Sweet Sawtooth Basket Baby Quilt

Nawal was born on July 1st to a very happy colleague of mine, and she is the absolute sweetest thing! With her in mind, I found a cute baby pink print with the sweetest birds and flowers, and decided to mix it with Kona natural and some other fabrics. From my stash I’ve found quite a few prints that were leftovers from the Bright and Bubbly quilt that work nicely.

Here’s a list of what I’ve used so far:

  • Kona Natural
  • Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit (bright orange)
  • Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit (blue/green)
  • Hot Blossom by Josephine Kimberling for Robert Kaufman
  • Fanciful Flight by Hoffman Fabrics
  • Freebird by Momo for Moda

I’m starting to get the hang of EQ7. Its a really great tool for realizing ideas, and for documenting the design process. Its also quite practical, especially for fabric calculation, and printing templates and fabric shopping lists. No more guesswork when I get to the quilt store, and fewer leftover bits to squirrel away. My stash does not love this; my wallet does 😉

I’ve been so inspired by Denise Schmidt’s latest book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. She really got me thinking of modernizing the traditional block, so I came up with my own version of a sawtooth block quilt. The first draft below is my favourite, but I felt it would be too busy with the prints I had in mind, so I modified it a bit to a simpler design and palette. The design is a combination of a basket weave pattern and sawtooth block. However, I will keep the first draft for a future quilt with solids…



Here is a sneak peak of the quilt front in progress. Pardon the photos, it’s been dismally cloudy these last few days – great for the plants outside, but not for my photos! But the rain has been welcomed, it’s quite dry this summer, and with the last 4 days of rain, the neighborhood is looking lush and green again.



I’m debating whether to add a border, maybe in a purple? I’m also playing with the following fabrics for a pieced quilt backing:

  • Hopscotch for Red Rooster Fabrics
  • Fanciful Flight by Hoffman Fabrics
  • Freebird by Momo for Moda
  • Cat’s Secret Garden by Susan Brack for P & B Textiles

Decisions, decisions, decisions….


Practical Matters

We often put down newspaper to catch the seeds that fall from the bird cages, but it’s unsightly. Now that I’ve found all my fabrics that we’re stashed around the apartment, I’ve realized that I have quite a collection of non quilting fabric, mostly drapery panels that I meant to sew. So I converted one into a quilted floor cloth that should solve the problem. We will beta test this, and if it works the way I hope, I will make a couple more!


Back from the islands

It’s been a busy July. I had planned to blog from Austria, but we were always on the go – Vienna, Reid, Attersee, Salzburg, and everywhere in between.

Vienna was super hot when we arrived in early July, and clearly no one has ever heard of a fan or air conditioning there… 😉 but it was a great atmosphere, and I got a chance to soak up some sunshine while we toured the city centre. Got some shopping in, and a chance to visit Swarovski, where I was surprised with some great gifts 😉

Then off to Greece for a week of sailing. Super hot! but this was a great opportunity to spend time together – we had a wonderful time. The Greek people are so warm and friendly, and every port is full of character. We explored some of the most beautiful beaches, and even a fantastic cave.



The food is fantastic – we had fresh tuna, right off the boat, crispy calamari, local lamb stews, and grilled meats. Two of my favourite restaurants were MireMare in Vasiliki, Lefkas, and Stavros.

Then back to Attersee, Austria for a few restful days by the lake. The water is colder (brrrrr), but once you’re in, it’s quite refreshing! I usually took my time getting into the water, but the kids do it right – cannonball!