Happy New Year! 2020 – Here We Come


IMG_2662Happy New Year Baby Janes!  2020 brings a new start and lots of opportunity for growth, learning and sewing!  If you haven’t already checked it out, we posted a new video on our Youtube channel, featuring our blocks for rows I and J, and our challenge for this month.  In a nutshell, instead of doing Row K, we are helping you get a head start on your New Years resolutions by giving this month’s prize to anyone who completes a row that they haven’t already finished.  That’s right, get a head start on all of your WIP’s so that you can sew along with row K in February.

For more details and to see the sample of the prize – a “Sew-Together” bag, check out the video here.

Scrappy Sew and So Episode 10

We are getting so close to finishing the main blocks now!  While it is very exciting, I am starting to get anxious about the triangles… anyone else feeling the same way?

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Up here in Canada, we are celebrating our Thanksgiving.  This includes the turkey and all the trimmings and most importantly spending time with family.  At my family Thanksgiving we like to go around the table and tell one thing that we are thankful for.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life.  I have so many opportunities and outlets for my creativity, and I am very encouraged and supported by the people that surround me.  I am extremely thankful for this Quilt along group. I feel like we have built a little support community that really celebrates and commensurates the challenges and triumphs of a very hard and tedious, yet satisfying quilt.

I also wouldn’t be doing this without Melissa. Words cannot express how much nicer it is to have a quilty bff!  We have not only done this Quilt along together, but we have also joined several swaps.  It is so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off, or complain about a difficult pattern, or help each other find patterns or fabric.

This spring I got the EQ8 design program.  I love playing around on the computer and thanks to EQ Dear Jane software, I find this program quite easy to use.  Lately, any time I have needed to make something I didn’t already have the pattern for I have made it myself using EQ8.  This includes patterns that Melissa has been trying to find as well.  If you have watched any of our Youtube videos, you will know how much I dislike making foundation pieced patterns (AKA FFPP) but I find them surprisingly easy to make on EQ8.

So Melissa mentioned one night that she would like to make an envelope block but didn’t have a pattern – well, EQ8 to the rescue!  I worked out a FFPP pattern and easily sent it along.  Then Melissa and I thought, why not share it with you guys?!?  So here is the link for the PDF:


I have decided that I would like to make on in all the colours of the rainbow, as filler for a Rainbow swap that Melissa and I are participating in.  I have only finished one block so far, and here it is:


And as you can see, there are some great opportunities for fussy cutting!  Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!  New Youtube video coming soon!

It’s September already!!! Row G Sponsor Announcement!

Wow! Is time ever flying!?!  Happy first day of September everyone!  I know that many people have mixed feelings about this month, summer is over for another year (sad face), a new school year is beginning (if you or your children are returning to school), retreats, classes and activities also tend to start, many people actually make resolutions for September, and like it or not, some stores are actually putting out Christmas stuff!!! (what?!?)  For me, September means returning to work – or no more sewing in my basement in my track pants!  I know that Melissa will agree with me when I say that this summer went by so quickly, and we didn’t get finished everything that we wanted to do.  But as there are always scraps of fabric, there is always more quilting to be done!

Speaking of finishing, we hope that you have managed to finish the “F Row”.  It was a doozy! But like all of the rows that we have finished so far, we can look back and reflect on how far we have come, right?  We haven’t announced a winner yet for the “F Row”, but keep watching Instagram, as Melissa will announce it on the @scrappysewandso page, with the final reveal of the prize later on today.

One of my lofty goals for the summer was to work ahead on my Dear Jane rows.  I did a little bit, but only a few blocks into “Row G”.  So far, I find “Row G” quite challenging and I also feel like there is the added pressure of focal point as it is the centre of the quilt (which my rainbow layout really emphasizes – poor planning on my part lol). BUT … you are going to want to finish this row for sure because we have another awesome sponsor with an amazing prize!

Hobbs Logo - ResizedTuscany Logo - No Background

We are so pleased to announce that this month our sponsor is Hobbs Batting!  I mostly do my quilting on my domestic machine and Hobbs Batting is my go-to for quilting as it always of a reliable and excellent quality and easily available in my area.  I also really enjoy the loft that it provides – and I’ve never experienced any bearding! To check out all the different qualities of batting available from Hobbs please check out their website here:

Hobbs Batting

AND… this months lucky winner, who posts all 13 blocks and tags us(@scrappysewandso) and Hobbs (@hobbsbatting), will win a throw size selection of Hobbs Premium Batting Line: The Tuscany Collection

Good luck Baby Janes! And remember… this row marks halfway through the squares!  WE CAN DO IT!!!


Mid-Month Check in!

How’s everyone doing this month with the “F” Row?  I finished my last block last night and I firmly believe that they belong in this row because I did utter a few choice “F” words while working on them!  I’ll show them later when Melissa and I do our video for the month, however, if you haven’t started them yet, you will want to get going!  I feel like this row took me a lot longer to complete and there were more blocks that needed to be hand sewn.

Speaking of videos, if you haven’t had the chance to check our latest Episode of Scrappy Sew and So on Youtube, this one is not to be missed!  We have a special guest with us, Amanda Elias from Quilter’s Stash Builder and we discuss our sponsor for this month @robertjlessard.  You can see his Instagram account here and check out so of his photos below this post:

Robert J Lessard Instagram Page

You can view the video by clicking here:

Scrappy Sew and So Episode 7

If you are interested in signing up the Quilter’s Stash Builder Box, that Amanda describes in the video you can click here:

Quilter’s Stash Builder

AND …. if you enter code SCRAPPYSEWANDSO you can save 10% off your first box!

So what are you waiting for?  See you soon!

July Shop Hop Video Part 2

Hello all, we hope that you are staying happy and healthy in this steamy hot weather, and that you are having lots of time for sewing!  Melissa and I finished the July Shop Hop in a timely fashion and you can see part 2 of our summer shop hop video here:

New Youtube Video: Ontario Summer Shop Hop Part 2

We also posted a another regular edition where we discuss our blocks for Row D of the Dear Jane Quilt and do an “un-boxing” of the Quilters Stash Builder Box, which is our prize for Row E.  You can find this video by clicking on the link below:

Scrappy Sew and So Episode 6

Stay tuned for more exciting news and announcements as we move into August and Row F!  I can’t believe how this epic quilt is really coming along!!!


New Youtube Video: Ontario Summer Shop Hop, Special Edition


Well, I know I can speak for Melissa and myself, in that June has been quite a ride!  We apologize for being a little quiet, it’s just that life got the better of us this month!  For me, school was wrapping up for the year and Melissa was battling a nasty cold! The beginning of July promises to be much easier as we now have a little time to focus on Dear Jane ®.  As we have done in the last three years, we are participating in the Ontario Summer Shop Hop, however, this year we will be bringing you with us!  So buckle up and check out our first Special Edition Youtube video here:

Scrappy Sew and So Summer Shop Hop Special Edition




At the end of the video, we announce this month’s sponsor: Atelier Fibre Arts out of Montreal, Quebec.  Atelier Fibre Arts is the home of the Quilter’s Stash Builder, an awesome surprise box that I have been subscribing to since the beginning of this year.  Please see my box from April below:


Amanda, owner of Atelier Fibre Arts will be coming to Ontario mid-month and we are hoping to meet up with her to talk quilting!  (Seriously, what else do we talk about?!?!)  Stay tuned for our block discussion video for June!


The C Row and our Fabulous Sponsor

Hi Baby Janes!

This month we thought we would do a little mid-month check in to talk about our “scrappy” lives and give you some information on our awesome sponsor for this month.

Hopefully you are well on your way pushing through the Dear Jane® “C Row”.  I must confess that I have completed it already, (as spring is quite busy for me – I can’t believe we are already mid-May!!!) and it was a doozy!  I was more than grateful for a new stitch ripper I tried by Havel’s Sewing and I am pleased to report that it is part of the prize for May!

What is this magical stitch ripping tool?  Oh, let me tell you, if you haven’t tried it, you will be converted as soon as you do!  Below you can see the Havel’s fabulous prize for this month – the Surgical Seam Ripper (with replacement blades) and the 4 inch Embroidery Snips


The seam ripper has a vertical, razor sharp blade that cuts through thread like a hot knife through butter.  It is so efficient that Melissa has fondly named her’s “Grease Lighting”.  I came to really appreciate the Surgical Seam Ripper when I was working on Foundation Paper Piecing (the bane of my existence) the C Row Dear Jane® Blocks and Alison Glass’ Trinket Quilt.  There was a time in my short quilting career where I would have just tossed the whole 4 inch block into the trash if I had sewed it wrong, but with this Surgical Seam Ripper, I was able to pick out my tiny stitches and be back at the machine in no time at all!  If you are interested in checking out the Surgical Seam Ripper you can find it here: Havel’s Surgical Seam Ripper

The other tool included in this month’s prize is the Havel’s 4 inch Embroidery Snips. These are excellent little snips that I wish I had multiple pairs of as they are handy to keep by the sewing machine but I would also love to have a pair upstairs where I do my hand sewing.  They are extremely precise and the curved blade is very helpful for trimming threads close to quilt blocks or other hand work.  In order to be eligible to win these fantastic prizes all you need to do is post all 13 of the Dear Jane® C Row Blocks by the end of the month and tag us @scrappysewandso and our awesome sponsor @havels_sewing.

Can I still join the sew along? Of course you can!!! and if you step down for a month – no problem!  We are not here to judge but to encourage you to continue!

Also there are only a few days left to sign up for our Dear Jane® Mini Swap (May 15th)- it’s only a 12 x 12 mini quilt…and mail out is June 30th – AND!  the scrappier the better!  Sign up here:

Baby Jane Mini Swap

Scrappy Sew and So Episode 4 is now live!.. And sign up for our mini swap!



Hey Baby Janes!  Our latest Episode of Scrappy Sew and So is now up on Youtube!  Check it out and join in the the fun.  You can view Episode 4 by clicking on the following link:


Also we would like to host a mini-quilt swap.  If you would like to join us, you can sign up on the link below.  The deadline to sign up is May 15th and the mail out date is June 30th.  Quilts are to include your favourite Dear Jane® Block and be a maximum of 12″x12″

Scrappy Sew and So Mini Jane sign up


Also this week I am hosting @52quilters on Instagram, so look for my daily posts about English Paper Piecing!  See you on the “gram”!

…And the B Row begins!


I don’t know about you, but to me, April seems like the unofficial month of English Paper Piecing (EPP)!  Why?  Because our April sponsor for the Dear Jane® Quilt Along is Paperpieces.com!  And thanks to our sponsor, we were very fortunate to be able to try out some of the Dear Jane® B Row Paper Pieces.  Paperpieces.com has also contributed some amazing prizes so keep reading for more details!

As I have mentioned in other posts, I have only been quilting for about 2 years, but I fell hard and fast for the EPP technique.  And, as with all things quilting, I totally blame Melissa for this.  You see, she bought me the “Liberty Love” book by Alexia Marcelle Abeg for Christmas when I was first getting started and I was totally captivated and intrigued by the Queen Bee tote bag.

Although I have yet to make the Queen Bee tote bag, I did start and finish a hexagon quilt, no plan really – just playing with the hexagons.


Then I moved on to the Tula Nova Quilt:


And just recently finished Libs Elliott’s The Watcher (EPP style):


And so it began for me the love of paper piecing! The reason I love it so much is because it is slow, quiet and relaxing and I can do it on the couch while still spending time with my family.  I think I inspired Melissa to try it and she started her own EPP project using hexagons and variations.  It is a work in progress and there are some lovely photos of it below:

The blue one is even signed by Tula Pink!!!


Initially when Melissa and I decided to make the Dear Jane® Quilt, I had thought I would only do it EPP style, but time and other commitments have dictated otherwise.  That being said, every time I look ahead to my next row of blocks, I immediately mark any “Y” seam or curved blocks for EPP.  Because of the complexity of the Dear Jane ® blocks it completely makes sense that the entire quilt should be EPP.


Paperpieces.com has many products available to purchase for the Dear Jane® Quilt and will also be reissuing the Dear Jane® book with Brenda Papadakis shortly. Not only can you purchase the entire quilt, but you can also buy commonly used acrylic templates, and individual rows.

To purchase Dear Jane® EPP products please click on the link below:

Paper Pieces Website


Not pictured is the large triangle template that one would also need to do the border triangles on the quilt.  I love the acrylic templates for EPP because they work well with a rotary cutter for fast cutting! (I personally like to spend more of my precious quilting time sewing and not cutting the fabric)

As Paperpieces.com is our sponsor for the month of April, they were generous enough to send us the paper pieces for the “B” Row so we had the opportunity to try them out and offer some tips and tricks to you.


Primarily, I would totally recommend purchasing the piece packs for the reason that it is so nice to work with pre-cut, precise shapes, not having to print, trace and cut out my own making diving into Dear Jane® at the end of a long day way more appealing!  Although some of the blocks are slightly modified for ease, I didn’t find them to differ too much from the original.  The pieces are also made from a thin and firm card stock that makes them both easy to bend and easy to remove, further if you are like me and happen to sew through the papers from time to time, my needle still goes through the papers quite easily.

When I began my blocks, I first matched the up to the book and then labelled the pieces so I would know where they belong.


As you can see in the above photo I was working on block B-8 Water Lily, and in the case of this block, I needed to wrap the petals with fabric and then “needle turn appliqué” them on to the corner pieces before EPPing them together.  Again I found the precision of the laser cut papers essential in the preparation for the “needle turn appliqué”.


In the following two images, I have prepped several blocks so that all I need to do is stick them together.  I like to prep my blocks by glue basting them, leaving the area at the edge of the paper free so that I can easily get my needle into the fabric.


The Flat Back stitch

As I mentioned earlier, I prefer to do Dear Jane® curves with EPP.  I find I have more control over the blocks, especially the really tiny ones!  After trying multiple strategies to sew my curves, this one works the best for me and my stitches are barely visible.


When working with a larger curve, such as the one here on B-11 “Melissa’s Cross”, I find it helpful to fold the sections (with paper inside) in half to find the centre of the shape in order match up the pieces properly.


The following is a link to a video that demonstrates how to do the flat back stitch:

Karen the DIY Addict Flat Back Stitch

This video features one of my favourite Paper Pieces sources, Karen demonstrating how to do the technique on the La Passacaglia Quilt (NEXT ON MY LIST – YOU IN MELISSA?)


Speaking of Melissa, she also tried some of the Paper Pieces and here is her account:

“As you can see from my photos my experiment with making my own templates for epp were mediocre at best. While it did work, and made an ok block, the precision of the block is not what I would expect from spending hours on a block. The thickness of the paper used, allowed a lot of room for error so that the corners do not match up exactly and the pieces have almost a baggy look to them.
I am much more pleased with the block below where I used the Paper Pieces. The paper is strong but thin allowing for a better end result, and I know that I would have made a mess of hand cutting the circles out! 
Also this time I took Eve’s advise and undid the basting at the edges to finish off the seams nicely in what would be the seam allowance. I am really in love with this block! I can not believe that the circles look this good!! All the heart eyes! 😍😍😍”

As our sponsor for the month of April and the “B” row, Paperpieces.com has generously offered our winner a Dear Jane® paper piece row of their choice and a brand new Dear Jane® book when they become available.

paperpieces pic

In order to win you need to post your 13 “B Row” blocks on Instagram by April 30th, and mention @scrappysewandso,  and our awesome sponsor for this month: @paperpiecesepp and use the hashtag #dearjaneqal2019.


So that’s all for now, be sure to look for me as a guest quilter later on this month on the Instagram account @52quilters where I will be sharing more of my love for the EPP technique!

Episode 3 of ScrappySewandSo is now up on Youtube!

Happy Sunday everyone!  We have a new Episode of ScrappySewandSo on our YouTube channel, so please check it out and don’t forget to subscribe so that you don’t miss any Episodes!

You can find Episode 3 here:

ScrappySewandSo Episode 3 

Today is also the last day to post all 13 of your A Row blocks for our Dear Jane ® Sew Along.  We look forward to seeing your blocks and working through the B Row together for the month of April.