Thursday, April 19, 2018

Free "Easy Does It" lap quilt pattern featuring Grandale by Keera Job


Today I’m pleased to be a stop on the Grandale Blog Tour featuring a beautiful new collection by fabric designer Keera Job for Riley Blake Designs. Grandale includes a soothing range of colors, stunning florals, and terrific coordinates. Isn't it wonderful?


I’ve made a lap quilt and coordinating pillow with this lovely fabric. The lap quilt is a new, free pattern of mine called Easy Does It, and the coordinating pillow features a sweet little butterfly block from Elea Lutz’ book called Pretty Playtime Quilts.


I initially had different plans for Grandale. But when Keera's gorgeous fabric arrived, circumstances in my own life caused me to think about the people I know who are experiencing health issues. People who are wheelchair bound due to accidents, illness and old age. I thought of my 93-year-old Great Aunt Dorothy, who gets around with the aid of a walker.  I thought of friends and relatives who have had to endure chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Quilts are a wonderful expression of love and comfort. And so I sought to create a pattern that we could make quickly and easily, and that would be just the right size for people in this situation.  


Grandale’s main floral prints are stop-and-stare pretty, almost too pretty to cut up! The cream and teal florals are my favorites from the collection, so I decided to feature them in my lap quilt. Once the top was together, it seemed to me that the quilting needed to be soft and simple, so I machine quilted horizontal lines of serpentine stitching. I used the zigzag (#4) stitch on my Bernina with the longest and widest stitch settings my machine would allow. I started quilting in the center and worked my way out to the top and bottom, using the edge of my walking foot as a guide for the next stitching line.  No marking required!


Rather than using white thread, I chose Aurifil’s baby pink (2423 50 wt). It coordinates so nicely with the soft pinks in Keera's collection. I think the final result makes you want to reach out and touch the quilt, which is just what we want in a comfort quilt!


For my coordinating pillow, I highlighted the butterfly with simple outline quilting and added a translucent pink button for a finishing touch. In this photo you can see the sophisticated Grandale Carnation Tan floral from the collection. It has an almost linen-like appearance ~ what a great print for sophisticated home coordinates!



I don't have a pattern for the pillow. After making the butterfly block from Elea's book, I simply framed it with fabric to the size that I needed for a pillow form I had on hand.  Then I created an envelope back and bound the pillow with the Grandale Pink Dot. I am hoping this gives you an idea of the lovely things you could create with Grandale!


Easy Does It finishes at 41" x 50" and is a free pattern available on my Craftsy Shop. I hope this is a pattern you can turn to when you need a quick comfort quilt for someone you love. This pattern also happens to be just the right size for a child’s quilt!

Many thanks to Keera Job and Riley Blake Designs for including me on this Grandale Blog Tour. If you’d like to see other makers who are playing with Grandale, please visit these websites:
Fabric Mutt (4/4/2018)
Down Grapevine Lane (4/26/2018)

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today. Now go and get carried away quilting, my friends!

~Taunja


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Corner Stars


Hello quilting friends!  I’m popping in today to share my progress on the “Star Spangled” block of the month hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designer Lindsey Weight. Last night I made the darling corner star blocks for this patriotic quilt, and I love how they came out.   


Lindsey’s instructions called for two different pairs of red and blue corner star blocks, and hers are so pretty. But I got it into my head that I wanted to make mine tonal, red-on-red. After I made the first one, I liked it so well that I made the next three exactly the same.  



If you've been following along, you know that I’ve been sewing from my stash, using a combination of fabrics from Fig Tree & Company as well as Bonnie & Camille (both for Moda). My corner star blocks feature a combination of the red polka dot from Fig Tree’s Chestnut Street collection and the red gingham from their Strawberry Fields Revisited collection. I used the same background fabric I’ve been using for all the blocks, which is from Fig Tree’s Coney Island collection.


If you'd love to make a patriotic quilt but don't have enough reds and blues on hand, or if you just want someone else to do the choosing for you, the 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!  

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. You can join in at any time.  Remember, the patterns are free! 

Thank you to Lindsey and FWFS for providing this BOM opportunity for us all!

~Taunja

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 instructions for Block 2 are available here:



The instructions for Block 3 are available here:



The instructions for Block 4 are available here:

The instructions for Block 5 are available here:



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Quilting brings the cheer when the weather is something to fear!


The calendar might say April 7, but in central Minnesota we are still experiencing winter. Mother Nature hit us with nine new inches of snow last weekend, and the weather man is predicting more snow this weekend. Ugh!  Quilt making and decorating with quilts is my refuge as I wait for sunshine, green grass, flowers and warm breezes.

Right now our guest bedroom is the most sunny room in the house. It literally gets the best afternoon light, but I've also added sunshine to the room with my quilts. Above the daybed I've hung my "Flower Tile" quilt, providing instant cheer. 


My mom is the only regular visitor to the guest room, but I know she appreciates the effort. Plus, this room is home to my fabric closet, so I go in there quite often for a "pick me up" as well.


Maybe you need a cheery quilt in your life too!  If so, I do happen to have just two "Flower Tile" kits left on my Etsy Shop.  Flower Tile is a charm pack friendly quilt that finishes 44 1/2" square. It makes a great wall hanging or table topper.  

My kits feature the newest Fig Tree & Company collection, Ella and Ollie. They include everything you need for the top, backing and binding. One kit includes the milk floral as backing, and the other kit includes the daisy turkey tracks as backing.



In other quilting news, this weekend I am playing with beautiful fabric by Keera Job for Riley Blake Designs. This new collection called Grandale (pictured below) will be available in stores soon. Aren't the florals just magnificent? On April 19 I will reveal my finished project as part of the Grandale Blog Hop. I hope you will check back, because I just may be offering a new free pattern at that time!


Finally, I have four quilts back from the quilter, so I have several evenings of binding ahead of me. Thankfully, I do enjoy hand binding. I find it relaxing and it also keeps my fingers out of the snack bowl and my mind off of the yucky weather, at least temporarily. This is just a cute shot of the bindings I've prepped. Did you notice the cute pincushion ring? Such a fun little gift from my sister.



I nearly forgot to mention that I am also running a PAPER PATTERN SALE this month on my Etsy Shop! Select paper patterns are 20% off during the month of April. Sale prices are marked!

I hope the weather is better in your neck of the woods. But if not, please join me in spirit and get carried away quilting!

~Taunja 


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

My Sew Sampler Basket Quilt top is complete!


If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you know that I love the monthly Sew Sampler subscription box from Fat Quarter Shop. Every month the folks at Fat Quarter Shop curate a box filled with unique notions, pretty fabric, an exclusive pattern and coupons! These boxes are an incredible value and you may cancel at any time, giving you total flexibility. It’s so exciting to receive that special blue box each month!

For the past year, the Sew Sampler boxes have also included a bonus basket block recipe card designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. I’ve played along, sewing a basket block each month from my stash of Fig Tree scraps! I’m so excited to show you my finished Basket Quilt top. Isn’t she pretty?


This cheerful quilt finishes at 28 3/4” x 36”, but there are larger sized options on the recipe cards. Because I made the small 5 1/2” blocks, I literally was able to sew from scraps! During the year, I stored a messy stash of pretty Fig Tree fabrics in a plastic bin and had a ball rummaging through my scraps to find the perfect morsels for each block I made. I have a lot of scraps left, as you can see. Time for another scrap quilt, I guess!


In this month’s Sew Sampler box, we received the 12th basket block recipe and the finishing instructions. I chose a sunny yellow for the setting squares (from Coney Island), an apple green for the inner border (from Ella & Ollie), and the strawberry floral for the outer border (from Strawberry Fields Revisited).  


Sometimes quilt making can become a bit like work, especially when we have a tight deadline. But this project, completed over time using fabrics that make my heart happy, was a true joy. Just ask my husband . . . I was hopping around the house the night I discovered I had enough floral fabric to make that pretty outer border.


When I look at this quilt top, it’s like an eye-spy game of old Fig Tree favorites, including California Girl, Aloha Girl and Farmhouse. This scrap quilt reminds me of the other quilts I’ve made and treasured!


My Sew Sampler Basket Quilt top just needs to be quilted, and then I will find a sunny spot to hang it. I’m thinking it may need to go in the guest room near my Sweetly Scalloped quilt and my favorite Fig Tree pillows.


It’s time for me to come back down to earth and show you the goodies that arrived in the March Sew Sampler box, pictured below. Isn't that Sparkler pattern striking? I've been longing to try a curvy Log Cabin ruler.  It's always good to try new things!

~ Splarkler Ombre Confetti Metallic Half Yard Bundle ~ 
~ “The Sparkler Quilt” Exclusive Pattern ~ 
 ~ Creative Grids 4” Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool ~ 
 ~ Bella Rose Gold Tape Measure ~ 
 ~ True Grips Adhesive Rings ~ 


If you haven't signed up for this monthly subscription box and want to know more, just follow this link: Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. Oh, and if you’d like to make your own basket block quilt (in three size options), the recipe cards are available for purchase here.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja





Monday, March 26, 2018

Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Flying Geese


This weekend I finally got my sewing self in gear and made my flying geese units for the “Star Spangled” block of the month hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Designer Lindsey Weight posted the free instructions on March 13, but . . . well . . . Taunja got a little sidetracked! Luckily, the 48 over-sized flying geese were a snap to stitch together!




If you've been following along, you know that I’ve been sewing from my stash, using a combination of fabrics from Fig Tree & Company as well as Bonnie & Camille (both for Moda). I've really enjoyed the creative process of pulling from my red and blue stash and hoping it will all work together. Here are the four main star blocks I made previously. 


If you'd love to make a patriotic quilt but don't have enough reds and blues on hand, or if you just want someone else to do the choosing for you, the 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!  

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. You can join in at any time.  Remember, the patterns are free! 

Thank you to Lindsey and FWFS for providing this BOM opportunity for us all!

~Taunja

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 instructions for 
Block 2 are available here:

The instructions for Block 3 are available here:





Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New sponsor: Sweet Treasures Quilts


Hello quilting friends! Today I want to introduce you to the newest Carried Away Quilting blog sponsor, Sweet Treasures Quilts! I’ve been a fan of Sweet Treasures for a couple years now, and I’m so excited to be working with them!


Located in Keizer, Oregon, Sweet Treasures has a unique and flourishing business model, serving as both a sewing studio and online quilt shop. Owner Terri Staats began her business in pattern design and teaching, and eventually opened a sewing studio in Keizer. The studio offers a wide variety of classes, as well as open sewing/shopping days, and an option for private sewing days for groups. Here are some photos of her beautiful studio and the scrumptious offerings! I think you’ll agree with me, it looks heavenly!






Sweet Treasures is also an online quilt shop, allowing Terri to reach customers all over the world, both with her original patterns and with the latest and greatest fabric. This sweet little runner is one of Terri's designs. It is aptly named Hopscotch and is a great way to use up your collection of mini charm packs. You can see that she and I share a love of Fig Tree & Company!


The Sweet Treasures team has a knack for creating the most lovely custom kit offerings.  I was so tickled this past winter when they kitted one of my patterns, Window Garden, in a beautiful traditional collection by Minick and Simpson, called Ann’s Arbor. They truly have an eye for putting together great kits! Here it is on display in their studio.




And here's another pretty runner kit on display.  This one features some yummy Corey Yoder fabrics, another favorite of mine!





Terri is a prolific pattern designer and quilt maker. She is always sewing, creating beauty, and inspiring others in a kind and positive way. We’ve never met in person, but she’s made an impact on my quilting life just by the wonderful projects and uplifting presence she shares on Instagram. Hint . . . you should follow her on Instagram immediately! @sweettreasuresquilts  

I hope you’ll check out the Sweet Treasures online shop, and also follow them on their social media channels. You’ll be so glad you did! 

BONUS!  Sweet Treasures is offering my readers 20% off now through March 25, 2018.  Just use the coupon code carriedawayquilting at check out.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, and for helping me welcome the entire team at Sweet Treasures! Now go and get carried away quilting!

~Taunja



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Free mini quilt pattern: He Is Risen


Happy first day of spring!  It’s snowing again in Minnesota, making me all the more eager for spring to truly arrive. To keep my spirits up, I thought I would share a pretty mini quilt I made last night. It’s called “He Is Risen,” and it’s a free pattern on my Craftsy Shop!



I introduced you to this Easter pattern two years ago.  My original quilt (pictured below) was made using Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.  I just loved the soft, nurturing pastels, and I gave this mini quilt to my mom.


I’ve wanted to make one for myself ever since then. For my quilt, I chose the tender new collection by Lella Boutique called Nest. I ordered a charm pack from my sponsor, Stitches ‘n Giggles, and was instantly in love with what I saw: cheerful flowers, charming birds, and delicate tree branches. All signs of the blessings of spring!



I pulled just the robin's egg blues and the eggshell creams to create the tiny border in my quilt, and used the leaf green print for the grass. But the Nest collection also includes darker blues, taupes, and pinks! I think you’ll love it.



For the background fabric, I chose the wonderful script print from Lella Boutique’s Farmer’s Daughter collection. (You may remember I used this recently on my Kitchen Table Quilt. I will be so sad when I run out of this print!) For the cross and the binding, I pulled two subtle taupe prints also from Farmer’s Daughter.



To finish my quilt, I chose simple straight line quilting on a one-inch grid.  It complements the pattern nicely and doesn't distract from either the understated power of the finished piece or the beauty of the fabric. My thread of choice on this project was Aurifil 2021 50 wt (natural white).



“He is Risen” finishes at 11 1/2" by 15 1/2". Using some of your favorite scraps, you could sew this together in an afternoon. I’ve also been told it would make a lovely christening/baptism gift. What a great idea!  “He Is Risen” is available as a free pattern download on my Craftsy Shop. I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

~Taunja