Monday, September 14, 2020

Next Up baby quilt featuring charming farm fabric

When I saw Stacy Iest Hsu’s newest fabric collection, On the Farm, I just had to sew up a baby quilt. The fabric is darling, with vibrant colors and charming farmyard scenes. In keeping with the country theme, I paired this collection with Moda’s Indigo Chambray and decided to use my Next Up charm pack pattern. The result is a cheerful baby quilt that is gender neutral and hay bales of fun.

Making children’s quilts is so rewarding. For me, they bring back special memories of my kids when they were little. This particular quilt reminds me of how Luke loved to play with his tractors from Grandpa and Grandma Ohlson. Luke didn’t grow up on a farm, but he visited one often!

If you look closely at the prints in the collection, you will find an array of farm animals, classic barns and windmills, and a few wildflowers for good measure. Just imagine a small child exploring each square of this quilt. What a great play quilt it would make!

For binding, I chose the red country check print, which nicely frames the chambray. I selected the cream Ol Macdonald print for the backing. I’m thinking some little person will love the back of this quilt as much as the front. This baby quilt finishes at 38” square.

Would you like to make your own farm-style Next Up baby quilt?  I thought a few of you might!  So, I’ve stocked my Etsy Shop with a supply of kits, as well as yardage for backing. The backing will be sold separately.

The kit includes the following:
Next Up paper pattern
(1) On the Farm charm pack
Moda Indigo Chambray....................... 3/4 yard
Bella Solid 9900 182 (Porcelain)......... 1/3 yard
Red Check Binding............................. 3/8 yard

Backing is sold separately.  I have all three Ol Macdonald prints available, in blue, cream and gray.  Important note: the Next Up pattern calls for 2 5/8 yards for backing, which is the standard calculation for a quilt 38” square.  However, you should check with your long-arm quilter. You may get by with just 1 1/3 yard if 44” wide is acceptable to your quilter. I used just 1 1/3 yard backing, with my machine quilter’s approval.

My Next Up pattern includes instructions for two size options: large (86” square) and small (38” square, shown here.)  This is my fifth Next Up quilt, and I never tire of making this pattern. It's quick, easy and yields such pleasing results. Here are the others that I have made.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support of my small business. It means the world to me. I will work to continue to bring us patterns and projects that help us get carried away quilting!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New pattern: Buffalo Check Christmas Runner

I am a buffalo check girl. I have buffalo check pillows on our living room sofa, buffalo check napkins in the dining room, and even buffalo check curtains in the guest room. I recently debuted two new patterns, Buffalo Check Autumn and Buffalo Check Winter, which both feature this favorite motif. Today I have another fun pattern to show you, Buffalo Check Christmas Runner!

This holiday runner exudes timeless, homespun charm. Simple trees and scrappy stars rest upon a foundation of the classic buffalo check.  I laid out my new runner with some plates, napkins and simple greens.  Now I can’t wait to decorate my winter table using this runner as my focal point. Buffalo Check Christmas Runner is generous in length, finishing at 56 1/2” x 12 1/2.” 

Creating the 16-patch star centers was my favorite part of making this runner. Although only one charm pack is needed, I broke open two charm packs I had been hoarding: “Christmas Card” and “Merry Starts Here” by Sweetwater (Moda).  I selected my favorite prints and then fussy cut some of them so that little Christmas messages would appear. (You could just as easily sew the 16-patches from your scrap bucket.) The red star points are from the “Return to Winter’s Lane” collection by Kate & Birdie (Moda)

My evergreen trees are made using a green print from Sweetwater and a green print from “Wintertide” by Janet Clare (Moda). The stump fabric is called Brown Crow Tracks from Riley Blake’s “Calico Crow” collection. Again, these are all fabrics I had been saving.  The great thing about a runner project is that fabric requirements are often so small, you may have much of what you need right in your own fabric closet!

I was already quite happy with my runner when I finished the piecing and shipped it to Starlit Quilts for machine quilting. But I was absolutely tickled when I received the runner back from Star. The quilting motif that she selected is perfect, don’t you agree?  The scale is right on, and the simple repetitive pattern so nicely accentuates the piecing.  Thank you, Star! Once again, you’ve made me smile from ear to ear!

The Buffalo Check Christmas Runner pattern is available on my Etsy Shop in PDF format, and I’ve listed fabric requirements below. 

My Etsy Shop also has a limited supply of the Bella Solids needed for the buffalo check portion, if you would like to order the necessary yardage.  Then you could take your time deciding upon your colored prints, either from your stash or from your favorite quilt shop.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, I sold out of two of the Bella Solids in one day.  But Fat Quarter Shop has them in stock!  Click the links below to find the Bella Solids! I still have the white in stock.

Fabric requirements for Buffalo Check Christmas Runner:
1 charm pack  OR  2 mini charm packs  OR  scraps to yield (48) 1.5” squares

White (Moda Bella Solid 9900 98 White Bleached):  1/4 yard

Dark (Moda Bella Solid 9900 128 Stone):  1/4 yard

Green (all one print or scraps to yield):  1/4 yard 

Red:  1/4 yard

Brown (4 pieces 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”):  Scrap

Binding:  3/8 yard

Backing:  1 5/8 yard

Thanks so much for stopping by, quilting friends! Now go and get carried away quilting, buffalo check style!


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Progress: Fat Quarter Flourish quilt parade

I'm popping in today to share my progress on the Fat Quarter Flourish quilt parade I'm hosting with Allison Cotton of My Timeless Day.  I've finished the center block of my mini quilt, and I'm so pleased with how it's coming together. Will you be joining us?

Please be sure to visit my earlier blog post for all the details on our quilt parade. We're even holding some random prize drawings for those who finish their top by September 30 and post a photo either on my Facebook post or on Instagram.

There is still plenty of time for you to join the fun. Fat Quarter Flourish is a quick and easy project. Simply purchase the pattern if you don’t already own it.  It is available in paper or PDF format on my Etsy Shop. There are even kits available from My Timeless Day. You could also order individual fat quarters from My Timeless Day, creating your own unique bundle!

Thanks for taking the time to check on my progress.  I hope your stitching is going well. I cannot wait to see all of the beautiful creations you make!


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Pumpkin Sky pillow: A welcoming touch for my front porch

The first week of September has ushered in bright, crisp days for those of us in Minnesota. I plan to spend part of my Labor Day weekend doing some fall decorating. As a jump start, I added a few autumn elements to my front porch, including my newest Pumpkin Sky pillow.

I hope you don’t remember that I was working on this white, butterscotch and denim version of my Pumpkin Sky pillow in September of last year! I finally got my ducks in a row and sent it off to be quilted by my friend Barb at Quilts on Broadway in Foley. The loop-de-loop quilting pattern is one of my favorites. It's soft and subtle, adding texture without overpower the piecing.

This version of Pumpkin Sky features a denim blue background from Lella Boutique’s Harvest Road collection, which sets off the white pumpkin so nicely. The orange flying geese are from a past Fig Tree collection. I just love a blue and orange color combination.

The pillow is just one project in my Pumpkin Sky pattern, the other is a wall hanging. Here are the originals, as quilted by my other lovely quilting friend, Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts.

I used a simple envelope back construction for the pillow. You could modify to use a zipper if you desire. But for me, the envelope back always works well and is such a quick finish. My pattern includes instructions for making the envelope back.

The Pumpkin Sky pattern is available on my Etsy shop in both paper and PDF format.  I hope you’ll consider giving it a try. Happy September to you all!


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Fat Quarter Flourish quilt parade

Hello quilting friends! I’m teaming up with Allison Cotton, owner of My Timeless Day quilt shop in Canton, SD, to host a virtual quilt parade. We’re using my pattern, Fat Quarter Flourish, and we hope you’ll join the fun.

What’s a quilt parade?  Well, it’s similar to a sew along, but it only has one deadline . . .  the finish! We’ll give you plenty of time to select your fabrics and piece your top. Then we’ll ask you to share a photo of your finished top either on Instagram or on Facebook (or both) using this hashtag: #fatquarterflourishquiltparade. 

We’ll have random prize drawings for each social media platform to increase the fun!  My Timeless Day will be giving away (2) $25 gift cards (one for Instagram and one for Facebook), and I will be giving away CAQ patterns of choice.

Why did we choose Fat Quarter Flourish?
1.  Fabric selection is a snap! You only need 5 fat quarters to make the top.
2.  The piecing is easy enough for an advanced beginner.
3.  The project is small, so there is not a huge time commitment. Fat Quarter Flourish finishes at 20 1/2” square.
4.  The pattern is SO versatile.  Fat Quarter Flourish looks wonderful in just about any color combination, for any season or holiday . . . think Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, autumn, summer, spring, winter, and patriotic! 

How do you get started?
Purchase the pattern if you don’t already own it.  It is available in paper or PDF format on my Etsy Shop. It is also available from My Timeless Day.

Select 5 fat quarters from your stash, or 
Order a beautiful kit from My Timeless Day, or
Order individual fat quarters from My Timeless Day and build your own bundle.

Then begin cutting and sewing!

How do you “parade” your quilt?

All tops need to be finished by September 30
. Then post your photo on social media to be entered into our prize drawings.  
  • FACEBOOK: On September 30, Carried Away Quilting will post my finished top on my Facebook page.  Add a photo of your finished top to the comments section of that post!
  • INSTAGRAM: Anytime before September 30, post a photo of your finished top on Instagram and tag both My Timeless Day and Carried Away Quilting.  Be sure to use the hashtag #fatquarterflourishquiltparade

Autumn Fat Quarter Flourish

I’ve decided to use this gorgeous autumn bundle from My Timeless Day. I love the calm, earthy vibe, which includes 5 prints from Riley Blake: 

  • A leaf print from the “Give Thanks” collection by Sandy Gervais.
  • Three lovely prints from Lori Holt’s new “Prim” collection.  (Posy Pebble, Bloom Daisy and Stitches Raisin) 
  • A neutral, tone-on-tone Swiss dot from Riley Blake.

I've played around with some mock-ups, and I think this is how I will put together my Fat Quarter Flourish top. How would you arrange these fabrics?

I've already selected my binding for this quilt as well!  In the next photo you will see an awesome brown and orange plaid from the “Give Thanks”collection, which is also in the kit available at My Timeless Day.  Won't it be perfect for the binding? 

Patriotic Fat Quarter Flourish
Allison is also joining the quilt parade fun. She will be stitching up a red, white and blue version using this dazzling bundle. Which print will she select to be the focal fabric?  Where will she place the others? I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what she does! If you've been itching to make a patriotic mini quilt, you can purchase a kit from My Timeless Day.

In case you need a little more inspiration, here are photos of my original Fat Quarter Flourish quilt, as well as my Christmas version.  


Many of us are spending a lot more time at home these days, but that shouldn’t stop us from developing quilting friendships across the miles! We hope you will join us in this quilt parade. It’s a great opportunity to be inspired and connect with other quilters!

~Taunja & Allison

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Farmhouse Flannels II: Detailed list for Hometime quilt

After releasing my new pattern, Hometime, I received requests for the details on which fabrics I used for my sample quilt. You know that I used the new Farmhouse Flannels II collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda, but I didn’t list out each SKU number. Since that fabric collection is now available in stores, I thought I’d share that information with you!

Listed below are the fabric requirements for the top and binding of the Hometime quilt, along with the particular SKUs I used. The Moda swatch page for Farmhouse Flannels II is also helpful!

22 fat quarters for hourglass blocks
I selected my favorites from the collection's Fat Quarter Bundle 

Center square (on point)................ 8” square*
49104 12F Steel Country Check

Center square triangle corners....... 1 fat quarter (FQ)
49105 13F Graphite Barbwire

Black star points........................... 1/2 yard
49106 21F Iron and Graphite Houndstooth 

Brown.......................................... 1/4 yard or FQ
49100 16F Mocha Plowed Field

Neutral......................................... 1/4 yard or FQ
49105 17F Cream and Toast Barbwire

Inner border surrounding star......... 1/3 yard
49106 15F Toast Houndstooth

Top border.................................... 1/2 yard
49105 15F Toast Barbwire

Bottom border.............................. 1/2 yard
49105 13F Graphite Barbwire

Binding........................................ 5/8 yard
49106 15F Toast Houndstooth

*This could come from a scrap or an extra fat quarter. You may want this to be a focal fabric or a fussy cut.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you’d like to make your own Hometime quilt, please visit my Etsy Shop. The pattern is available in PDF format.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

New pattern: Buffalo Check Winter

Last month I introduced you to a brand new pattern called Buffalo Check Autumn. Today I'm pleased to share another pattern in my buffalo check inspired series. This one is named Buffalo Check Winter, and it features modern evergreen trees and festive crimson stars. 

My sample quilt was made using Moda Bella Solids and a beautiful new collection by Holly Taylor, called Winter White. This collection celebrates traditional colors and cozy Northwoods-themed prints, which will provide a warm and inviting look for our guest room this winter. This is a holiday quilt which can stay on the bed for several months, even when the snow isn't flying!

Buffalo Check Winter finishes at 72 1/2” x 84 1/2” and is made using basic quilt construction techniques. My pattern provides full color illustrations and lots of tips to help you keep your whites, lights and darks in order so that you can achieve the overall buffalo check motif.

Once again, hugs and applause to Jennifer of Farm Fresh Stitches, who did the fabulous machine quilting. Jennifer helped me select a contemporary quilting motif and the end result is just perfect. This quilt has a timeless quality because we've mixed traditional and modern elements. Buffalo Check Winter will welcome guests to our home for years to come.

Here are the fabric requirements for my Buffalo Check Winter pattern:

White (Moda Bella Solid 9900 98 White Bleached)...................1 1/2 yards
Light (Moda Bella Solid 9900 178 Etchings Stone)....................2 3/4 yards
Dark (Moda Bella Solid 9900 128 Stone)....................................1 1/2 yards
Red A (Winter White by Holly Taylor Crimson 6817 11)...........1/2 yard
Red B (Winter White by Holly Taylor Crimson 6815 11)............1/3 yard
Green A (Winter White by Holly Taylor Cedar 6814 15)............1/2 yard
Green B (Winter White by Holly Taylor Cedar 6812 15)............1/2 yard
Brown (scrap piece 4 1/2” x 10” minimum)................................Scrap
Binding.........................................................................................5/8 yard
Backing.........................................................................................5 1/8 yard

Would you like to make your own Buffalo Check Winter quilt? The pattern is available on my Etsy Shop in PDF format. LouLou’s Fabric Shop will also be kitting this pattern with fabrics from the new Holly Taylor collection! You'll need to purchase the PDF from me, and the fabric kit from LouLou's. They are  waiting on a shipment of fabric, but the kits are available for pre-order now!

Thanks so much for stopping by, quilting friends! Have a wonderful day!