Instagram, meet Blog

26 Nov

I’ve spoken many time of my love for Instagram, and you are more likely to find me there these days. It fits the pace of my life at the moment. Instead of sitting down at a computer and writing a post that needs to include photos from a real camera, edited and converted to JPEGs, and hopefully some intelligent thought, I can just snap a photo with my phone and post it instantly.

I was feeling so appreciative of my little community on Instagram that I decided to have a giveaway when I hit 200 followers (or was it 250?), that was back in June. No catch, just post a comment I would make a mini for the winner. Holly at Holly’s Red Bike won and I was very pleased to make her a mini! I was lucky enough to visit her in her Vancouver home in late June and see her quilts. Then she took me on a wonderful tour of the city. I finished up this mini for her in July based on her space and getting to know her a little better!

I decided to combine Holly’s love of books and Lizzy House to make her one fun, colourful mini! I used the pattern from Patchwork Please (Books for Baby) but I made them smaller and after a few failed attempts with the pattern I winged it. Here are the results!

For Holly

For Holly-2

For Holly-3

For Holly-4

It just occurred to me now I didn’t make a personalized label! Next time I visit Vancouver I’ll bring one along to stitch on ;)

PS: I just hit 500 followers on the weekend so I’m hosting another mini giveaway. Come see me on IG (@jaclynb) for the details.

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap

22 Nov

I am so happy to be participating in another round of the Schnitzel & Boo  Mini Quilt Swap. This is the third round and my second time participating. There are over 950 participants this time. This is a well run and very fun swap! I realized when I started planning for my quilt this go around that I didn’t blog my finished quilt from last time.

My partner last time liked jewel tons and Tula Pink fabric. I had been working on my Elizabeth Hartman Aviatrix Medallion quilt (still a work in progress), but thought it would be fun to use one of the free pattern add-ons to make just the centre block in one of the larger sizes, I used the 24” version for this pattern. I decided to use all solids on the front inspired by the fun Tula print on the back.  The binding really wins in my opinion and is the perfect pop of colour.

Here are the finished results! I’m so happy with how this turned out and sending it away was tough.

Mini Swap

Mini Swap-2

Mini Swap-3

Mini Swap-4

For Emma

14 Oct

I need to catch up on some finish projects. I tend to only blog finished things lately and even that has fallen by the wayside. If you want to follow what I’m up to on a regular basis, stop by my IG where I am jaclynb. I post there almost daily and sometimes multiple times a day. I really only blog when I want to post photos of finished projects from my actual camera.

This quilt is one I made on commission for a friend’s daughter. The colours they selected were pink and turquoise but otherwise I had pretty much full creative control.

For Emma

This quilt is a variation on the Urban Lattice pattern by Me? a Mom?. I made several changes though. I made the blocks smaller overall finishing at 8.5”, I increased the size of the prints that form the diamonds in the centre and decreased the background (white). Instead of using paper piecing as the pattern instructs I cut my strips to size and marked the diagonals on my ruler so I simply sewed them all and then trimmed up.

The majority of the fabric is from Pat Bravo’s line Rapture, with a few blenders thrown in for good measure.

For Emma-4

On the back I did appliqué for the first time ever and incorporated some of the recipient’s baby clothing.


For Emma-8 For Emma-2

For Emma-3

The quilting was done by my friend Lisa in an all-over flower pattern that she does free motion on her long arm. This quilt is twin size and the thought of wrestling it through my home machine was just too much.

For Emma-6

I did something else on this quilt that I’ve been wanting to try, a flange around the binding! I just love how it turned out and I plan on putting it on more quilts in the future, such a special touch.

For Emma-7

I hope Emma loves it for years to come and that it adds a special touch to her big girl room.

For Emma-5

A Matching Set

7 Jun

One of my friends recently asked me to make a stroller quilt for her newest baby. She also wanted a matching doll quilt to give to her son for when the new baby was born. She gave me full creative freedom, saying only that she liked grey and pops of colour.

I thought about what to do for awhile but eventually settled on a pattern from Elizabeth Dackson’s (of Don’t Call Me Betsy fame) Book – Becoming a Confident Quilter. I freehanded my random cuts and finished up the blocks at 10.5”.

Here are the finished quilts:

For Saff

The doll quilt is 20” x 30” and the stroller quilt is 30” x 40”.

For Saff-5

I backed them both in this blue and grey chevron. I quilted with a wide zigzag and my walking foot. I used a scrappy binding on both quilts.

For Saff-4

Here is just the stroller quilt:

For Saff-2

And here is just the doll quilt:

For Saff-3

I think they turned out pretty cute and I hope my friend (and her two boys) love them.

Patchwork Keepsake

6 Mar

I was asked to make this quilt by a friend. She wanted something made from her son’s old receiving blankets. I decided to stick to a simple, random patchwork design so that you’d get to see a big portion of the blankets themselves. I didn’t want to fuss with them by making too many seams but I wanted it to have some movement so didn’t want the squares too big.

This is a twin size and it is 20×15 5” blocks (yes, it took for-ev-er to cut and piece 300 charm squares). The flannel was fairly easy to work with after a good press.

For Alexis-2

This quilt was actually quilted on a long-arm by a friend of mine who just purchased one and wanted some practice. She did a great job of an all over loopy pattern. It saved me a bit of time and I didn’t have to wrestle a twin size quilt around on my machine.

For Alexis-3

I did the binding in a blue stripe from an old line, it worked perfectly with the crosshatch back I purchased.

For Alexis

I hope my friend loves the quilt and enjoys the memories of when her little boy was just a baby.

Doll Quilts

3 Mar

It started innocently enough with a doll quilt I made for a Christmas gift. I bought a little cloth doll for a sweet toddler and wanted to make a wee quilt to match.

For Rosie-4

It was a really fun and quick project so I put out an offer to make quilts for more of my friends with young children. What toddler doesn’t want a sweet blanket to play with their doll? We are all dolls, all the time around here lately.

I played with value in the first one I made and although it turned out a little smaller than I would have liked I’m still happy with the result.

For Rosie

For Rosie-2

Since the first quilt I have finished another three.

Economy Blocks


Scrappy Trip around the World


Knee Socks by Elizabeth Hartman


These are a fun way to test out a new pattern or try something when I don’t have time to commit to a full quilt. Expect to see photos pop up in my Instagram and Flickr feed from time to time. I have a long list in cue so I’ll be working on them throughout the year as time allows.

Woodland Baby Quilt

26 Feb

My daughter has been going to the same daycare since I returned to work on March last year and her daycare provider recently had a baby. She is so great with Addie and I really appreciate everything she does. I asked her some general questions about her nursery, she said she had soft greens and blues and had a love of owls.

I made a simple square in square design and just played with the math until I had proportions I liked (it was really cold and windy the day I photographed this and my quilt holder was not very impressed).

For Ashleigh-4

The back is this wonderful woodland print from the line Critter Patch.

For Ashleigh

I quilted this with a free motion wood grain design that I practiced before Christmas. I’m embarrassed to say that this is the first actual finished piece I have free-motion quilted. It’s not perfect but it was actually really fun and I think it turned out great.

For Ashleigh-2

I always love making baby quilts. I like to imagine the quilt being well loved for many years.

For Ashleigh-3


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