Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Winner: FQ bundle from LouLou's Fabric Shop

It's time to announce the winner of the fat quarter bundle from LouLou's Fabric Shop!  Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I've been a LouLou's customer for many years, and I can totally relate to the many reasons you all love LouLou's: fabulous selection, terrific customer service and beautiful custom bundles.

Congratulations to Rhona45! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway. We've contacted you via email about claiming your prize. Many thanks to LouLou's for running such a generous giveaway with me! Such fun!

Don't forget, there is still a moving sale going on at LouLou’s Fabric Shop. They are offering 25% off your entire order, including sale items. Simply use the code “moving” at checkout.  Sale ends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.


Thanks for stopping by the blog!  After you get done shopping at LouLou's, be sure to fire up that sewing machine and get carried away quilting!

~Taunja


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Moving sale & GIVEAWAY with LouLou's Fabric Shop!


Hello quilting friends! Did you hear about the big moving sale at LouLou’s Fabric Shop? Well, it’s a doozey! The team at LouLou’s is moving all of their inventory to a new location, and they are looking to lighten the load! LouLou’s is offering 25% off your entire order, including sale items! Simply use the code “moving” at checkout.  Sale ends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.


To add to the excitement, we’re also running a GIVEAWAY!  LouLou’s Fabric Shop is giving away a fat quarter bundle of  your choice to one of my lucky readers! Isn’t that sweet? They have such a wonderful inventory, I'm not sure how the winner will choose.


If you would like to enter, simply leave a comment telling me why you love LouLou’s. Be sure to 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 Monday, May 20. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winner.

*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. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com)

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  Good luck!

~Taunja


Monday, May 13, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: May blocks


A few weeks ago I encouraged you to join me in the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. If I didn't tempt you then, I hope I can tempt you now. I've made the May blocks, and they turned out as cute as buttons, if I do say so myself! 





Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop). The quilt is comprised of 24 blocks that are each made in three different sizes: 5”, 6 1/2” and 8” unfinished, for a total of 72 blocks. The book includes setting instructions for the small and medium blocks so that when the quilt is laid out for final assembly, all blocks are the same size. 


In my last blog post, I explained that I will be sewing just three blocks a month (not nine) in the medium 6 1/2" size. I will end up with a much smaller quilt top, but that's okay. I will still experience the fun of this quilt along, and I won't feel stressed out. I just have too many other projects on my sewing calendar. 

For the month of May, we're asked to sew the Album, Churn Dash and Fool's Puzzle blocks. The blocks are fun and easy, thanks to the terrific instructions and illustrations in the book. Here are my individual blocks:


Album


Churn Dash

Fool's Puzzle




If you would like to join in, you just need to order the Summer Moon book and figure out your fabrics. I'm sewing from my stash of Lella Boutique and Corey Yoder fabrics. I've included the fabric requirements at the end of this blog post.


When I received my book from Fat Quarter Shop in February, I made one test block, a 6 1/2” Maple Star. That block is on the schedule for the month of September. Guess what that means? I'm already ahead of schedule. Woo hoo!


The Summer Moon quilt along starts now and run through February 2020. For more information, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog: The Jolly Jabber. I hope I’ve tempted you to join us so you can create your own lovely Summer Moon quilt.

~Taunja




Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Small quilt sample sale


Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in to let you know about some new listings in my Etsy shop: small quilts you can purchase!  

One of the side effects of being a pattern designer is that I quickly become inundated with a stockpile of sample quilts. I do gift or donate many of my quilts, and naturally I keep some for use in my own house. But recently I decided I will occasionally sell some quilts as well.

What you’ll find on my Etsy shop are table runners, wall hangings and pillow covers that have all been pieced by me, and either machine quilted by me or by a professional long-armer. All have been hand-bound by me. The quilts that are listed have not been washed or used, other than for props in photography for my blog and pattern sheets.






Here is a general link to my Etsy shop. Once you're on my main page, select the “Quilts” link under the “Items” menu:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarriedAwayQuilting

Here is a direct link to the Quilts listed on my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarriedAwayQuilting?section_id=18028317

Have a great day!

~Taunja

Lakeside Star: a crimson version


In February I introduced you to my new fat quarter pattern, Lakeside Star. This bold, dynamic quilt makes a statement with thoughtful color and print placement. My original quilt showcased a blue, butterscotch and taupe color combination. I recently completed another Lakeside Star top featuring crimson, brown and taupe prints. I’m doing my final pressing and then she’ll be off to the quilter!


This crimson version of Lakeside Star could be considered a winter or Christmas quilt, as some of the prints have a subtle seasonal motif.  But I think the overall effect is such that the quilt can be used year-round. 




I had a terrific time pulling fat quarters for this project.  I used collections from seven different Moda designers and was thrilled to see how nicely they played together: 

Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie
Sweet Tea by Sweetwater
Merrily by Gingiber
Prairie Grass by Holly Taylor
Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique
Sundrops by Corey Yoder
Victoria by 3 Sisters


Lakeside Star is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop. This quilt finishes at 74” x 74” and is beginner friendly. My pattern includes pressing and layout tips. Just collect some pretty fat quarters and begin!


My intention is to give this crimson Lakeside Star quilt as a gift, but she’s awfully pretty.  When she returns back home from the quilter, she'll be even more lovely. Hopefully I won’t accidentally keep her for myself!

~Taunja




Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Summer Moon Quilt Along: Will you join me?


Are you looking for a fun and inspiring quilt along experience? Then join me for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. It begins in May and runs for 10 months, ending in February 2020. When you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful quilt top measuring 70 x 78 inches . . . OR, you could be a rebel like me and just sew some of the blocks.


Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop). The quilt is comprised of 24 blocks that are each made in three different sizes: 5”, 6 1/2” and 8” unfinished, for a total of 72 blocks. The book includes setting instructions for the small and medium blocks so that when the quilt is laid out for final assembly, all blocks are the same size.


The quilt along schedule will ask you to make three blocks (in all three sizes) each month, for a total of nine blocks a month. I will only be making the 6 1/2” blocks, so I will be sewing just three blocks a month. When I’m done, I’ll put my blocks together with some sashing and make a small quilt that could be used as a table topper or baby quilt. I have too many other projects in progress to keep up with the full schedule, but this way I still get to participate in the fun! The block schedule is shown below. For the month of May, we'll be making the Album, Churn Dash and Fool's Puzzle blocks.


The most important thing you need to do right now is get your Summer Moon book ordered and ponder your fabric choices!  I will be sewing from my stash of Lella Boutique fabrics, predominantly her Nest collection, but also Farmer’s Daughter and Lollipop Garden. To add a touch of sunshine, I’ve decided to include some yellow prints from the Pepper & Flax collection by Corey Yoder. Here’s a photo of my fabric pull. 


When I received my book from Fat Quarter Shop in February, I spent several evenings perusing the pretty photos and skimming the instructions. I was so inspired, I made one test block, a 6 1/2” Maple Star, and I was hooked. I think you will be too!


For more information, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog: The Jolly Jabber. I’ll share monthly updates here on my blog and also on Facebook and Instagram. I hope I’ve tempted you to join us so you can create your own lovely Summer Moon quilt.

~Taunja





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!

~Taunja