Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tablerunner Bliss Quilt Along: Medallion Tablerunner

Hello quilting friends! Today is my turn on the Tablerunner Bliss Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. I was thrilled to be asked to make a tablerunner from Sherri Falls’ fabulous new book, Tablerunner Bliss. I'm a longtime fan of Sherri’s patterns, as she has a wonderful way of mixing traditional blocks with a modern flair.

Tablerunner Bliss includes 20 beautiful projects for every season. I chose Sherri’s “Medallion” pattern, which is a fat eighth friendly pattern.  For the blocks, I used the gorgeous new autumn line by Fig Tree & Company: Hazel & Plum.  I also mixed in some older Fig Tree collections from my stash for border, background and binding.  Hazel & Plum ships to stores the end of October, and Fat Quarter Shop will be carrying the entire line!

I absolutely love my finished "Medallion" tablerunner.  Both the design and the color scheme are very “me." Measuring at 20 1/2" x 46 1/2", the runner fits perfectly on this old desk my mom gave me years ago.  

It’s autumn in Minnesota, which means snow and bitter cold are just around the corner.  When you have a balmy, beautiful Saturday morning in the fall, you need to spend all of your time outdoors, including doing your quilt photography!

I machine quilted my runner with straight-line quilting using my walking foot on my Bernina. I simply followed the natural design of the blocks, using 1/8", 1/4" or 1/2" spacing, whatever looked the most pleasing to my eye.  I selected a beautiful shade of Aurifil 50wt for my quilting: 2326 (sand). This soft tan color is a wonderful compliment to Fig Tree fabrics!

Published by It’s Sew Emma, Tablerunner Bliss is filled with lovely, inspiring photographs. I’m sure this is a book you’ll want to add to your quilting library.

Several other bloggers are sharing their pretty makes from the book.  Here is the Tablerunner Bliss Quilt Along schedule with links to all the makers:

Tuesday, 9/5 - Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)
Tuesday, 9/12 - Sinta (Pink Pincushion)
Tuesday, 9/19 – Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts) and Connie (Freemotion by the River)
Tuesday 9/26 – Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl) and Jennie (Clover & Violet)
Tuesday 10/3 – Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Sherri (A Quilting Life)
Tuesday 10/10 – Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Lisa (In the Boon Docks)
Tuesday 10/17 – Vickie (Spun Sugar Quilts) and Susan (yardgrl60 on Instagram)
Tuesday 10/24 – Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts)
Tuesday 10/31 – Greg (Grey Dogwood Studio) and Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff)
Tuesday 11/7 – Melisssa (Happy Quilting) and Kim (Persimon Dreams)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, and thank you to Sherri and the team at Fat Quarter Shop for including me in this quilt along!

Now go and get carried away quilting!


Monday, October 23, 2017

Holiday quilt pattern roundup

Hello quilting friends!  Just popping in today to remind you of some pretty winter quilt patterns available from Carried Away Quilting. All of these patterns utilize simple, straightforward block construction ~ they are quick projects you can complete well before the holidays!


First up we have the Diamond Trail runner. This versatile charm pack runner measures at 22” x 32 1/2”. I sewed up my original using summery prints, but I teamed up with Fort Worth Fabric Studio to offer you a winter kit featuring Nordic Stitches by Wenche Wolff Hatling for Moda Fabrics. This runner also lends itself to simple straight-line quilting, making it a project you can complete at home from start to finish!

Next up we have Star Crossed Pines. This 74 1/2" x 80 1/2" quilt features alternating scrappy stars and two-toned trees.  I’ve sewn it using some favorite Fig Tree & Company fabrics in red, green and black, showing that you don’t necessarily need to use holiday-themed fabrics to create a Christmas quilt! But if a more traditional selection of fabrics is your heart's desire, then please check out the custom kit available at My Timeless Day!

And because we all love to spruce up our holiday tables, how about a scrappy star and log cabin runner? Starry Way is a 40” x 20” runner that is charm pack friendly!  Pick up your favorite holiday charm pack, a little additional fabric, and you have the makings of a fun weekend project!

Finally, here’s a quilt that will warm your home for the holidays: Welcome Home Wreath. This 48 1/2" x 48 1/2" quilt could be used as a wall hanging or table topper. The pattern calls for one mini charm pack and coordinating yardage, for a scrappy, homespun feel. As with Starry Way, I've sewn this quilt using Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda.

All of my patterns are available through my Etsy Store.  I hope you find something that inspires a holiday sewing project!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

October Country Road blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends! It's the middle of October, which means I have an update on my progress in the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The October block is called Country Roads, a super easy block with no seams to match!

I am sewing my blocks with the beautiful Fleurs fabric by Brenda Riddle for Moda.  I always love Brenda’s soft, romantic collections.  Fat Quarter Shop carries several Brenda Riddle lines if you’d like to check them out!

Many of you are sewing along, but if you are new to the game (and it’s NEVER too late to start),  I've shared some of my Patchwork Quilt Along piecing tips in an earlier blog post. Do you see that stack of blocks tied with measuring tape ribbon? Those are all my blocks from months one through nine!  We have just two months to go, and then we can begin putting our tops together!

This quilt along is an annual charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. 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:

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 Sloan.com (@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!   


Monday, October 2, 2017

Sewing fun with The Good Life toweling by Moda

I know many of you are big fans of the Moda fabric designers, Bonnie & Camille. For me, their florals always have a nostalgic feel, reminding me of flowers from a country garden, but their use of vibrant, saturated colors gives them a modern appeal. Their latest collection, The Good Life, is a perfect example of what is “Bonnie & Camille.”

Well, imagine how thrilled I was when one of my sponsors, Starlit Quilts, sent me a fun product from Moda: toweling by the yard from The Good Life collection! Moda toweling is 100% cotton, 16 inches wide, and hemmed on both sides.  It is sold by the yard and has a sturdy but soft feel, similar to home d├ęcor fabric. Here are my makes:

Starlit Quilts sent me 3/4 yard each of four toweling prints.  After petting them for a while, I began to pull things from my hodgepodge tub.  I pulled out a damask table runner with lovely crocheted lace ends (an antique store find), some pretty red gingham ribbons, buttons, and a length of dainty crocheted trim left over from another project.

First I cut a 6 1/2” strip from the aqua floral, sewed it together with the length of white/red dot toweling, and hemmed both ends.  Then I decided to embellish my towel at the seam. I cut the crocheted trim from the damask runner (gasp), and sewed it to my towel. Then I added the small red gingham ribbon to cover up the raw edge of the damask runner I had trimmed. For thread I used natural white (2010) Aurifil 50 wt., which disappeared nicely into both the lace and the ribbon!  A crisp white button secured with red (2250) Aurifloss seemed like the perfect finishing touch.

For the other towel, I used the same method and joined a 6 1/2” strip of the scallop print to the gorgeous navy floral, hemming the top and bottom.  I then added the smaller lace trim at the seam, and topped it off with a yo-yo and button. On both towels, I simply ran the trims around to the back of the towel about 1/2", turned them under to form a "side hem", and stitched the trims in place on the sides.  Both of my towels are meant to be decorative, so I didn't worry too much about trims needing to be secure enough to withstand machine washing. 

These projects were so easy, but they gave me a great deal of satisfaction. While I obviously love making quilts, I also find a lot of joy in these on-the-fly, “sew what makes you smile” type projects!

Come to think of it, I probably wasn’t very creative with my toweling from Starlit Quilts, as I simply created . . . towels!  You could easily whip up a pillow, a table runner, placements, draw string bags . . . oh the possibilities.  

If you would like to play with some toweling, I hope you’ll head on over to Starlit Quilts. Besides being a fabulous custom machine quilter, Star has a wonderful Etsy shop with a great selection of products and heart-felt customer service.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. Amid these days where there is often so much sadness and heartache in the world, I hope you find joy and comfort in your sewing and sharing with others.  I know I do, and I am thankful that you visit my blog to see what I’ve been up to. 

Wishing you happiness!