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Improv(ish) Tree Quilt tutorial

January 15, 2020


Hello quilty friends!

As you all know there have been horrific fires in Australia. It’s just awful watching the footage of the desperate wildlife and landscapes being ravaged by fire. There have been a number fundraisers by lovely quilt designers to raise money to help care for the injured animals. It’s also wonderful to see how many people are contributing to make pouches and cosies for orphaned joeys, baby koalas, bats etc. Stellar effort from the crafting community!

In addition to wildlife being affected, there are a number of communities that have lost everything: homes, farms, livestock etc. The Wollongong MQG has put a call out for quilt blocks of tress to make quilts for some of these people. So I made a little tree block to contribute towards their cause.


I named it “improv(ish)” given that it is part curve-piecing, part FPP but the FPP sections are improv designed so each one is different.

I then had a few requests for a pattern for it. Which got me thinking…


Given that it was improv’d, and for a good cause, I thought a free tutorial would be a better solution than a paid for pattern. So I made a second block…


Because the blocks are improv’d each will be different from each other, just as trees are in nature. And you can vary the size or proportions as you wish, so you will have a lot of fun making these I promise!

You can find the Youtube tutorial on how to make an Improv(ish) tree quilt here.

I also uploaded the two curve templates for the sizes that I made for you.

The block is easy to make, and quite addictive. So why not make a block or two to send to Australia. Please read their blog post for all the details about their call for blocks.

In addition to the Australia project, this improvish tree block would be a perfect Block Lotto project for guilds too, as each person’s tree would be a little different. So feel free to share with your guild.

Tag your blocks with #improvishtreequilt to share online.

Happy stitching!


Sisterhood Swap

March 7, 2019


Happy International Women’s Day, my friends! It is a day to celebrate women for their unique strengths, and also to contemplate women’s struggles, and fight for kind and equal treatment for women around the globe. Especially in parts of the world where they have few rights and are treated unfairly. I have been listening to CBC’s The Current this week and they’ve had some really interesting stories about women supporting women in crisis. With that in mind, I came up with an idea to bring women together in two ways: By organizing a swap to create collective quilt blocks made by circles of women for each other, by each other, and in doing so, collecting funds for a charity that supports women that are living in poverty or at risk situations. Aptly named the “Sisterhood Swap”

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Quilt Label-along challenge & GIVEAWAY

January 23, 2019

Hello lovely quilty peeps! It’s the new year and a good time to start some good new habits. I just did a guild talk at the Vancouver MQG on quilt labels to get our members into the good habit of labelling their work. I decided to share the info here too in case you needed a little nudge. I challenge you to label some quilts this year. The goal is to inspire you all to label your quilts and I have a lovely prize as incentive! Read on…

There are so many ways to create labels, and lots of online tutorials. This is more a summary of my faves than a tutorial, as there are too many techniques listed to explain in detail. (Google away for video tutorials if needed.)

sugar skull quilt

This label was printed on my inkjet printer. I ironed interfacing on the back then folded the edges over and topstitched them.  The quilt was a mini that let to my Sugar Skull pillow pattern. (available in my Etsy shop)

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Swallow Medallion Quilt

January 10, 2019

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I blogged. So here I am playing catch up:

Since I last posted our family moved back to Vancouver. (That was an awesome 10 day awesome road trip from Toronto!) But moving house and home is hard and quite emotionally unsettling. While I was excited to be moving back to my lovely old fiends and neighbours in Vancouver, I was really sad about leaving the beautiful people who had become my new community in Toronto. They had given me a real sense of belonging. This made me think about what it means to belong, to have a purpose, and to feel safe, secure and welcome. Thinking of how people in my life had helped me go from feeling completely lost in a big unknown city to feeling that I was an integral part of something so awesome filled me to the brim with love. And so of course I had to design a quilt for that!

Swallow Medallion Quilt

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Toronto Love Project: Opening event & banner drop off info

June 15, 2018


Reminders & Information update:

DEADLINE for Banners: Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Note that since the installation requires a 45ft crane, we are unfortunately not able to add late-comers after the hanging.) 

Mailing address: ATT: Lila Karim / Berene Campbell
North York Arts (Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
M2N 6R8

Drop-off locations in Toronto for banner makers:

If you are in the Toronto area and want to save on shipping time or costs, you can drop off at any of these locations:


471 Cosburn Ave
Open Wed 10:00 – 4:00, Thurs 10:00 – 7:00, & Sat 10:00 – 4:00.


3961 Chesswood Drive
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm


1267 Queen Street West
Open Mon-Thurs 11–8, Fri 11–7, Sat 10–6, Sun 12–5
5040 Yonge Street (Stage door on south side)
Be sure to label: “Att: Lila Karim / Berene Campbell, NYA

Opening event:

The official opening will take place at North York Centre, from noon to 1:30pm. Join us to experience the love sent from across Canada, USA and even as far away as Australia. Enjoy the installation of colourful banners stitched with messages of peace & love, while listening to some light jazz courtesy of Double A Jazz

Installation duration:

The installation will hang through the summer until September 8, 2018.

Subway:  North York Centre subway station

Drive: Street parking is usually available. Note that there are renovations taking place to the sidewalk in front of the building, so enter via one of the side entrances. 

Can’t make a banner but would like to support the project?

DONATIONS towards the installation and opening event are welcomed. NYA is a non-profit organization that supports local artists and offers amazing programmes within the North York area. We have a few expenses that we still need to cover for this event. You can make a donation here:
Please make a note on your donation that it is specifically intended for the Toronto Love Project.

Skinny Alphabet pattern

May 23, 2018

Hot off the press: #SkinnyAlphabetPattern (foundation paper piecing pattern) designed for the long skinny banners for Toronto LOVE project banners. The letters are 9″ high and 2.5″ wide. It has a Russian industrialist / Constructivist look to it. Caps only plus a heart icon. ❤️ At this stage it is only available and *FREE* to anyone participating in / making banners for #torontoloveproject. (Even if you have already made your banner without this pattern but would just like it as a little token of thanks! 😘)

📪 Leave me a message or, better yet,  DM me on Instagram with your email address if you’re a banner maker and would like the PDF emailed it to you.


It will be released soonish to everyone else. Leave a message if you’d like to be tagged when it’s listed in my shop.

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Pieced by Stacey Murton (@hushrules /

Vintage Chevron Quilt: “Home sweet home.”

May 17, 2018

Three and a half years ago our family was moved to Toronto for my husband’s job. It was bitter sweet as he was promoted to a more senior position, however we loved our dear Vancouver and the community that we lived in. We didn’t know anyone in Toronto and none us us wanted to be here. It was a larger city, faster paced and it felt overwhelming. After a few weeks I realized that if I wanted it to feel like home I was going to have to make it so. I started making connections and looking for things that our family would enjoy in the city. I also started making a quilt, in part to keep myself happy, but also a quilt that would help make our new home feel like home.


Quilting by Stacey Murton. @hushrules

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