Monday, July 6, 2020

Quilt panel giveaway with Quilt Girls

I don’t want to startle anyone, but Christmas is only five and a half months away! Do you have all of your gift sewing projects lined up? Or, are you stumped and stalled by what to make for your loved ones?  Are you hesitant to start a quilt because you won’t be able to finish it by the holidays? Well then, I have an idea for you: start with a festive quilt panel and add some borders or simple blocks to make it larger. You’ll have a quilt top finished in record time.  You could probably even complete more than one. To get the ball rolling, the kind folks at Quilt Girls have sent me two quilt panels to give away!

Making a quilt from a panel is a great idea if you are short on time. But more than that, today’s digitally printed quilt panels are beautiful and rich in color. The two pretty panels that we’re giving away measure 35” x 44”. One features a jolly Santa Claus quieting a cardinal, and the other features a darling snowman in a serene winter setting. Either of these panels from Quilt Girls would make a wonderful foundation for a quilt gift for someone you love.

I want to share a few tips and ideas on sewing with a quilt panel. First off, while the manufacturer may describe the panel as being 35” by 44”, that may or may not include the white (non-printed) area surrounding the image.  Also, the image may be printed ever-so-slightly askew.  Fabric is shifty, so that can happen. You will definitely want to square up your panel and remove any of the surrounding white area.

If you plan to add blocks or a pieced border, you’ll also want to trim it to a measurement that makes for easy block calculations. For instance, if I were to add borders or blocks to one of these panels, I could trim it to 33 1/2” by 42 1/2”.  Why this measurement? 33 and 42 are both divisible by 3.  That would allow me to surround the panel with fabric squares (or blocks) that were 3 1/2” (unfinished). Here is an example.

Since most quilt panels will feature a dominant figure in the center, surrounded by secondary or background art, you typically will be able to trim the panel to any dimensions you like without hurting the overall design. You’ll have to do a bit of math to determine what makes sense for your plan or what gives you the most options. For instance, if I trimmed the panel to 32 1/2” by 40 1/2”, I would have more options, since both 32 and 40 are divisible by 2, 4 and 8. 

Probably the easiest concept of all is to simply surround the trimmed panel with borders. You could use a solid inner border to frame the panel, and then surround that with a pretty coordinating fabric for the outer border.

Another option is to sew blocks along one side of the panel, along with borders. Look at your quilting books and patterns for ideas on blocks you might like to add to your quilt panel. The sky is the limit!

Now for the details on the giveaway. To enter our giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me which panel you'd like to win. 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 Wednesday, July 15, 2020. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winners. *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. ( Many thanks to Quilt Girls for their generous giveaway offering!

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to get started. If you don’t win one of the giveaway panels, please visit the Quilt Girls website and take a look at their great selection. Once you’ve ordered a panel, you can spend a little time with your sketchpad and calculator and come up with some fabulous ideas, I just know it!


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Harmony quilt kits from Sweet Treasures Quilts

Those talented ladies at Sweet Treasures Quilts have done it again! They've stitched up one of my patterns in a beautiful new fabric collection and are offering it as a kit. Here is my Harmony pattern featuring the Canning Day collection by Corey Yoder for Moda. 

Harmony (in Canning Day) photos all courtesy of Sweet Treasures Quilts.

Aren't the colors gorgeous? The Sweet Treasures gals went above and beyond this time, offering kits with FOUR different border options: aqua, pink, yellow and rose. 

Shop owner Terri took her finished Harmony quilt on a little garden tour and snapped these wonderful photos. Whether she's photographing quilts in her studio, her home or the outdoors, Terri has a gift for capturing beauty and inspiring the rest of us. 

I've heard that the kits are selling fast, so head over to the Sweet Treasures website right away. If you sadly miss out on a Harmony kit, you can still purchase a paper or PDF pattern on my Etsy shopHarmony is a fat quarter friendly quilt that finishes at 74" x 74". 

Thank you so much, Sweet Treasures, for inspiring and encouraging the rest of us to get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bloom-Topia: A finished quilt top

Our Bloom-Topia charity quilt along journey began in January. Now it is July and we can look back at the fun we have had along the way. It feels wonderful to have participated in this effort! Many thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for hosting this annual event, which will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation of central and south Texas. To date we have raised over $55,000, with Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics each matching up to $10,000. Here is my completed Bloom-Topia top:

As you know, I stitched my own version of Bloom-Topia using mostly prints from the Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. It was both challenging and rewarding to strike out on my own path. Once it was time to join the blocks, I deviated from the pattern layout just a bit. The navy was so dominant, that I moved the blocks around until that color seemed better balanced throughout the quilt.  

The pattern calls for one neutral border, but I chose to add both an inner and outer border to my quilt top. Adding a navy outer border was the right finishing touch for my quilt.

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 in these luscious colors!

Thank you for following along as I shared my Bloom-Topia blocks each month. Sampler quilts are so much fun!


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

Friday, June 26, 2020

Barn Style quilt . . . just because

Sometimes I have to make a quilt just because my heart tells me so. I bet that’s true for a lot of you as well. It doesn’t matter if I’m too busy or have other sewing projects that should be a priority, that desire to sew up a particular pattern with treasured fabrics is too strong to ignore.  And that’s how it was for me recently, when I stitched up the Barn Style pattern by Lella Boutique using some of my favorite fabrics.

I love everything about this quilt. The bold, over-sized blocks create a simple yet striking design. The color palette is soothing. The background fabric has so much depth. The quilting is phenomenal. When I finished binding this quilt, I laid it in my sewing room to admire it. It looked so pretty, I snapped some photos to share with you.

Today I simply wanted to share this quilting joy . . . to have a virtual quilting show-and-tell with you, my quilting friends on the internet.  But I would be remiss if I didn’t give you the details on the quilt, so here’s the scoop:

Pattern: Barn Style by Lella Boutique
Fabric: Harvest Road and Farmer’s Daughter (Lella Boutique), Sweet Tea (Sweetwater), Indigo Chambray (Moda 12051 13)
Quilting: Machine quilted in a fan motif by the wonderful Jennifer of Farm Fresh Stitches. I couldn’t be more pleased with how this turned out, Jennifer.  Absolutely beautiful!

I’m so happy I listened to my heart and made this quilt, just for me, just because. I would encourage you to do the same, because you deserve it. We quilters spend many hours making quilts for those we love. It’s okay for us to make one, now and then, just because our heart tells us so!

Thank you all for allowing me to share with you.  Now, please go and get carried away quilting!


Sunday, June 21, 2020

Pattern sale: Summer Breeze

It's finally summer, so let's celebrate the sunshine and warm weather with a pattern sale! For a limited time, my Summer Breeze pattern is available for $5 on my Etsy Shop!

This sweet little quilt features colorful pinwheels spinning in a soft summer breeze. Grab your favorite mini charm pack and some coordinating fabrics to create this cheerful scene, all wrapped up by a dancing ribbon. Summer Breeze finishes at 26 1/2" square, making it the perfect size for a seasonal wall hanging or kitchen table topper. 

The ribbon effect is achieved by selecting two greens that are the same color tone, with one being a few shades darker or deeper than the other.  

I added mismatched buttons to the centers of my pinwheels, giving each one a little spinning anchor! In these closeup photos you can see the beautiful custom quilting by Nancy Jolene Quilting of Danube, Minnesota. It's just perfect!

Summer Breeze is available in both paper and PDF format on my Etsy Shop. I hope you'll give this fun pattern a whirl. Now go and get carried away quilting!


Monday, June 15, 2020

Bloom Topia: Release 10 (the final block)

I cannot believe that we are nearing the end of the Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop. Today I'm sharing the final block (Release 10) which is the large Richmond Block. The next time I post about my progress, I'll have all of my blocks sewn together and the borders attached! So be sure to check back with me on July 1.

The Richmond Block finishes at 18 1/2" square and is so easy to stitch together. For my center square, I used the navy text print from Sweetwater's Sweet Tea collection. Don't you love a text print that contains inspirational messages?

The rest 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!


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

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A patriotic Picking Petals by Sweet Treasures Quilts

Please excuse the horn tootin’ going on over here, but I’m quite proud of my pattern Picking Petals. This was one of the first patterns I released when my business was new, and over the years she’s been stitched up by thousands of quilters in a variety of colorways and themes. It’s a quick little quilt to sew, and the results are always lovely. Recently the folks at Sweet Treasures Quilts sewed up a patriotic version, which is sophisticated and striking!

Patriotic sample photos courtesy of Sweet Treasures Quilts.

Sweet Treasures is offering kits of their patriotic Picking Petals, but I’ve heard that they are selling fast, so don't dilly dally. 

Picking Petals is charm pack friendly and finishes at 20" square, making it the perfect size for a table topper or wall hanging. Just look at the lovely way that Sweet Treasures displayed their finished quilt.

In this photo you can see another beautiful quilt the Sweet Treasures gals made from my Window Garden pattern. I believe they may have one or two kits of that available as well!

If you missed out on a patriotic kit from Sweet Treasures, you can still purchase a PDF version of the pattern on my Etsy shop. Maybe you have enough reds and blues in your stash to get started today.

Materials Needed:
  • Charm Pack: Will use (17) 5” squares
  • Stem Fabric: 1/6 yard (Sweet Treasures used a wonderful red ticking)
  • Neutral Fabric: 1/3 yard
  • Binding: 1/4 yard
  • Backing: 3/4 yard

I’ve made this quilt four times myself! Here are some of my past versions:

Many thanks to the talented ladies at Sweet Treasures for showcasing another one of my patterns. Friends, be sure you are following Sweet Treasures on Facebook and Instagram! Not only will you be inspired by their beautiful projects, but you’ll also be inspired by their generous and encouraging spirit.

Thanks for stopping by. Now go and get carried away quilting!