Watercolour Quilting

Watercolour quilting is one of my favourite techniques! I love the blending of the fabrics to create a beautiful fabric masterpiece! Here are a few steps to get you going, but you can also check out my video too, for full instructions!

Start off with a selection of light, medium and dark floral or medium print fabrics.  I find florals work best for the blending effect. Cut the fabrics into 2" squares. You may use 2 1/2" squares too, but the blending can become slightly harder with larger pieces.

Begin your project by laying out your squares, starting with lights or darks and putting squares together that blend well.  You will find it helpful in some instances to turn your squares so they blend better, so even flipping your fabrics over so you have a lighter piece.

You may make your project as big as you like, or blend from dark to light, from top to bottom, or even blend dark to light and then to dark again! Be creative and try it out!  You can even try to fit in fun prints like the dogs and the houses on the bottom row. :)

Stitch your squares together in rows and then sew the rows together.  I like to press the back of my project first so that I can be sure all seams are butted up against each other and they press in the right direction.  Mist the front of your quilt and then press again.

Make your project into a pillow, bag or even a pretty wall hanging!


Paper Pieced Owl Pattern

Welcome to my blog! If you are joining me with the #20over20berrybirdy sew along on Instagram, you have come to the right place! I have attached the pattern that we will be working on this week as I show the paper piecing steps.  I have chosen this fun Woodland Owl bag to start with as we learn new sewing and quilting techniques. Once we create the Owl, we will make him into a bag so you have something you can save for a gift, or use yourself.    

Your Owl image should measure at least 8" square. (To find onto a 8 1/2" X 11" paper) You are welcome to make yours bigger if you wish.

Follow along on Instagram for little videos to help get you going! @berry_birdy


Mini Dresden Plate Pincushion

With a few small little leftover pieces and this adorable vintage milk white bowl, I made this super easy pincushion for my sewing room!  These instructions are so easy to follow and you will find it come together very quickly! Please note: this pincushion will fit into a 5"- 6" container.

Cut 13 pieces from your favourite scraps that measure 1 1/2"X 3". Fold them over lengthwise and sew a 1/4" seam across the top.  Turn the point right side out and press as shown.

Sew the pieces together along the sides using a 1/4" seam.  Sew them all in a row.
This is the back of the pieces sewn together.

Lay on your cutting table and trim them to 2 1/4" from the point.

Sew them together to form a complete circle.

Using your finger, fold all the seams in the same direction making the fabrics overlap slightly to form the flower shape.  You will need to gently move the pieces so that they all end up folding the same amount.  Press well.

Cut a 2 1/2" circle and gather around the outer edges.  Pull together to make a circle and so the seams are in the centre.

Press well.

Place the dresden plate and circle on 10" square or cut circle. Pin in place. Stitch in place as desired.  I used free-motion quilting and stitched down the outer edges and centre circle.

If you haven't already used a circle, cut the outer fabric into a 10" circle.  Gather the outer edges using a long thread.

Fill firmly with stuffing.  Using a glue gun, and working quickly, put glue around the inner edges of the container or bowl.  Gently press the pincushion into the container and press around edges to be sure it is stuck.


New Pattern & More!

There are some new and exciting things coming up soon with Berry Birdy! I have just finished a new little pattern that I have added to my shop, with many more to come, I will be starting my own YouTube Channel sharing my ideas, and sewing techniques I have learned over the past (uh-em) 30 years of sewing, and I have my birthday to celebrate! Check out all of this with updates here and on my Instagram Berry_Birdy!



A MINI A MONTH is a monthly creative box featuring a new sewing project every month, and the supplies to make it! (You may need a spool of thread or stuffing....) Plus, a few extra fun gifts! No running around looking for the supplies, it’s all right there for you to get started!

Each package has a retail value of over $75 and includes:
Monthly theme based on the season
Pattern for new project (Mini quilt, bag, table runner, etc)
Fabric & / or supplies to make a project.  Items will include  fabric, patterns, notions, batting, buttons, thread, etc.
Mini bonus project 
4-5 exciting products

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Hello! My name is Lesley Chaisson, growing up with parents who were artists, and very creative, gave me a foundation for being open-minded about my ability to develop my own talents.  My Mother told me that “I was born with a pair of scissors in my hand”, and when I was 8 years old, she let me use an old Singer from my Grandmother.  I began making clothes for my Strawberry Shortcake dolls, and that was it! I was completely hooked!!  At 14 I decided to make my first quilt, and I still remember the store my Father took me to so I could choose the fabric to make it.  He was so supportive in my efforts and even made me a frame so I could hand quilt the entire top once it was finished.  This began my fabric collecting career, yes, I consider it just that! I love to find wonderful fabrics and design modern, fun, and easy patterns for everyone to use. Each month, a new pattern will be featured in the mailer along with quality fabrics and supplies. Our goal is to help you save time shopping for your next project, and inspire you to develop your sewing and quilting skills! 

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Mini Quilt Madness

Here is another one of my "micro mini" quilts that I made for the Make Modern Magazine challenge! This one measures at 5 1/2" square, just under the 6" size limit! I hadn't planned on it having the four different colour schemes in it, but I simply love the rainbow look to it.


Micro Mini Quilt

Over the past year I was introduced to Instagram by a good friend of mine who is also a fellow creator of many things such as myself. I tried to stay away from it, since Facebook, Twitter, Email, my Etsy...etc seem to fill my daily internet allotment.  But, I finally gave in, and now I am pleasantly finding IG one of my fav sharing platforms.  Along with the desire to join numerous swap groups, which can be terribly addicting, a couple months ago I created a few micro mini quilts for the Make Modern Magazine.  This one was the teeny tiniest of them all, measuring at 1" square!  I was thrilled that the "fussy-cut" mushrooms and tulips turned out so well, measuring at only 1/4"! Yikes!  I figured it was so small that displaying it among other "I spy" like items would emphasize the size of it best!


Lil' Twister table runner

My wonderful friend made the top of this little runner and had it hanging in her sewing room.... After much admiration, she gave it to me and I quilted it for my kitchen table! I even quilted a hidden butterfly in it.


Quitler's Connection Front Cover!

So, here it is! My first front cover feature!! I was thrilled to find out that they were going to put my creation on the front cover.  I have had many items published in various issues and other magazines....Thanks Quilter's Connection!

Check out the other fantastic items included by going to their site;


Testing out Chalk Paint

With all the new hype about the new finishing techniques with chalk paint, I decided to try it out for myself and see what I think works well.... or if it works at all!!

So the first thing I did was take a letter table that I picked up at a second hand store to try out refinishing.  It had a plain finish on it with a little gloss so I thought that it would be perfect since this "chalk paint" thing says that it can paint on any surface... well... sure, if that's what they say! After filling the cuts and dings in it, I sanded it down so the surface was smooth.
I used a plastic container to mix the paint in so that I could just try it out first.  I put about 2 cups of paint in and then added 1/2 cup of the non-sanded grout. After mixing well, there was still a slightly sanded texture to the paint, which is normal.  The texture it added to the table was really nice and ended up adding an antique look to the table.

Once the table was dried, I sanded the edges to reveal the wood and finish that was under the paint.

 I would recommend using gloves as this next step with the wax is hard to remove from the skin.  I used a scrap cloth and rubbed it over the entire surface of the table.
 The wax gave the table a smoother finish and made the sanded edges show up a little more to show a rustic look.  I added an iron handle which finished the table off well!
 Be sure to let the item dry fully before you use it.  I found the wax took about 2 days until I felt I should put something on it.  I was very happy with the paint and the finish it produced and would use it again!  Keep in mind that this paint is durable, but it doesn't make your item scratch resistant.  Although, with most rustic pieces, it always adds charm to the items!