Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cloth book giveaway winners


It's time to announce our cloth book panel giveaway winners! Many thanks to the kind folks at Quilt Girls who provided the panels for this giveaway!

I have a love-hate relationship with giveaways.  I love to make someone’s day by declaring them a prize winner, but I hate the fact that I don’t have a prize for everyone. Please just know that my drawings are always a random draw, and if I could, I would send you each a prize!

Today we have two lucky ladies who will each receive a “Five Little Pumpkins on Halloween Night” cloth panel: Carol Spence and Mary (Hibob2). I will be in touch with you both! 

Please visit the Quilt Girls website and check out their terrific selection of book panels, quilt panels and novelty fabrics! Thanks again, Quilt Girls!

~Taunja 


Monday, October 7, 2019

Another Lakeside Star quilt!


My second Lakeside Star quilt is finished and ready to be gifted to a lovely bride and groom-to-be, our beautiful niece and her handsome fiancĂ©! I hope this quilt will add the warm reminder of family love and support to their home. We live several states apart and don’t get to see them often. It’s nice to think of them snuggled together under this cozy quilt, watching a movie or sharing their day’s experiences.


The Lakeside Star pattern is a good choice for a quilt intended for a young couple.  It’s bold and graphic, which fits in nicely with a young couple’s more contemporary styling, but it’s also traditional and inviting.


This crimson and taupe version of Lakeside Star has a very subtle nod to Christmas and winter, but the prints are not over-the-top seasonal. I’m hoping they use this as a cuddling quilt all year long!


Fabric selection for this quilt was a lot of fun.  I used collections from seven different Moda designers, and I was thrilled with how well they worked together.  The collections shown include

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



My friend and local quilt shop owner, Barb from Quilts on Broadway, did the lovely machine quilting using a large swirling pattern and soft taupe thread.  We also chose a plush cappuccino colored backing fabric from her store. The brand is Cuddle® fabric by Shannon Fabrics.


Lakeside Star is a fat quarter quilt pattern available 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!



I’ve carefully folded Tahler and Ricky’s quilt. Now I’m on the hunt for a large box and the roll of wrapping paper that I know I purchased . . . but which seems to have gone missing. Wish me luck!

~Taunja











Thursday, October 3, 2019

Cloth book giveaway with Quilt Girls


Would you like to make a darling Halloween cloth book for a child in your life? Then you came to the right blog post!  The kind folks at Quilt Girls recently sent me two panels of “Five Little Pumpkins on Halloween Night,” and we’re running a giveaway! 

This book panel was designed by Sandra Magsamen for Studio E Fabrics. The story features rhyming prose, which will encourage a young child to read along. And most importantly, the book will be completely huggable!


If you’ve never made a cloth book before, I encourage you to give it a whirl.  It’s an easy project and a wonderful gift to give! Quilt Girls has an amazing selection of cloth panel books, including classic/vintage stories, ABC/123 primers, holiday stories, and contemporary characters. I’ve made three cloth books in the past and blogged about them.

Note: I included some of my own tips and instructions in this post!

 
 

HOW TO ENTER:
To enter, simply leave a comment telling me why you'd like to make a cloth book. 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 3:00 pm (CST) on Monday, October 7, 2019. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winners. 

*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)


Sewing friends, please visit the Quilt Girls website and check out their terrific selection of book panels, quilt panels and children’s fabrics. If you are sewing for a little person in your life, Quilt Girls has the fabric you need.  Just check out this fun reading pillow I recently made using Halloween prints from their store! I sent this off to my nephew just yesterday.  I think he’s going to love it!


Thanks so much for stopping by today, and thank you to Quilt Girls for their generous offer! Good luck, everyone!

~Taunja



Friday, September 27, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: September blocks


I’m cruising right along with my blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The September block assignment includes three darling blocks: Maple Star, Patchwork Big O, and Southern Star. All three blocks feature the Nest collection by Lella Boutique for Moda.


My homework for this month was a bit lighter, as I had already made the Maple Star block months ago when I first received the book. This is still one of my favorite blocks. Any block that lends itself to a fussy-cut center is aces in my book!


The Patchwork Big O block was a bit tricky, and on my first try I had to pull out the seam ripper. But with a patience and close attention to the pattern instructions, I got it right the second time.


The Southern Star block may look difficult, but it isn’t. This pretty block is just comprised of half-square triangles. The pattern calls for four different prints to make the eight star points, but I opted to use three prints and repeated the green.  I think it has a nice effect.


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. I am making 24 medium sized blocks, so in the end I will have a smaller quilt. It’s been a creative joy to rifle through my fabric basket each month to create my blocks.  


The Summer Moon quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. You honestly can jump in at any time.  If you are on Instagram, there are plenty of people sewing along and sharing photos of their monthly creations. It’s “sew” inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by to see my progress.  Here are links to my previous posts:


~Taunja





Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Recent finish: Cabin Fever quilt


Don’t worry, quilting friends . . . I am NOT decorating for Christmas in September!  I just wanted to share my most recent finish with you, this cozy “Cabin Fever” quilt, which was a kit I purchased from Sweet Treasures Quilts.


I began cutting and piecing this quilt last winter during a Minnesota snowstorm. It became one of those quilt tops that I worked on sporadically over the next several months, in between other projects that had more immediate deadlines. It surely didn’t need to take me this long to complete this quilt, as the pattern instructions are terrific and the piecing is simple and quick!


This darling pattern was written by Terri Staats, owner of Sweet Treasures Quilts.  For her sample and the kits, Terri featured a Moda fabric collection called Wintertide by Janet Clare. There is something so wonderful about the timeless, simple charm of this collection, don’t you agree? 


The pretty machine quilting was done by my friend Barb at Quilts on Broadway. We chose a fun motif that resembles swirling winter winds.


I believe Sweet Treasures Quilts quickly sold out of this kit last winter, but the pattern is available as a PDF purchase from their online store.  Sweet Treasures Quilts has a wonderful selection of other Christmas kits that you may want to check out. I do like choosing my own fabrics for my projects, but I also am thrilled when someone else does the work for me. And Terri has a marvelous eye for fabric selection!


My Cabin Fever quilt is destined to be a gift, but I will be honest . . . I’m having a hard time letting it go. It looks right at home in our family room.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a moment, zip on over to the Sweet Treasures Quilts website. You’ll be glad you did!

~Taunja


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New pattern: Star Watch, a jelly roll quilt


I’m so excited to share my newest jelly roll pattern with you ~ Star Watch! In this quilt, twinkling midnight stars watch over a landscape of log cabins. There’s nothing cozier than a log cabin quilt, but this contemporary layout adds a bit of flair to the cozy!




As with my other new pattern, 9-Patch Pivot, I’ve used the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lelle Boutique for Moda, which will be available in stores this October. This gorgeous autumn fabric could actually be on display in your home year-round. While some of the prints feature acorns and oak leaves, the overall collection gives more of a nod to loving nature than any particular season.


My Star Watch pattern finishes at 64” x 74” and calls for one jelly roll and coordinating yardage. The jelly roll is used for block construction and also for a scrappy binding, which adds a charming finishing touch to the quilt! If you’ve never done a scrappy binding before, I encourage you to try it.  It’s so easy and results are definitely worth a little extra time!



Here are the complete fabric requirements:
(1) jelly roll or (33) strips 2 1/2’’ x 42’’
Navy (stars & outer border)............................ 1 1/3 yards
Tan (middle border)  ....................................... 5/8 yard
Neutral (blocks, sashing & inner border)......... 1 3/4 yards
Backing.......................................................... 4 yards
Binding: The sample shows scrappy binding from jelly roll strips. Otherwise, 5/8 yard is required.

I was absolutely tickled to see the machine quilting done by Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Star used a pattern called Lovely Leaves along with a soft taupe thread, which was absolutely perfect for this quilt. It brings the cozy up another two notches, don't you agree? I honestly couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you, Star!



Would you like to make your own Star Watch quilt? Then zip on over to my Etsy shop. The pattern is available in PDF format. And, I have reliable news that LouLou’s Fabric shop is planning to kit this pattern when Harvest Road releases in October. I’ll keep you posted!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all get carried away cozy quilting real soon!

~Taunja







Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Pattern: 9-Patch Pivot, a fat quarter quilt


Do you love collecting fat quarters, but then struggle to find just the right pattern to actually use them? Well, I have just the answer . . . my newest pattern, 9-Patch Pivot!


9-Patch Pivot calls for just 21 fat quarters plus 1 1/4 yards of neutral, making fabric selection a snap! My sample features the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda, which will be available in October. This pretty quilt finishes at 66" x 77".


Friends, there are several things you will like about this pattern.  First, it really allows a fabric collection to shine. It’s scrappy and visually interesting, but it has enough continuity to also be visually soothing.


Second, assembly is really quite easy. The pattern calls for sewing stripsets, which are strategically pressed so that you can nest seams for perfect nine-patch blocks.


Third, you may notice that each small nine-patch block is “floating” within the larger finished block, meaning it rests more than 1/4” from all four sides. What’s so great about this? You won’t have to match points when you assemble all of your completed blocks into rows! Woo hoo!


Finally, this pattern will look fabulous in just about any fabric collection. I made a test block in a charming pastel collection by Elea Lutz, called Bluebirds on Roses. Isn’t this darling?  And my mind is already thinking ahead to winter sewing . . . wouldn't a Christmas version be lovely?


By now you have noticed the glorious machine quilting that ties everything together so wonderfully. This was done by the lovely and talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. We chose a soft taupe thread and a pattern called Abundant Feathers, which provides additional warmth and texture to the finished quilt. Having Star finish my quilts is always a treat. She has an artist’s eye and always steers me in the right direction! Thank you, Star!



If you have a bundle of fat quarters that just need a pattern, I hope you will consider 9-Patch Pivot. It’s available on my Etsy shop in PDF format.  I think you will really enjoy it!  And if you’d like to make one just like mine, a little birdie told me that LouLou’s Fabric shop is planning to kit this pattern when Harvest Road releases in October. I’ll keep you posted on that!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends!

~Taunja