Monday, December 10, 2018

Etsy shop sale!

It’s December 10 and that means there are officially 15 days left until Christmas! I figured that was a terrific reason to run a 15% off sale on my Etsy shop.


All items (fabric, precuts, paper patterns and digital patterns) will be 15% off now through end of day December 15, 2018 (CST).  No coupon code is needed.  Sale prices are marked!

Have a great week! Thanks so much for your ongoing support!

~Taunja

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Fabric kits: Christmas version of a Coffee Time Quilt


Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in quickly today because I have a great last minute gift project for you, my Coffee Time Quilt featuring Christmas Figs! I had enough supplies to make up just SEVEN of these sweet little kits, and I’ve listed them on my Etsy shop. Zip on over quickly if you’re interested!


My Coffee Time Quilt is a free tutorial.  I’ve sewn several versions of it and have included links to those projects below. Visit those links for some fun ideas on how you might embellish your project with vintage trim, lace and buttons.





This project is fast, easy and lends itself well to quilting at home on your domestic machine. I’m pretty sure you could whip one together, including the binding, in a weekend. What a great gift it would make for someone you love!

The price of the fabric kit is $14.50 plus $6.50 shipping.  I will ship your order ASAP via USPS priority mail, which typically takes 2-3 days tracked, depending on how far you are from Minnesota. (The kit includes all fabric for top, binding and backing. There is no paper pattern included, as you simply follow the tutorial on my website.)

Have a great day.  Hope you find a moment or two to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja

Monday, December 3, 2018

Weekend sewing and a "near squirrel moment"


I almost had a “squirrel moment” on Sunday.  If you read my last post, “Decorating for the holidays, quietly,” you’ll know what I mean. I almost got distracted by a shiny new nut in my possession. Instead, I made a quick cup of tea, assessed the situation, and found my quiet place. Whew! It was a close call.

I did have a really nice, low stress weekend.  On Friday evening, my husband and son headed out on the ice in front of our place for a little fishing. We have about 4-5 inches of solid ice on the lake, which is enough for them to walk out and fish in the open or set up their portable house. While they did that, I dug out a WIP (work in progress) from LAST winter: my low-volume version of the “Happy Trails” quilt pattern from Lori Holt’s Scrappy Project Planner. I'm in love with this project all over again, maybe because I haven't worked on it in several months and it was like a found treasure!


I don’t have a design wall. I have a design floor. Luckily, our living room is right next to my sewing room and it has ample space. With a Christmas movie playing in the background, I was able to sew together some blocks and lay them out on the floor. I’m not gonna lie, this is a killer on my knees. But, I consider all that up and down, bend and squat to be a good form of calisthenics. Ha!


It’s not lost on me how lucky I am to enjoy my hobby and watch my husband through the window as he enjoys his favorite pastime. I say my thanks daily. While I was writing today’s post, it dawned on me that I also wrote about our fishing/quilting relationship three years ago: Fishing, quilting & marriage. It’s kind of a funny post if you’d care to read it. Below I've included a picture that Luke took from Thanksgiving day. Brad is drilling holes for the kids and their cousins. They didn't catch enough for a fish fry, but they enjoyed spending that time together.



On Saturday afternoon, one week after the tree went up, I finally hung some ornaments. I took a picture to share with you, and I made sure to light up our dining room and close the beautiful French doors so that you could see them. The previous owner had them installed from the farmhouse where she lived as a child. Being a country girl at heart, I am so thankful to have moved into a home once owned by someone who cherished those things from the past. I love that sense of history and connection.



On Sunday I while I watched the Vikings LOSE to the New England Patriots (bummer), I did some binding on Luke’s college graduation quilt. I don’t want to show any sneak peeks of that just yet, but I will say I am so happy with how it turned out. I hope he loves it. Here’s a photo of the fabrics I used.


During halftime of the game, I needed to move around a bit. So I went to my sewing room and did some organizing. That’s when the squirrel moment almost took hold. I finally had a chance to really dig into my November Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. This box is fabulous! It features the lovely new collection by Lella Boutique called Garden Variety, along with a super cute pattern. I had the urge to drop everything and begin a new project right then and there. That’s when I made the cup of tea and went back to my binding. I fully intend to make the November box project, but now is not the time. Focus!



After the game I put my binding away and perused my in-progress projects. I pulled out a project that is near and dear to my heart. I’ll be making a high school graduation quilt for my niece, Molly. Her favorite color is blue, and I’ve chosen the blues from another lovely Lella Boutique line, Nest. Isn’t this a soothing sight? This quilt has now moved to the top of my priority list!


Thanks for stopping by the blog today and allowing me to share my near-squirrel moment with you. My quilting friends, you're keeping me honest! Have a lovely week!

~Taunja


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Decorating for the holidays, quietly


I’ve been feeling quiet inside as we move into the holiday season. Not sad or depressed. On the contrary, I feel quite thankful and happy. But I also feel a sense of quiet. Maybe this is my mind’s way of fighting off the constant barrage of noise . . . from the television, the radio, the computer and the phone. So much information. So much news. So much to do. So much to make!

I’ve talked to other quilters who, like me, feel that being a quilter today is a bit like being a squirrel. We are constantly zipping about, frantically chasing that shiny new nut . . .  the newest fabric, pattern, kit, technique, etc. Everything we see on social media or in the quilt shops makes us want to buy and make. It’s exhausting. It can make us feel downright overwhelmed!

I hope my blog never makes you feel that way. I hope my enthusiasm for my shared projects inspires you in a happy, productive way. Let’s make a deal with ourselves and each other . . . we don’t have to keep up with anyone else. We will sew, decorate and make on our own schedules, within our own budgets, and for the joy of the creative process or gift giving that results.

So, after all that rambling, I want to share with you my Christmas decorating from this past weekend. It is very light. And it feels good . . . and quiet.

The morning after Thanksgiving, I laid out my Star Crossed Pines quilt and a new pillow I ordered from a fellow Etsy shop maker: Porter Lane Home. Yep, I tossed them on the couch, took a couple of pictures and that was it. That was enough. Whew!




Later in the evening, I talked (coerced) my mom and Haley into helping me set up the Christmas tree and a few greens. We also hung three quilts. My Welcome Home Wreath and another single quilt block found homes in the dining room, while my Christmas version of Fat Quarter Flourish now hangs in my kitchen. On Saturday when the sun was shining I took a few more pictures to share with you. We still don’t have the ornaments on the tree, but that is oddly okay with me this year. I’m enjoying this quiet tree.






During the fall this black wire basket was filled with an autumn garland and fabric pumpkin. We made a quick switcheroo with some winter greens, a cute little sign and a "Jolly" mug rug that I made last year. And if you notice in the background, my red and green version of Shoofly Crossing is hanging on a stair railing. We can grab it to use as a lap quilt while watching TV, or hang it there for decoration.  Simple is good!


And finally, on Sunday evening when I was home alone, I set out our little Nativity which was a gift from my parents many years ago. I didn’t even put out the wooden manger . . . just the still figures, quiet reminders of what this season means to me.




We have a beautiful lighted Christmas village, several more holiday mini quilts, bunches of greenery and pretty figurines and decor that are staying packed away this year. I’m feeling really good about this . . . much less “squirrelly.”

Who knows, next year I may go all the way and decorate every inch of this place for the holidays. Either way, my family loves me, and that’s all that really matters.

Whether you're seeking a quiet season or one filled with joyful noise, I’m wishing you all a wonderful journey into the holidays! 

~Taunja


Friday, November 23, 2018

Winter Flurries: a finished quilt top

Here in the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone. In the Kelvington household, we cooked our turkey, enjoyed time spent with family, shopped a little, and started a tiny bit of Christmas decorating. I also managed to finish up this cute quilt top from the “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio.



This was such a fun project! I’ve never participated in a mystery sew along before, and it was intriguing to make a few blocks each week, all the while wondering what the final product would look like!


In week one we did all the cutting for the quilt and also made one Economy block.


In week two we sewed the Granny Square blocks.





And just like that, we were ready to assemble the parts and finish our Winter Flurries Quilt top! While this quilt will make a great table topper or wall hanging, part of me wonders if I should make it into a tree skirt. Wouldn’t it be darling at the base of a country Christmas tree? I'm just not sure I'm brave enough to do it! Slicing into those pretty blocks . . . what a thought!



I deviated just a bit from the assembly instructions. Instead of a neutral border, I added a green inner border followed by a wide charcoal gingham border. All of my fabrics are from various Fig Tree & Company collections, except the gingham. That print is from the Farmer’s Daughter collection by Lella Boutique for Moda.


Remember, the pattern downloads for this project are free and 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!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope all of my American quilting friends had a very Happy Thanksgiving, and that all of you, all over the world, are getting carried away quilting!

~Taunja



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!

~Taunja




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!

~Taunja