Sunday, December 2, 2018

Old Hockey Game Quilt

These days I devote almost all of my sewing time to making BeColourful quilts, but when I saw this one at a recent retreat I knew I had to drop everything and make it for my partner’s birthday.

The pattern is the Good Old Hockey Game by Kristieocd on Etsy.

I quilted it using a loose meander and backed it with Moda Fireside to keep it soft and cuddly. The colours are for the Montreal Canadiens. The best part is that he LOVES IT!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Now An Authorized BeColourful Teacher!

I am so pleased and proud to announce that I am now a fully Authorized Teacher for BeColourful quilts.

Here is my bio: 

After admiring quilt magazines in grocery stores for years, Melanie finally worked up the 
courage to make her first one in 1998. She had a borrowed sewing machine and absolutely no 
knowledge of quilting, whatsoever. The results were predictably disastrous, yet she was 
completely and immediately hooked. In the twenty years since she has become an extremely 
adept and ambitious quilter, always willing and excited to try new techniques and tools.

What started as a hobby has turned into a lifelong passion. Melanie is always making quilts, 
talking about quilts, admiring quilts, looking at patterns, petting fabric, going to quilt shows, or 
packing to go on retreats with friends who are equally obsessed passionate about quilting.

There is only one thing Melanie enjoys as much as quilting and that is encouraging others in 
their pursuit of the art.

As a former corporate workshop facilitator, Melanie strives to create a learning atmosphere 
that is welcoming, fun, and encouraging. She wants all students to leave her courses feeling 
empowered and proud of their efforts. 

While she enjoys teaching all forms of quilting, her favourite by far is paper piecing the BeColourful way. She saw her first BeColourful quilt online in 2011 and became determined to one day make them all! She has attended several of Jacqueline’s courses and is extremely proud and honoured to be an Authorized BeColourful Teacher.

Melanie lives in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario and is available to teach in Central and Eastern Canada.

Follow her on Instagram at melaniemmacdonald or on her blog at

I am already scheduled to teach the Picnic and Lemonade patterns in Kingston, ON on December 15, 2018 and January 19, 2019! 

I am thrilled about this new adventure! 

Wish me luck.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Aurora Is A Completed Quilt Top

Aurora is now a completed top! Hooray!

This is a level 5 BeColourful pattern.

I started this top at a class with Jacqueline de Jonge in June at Nancy’s Calico Patch.

This is my 5th BeColourful quilt (I made Brilliant Beauties of Joy twice, so maybe this could be considered my 6th?).

I’m focused now on completing Enchanting Stars, a level 6 pattern. I’m keen to get that one finished so I can start making the 2018 BC patterns, which are STUNNING! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Circle of Life Quilted and Bound

I am so pleased to show you my completed Circle of Life quilt.

This is the very first Be Colourful/Jacqueline de Jonge quilt I ever saw. I marveled at it. Looked at it obsessively online and thought “I could never do that”. But, here it is and I could not be more pleased with it. 

It’s special on its own, but even more special to me as it was mostly constructed during my class with Jacqueline at Nancy’s Calico Patch in Newport News, Virginia. What an incredible experience to spend a week with my favourite designer! Everything about the experience well exceeded my hopes and expectations. 

Jacqueline has just released her 2018 designs. Each one is spectacular and on my “must do”. I have to hurry up and finish my Aurora so I can get to the new patterns! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Aurora Update #6

I had a couple of weeks without much desire to sew. I guess I needed the break.

 But now I’m back at it and loving it again!

My centre square is now sewn to the outer square. I’m not 100% happy with my Y-seams, so I’ll go back and redo those once I’m finished with the spiked border pieces.

Once the Y-seams are fixed and the spiked borders complete there are just two small borders to attach  and my Aurora will be complete. My goal is to have it done by September 8th.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Aurora Update #5

I think I was subconsciously avoiding working on this quilt this week, thinking that the 4 Y-seams would be a nightmare. But, it’s going along great. I have two of the four sides attached and it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had feared. Circle of Life had 16 Y-seams, so maybe that makes this feel easy-peasy.

My goal for the coming week is to get the other 2 sides attached.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Aurora Update #3

I’m still having a great time slowly working on my Aurora quilt.

All the New York Beauties are now attached to the Flying Geese units.

My goal for this week is to sew in the 8 semi and quarter arch units into the middle star unit.