Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring quilts, a blog hop announcement, and a new sponsor!

Happy first day of spring to all my quilting friends.  I hope you'll indulge me today . . . as this post is a hodge podge of sorts.  A few weeks ago in Minnesota, we had some lovely, balmy weather with temps in the high 60s! But in the past few days we have seen the WHITE STUFF on our lawns in the mornings.  I am not impressed.  So, to bring a little springy sparkle into my life and yours, I wanted to share three of my favorite spring quilts from recent years.

Sparkle

First up is one of my most treasured quilts, "Sparkle" by Fig Tree & Company.  This quilt finds its home hanging in my sewing room, but I brought it down to photograph the quilting detail by the talented Nancy Jolene Quilting. Isn't the quilting just heavenly? Look at the tiny cross-hatching in the center of the stars. I just love that. This quilt is done in one of my all-time favorite lines by Fig Tree & Company:  "California Girl."  






Tip Toe through the Flowers

This spring quilt holds a special memory for me for a silly reason.  It was a few years ago and my son had just earned his driver's license. We decided it would be a good idea for him to accumulate some road miles by driving me to a quilt shop an hour away . . . via the multi-lane interstate highway!  Well, it was a white knuckle ride, but we made it without incident and he even walked around the quilt shop with me as I chose my fabrics.  What drew me to the Four Seasons Quilt Shop in Maple Grove, Minnesota was that they had "Clothesline Club" patterns by Darlene Zimmerman, as well as a great selection of her fabrics.  If memory serves me right, the pattern came free with my abundance of fat quarters that I purchased. Most of the fabrics were from her "Buttercup" line.  This was also quilted beautifully by Nancy Jolene Quilting.





Rosehill Cottage

The pattern for this next quilt was designed by the owners of the Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe in Paynesville, Minnesota.  If you are ever in central Minnesota, this shop is a MUST STOP! The store is decorated so pretty, with lots of vintage items and antiques propped with the quilts . . . it is really inviting and inspiring.  I purchased Rosehill Cottage as a kit at their shop in 2008 and worked on it during a retreat.  I cannot believe she is 8 years old already.  I'm not sure what that is in "quilt years," but I don't think she looks a day over 1!  The fabric is "Simplicity" by 3 Sisters and the quilting was done by Nancy Jolene Quilting.





Blog Hop Announcements

To keep the happy spring mood going, I wanted to also share with you that I will be participating in two spring blog hops for Riley Blake Designs!  In April I will have a spot on Elea Lutz' blog hop tour featuring her upcoming line, Strawberry Biscuit.  I have already made one project with this fabric, a Coffee Time Quilt.  It is such tender, sweet fabric.  I just know you would enjoy sewing a project with Strawberry Biscuit for a young person in your life!  I have some fun projects planned for little girls going to tea.


Then in May, I will have a spot on the blog hop for Nadra Ridgeway's cheerful new line, "Backyard Roses."  I'm so excited to sew with this fabric.  I will be using it in one of my own patterns "Crossing Petals."  Crossing Petals done in Backyard Roses . . . that seems perfectly fitting to me! Mixed in with Nadra's beautiful floral prints will be some Riley Blake basics: their buttery yellow Swiss dot and small gingham.  I hope you will visit me again during both of those blog hops!


New Sponsor

Finally, I would like to welcome a new Carried Away Quilting Sponsor, Stitches 'n Giggles! Shop owner Lori carries all of the new and popular fabric lines that we love (both precuts and yardage) and her store is also full of great notions and thread choices.  I've seen several quilters on Instagram raving about the Bloc Loc rulers.  Stitches 'n Giggles carries those as well . . . something I may need to add to my shopping list!  I hope you will visit Stitches 'n Giggles soon!  Just click on their banner ad in my left sidebar!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog.  I hope lovely spring weather is finding its way to you, and that you get carried away quilting very soon!

~Taunja


23 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful quilts and fabrics!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for visiting the blog! :)

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful Spring 'bouquet' of quilts - they make my heart sing. Beautiful quilts and beautiful quilting. I'm looking forward to the two new fabric lines coming out by Elea Lutz and Nadra Ridgeway and look forward to the projects you will be sewing from these beautiful fabrics.

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    1. Thanks you for stopping by again! You are always so kind with your comments!!

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  3. Hope for Spring abounds! These are quite lovely Taunja. All of them. I loved having a peek into your sewing room with that pretty quilt hanging on the wall. Cannot wait to see what you come up with on the blog hops with those pretty new fabrics! Anyway, I've been thinking about making a few Crossing Petals blocks into a quilt. Wouldn't that be so pretty? I just love that pattern of yours! Yeah on the new sponsor - going to check it out! Have a great day.

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    1. Funny that you should mention that, because I've been wondering how Crossing Petals would look four-up, as a larger table topper, and 3 x 4, as a lap quilt! I think it would be very pretty! Thanks for stopping by again Pam! I appreciate your support!

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    2. ps...I thought it was pretty funny that your son got in some driving practice taking you to the quilt shop. LOL!

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  4. The three quilts are really pretty. I love them
    The quilting is superb
    I am so happy to know you have a new sponsor.
    I will go look at their site
    I love these new prints from RB
    Happy Spring

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    1. Hi Rosemary! Thank you for your kind comments! I agree . . . the quilting is superb. Such a talent Nancy Jolene Quilting has! I sure admire that! Thank you for visiting my new sponsor and stopping by the blog! Have a great week!

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  5. April of Sweetwater Cotton Shop was kind enough to put that gorgeous Rosehill Cottage pattern back on her Etsy sight for me this morning. Here is the link https://www.etsy.com/listing/273194886/pdf-rosehill-cottage-pattern-using-a?ref=listing-shop-header-0 for anyone else interested.

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    1. That is so awesome!! Do you know what fabrics you will use??

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    2. Not yet. I'm probably going to wait and take my time looking for the "right" fabrics for this one. I've got so many things in the works now I could get lucky and be able to use the next Fig Tree line! :) What would you use?

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  6. Oh my heavens, those quilts are to die for!! I absolutely love the fabrics!! Anything Fig Tree is a winner!!

    I'm a huge fan of Lori's. She's pretty awesome. Most of my fabrics have come from her Etsy store. I, too, love ordering half yard bundles. It's all I order now. I would hate the thought of not having enough fabric for a project. The thought makes me shudder! Leftovers are far better than not having enough. Haha.

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    1. I totally agree with you. In one case, I nearly ordered a one yard bundle, but I thought maybe that was bordering on an illness! ;)

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    2. Hahaha, I almost spit my drink out at that last line! You know, I used to be addicted to scrapbooking, now it's quilting. I traded in paper for fabric, one addiction for another. Yup, illness sounds about right. Heaven help us if we ever do upgrade to 1 yard bundles. Oy vey, then we'll really be in big trouble!

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  7. Oh, I can't wait for the blog hop. I'll be looking out for your posts. I just know that what you'll make to share with us will certainly be worth the wait!!

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  8. These quilts are all so beautiful!! California Girl was before my quilting time and I missed out!

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    1. Thank you Christine! California Girl is SOOOO pretty! I wish they would run a "California Girl Revisited" Sign me up! ;)

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