Monday, January 16, 2017

Tray Chic kit winner with Stash Addict Quilts

Thank you all for your interest in my Tray Chic project! This is a terrific pattern by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs. Although there can only be one kit winner today, remember that all of the supplies you need to make your own fabric trays are available at Stash Addict Quilts! Please visit them online and check out their terrific products. They have several other Lazy Girl patterns in stock as well!

The lucky winner today is a reader named Tuki! We will be in touch so that Stash Addict Quilts can send you this terrific kit! Thank you so much to Stash Addict Quilts for their generosity!

I sincerely appreciate you following my blog. I hope you find time to get carried away quilting real soon! :)


Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

I'm so excited to be a guest blogger again this year on Fat Quarter Shop's 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along! Last year was great fun, when each month we made beautiful blocks for the Crossroads Quilt designed by Joanna of Fig Tree & Company.  This year promises to be another fabulous project, with lovely patchwork blocks designed by Bonnie & Camille using their newest collection: Basics.

This annual event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop is a charity quilt along.  The patterns are free and are posted on the 15th of each month on the Jolly Jabber. Quilters are asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they download.  All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  What a great opportunity for us all!

This year I've selected the pretty Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle (Moda) for my quilt.

The January block is called Souvenir of Friendship.  This is a fun and easy block which you can stitch together in no time! Here are mine:

I use my Alphabitties (from Fat Quarter Shop) to keep my pieces organized.

There are only four seams to match and the construction is simple. The pieces are small though, so make sure you are using your quarter-inch foot or watching your seam allowance carefully! The pattern calls for us to make (6) 5 1/2" blocks.  

It's not too late for you to join in the fun. Here’s an informational link which provides all the details:

And here’s a link to the kit if you want to make one in Basics by Bonnie & Camille!

I hope you’ll consider joining this quilt along!  It is a great way to connect with other enthusiastic quilters and donate to a wonderful cause.  You can also share your progress and creations on the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group! And be sure to post your own blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Instagram!   

Several other bloggers are joining.  I hope you'll follow their progress on their blogs and Instagram accounts.  I'm excited to see all of the variations of this quilt in different fabric collections!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Love Sweet Love and a Dresden Plate pillow

Hello quilting friends!  Today I’m delighted to be a guest blogger on the Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Every Friday they release a custom curated fat quarter bundle on their website and newsletter.  Shop owner Jodie has a special talent for putting together lovely, unique bundles that cross fabric companies, collections and designers! 

This week’s bundle, Love Sweet Love, tugged right at my heart strings, and I’m pleased to show you my makes ~ two sweet pillows that have a Valentine’s Day vibe, but would be pretty sitting out all year long!

First off, let’s take a look at the bundle.  It’s a romantic but sophisticated collection of red and gray prints, with a touch of pink and tiny pops of green, yellow and blue.  There are four text prints (which I love) that are all stylistically different and blend beautifully together.  For me the focal print is the gorgeous Strawberry Biscuit gray, which seems to connect them all.

Here are the prints included in Love Sweet Love:

Strawberry Biscuit Gray Main Print - Penny Rose
Sweet Orchard Text Red - Riley Blake
Essentials Criss Cross Gray - Wilmington
Lovebugs Love Script Red - Riley Blake
Flower Pedals Strawberries - Windham
Sewing Studio Grey Text - Robert Kaufman
Swiss Dots Red with White Dots - Riley Blake
Small Talk Grey Newsprint - Studio E

I’ve wanted to make a Dresden Plate pillow for quite some time, and this collection seemed perfectly suited to that project. But I’ll admit, I’ve been intimidated by the idea of making a Dresden Plate block. Let’s face it . . . it looks difficult.  Fortunately, the Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog has a terrific tutorial written by Lindsey Weight, and it turns out this block is not tricky at all!  I followed Lindsey’s instructions and tips and used the Darlene Zimmerman Dresden Ruler available at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  It’s always rewarding to try something new. 

Making the blades was super easy and a lot of fun. I knew from the start that I wanted the Sewing Studio gray text to be the background, so then it was just a matter of alternating the red, gray and pink prints for a nice fan of color. And of course, Strawberry Biscuit just had to be the center of the plate!

Lindsey’s instructions call for machine stitching the completed blades and center circle to the background material, but I really wanted to take my time and enjoy some handwork on this project. I used Aurifil’s 80 wt hand applique thread and it was a dream!  The stitches just disappeared. I used 2600 (dove) for all the gray fabrics and 2255 (dark red orange) for both the red and pink fabrics. 

For the plate center, I used Pellon Sew-In interfacing (light weight, non-fusible) so that I would have a nice turned edge and could hand applique the center.

Once I had my Dresden Plate hand sewn to my pillow top, it seemed to need a little extra stitching for dimension and interest.  I am by no means skilled in embroidery or hand quilting, so I took baby steps and did what was comfortable to me.  I added a simple running stitch around the blades using Aurifil’s floss 2021 (natural white). In this close-up shot you can see how nicely these text prints all work together!

Next I added French knots in that same white floss, and then a few green knots in some tiny flower centers, using Aurifil floss 2882 (light fern).

I was working on this project over the Christmas holiday when my daughter was home on her college break. As I was sitting by her, she said, “You are really having fun doing this, aren’t you mom?” A simple question, but it really hit home. I was completely happy to slow down, sew by hand, and sit by my daughter while we talked and watched a movie.  I can’t thank Jodie and Fort Worth Fabric Studio enough for the gift this project was to me!

When I was done with the Dresden Plate pillow, I found I still had quite a bit of fabric left from the fat quarters.  I decided to make a quick and easy 12" x 16" companion pillow using every last bit of fabric.  I embellished with some buttons from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and a bit of trim I had in my stash.

The pillow backs are pretty too.  I even had enough fabric to bind both pillows  What a fabulous bundle this is!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Please head over to the Fort Worth Fabric Studio website for more information on this bundle, and be sure to sign up for their newsletter. You’ll also want to check out their blog, which includes many fantastic sewing and quilting tutorials.

Today my hope is that you get carried away quilting, but also that you find some quiet time, where you can slow down, stitch a bit, and chat with someone special to you.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tray Chic kit giveaway with Stash Addict Quilts

A few weeks ago the kind folks at Stash Addict Quilts sent me a new Lazy Girl Designs pattern called Tray Chic. Well I had so much fun making one of these trays, I quickly made three more! I'm so happy to be able to share this fun project idea with you today.

The centers of the finished trays measure approximately 5" x 5", with 2" sides, making them a great size to hold your sewing notions or those cute office supplies we can't live without, like colored paper clips, washi tape and cute magnets! They are so pretty and soft, I think they would also serve as nice jewelry containers!  The trays I made will be gifts for some special ladies who work with my husband.

The Lazy Girl pattern instructions are very detailed and easy to follow, and they include many helpful tips and suggestions to ensure a successful project. Once you have one Tray Chic under your belt, you will want to make more!  I made the square and circle versions, but there is also a hexagon version in the pattern!

I selected some of my favorite Fig Tree & Company prints for my trays, and used Aurifil 50 wt 2000 (Light Sand) and 2255 (Dark Red Orange) to do the edge stitching. The pattern calls for these supplies: Lazy Girl Fusi-Bond Lite and Stiff Stuff Firm Interfacing. It was my first time using Stiff Stuff, and it is a great product!  Here's a shot of the underside of the trays so you can see the prints I used.

Last February I made another Lazy Girl Designs pattern given to me by Stash Addict Quilts: the Sweetpea Pods. I filled these with chocolates and mini charm packs and they made really nice gifts!

Now for the exciting news . . . Stash Addict Quilts is generously offering a Tray Chic giveaway on my blog! One lucky winner will receive these supplies to make FOUR trays: the Lazy Girl Designs Tray Chic pattern, (8) 10" x 10" squares of fabric by Fig Tree & Company, stabilizer and fusi-bond.

To enter, simply leave a comment below and be sure to include your email address. The giveaway is open to U.S. customers only. (We’re sorry, but the high cost of international shipping is a bugger!) Comments are open through 5:00 pm (CST) on Monday, January 16. 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. (

Please visit Stash Addict Quilts to see their terrific selection of fabrics, patterns and notions! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Run fast, jump high, do good!

Hello quilting friends!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are off to a happy, healthy new year.  

My blog has been quiet for the past few weeks.  My dad passed away a few days before Christmas after a hard fought battle with Alzheimer's disease. I would like to take a moment to say that I am thankful for a father who believed in me, loved my family fiercely, and taught us the value of hard work and determination. When I was young, my dad's favorite line to inspire me was, "Run fast, jump high, do good!" That's the same mantra he has shared with my children over the years. It turned out to be quite a gift, because he instilled in them the feeling of being loved and capable people.

Well Dad, you fought the good fight, you finished the race, and you kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Thank you for the lessons and the love.

Dad's 70th birthday celebration in 2015.
A Tractor for Dad

Quilting friends, if you’ve followed my blog since the beginning, you know it was my dad’s early onset with this terrible disease that spurred me to create “Carried Away Quilting,” a blog where I could share my love of quilting with you and launch a pattern design business. I am so thankful to all of you for your encouragement, inspiration and cheerleading during 2016.  It really amazes me the capacity for creative kinship that exists in the quilting community. My dad would have been amazed by all of the networking and sharing of ideas, and I'm pretty sure he would have had some business ideas for me as well!

In 2016 I released five new patterns.  It has been a joy to see them made up by talented makers all over the world. If you are not yet on Instagram, I encourage you to get this app!  The Instagram quilting community is amazingly supportive, and it is where I see most of my patterns come to life by other hands, using so many different fabric choices.  It is awesome!  Here’s a recap of my 2016 patterns:

Picking Petals Mini Quilt

Crossing Petals Mini Quilt

Ribbon Play Runner

Sweetly Scalloped Quilt

Window Garden Quilt

I’m excited to share that I have new patterns planned for 2017, two of which will release this spring.  One will feature Bunnies & Cream by Lauren Nash for Penny Rose Fabrics.  The other will feature Coney Island by Fig Tree & Company for Moda Fabrics.  I also have another big announcement for 2017, but I cannot share the details yet.  Isn’t that awful?  As soon as I’m able to shout out about it, you can be sure I will! ;)

Finally, I want to extend a sincere thank you to my blog sponsors. Each of these quilt shops are run by kind, hardworking, passionate teams, and I am honored that they support Carried Away Quilting. It has truly been a terrific experience getting to know each of them over the past year.

Thank you all for stopping by the blog and caring enough to follow my quilting journey. I plan to share many pretty projects and ideas with you in 2017 so that we can all get carried away quilting!  Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Moda Love Quilt for Christmas

This year I began my Christmas decorating a full week before Thanksgiving.  I don’t normally do that, but Minnesota had a whopper of a snowstorm in mid-November. I decided that rather than sulk (which I really wanted to do), maybe I should just embrace the season. Winter came early, so the decorating came early too.

In my flurried attempt to find the “early joy" in the season, I decided that the space above our fireplace needed a new Christmas quilt.  What pattern could I make, using my existing stash, that could be done quickly and fit the space well? The Moda Love Quilt was the answer!

This is the third time I’ve made a Moda Love Quilt.  It is a terrific, free pattern from Moda United Notions that comes in three sizes depending on the precut used (mini charm pack, charm pack or layer cake). 

I made the charm size, which is typically 32" x 32".  I added a 1 1/2" inner border and a 3" outer border, so my quilt measures 41" x 41".  

Rather than using a charm pack, I selected some reds and greens from my stash and cut enough squares per the instructions to make my own Christmas colored charm pack.  I used two reds and one green from Chestnut Street (Fig Tree & Co.), one green from Farmhouse (Fig Tree & Co.), and one green from Ambleside (Brenda Riddle).  I chose the neutral dot from the Farmhouse collection for my background fabric, and the awesome black text and fresh green dot from Chestnut Street for the borders.

While this pattern is quick and easy to sew, I think the end result is quite striking. It shows off the beauty of a fabric collection when a charm pack is used, but it also works well with a smaller color palette! Needless to say, I was pretty happy with my top when it came together.  

And then I was elated when I saw it quilted.  Many, many thanks to Barb Erickson of Quilts on Broadway who so wonderfully finished my quilt with just the perfect pattern ~ Christmas Bells by Anne Bright.  This beauty will hang over my fireplace all winter long!

In this photo you can also see the binding I chose, which is the red gingham from Strawberry Fields Revisited.  Joanna of Fig Tree & Co. is a master at bringing us fresh, beautiful collections that continue to work well with past and future collections!

For the backing, I used another winter favorite, the cream snowflake by Sweetwater for Moda.  Isn't that bell detail in the quilting just perfect?

I really enjoyed sharing this project with you.  It brought me a lot of joy and I hope it inspires you to try a Moda Love Quilt.  Here are links to my other projects using that pattern.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you find time to rummage through your stash and get carried away quilting!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Winner of the Fat Quarter Shop November Sew Sampler box

You all know how excited I was to find TWO November Sew Sampler boxes from Fat Quarter Shop in my mailbox last week.  Now I’m even more excited that we get to announce the winner of this fabulous box! Sincere thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for their generosity!

Well quilting friends, I moved all of your comments into an Excel spreadsheet and did several random sorts to mix the entries thoroughly. Then I waited for my husband to get home from work and had him pick a number. If you didn’t win, you’ll have to holler at Brad!

The winner of the November Sew Sampler box courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop is Vicki S. from Oklahoma.  Vicki and I have already made contact via email and her box will ship tomorrow! Yeah Vicki!

Thanks so much for following my blog, entering the giveaway, and sharing your comments. I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting soon! 

Oh, and if you are looking for a fun and fast holiday project for someone you love, I hope you’ll check out my other blog post today featuring a free tutorial for holiday pillowcases! More fun with Fat Quarter Shop!