Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A sunny, sweet graduation quilt

Last week I shared some sentimental feelings with you about making graduation quilts, and here I am again, full of emotion over another graduate we are celebrating, our niece Madison. She will be heading off to college in the fall, where I am certain she will excel in her studies and make the most of her college experience. Madison is smart, kind, funny, compassionate and hard working. She will be a blessing to everyone she encounters.



When I was choosing fabrics for Maddie’s quilt, I was drawn to Lella Boutique’s Lollipop Garden collection because it reminded me of my sweet niece . . . pretty, positive and hopeful. Ever since she was a little girl, trying to keep up with her big sisters and big cousins, she has been a determined ray of sunshine, bringing the light to those around her. I think this fabric is a perfect representation of that dear girl.



Do you recognize the pattern that I used for Maddi's quilt? It’s my 9-Patch Pivot pattern, which is fat quarter friendly and finishes at 66” x 77”. This has become one of my favorite patterns for a few reasons. First, fabric selection is so easy. Simply gather 21 fat quarters and 1 1/4 yards of neutral fabric and you have all you need for the top. 


Second, this pattern is versatile. I made my original in a beautiful palette of blues, greens and browns, while other quilters have made it in primary colors and Christmas prints.  It’s definitely on my list to make a Christmas version some day!



Finally, this pattern is easy to sew and achieve great results. The center 9-patch with surrounding sashing is set on point for visual interest, but it “floats” within the block.  What’s so great about that? Well, it means that you don’t have to match any points when you sew the blocks together. If you are interested in my 9-Patch Pivot pattern, it’s available on my Etsy shop in PDF format.



The fabulous Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts did the machine quilting on Madison’s quilt, and it is absolutely perfect.  We chose a pattern called Marmalade, which is soft and swirly and flirty. Thank you so much, Star! Your work is always wonderful!



I am extremely grateful for simple pleasures . . . quilting, spending time with family and celebrating those we love. I sincerely hope you all are well, safe, and able to find comfort in your love of quilting. Take care!

~Taunja


Monday, June 1, 2020

Bloom-Topia: Release 9


Happy first day of June! I hope you all are well, safe and happily quilting! I'm excited to share my latest Bloop-Topia blocks with you today.  These are my Release 9 blocks, titled Evening Star and Dragonfly, and I just love how they turned out. Have you been quilting along? I sure have enjoyed this slow-paced quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.   


The Dragonfly blocks were made using a tool called the Starburst 30 Degree Triangle Ruler by Creative Grids. I love it when a pattern pushes me to try a new technique or tool. The Bloom-Topia pattern provides good visuals on how to use the ruler to create the wedges, which are then sewn together and trimmed to a square shape. It was a clever trick and a fun process to try!




Most of the prints in these block are from the Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. The pretty taupe gingham you see in the star centers is from Lella Boutique's Farmer's Daughter collection.  



The original Bloom-Topia quilt designed by Fat Quarter Shop features the Summer Sweet fabric collection by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda.  If you would like to make one just like the original, there is still time to purchase a Bloom-Topia kit!




Thanks for stopping by!

~Taunja


Important Links:
Jolly Jabber landing page: Bloom-Topia Quilt Along
Donation page: Make-A-Wish






Monday, May 25, 2020

A flannel quilt for the graduate!


I love making graduation quilts. There is so much promise, hope and excitement in watching a young person graduate and take their next steps in life. I think it energizes those of us who have to brush off the cobwebs to remember our own graduations. It reminds us of the possibilities of new beginnings, and how thrilled and scared we were in those moments. Making a quilt for a graduate is our way of sending love and encouragement with the young person embarking on that new journey.

We have two special graduates to celebrate this year . . . our daughter’s boyfriend Cameron and our niece Madison. Cam just graduated from college and Madison is graduating from high school. They are both terrific young people who will make a positive mark on the world.  I look forward to seeing how their futures unfold. Today I want to share some pictures of Cam’s quilt, which we gave to him this past weekend.


The gorgeous flannel fabric you see in the photos is Farmhouse Flannels II by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.  This collection will release in July, and you definitely want to get your hands on a bundle! To tell you the truth, I think I need more of this fabric! It goes nicely in my house!


Obviously, the flannel texture is yummy, as flannel always is. But I also love the rich, masculine palette. The steely grays lean toward blue to my eye, the blacks remind me of charcoal, and the browns have a bark-like coloring ~ the color palette is natural and wonderful.


I knew this collection would make the perfect college graduation quilt for Cam. I searched for a simple, masculine pattern and found one on Fat Quarter Shop's website: “Picnic” by Zen Chic.  This FREE pattern finishes at 72” x 83” and is layer cake friendly.  I had a fat quarter bundle of Farmhouse Flannels II, so I cut my 10” squares from the bundle and used the remaining fabric, along with some yardage, to sew a scrappy backing. Two quilts in one!




By now you’ve noticed the fabulous machine quilting that adds such depth and visual interest.  The pattern is called Diagonal Plaid Bias and the wonderful work was done by Jennifer of Farm Fresh Stitches. Thank you so much, Jennifer! It’s perfect!



Each time I make a graduation quilt, I envision it with the recipient. My sappy hope is that it brings them the comfort of home and the reminder that they are loved. Although I haven’t known Cam his whole life, I’ve known him long enough to appreciate his kindness, sense of humor and genuinely good character. He’s accomplished great things so far, and I’m sure that will continue in his future. Here he is with our daughter, Haley.


In a week or two I’ll share my second graduation quilt with you, Madison’s quilt. Here’s a sneak peek.  This quilt is all sunshine and sweetness, just like our niece!


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

~Taunja




Friday, May 15, 2020

Bloom-Topia: Release 8


Hello quilting friends! I can't believe it's already the middle of May and there are only a few blocks remaining in our Bloom-Topia Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. What fun this has been! Today I'm sharing my Release 8 block, which is called Corn and Beans.   



This was a super easy block with nicely sized pieces. I took a risk and decided to use a navy print for my background fabric, which I think makes this simple block look more striking. From a distance, that navy background fabric almost takes on a denim tone, which I love. 


All of the prints in this block are from the Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda




The original Bloom-Topia quilt designed by Fat Quarter Shop features the Summer Sweet fabric collection by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda.  If you would like to make one just like the original, there is still time to purchase a Bloom-Topia kit!




Thanks for stopping by!

~Taunja


Important Links:
Fat Quarter Shop: Release 1Release 2Release 3Release 4Release 5Release 6Release 7, Release 8
Purchase a kit: Bloom-Topia kit
Purchase a backing set: Backing set kit
My intro post: Bloom-Topia Quilt Along
My blocks: Release 1Release 2Release 3Release 4Release 5Release 6, Release 7
Jolly Jabber landing page: Bloom-Topia Quilt Along
Donation page: Make-A-Wish







Thursday, May 7, 2020

A sunny Flower Tile quilt block


Last night I was feeling blue. I was missing my quilting buddies and reminiscing about the fun we have when we sew together . . . giggling, talking, snacking, creating. For a moment, I considered throwing myself on the couch and binge watching Netflix. But instead, I picked up my chin and sought refuge in the sewing room. I’m so glad I did, because by the end of the evening I had cheered myself considerably by making this happy block!


Do you remember my Flower Tile pattern? I released it in 2018 and it has always been a personal favorite of mine. My original Flower Tile quilt featured the soft and romantic Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree & Company. This is a charm pack friendly pattern that finishes at 40 1/2” square, making it a great size for a table topper, wall hanging or baby quilt.


I’ve wanted to sew up this quilt in a completely different look for quite some time, and since Moda’s Indigo Chambray (#12051 13) is my new favorite fabric, I decided to use that as the neutral in this quilt. Don’t you just love how the red, green and yellow fabrics pop off of the chambray?


The red and green prints are from Fig Tree’s original Christmas Figs collection, but they are releasing a similar line, Christmas Figs II, this month! This block has a decidedly summertime vibe, so I find it quite fun that three prints from a Christmas collection play a starring role. The warm butter yellow print is from Corey Yoder’s Pepper & Flax collection.  


I’ll keep making more Flower Tile blocks whenever the mood strikes me, whenever I need a sunny pick-me-up. I hope all of you are finding happy times in your sewing rooms as well!

In honor of Mother’s Day, all of my patterns in my Etsy Shop are 20% off through Monday, May 11. No coupon code is needed. Thanks for stopping by!

~Taunja



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Bloom-Topia: Release 7


Hello quilting friends! I'm cruising right along with my Bloom-Topia blocks. Today I'm sharing my Release 7 blocks for this fun charity quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.  



Our assignment was to make two long Geese blocks, each measuring 6 1/2" x 18 1/2".  One of the Geese blocks was then used as the middle portion of the larger block, the Geese and Gander block, which finished at 18 1/2" x 30 1/2". 


I introduced a bit of Sweet Tea fabric (by Sweetwater) into these blocks.  The navy with white pin dot is from the Sweet Tea collection, and two of the Geese wings are also from Sweet Tea: the navy with white text and the navy with white X's. 



The rest of the prints you see are from the Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. I love the warm, earthy feeling of the Harvest Road collection.






The original Bloom-Topia quilt designed by Fat Quarter Shop features the Summer Sweet fabric collection by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda.  If you would like to make one just like the original, there is still time to purchase a Bloom-Topia kit!




Thanks for stopping by!

~Taunja


Important Links:
Fat Quarter Shop: Release 1Release 2Release 3Release 4Release 5Release 6, Release 7
Purchase a kit: Bloom-Topia kit
Purchase a backing set: Backing set kit
My intro post: Bloom-Topia Quilt Along
My blocks: Release 1Release 2Release 3Release 4Release 5, Release 6
Jolly Jabber landing page: Bloom-Topia Quilt Along
Donation page: Make-A-Wish







Fat quarter bundle winner with LouLou's Fabric Shop


Thank you all for entering our giveaway for the fat quarter bundle of Bloomington. It was certainly fun to read all of your comments and hear the love we all share for Lella Boutique fabric collections! 


I took all of your comments, copied and pasted them into an Excel spreadsheet, shuffled the entries around, and did a random number draw using a cool app on my phone. The winner is Tracie @ Riceford Streams. Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you via email so we can coordinate sending your prize to you.

Many thanks to my dear sponsor, LouLou's Fabric Shop for this generous giveaway.  I've been shopping at LouLou's for many years.  Their selection and customer service is absolutely fabulous.  Shop owner Jamie really cares about her customers. She goes the extra mile to keep her shop stocked with the latest collections and also creates beautiful, custom curated LouLou Bundles.  Make sure you are following her on social media and sign up to receive her newsletter so you don't miss out!

Thank you all for supporting our small businesses. Now go and get carried away quilting!

~Taunja