Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spelling Bee Sew Along: Flower block

Hello quilting friends! I'm back with my third block on the Spelling Bee Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop! This sew along features blocks from the new Spelling Bee book by Lori Holt. I've sewn up Lori's darling flower block using some favorite fabrics by Vanessa Goertzen (Lella Boutique for Moda).  






In December I showed you my Capital H and Capital G blocks.  Now my goals is to sew all three blocks together into a sweet throw pillow for my daughter, Haley Grace! I'm looking forward to a Saturday play date with these blocks and my Lella Boutique stash!



The Spelling Bee Sew Along began in October and runs through August, every Saturday morning!  This cute cover shot should give you an idea of the fun you could have with this book! Order a copy today and join the sew along!



There’s a terrific line-up of bloggers sharing their blocks each week. Be sure to visit the links below to be inspired by some super cute Spelling Bee blocks! And check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!
Spelling Bee Sew Along


Saturday, 10/7........ Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl)
Saturday, 10/14 ..... Kristie (crosshatchquilts on Instagram)
Saturday, 10/21 .....  Melissa C. (Happy Quilting Melissa)
Saturday, 10/28 .....  Sharon (Lilabelle Lane) and Joanna (cottonjo on Instagram)
Saturday, 11/4 .......  Holly (holly_draney on Instagram) and Debbie (Happy Little Cottage)
Saturday, 11/11 ..... Jennie P. (Clover & Violet) and Megan (Quilt Story)
Saturday, 11/18...... Heidi G. (Buttons and Butterflies) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)
Saturday, 11/25 ..... Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Heidi G. (Buttons and Butterflies)
Saturday, 12/2 ....... Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Cynthia (dreamquiltcreate on Instagram)
Saturday, 12/9 ....... Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Cynthia (dreamquiltcreate on Instagram)
Saturday, 12/16 ..... Cynthia (dreamquiltcreate on Instagram) and Charise (Charise Creates)
Saturday, 12/23 ..... Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Jennie P. (Clover & Violet)
Saturday, 12/30 ..... Heidi G. (Buttons and Butterflies) and Jennie T. (Porch Swing Quilts)
Saturday, 1/6 ......... Kerry (Very Kerry Berry) and Kristyne (Pretty by Hand)
Saturday, 1/20........ Jodi (Pleasant Home) and Kristi (crosshatchquilts on Instagram)
Saturday, 1/13 ....... Kim (Persimon Dreams) and Joanna (cottonjo on Instagram)
Saturday, 1/27 ....... Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Melissa C. (Happy Quilting Melissa)
Saturday, 2/3 ......... Jodi (Pleasant Home) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)
Saturday, 2/10 ....... Megan (Quilt Story) and Jina (Jina Barney Designz)
Saturday, 2/17 ....... Kerry (Very Kerry Berry) and Taunja (Carried Away Quilting)
Saturday, 2/24 ....... Cassie Putney (sewstitchinghappy on Instagram)
Saturday, 3/3 ......... Christopher (The Tattooed Quilter) and Jacque (Lily Pad Quilting)
Saturday, 3/10 ....... Elizabeth (In the Boon Docks) and Jacque (Lily Pad Quilting)
Saturday, 3/17 ....... Amy (Diary of a Quilter) and Nadra (Ellis & Higgs)
Saturday, 3/24 ....... Sherri (A Quilting Life) and Sondra (Out of the Blue Quilts)
Saturday, 3/31 ....... Connie (Freemotion by the River) and Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl)
Saturday, 4/7 ......... Pam (Pam Kitty Morning) and Charise (Charise Creates)
Saturday, 4/14 ....... Kim (Persimon Dreams) and Kerry (Very Kerry Berry)
Saturday, 4/21 ....... Sharon (Lilabelle Lane) and Jina (Jina Barney Designz)
Saturday, 4/28 ....... Christopher (The Tattooed Quilter) and Jennie T. (Porch Swing Quilts)
Saturday, 5/5 ......... Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Jina (Jina Barney Designz)
Saturday, 5/12 ....... Pat (Pat Sloan’s Blog) and Heidi S. (Fabric Mutt)
Saturday, 5/19 ....... Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Pat (Pat Sloan’s Blog)
Saturday, 5/26 ....... Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Amy (Diary of a Quilter)
Saturday, 6/2 ......... Keera (Live Love Sew)
Saturday, 6/9 ......... Connie (Freemotion by the River) and Heidi S. (Fabric Mutt)
Saturday, 6/16 ....... Andy (A Bright Corner)
Saturday, 6/23 ....... Sondra (Out of the Blue Quilts) and Jennie T. (Porch Swing Quilts)
Saturday, 6/30 ....... Pat (Pat Sloan’s Blog) and Holly (holly_draney on Instagram)
Saturday, 7/7 ......... Greg (Greg Dogwood Studio) and Joannat (cottonjo on Instagram)
Saturday, 7/14 ....... Kristyne (Pretty by Hand) and Debbie (Happy Little Cottage)
Saturday, 7/21 ....... Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Sherri (A Quilting Life)
Saturday, 7/28 ....... Elizabeth (In the Boon Docks) and Greg (Greg Dogwood Studio)
Saturday, 8/4 ......... Nadra (Ellis & Higgs) and Amy (Diary of a Quilter)

Bravo to Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop for producing another wonderful pattern book! Thank you all for stopping by today.  I hope you'll join in on the spelling bee fun!

~Taunja



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Block 3

It might be Valentine's Day, but I have red, white and blue on my mind! Today I want to share my third block from the “Star Spangled” block of the month hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designed by Lindsey Weight! 



Isn't this a pretty Star-in-a-Star block?  Once again I've used mainly Fig Tree fabrics from my stash, but I also pulled in a bit of Bonnie & Camille on this block.  The navy floral on the outer star is from their "The Good Life" collection.
 


The Block 3 pattern calls for some pieces that are 2 3/16".  I don't have 1/16" marks on my ruler, but I knew that measurement fell between 1/8" and 1/4". I put a little sticker on my ruler so that I wouldn't accidentally daydream and miss the mark while cutting.  This was really helpful!




This patriotic BOM runs for five months, from January through May. I've included links to Lindsey's posted patterns at the end of this blog post. The blocks measure 14" square and are made using traditional piecing. Here's a photo of all of my blocks together. 



I've been sewing from my stash, but those lovely folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio have put together a KIT using beautiful Moda fabrics from various designers. The kit includes all material you need to create the quilt top plus binding.  They also have coordinating backing you can purchase!  


Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Also, in honor of Valentine's Day, Fort Worth Fabric Studio is offering my readers a sweet deal on the oh-so-pretty "First Romance" collection by Kristyne Czepuryk for Moda. Simply use the code ROMANCE40 to receive 40% off all remaining First Romance fabric. This offer is good through Tuesday, February 20.  



Thank you to to Lindsey and FWFS for providing this BOM opportunity for us all! Quilting friends, I hope you'll get carried away and join in the fun!

~Taunja




Tuesday, February 6, 2018

An Ombre Heart block with The Crafty Quilter


Sometimes you need to sew something quick and sweet, just because!  That’s what happened to me when I saw a fun and free heart block tutorial by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter: the Ombre Heart Tutorial!

I dug into my scrap bins and pulled these pretty pinks from Lella Boutique and the surrounding taupe floral from Corey Yoder, both for Moda. The fabric was flying and I was having quite the time, all to make this sweet little block!


What will I do with my Ombre Heart block? It may become a mug rug.  It may become a petite pillow. It would be wonderful to make a whole quilt of these blocks, wouldn’t it?

Thank you so much to Julie for sharing this fun tutorial with all of us. The Crafty Quilter has a design style I love and a generous quilting heart.  I hope you’ll zip on over to her blog and check it out!

Ombre Heart Quilt Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Use up your stash and make 6 1/2" heart blocks very easily!
Photo credit: The Crafty Quilter

Have a great day, quilting friends!  Now go and get carried away quilting!

~Taunja



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Block 2

Hello quilting friends! I'm popping in today to show you my second block from the “Star Spangled” block of the month hosted by Fort Worth Fabric StudioThis BOM runs for five months, from January through May. The Block 2 pattern was released on the FWFS blog on January 30. This pretty block measures 14" square and is a Shoofly variation star block. 


I'm so excited to be making my first patriotic quilt based on these free illustrated instructions provided by Fort Worth Fabric Studio designer Lindsey Weight! Do you have a patriotic quilt?  Maybe you'd like to join us and sew along!

Here is a photo of my Block 1, which was released on January 9. I'm sewing my blocks together using red, white and blue (and aqua) fabrics in my stash.  So far I've been pulling from my Fig Tree favorites, but I have some Bonnie & Camille pieces ready to make an appearance too!



The great news is that Fort Worth Fabric Studio has put together a KIT using beautiful Moda fabrics from various designers. The kit includes all material you need to create the quilt top plus binding.  They also have coordinating backing you can purchase! Here’s a photo of Lindsey’s finished quilt, which measures 60” square. 

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

All of the details for the Star Spangled block of the month can be found here:

The instructions for Block 1 are available here:

The fabric kit is available here:

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  I’ll continue to post my updates and I really hope you'll join in the fun! Bit thanks to Lindsey and FWFS for providing this BOM opportunity for us all!

~Taunja





Sunday, January 28, 2018

January Sew Sampler Box with Fat Quarter Shop


I’m a grown woman.  In fact, (shhhh) I turn 50 years old this summer. But I tell you what, I felt as fluttery as a school girl when I opened this month’s Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. The January box, so aptly called “Butterfly Kisses,” is full of cheerful goodness.  I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking!






Yep, I am guessing you will agree with me. That may have been the sweetest Sew Sampler box to date, and I have loved them all. Seriously folks, I think the quilting inspired bandages are over the top fun . . . and useful! Here’s a list of the items in the January box:

~ a petite Butterflies & Berries 10” stacker from Riley Blake Designs ~ 
~ a Cute Cuts 1.5” x 6.5” rectangle ruler from Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet ~
Berry Sweet Just Pins from Just Another Button Company ~
~ Bee in My Bonnet Bandages ~
~ a Needle CarryCard by Emma Creation ~
~ Flitter quilt pattern by It’s Sew Emma ~

The Sew Sampler box also includes a basket recipe card designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.  I have made 10 blocks so far, all sewn from my Fig Tree & Company scraps.  There are 12 blocks in the series, and then we'll receive final setting instructions.  I can't wait! 

Here are my 10 blocks, along with the polka dot needle case and charming pins that just make me smile!




If you haven't yet signed up for this monthly subscription box and want to know more, just follow this link:  Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop  These boxes are an incredible value. Every month the creative folks at Fat Quarter shop will fill your box with unique notions, pretty fabric, a pattern and even exclusive coupons! You may also cancel at any time, giving you total flexibility.

Thank you, quilting friends, for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!

~Taunja