Sunday, September 17, 2017

September Grandmother's Choice blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends! I can’t believe there are only three months left in the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The September block is sweetly named Grandmother’s Choice. It is such a pretty block. It might be one of my favorites!




I am sewing my blocks with the beautiful Fleurs fabric by Brenda Riddle for Moda.  I always love Brenda’s soft, romantic collections.  Fat Quarter Shop carries several Brenda Riddle lines if you’d like to check them out!



Many of you are sewing along, but if you are new to the game (and it’s NEVER too late to start),  I've shared some of my Patchwork Quilt Along piecing tips in an earlier blog post if that is helpful to you.




This quilt along is an annual charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. 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!

It's not too late for you to join in the fun. Here’s a 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!

Several other bloggers are quilting along! Please visit their blogs too!

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 Pat Sloan.com (@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! Remember to share your progress on the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group! And be sure to post your own blocks using the hashtag #patchworkquiltalong on Instagram!   

~Taunja


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Diamond Trail takes on a festive, winter look with Nordic Stitches

Hello quilting friends!  Two weeks ago I shared some photos of a lovely Norwegian collection I received from Fort Worth Fabric Studio:  Nordic Stitches by Wenche Wolff Hatling for Moda Fabrics. Today, I’m delighted to show you the table runner I made and announce that Fort Worth Fabric Studio is offering kits for this project! 


You may recognize this runner pattern.  It’s called Diamond Trail, and I just released it last month using another Moda collection, Sundrops by Corey Yoder. This charm pack pattern is so versatile and is definitely a top you can accomplish in a weekend.  When made with this festive fabric, Diamond Trail is a holiday runner you could leave on your table all winter. It would also make a great gift!


I shared a bit about my own Norwegian and Swedish heritage in my previous post: Nordic Stitches: A festive Scandinavian collection. This fabric collection was an emotional draw for me, and it brought back memories of my grandparents and others in the rural farming community where I grew up. (I also shared my Grandma Audrey’s recipe for Norwegian cookies!) 


The traditional Scandinavian colors and festive prints are quite beautiful and striking, don't you think? And just look at this gorgeous backing fabric!


I’ve taken some closeup shots to show you how easy it is to quilt Diamond Trail on your own home machine. The pattern lends itself to clean, straight-line machine quilting by just following the seams and flow of the design.  I didn’t even mark this top.  Instead I used the diamond blocks and seams as my guide.





I’ve pieced and quilted Diamond Trail with Aurifil 2021 (natural white) 50 wt. This is my go-to white thread.  It’s not too bright and not too creamy.  It’s a very soft white that works well with my favorite Moda fabrics. I can never have enough Aurifil 2021 on hand.  FYI: Fort Worth Fabric Studio has 2021 on sale right now, should you need to replenish your spools!


If you are interested in making your own Diamond Trail featuring Nordic Stitches, here's what you need to do:

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hate to mention this, but winter is just around the corner in my neck of the woods.  Time for us all to get carried away holiday quilting!

~Taunja




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Autumn tablerunner inspired by LouLou's Bundle

Over the last two years I’ve made several projects from Lori Holt’s wonderful book, "Farm Girl Vintage." I’m happy to report that I finally made one of Lori’s small Harvest tablerunners.  This has been on my “must make” list since the first night I sat down in my comfy chair with a cup of tea and enjoyed Lori’s book, cover to cover. I’m so happy with how this runner turned out.



I have to give credit to LouLou’s Fabric Shop for inspiring me to finally make this autumn runner. LouLou’s offers weekly custom-curated fat quarter bundles (LouLou’s Bundles). When I saw the August bundle pictured below, I knew I had to have it.  But it wasn’t until I had the bundle in my happy little hands that inspiration truly struck. I pulled out Lori’s book, found the Furrows block tablerunner photo on page 106, and (I’m pretty sure) squealed aloud.  Woo hoo!


I decided to make the small version of the Harvest tablerunner, which calls for twelve 6 1/2” Furrows blocks. My LouLou Bundle included eight fabulous fall prints to get me started, and I decided to add four prints from my stash: three neutrals and one more butterscotch orange.  I organized these twelve into six pairs, and began making the flying geese. I followed Lori’s clear instructions, but I enjoyed the creative aspect of putting the fabrics together and arranging the layout.




I quilted my tablerunner using Aurifil 2214 (Golden Honey) 50wt. It's a soft golden orange that I’ve used before with Halloween and autumn projects.  It must be a “Taunja” color, because it seems to blend with so many fabrics in my stash!





My quilting pattern is simply a 1 1/2” square grid, but it gives the illusion of rectangles and smaller squares due to the seams of the flying geese.  Another advantage to this “offset” quilting pattern is that none of my stitched lines fell “in the ditch” which I typically avoid, especially on a small project where I’ve pressed most seams open.




While I was having fun taking photos of my new runner, it came to mind that this might look pretty darn cute with my new Pumpkin Sky pillow. The morale to this story is, if you see a fat quarter bundle that you love, BUY it! It will most likely look lovely with the other things you already have around your house, even if you don’t initially have a plan for it!






I hope you’ll visit LouLou’s Fabric Shop and check out the weekly LouLou Bundles and all their other terrific products.  Shop owner Jamie has a great eye for pulling together pretty bundles, and she also goes the extra mile to help her customers create their own custom bundles!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away buying fat quarter bundles to your heart’s desire . . . and sewing them up, of course!


~Taunja



Monday, September 4, 2017

New pattern: Pumpkin Sky wall hanging & pillow


As a Minnesota girl, I’ve come to love living in a state with four distinct seasons, but autumn is definitely my favorite. As a former farm girl, it is the time of year when I feel most connected to nature. It is the time of year that reminds us to be thankful, for the fall harvest and for our many blessings. So it is with autumn joy that I'm happy to share my newest pattern with you today: Pumpkin Sky.




This fat quarter friendly pattern includes the material list and instructions for you to make two projects: a wall hanging and coordinating pillow. The wall hanging measures 38 1/2” x 25 1/2”, while the pillow finishes at 18 1/2” square. Once you’ve made the wall hanging, the pillow will come together in a snap!


While there are many rich colors to choose from for an autumn quilt, I sometimes enjoy a fall quilt that has the crisp feeling achieved by using black, orange and taupe. Projects sewn in this color scheme give a nod toward the Halloween holiday, but can also grace your home through Thanksgiving. I’ve used mostly Fig Tree & Company fabric from Moda for my projects.  The black prints are from another Moda collection called Sturbridge by Kathy Schmitz.



While I really hope you like this new pattern, I also hope you took notice and were dazzled by the fabulous custom quilting on these two pieces.  Once again, the talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts has worked her artistic magic, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results!  I wish everyone could see this wall hanging and pillow in person.  You can see the heart and soul Star puts in every swirling stitch. Thank you so much, Star! You've made my Pumpkin Sky projects an absolute treasure!



Pumpkin Sky is available as a PDF digital download through my Etsy Store and my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope your autumn blessings are abundant, and you find time to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nordic Stitches: A festive Scandinavian collection

I am so excited about a beautiful fabric collection that Fort Worth Fabric Studio recently sent me.  It’s called Nordic Stitches and it was designed by Norwegian fabric designer, Wenche Wolff Hatling, for Moda Fabrics.




The traditional Scandinavian colors and festive prints take me back to my childhood, and memories of my paternal grandparents discussing their early days of farming in southwestern Minnesota. Their rural township was settled mostly by Norwegians, but there was also a rogue Swede or two. (My Grandpa Ray was one of those rascals, he would tell us with a grin!)




My Grandma Audrey was quite proud of her Norwegian heritage, and she was a fabulous baker.  Her Christmas treats were scrumptious, made even more delicious by their splendid names . . . krumkake,  kringle, spritz, and lefse.

In the photo below, you can see the classic Norwegian details: knitted stitches, jumping reindeer, winter snowflakes. You will also see one of Grandma Audrey’s recipe cards for Norwegian cookies.  In the top right hand corner she has written, “Arlyss.” No doubt this was a recipe shared from her neighbor and church friend, Arlyss.




I am planning a sweet project using Nordic Stitches, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio will have kits available! For today, I wanted to share a little peek of the fabric and why I feel such a connection to it.  I have no doubt I will be making some trips down memory lane as I sew with Nordic Stitches!



If you would like to know more about the designer, Wenche Wolff Hatling, Moda has a “Meet the Designer” page on their blog:  http://blog.modafabrics.com/2016/02/meet-moda-designer-wenche-wolff-hatling/

Please pop on over to Fort Worth Fabric Studio and check out all of the fabulous products that shop owner Jodie has in store.  They also have a terrific blog site with numerous free tutorials and patterns. I’ve made several of them!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Until next time, get carried away quilting!

~Taunja

Note: Since my original posting, I have received a request for the full recipe.  Here it is! :)









Monday, August 28, 2017

Sundrops on my Pinafore Bag

Recently I shared a tote bag project that I made for my mom, the Pinafore Bag, using some beautiful Tilda fabric from My Timeless Day. Well, I decided Taunja needed a new Pinafore Bag too, and so I made one for myself using one of my favorite fabric collections, Sundrops, by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics. Yep, this bag is SO me.



The flirty yellow tie on the handle is actually from another lovely Moda line, Sugar Pie, by Lella Boutique. Don’t these two lines blend nicely together?  My local quilt shop, Quilts on Broadway, had these bolts arranged side-by-side and it was like quilty kismet. 



I mentioned in my previous post that the Pinafore Bag (pattern by Me and My Sister Designs) is my all-time favorite bag pattern. I think it’s the perfect shape and size. Heck, I might just promote this pretty tote to full-time autumn purse status!

As I was photographing my new tote, I recalled that I have made four projects with Sundrops this year.  Here is my tote bag pictured with my most recent table runner pattern, Diamond Trail.



And here is my On Point Pillow made with Sundrops.  This is a free tutorial if you’re looking for a fun pillow project!



And last spring I made this cute little zipped pouch for a family friend. This was a wing-it project, but it turned out so cute! The yellow polka dot is actually a Fig Tree & Company print.  Boy do I love it when my favorites all blend together!



Thanks for letting me do a little show and share today. Sharing what you love with others can be such a boon to the soul!  I hope you are all well and happy, and finding an abundance of time to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja






Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Sew Sampler box with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends.  I'm back with another fun review of the Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. The August box is called "Tropical Paradise," and it's just full of hot products. 




But first I want to show you my fifth Basket Block from the recipe card included in the box. You may recall last month I said I needed to add more blue to my blocks, so I (very hesitantly) cut into some treasured California Girl fabric (Fig Tree & Company) and added some tropical blue. 



Have you been making these blocks each month?  They are so much fun! Each month the Sew Sampler box includes a basket recipe card designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.  The blocks can be made in one of three sizes: 5 1/2", 10 1/2", or 15 1/2".  I'm making the 5 1/2" blocks. Dig out your scraps and join in!




Now let’s move on to all the treasures in the Tropical Paradise box. 

First up I am SO pumped to have this new gadget, the YOYO Magnifier! My eyeballs have decided to start showing their age (GRRR!), and it's so frustrating. I am forever misplacing my glasses around the house, due to taking them off all the time to read, sew, check my phone, etc.! And recently it seems my close up vision is "aging" too. I know this magnifier is going to be a big help! Its compact design will make it great for adding to my sewing bag when I head out the door.





Next up we have a fun quilt pattern called "Chuckles" and some beautiful "Reef" fabric, both designed by Elizabeth Hartman. Just think of how delighted a young person would be to receive this quilt!  My kids would have loved a clownfish quilt when they were little! The Fat Quarter Shop has also thrown in a pretty spool of 50 wt. teal spotted varigated thread by Aurifil.  Yippee!




Finally, check out these reversible woven quilt labels ~ a great way to add a personal touch to a gift ~ AND the G Easy Ruler Stickers! I've been wanting some of these stickers.  When I have to cut several pieces of the same size for a large project, I often mark my rulers with a little painter's tape.  These stickers will work much better, and of course they are cuter than painter's tape!  I added one to the FQS ruler in the bottom of the picture, which was a goody from a previous Sew Smapler box!




Thank you so much to Fat Quarter Shop for another fabulous box.  Every month is such a treat!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!

~Taunja