Monday, June 19, 2017

Shoofly Crossing in some Fig Tree favorites

Hello quilting friends!  Do you remember my Shoofly Crossing pattern that I released in January? The original quilt featured a sweet pastel fabric collection with fussy cut bunnies.  Today I’m excited to show you Shoofly Crossing in a completely different look, featuring colors and prints that are totally me!

This is Shoofly Crossing in Chestnut Street prints from Fig Tree & Company for Moda. Most of you know by now that I am a Fig Tree nut, and I also love using red, black and green in my quilts.  That color combination always calls to me and seems to fit so nicely in my home.

Shoofly Crossing is a 57" x 57" square quilt, which makes it versatile as a throw, a picnic blanket, or even a table topper/table cloth.  I'm actually thinking this quilt may rest on my kitchen table at Christmas time.  It would look really nice with my distressed black chairs! But for now, I'm enjoying seeing it thrown over the back of my sofa.

You'll notice that I used a subtle text print from the Chestnut Street collection for my background fabric. I've been trying to do that more often, rather than automatically using a solid white or cream.  It adds so much visual interest!

For the binding I used a red gingham from Fig Tree's Strawberry Fields Revisited collection. I think I only have a half yard of that gingham left. Bummer! For the backing I used a tan and white geometric print from Fig Tree's Coney Island collection. I love how the Fig Tree collections always blend together so well!

The swirly quilting on this piece was done by Barb at Quilts on Broadway.  The soft rolling curves provide a lovely complement to the block pattern. Thank you, Barb!

Shoofly Crossing is available as a paper or electronic (PDF) pattern on my Etsy Shop or Craftsy Pattern Shop (Craftsy is PDF only), but I also encourage you to shop locally or through one of my sponsors whenever possible! Quilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here

Thank you all for your continued readership and support. I am so thankful for all of the quilting friends I've made on this journey.  Now go and get carried away quilting, people!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

June Round the Corner blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends! Can you believe we’re already six months into the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop? I sure have enjoyed the process of sewing just a few cute blocks each month. 

Last month I shared my six Homestead blocks and 10 piecing tips. This month's block is called Round the Corner.  Although there are a lot of pieces in this block, the construction is super simple and they are so pretty!

Wouldn't it be fabulous to make an entire quilt from Round the Corner blocks? Just imagine the blocks with some sashing and corner stones.  It would be wonderful!

Earlier this week I was having a “mom’s stressed out” evening, so I made a new pincushion with some of my Fleurs scraps. This fabric just hollers for sweet crocheted trim and pretty little buttons, doesn’t it? I quilted the top with simple running stitches and added French knots to the trim using three strands of Aurifil’s aurifloss in 2021 (natural white) and 2425 (bright pink). Impromptu sewing projects are the perfect therapy for me!

We are so lucky to be quilters and sewists. What a joy to create with beautiful fabric!

In case you are a new reader, this annual event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop is a charity quilt along.  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 (@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!   


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hodgepodge Wednesday: Giveaway winner, Picking Petals kits & anniversary sale

Happy Wednesday, quilting friends! I'm excited to share the winner of the giveaway from my recent post: Purely Petals for Christmas.  One lucky reader is the winner of a Picking Petals pattern and a charm pack of your choice courtesy of the kind folks at LouLou's Fabric Shop.

Drumroll . . . and the winner is . . . Rosemary B.  Congratulations Rosemary!  Please email me as soon as you can so we can coordinate awarding your prize!

LouLou's Fabric Shop is offering Picking Petals kits in Comfort & Joy. They've been flying off the shelves, so shop owner Jamie has restocked plenty of charm packs and patterns. Please visit her shop to see all of her wonderful selections. LouLou's customer service and caring is second to none!

Carried Away Quilting ran its first blog post two years ago, on a wing and a prayer! To celebrate, I'm having an Anniversary Sale on my Etsy shop. 20% off everything using coupon code Anniversary. Sale expires 6/9/2017.

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm.  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Winner of the Lucky Ladybug Box with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Hello quilting friends! Thank you all for your enthusiasm for the Friday Bundle Batch projects I shared last week. I read every one of your comments and they filled me with happiness! I hope you enjoy the tutorials.

Now let's get to the giveaway! I took all of the comments from last week's blog post, copied and pasted them into an Excel spreadsheet, and used the random number generator app on my phone to select the winning number. Congratulations to Carolyn Shaffers! You are the lucky winner of the Lucky Ladybug Box from those sweet folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio! We will be in touch so that your awesome prize can be shipped to you!

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm.  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Picking Petals for Christmas, plus kits and a giveaway from LouLou's Fabric Shop

The Christmas season may be several months away, but we quilters know it’s never too early to get a jump on holiday sewing projects. Today I’m happy to share one of my favorite patterns, Picking Petals, made with the festive Comfort and Joy collection by Dani Mogstad of My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs.

There are so many darling details to enjoy in this fabric: holly berries, sweet little snow globes, woolen mittens, and delicate wreaths.  

Comfort and Joy includes classic red and green, some pale aqua, and a nice bit of bold black that makes the other colors sing. For background fabric I used Riley Blake’s Cream Stitched Circle. For the stems I used Riley Blake’s Christmas Green Shade, which is a terrific green solid with the faintest hint of cross hatch texture.

When machine quilting this project, I tried something new. Rather than using Aurifil 50wt thread, which I typically use for all my piecing and machine quilting, on this project I selected two Aurifil 80wt spools: 2886 light avocado and 2026 chalk. I’ve used 80wt for hand applique before, and I found it to be silky smooth, fine and strong. Now I’ve discovered that I also like it for machine quilting. The finished look is soft and subtle.

Picking Petals is a versatile pattern, and I’ve made it in several fabric collections, including Strawberry Fields Revisited (Fig Tree & Co. for Moda), Calico Days (Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs), and an autumn colorway. I can happily say that I love it in Christmas fabrics as well! The standalone pattern is available here.

I’m also happy to share that LouLou’s Fabric Shop is offering kits of Picking Petals in Comfort and Joy! The kits include my pattern, along with everything you need to make the top, binding and backing. If you are looking to get a jump on holiday gift making, this a great place to start!

The good news doesn't stop there, friends. Those kind folks at LouLou's fabric shop are offering a giveaway to one of my readers: one Picking Petals pattern and a charm pack of your choice from LouLou's inventory! (Thank you, LouLou's!) To enter, simply leave a comment below and 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 Wednesday, June 7, 2017. 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. (

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away with some holiday quilting real soon!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Bundle Batch & Giveaway with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Today I’m happy to be a guest blogger on the Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Shop owner Jodie has a great eye for putting together unique bundles that cross fabric companies, collections and designers! This week’s bundle is called Cherry Bomb, a rich combination of red and white that is timeless.

When I received this lovely bundle from FWFS, several project ideas ran through my mind.  But I kept coming back to how much I loved the alternating red and white. Sometimes, it seems, the fabrics tell you what to make!

So I decided to make a simple table runner that highlights the classic appeal of a two-color project. This quilt pattern is often referred to as stacked coins, and there are many variations on it. At the end of this post, I have included an easy tutorial for how I constructed my Stacked Coins Table Runner from six fat quarters. 

I fully intended to use the awesome red and white stripe from the bundle as my binding, but instead I chose a taupe/tan fabric from my stash.  I like the grounding effect it has on the red and white prints.  

That led me to select a soft brown thread for my straight line quilting. I used Aurifil 2340 Cafe au Lait (50 wt.) and stitched 1/8" from all seams.  I’ve used this color before and it’s one of my favorites because it adds a warm, earthy dimension. The soft brown thread nudged me toward using wooden buttons on the my coordinating mug rugs!  I am really happy with how it all works together, and I especially love the Windham Fabrics text print with glimpses of words like "neighborhood" and "friends."  So nice!

The mug rugs are an easy project, but they are eye catching thanks to the sweet trim from Fort Worth Fabric Studio!  The polka dot trim with the crocheted edge is actually a bias binding, but it also works great if you iron it flat and use it as you would lace or another type of trim.  FWFS has this trim available in polka dot, stripe and gingham check. I've also included instructions for my mug rugs at the end of this post.

Here are the prints included in the fabulous Cherry Bomb fat quarter bundle:

KimberBell Basics Red/White Cheerful Cherries - Maywood Studio
Essentials Dotsy Red - Wilmington
Sweet Orchard Red Stripes - Riley Blake
Grunge Hits the Spot Red - Moda
Basic Brights Red Hearts - Windham
KimberBell Basics Red Doodles - Maywood Studio
Neighborhood Gray Text Words - Windham
Grunge Basics Cherry - Moda

Along with the fabric bundle and trim, Fort Worth Fabric Studio also sent me this sweet gift, a Lucky Ladybug Box of Sewing Goodness.  (I felt totally spoiled!)  This box includes a Bonnie & Camille Basics mini charm pack, a mini tin (print on tin will vary), an 8” red lace zipper, one yard of “Hand Made” Zakka tape, five Klipit Quilter's Clips in red, and two mini Kit Kat bars! (Yes, immediately after this photograph was taken, I ate the chocolate!)

(Update: Giveaway closed.) Those generous folks at FWFS would like to give away a Lucky Ladybug Box to one of my readers!  Yeah!  To enter, simply leave a comment below and 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 Thursday, June 1, 2017. 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. (

Please head over to the Fort Worth Fabric Studio website for more information on this bundle, and be sure to sign up for their newsletter. You’ll also want to check out their blog, which includes many fantastic sewing and quilting tutorials.

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


Stacked Coins Table Runner

Finished Size: 17” x 60 1/2”
6 Fat Quarters
3/8 yard binding
Batting (25” x 68”)
Backing (25” x 68”)

1. Select (6) fat quarters (3 red, 3 white).
2. From each fat quarter, cut 5 strips that are 2 1/2” x 20”.

3.  Sew strips in pairs and then sew pairs into (5) units. Press to the darker fabric each time.


4.  Sew (5) units together to form one long runner. Press to the darker fabric each time.

5. Fold in half twice, making sure you keep all seams straight.  (You can sort of “feel” and peek inside to ensure that you have kept the seams straight/parallel to one another.)

6.  Trim the right edge to get a straight line. (Left-handed friends, do the opposite.) Use the lines on your ruler to ensure your cut is perpendicular to the stitched seams.

7.  Flip the folded unit. From your clean cut edge, cut (3) strips that are each 6” wide.

8.  Unsew one small section of 3 strips from the top of the middle row and sew it to the bottom of the middle row. That is how you achieve the nice red and white stagger.

9.  Next, nest the seams and sew the long vertical rows together to form a runner.  Press seams open.

10. Quilt and bind as desired.  

Share your finished project on Instagram using #stackedcoinstablerunner

Cherry Bomb Mug Rugs

Finished Size: 6” x 6”

Supplies for Four Mug Rugs:
(4) pieces 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"
(4) pieces 6 1/2" x 2 1/2"
(4) pieces trim 6 1/2" long
(4) pieces batting 6" x 6"
(4) pieces backing 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

1. Cut your pieces to size.  Pictured below, you can see how the bias tape comes pre-folded.  I simply unfolded it and pressed it flat to use it as a trim.

2. Layer the pieces together as shown below and sew a 1/4" seam down the right hand side.

3. Press to the smaller dot fabric.

4. Using a spray adhesive, adhere batting to the wrong side of the unit you just made.

5. Quilt as desired.  I simply stitched one line near the edge of the trim piece.

6. With right sides together, pair a mug rug top to a mug rug backing.  

7. Stitch all the way around, leaving a 3" turn hole in one side. Trim the corner points just a bit. 

8. Turn the mug rug inside out.  Sew a 1/8" finishing stitch all the way around.  Add a button if desired.