Sunday, October 28, 2018

Winter Flurries Week 2: Mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in to share my progress on the “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio. This week we made four Granny Square blocks to go with last week’s Economy block. I tell you what, the Granny Square blocks were so much fun that I have a hankerin’ to make a whole Granny Square quilt!

Last week I showed you my fabric pull for this project, but as I laid out this week’s blocks, I realized that my center square selection just didn’t have enough pop. I had chosen a taupe colored print with delicate red flowers, and I just didn't like it in this layout. So I replaced that print with this beautiful red holly from the Christmas Figs collection by Fig Tree & Co. 

We all love the opportunity to use our tools and notions.  Well, I just happened to have a 6” Trim Tool Ruler by Creative Grids. (The overall size of the ruler is 6 1/2".) What a handy tool for these blocks! The outer seam allowance marking on the ruler helps to square up blocks carefully, ensuring that you won't lose points. I'll be pulling out this ruler more often.

The “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along runs for five weeks, and we won’t know what the finished quilt top looks like until the final week. I’m sure it will be lovely, as it has been designed by the talented Lindsey Weight. The finished project will be 33” x 33.” Remember, weekly pattern downloads are free on the FWFS website.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has created a beautiful fabric kit for this sew along, with binding and backing included. It’s not too late to join in. The blocks are super quick and easy to construct. You can catch up in an afternoon.

Pictured below are the beautiful Granny Square blocks created by Lindsey using the Forth Worth Fabric Studio kit fabrics. You can see how Lindsey's center center print has much more visual interest that the taupe print I chose last week. Her center print is definitely a terrific focal fabric. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you’ll consider joining in the Winter Flurries sew along. I can't wait until next week. Be sure to share your progress on Instagram using #winterflurriesmysterquilt


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Christmas version of Fat Quarter Flourish (plus kits!)

Earlier this year I introduced you to a new pattern called Fat Quarter Flourish, a pretty 20 1/2" square table topper or wall hanging made from just five fat quarters! I’ve been waiting for the chance to sew this pattern in a holiday collection, so here goes . . . Fat Quarter Flourish featuring Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.

There are so many lovely prints in the Christmas Figs collection that it was difficult to choose which five to feature. But that's what makes this pattern so fun. I don’t think you can go wrong, no matter which combination of prints you choose!

I decided to frame this little quilt with a bold binding, using the black text print from Fig Tree’s Chestnut Street collection. I then topped it off with a black button, secured with red Aurifloss. Many thanks to Barb at Quilts on Broadway for the cheery machine quilting you chose for my project!

My plan is to hang this quilt for the holidays, but I’d like to give it even more impact by layering it with some type of frame or wood background. I love creating a layered look with wall hangings. I’ll ponder that and check back in with you IF I think of something clever.

I’ve created a limited quantity of kits which are available on my Etsy shop. Kits include my paper pattern plus all the fabrics for the top, backing and binding.  (Button not included.) The cost is just $30 plus shipping. 

KIT UPDATE 10/25/2018:  Folks, my kits sold out within a few hours.  Luckily, one of my sponsors, My Timeless Day, has a good stock of Christmas Figs fabric and they would be happy to help any of you looking for a kit. You'll find the phone number and email address for My Timeless Day at the bottom of their home page.

Please note there are two kit versions. The top and binding fabrics are the same for both versions. The only difference is the backing fabric. One kit includes the apple green posies (20307 15) from Fig Tree's Ella & Ollie collection. The other kit includes the red giftwrap (20314 14) from Fig Tree's Christmas Figs collection.

If my selection of fabrics doesn’t quite suit your fancy, I hope you’ll consider giving the pattern a try.  Fat Quarter Flourish is quick, easy and so versatile!

Have a great week!


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Winter Flurries: Mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Have you ever participated in a mystery sew along? I haven’t, until now! The creative folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio are hosting a “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along, and I couldn’t resist joining. A mystery sew along is exactly that . . . a mystery.  We won’t know what the finished quilt top looks like until the final week! Here’s my first block and coordinating fabrics.

The sew along runs for five weeks. Weekly pattern downloads are free and designed by the talented Lindsey Weight. The finished project will be 33” x 33.” Our week one assignment included making one block and all of the cutting for the small quilt. How easy is that? 

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has created a beautiful fabric kit for this mystery sew along, with binding and backing included. They went to the Moda warehouse and hand selected some lovely prints from different holiday collections. 

Here is the beautiful week one block created by Lindsey, using the Forth Worth Fabric Studio kit fabrics:

I probably should have ordered a kit, as I really love their selection of fabrics.  However, as a pattern designer, I accumulate too much fabric. I need to make a dent in my own stash. So I’ve pulled fabrics that are similar in coloring to the Fort Worth Fabric Studio bundle, and I’m throwing caution to the wind. I hope my finished top is as pretty as I know theirs will be!

You don’t have to sign up to join in the Winter Flurries fun. Just check the FWFS website every Wednesday from October 17 through November 14 for the newest set of instructions! There are a limited number of kits, so I encourage you to visit their website ASAP if you want to order one. Remember, this is a small project and week one’s tasks were super easy. You can catch up in no time!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you’ll consider joining in the Winter Flurries sew along. Be sure to share your progress on Instagram using #winterflurriesmysterquilt


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Quilt retreat: A wonderful place to start a pumpkin quilt

This past weekend I attended an informal quilt retreat with long-time friends. We meet twice a year in the spring and fall to sew or scrapbook, eat, talk, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. I’ve been gathering with these lovely ladies for more than a decade, and it is truly a blessing. I’ve written about our Koronis Quilt Retreat before, if you’d like to read that post.  Today I wanted to pop in and show you some of the blocks I made at retreat!

You all know I am a big fan of Corey Yoder’s fabric collections for Moda.  Well, I am also a fan of her patterns. This summer I ordered several fun patterns from Corey, including her Apple Creek pattern. Recently Corey suggested on social media that Apple Creek could easily take on an autumn feel if the apples were orange . . . as in pumpkins!  Boy, was she right. Aren’t these some darling blocks?

Here I am with my good friend Sylvia after a full day of sewing.  I must admit, by 8:00 pm each evening I am all wore out. All that sewing and chatting is tiring. By the way, take a look at the itsy-bitsy hexie handwork Sylvia is doing. Phenomenal talent right there!

My mom also attends quilt retreat, although her focus is scrapbooking.  She is working on a memory book for my niece, Madison, who will graduate from high school next year. In my estimation, quilting is MUCH easier than scrapbooking. Mom, Sylvia and I took a quick break by the lake to share a photo with you. I am so lucky to have these women in my life. All of them!

For my Apple Creek (aka Pumpkin Creek) blocks, I dug into my stash of Fig Tree & Company fabrics to sew my pumpkins and stars.  If you look closely, you can see fabrics from six different Fig Tree collections: Farmhouse, Strawberry Fields Revisited, Aloha Girl, Chestnut Street, Ella & Ollie, and their upcoming Farmhouse 2 line.

I probably won’t have this quilt completed until next autumn rolls around, but that’s okay. I look forward to displaying it in my home near my “Next Up” charm pack quilt featuring Farmhouse 2.  I think they will look lovely together. While one has a dark background and the other is light, they have a similar style and the black prints in both will tie them together. Oh, the joy of quilting with beautiful fabrics!

By the way, Fig Tree’s Farmhouse 2 collection is scheduled to release this month!  As soon as I have my charm packs in store, I will be offering “Next Up” kits with that lovely black Moda Cross Weave background.  I hope you’ll keep an eye out for that.

I did finish one small quilt at retreat, but I can’t show you a picture just yet.  All I can show you is the fabric that I used, and tell you that I will have kits available for this project in the near future too. I’m really excited to share this Christmas project with you!

And since I'm enthusiastically all over the board with my topics today, I better mention the pretty background fabric you see in the picture above. It is the marvelous text print from Lella Boutique's Farmer's Daughter collection.  I used it to recover my ironing board. It's nice to read uplifting messages while pressing. (FYI: A few years ago I wrote a post about how I recovered my ironing board. You can find that post here.)

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


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sew Sampler box roundup: July, August and September

We’ve been in our new home for one month, and I’m just starting to feel like my head is above water.  My sewing room is slowly coming together. I’m very much a “ducks in a row” person.  I think I take after my Grandma Arlene in that regard . . . a place for everything and everything in its place. Things don’t have to be perfect, but they need to be “mostly” organized. That’s how I roll. 

So let’s just say that I was pretty annoyed with myself when I discovered I had THREE Sew Sampler boxes from Fat Quarter Shop that I had not shared with you yet. I'll remedy that right now!

The July Sew Sampler box was titled “Adventure Awaits,” and what a pretty package this was! The box included the following items:
  • Petite Vintage Adventure Rolie Polie by Beverly McCullough for Riley Blake Designs
  • EZ Quilting Dresden Set by Darlene Zimmerman
  • Pellon 15” x 108” Sew-In Interfacing
  • Schmetz Chrome Machine Needles
  • Riley Green Large Vintage Trim by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
  • Daisy Dresden Quilt Pattern, a Sew Sampler exclusive
  • Barn Block Recipe #4, a FQS exclusive

The August Sew Sampler box was titled “My Happy Place.” This terrific box included these items:
  • Petite Arctic 10” Squares by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman
  • 50wt Aurifil Oyster Thread
  • Fairy Floss Pink Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter by Olfa
  • Sew Standard Seam Guide by It’s Sew Emma
  • Easy Living Quilt Pattern, a Sew Sampler exclusive
  • Barn Block Recipe #5, a FQS exclusive

The September Sew Sampler box was titled “Sweet as Cherry Pie.” This cute-as-can-be box included the following items:
  • Badda Bing! Charm Pack by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda
  • Cherry Pickin’ Finishing Kit by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda
  • Double Wide 4 Patch Dresden Template by Me and My Sister Designs
  • 28mm Stick Rotary Cutter by Fiskars
  • Cherry Pickin’ Quilt Pattern, a FQS exclusive
  • Barn Block Recipe Card #6, a FQS exclusive

If you'd like to know more about this monthly box subscription program, just follow this link:  Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. The boxes are an incredible value and often introduce you to notions and fabrics you may not otherwise come across. You may also cancel at any time, giving you total flexibility.

Have a great day, quilting friends!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Go ahead, buy that fat quarter bundle!

As you’ve heard me say many times, I enjoy collecting fat quarter bundles. A coordinated collection of pretty fabrics really makes my quilting heart happy, and I know that many of you feel the same. I try not to purchase them willy nilly, but when I love the look of a bundle (when it says “Taunja”), I know that someday it will find a home in a special project. My most recent purchase to fall under this category was a LouLou Bundle called Festive October. Isn’t she pretty?

Every Tuesday LouLou’s Fabric Shop offers a custom curated, eight-piece fat quarter bundle. Shop owner Jamie has a terrific eye for pulling together unique bundles, crossing fabric collections, designers and fabric houses! Here’s their detail shot of the Festive October bundle that I just purchased. Orange and steely gray . . . what a lovely combination.

Although I haven’t decided yet what I’ll make with this bundle, I’m not worried.  Inspiration will come. Sometimes we just need to let the pretty fabric ideas percolate! 

Case in point: last year I purchased another awesome bundle from LouLou’s Fabric Shop, just because I loved it. The plan came after the purchase, and my LouLou Bundle turned into this lovely autumn table runner.

I used a pattern called Furrows from the “Farm Girl Vintage” book by Lori Holt. You can see how the LouLou Bundle and the pattern seem meant for each other. 

I guess my point today is this: go ahead and treat yourself to that awesome bundle you’ve been eyeing. Trust your quilting instincts. If you love the look, eventually it will find its way into a wonderful project that you make for yourself or a loved one.

There is a new LouLou Bundle out today, and it’s called Apple Pie! Yep, I’m just going to say it . . . how YUMMY!

I know many of my readers are big fans of LouLou’s Fabric Shop, and for good reason. Besides having a great inventory of fabrics, LouLou’s treats their customers with a personal touch. They will go the extra mile to help you gather just the right fabrics for your upcoming project. They’ve done it for me, and they’ll do it for you!

Have a great week.  Hope you find time to get carried away quilting!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pretty autumn mug rug quilted with Happy Cloud Batting

Today I want to share a product that is new to me, Happy Cloud Batting, an exclusive line of batting from Fat Quarter Shop. Recently the kind folks at FQS sent me a few packages to play with, and I’m so glad they did. I broke into a package of 80/20 Silky Blend precut 10” squares and used one to quilt a little autumn mug rug I pieced.

Typically I use 100% cotton batting for the small projects I quilt, but I have to say that I love the texture and slight loft of this 80/20 cotton/polyester blend from FQS. I think the combination of Silky Blend and the 80 wt Aurifil thread (color: ermine) made my simple straight-line quilting very sweet and defined. I will definitely go this route again.

I found this cool black button in my grandma's button jar and secured it with Aurifloss #5009 medium orange, which is such a yummy color. It adds a nice finishing touch, don't you think?

Fat Quarter Shop's precut batting concept is awesome! Perhaps you are making several mug rugs or mini quilts as gifts.  How terrific to be able to order a package of precut, ready-to-go batting pieces! Happy Cloud Batting comes in several sizes for all your project needs:  8" squares (12 pack), 10" squares (12 pack), 14″ squares (12 pack), 36" squares (2 pack), 36" x 45" Craft, 19" x 55" Tablerunner, 45" x 60" Crib, 60" x 60" Throw, 72" x 90" Twin, 90" x 108" Queen and 120 x 120" King. 

Five types of Happy Cloud Batting are available: 80/20 Silky Blend; Cotton Simply Natural; 50/50 Cotton Blend; Wool Warm & Plush and 50/50 Bamboo Blend.  For more information on the features of each type, visit this post on the Jolly Jabber.

Because I know you are probably wondering, the mug rug block is from the Mini County Fair pattern by Fig Tree & Company.  And naturally, I used some pretty Fig Tree fabrics from my stash as well.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, quilting friends. During the month of October 2018, all Happy Cloud Batting is 25% off at Fat Quarter Shop! If you’re looking for a new batting product to try, I can confidently recommend this one.