's do the math . . . 
Shipping costs from the US can sometimes be outrageous. Also, you have to take into account the current Canadian/US dollar exchange rate and cross border duty charges

As of this post, the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar is around 1.30. That's right, right now our dollar is only worth around 0.70 cents compared to the US $1.00. This means when you shop US stores online, you're paying 0.30 cents more on the dollar for your fabric. For example, a fabric at $10 US will cost you $13 CAD, and $100 US can jump to $130 CAD! And that's before shipping costs and duty.

I still prefer to shop at my local stores, but below are 10+ Canadian online fabric stores including their shipping rates. This is not an exhaustive list. I add new stores periodically.

Canadian Online Fabric Stores

(Last Update: August 21, 2021)
NOTE: Shipping rates listed here are subject to change.

Along Came Quilting (Calgary, AB)
A very nice selection of fabrics.
Shipping: Canada Post rates according to weight.

Bibs and Boots Fabric and Apparel (Dinsmore, SK)
Modern baby fabrics and apparel.
Shipping: Canada Post rates according to weight.

Canadian National Fabric (N/A)
Good selection quality fabrics. You can also collect points on your purchases.
Shipping: $5 flat rate shipping anywhere in Canada.

Club Tissus (Laval, QC)
This shop has all the bases covered: quilting fabric, sewing notions, knitting, fabric crafts, etc.,
Shipping available to residents of Canada only
Quebec and Ontario ─ $12.
The rest of Canada ─ $15.
Remote areas within Canada ─ $50.
An additional fee of $10 per item will be added for packages with non-standard weight or size.

NEW Christina's Fabrics
FREE For Orders $75+ - Before Taxes
Flat Rate Shipping:
The Rest of Canada
Canada: Your estimated delivery time is 1-7 days.

Country Clothesline
(Toronto, ON)Shipping:
Shipping costs are calculated by Canada Post.
Free shipping over $150.

(Mount Brydges, Ontario)Good Selection of Wm. Morris cotton prints.
$1 - $25 - $10.00
$25 - $174 - $20
FREE shipping for orders over $175

Dinkydoo Modern Fabrics (Pitt Meadows, BC)
Very large selection of solids! Very nice selection of modern fabrics.
$8.99 flat rate under $99
FREE shipping for orders $99+

Fabric Spark (Toronto, ON)
$5 for orders up to $25
$8 to $11 for orders from $25 to $149
$150 and over - FREE

Flare Fabrics (Maberly, ON)
A lovely selection of batiks.
All Canadian orders under $20 get a flat shipping rate of $4.50
Ontario orders between $20.00 to $124.99 - $9.99
Quebec orders between $20 to $124.99 - $11.99
Rest of Canada orders between $20.00 to $124.99 - $13.99
All of Canada orders over $125 - FREE

Fridays Off Fabric Shop (Toronto, ON)
Has a nice selection of unusual modern prints.
Under $20 - $2.99
$20.01 to $45 - $5.95 flat rate.
$40.01 to $124.99 - Canada Post calculated shipping.
FREE shipping on orders over $125.

Hamels Fabrics (Chilliwack, BC)
Excellent, large selection of fabrics.
Starts at $5.50 depending on how much you spend.
FREE shipping on orders $200 or more.

Log Cabin Yardage (Pickering, ON)
They have a good fabric club that offers six fat quarters for $22.60/month (includes shipping).
$7 for orders up to $30.
$10 for orders between $30.01and $100
$15 for orders over $100.

Mad About Patchwork (Stittsville, ON)
Great selection of fabrics at reasonable prices.
Order less than $175 - 7.95
Orders over $175 - FREE

Mad Moody Quilting Fabrics (Pincourt, QC)
Free shipping over $100
Discount shipping for Canadian customers. (See website for details)

Paisleys Quilt Shop (Ottawa, ON)
Large collection of William Morris prints.
If you love William Morris fabric as much as I do, you will love this shop.
Shipping: Contact store for shipping rates.

Royal Quilts (Niagara Falls, ON)
Shipping: $5.99 flat rate shipping on all orders up to $99.
Once your order is at $100, your shipping is FREE

Runaway Quilts (Edson, AB)
$0 to $15.00 - $6.50
$15.01 to $50.00 - $12.50
$50.01 to $100.00 - $15.00
$100.01 to $200.00 - $19.50
$200.01 and up - FREE Shipping

Sew Creative Quilting (Mount Brydges, ON)
$0 to $25 - $10
$25 to $174 - $20
Over $175 - FREE

Sew Sisters (North York, ON)
Good selection of notions, batting, and interfacing. Excellent selection of clearance fabrics.
$0 - $19.99 - $4.99
$20.00 - $100 - $8.99
Over $100 - FREE

Stitch It Central (London, ON)
Very good selection of products for quilters and needlework crafts.
Shipping costs are calculated based on the product weight and the destination of the order. Shipping rates will be displayed during the checkout process.

Stitch-in-the-Ditch (Kelowna, BC)
Sells a variety of products for quilters.
Shipping: Shipping costs are based on actual rates charged by Canada Post.

Taylor Sewing (Brockville, ON)
Up to $200 will ship for a flat rate of $15.00 by Canada Post.
Online orders over $200 will ship FREE by Canada Post.

A wide variety of beautiful quilting fabrics.
Shipping: Shipping costs are based on actual rates charged by Canada Post.

The Quilt Store (Newmarket, ON, Burlington, ON)
Great selection of fabric, sewing notions, sewing machines, etc.
Orders up to 5kg - $10
International & Heavy Goods Shipping - Orders over 5kg - $20
Orders over 10kg may incur additional freight charges.

Thread Count Fabric (Souris, MB)
Nice variety of fabrics and beautiful canvas prints.
Orders over $99 - Free Shipping
Orders under $99 - Flat Rate $8.49
Beautiful modern fabrics. Monthly stash builders program. Good shipping rates.
$0.00 - $44.99 - $5.95
$45.00 - $150.00 - $9.95
$150.00 + FREE