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:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Gumdrops layer cake quilt featuring Flower Mill

Hello quilting friends!  I have another sweet Gumdrops quilt to share with you today. The maker is Vickie Zaleski, a talented and kind sewing friend I “met” through the wonders of the Instagram quilting community. Vickie and I share an affinity for the same fabric collections and pattern styles. I was tickled when she agreed to sew and test my newest layer cake pattern, Gumdrops.  Here is Vickie’s beautiful make:

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

Vickie used the delightful Flower Mill collection by Moda designer Corey Yoder for her Gumdrops quilt. The end result is a cheerful quilt that appears to be cherished by Vickie's darling daughter! Isn’t it wonderful to see a quilt being squished up and loved?

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

Vickie’s stitching talents aren’t limited to quilts; she also makes lovely bags, pincushions, pillows and more. In fact, Vickie surprised me with this wonderful gift . . .  a beautiful double zipped pouch featuring a lovely Flower Mill Dresden plate. I was so touched by this generous gift. (I'm glad no one was around when I opened it, as I had an emotional "sap alert" moment!)  It is on display in my sewing room. When I look at it, it reminds me of all of the good and generous quilters I know, including Vickie!

My Gumdrops pattern calls for one layer cake with coordinating fabric, and it includes instructions for an easy pieced backing made from 16 of the layer cake squares! Here's the back of Vickie's quilt: 

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

Gumdrops measures at 64 1/2” square, making it a perfect lap quilt, sofa throw, or picnic quilt. For my original Gumdrops quilt, I used the Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle for Moda, pictured here:

If you are interested in purchasing Gumdrops, please visit your local quilt shop or one of my blog sponsors who are carrying the pattern. You can also purchase paper or electronic patterns on my Etsy Shop or Craftsy Pattern ShopQuilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here.

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

I hope you will give Vickie a follow on social media.  She sews inspiring projects and is a thoughtful cheerleader for other makers!  Zip on over to her blog, Crocheting Vixen, to learn more. You'll be glad you did!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!


Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My Timeless Day: custom kits for Diamond Trail and Summer Breeze!

As a pattern designer, it is always a thrill to see my patterns sewn up by other quilters. It’s exciting to see one of my creations come to life with a different color palette, fabric style or theme. It’s also quite a thrill when quilt shop owners kit my patterns and offer a custom option to their customers.

One of my sponsor shops, My Timeless Day of Alcester, SD, has recently kitted two of my new patterns: Diamond Trail and Summer Breeze.  Shop owner Allison has a great eye for putting colors together, and I just love what she did with these two patterns!  First up, let’s look at her take on Diamond Trail!

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

Diamond Trail is a 22” x 32 1/2” table runner that is charm pack friendly. This is a project you could piece and quilt, and maybe also bind, all in one weekend! Allison has sewn up Diamond Trail using a beautiful collection called Tuppence, by Shannon Gillman Orr for Moda. I love her choice of navy binding and simple straight line quilting. My Timeless Day is offering kits that include my Diamond Trail pattern along with all the fabric you need for the top, backing and binding!

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

Next up is Allison’s version of my Summer Breeze pattern. Allison has used one of my favorite new Moda collections this spring, Nest by Lella Boutique. Isn’t this fresh and pretty?

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

Summer Breeze is a 26 1/2” square table topper or wall hanging featuring whirling pinwheels surrounded by a ribbon border. As in my original, Allison has embellished her pinwheels with little mismatched buttons, giving the quilt even more whimsy! My Timeless Day is offering kits that include my Summer Breeze pattern along with all the fabric you need for the top, backing and binding!

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

My Timeless Day is both an online shop and a brick and mortar shop. To learn more about Allison’s grand opening of her physical store front, please check out this blog post: My Timeless Day grand opening: New storefront. Shop owner Allison is an avid quilter and also does trunk shows for local and area guilds.  Be sure to visit her website and follow her on social media!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, quilting friends!


Saturday, May 26, 2018

May Sew Sampler Box with Fat Quarter Shop

Happy weekend, quilting friends, and heartfelt Memorial Day greetings to all of my friends in the U.S.  I hope you enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends as we remember all who have served our country. My dad served in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Alaska, where I was born. I will be thinking of him and many others especially this weekend.

I just had to pop in quickly and share the contents of the May Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. It’s called Bee Creative, and I am pretty sure I squealed when I opened up this one!

If you read my most recent post, Barn Star quilt featuring Pepper & Flax, then you know I am crazy about this new fabric collection by Corey Yoder for Moda.  So imagine my delight when I received MORE of this yummy fabric, along with oodles of other goodies.

Here’s a list of the items in the May box:
~ Pepper & Flax Jolly Bar by Corey Yoder for Moda ~ 
~ The Beehive Quilt Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop ~
~ Barn Block Recipe #2 by Fat Quarter Shop ~
~ 4.5" x 8.5" Quilt Ruler by Creative Grids ~
~ 50 wt Aurifil Light Avocado Thread from Aurifil ~
~ 50 wt Aurifil Medium Butter Thread from Aurifil ~
~  Gray Alphabitties by It's Sew Emma ~

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. Every month the folks at Fat Quarter Shop curate a box filled with unique notions, pretty fabric, an exclusive pattern and coupons! You may also cancel at any time, giving you total flexibility.

I also want to remind you that I am offering FREE SHIPPING on my Etsy shop for the remainder of May 2018. No coupon code needed.  This applies to paper patterns, fabric and kits!  (US only) 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you find time to get carried away quilting this weekend!


Friday, May 25, 2018

Barn Star quilt featuring Pepper & Flax by Corey Yoder

I’ve been project hopping lately.  I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I don’t recall ever having so many projects in the hopper at the same time. Rather than analyzing my problem, I’ve decided to just go with it and enjoy myself. Sewing, after all, should bring us joy. And apparently, I’m finding joy in following my heart and sewing what calls me. The latest thing to call me . . . Corey Yoder’s Barn Star pattern and her delicious Pepper & Flax collection for Moda.

This simple yet striking pattern pays homage to the wonderful painted barn quilts you see in many rural areas of the United States. Barn Star finishes at 40" square and sews up so quickly, making it a great weekend project. The generous size of the pieces also lends itself to showing off a pretty focal fabric, such as the Eyelet Summer Blooms print from Pepper & Flax.

Corey’s original Barn Star quilt is glorious and features a two-color scheme: yellow (daisy) and gray (granite), from her Pepper & Flax collection. I decided to add a third color to my quilt. I chose one of my favorite prints from Pepper & Flax, the green (sprig) Queen Anne’s Lace.

I ordered my Pepper & Flax yardage for this project from my friend and sponsor, LouLou’s Fabric Shop. Well, truth be told, I may have also ordered a fat quarter bundle as well. (When my heart speaks, I listen!) The photo below shows some of my loot . . . including a ceramic button coaster that just happens to coordinate with the fabric!  These cute coasters are also available at LouLou’s!

I’m contemplating quilting this top myself. I think straight-line quilting on the diagonal in a colored thread would just be fabulous. I’ll have to ponder that for a while. I’ll also have to ponder what I should make with that fat quarter bundle. For now, it is just a pretty decoration in my sewing room, another way quilting brings me joy!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  Here's to getting carried away project hopping!