What I’ve Been Up To…

I know it’s been radio silence over here for a while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing.  I just wasn’t able to tell you about it. 😦

Now I can!

I just returned from QuiltX in St. Marys, Ontario.  This was the second year for the quilt show and marketplace.  The show itself is rather unique… each vendor is required to make the featured quilt pattern designed by the featured designer.

Here is the info explaining the Same, Same, Different concept:

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This year it was Chopstix designed by my friend Jen Houlden of Quilts by Jen

Here’s Jen’s quilt!  You can purchase a few of Jen’s patterns here.

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So, I had to make this quilt… let me be brutally honest… this is NOT a pattern I would normally choose.  I like Jen’s version but I only saw it after I made mine.

I struggled with fabric choices (my choice ended up being an epic fail), I struggled with the pattern (it wasn’t difficult per se, just fiddly for my taste) and I struggled with trying to put my own ‘spin’ on it (another epic fail, I might add).

Ok, let the judging begin!

No, really, I’ll be ok with your comments… You can’t hurt my feelings any more than I’ve already hurt them myself.  I actually hated this first quilt I made and here is why… Like I said before, the fabric was the wrong choice for this pattern.  I used the Small Wonders line by Mary Fons (India and Netherlands)  I love these fabrics but they are lost in all the wonky-ness of this pattern.  I should have used solids or tone on tone

(which I did for the second one… keep reading)

 The pattern wasn’t my cup of tea either… I love most of Jen’s other patterns and I ‘get’ where she was going with this one but, it’s just not ME.  And that’s okay!  Maybe next years’ pattern will totally be my thang!

That’s the whole point of the QuiltX quilt show!  It’s a show of quilts made by folks who don’t normally showcase their quilts.  It’s a place the quilt-police would never be caught dead in (or be allowed to enter).  It’s a show for all of us (dare I say) misfits in the quilting world.  Some are professionals but, others… like me; are just people who like to play with fabric and create because, not to do so would be soul-depriving.

So, more about “THAT QUILT“…

(that’s actually the name of it… lovingly named by my dear friend S)


I made it a bit bigger than the pattern called for, adding a couple extra blocks and more background fabric.  “I like BIG quilts and I cannot lie!”   It measures 75″ x 90″ – a decent Twin.

Someone, somewhere will be able to wrap themselves up in this mess and still keep warm.   ‘nough said!


I do like the back.  I took some of the Small Wonders Ditsy Yellow Wideback and added a diagonal swatch of the Small Wonders India Crowns.  I also added a bit to the bottom as well.  It kind of reminds me of the flag that scuba divers raise when they are in the water.  I guess it’s my homage to the sinking ship this quilt felt like as I was making it.  LOL!


The quilting was super fun!  I just played, and played!  I did this kind of weird squared-stipple thing that ended up being quite meditative.  If nothing else, I learned a new FMQing technique.

I mentioned that I made a second quilt… here it is…



This one is just a little, itty bitty baby quilt!  It only measures 33″ square.

I used the Lullaby collection from Kate & Birdie Co.  I also used some Northcott Shortbread solids for the background.  I used some terrycloth for the backing and love how the quilt feels with terry on the back.


I only made a few blocks and turned them on point.  I trimmed the whole thing down to size and actually like this one a lot more!  The FMQing is the same squared-stipple technique used on the other quilt.

If you want to see some really great interpretations of this quilt… you can check out all the versions of the Chopstix quilts here

(thanks to the London MQG for snapping photos of them all)

If you want some of the fabrics or to try the pattern yourself, head over to Fabric Please! and tag me when you’ve made it so I can like yours so much more than mine!

Till next time…


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7 Responses to What I’ve Been Up To…

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  2. suzie says:

    Well Rita I agree with you. This would not be a pattern I choose.
    It looks like a ” hot mess” , although I did like your fabric choices ! The smaller version is better, I think because of the lighter colors and that its smaller. haha
    I looked up the photos of the other quilters version and would say I really only like one.
    The one that filled in the empty spaces with circles, because I like circles.
    They were all nicely quilted it was just the pattern I wasn’t fussy on.
    Maybe next years will be more appealing to the eye.
    Your blog on the other hand, it gets an A+.
    And you were right in saying it will still keep someone cozy and warm, just not in my house. haha
    I think you should attach a note to it so years from now your ancestors won’t wonder
    “what was she thinking ” haha

  3. Debbie says:

    Well, I have to say this quilt is not ‘my style’ and I too would probably failed! I most likely would have had a hard time finishing it, never mind making a second! So good job!

  4. HaHaHa! That’s a great idea! A note saying this was NOT my best work! LOL! If it ever gets used, I’m hoping the back will be the side that goes up. 😉

  5. Thanks Debbie, I struggled with it for a LONG time. I had about 5 months to work on it but dragged my butt for the first 4. Oh well, I’m sure someone out there will like the pattern. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. Anita says:

    Well, well…go figure…I like it! And some of the other interpretations also. I’d be proud to own “not your best work”. It’s funky, different, abstract, fun!

  7. Hahaha! I thought you might! It’s yours sister!

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