Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Picking Petals for Christmas, plus kits and a giveaway from LouLou's Fabric Shop

The Christmas season may be several months away, but we quilters know it’s never too early to get a jump on holiday sewing projects. Today I’m happy to share one of my favorite patterns, Picking Petals, made with the festive Comfort and Joy collection by Dani Mogstad of My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs.




There are so many darling details to enjoy in this fabric: holly berries, sweet little snow globes, woolen mittens, and delicate wreaths.  




Comfort and Joy includes classic red and green, some pale aqua, and a nice bit of bold black that makes the other colors sing. For background fabric I used Riley Blake’s Cream Stitched Circle. For the stems I used Riley Blake’s Christmas Green Shade, which is a terrific green solid with the faintest hint of cross hatch texture.



When machine quilting this project, I tried something new. Rather than using Aurifil 50wt thread, which I typically use for all my piecing and machine quilting, on this project I selected two Aurifil 80wt spools: 2886 light avocado and 2026 chalk. I’ve used 80wt for hand applique before, and I found it to be silky smooth, fine and strong. Now I’ve discovered that I also like it for machine quilting. The finished look is soft and subtle.




Picking Petals is a versatile pattern, and I’ve made it in several fabric collections, including Strawberry Fields Revisited (Fig Tree & Co. for Moda), Calico Days (Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs), and an autumn colorway. I can happily say that I love it in Christmas fabrics as well! The standalone pattern is available here.



I’m also happy to share that LouLou’s Fabric Shop is offering kits of Picking Petals in Comfort and Joy! The kits include my pattern, along with everything you need to make the top, binding and backing. If you are looking to get a jump on holiday gift making, this a great place to start!





The good news doesn't stop there, friends. Those kind folks at LouLou's fabric shop are offering a giveaway to one of my readers: one Picking Petals pattern and a charm pack of your choice from LouLou's inventory! (Thank you, LouLou's!) To enter, simply leave a comment below and 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 5:00 pm (CST) on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. 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 for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away with some holiday quilting real soon!

~Taunja







170 comments:

  1. I would love to get a jump on Christmas

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  2. This is such a cute pattern and looks like it would go together in no time. If I don't win the pattern I need to get it and make it in the autumn colorway. I went back and checked that and love it and the autumn quilt. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. This is so sweet made up in that Christmas line of fabric. Would love to win! Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

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  4. How pretty this mini quilt would look in my home for the holidays! Picking Petals is gorgeous! Summer is the time I'd have to make this quilt.

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    1. Summer is a great time for holiday quilting!

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  5. It's a sweet pattern and I can tell it would be great made up in any fabric. Thanks!

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  6. Posted for Margo:
    Thank you for sharing for sharing this pattern with Christmas fabric. I love to decorate with small quilts like this and they are nice to make as a gift for someone special.
    blackcloud85 at comcast dot net

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  7. Pretty pattern and love the fabric!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  8. I love LouLou's shop.
    I would love to make this for Christmas.
    I adore the fabrics you used. Sweet!

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  9. Ho Ho Ho - Jolly good fabrics! Thank you for the opportunity. Mickey02@pacbell.net

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  10. I love the Picking Petals pattern in the "Comfort and Joy" Collection. Thanks for sharing the quilting with the 80 wt. thread. And thanks to you and LouLou's fabric shop for the opportunity to win. Happy Holidays !!

    libbyblaha@yahoo.com

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  11. I've been eyeing this pattern for awhile! I get the Lou Lou's Fabric newsletter.

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  12. Love Picking Petals with Comfort and Joy and that is exactly the charm pack I would pick if I win. Love Lou Lou's too - great little shop.

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  13. I've loved this pattern in every version that I've seen but I think this one if my favorite so far!

    jahill322@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you!! It might be my new fav too!

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  14. I love your sampler. Would love to try this project.
    rsgrandinetti (at) yahoo (dot)com

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  15. Such beautiful fabric and project - you are amazing! I would love this pattern and would be nice to get a jump on the holiday season.

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  17. HI,this is a pretty collection+your quilt is gorgeous! Makes me want to do one like it! Thanks to You+Lou+Lou's Fabric Shop for a sweet giveaway!
    msstitcher1214(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Hi! I love this pattern in Christmas fabric! Thank you and LouLou's for the giveaway!

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  19. I love it in the Christmas colors! I am a very new quilter and I just picked up this pattern and I am going to use Olive's Flower Market fabrics for it. I am already planning to make an autumn and Christmas one too!

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  20. Cute pattern and I love this fabric line - looks great in this design!!

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  21. I bought this pattern last year and have made this sweet little quilt twice! I'd love a chance to win a charm pack with another pattern to gift my friends upcoming birthday!

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  22. So beautiful. If I don't win it I'm going to have to purchase it!

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  23. Cute pattern and love the fabric.

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  24. Taunja, I absolutely ADORE how this turned out!! Keeping my fingers crossed for the drawing/random number!!

    Separate question: do you think that the 80 wt. Aurifil would work for sewing down bindings? (And if I've asked this question before, I apologize! 😣)

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    1. Hi Barbara! I'm not sure over time if it would be strong enough. Personally I think I will stick with 50 wt for binding. But that is something I will ask Aurifil sometime. I continue to learn! :)

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    2. Thanks for asking Aurifil! I get so annoyed when my stitches show on my binding, and I wondered if using a thinner thread would help. Any chance you might do a tutorial on sewing the binding down? I could use any and all advice!

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  25. What a cute Quilt! I love Christmas stuff any time of year...bopalula250@comcast.net

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  26. Wow this is beautiful in Christmas fabrics! This little pattern is pretty in any fabric! Thanks to Lou Lou's for a wonderful giveaway which I would love to win. Email: mmboss2007@yahoo.com

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  27. Beautiful pattern. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  28. Would be cute in any fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. Such a great giveaway! I just discovered you thru Instagram. Beautiful pattern. Thanx!

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    1. Thank you!! Glad to be connected thanks to IG!

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  30. Just ordered the kit and can't wait to get started. I'm sure I can use the pattern for different holidays. Thank you for the great design!

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  31. I love this pattern and the fabrics are lovely! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  32. This is ADORABLE !!! I want to make this quilt !!!!

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  33. I am always up for anything Christmas anytime of year!!! Kellyschott1360@gmail.com

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  34. The fabric & pattern for Picking Petals for Christmas will make great gifts for Christmas. Thank You LouLou's fabric shop !

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  35. Shopped at LouLou's before. Love seeing your design in the different collections and colors. Let's us know it's quite alright to use a pattern over and over. 😍😍

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  36. I love how you quilted this one. Thanks for getting me started thinking about Christmas!

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    1. Thank you!! I always get nervous with the quilting!

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  37. Love love this pattern, and, would love this Christmas fabric.

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  38. This is a very cute pattern! I love all the fabrics in your quilt. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  39. Such a cute pattern! Love it in Christmas fabric.

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  40. Lovely pattern! I love all things Christmas! Crossing my fingers! Thesmittenchicken2 at gmail

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  41. like the detail in the fabric.
    butte.chelle@yahoo.com

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  42. Your Quilt is Beautiful!! Looooove Christmas!!:)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!!!:D
    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  43. This quilt is so gorgeous! I love everything about it: the pattern, your fabric choices and the quilting! I'd love to make this. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. I always think I'm going to get an early start on Christmas projects, but it never seems to happen. Maybe if I win this adorable kit I will actually follow through with it this year. :-)

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    1. I know, it's hard. It seems to come before we know it! :)

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  45. This would be so fun to make. I love the colors. Hard to start thinking about Christmas now. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  46. I love the creative color schemes for holiday fabrics. However, I just can't be thinking of winter when summer is about to get into gear! elanagoldberg5@gmail.com

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  47. Thanks for chance to win. Every year I say I am going to make a Christmas quilt wall hanging and I haven't yet. This just might be the one I do! �� Kjstampin@gmail.com

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  48. This is heavenly. I love small wall quilts. Don't we all say that we're going to start early for the holidays? I know I do. I might have to order this and really get started. Thanks for the chance to win. mathers.lynn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Love it! Christmas-y without being too over-the-top

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  50. Love this pattern for Picking Petals done in Christmas joy. Thank you for the information on the thread choice. Lou Lou's is the best.
    Smiles, Sue ( parkssueellen@gmail.com)

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  51. Very pretty quilt! My favorite is in the autumn color-way. My all time favorite colors! quiltlovefordomesticfelicity@gmail.com Anita J.

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  52. Love everything about this!
    Pat
    azzuri9@aol.com

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  53. That is a pretty pattern. That would be nice to have as a jumpstart to Christmas. . Bumblebutt92 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  54. It's time to get those darling Christmas projects started, right!! This wall hanging would make the perfect gift. ferry3527(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. Posted for Catherine:
    I just love your ideas and Lou Lous Fabric ... it is like a match made in heaven!
    One of my favorite patterns to make is your Coffee Time Quilt and I am excited about this new Picking Petals pattern! I would love to win this one!

    Olin dot family at gmail dot com

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  56. I love 'Picking Petals' made with the Comfort & Joy line, especially the bits of gingham, just adorable and festive. I've made this pattern in scrappy fall colors, but leave it out year round because the colors are so pleasant to me. The fabrics in your quilt are so happy, and work so well together. Thanks for this giveaway!!
    Linda at Pamperedplants1@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much! The gingham/check is very very nice!!

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  57. Thank you and LouLous, I love LouLous selection and daily bundles!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  58. Yes, I like getting a jump on Christmas sewing! Cute wall hanging/table mat. Thanks to you for sharing with us.
    yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  59. Gorgeous fabric! Love those stars quilts. tenabell@msn.com

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  60. love the pattern, love the fabric colors, especially the green. How do you keep your quilting lines so straight, they look perfect! Thank you for the Christmas inspiration. wlharte@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you! I do mark my lines with a Frixion pen (ink disappears with heat).

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  61. I absolutely adore this pattern and have made it before :) I love your Christmas version, possibly even more than my version in B&C Hello Darling. Great job as usual :)

    Angela
    @spicyredhead on IG
    angela@alcphotographyanddesign.com

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    1. Oh Spicy Redhead . . . thanks so much! :) You are a gem!

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  62. These christmas fabrics are soo cute. Love to make quilts for Christmas gifts. mjalto@gmail.com

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  63. Love this Picking Petals pattern, and have made it myself in neutral scraps, and love it so much that I leave it out year-round. I really like your Christmas version, especially with the addition of gingham, it's just happy!! Thank you for this giveaway, and best of luck to all!!

    Pamperedplants1@gmail.com

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  64. Thank you for sharing your great talents with us,and for Lou Lou's for making it so easy to get the supplies we need to start sewing.

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  65. I love your pattern and theses fabrics! thanks for the contest and you fun blog! Want to make this!

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  66. Would love to win this from Lou Lou's for my mom! Thanks Taunja

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  67. How have I not seen this super cute pattern? I'm ordering mine now! Thanks!!

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  68. What a pretty pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  69. I'm just getting back into quilting after a long hiatus and I love this pattern! Thanks for the chance!!

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  70. I recently purchased a 221 Singer Featherweight sewing machine. I've been waiting for the perfect quilt to come along and here it is. The fabric and pattern are perfect! It is my new favorite quilt...can't stop looking at it. Lol Thanks for the chance to win it!
    mfenwick50@gmail.com

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  71. I love this. Would make a beautiful Christmas gift! tennessee.havie@gmail.com

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  72. Posting for Annie:

    Hi,Annie here..I have never had so much fun as when I stumbled upon LuLu.fabrics....quick,easy little kits..for me these are great..I am starting over as I had a stroke and have not done much in the way of crafts...But coming to this site and seeing all the pretty fabrics and patterns have have given a renewed
    interest in Quilting for me..Customer service is more than just great....I have become a happy volunteer to this site..thank you all.....Annie ihopeyoudanceok
    at charter dot net

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  73. In Love with this pattern and fabric!!!

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  74. Another beautiful quilt! I like the way you chose to quilt it -- nice lines moving throughout the quilt. Thank you for offering this giveaway : )

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  75. Cute, cute, cute. Adorable pattern for Christmas. I can hardly wait to get started on this one

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  76. This quilt is beautiful! It's been along time since I've tried doing a mini quilt. It'd be fun to make another one.

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  77. I enjoy seeing a pattern made over in a different fabric line. I am wiaitng for my machine to come back from the shop. I have Coney Island fabric all cut for Picking Petals. Thanks for the thread tip. I would never have considered 80 wt thread for quilting.

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    1. Hi Anne! I hope your machine gets back to you SOON!! I wasn't sure how 80 wt would work either, but I certainly loved the soft effect!!

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  79. Hi Taunja, I have been looking at your blog for awhile now, and am making your On Point Pillow. I love so many of the things you make, including Picking Petals and Ribbon Play. As a new quilter, I would be thrilled to win this pattern, and just might need to choose Comfort and Joy fabric! Thank you, Taunja and Lou Lou's Fabric Shop for this wonderful giveaway! Therese - tcg343@gmail.com

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    1. It's so exciting to hear about another new quilter! Welcome to the quilting family! :) Thanks so much and I hope you are enjoying the On Point Pillow! If you are on IG, be sure to tag me so I can see your make!! :)

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  80. Thank you and LouLou's for another great giveaway.
    kcourtright7@gmail.com

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  81. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Love this pattern & fabric!
    Lwasmund@cableone.net

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  82. This quilt gets me wishing for Christmas so soon!!!! I love it and would be honored to have the pattern.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    clark.0428@hotmail.com

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  83. This is a pretty pattern and you picked the perfect fabric for it. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway! Afmom369 at gmail dot com

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  84. I love this!!! The fabric is a perfect match for your pattern!

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  85. This quilt is beautiful! It's been along time since I've tried doing a mini quilt. It'd be fun to make another one.
    gclub
    goldenslot
    gclub online

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  86. The Christmas version of this pattern is simply divine!!

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  87. How pretty this quilt is!! I would love to buy it for Christmas. Quilting is an art that needs patience, experience, and skill. You may find difficulty, but quilting is interesting.

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  88. This is a really good idea that you have going on.
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