Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ribbon Play Runner in Coney Island

When I first saw the Coney Island collection by Fig Tree & Company for Moda, I knew I wanted to sew up my Ribbon Play pattern in this fabric.  I think the warm citrus colors in Coney Island really sing in this pattern, creating a cheerful table runner to enjoy from springtime through the end of summer!

Ribbon Play is a lively runner (50" x 18") that calls for just 6 fat quarters and 3/4 yard of background fabric. I decided to break from my typical neutral background and use one of my favorite Moda Bella Solids: Celery (9900-72).  I think this soft celery green makes a lovely backdrop to the beautiful prints and colors in Coney Island. 

For this version of Ribbon Play, I chose four colored fat quarters for the blocks (orange, red, yellow and aqua) and two neutral fat quarters for the ribbons.  I did break away from the pattern instructions in one area.  My pattern calls for you to use the ribbon fabric (the neutrals) for the block centers. However, I substituted that with blue 2 1/2" squares from an older Fig Tree line, Aloha Girl.  I love that extra pop of color!

Part of the fun of the Ribbon Play runner is that the fat quarters are also used to make the scrappy binding.  I just love a scrappy binding, especially on a table runner!

Now I have to take a moment to brag on the gorgeous custom machine quilting that really makes this runner special.  Thank you to Starlit Bear of Startlit Quilts.  Star has an amazing vision in her quilting.  She is so detailed and thoughtful in her artistry.  Star has quilted a few projects for me, and each time I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome. I hope this closeup gives you an idea of the magic she creates! Thank you, Star!

Here are some some other versions of Ribbon Play that I have sewn. On the left is Ribbon Play using Bonnie & Camille's Little Ruby collection.  On the right is Ribbon Play using Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree & Company.


I have made up a limited supply of Ribbon Play kits featuring Coney Island as shown in this post.  The kits include my pattern, 6 Coney Island fat quarters, the Bella Solid Celery background fabric, and the dark blue Aloha Girl fabric for the block center.  (Backing fabric not included.)  These kits are available on my Etsy shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you’ll consider adding Ribbon Play to your pattern collection.  It’s a versatile pattern that I think you would enjoy. Now go and get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Box in a Box blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

It’s March in Minnesota.  A little over a week ago, we had one day where temps soared into the 70s.  Then just two days ago, parts of our state saw 8 inches of snow!  It can make a person a little cranky.  Thank goodness I’m part of the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop.  I’m finding springtime in my fabrics!

Last month I shared my six Diamond Panes blocks, and in January we made our Souvenir of Friendship blocks.  This month our block is called Box in a Box.  This 5 1/2" block is easy to make and so darn cute.  

You may recall I am using the pretty Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle (Moda) for my quilt. This is a collection that causes you to say, “Oh this is my favorite print . . . about several of the prints!  However, I’m pretty partial to this green floral.  So sweet!

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 Sloan.com (@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!   


Monday, March 13, 2017

A cheery, cherry wall hanging for the Sweetie Pie Sew Along

In January Lori Holt and Riley Blake Designs kicked off their Sweetie Pie Sew Along featuring Lori’s pretty new collection “Sew Cherry 2” and her Sew Simple Shapes and Pie Ruler. Each week a new portion of the quilt was featured, with fabulous tips and tutorials on both Lori’s blog (Bee In My Bonnet) and the Riley Blake Designs Blog. The pattern is free and the online resources are tremendous. You’ll definitely want to check this out!

During the sew along, guest bloggers have been sharing their creations, and I was asked to utilize the Fruit Salad Sew Simple Shapes to make a cherry block. (Follow this link for terrific instructions and guidelines from Lori!) Since the Cherry Pie block was completed in January, with Riley Blake’s blessing I decided to make a cheery little wall hanging featuring the cherry shapes.  

I used one of my own patterns, Mini Story Stars, because it has the perfect “white space” area to feature Lori’s sweet cherry shapes.  The simple star blocks also allowed me to fussy cut the pretty floral from Lori’s Sew Cherry 2 collection. 

This quilt measures 27” x 27” and is a free pattern download available on my Craftsy Pattern shop

One of my favorite parts of this project was pulling fabrics from my stash. I used some of Lori’s new line, Sew Cherry 2, but I also included pieces from her Calico Days collection.  Rounding out the grouping are pieces from Elea Lutz (Apple Farm) and Nadra Ridgeway (Bloom & Bliss).  Don't they play nicely together?

The background fabric is one of my favorites ~ the Weekdays in White text print from Calico Days! It’s such a tender backdrop for all of the other lively prints.

To applique my cherries and leaves, I used Lori’s sew-in interfacing method.  Rather than hand-stitching them in place, I decided to do a simple outline machine stitch using Aurifil 2340 Cafe au Lait 50 wt. I really like the effect. I then hand embroidered the cherry stems using Aurifloss 2340.  Using all six strands gives it a nice chunky look. 

I machine quilted this piece using simple straight-line quilting and Aurifil 2021 50 wt.  I let the star blocks and seams lead me where they may.  

Oh, and may I just say . . . the big red check from Sew Cherry 2 is just perfect for binding!


This little quilt brought so much cheer to my heart.  Thank you to Riley Blake Designs and Lori Holt for including me in the Sweetie Pie Sew Along.

And thank you all for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bunnies & Cream Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Bunnies & Cream Blog tour, and I’m so excited to show you my projects. This debut collection by Lauren Nash (Transient Art) for Penny Rose Fabrics stole my sewing heart immediately. The darling little bunnies baking treats with their mother reminded me of cherished picture books from my own childhood. 

Lauren's collection includes darling recipe panels. What a sweet idea! "Glazed Lemon Poppyseed Cookies." My Grandma Audrey loved all things lemon. This sounds just like something that would have been in her recipe box. 

There are so many delicious details in this collection, that I really enjoyed just looking at the fabric.  Eventually I got to "work." I made two projects for my stop on the tour: an hourglass baby quilt and coordinating pillow.

For the pillow, I used Lori Holt’s Scrappy Happy Hearts mini tutorial that I discovered while joining her Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along. Lauren's ginghams and prints pair up so nicely to make these dainty little hearts that comprise the center panel of the pillow. I bordered the mini hearts with the pink gingham, and added left and right side borders of the fun mint print.

Next I embellished my pillow with a crisp white crocheted lace trim and buttons from my Grandma Audrey's button jar.  Just look at the sweet (pun intended) detail in Lauren's designs ~ a scrumptious little donut here ~ and in the next photo a pretty little cake in a glass cake plate.  I can just imagine a young child enjoying all of the details while wrapped up in a quilt of Bunnies & Cream!

I bound the pillow using the green gingham.  If you've never bound a pillow before, you should give it a try.  It's the same technique as binding a little quilt, and it creates such a nice finishing touch!

My hourglass quilt is comprised of 36 hourglass blocks featuring Lauren's pink, mint green and blue prints and coordinating ginghams.  I love the timeless look of an hourglass block. This little quilt was a snap to put together and will make a nice baby quilt at 36" x 36".  I didn't use a pattern, and I didn't have time to write up a tutorial.  I hope you will forgive me.  I was just a bit busy cutting, sewing, quilting and binding.  I will try to add a tutorial to my to-do list! 

If you follow my blog, you know that in February I released a new pattern featuring Bunnies & Cream. It’s called Shoofly Crossing. This 57" x 57" lap quilt or child's quilt was designed to showcase Lauren’s darling bunny prints.  

The main blocks are visually connected by small inner shoofly blocks, creating a whimsical design.  Please visit my Shoofly Crossing blog post to learn more about this pattern. Several of my blog sponsors are carrying this pattern and some have Bunnies & Cream kits available as well!

Sincere thanks to Lauren and Penny Rose Fabrics for including me on this blog tour. Bunnies & Cream fabric was a joy to sew. 

And thank you all for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away with some sweet quilting of your own! In the meantime, please be sure to stop and visit these other talented bloggers who have made beautiful projects with Lauren's collection.  Here's the schedule:

3/6/2017..... Faith Essenburg............. www.saranaave.wordpress.com 
3/7/2017..... Bridgette McNay............www.thefamilyhearth.com
3/8/2017..... Elea Lutz....................... www.elealutzdesign.com
3/9/2017..... Taunja Kelvington......... www.carriedawayquilting.com
3/10/2017.... Veronica AM................. www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com
3/11/2017.... Lauren Nash.................. www.TransientArt.com


Photo courtesy of Lauren Nash

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

On Point Pillow: a mini charm project featuring Sundrops

I live in Minnesota, where we enjoy four distinct seasons: balmy summer, richly colored autumn, snow packed winter, and refreshing springtime.  While I appreciate them all for different reasons, I have to admit that the “end of February to end of March” time frame can put me into an emotional funk.  We seem to have several gray, chilly days punctuated by the occasional sunny relief.  The snow is gone, but the ground is still brown and will be for several more weeks.  It’s times like this that I definitely need a pick-me-up!

Well, that came to me via the sweet folks at LouLou's Fabric Shop. Shop owner Jamie recently sent me a little package brimming with sunshine: the Sundrops collection by Corey Yoder for Moda.  Thanks to Jamie, I spent a happy afternoon sewing up my On Point Pillow and perched it in the corner of my kitchen.  It's a happy, sunny sight.  Just what I needed!

I really love the combination of colors in the Sundrops collection: warm corals, sunny yellows, fresh greens, and a taupe range that lends a sophisticated, grounding base for the other colors.  Corey's designs have a lively, hopeful feeling, don't they?

I kept the quilting simple on this project. Sometimes less is more. A few quilting lines in my go-to Aurifil 2021 50 wt seemed just right to my eye.

The On Point Pillow is a free tutorial on my blog.  I’ve made it before using another Moda collection: Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique. It's a quick and easy project that would look pretty in many different styles! I bound my pillow with the taupe dot and used the pretty taupe floral for the backing.

My mom recently gave me a package of beautiful yellow buttons, and I auditioned several of them to adorn my pillow, but crazy as it seems, I settled on an old wooden button.  For some reason, that wooden button added just the earthy tone that my springtime pillow needed.  Rest assured, I will use those fabulous yellow buttons on another project!

Would you like to add some Sundrops to your fabric stash? LouLou’s Fabric Shop is offering my blog readers 20% off the Sundrops collection by using the code carriedaway at checkout.  The sale ends Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Thanks so much Jamie!

Wherever you live, I hope you are having a sunny day.  Please visit LouLou's Fabric Shop when you have a chance.  You'll be glad you did!


A package full of sunshine from LouLou's Fabric Shop!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Winner: Bloc Loc ruler from Stash Addict Quilts

Hello quilting friends! Thank you for taking a moment to visit the blog last week and read about my experience with the Bloc Loc Half Square Triangle Ruler.  It is such a handy tool. Many thanks to Stash Addict Quilts for introducing the Bloc Loc to me, and for generously offering one as a prize 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 winner.  Congratulations to Angela Purrenhage!  You are the lucky winner!  I know you will enjoy your new ruler.  We will be in touch so that Stash Addict Quilts can mail your prize.  

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm of Carried Away Quilting.

Have a great week!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bloc Loc Ruler giveaway with Stash Addict Quilts

A few weeks ago the kind folks at Stash Addict Quilts asked if I’d like to try a Bloc Loc Half Square Triangle Ruler and share my experience with you. Umm . . . YES, thank you very much! I’ve wanted to try a Bloc Loc for quite some time. As luck would have it, I had a new project in the works made up of 3 1/2” half square triangles. What perfect timing!

Stash Addict Quilts shipped me the ruler, and I spent a very happy Saturday playing with my new toy. This is just a peek of some of the half square triangles I squared up using the Bloc Loc ruler.

If you are unfamiliar with these rulers, they have a special channel on the back side that allows the ruler to easily snug up against a pressed seam, which keeps the ruler from slipping while cutting. 

I used the Bloc Loc in conjunction with my Sue Daley Designs rotating cutting mat which I purchased from Stash Addict Quilts.  Together, these tools make squaring up your half square triangles a breeze! Just snug your Bloc Loc ruler up to the seam, trim two sides, continue holding the ruler in place, rotate the mat, and trim two more sides.

As an added bonus, I was able to use my 3 1/2” Bloc Loc to fussy cut several 3 1/2” squares for the same project!  (I will be sharing this sweet finished quilt in a couple of weeks on a blog hop with Riley Blake Designs!)

Wouldn’t you love to add a Bloc Loc to your collection of rulers?  Well thanks to the generous folks at Stash Addict Quilts, we are giving away one 3 1/2" Bloc Loc Half Square Triangle Square Up Ruler!

To enter, simply leave a comment below and be sure to include your email address. The giveaway is open worldwide! Comments are open through 5:00 pm (CST) on Monday, March 6, 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. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com)

Please visit Stash Addict Quilts to see their terrific selection of fabrics, patterns and notions! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. Good luck!