Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sylvia's new sewing studio, an update on Ellie's Crossroads Quilt, and a new sponsor!


Hello quilting friends!  I have three great topics to cover today, so let's get to it!

Sylvia's New Sewing Studio

In May I shared a blog post about my friend Sylvia and her desire to redo her sewing room. Sylvia was sewing in the smallest bedroom of her home’s second floor.  As an avid quilter and empty nester in a large house, she figured it was time to do some rearranging.  With her husband’s blessing, and muscle, she transformed a larger bedroom in their home into a terrific new studio.  I’m so happy for her!  Many of you were kind enough to share suggestions and ideas on what should be included in her new space, so we wanted to update you with some pictures.

Drumroll please . . . here it is . . .  Sylvia's New Sewing Studio!

AFTER: Sylvia's New Sewing Studio, complete with new hardwood floors for easier thread cleanup!

Just to remind you, this room used to be a very nice guest bedroom.  But I'm pretty sure everyone who reads this post will agree, this is a MUCH better use of this space!  :)

BEFORE:  The former guest room.

Sylvia's husband and a friend of the couple installed new hardwood floors.  Once the floors were in, Sylvia realized she loved the color of the walls and her existing curtains, so they stayed.  She then painted some existing furniture pieces to outfit her sewing studio in style! The space is functional and pretty. 



Sylvia has warmly decorated her new space with special gifts and items she has collected over the years. I think all quilters and sewists would agree, it is these little personal touches that make us love our sewing spaces the most!



Hanging near her sewing machine is a mini heart wall hanging Sylvia made years ago for her daughter Carlie.  

 


Now, I think I have permission to say that Sylvia's closet in the old sewing room was in a sorry state.  But just check out how well organized her new closet is!  My own closets are in need of a major overhaul after seeing this!





And finally, after Sylvia and I finished our giddy tour of her new space, she showed me her latest project.  Sylvia is working on a Jen Kingwell "My Small World" quilt with other local quilters.  It is just amazing, as is Sylvia!




Ellie's Crossroads Quilt

Another talented quilter from my hometown is Ellie, who is certainly the youngest person I know that participated in the Crossroads Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop! It's amazing to me what this young lady has already achieved as a quilter. She has made numerous quilts for family and friends and is always up for a new challenge. Meanwhile, she's also a great student and dedicated three-sport athlete. I think one day I'm going to be able to say "I knew her when . . . "

We checked in with Ellie in April to see how her Crossroads blocks were coming.  She was doing amazing work, with no guidance from me or anyone else.  Yes, she's just that good! ;) Here's a pic from our April visit.


This week I was delighted to have Ellie stop by after swimming practice with her mom and brother.  She has finished her Crossroads top and the pieced backing, and she will be taking it to our local quilt shop, Quilts on Broadway, to be machine quilted.  I am blown away by what she has accomplished! She does beautiful, precise work.



New Sponsor

To close out this happy, newsy blog post, I'm delighted to announce that Carried Away Quilting has a new sponsor:  Country Road Quilts.  Shop owner Tiffany and her family make their home “just off a country road” near Burley, Idaho. Country Road Quilts carries a nice selection of precuts, patterns, and even some sweet finished items!



Tiffany recalls hanging out in her mom’s sewing room as a child.  To this day children and grandchildren still gather in that sewing room to visit.  Tiffany made her first quilt as a 4-H project when she was about 10, but became more serious about quilting when she got married and was determined to make a quilt for her husband for Christmas. Now she is hooked, and enjoys piecing, applique and embroidery.  She is also learning to machine quilt. Tiffany finds herself drawn to many different styles of fabric, but right now she is drawn to collections by Fig Tree & Company, Corey Yoder, Sweetwater, Lori Holt and Bonnie & Camille. She is slowly growing a collection of Bonnie & Camille “Happy Go Lucky” fabric to make a king sized Fireworks quilt.

Tiffany shares that she is married to a handsome sheep rancher and has five adorable, busy boys.  She spends her days chasing sheep, homeschooling, running her quilting business and keeping the cookie jar fully stocked.  You can learn more about Tiffany and her happy, crazy life on her blog: www.fromacountryroad.com or on Instagram and Facebook at @countryroadquilts 



I hope you will zip over to Country Road Quilts and see what Tiffany has in store! She is offering shoppers a 10% discount good through November 4 if you use the coupon code getcarriedaway at checkout!

Tiffany has also sewn up my Sweetly Scalloped pattern using Corey Yoder's pretty new collection Sundrops (Moda).  She will have kits available soon!


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  All of these shares have me feeling sort of rejuvenated, something we all need now and again! I hope you find time to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quilters Candy Box: October's Black & White Box

Hello quilting friends!  I just had the most scrumptious box of quilting goodies arrive on my doorstep.  I don't use the term scrumptious loosely here, because one of the goodies was indeed delicious! I received my first Quilters Candy Box.  What a treat!


The Quilters Candy Box is a monthly subscription box filled with quilting goodies and a yummy dessert.  The October box was themed the "Black and White Box" and includes these terrific items:
  • A junior jelly roll of the Thicket collection by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics
  • Four animal print panels from Gingiber's Thicket line (1 large, 3 small)
  • Gingiber's Thicket quilt pattern
  • A custom notepad designed by Gingiber
  • Black Chinese craft scissors
  • Black and white quilt pattern notecards from the Second Stripe
  • A black and white cookie

Elizabeth and Tracy
, co-founders of the Quilters Candy Box, strive to share their passion for quilting with all of us by curating unique and inspiring boxes we will love. I certainly love mine. The specially marked box came carefully packed, with all of the goodies wrapped in pretty tissue and surrounded by festive crinkle cut paper.

This is my first time seeing the Thicket collection in person. The monochromatic prints are striking, but at the same time the woodland characters are very soft and expressive. It's an interesting mix of nature meets contemporary. I really like this line and look forward to making a project with it!




I also love the lightweight feel and shape of the craft scissors.  The notepad, gift tag and quilt pattern are nice additions to this coordinated box!



And I know you are all dying to hear about the cookie.  I am not sure how these ladies do it, but they've shipped me a cookie that tastes like it was made TODAY!  It is moist, almost cake-like, and y.u.m.m.y.!

By the way, I think the expression on the bear below matches the expression my husband may have when he gets home and realizes there was a yummy cookie in the house . . . and his wife ate the whole darn thing.


For more details and pricing information, zip on over to the Quilters Candy Box website. This would make a great gift for yourself or a quilty friend. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I need to sign off now and make a pot of coffee. I have a cookie to finish.

~Taunja

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Vintage Daydream: Fabric that inspires

Sometimes fabrics speak to us, don't they?  Well that’s what happened to me when I caught my first glimpse of Vintage Daydream (Designs by Dani for Riley Blake Designs). 

This pretty collection is made up of soft pinks, berry reds and golden yellows, with a touch of black here and there.  I was immediately drawn to the way the pinks and reds worked together. But the patterns also won me over . . . delicate florals, lacey banners, subtle geometrics and inspirational word snippets.  Yes, this collection simply said, “Make something pretty with me!”  


I wanted to make a table runner and mug rug with these fabrics, something that would create a nice setting for journaling or doodling while having a cup of coffee. It seems like my life has become something of a constant race, and I would like to take a few moments each day to sit peacefully, count my blessings and reflect.  Do any of you feel that way? I’m hoping that by creating an inviting little nook, I might actually take the time to do that! 

First I made a simple patchwork mug rug made up of sixteen 2 1/2” squares.  I quilted it with simple straight line quilting 1/8” from each seam using Aurifil 2021 (50wt).  Don't you just love the little floral hankies and the happy wording in the prints?


Then I embellished the mug rug with a little yo-yo and a button from Grandma Audrey’s button jar. The dainty crocheted edge is a bias trim I purchased from Vintage Door (on Etsy). This was my first time working with their trim, and I love the special finishing touch it gives. I probably could have pinned the trim onto the project and machine sewed all the way around from the front, but I was concerned that I would miss on the back side. So I just unfolded their trim and pressed it open a bit. Then I applied it like I normally would apply binding by machine sewing to the front, folding over, and hand finishing on the back. 


Next I turned to Lori Holt’s book “Farmgirl Vintage” for block ideas for my runner. Lori’s Apron Strings block seemed like the perfect choice, as it would allow all of these prints and colors to meld together happily. "Farmgirl Vintage" is a wonderful book full of great blocks and projects.  It is published by It's Sew Emma.



My runner is made up of four 12-inch Apron Strings blocks which I quilted with Aurifil 2437 (50wt).  Note: when I cut my squares for the block, I cut them on the bias so that the words would be on the 45-degree angle of the apron strings.  Just a tip from me to you should you have directional fabric that you really want to shine! 


The finished runner measures at 48 1/2” x 12 1/2”.  I began with nine 1/4 yard cuts and still have a smidge of each print left over.



For now, I have these pretty pieces collected together in a spot in my sewing room.  But I'm hoping to maybe repaint an old desk and find a window spot in my home to set up a little "slow down" nook. 



Thank you to the kind folks at Riley Blake Designs for letting me play with this lovely new line.  And thank you all for stopping by the blog to see what I've been sewing.  I hope it provided some inspiration for projects you might like to try!

Two of my awesome blog sponsors carry this line, so I hope you'll visit them if you are looking to purchase Vintage Daydream:



Have a great day, and get carried away quilting soon!

~Taunja