Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Next Up baby quilt featuring fabrics by Elea Lutz

Have you been searching for a sweet and simple baby quilt pattern? Look no further than my Next Up pattern! This charm pack friendly pattern finishes at 38” square and is easy enough to stitch up in a weekend.

My sample quilt features darling prints from three Elea Lutz collections. When I sew with Elea Lutz fabrics, I find myself stopping often just to gaze at the tiny details. Viewing Elea’s art feels like reading a much loved children’s book . . . tender and familiar. I imagine this quilt bringing love and comfort to a little one!

As I mentioned, my Next Up pattern is charm pack friendly. However, I had saved scraps from past Elea Lutz projects, so I was able to make my own custom charm pack! I pulled from the following collections: Bluebirds on Roses, Milk Sugar & Flower and Apple Farm. Before I start any scrappy project, I like to lay out the fabrics in a pretty arrangement and take a few photos.  It really helps me to see which prints complement each other best.

Elea Lutz creates her treasured fabric under the umbrella of the Riley Blake Designs team. To round out my fabric selection for this project, I utilized two Riley Blake basics: Linen Blush (LN300-BLUSH) and Confetti Cottons Cloud (C120-CLOUD). That linen blush is the loveliest shade of pale pink, perfect for a baby quilt.

Thank you to Barb at Quilts on Broadway for the pretty machine quilting!  We chose a feminine pattern called Rose Stipple (by Quilting Creations) and selected a pale yellow thread for added warmth and dimension. 

My Next Up pattern includes instructions for two size options: large (86” square) and small (38” square, shown here.)  The large version calls for a layer cake. Both print and PDF pattern options are available on my Etsy Shop

Here are two other quilts I’ve made after being inspired by Elea Lutz and Riley Blake Designs fabrics:

Please don't forget to tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you make one of my patterns. I love to see your finished quilts. Now go and get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A reading pillow for Halloween

I’ve wanted to make a reading pillow for quite some time. It’s probably silly and nostalgic, considering my children are both in their 20s! No matter how old they get, I still remember fondly the hours we spent reading together . . . on the couch, on the floor, in the backyard, in a fort, at bedtime, after school . . . anywhere and everywhere. My sweetest memories are when Haley was a toddler sitting on my lap, with Luke snuggled next to us, reading aloud from his favorite book.

Well, I decided there was no reason I couldn't sew up a darling reading pillow and save it for a gift. (Yes, the pull to make one was that strong!) Since autumn is just around the corner, I decided to make a sweetly spooky Halloween reading pillow.

After snooping on the internet, I came across a free tutorial by Tiffany Horn of Village Bound Quilts. Her “Easy Reading Pillow” tutorial is fabulous. Tiffany’s instructions are detailed, easy to follow and accompanied by terrific step-by-step photographs. The finished pillow is a generous size (20” square) and features a carrying handle. I was able to create my pillow in just a couple of hours. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us, Tiffany!

I bet you are wondering where I found that festive focal fabric. It’s called “Ghostly Glow Town" by Shelly Comiskey for Henry Glass Fabrics, and it is available from my wonderful sponsor, Quilt Girls! Those skeletons and mummies are just a hoot, and they glow in the dark!

The black polka dot and plaid prints are from my stash. They coordinate so nicely with the Halloween print. The tutorial calls for just two fabrics (one yard of each). I deviated from Tiffany’s instructions just a bit and added a 2 1/2" band of plaid. I love polka dots and I love plaid, so naturally I had to use them both!  

Is there a child in your life who would love a brand new book tucked into a plump, squishy reading pillow? Maybe you are already thinking ahead to making Christmas gifts! Zip over to Quilt Girls and check out their terrific selection of juvenile prints: cats, dogs, horses, teddy bears, dinosaurs, cars, tractors, Dr. Seuss, Disney, holidays, superheroes . . .  the reading pillow possibilities are endless with the great selection at Quilt Girls!

I look forward to being a grandma someday. I will spoil my little ones with reading pillow covers and books for every season and holiday. They’ll probably tell stories about me long after I’m gone ~ the crazy reading pillow grandma. But hey, that’s okay. They will make memories to treasure for years to come!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends!


Monday, July 29, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: July blocks

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in today to share my July blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. We’re only three months into the quilt along, so there is plenty of time for you to join! The July assignment included Bear's Track, Buzzard Roost and Crown of Thorns blocks.

For the Bear’s Track block, I pulled four robin’s egg blue prints from Lella Boutique’s Nest collection to make the paws, and anchored them with a little green center square. Isn’t that about the prettiest shade of blue you have ever seen?

For the Buzzard’s Roost block, I pulled green and blush prints from the Nest collection, along with the delicate pink scallop from Lella Boutique’s Farmer’s Daughter collection. The center square on this block was supposed to be done using the background fabric, but I decided to fussy cut a flower.

For the Crown of Thorns block, I introduced a blue print from Lella Boutique’s newest collection, Lollipop Garden.  I love how it works with her two past collections in this block: the green from Nest and the pink gingham from Farmer’s Daughter. This block also called for a neutral center square, but I continued my rule breaking ways and used that sweet pink gingham.

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. For the sew along, we are asked to make three blocks each month, in all three sizes (9 blocks per month). I am sewing just three blocks a month in the medium 6 1/2" size. You could do whatever works with your schedule! 

The Summer Moon quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. You can still jump in and join the fun. For more information, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog: The Jolly Jabber

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Winner: Hallo-Harvest layer cake

It’s time to announce the winner of the Hallo-Harvest layer cake by Basic Grey for Moda. But first, I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for leaving a comment. I enjoyed reading them more than you know. Sometimes in this crazy, stressful, busy world, it’s the kind words of strangers that lift us up. Your enthusiasm for my patterns, thoughtfulness and willingness to share a slice from your own life were day brighteners for me.  You have no idea how badly I wish I could ship a layer cake to everyone!

Drumroll . . .  and the winner is monica_atk from Texas!  Monica, I will contact you via email so we can get this layer cake shipped right out to you.

Thanks again for your continued support and quilting friendship!


Friday, July 19, 2019

Postage Stamp Star block with Fat Quarter Shop

A few weeks ago, the creative folks at the Fat Quarter shop asked if I’d like to sew a project for their Classic & Vintage series, where they take a traditional block (like those found in old catalogs and vintage quilts) and give it a fresh spin in a new pattern. Well, of course I said yes and signed up to make their Postage Stamp Star block!

The block finishes at 18” square, which is a great size for a table topper or wall hanging. The piecing is simple and straightforward. I was able to sew, quilt and bind my Postage Stamp Star in a weekend.

The pattern written by Fat Quarter Shop calls for this to be a two-color block using just two prints. (Their original is in red and white.) I decided to make my block using three prints, one black and two greens. I simply doodled a few sketches with my colored pencils and then made notes on my Fat Quarter Shop block pattern indicating which green print would go where in the diagrams. It’s always fun to break the rules just a bit.

Using a beautiful green Aurifil 50 wt thread (2886-Light Avocado), I added simple straight-line quilting on the diagonal to finish off my block. The quilting highlights the star in a subtle fashion and seems in keeping with the simplicity of the block.

My original selection of Moda fabrics looked like this, from top to bottom:
  • Queen Anne's Lace Sprig (Pepper & Flax by Coriander Quilts)
  • Charcoal Gingham for binding (Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique)
  • Mistletoe Gingham (Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Company)
  • Blackboard Floriculture (Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique)

After I finished piecing and quilting my block, I began to cut binding strips from the charcoal gingham.  However, I soon had a change of heart. Because that gingham print is oversized, straight strips folded into binding caused me to lose the “check effect.” Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the gingham on the bias, which would have solved my problem.  So instead, I ducked back into my fabric closet and pulled out the black mini criss-cross print from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection. In the end, this was a much better choice for binding. Sew and learn!

Fat Quarter Shop is offering the Postage Stamp Star block as a free pattern and there will also be a video tutorial. If you are interested in making a quilt, you can purchase the full pattern with instructions for four quilt sizes. OR you can purchase a quilt kit to make your very own red and white Postage Stamp Star quilt!  Such a classic!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I truly enjoyed making this Classic & Vintage series block, and I know you would too. The fabric selection possibilities are endless with this block. Dig out your colored pencils and get started! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fat Quarter Flourish autumn bundles

Hello quilting friends! After I posted about my autumn quilt ideas earlier this week, I got to thinking that I would love to see my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern sewn up in fall fabrics. So, I mocked up some options using green, orange and black prints from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection.

The great thing about my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern is that it only requires five fat quarters to make the top. And you can easily switch up the fabric placement depending upon what looks best to your creative eye!

Here is the fat quarter bundle I created from my dwindling inventory of Farmhouse II.

Here are four different options I tested out on the computer. Which one do you like best?

Fat Quarter Flourish finishes at 20” square and makes a pretty statement as a wall hanging or table topper! Here is a photo of my original Fat Quarter Flourish.

And here is my Christmas version of Fat Quarter Flourish. This is such a versatile pattern!

I have a limited supply of the darling Farmhouse II fat quarter bundles listed on my Etsy shop.  The Fat Quarter Floursh pattern (both digital and print) is also available on my Etsy Shop.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, July 15, 2019

Autumn quilt ideas and a layer cake giveaway!

Just a few months ago, I was whining to you about the spring snowstorms we were experiencing in central Minnesota. Well, I’m back with a new weather complaint today . . . it’s 92 degrees F, with a “feels like” temperature of 100 due to the high humidity. Good grief, that’s hot!

While I don’t want to wish away my summer, my mind can’t help but console itself with the thought that in just a few months, autumn will be here. Right now I’m imagining myself taking a long walk wearing bluejeans and a sweatshirt, tromping on some crunchy fallen leaves and enjoying the crisp fall air.  Doesn’t that sound lovely? In case you are experiencing a similar heat wave in your neck of the woods, I decided to reach out to you with an autumn giveaway, as well as a roundup of my fall quilt patterns!

First up, let’s talk about the patterns.


Pumpkin Sky is a fat quarter friendly pattern which includes a material list and instructions for you to make two projects: a wall hanging and coordinating pillow. The wall hanging measures 38 1/2” x 25 1/2”, while the pillow finishes at 18 1/2” square.

One of my Instagram friends, Tricia Rayburn, has made a beautiful version of the Pumpkin Sky wall hanging featuring white pumpkins! When I saw her creation, my jaw dropped. How genius was it of her to use that petite autumn floral as a background fabric? The earth tones in Tricia's wall hanging are sophisticated and timeless. It is such a thrill to see another quilter sew up one of my patterns following her own creative style.

Photo courtesy of Tricia Rayburn

Tricia also made a darling Pumpkin Sky pillow in a salmon and aqua color combination. Once again, she has blown me away with her color choices and background fabric selection. And check out that fussy-cut star center! I love it! If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow her work at @triciarayburn.  Many thanks to Tricia for allowing me to share her work.

Photo courtesy of Tricia Rayburn


My newly released Fall Flight pattern is also fat quarter friendly and super fun to make. Fall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring my signature pumpkin block alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks. While my sample is colorful, I’ve heard from a few quilters who plan to sew up Fall Flight using Fig Tree’s new All Hallow’s Eve collection, which is comprised of orange, black and gray.  That will be gorgeous!


Don’t forget to think outside the box when deciding upon an autumn sewing project.  Two of my favorite fall quilts were created with non-themed patterns:  my autumn versions of Picking Petals and Sweetly Scalloped.  It’s a fun creative exercise!

Finally, even a simple little pattern can shine with the right fabrics.  Here is a Halloween version of my free tutorial titled Coffee Time Quilt.  Just grab a cute mini charm pack and get started!


Let’s do a “beat the heat” giveaway! I have one layer cake of Hallo-Harvest by Basic Grey for Moda that I would just love to send to one of my lucky followers! This collection features a rich range of color with a nod to both the autumn season and Halloween.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below. 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 22, 2019. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winner. *Only one comment per person/per email address.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you are interested in any of the patterns I shared today, please visit the links above for more details, or just head on over to my Etsy Shop.  Have a great week, stay cool and as always, get carried away quilting!