Friday, April 12, 2019

Anniversary celebration with Sweet Treasures Quilts!

Today I want to wish a happy Five Year Anniversary to the team at Sweet Treasures Quilts. While owner Terri Staats has been an inspiring part of the quilting world for many years, her Sweet Treasures Studio opened just five years ago this month. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day, or better yet a weekend, sewing away with Terri and friends at her studio! Isn't this a fabulous space?

Located in Keizer, Oregon, Sweet Treasures is both an online quilt shop and a sewing studio/store. Terri began her quilting journey in pattern design and teaching, and years later she opened the studio. Sweet Treasures offers a wide variety of classes, as well as open sewing/shopping days and an option for private sewing days for groups. I've ordered the rag quilt kit you see in the photo below, but it would be so much fun to sew that kit with friends, like these ladies did!

Terri and her team are always coming up with fabulous, exclusive quilt kits. Some are based on her own patterns, while other kits feature patterns and books by other designers. Just check out this darling mini quilt, Little Cottontail, featuring the Nest collection by Lella Boutique. The Sweet Treasures kit includes all the fabrics for the top, backing and binding along with the pattern.

And here is another lovely kit available from Sweet Treasures. This Sweet Treasures jelly roll pattern is called Ruthie Anne and it also features the Nest collection. What a fun spring sewing project this would make!

During the month of April, Terri has been running some specials and Instagram giveaways to celebrate her studio’s anniversary. I’m tickled to announce that Terri and I will be offering a Sweet Treasures giveaway via INSTAGRAM on Monday, April 15. I’ve listed our Instagram handles below, and you’ll need to follow both of us for a chance to win. (Full instructions will be provided on our Instagram posts on Monday.) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 17.

Sweet Treasures Instagram handle: @sweettreasuresquilts
Carried Away Quilting Instagram handle: @taunjalynn

If you're not familiar with Instagram, it’s simply a social media platform for sharing photos. The quilting community on Instagram is very supportive and inspiring.  In fact, Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. If you’re hesitant about getting started, just ask a young person in your life to get you set up. (Don’t be offended by my suggestion. My daughter helped me join the Instagram world!)


Now, to tempt you to join in the fun, here’s what we’ll be giving away next Monday via Instagram. Terri has created a custom fat quarter bundle of 13 "Cheeky" prints!  Cheeky is an upcoming collection by Urban Chiks for Moda. Isn't it darling? Be sure to visit us on Instagram on Monday, April 15, 2019 for your chance to win!

Terri also gave me the inside scoop that Sweet Treasures is running a free shipping special on all orders this weekend on their website! (Valid in U.S. only) 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, quilting friends! I hope you all find a chance to get carried away quilting real soon!


Saturday, April 6, 2019

A fat quarter quilt top finish

This week I finished a special quilt top, one made out of beautiful fat quarters I have gathered over the past year. It’s a mix of dusty, denim blues and soft pinky-reds. This quilt will be gifted to a lovely young lady. I’ve sent it off to the quilter to be finished, and I can’t wait for it to return!

The pattern is called Wayne & Gordie from the book Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites by Carrie Nelson. The quilt finished at 74” x 81” and was a snap to make with Carrie’s strip piecing method. For fabrics I pulled together several blues from Sweetwater’s new Sweet Tea collection, rosy reds and pinks from 3 Sisters’ Poetry and Victoria collections, as well as a couple of navy and pink prints from Lella Boutique’s Garden Variety and Olive’s Flower Market collections. Not only do the colors play well together, I like the mix of the traditional designs (3 Sisters) with the more contemporary flair (Sweet Tea and Lella Boutique).

This quilt is the perfect example of why I love fat quarters. It’s fun to collect pretty prints, knowing that if I wait long enough, they will eventually partner up with other collected fat quarters and create a lovely new blend.  This basket sat on my sewing table for months as I added, deleted and rearranged prints. Eventually the basket whispered, “Sew these up!”

When it came to working on the quilt backing, I didn’t have quite enough of the creamy floral print (3 Sisters). But I did have extra scraps and fat quarters! So I stitched them together to create a pieced band the width of the quilt. When joined with my backing fabric, I had just enough to back the quilt. I’m only going to show you a sneak peek of the backing right now.

Since I’m on a fat quarter kick, I wanted to remind you of some of my Carried Away Quilting fat quarter patterns:

74" x 74"

50" x 18"

64" x 76"

20" x 20"

48" x 57"

74" x 74"

All of my patterns are available on my Etsy Shop.  I hope one of them inspires you to start your own pretty basket of fat quarters.

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


Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring cleaning, new Etsy shop listings and a new quilt project

Although we still have snow in the yard and ice on the lake, I’m hopeful that warmer weather is just around the corner. There are some positive signs: the robins are singing and the sun is shining longer each evening. My hopefulness translated into some spring cleaning in my sewing room, which meant a restocking of my Etsy shop!

I’ve been holding onto some much-loved charm packs, jelly rolls, bolt-end fabric and other bundles. I decided to let go of some treasured merchandise and list it in my Etsy shop. I hope you’ll find that special something you’ve been looking for! Here’s a little peek of some of my listings:



I’ve also been busy working on a new quilt. I’m making the “Wayne & Gordie” pattern from the book Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites by Carrie Nelson. This nine-patch quilt uses the strip piecing method, so it goes together quickly. For fabrics, I’ve selected dusty reds and blues from some favorites Moda designers: Sweetwater, Lella Boutique and 3 Sisters. Don’t they play nicely together?

Later this week I’ll be picking up two other quilts from my longarm quilter friend, Barb, of Quilts on Broadway.  I’m excited to see them, bind them, and share them with you soon.  

I hope you all are experiencing good health, good weather, and good sewing!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A scrappy quilt featuring low volume fabrics

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in today to show you a recent finish, my Happy Trails quilt featuring some favorite low volume prints from Fig Tree & Company. Happy Trails is just one of six fabulous patterns available in the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt.

There are several reasons this quilt is special to me:

First, I took my time with it. Too often, quilt making becomes a rush due to deadlines. But this quilt evolved slowly.  I ordered the Scrappy Project Planner from My Timeless Day back in November of 2017. I took my time learning what the planner had to offer, used it to get myself organized, and perused the patterns. A few months later I began selecting and cutting fabrics for the Happy Trails quilt pattern. I continued to work on it between other projects, whenever I had time. 

Second, I sewed mostly from my stash. I often donate fabric to local churches, charities or friends. But there are certain fabrics I hang onto because I know I will be able to incorporate them into future quilts. That’s how I feel about most Fig Tree fabrics, especially the low volume (neutral reading) prints. It was a joy to cut from this stash of fabrics I’ve been collecting for several years.

You can see how nicely this quilt coordinates with another low volume project of mine, an over-sized orange peel pillow. There is just something about those soft Fig Tree prints that makes a person feel all cuddly and loved.

Third, I created my own personal vision for Lori’s pattern.  Using the graph paper sheets in her planner, I set out to stitch up a quilt where the chain was the dominant color element and the squares were softer and secondary. Lori’s quilt is more colorful and has more energy than mine, but I like the soft, quiet feeling of my finished quilt. It’s good for each of us to employ a little creative license, and anytime adults have an excuse to color, that is a good thing!

Fourth, my Happy Trails quilt was finished in a lovely fashion by a dear lady and wonderful machine quilter, Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Star and I selected an allover Baptist Fan pattern, and I absolutely love it.  Star gave me some other options, but she gently nudged me in the direction of the fan, and I’m so glad she did.  It has a wonderful texture, don’t you think?

While I’m happy to have my Happy Trails quilt completed, I’m also content with the more deliberate, slow moving journey of this quilt. Using the planner played a big role in that process. If you are interested in the Scrappy Project Planner, there are still a few in stock at My Timeless Day. Even if you only occasionally use the planning sections of the book, the patterns alone are worth the purchase. FYI: the planner is not dated, so you can use it for years to come!

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