Thursday, July 27, 2017

July Sew Sampler box with Fat Quarter Shop

Spoiler alert! This post will show you the fabulous contents of the July Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop.  If you don't have your box yet, read on at your own risk! 

The July box is titled "Vintage Chic" and it is a lovely assortment of goodies. But first I want to show you my fourth Basket Block from the recipe card in the box. I am having sew much fun with these!

Each month the Sew Sampler box includes a basket recipe card designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.  The blocks can be made in one of three sizes: 5 1/2", 10 1/2", or 15 1/2".  I'm making the 5 1/2" blocks and using fabrics from my Fig Tree stash. I'm realizing as I look at these that I need more blue. I'll have to remember that next month!

Now let’s move on to all the treasures in the Vintage Chic box. 
  • A gorgeous Moda junior jelly roll called "Snowberry" by 3 Sisters
  • A sweet little aqua dot embroidery scissors (I LOVE cute little scissors!)
  • A handy pink daisy scissor sheath (I LOVE cute little sheaths!)
  • A 20-piece set of Clover mini wonder clips  (These will be great for getting into tight spaces.)
  • A Gypsy Quilter seam ripper
  • A pretty, Sew Sampler exclusive pattern called Waterford

Thank you so much to Fat Quarter Shop for another fabulous box.  Every month you knock it out of the park with your selections!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!


Monday, July 17, 2017

New Patterns: Star Crossed Pines & Twirlity

I'm so excited to share two new patterns with you today: Star Crossed Pines and Twirlity. I have a soft spot for both of these easy-to-make quilts.  I hope you'll consider adding them to your pattern library. 

First up is Star Crossed Pines, a 74 1/2" x 80 1/2" quilt featuring alternating scrappy stars and two-toned trees. Although it has a Christmas time feeling, I think this quilt could grace your home all winter long.  

Rather than using Christmas fabrics, I chose some of my favorite red and green prints from two different collections by Fig Tree & Company for Moda: Chestnut Street and Coney Island.  For the binding, I used the red gingham from Strawberry Fields Revisited. Don't they all play nicely together?

My friend Barb (Quilts on Broadway) selected a subtle but festive holly berry pattern for the machine quilting.  I just love it.  Thanks, Barb! I honestly can't wait to whip this quilt out the day after Thanksgiving!

My other new pattern is called Twirlity.  This sweet quilt was truly a labor of love for me, as I made if from a stash of Penny Rose and Riley Blake fat quarters I had been hoarding. Several of the prints are from one of my favorite Penny Rose designers, Elea Lutz. You'll likely see some of your favorites too!

Twirlity measures 64 1/2" x 76 1/2" and is fat quarter friendly!  You'll need eight fat quarters (I pulled aqua, orange, purple, brown, rose, blue, green, yellow), as well as two border/background fabrics and one neutral background fabric.  

Once again, Barb (Quilts on Broadway) selected the perfect quilting for Twirlity, a nice meandering loop-d-loop that seems to follow the motion of the twirling pinwheels. We also chose a plush pink backing fabric, making this the perfect cuddling quilt. 

If you are interested in purchasing Star Crossed Pines or Twirlity, please visit your local quilt shop or one of my blog sponsors who are carrying the patterns.  My Timeless Day is also offering kits in other fabric collections!  Thanks Allison!

You can also purchase paper or electronic patterns directly from me, but I encourage you to shop locally or through one of my sponsors when possible! Quilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here

I appreciate you stopping by the blog today.  Please be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you make any of these patterns.  The hashtags to use are printed right on the patterns!  I’d love to see your finished projects!   


Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Propeller blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends! Wow, we're past the mid-way mark in the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop! The July "Propeller" block is the seventh block in the series, with just five months to go.  And isn't this Propeller block a cutie?

This block is easy to construct, but occasionally my tired evening sewing brain wanted to turn a propeller blade the wrong way. I managed to keep them moving in the right direction by looking at the pattern (very) frequently and talking to myself a lot.  (Does anyone else find the need to do that?)

Some folks have mentioned that they find these 5 1/2" blocks to be kind of tricky.  I've shared some of my Patchwork Quilt Along piecing tips in an earlier blog post if that is helpful to you.

In case you are a new reader, this annual event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop is a charity quilt along.  The patterns are free and are posted on the 15th of each month on the Jolly Jabber. Quilters are asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they download.  All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  What a great opportunity for us all!

It's not too late for you to join in the fun. Here’s a link which provides all the details:

And here’s a link to the kit if you want to make one in Basics by Bonnie & Camille!

Several other bloggers are quilting along! Please visit their blogs too!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of Pat (@quilterpatsloan)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to share your progress on the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group! And be sure to post your own blocks using the hashtag #patchworkquiltalong on Instagram!   


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Coated fabric zipped pouches

Just popping by today with a quick show and tell.  One of my dear sponsors, Star of Starlit Quilts, recently sent me some Coney Island coated fabric and this free Moda pattern for a boxy pouch.  Thank you for sending me this fun project, Star!

My daughter Haley has already claimed both pouches. She will use them for makeup since they wipe clean easily. I can see more coated fabric pouch projects in my future. What great gifts they will make!

The original pattern calls for a patchwork construction, but since I was using the coated fabric I went with one solid piece. It is a bit thicker than typical quilter's cotton, so I used a 90/14 needle.  I also used my walking foot because the coated fabric doesn't move as smoothly as cotton across your machine's throat plate. Those are just a couple tips from me to you.

Visit Starlit Quilts to get your hands on some of this fun coated fabric. Star is so helpful. She can probably set you up with some pretty colored zippers and other embellishments as well! Happy sewing!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Winner: Jelly roll giveaway with Stitches 'n Giggles

Hello quilting friends!  Thank you all for the terrific enthusiasm to my The Good Life projects and the giveaway offered from Stitches 'n Giggles.  Although I couldn't reply to every comment individually, I did read them all and was so delighted to hear your excitement for this new collection.  We quilters feed off of each other's energy, don't we? 

The randomly drawn winner of The Good Life jelly roll is Peggy Wilson. Please email me as soon as you can so we can coordinate awarding your prize!

On behalf of both Lori (shop owner at Stitches 'n Giggles) and me, thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm. We hope you get carried away quilting often!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Good Life: two fun projects and two super giveaways with Stitches 'n Giggles

(giveaway now closed)
Hello Quilting Friends! I know many of you are huge fans of the fabric designers, Bonnie & Camille (Moda Fabrics).  This talented mother-daughter duo thrills us with lovely collections that are both trendy and traditional, and always include their signature colors.

Like me, I’m sure you’ve been waiting impatiently for the arrival of their newest collection, The Good Life, which is scheduled to hit stores in August. I was able to get my hands on some of this fabric early from the kind folks at Moda, and I’ve made up two quick projects to show you. One of my dear blog sponsors, Lori of Stitches ‘n Giggles, is also super excited about this collection, and Lori has a giveaway for one of my lucky readers! (Thank you, Lori!) There is so much fun to share today, so let’s get right to it!

While The Good Life collection includes a vibrant range of colors (navy, aqua, red, pink, orange, green, gray and creamy white), I was especially drawn to the red and navy.  I chose to make my On Point Pillow, which is a free tutorial, and a variation on one of my mini quilt patterns, Crossing Petals. While this color combination is pretty any time of year, I think it has a very Americana feel, perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day here in the United States.

Crossing Petals is a 20 1/2” x 20 1/2” mini quilt, but for this project I added two borders for a finished size of 30 1/2” x 30 1/2”.  I added a 2 1/2” (cut) inner border and a 3 1/2” (cut) outer border.  If you have my Crossing Petals pattern and would like to add these borders, you will need to bump up the binding to 3/8 yard. For the backing you would need a piece 38 1/2” square, or as directed by your long arm quilter. 

I quilted Crossing Petals myself on my Bernina, using simple straight line quilting that played off of the pattern design.  I marked my lines using a Frixion pen and used my walking foot. My thread of choice was Aurifil 2021 (natural white) 50 wt on this project. I like the crisp effect it has throughout the quilt, including the navy blue areas.

My On Point Pillow tutorial calls for using a mini charm pack, but you can achieve a pretty result by selecting just a few favorite fabrics from your stash as well.  I cut my 2 1/2” squares from three fat quarters from The Good Life.  I did have to cut the navy heart fabric on the bias because I wanted the little hearts to be on point as well.

I have wanted to try some “big stitch” hand quilting for a while, and this seemed like the perfect project. I used a new (to me) Aurifil thread for this technique: 12wt in 2270 (paprika). This cotton 12wt thread is intended for big stitch quilting, hand embroidery, cross stitch and other types of embellishments, but it can also be used in your machine when you are seeking an artistic, heavier thread effect.  It is a single-strand thread that has about the same feel as three strands of Aurifloss.  I look forward to learning more about this thread and its different applications!

I really enjoyed this quilting technique, once I got over the worry that my stitches aren't perfect. Big stitch hand quilting is supposed to have a chunky, hand sewn look . . . the charm is in the imperfection. Actually, I think this makes the pillow look loved! I need more projects where I just “let go” and have fun, don’t you?  There is a great beginner’s tutorial on the Aurifil blog: Big Stitch Hand Quilting by Sherri Noel.

I also added a bit of lace trim to my On Point Pillow. You know how I like crocheted lace trim. My On Point Pillow tutorial is free, easy and fun.  I hope you’ll check it out!

Now let's get to the information you’ve REALLY been waiting for . . . the fabulous giveaways from Lori of Stitches ‘n Giggles! Moda’s sample spree products have just shipped to stores, and Lori has one jelly roll set aside for one of my lucky blog readers! Wouldn't you love to win a precut of The Good Life before the full collection releases in August? 

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 Monday, July 10, 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. (

Lori is also giving away one charm pack of The Good Life through my Instagram posting The Instagram giveaway is open worldwide and details can be found by visiting me on Instagram: @taunjalynn


Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, quilting friends.  I hope you will visit Lori at Stitches ‘n Giggles and check out all of the pretty new fabric she has in the shop.  Have a great week and get carried away quilting!