Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Custom kits featuring Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Company

It’s the middle of summer in my neck of the woods, which of course means days filled with sunshine, warm temperatures and outdoor activities.  It also means that it’s time for many quilters to begin working on . . . Christmas quilts!

I know, I know . . . you may not be ready to think about winter and the holiday season, but the truth is, now is the time to get started! I thought I’d help you out by kitting two of my festive patterns, Welcome Home Wreath and Starry Way, using the brand new Christmas Figs collection by Fig Tree & Company for Moda! I’ve made up a new sample of Welcome Home Wreath, and I love how she turned out!

Welcome Home Wreath is a 48 1/2" x 48 1/2" wall hanging or table topper that will add a warm holiday spirit to your home. The pattern calls for one mini charm pack and coordinating yardage, for a scrappy, homespun feel. You may notice in my sample that I also used a bit of the red text print from Fig Tree's Ella & Ollie collection. 

My Welcome Home Wreath sample was custom quilted by Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts.  As I’m writing this blog post, I realize that I don’t have the words to adequately describe how awesome her quilting is.  Marvelous, beautiful, inspiring, amazing . . . seriously, Star’s talent is the kind that just makes me shake my head in wonder. Thank you, Star, for transforming my sweet top into a much treasured quilt.

If you’d like to make a Welcome Home Wreath for your home, my kits include the pattern plus Christmas Figs fabric for the top, back and binding. I even tucked in a strip of the Ella & Ollie red text print if you’d like to pull that into your design like I did. The kits are available on my Etsy Shop with two different backing fabric options (as shown below).

I’ve also kitted my Starry Way table runner pattern with the Christmas Figs collection.  I don’t have a new sample to show you, but I think it’s easy to see how lovely Starry Way would look using Christmas Figs.  The table runner kit is available on my Etsy Shop. The kit includes the pattern plus Christmas Figs fabric for the top, back and binding.

Here is the original Starry Way, which featured a Basic Grey line called Juniper Berry.  This charm pack friendly table runner finishes at 40” x 20”, a terrific size for your table or buffet. This pattern would be delightful sewn up in Christmas Figs!

Please note that I am not a fabric store, and I only purchase a small supply of fabric annually for use in my pattern design. So these kits are limited in number and once they are gone, they are gone. The Ella & Ollie kits I created this spring sold out quickly, but please remember that my blog sponsors (whose logos run along the left-hand side of my website) typically carry the same collections that I describe in my blog posts. They are all wonderful folks who would love to help you custom curate a kit with their fabric supplies. 

Both the Welcome Home Wreath and Starry Way kits are now available on my Etsy Shop. You will find complete details and pricing there. Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pinwheel pincushion featuring Sunnyside Up

I’m a big fan of Moda fabric designer Corey Yoder. I’ve made several projects with three of Corey’s recent collections (Sundrops, Flower Mill, and Pepper & Flax). So imagine my delight when Corey was kind enough to send me a scrap bag of sample fabric from her upcoming collection, Sunnyside Up! I picked through all of the yummy fabric morsels and selected these prints to make a dimensional pinwheel pincushion.

Besides her charming floral designs, Corey’s use of color always draws me in. She has a knack for selecting happy, cheerful hues that are warm and deep. They feel saturated but soft at the same time.

I absolutely love the orchid purple that Corey incorporated into Sunnyside Up. I wish more fabric collections included a bit of purple. It really makes the other colors sing!

The pinwheel pincushion is a free video tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop. Do you know what I love best about this project, besides the fact that it was quick and easy? It’s the perfect “play with fabric” project. I love digging around in my scraps, buttons and trims and deciding what combinations I like best. During that process, I make quite a mess, but that is part of the fun! Creative mess is good for the soul!

Just one note about this project: The video instructs us to stuff the pin cushion (with polyfil) and then attach the button when done, to achieve a tufting effect. However, I like to fill my pincushions with crushed walnut shells, so that is what I used. I attached the button to the top before assembling and filling the pincushion. You could go either route!

I still have bits and pieces from the scrap bag Corey sent me, and I promise to put them to good use. For now, they are on my cutting table adding sunshine to the room. Sunnyside Up is due to hit stores in November.  I can hardly wait!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today. I hope you get carried away making a creative mess real soon!


Other projects featuring Corey Yoder Fabric:
·        Sundrops on my Pinafore bag

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

June Sew Sampler box with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends!  I can't believe how quickly this summer is flying by. And I can't believe that it's already July 11 and I’m just now sharing my giddiness over the June Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. This box is called Block Party, but it sure made me want to throw a sewing room party! Woo hoo!  Look at these goodies!

Until the Sew Sampler box arrived, I had not yet seen Bonnie & Camille’s new Vintage Holiday fabric in person.  It is absolutely darling, in true Bonnie & Camille fashion! Those sweet folks at Fat Quarter Shop didn’t just tuck in ONE charm pack.  Nope, they tucked in TWO charm packs of Vintage Holiday, plus the cutest coordinating enamel pin and an ArtBin case to store my charm packs!

Rounding out the fun are two patterns and a Cupcake Mix recipe pack from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company! Here’s a complete list of the items in the June box:

~ 2 Vintage Holiday Charm Packs by Bonnie & Camille for Moda ~ 

~ Cupcake Mix Recipe #4 ~

~ Winterville Enamel Pin by Thimble Blossoms ~

~ Clearview Artbin Case (Charm Pack Storage!) ~

~ Cupcake Crossings Quilt Pattern ~

~ Barn Block Recipe #3 ~


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. These boxes are an incredible value. You may also cancel at any time, giving you total flexibility.

While I always love receiving fabric in the Sew Sampler boxes, I also find that I’m trying (and loving) notions that I typically wouldn’t buy for myself. When I start to feel a little greedy with all of the goodies I’m accumulating, I give some of these treasures to friends and family. Receiving and giving . . . double the joy!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends! Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Say hello to Primrose Cottage Quilts

This past weekend we celebrated Independence Day at my mom’s home on Lake Minnewaska in west central Minnesota. We had loads of fun, ate too much, chatted and laughed, watched the fireworks and enjoyed the beauty of the lake.  My Star Spangled quilt also made the trip so that I could take a few finished shots to share with you!  

It was a humid, hazy and slightly breezy afternoon as I tried to take these photos. It’s not the easiest task, let me tell you! But I love this quilt and the cheerful, festive vibe it gives off.  I look forward to taking it out every year in July, either as a table topper or a "welcome to our home" decoration.

You may recall that this Star Spangled quilt was a block of the month program with Fort Worth Fabric Studio and their pattern designer, Lindsey Weight. Fort Worth Fabric Studio is one of my oldest blog sponsors, and one of the great by-products of that relationship has been getting to know Lindsey.  She is talented, upbeat, and full of pretty project ideas.

In addition to being a designer and blogger for Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Lindsey and her mom Nettie have also started their own quilting business called Primrose Cottage Quilts, located in St. George, Utah.   

Lindsey sells her independent patterns through their online shop, and they also offer longarm quilting AND binding services! Lindsey quilted my Star Spangled quilt with this fun pattern called “Modern Twist.”  I absolutely love it!

I hope you’ll visit the Primrose Cottage Quilts website to learn more about their products and services. Their website is super easy to navigate. You’ll notice that machine quilting services can be “ordered” online using a handy submission form. They also have detailed instructions on preparing your top for quilting. While you are visiting their website, be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you receive information on sales and pattern releases!

I want to extend my best wishes to the gals at Primrose Cottage Quilts as they build their new business and share their talents with the quilting community! And thank you all for stopping by the blog today.  Now go and get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fun project alert: the jelly roll rug!

Not long ago I saw the cutest projects showing up on social media . . . jelly roll rugs! Well it didn’t take me long to get the itch to make one myself, so I snooped around a bit and discovered that my sponsor, Stitches N Giggles, had all the supplies I needed to get started. Ta-dah  . . . here is my first jelly roll rug!

While quilting is my passion (obsession), I have always been a girl that enjoyed any type of arts and crafts project, which is what this jelly roll rug project reminded me of.  It was so fun to take a break from quilt making and create something different. I think you would enjoy it too!

Pattern designer Roma Lambson of R.J. Designs deserves the applause for this fun new project. She has come up with two patterns, Jelly Roll Rug (an oval rug) and Jelly Roll Rug 2 (a rectangular rug), and her instructions and diagrams are top notch. Roma takes the time to include many helpful tips to ensure success, which I really appreciate.

I made the Jelly Roll Rug 2, which finishes at 32” x 42”. In addition to her pattern, Roma’s supply list is quite simple: 1 jelly roll consisting of 40-42 strips 2 1/2” x 42”, 1 1/2 yards of 96” wide batting, size 14-18 (sharp/jeans) sewing machine needle and thread! The batting will be cut into 2 1/2” strips to be paired with the jelly roll strips.  

But lo and behold, that awesome Lori at Stitches N Giggles has saved us some work.  She has a supply of 2 1/2” Katahdin batting on a roll!  I ordered this to save myself some time. (Note: for the rectangular rug project, you will need two rolls.) I also found that my Wonder Clips were very helpful for feeding the strips into my machine. Plus they are cute, so that is a bonus!

My rug features a jelly roll of Flower Mill fabric by Corey Yoder for Moda. I have made several projects from this collection. It is so cheerful and the colors are vibrant and wonderful. I’m really hoping my daughter Haley will take this rug to college, along with her Harmony quilt, and use it at her bedside. See how I propped her slippers by the rug . . . just to give her the hint! That poor girl. She probably can’t wait to get back to school.

As I was making my rug, I kept thinking how much fun this would be to do with friends. You could gather up some sewing buddies and have a weekend of rug making and snacking!  Doesn't that sound like fun?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  If you are interested in making one of these cute rugs, please zip on over to Stitches N Giggles for your supplies. Shop owner Lori has the patterns marked down and is also offering a June sale on many other items in store! 


Monday, June 11, 2018

Harmony: a finished quilt for Haley

You might say that my daughter Haley is spoiled. Spoiled with quilts that is. I’ve made her several over the years, two that she took to college to cozy up her dorm room, much to my delight. I love thinking of her away at school and comforted by quilts from Mom.

Well, last fall when I received a fat quarter bundle of Corey Yoder’s “Flower Mill” collection and Haley said she liked it, I promptly asked, “Would you like me to make you another quilt for college?”  (Of course she would! The more quilts the better for that girl!) We chose my Harmony pattern, and I have finally finished Haley's newest quilt!

Haley and I had a little fun on Sunday afternoon photographing the quilt for you.  She is a good sport, letting mom take all these photos.

Harmony is a fat quarter quilt based on a three-color concept.  Haley selected the fat quarters for the main blocks, as well as the border and backing fabric. Isn’t the backing fabric cheerful and pretty? And I love the multi-color stripe print from the Flower Mill collection. It is just perfect for binding!

My friend and local quilt shop owner, Barb from Quilts on Broadway did the overall machine quilting. The pattern is swirly and floral and sweet . . . the perfect complement to the fabric and my dear girl.

I do have an awesome son too. Luke may not have as many quilts as Haley, but I know he understands that his mom is drawn to girly fabrics and just loves to sew.  I do have Luke on my schedule for this year.  I am on the look-out for just the right fabrics for a college graduation quilt for him.  I’d better get hopping, as that is just six months away!

Sewing for the people we love brings so much joy, and it’s the best possible reason to get carried away quilting!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

A finished top: the Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Back in January I jumped on the red, white and blue bandwagon and joined Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designer Lindsey Weight for their Star Spangled block of the month program, and I’m so glad I did! My top is finished and I’m one step closer to having my first patriotic quilt!

I took some quick photos on my lawn in a shady spot that was dappled with sunlight.  Although my Star Spangled top still needs to be quilted, I can already see that it will be a wonderful summer picnic/display quilt. It’s so festive!

Lindsey's patterns for this BOM are free, and I’ve shared links at the end of this blog post. I sewed from my stash of red, white and blue prints, but you can also purchase a lovely kit from Fort Worth Fabric Studio! They’ve put together a red, white and navy selection from several of the top Moda designers for their custom kit.

Sincere thanks to Lindsey and Fort Worth Fabric Studio for hosting this wonderful BOM! Pattern development and publishing is a lot of work, and I appreciate all of Lindsey’s efforts on our behalf!

And just because they are so darn sweet, the ladies at Fort Worth Fabric Studio have an exclusive deal for my readers . . . 20% off all Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille with code VH20.  Wow! This deal is good now through next Thursday, June 14. 

Now, I’d better prepare my backing fabric so I can ship this project off to the quilter! Have a great week, quilting friends!


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 Flying Geese are available here:

The instructions for Corner Stars are available here:

The instructions for Chain Blocks are available here: