Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Bundle Batch at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

When my friends at the Fort Worth Fabric Studio asked me to pop in on their Friday blog post, I was delighted.  If you aren’t familiar with the Fort Worth Fabric Studio (FWFS) or their Friday Bundle Batch, I hope you’ll visit their website, their blog and sign up for their newsletter!  (Just click their link in my left sidebar!) You don’t want to miss out!

Every Friday the FWFS releases a custom curated fabric bundle.  It is announced on their website and in their newsletter, AND they provide project ideas on their blog that correspond with the current week’s bundle release!  It’s a terrific program and I look forward to it each week.  Sometimes the bundle might be made up of a single colorway, making it a terrific stash builder for a color you are missing in your collection.  Other times the bundle may be coordinated by theme.  Owner Jodie and her team pull from different fabric companies, collections and designers to give you a truly unique bundle.  Here are some examples of recent bundles that really caught my eye:


   

The FWFS blog includes many free quilting and sewing patterns if you are short on ideas for a fresh, fun project.  In fact, you may recall that I made one of Lindsey’s exposed lace zipper pouches a few weeks ago. Please take a moment and check out their blog.  You will be inspired!

Today’s Friday Bundle Batch is called Sweet Summertime Cherries.   It is a delicious bundle of sweet cherries and a fresh mix of yellow, green and red. I knew pretty quickly what project I wanted to make with this vibrant bundle.  The FWFS blog includes a sewing tutorial for a child’s reversible apron with cute little prairie points on the hem.  Please check out Lindsey's original tutorial here.

As always, Lindsey's instructions and picture tutorial were spot on.  I had no trouble whipping together my little apron.  The only difficult part was deciding which cute fabric to put where!  I probably spent more time with that than with the actual sewing. 


And seriously, how cute are those prairie points?  



FWFS also carries the polka dot ribbon trim and button you see on my project!



The apron is reversible, as all aprons should be!  I make a complete mess when I bake and could benefit from a two-sided apron!  I'm hoping the little girl who wears this will make a complete, creative, flour fluffed mess herself!  Both sides of the apron have a pocket to tuck away a recipe card, measuring spoons, or maybe a couple of candies!



Perhaps I should be embarrassed to admit that I have never sewn a button hole.  When I came to this step in the instructions, I thought about taking the easy way out and doing two ties around the neck.  But instead, I simply watched a Bernina tutorial on You Tube and my goodness friends, it was easy.  I even sewed a few extra button holes on scrap fabric just for fun.  (Yes, super big nerd alert!)  Lo and behold, I also learned another use for my seam ripper . . . opening the button hole.  Seriously, big time nerd fun here! I tried to include my husband in my enthusiasm over this step, but he only smiled at me like I was crazy.  I just know there is another quilter out there who will read this and know exactly what I mean! :)


I hope you will head on over to the Fort Worth Fabric Studio website and check out all of their products and creative ideas.  You'll be happy you did!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  

~Taunja


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Jelly Roll Slice with Fat Quarter Shop

This week the Fat Quarter Shop is launching another terrific free pattern in their Shortcut Quilt Series: the "Jelly Roll Slice." Their Shortcut Quilt patterns are always terrific. They are geared toward helping you sew together a quick, beautiful quilt using a precut. The patterns typically offer a variety of sizes, from runners or baby quilts all the way up to queen sized quilts! And bonus . . . now through February 28, all jelly rolls and rollie pollies will be 15% off.  No coupon code is needed!

For my project, I chose a beautiful 2.5" rolie polie precut from Riley Blake Designs called "Chatsworth" by Emily Taylor. I had been eyeing this fabric online for a while, but I had not seen it in person. Let me tell you, when it arrived . . . I was not disappointed. It is a beautiful line with rich colors and gorgeous patterns. It somehow has the perfect mix of traditional and modern that makes it a refreshing line to work with.  When I showed the fabric to my daughter, she looked at it and said, "Wow Mom, I love this! This fabric is really . . . stylish!"  I knew just what she meant and I agreed wholeheartedly.



I decided to make the smallest quilt in the pattern, which measures at 40 1/2" by 40 1/2" and uses less than one rolie polie. It was a speedy quilt to put together, but it has such an impact! The quilt is hanging above the fireplace in our living room. I think it brings a sophisticated spring feeling into the room!  The soft swirly quilting was done by Barb at Quilts on Broadway, my friend and local quilt shop owner.



The lovely people at the Fat Quarter Shop have made up their sample using "Vintage Picnic" by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  It is so darling and they are offering a kit in those fabrics! Here are some links to get you started:
Quilt Kit: http://www.fatquartershop.com/jelly-roll-slice-quilt-kit

I hope you'll check out these links and more at the Fat Quarter Shop.  They have so many wonderful products and tutorials to keep you busy every day of the week, month and year!



Several other bloggers will also be sharing their Jelly Roll Slice projects!  Please visit them as well to see what lovely things they have created!


Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination
Eileen of Eileen in Stitches
Cristy of Love You Sew
Hayley of Moobird Stitches

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  Here's hoping you get carried away quilting often!

~Taunja







Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Pattern: Crossing Petals


I'm happy to share my newest pattern with you today: "Crossing Petals." Red and green is one of my favorite color combinations for any time of year, and I love the farmhouse feeling of this piece.  I think it evokes both a garden and kitchen feel and would make a very cheerful table topper for both spring and summer!

This 20 1/2” x 20 1/2” mini quilt features two lovely red florals and the grass green polka dot from the “Strawberry Fields Revisited” line by Fig Tree & Company for Moda. I also used Moda's Cross Weave Sand for the neutral background, which I think really makes the rich Fig Tree fabrics pop.   



For the binding, I chose the largest floral from the "Strawberry Fields Revisited" line: Strawberry Summer Bouquet.  That might seem like an odd choice.  In fact my plan was to use the tiny red check from the line. But when I was auditioning fabrics for the binding, I just loved the random mix of colors that the large scale print provided as an edging.  It just seemed to tie everything together!



My "Crossing Petals" pattern is available as an immediate PDF download on my Craftsy Pattern Shop or on my Etsy Shop.  Thank you to Barb Erickson at Quilts on Broadway for the lovely quilting.  

And thank you all for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you will get carried away with “Crossing Petals."  

~Taunja

Since my original posting, my friend Sylvia created a beautiful version of "Crossing Petals" using the lovely "Farmhouse" fabrics by Fig Tree & Co.  I have included those pictures below.  :)









Friday, February 19, 2016

Sweetpea Pods kit winner!

By golly . . . it seems that everybody wants to make a Sweetpea Pod!  So many of you commented that you had seen these sprout up on social media and wanted to make one.  It really is a terrific pattern by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs!  Although there can only be one kit winner today, remember that all of the supplies you need are available at Stash Addict Quilts!  Please visit them online (just click on their link in my left sidebar) and check out their terrific products. 

Once again I used my computer to do a great big shuffle of the entries.  This time my son was home from college, so he was able to pick the winning number!  And the winner is Pam Landolt!  We will be in touch so that Stash Addict Quilts can send you this terrific kit!  Thanks again Stash Addict Quilts!

Thank you all for following my blog!  I appreciate it more than you know!

~Taunja

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Free Easter mini quilt pattern

Hello quilting friends!  Today I want to share with you a free pattern for an Easter mini quilt I designed recently.  It’s something I’ve had on my heart to make for a while, and I thought I would share it with you also.  I’ve titled this pattern, “He Is Risen.”  For me, it is a gentle reminder of the reason for the Easter holiday. Using some of your favorite pastel scraps, you could sew this together in an afternoon.  Final size is 11 ½” by 15 ½”. It is available as a free pattern download on my Craftsy Pattern ShopI hope you enjoy it!




I also wanted to share some pictures of an Easter runner I made in 2009, just because the fabric is so pretty.  I don’t recall the name of the pattern, but I did make a note in my files that the fabric was called “Easter Garden” by Edelen Wille for Marcus Fabrics.  I purchased this as a kit at a local quilt shop.  I think it has the most tender, vintage feel, don’t you?  The lovely quilting was done by Nancy Jolene Quilting







Thank you for stopping by the blog today for this short, but hopefully sweet, post!

~Taunja


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sweetpea Pod Kit Giveaway with Stash Addict Quilts

In early January, I became temporary enemies with one of my very nice sponsors, Stash Addict Quilts.  You see, they are Seattle Seahawks fans.  I am a Minnesota Vikings fan.  On December 30, I saw this cute Sweetpea Pod (pattern by Lazy Girl Designs) that Star of Stash Addict Quilts made up using Seahawks fabric.  It was posted to their Facebook page.  I liked it and mentioned to them that I’d love to test that pattern sometime.  Then wouldn’t you know it, two weeks later the Seahawks beat the Vikings, ending our post-season play. (Well actually, the Vikings beat themselves and so the Seahawks won.)  I forgave my friends at Stash Addict Quilts for cheering for the wrong team, and they kindly sent me the pattern.  And so it goes ~ until next football season!

This was a really fun project, both easy and slightly addictive.  After completing one, I couldn’t resist making more!  I used “Farmhouse” fabric by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.  Stash Addict Quilts has this beautiful line in their inventory, as well as the Sweetpea Pod patterns and the 22-inch Atkinson zippers in a variety of colors.  The instructions call for a 16-inch zipper or longer.  I would recommend getting the 22-inch zipper.  You will be cutting into this zipper, and I appreciated having a little extra length in case I made a mistake and needed to re-trim.  These were my pulls for the project:



The Sweetpea Pod instructions are very detailed and include step-by-step photos as a guide. It's a unique design, where you only end up using one side of the zipper.  It's really quite slick!  After making one test pouch, I continued in more of an assembly line fashion and quickly made three more!  Friends, you will really enjoy this project!




I wanted to share one sewing tip with you.  I did not use my zipper foot.  Instead, I used my walking foot because I liked how it kept the unit flat and stable. I moved my needle all the way to the right position so that I could achieve the 1/8 inch seam allowance that was called for in this first step of sewing.





These little pods would make great gifts when filled with candy, little toys, or sewing notions!




Stash Addict Quilts has put together a kit for one lucky winner!  It will include the pattern, Farmhouse fabric by Fig Tree & Company, two zippers, and some fusible fleece! How kind of them!  All you need to do is leave a comment below and you'll be entered. (Please include your email address.) Comments are open through 3:00 pm (CST) on Friday, February 19.  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 stop by Stash Addict Quilts (just click on their link in my left sidebar) and check out their terrific selection of fabrics, patterns and notions!  And feel free to razz them about the Seahawks if you'd like, just for me.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Here's hoping you get carried away quilting often!

~Taunja



Monday, February 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along: The House Block

It's finally here!  The first blog post about the first block in the Fat Quarter Shop's Crossroads Quilt Along: the darling house block. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of piecing these house blocks.  Being part of a quilt along and sharing that experience with other quilters is a terrific feeling.  I like taking my time, sewing just a few blocks a month, and savoring the joy of it. Couple that with the fact that I am able to sew with such beautiful fabrics ("Strawberry Fields Revisited" by the lovely Joanna of Fig Tree & Company for Moda), well . . . let's just say I'm so happy to be a quilter!  It's not too late to join friends!  You can get all the details from the Fat Quarter Shop!



I don't know what it is about quilting, but fabrics and patterns sure bring out the sentimental feelings in me.  Okay, maybe it's also that I'm getting older.  Whatever the reason, as I was sewing up house blocks, my mind drifted to thoughts of the homes I've lived in:  my childhood home, the first home my husband and I purchased (a sweet little yellow story-and-a-half), the house we lived in when we brought our babies home from the hospital, the home we lived in when our kids were in elementary school (with the awesome back yard), and the lovely home we live in now.  Each home is filled with memories that I can sift through like pictures.  It's a good thing to think on.  It's good to be thankful for those blessings.



Since I got swept away on my bit of "home nostalgia," I had to sew up a fifth house block and turn it into a pillow.  Will you grow tired of me saying how much I love this fabric?  My daughter, to her credit, just keeps nodding and telling me how pretty it is.  She's a good kid.




I do have a little tip for you today.  Perfectly hitting those seams where the chimney meets the roof line can be a bit tricky.  One of the seams is fairly easy to match up, but the other is sort of "blind" where the angled white corner needs to meet up with the corner of the chimney. (See the light blue pin below.)  If you use a pin to "find" the sweet spot where the angled seam meets the vertical seam on the fabric behind, you can use that as a guide to hit when sewing. The dark blue pin is merely holding the strip in place for the following seam, which nested and matched up more easily.






Who else is quilting along?
Below is a list of the talented quilters who will be sharing their progress each month on their own blogs.  Some will be using Strawberry Fields Revisited, while others will be using different fabric.  I hope you'll stop by their blogs to see their creations as well!

I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun!  It is a great way to connect with other enthusiastic quilters and donate to a wonderful cause, the March of Dimes.  You can also share your progress and creations on the Crossroads Facebook Group. And be sure to post your own blocks using #crossroadsquiltalong on Instagram!   

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  I hope you get carried away quilting often!

~Taunja




Friday, February 12, 2016

Winner of the Lecien Jelly Clip!

Well, your enthusiasm for the Lecien Jelly Clip Purse was awesome!  Thank you for all the fun comments.  I enjoyed reading everyone’s eagerness to try this project.  In fact, I had a moment where I wished I were Oprah Winfrey, and I could yell (through my blog) . . .  “YOU get a jelly clip! YOU get a jelly clip! YOU get a jelly clip!” . . . and ship one off to every last one of you.  Now THAT would be fun!  

But there will at least be one winner today!  Using my fantastic technique of shuffling all of your entries in Excel and having a family member choose a number, we have a winner. Thank you again to my terrific sponsor,  Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop, who was kind enough to gift this medium Jelly Clip with cherry pie fabric from "Farm Girl" by October Afternoon and the green plaid from "Calico Days" by Lori Holt, both for Riley Blake Designs.  



And the winner is . . . Little Quilt Song!  We will be in touch so that I can send you this sweet little package!

Have a great weekend all!  I hope your plans include getting carried away quilting!

~Taunja


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Let's make a Jelly Clip purse!

Hello quilting friends!  Recently the nice folks at Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop sent me a new little project to try out, a Lecien Jelly Clip purse.  Lecien Jelly Clips are these darling acrylic resin handles that you attach to sewn fabric pouches.  The Jelly Clips come in a variety of fun colors in three sizes (4” small, 5.5” medium and 7” large).  Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop carries the small and medium Lecien Jelly Clips on their Notions page.  Please visit their website by clicking their ad in my left sidebar!

Here’s what you’ll need:  a Lecien Jelly Clip, outer fabric, lining fabric, fusible interfacing and fabric/craft glue.  Much to my initial alarm, the pattern and instructions that come with your Lecien Jelly Clip are in Japanese, which I unfortunately cannot read. ;)  However, they do provide a link to an English set of instructions.  Please note:  do not throw away the Japanese instructions that come with your Jelly Clip, as you will want to use that template when cutting your fabric.  If you check out this link, you can see the exact fabric requirements needed for each size Jelly Clip.



I made the small Jelly Clip purse.  I just love that apple green handle!  Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop also sent me a sweet bit of “Farm Girl” fabric by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs.  You’ll definitely want to check out that line of fabric in their shop.  It even includes a canning label print!



The construction of the fabric pouch was very straight forward and the instructions were easy to follow.  Filling the channel in the Jelly Clip with fabric glue and then “stuffing and tucking" the upper edge of the pouch into this channel was a bit tricky.  I used my "Purple Thang" to work the fabric into the channel.  (A sewing awl or stiletto would work well too.) The Jelly Clip comes with a bit of rolled paper string that is optional.  It can be used to help stuff and secure the fabric into the clip.  



Here's where I'm going to give you some advice.  Channel your inner kindergarten self. It's glue.  It's going to smoosh and slide around.  It's going to get on the handle.  It's going to get on the fabric.  It's going to get on your hands.  And, it may even get on your pants. But it wipes off and dries clear.  Don't give up in the first 30 seconds if you're struggling. I had a moment where I thought maybe I'd be that kindergartner who throws the project across the room because she's not getting it.  But I stuck with it and little by little, magically, that fabric began to snug up in the channel.  The glue began to get tackier. Things began to gather and fit nicely.  Within about five minutes I had this thing looking pretty darn good, so I wiped the glue off the Jelly Clip (and my hands and my pants) and set it down to dry overnight. 




Well, I think this may be the cutest little purse I’ve ever made, and it’s always fun to try something new!  I think this would be a hoot to work on with a group of friends!


Wouldn't this purse make a great pouch for storing your binding clips?

To give you an idea of the size of the small purse,
two large spools of thread fit in the bottom.

Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop was kind enough to send along a second Jelly Clip (medium) with a bit of cherry pie fabric from "Farm Girl" and the green plaid from "Calico Days" by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.  This bit of fun will go out to one lucky winner.  



All you need to do is leave a comment below and you'll be entered. Let us know what you'd do with a little purse like this! (Please include your email address.) Comments are open through 3:00 pm (CST) on Friday, February 12.  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)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  Here's hoping you get carried away quilting often!

~Taunja