Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Winner of the Snowy Truck panel from Quilt Girls

Well, this couldn't be more timely.  Today is the day I announce the winner of the Snowy Truck quilt panel from the sweet folks at Quilt Girls, and just take a look at the winter wonderland outside my sewing room window.  As we say in Minnesota, "Uff da!"

Sure, freshly fallen snow clinging to the boughs of an evergreen tree is a sight to behold. However, I don't think the pumpkin sitting on my front step is very impressed. He has been completely smothered by a blanket of white fluff!

Let's move on to happier thoughts.  The winner of the Snowy Truck quilt panel courtesy of Quilt Girls is Mama-D.  Congratulations! I will contact you via email, Mama-D.

Thank you all for entering. I took your comments, copied and pasted them into a spreadsheet, sorted and shuffled them around, and then texted my mom to choose a number.  This is my scientific method, and it works for me.

Thanks so much for your continued support of my small business. The team at Quilt Girls and I truly appreciate you!

Now, I need to find my snow shovel.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Giveaway: Snowy truck quilt panel from Quilt Girls

Christmas is right around the corner. Before too long, my yard will be blanketed with snow and you’ll find me in a flurry of activity, trying to properly prepare for the holiday season. To embrace the inevitable, I thought it might be fun to hold a giveaway! Thanks to the generous folks at Quilt Girls, I have this beautiful, winter themed quilt panel to give away:


This lovely panel measures 35” x 44”, and it would provide a terrific starting point for a wonderful custom quilt for someone you love! If you’re not sure what to do with a quilt panel, please visit my July blog post, where I give you lots of ideas and tips for working with panels. 


To enter our giveaway, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post. You MUST include your email address. The giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only due to the high rate of international shipping. Comments are open through 5:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winner. *Only one comment per person/per email address.  Email me if you are having trouble leaving a comment and I will leave a comment on your behalf. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com) Many thanks to Quilt Girls for their generous giveaway offering!


As you are pondering the homemade gifts you’d like to make for Christmas, be sure to visit the Quilt Girls website and take a look at their great selection. They have a fabulous supply of Christmas fabrics, as well as cloth book panels (a great gift idea!), character prints, juvenile prints and so much more!

Have a great day and good luck!


Monday, October 12, 2020

Star Watch: a Christmas version

Hello quilting friends! I hope you all are well and finding time to sew to your heart’s content. Yesterday I spent some happy hours in my sewing room and I want to share my progress with you. I’m sewing a Christmas version of my Start Watch jelly roll pattern.

Since last winter, I’ve been hoarding a jelly roll and some coordinating yardage from Deb Strain’s Hearthside Holiday fabric. I love the deep Christmas red, striking black and cool gray that Deb utilizes in her winter collections. These awesome color choices are fabulous when combined with the traditional plaids, buffalo checks, deer head motif and other winter classic elements.

Hearthside Holiday may be hard to find in stores, since it was released over a year ago.  However, Deb Strain has a current winter collection called Homegrown Holidays that has a very similar look and feel. She typically comes out with a new winter collection annually. People often ask me, through email or social media, where they can purchase a kit or how they can find the fabrics to make a quilt exactly like the one I’m showing. That isn’t always possible, but I’ll point you in the right direction whenever I’m able.

If you can’t find Deb Strain's fabric at your local quilt shop, a few of my sponsors carry her  collections.  (Please take note that some of her collections also come in flannel/brushed cotton. So just be sure to look at the descriptions to determine what you’re ordering!)  You could also do a search on Etsy to find a small independent seller who may have just the fabric you need!

Deb Strain’s beautiful fabric is available at:

My Star Watch pattern finishes at 64” x 74” and calls for one jelly roll and coordinating yardage. The jelly roll is used for block construction and also for a scrappy binding, which adds a charming finishing touch to the quilt. The pattern is available on my Etsy shop in PDF format. It’s a versatile pattern and is easy enough for an advanced beginner.

Thanks for stopping by and for supporting my small business! Make sure you take some time to get carried away quilting real soon.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

An autumn finish for the Fat Quarter Flourish Quilt Parade

It’s September 30, the day we parade our completed Fat Quarter Flourish quilt tops! I hope you had a chance to join My Timeless Day and me for this fun project.

I sewed up an autumn version of Fat Quarter Flourish, featuring splendid fall fabrics by Lori Holt and Sandy Gervais (Riley Blake). My version is available as a kit from My Timeless Day.  Won't this make a lovely addition to my Thanksgiving table?

I had hoped to have mine all quilted and bound by the time September 30 rolled around, but life seemed to get in the way.  I'm sure you can all relate! I plan to do some simple, straight-line quilting, which is all this little quilt needs.

If you made your own Fat Quarter Flourish this month, Allison and I can’t wait to see it. We're also excited to hold our random prize drawings! To be entered, you will need to post your photo on social media. 

FACEBOOK: Today I will post my finished top on my Facebook page.  Add a photo of your finished top to the comments section of that post!

INSTAGRAM: Post a photo of your finished top on Instagram and tag both My Timeless Day (@mytimelessday) and Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn).  Be sure to use the hashtag #fatquarterflourishquiltparade

Winners will be announced on both social media platforms on Sunday, October 4.  Good luck to everyone, and thank you for parading with us!

~Taunja & Allison

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!