Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fig Tree fat quarter bundles available

Are you looking to build your Fig Tree stash? Well, you’re in luck!  I have listed two new fat quarter bundles on my Etsy shop and they are as pretty as can be.

The autumn bundle includes 6 fat quarters from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection, featuring their signature butterscotch orange mixed with black and green.  These would be perfect adders for a fall quilt or any farmhouse inspired project!

The red and green bundle includes 6 fat quarters from three Fig Tree collections: Ella & Ollie, Christmas Figs and Farmhouse II. This versatile bundle would be a lovely in a fresh summery quilt, but it would also be beautiful for a Christmas project. I love sewing Christmas quilts with prints that aren’t strictly “holiday” prints. It’s both unexpected and joyful!

Zip on over to my Etsy shop today to order your Fig Tree bundle.  They’ll go quickly!


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

4th of July Flag Block

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in today to share a fun little mini I made recently, the 4th of July Flag by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. This block is a free tutorial as part of Lori’s Vintage Block Along series.

The finished block measures 13” x 20” and is just one of many blocks that will be sewn into the finished quilt in Lori’s newest sew along. I didn’t have enough time in my sewing schedule to join the Vintage Block Along, but I sure had fun whipping together this festive flag.

Don’t you love a quick and easy project that allows you to sew from your stash? My block includes the following Moda fabrics:
  • Navy pin dot (Sweet Tea by Sweetwater)
  • Navy geometric (upcoming Harvest Road by Lella Boutique)
  • Neutral geometric (upcoming Harvest Road by Lella Boutique)
  • Neutral text print (Sweet Tea by Sweetwater)
  • Neutral cross hatch (Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie)
  • Red plaid (Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie)

I suppose I better sign off and get to work. I have some quilting and binding to do.  I really hope to have this small quilt ready for the 4th of July . . . 2019!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 7, 2019

New pattern: Fall Flight

Autumn is my favorite season. Like many of you, I cherish signs of fall:  the spectacle of leaves turning vibrant shades of red, gold and orange; the glimpse of a harvest moon hanging low in the sky; the sight and sound of geese migrating south; and, of course, fields of pumpkin patches and roadside pumpkin stands. In Minnesota, we savor every last bit of autumn in preparation for the long winter that follows.

Every year as summer draws to a close, I feel a thrill when I pull out my autumn quilts for display and snuggling. Today I’m excited to share my newest quilt pattern with you, Fall Flight. There are so many beautiful autumn fabric collections on the market. Wouldn't you love to have your own Fall Flight quilt ready for use next autumn?

Fall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring my signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks. Some of you may recognize the pumpkin block from another pattern of mine, Pumpkin Sky, which is a wall hanging/pillow combination. 

Fall Flight has a scrappy vibe, which may make you worried that fabric selection is tricky, but I assure you it’s not! I’ve listed the material requirements below, and I’ll share a few tips with you here. 

Begin by selecting your two orange prints (Orange A and Orange B). These should be fairly similar in color and tone, with enough difference in print or scale to achieve a little “orange-on-orange” distinction.  I chose two butterscotch/orange prints from Fig Tree & Company’s Farmhouse II collection.

Then, select eight fat quarters. They will be used for the flying geese, star centers, and scrappy binding! You could choose traditional autumn prints or just colors that give you that fall feeling, which is what I did. I love the prints I selected, but I really wish I had also added a purple print to the mix. That would have been smashing!

Once you have the oranges and fat quarters selected, choosing the remaining fabrics will not be that difficult. I repeated the star points fabric in the middle border, and I chose a very similar pumpkin orange for the outer border. The pumpkin stumps could be any brown or black print in your stash. The neutral background fabric could be a solid or something with a very faint tonal print.    

Here are complete fabric requirements:

Materials Needed:
(8) colored fat quarters for flying geese and pumpkin centers
Orange A (lighter).......... 3/4 yard
Orange B (darker).......... 1 1/8 yards
Neutral.......................... 2 2/3 yards
Stump............................ Fat Quarter
Black star points............ 1/3 yard
Middle border (black)....1/2 yard
Outer border (orange)....1 yard
Backing......................... 4 1/4 yards
Binding......................... scrappy from above
*If you don’t want to do the scrappy binding using leftover material from above, you will need to purchase 5/8 yard.

I hope you’ll consider adding Fall Flight to your autumn sewing list. The pattern is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop. Hugs and thanks to my friend Barb at Quilts on Broadway for the lovely vine quilting. It's the perfect finishing touch on my new favorite autumn quilt! 


Monday, June 3, 2019

Next Up: a graduation quilt

I have a special quilt to share with you today, a gift for our niece Molly, who is graduating from high school. Molly is a sweet, smart, soft-spoken young lady who also has a great sense of humor. With her easy-going temperament and kind ways, I just know she will make a positive mark on the world.  It makes me happy to be sending a quilt along with her to college, to remind her how much she is loved.

When I asked Molly if there was a style or color combination she would like for her quilt, she wasn’t fussy. She just said she’d like it to be blue. Well, that was music to my ears, because I had been hoarding the blues from Lella Boutique’s “Nest” collection, just waiting for a special project.

I decided to use my Next Up pattern for Molly’s quilt. First of all, the name is just perfect for someone starting her next stage in life. Second, it is a bold, modern layout that I think young people appreciate. The pattern comes in two sizes. The layer cake size finishes at 86” square and the charm pack version finishes at 38” square. The pattern is available on my Etsy Shop.

I didn’t have a layer cake of Nest, but I did have yardage. I selected 10 blue prints and cut 42 10-inch squares, essentially creating my own layer cake.  While my original Next Up quilts are very scrappy, this version has a beautiful repetition of color and pattern!

My Next Up pattern calls for two background fabrics. The darker grey that you see is Moda’s Cross Weave Black. It has a wonderful texture and provides a beautiful backdrop, allowing the aqua blue prints to shine. The creamy neutral fabric is a text print from Lella Boutique’s “Farmer’s Daughter” collection. It includes sweet messages that I hope Molly will enjoy reading when she uses her quilt.

I wanted this quilt to be extra cuddly, so I backed it with a saltwater-colored Cuddle backing by Shannon Fabrics. My local quilt shop, Quilts on Broadway, keeps this in stock in wide-back, which is wonderful. Shop owner Barb is also the one who did the machine quilting. We chose a quilting pattern that features cheerful flowers and swirling hearts.

Yesterday was Molly's graduation party at her home. It was a beautiful day celebrating a beautiful young lady. Here is the happy graduate!

On both sides of our family, the nieces and nephews are recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates. As many of you know, it’s a bittersweet time for all the adults who love them. Making a graduation quilt for these special young people is my way of wrapping them in a hug as their life journeys begin.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Quilt complete: A fat quarter project from Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites

Hello quilting friends. I’m popping in today to share photos of my completed “Wayne & Gordie” quilt from the book “Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites” by Carrie Nelson. The fabrics, the pattern, the quilting, the backing . . . is it okay to say I love everything about this quilt?

I finished this pretty quilt top in April and sent it off to Farm Fresh Stitches for machine quilting. As usual, Jennifer did a fabulous job, finishing my quilt with a lovely, swirly pattern called Whisper. By adding softness to the angles, it’s the perfect complement to a quilt that has a geometric layout. Thank you, Jennifer, for helping me choose just the right finishing touch!

When I receive my quilts back from Farm Fresh Stitches, it’s a bit like Christmas morning. Jennifer packages them in such a lovely way that I almost don’t want to untie the wrappings! Almost!

My Wayne & Gordie quilt is made up of fat quarters I had collected for about a year.  I think there are five, maybe six, different Moda collections represented in this quilt.  For more details, please visit my April blog post.

As I mentioned in April, I planned to use a creamy floral print for the backing, but I didn’t have enough fabric. So, I stitched together some left-overs from the quilt top to create a pieced band the width of the quilt. When I joined that band with the cream fabric, I had just enough to back the quilt.

Don’t you love how this turned out?  I have so many scraps in my stash. I really should do this more often. It’s economical and oh so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this quilt has inspired you to break into some fat quarters you’ve been hoarding, and also to use up your treasured scraps for a pieced backing.  Have fun and get carried away!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Winner: FQ bundle from LouLou's Fabric Shop

It's time to announce the winner of the fat quarter bundle from LouLou's Fabric Shop!  Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I've been a LouLou's customer for many years, and I can totally relate to the many reasons you all love LouLou's: fabulous selection, terrific customer service and beautiful custom bundles.

Congratulations to Rhona45! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway. We've contacted you via email about claiming your prize. Many thanks to LouLou's for running such a generous giveaway with me! Such fun!

Don't forget, there is still a moving sale going on at LouLou’s Fabric Shop. They are offering 25% off your entire order, including sale items. Simply use the code “moving” at checkout.  Sale ends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  After you get done shopping at LouLou's, be sure to fire up that sewing machine and get carried away quilting!


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Moving sale & GIVEAWAY with LouLou's Fabric Shop!

Hello quilting friends! Did you hear about the big moving sale at LouLou’s Fabric Shop? Well, it’s a doozey! The team at LouLou’s is moving all of their inventory to a new location, and they are looking to lighten the load! LouLou’s is offering 25% off your entire order, including sale items! Simply use the code “moving” at checkout.  Sale ends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

To add to the excitement, we’re also running a GIVEAWAY!  LouLou’s Fabric Shop is giving away a fat quarter bundle of  your choice to one of my lucky readers! Isn’t that sweet? They have such a wonderful inventory, I'm not sure how the winner will choose.

If you would like to enter, simply leave a comment telling me why you love LouLou’s. 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, May 20. 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. (

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  Good luck!


Monday, May 13, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: May blocks

A few weeks ago I encouraged you to join me in the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. If I didn't tempt you then, I hope I can tempt you now. I've made the May blocks, and they turned out as cute as buttons, if I do say so myself! 

Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop). The quilt is comprised of 24 blocks that are each made in three different sizes: 5”, 6 1/2” and 8” unfinished, for a total of 72 blocks. The book includes setting instructions for the small and medium blocks so that when the quilt is laid out for final assembly, all blocks are the same size. 

In my last blog post, I explained that I will be sewing just three blocks a month (not nine) in the medium 6 1/2" size. I will end up with a much smaller quilt top, but that's okay. I will still experience the fun of this quilt along, and I won't feel stressed out. I just have too many other projects on my sewing calendar. 

For the month of May, we're asked to sew the Album, Churn Dash and Fool's Puzzle blocks. The blocks are fun and easy, thanks to the terrific instructions and illustrations in the book. Here are my individual blocks:


Churn Dash

Fool's Puzzle

If you would like to join in, you just need to order the Summer Moon book and figure out your fabrics. I'm sewing from my stash of Lella Boutique and Corey Yoder fabrics. I've included the fabric requirements at the end of this blog post.

When I received my book from Fat Quarter Shop in February, I made one test block, a 6 1/2” Maple Star. That block is on the schedule for the month of September. Guess what that means? I'm already ahead of schedule. Woo hoo!

The Summer Moon quilt along starts now and run through February 2020. For more information, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog: The Jolly Jabber. I hope I’ve tempted you to join us so you can create your own lovely Summer Moon quilt.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Small quilt sample sale

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in to let you know about some new listings in my Etsy shop: small quilts you can purchase!  

One of the side effects of being a pattern designer is that I quickly become inundated with a stockpile of sample quilts. I do gift or donate many of my quilts, and naturally I keep some for use in my own house. But recently I decided I will occasionally sell some quilts as well.

What you’ll find on my Etsy shop are table runners, wall hangings and pillow covers that have all been pieced by me, and either machine quilted by me or by a professional long-armer. All have been hand-bound by me. The quilts that are listed have not been washed or used, other than for props in photography for my blog and pattern sheets.

Here is a general link to my Etsy shop. Once you're on my main page, select the “Quilts” link under the “Items” menu:

Here is a direct link to the Quilts listed on my Etsy Shop:

Have a great day!