Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New pattern: "By the Hours" baby quilt and coordinating pillow

Several years ago, I made a simple patchwork quilt of five-inch squares for the new granddaughter of a dear friend. I was tickled to learn that the baby’s mother was using this quilt to track her daughter’s growth!  Each month she took a photograph of the baby on the patchwork quilt, documenting how she stretched in length. This was this inspiration for my newest quilt pattern, By the Hours.


I’ve always loved the simple beauty of the Hourglass block. The name alone, indicating passing time, makes it fitting to use in a baby’s growth quilt. In my design, I’ve included one whimsical climbing vine amid the columns of hourglass blocks, bringing to mind how quickly our little ones sprout and grow.


I’m happy to say that this pattern is a two-for-one, as it includes instructions to make both the baby quilt and the coordinating nursery pillow. The quilt finishes at 38 1/2” x 44 1/2” and the pillow finishes at 16 1/2” square.


Fabric selection is fairly easy. Begin with 8 coordinating fat quarters and then select a green for the vine, a neutral for the background, and of course the binding and backing. The material list will make both projects!  By the Hours is available as digital PDF pattern on my Etsy Shop.

Material list will make BOTH projects:

Hourglass Blocks.......... 8 coordinating fat quarters

Green........................... 1/3 yard 

White........................... 1 yard

Backing........................ 2 5/8 yards *

Pillow Backing............. Fat Quarter

Binding........................ 3/4 yard (1/2 for quilt; 1/4 for pillow)

*Note: Check with your long-arm quilter. You may get by with just 1 1/2 yards if 44” wide is acceptable to your quilter. My quilter was okay with that!


My samples were made with soft, nurturing pinks and greens from Brenda Riddle’s new “Sophie” collection for Moda, which is scheduled to hit stores in February. Romantic flowers and classic ginghams are a hallmark of Brenda’s much loved style. Just check out the backing fabric. Isn’t it glorious?


While I love the feminine fabric I’ve used here, I do think this quilt and pillow would be darling in any range of colors and any style of children’s prints, from classic to modern.

I also want to give a shout out to two women who were part of this project.  Thank you to Star of Starlit Quilts for the absolutely lovely machine quilting. It is exactly what I was hoping for, swirly and girly and oh so pretty! Thank you also to my Instagram friend, Sigi, who served as a pattern tester for By the Hours. Besides being a talented and generous quilter, Sigi is also a warm and generous person who offers kindness and caring to all in the IG quilting community.  I’m thankful to know her, even from many miles away!


This precious quilt and pillow set will be gifted to our soon-to-be first great niece! Our niece and her husband are expecting a little girl. They live several states away, but thanks to technology, we have attended a virtual baby shower and even a virtual nursery room tour. I’m thrilled to say that the nursery is awash in white and pink, so our gift will fit right in!


Thanks for stopping by the blog and checking out my new pattern, By the Hours. Wishing you all health and happiness . . . and lots of time at the sewing machine!



Monday, January 11, 2021

Free tutorial: Fat Quarter Lattice Quilt

Hello quilting friends!  Today I’m happy to share a new tutorial with you, the Fat Quarter Lattice Quilt. In December I shared my original version of the quilt with you, promising that I would follow up with a free tutorial. Armed with some beautiful Holly Taylor prints that I purchased from LouLou’s Fabric Shop, I was able to make a second quilt, testing my instructions and taking photographs along the way. I think you will find this to be a fun and easy project, and one that will look terrific in any fabric collection you choose!


Fat Quarter Lattice Quilt

A free tutorial by Carried Away Quilting

Finished size: 70 3/4” x 81 3/4”

Share your finished projects on Instagram using #fatquarterlatticequilt



16 Fat Quarters (for squares and scrappy binding)
*Fat Quarters are assumed to be 18” x 21”

Neutral: 3 1/4 yards

Backing: 5 yards



From each fat quarter:

Cut (2) strips 6 1/2” x 21”. Subcut (5) squares 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” for a total of 80 squares. (You will use 72.)

From the remaining fat quarter material, cut (18) strips 2 1/4” x 21” and set aside for scrappy binding.


From the neutral:

Cut (3) strips 7 1/2” x WOF. Subcut (11) squares 7 1/2” x 7 1/2”. Cut them once on the diagonal so that you have (22) triangles. These will be your setting triangles.

You should have enough left over from one of the strips to cut (2) squares 6 1/2” x 6 1/2”. Cut once on the diagonal so that you have (4) triangles.  These will be your corner triangles.

Cut (10) strips 2” x WOF. Subcut (60) strips 2” x 6 1/2”.

Cut (16) strips 2” x WOF. Sew these together end-to-end for one continuous strip.

Cut (8) strips 4 1/2” x WOF.  Sew them together into (4) pairs. These will be used for your outer borders.



Sew all pieces right sides together (RST) using a 1/4” seam allowance.

1. Lay out (72) of your squares on point as shown below. (The top row has 6 squares, the second row has 5 squares, the third row has 6 squares, and so on until you have 13 rows.) Arrange your squares so that you have a nice mix of prints and colors. (During layout I noticed that I did not like the cream fat quarter I had originally selected. So, I omitted that print and cut into an additional striped fat quarter I had on hand.)  


2. Lay out the 6 1/2” x 2” sashing strips as shown below. Photograph your layout and print it if possible! (You will use this as a reference going forward.) Pick up all your squares in order (by diagonal row) and sew the sashing strips RST to the squares. Press toward the sashing.


3. Lay out all of your squares again. Now sew each diagonal row together from left to right. (Refer back to your photo often.) Press toward the sashing.  After you sew one row, lay it back down in its place and then work on the next row. Proceed until all rows are sewn together.


4. Now we will add the (22) side setting triangles. Layout the triangles and make sure they are in the correct “direction” per the photo below. Pin the triangles RST to the rows and sew together. Press toward the triangles. Trim the dog ears.


5. In the cutting instructions I asked you to sew together your (16) 2” strips. Now we will add sashing strips between the rows.

Beginning with the first row, lay the length of sashing strip onto the row RST.  Cut the sashing strip 2” longer than the row on both sides.  (We need a little tail hanging off each side. They will be trimmed later.) Then proceed to each row as shown in my photos.  Sew a sashing strip to each row and press toward the sashing. TAKE ANOTHER PICTURE of your layout so that rows don’t get mixed up in the next steps.


6. Sew all of the row/sashing units together and press well. As you are sewing rows together, make sure that squares from one row align to squares in the next row.  You can do these by taking a peek to see how they are lined up. I pinned rows together to make sure they stayed lined up.


7. Trim the tails on the two corners that have tails. Sew the (4) corner triangles RST to the corners of your quilt. Press toward the triangles.


8. Now we are going to trim the quilt center.

NOTE: It should measure roughly 62 1/4” x 73 1/4” after we have trimmed it.  (I say roughly because quilts sewn together on point with side setting triangles can sometimes be a little shifty.  Don’t worry about that. Once we add the borders and your quilt is quilted, it will be wonderful.)

To trim this quilt center, lay it on your cutting board and simply trim 1/2” away from the colored square points.  Continue trimming down each side in this fashion. Tip: I trimmed mine on the floor, sliding the cutting mat along underneath the quilt top as I went.


9. In the cutting instructions, I asked you to sew the (8) 4 1/2” border strips together into (4) pairs.  Add the left and right borders, press and trim.  Add the top and bottom borders, press and trim.


10. Quilt as desired.



Sew together the (18) 2 1/4” binding strips end-to-end to create one continuous binding strip. Your binding will be ready to go once you (or your favorite long-arm quilter) have quilted your Fat Quarter Lattice Quilt. This scrappy binding will be the perfect finishing touch.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Lattice style quilt featuring Folktale

Even with the restrictions caused by the pandemic, our small family managed to have a lovely and festive Christmas celebration. Although we truly missed gathering together with extended family, we seemed to treasure our simple holiday even more because of it. Now that the gifts have been given, I have another quilt to share with you which I made for our son’s girlfriend, Emilee.

We weren’t able to celebrate with Emilee in person. As a young nurse at a large hospital, she was scheduled to work both Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day. But our son celebrated with Emilee and her family and texted me this picture of her, along with the note, “She loves her quilt, Mom!”  Emilee is a lovely person with a very kind and caring demeanor. I’m sure she is a wonderful nurse, and I hope this quilt brings her comfort after a long, stressful day of work.

Now, you probably noticed that I used the fabulous new Folktale collection by Lella Boutique. The eclectic combination of floral and geometric prints, as well as the terrific range of colors, lends a romantic, Bohemian feel. In fact, several of the prints made me pause and think, “I wish I had a shirt made out of this fabric.” Images sprang to my mind of pretty Folktale shirts and blouses, paired with faded blue jeans, leather sandals and gold bangle bracelets. Since I couldn’t sew a garment to save my life, I did the next best thing and made a quilt using Folktale and Moda’s Indigo Chambray (#12051 13).

It was during the process of laying out the Folktale fat quarters with the Chambray fabric, that I decided I wanted to make a lattice-type quilt.  I found several patterns online, but none of them was quite what I had in mind.  So, I came up with this design on the fly.  I took lots of notes and pictures during construction, and I plan to write this up and offer it as a free tutorial. In case this is something that interests you, I will let you know ahead of time that my squares on point are 6 1/2” (6” finished) and that it is fat quarter friendly and includes a scrappy binding from the fat quarters. Emilee’s quilt finished at 70 3/4” x 81 3/4”.

The wonderful machine quilting that you see was done by Woods Edge Quilting. Katy used a pattern called Cottonwood, which is whimsical and natural . . . perfect for a romantic folktale! I especially love how the motif adds dimension in the chambray areas. Thank you so much, Katy!

Here are a few more photos that show the scrappy binding. For the backing, I used some left over Folktale pieces, along with a taupe gingham print I had saved from an earlier Lella Boutique collection, Farmer's Daughter. This was such a fun quilt to make. I’ll do my best to get the tutorial completed soon. 

Thank you, as always, for visiting my blog. I wish you much happiness and good health in the new year.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Finally . . . a flannel quilt for Brad

Last spring, I made a college graduation quilt for Haley’s boyfriend. When I showed it to my husband, he asked, “Is that for me?” He knew darn well that it was for Cameron, but I felt a twinge of guilt. I realized I hadn’t made a quilt just for Brad in several years. When I told him that I’d make him one for Christmas, he asked for an exact replica of Cam’s quilt. Even though it won’t be much of a surprise, I’m still excited to see him open his present next week. I know he will love it.

This is the third quilt I’ve made from the gorgeous Farmhouse Flannels II collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda. The color range includes a fantastic mix of steely grays, warm browns and soft neutrals. Some of the grays even lean blue, which I really like. And the quality of the flannel is heavenly! I used a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop website called “Picnic” by Zen Chic. The pattern finishes at 72” x 83” and is layer cake friendly.  

Through the wonderful Instagram quilting community, I’ve met another terrific long-arm quilter, Katy of Woods Edge Quilting. She is located in Minnesota and lives not far from me. Katy helped me select this fun “Maze” pattern for Brad’s quilt. I love that it’s both masculine and a bit whimsical. In fact, when Katy and I texted ideas back and forth, her sons also voted on their favorite options for Brad’s quilt. Isn’t it cool that Brad’s quilt was in such great hands? Katy has quilted a few other projects for me recently, and I can’t wait to show them to you in the coming weeks.

I likely won’t blog again until 2021, so I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. May the coming year be a blessing to you. And may you find the time to get carried away quilting!


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Thanksgiving sale at Carried Away Quilting

I am truly thankful for all of you! I appreciate that you take time out of your busy lives to read my blog, and that you order and enjoy Carried Away Quilting patterns. When you reach out to me, through social media or email, to share a finished project or even just to ask a question, it is a joy to connect with you.

As we head into Thanksgiving week in the United States, I wanted to extend my heart-felt thanks to all of you. Now through Sunday, November 29, all items in my Etsy shop are 20% off.  No coupon code needed.

And don’t forget, I do have several free (and fun) tutorials on my blog.

Have a wonderful week and get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Fabric kits for Buffalo Check Winter

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in quickly to let you know that LouLou’s Fabric Shop has restocked fabric kits for my Buffalo Check Winter pattern!  LouLou’s offered kits when the pattern released in August, but they quickly sold out. Here's your second chance to nab one!

Remember, the pattern is a digital (PDF) pattern which needs to be purchased from my Etsy shop. The fabric kits are available directly from LouLou’s.

That’s the post. I told you I was popping in quickly. Have a great day everyone!