Monday, November 19, 2018

Fabric kits: Next Up table topper featuring Farmhouse II by Fig Tree

In September I introduced you to a new pattern, Next Up, a fun and easy pattern available in two sizes. The large version (86” x 86”) calls for a layer cake, while the small version (38” x 38”) calls for a charm pack. Today I’m happy to tell you that I have fabric KITS available for the smaller version, featuring the lovely Farmhouse II collection by Fig Tree & Company for Moda!

The fabric kit is available on my Etsy Shop.  It includes fabric for the top and binding as pictured:
·        1 Charm Pack (Farmhouse II)
·        3/4 yard Moda Cross Weave Black
·        1/3 yard neutral (Farmhouse II, milk country text 20326-15)
·        3/8 yard binding (Farmhouse II, tomato polka dotties 20322-11)

Next Up is a digital only pattern. I don’t have paper copies. So if you purchase the fabric kit, you will also need to purchase the digital pattern from my Etsy Shop.

Please note: backing fabric is NOT included in the kit, although I have a nice variety of Farmhouse II yardage available to purchase in my Etsy Shop. The backing is not included in this kit to give you some purchasing flexibility. Traditional yardage calculation would say that this quilt measuring 38" x 38" would require 2 5/8 yard for backing.  HOWEVER, my long-arm quilter would allow me to give her just 1 1/3 yard backing, as 44" x 48" was acceptable to her on a small project. Check with your long-arm quilter to see what size is required.  If I were to quilt this on my home machine, I would definitely go with the 1 1/3 yard option!

Remember, the fabric kit, digital pattern and Farmhouse II fabric listings are all available on my Etsy Shop. Quantities are limited.

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


Sunday, November 18, 2018

New pattern: Let's Play, a fat quarter friendly child's quilt

When I think back on my children’s early years, I remember that quilts were a big part of their daily lives. Quilts made for snuggling became fort quilts and backyard picnic quilts. I also remember how often a quilt became a play mat where Luke would line up his trucks, cars, tractors and action figures and let his imagination go to town. 

My newest quilt pattern, Let’s Play, was designed to feature inspiring juvenile fabrics and encourage play. It’s fat quarter friendly and finishes at 48” x 57”, the perfect size for a child’s quilt. From the adventure inspired fabric to the linear, roadmap like layout of the pattern, Let’s Play was inspired by my son, Luke.

For this quilt, I selected a collection called “Greatest Adventure” by Cinderberry Stitches for Riley Blake Designs. I had been saving a group of fat quarters from this collection for a couple of years, just waiting for the right quilt pattern to come to mind. Luke is a young man now, but I know for certain that he would have loved this quilt when he was a boy.  He would have enjoyed the plucky little characters and the tiny word messages.

While this fabric collection is likely hard to find now, Riley Blake Designs is well known for their fabulous children’s prints. I can imagine this pattern sewn up in other sweet and inspiring youth collections, can’t you? 

Let’s Play is a fat quarter friendly pattern. Begin with two dominant color prints (I chose red and navy blue) that will create the intersecting grid or roadmap effect. Then select seven additional coordinating fat quarters to be your feature fabrics. Look for prints that tell a story with pictures.

Here are the material requirements for Let’s Play:
Finished size: 48” x 57”
Materials Needed:
9 fat quarters (1 red, 1 blue, 7 coordinating)
White................... 1 yard
Border.................. 3/4 yard
Backing................ 3 1/4 yards
Binding: The sample shows scrappy binding cut from 2 1/4” strips from the remainder of the fat quarters. (Cutting instructions for scrappy binding are noted in the pattern.) Otherwise, 1/2 yard is required to bind the quilt.

This pattern is a bit of a departure from what I typically design, but I truly love it. Let’s Play takes me back to the sweet days when matchbox cars, stuffed animals, books and action heroes took up residence in my house, along with a spirited little boy and his side-kick younger sister.

Let’s Play is available as a digital download pattern on my Etsy Shop or Craftsy Pattern Shop. I hope this pattern inspires you to sew up a much loved quilt for a child in your life. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Window Garden quilt finds a home

Many of you know that one of my favorite quilts, my Window Garden quilt sewn with Tilda fabric, was something of an odyssey. I purchased the fabric in September of 2016. I began working on the quilt in February of 2017. I finally finished it in the spring of 2018 while we were living at our transitional home. I’m happy to say that my Window Garden quilt has found her permanent home in our new permanent home! I couldn’t be happier with how this quilt makes me feel every time I walk into our master bedroom.

While I really admire bedrooms designed with luxurious bedding and sparkly accessories, the truth is, I’m not a fancy girl. I like things that are pretty but practical. I like my rooms to be inviting and visually interesting, but not too full of stuff. I also like bedding that is layered, soft and comfy. I found a new quilted coverlet at Kohls that I think provides the perfect backdrop for my quilt and fits my style.

Of all of my patterns, Window Garden ranks as one of my favorites. It really allows any fabric collection to shine. The following post shows how pretty this pattern can be in a variety of colorways: Window Garden in Tilda: a project update.

Recently while I was on quilt retreat, my mom and I took a break from the sewing and scrapbooking and went shopping. We stopped at a fabulous store in central Minnesota called Three Sisters Furnishings. I found three lovely items that day: a crocheted navy pillow, another accent pillow, and the pretty floral print hanging above the bed. These items seem right at home with my Window Garden quilt.

I've written to you lately that I've been drawn to the color blue. Well that's pretty obvious in this room. From Haley's bit of high school pottery on my night stand to my eclectic stack of books, I seem to be in a blue mood!

I have a tendency to want to get things done “right now.” But maybe the older I get, the better I get at letting things unfold over time. It’s hard to be patient and wait for the pieces of life’s puzzles to come into place. But when things do come together, it sure makes us appreciate it more. Our empty nest moves over the past year, and our efforts to slowly make this house our forever home are good reminders of that!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I appreciate that you take the time to read my posts that aren’t just about fabric, notions and patterns, but also about how our quilt making is part of our life making.

Go and get carried away quilting!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Final blocks for the Winter Flurries mystery sew along with FWFS

Somehow or other, life got crazy in my neck of the woods, and I fell behind on a couple of projects. But I’m all caught up with my blocks for the “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Last night and this morning I sewed up the blocks from week three and four.  Next week we’ll be putting this little quilt together!

The week three assignment was the easy, peasy Flying Geese blocks, while we sewed up the beautiful Christmas Star blocks for week four. Now that I have all the pieces and parts, I’m so excited to see how it will come together.

The great thing about this sew along is that the weekly pattern downloads are free and will remain available on the FWFS website. You could begin this project at any time and work at your own pace. While I think the FWFS fabric kits may have sold out, they have an amazing collection of Christmas and winter fabrics for you to choose from for your project!

In honor of the Winter Flurries project, I’ll share my view of the lake today. This is the first day that the lake has shown evidence that she’s making ice. The fisherpeople in my family are pretty happy to see that. We live in Minnesota, so there will be cold and there will be snow. I say Bring It On!  I have plenty of quilts to keep me warm.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. If you’ve been sewing along, be sure to share your progress on Instagram using #winterflurriesmysterquilt


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tis the season: Christmas quilts, runners and pillows!

We woke up to snow this morning! Granted it was just a dusting, and it has already melted. But let me tell you, those fluffy white flurries got me feeling all snuggled up inside. I was ready to pull out the holly and the ivy. It took every bit of restraint I had to leave the Christmas decorations in the storage room.

So instead, I thought I’d share some of my favorite holiday makes from the past couple of years. You can click on each project link for full details and more photos!

74” x 80”

Welcome Home Wreath (Original Version)
Wall hanging or table topper
48” square

Welcome Home Wreath (Fig Tree Version)
Wall hanging or table topper
48” square

Starry Way
Charm pack runner
40” x 20”

Coffee Time Quilt for Christmas (free pattern)
Mini charm pack mini quilt
18” square

Picking Petals
Charm pack mini quilt
20” square

Shoofly Crossing
Lap quilt
57” square

Fat Quarter Flourish
Fat quarter mini quilt
20” square

Diamond Trail
Charm pack runner
22” x 32”

Jingle Birds patchwork pillow (free pattern)
Mini charm pack pillow
12” x 16”

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. My husband will thank you too, as sharing this post probably saved me from getting too carried away with holiday decorating!

Friends, I kid you not.  As I am writing this post, it has started to snow again.  Uh oh!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Sewing blue

If someone were to ask me my favorite color, my immediate answer would be blue. It’s the same answer I would have given as a young girl, and it still feels true today. Oddly enough, I don’t typically decorate my home with blue accessories. Also, very few of the quilts I’ve made in recent years feature the color blue. 

I’m no expert in color theory. I just know what I like and how colors make me feel. I’m sure I’ve shied away from blue because it is a cool color, and I like to create a warm environment in my home. However, since moving to our place by the lake, my eyes have been opened to a new realization. Blue is an awesome anchor (no pun intended) to the other colors in the landscape which provide warmth and energy. And so, I’m “feeling blue” and sewing blue! 

Pictured below are two of my most recent fabric pulls for quilts in progress. The first photo shows a selection of navy and taupe prints from the upcoming “Sweet Tea” collection by Sweetwater for Moda (available in stores in January).  I added some soft butterscotchy-orange prints from my stash to warm up the grouping. I’m working on a new pattern that I think you will love . . . it's simple but has a big impact. I’ll share that with you just as soon as I can!

This second photo shows a selection of the blues and greens from the “Oxford” collection by Sweetwater for Moda. I’m making a simple patchwork quilt for our guest bedroom (otherwise known as Haley’s room or Grandma Brenda’s room, depending on who arrives first). Haley and I attempted to paint the guest room a very pale shade of blue (white lightning) this past weekend to coordinate with the Oxford fabrics. However, we painted just one wall and realized that what we really had was lavender. Back to the drawing board on that! 

Both of these fabric pulls are a departure from what I typically sew. But they reflect what I feel when I look at the natural world around me. There is so much beauty to be found in a calm lake, peeling birch trees, tiny acorns, and crunchy fallen leaves atop thick green grass that will soon be hidden by snow. There are days when I forget to keep my eyes open to nature. I’m working to do better. Maybe my new quilts will provide an indoor reminder to look outdoors!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!  Thanks for letting me ramble.



Sunday, October 28, 2018

Winter Flurries Week 2: Mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in to share my progress on the “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio. This week we made four Granny Square blocks to go with last week’s Economy block. I tell you what, the Granny Square blocks were so much fun that I have a hankerin’ to make a whole Granny Square quilt!

Last week I showed you my fabric pull for this project, but as I laid out this week’s blocks, I realized that my center square selection just didn’t have enough pop. I had chosen a taupe colored print with delicate red flowers, and I just didn't like it in this layout. So I replaced that print with this beautiful red holly from the Christmas Figs collection by Fig Tree & Co. 

We all love the opportunity to use our tools and notions.  Well, I just happened to have a 6” Trim Tool Ruler by Creative Grids. (The overall size of the ruler is 6 1/2".) What a handy tool for these blocks! The outer seam allowance marking on the ruler helps to square up blocks carefully, ensuring that you won't lose points. I'll be pulling out this ruler more often.

The “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along runs for five weeks, and we won’t know what the finished quilt top looks like until the final week. I’m sure it will be lovely, as it has been designed by the talented Lindsey Weight. The finished project will be 33” x 33.” Remember, weekly pattern downloads are free on the FWFS website.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has created a beautiful fabric kit for this sew along, with binding and backing included. It’s not too late to join in. The blocks are super quick and easy to construct. You can catch up in an afternoon.

Pictured below are the beautiful Granny Square blocks created by Lindsey using the Forth Worth Fabric Studio kit fabrics. You can see how Lindsey's center center print has much more visual interest that the taupe print I chose last week. Her center print is definitely a terrific focal fabric. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you’ll consider joining in the Winter Flurries sew along. I can't wait until next week. Be sure to share your progress on Instagram using #winterflurriesmysterquilt