Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas bed runner welcomes overnight guests

My Christmas bed runner is finished! I did a “decorating test-run” to see how it will look in our guest room with a few other holiday items, and I think the end result is warm and inviting. Now I’m torn, though. Do I put the Christmas d├ęcor away until after Thanksgiving, or leave it out and watch my husband shake his head and roll his eyes?

As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, a bed runner is a great solution if you don’t have time to make a full quilt, but you want to dress your bed for the holidays. The bed runner I have made is actually just one row taken from my Star Crossed Pines quilt pattern. It measures 62” x 24” and is perfect for the foot of a queen bed.

I was able to finish the top in a short weekend of sewing and send it off to my long-arm quilting friend Barb, who is the owner of Quilts on Broadway in Foley, MN.  Barb was kind enough to slip this project into her busy quilting schedule and turn it around to me quickly. I just love the jingle bell quilting motif we selected.

If you read my earlier post, you’ll know that I sewed from my stash for this project, pulling prints from Sweetwater, Janet Clare, Fig Tree, and Kate & Birdie (all Moda designers). Smaller projects like this are a great way to use up your stash and scraps!

My Star Crossed Pines quilt pattern is a fun and easy make. The full quilt finishes at 74 1/2" x 80 1/2" and the pattern is available in both PDF and print format on my Etsy shop. Remember, if you don't have time to make the full quilt this year, you can always whip up a single block wall hanging or a multi-block runner! 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to tag me on Instagram or shoot me an email if you make your own Star Crossed Pines project!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: November Blocks

An early cold front has settled over my home state of Minnesota, and we even experienced some light snow this weekend. Rather than venture outside, I did a whole lot of sewing. I even stitched up my November blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. I added a warm, sunny yellow print to each block ~ take that Mother Nature!

This month’s assignment includes these three blocks: Four X’s, Log Cabin and Memory. I’m sewing from my stash using a mix of prints by Lella Boutique and Corey Yoder. In these three blocks, the blues, pinks and greens are from Lella Boutique, while the yellow and white fabrics are from Corey Yoder.

The Four X’s block is an excellent opportunity to fussy cut a favorite print, as I did here with the center blue floral from Lella Boutique’s Nest collection.

The Log Cabin block was really fun to put together. Someday I hope to dig deep into my stash and create a whole quilt of these cheery (and easy) blocks.

The Memory block is a beauty. There are several little pieces in this block, so I used my Alphabitties to keep them organized. Don’t be afraid of this block. If you maintain a strict 1/4” seam allowance and follow the pressing instructions, your block will turn out great!

Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop). The quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. Although the quilt along wraps up soon, I still highly recommend this book. There are 24 blocks you could mix and match to your sewing heart’s delight!

Thanks for stopping by to see my progress.  Here are links to my previous posts:


Friday, November 1, 2019

Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop: Will you join me?

Hello quilting friends! I’m excited and honored to share that I will be one of the bloggers sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop for their 2020 charity quilt along, Bloom-Topia! This wonderful program benefits Make-A-Wish of Central & South Texas. This is the 7th year that Fat Quarter Shop has hosted a charity quilt along.

This quilt along is special in that it binds us (pun intended) together in an event that makes a positive difference in the lives of children. We quilters will be called upon to offer participation donations, which will in turn be matched by Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics, up to $20,000.  Isn’t that amazing? 

The quilt along begins in February and ends in July. This year's quilt, called Bloom-Topia, is an absolute stunner! The front features a glorious mix of blocks of different sizes, and the back features a fun pieced area which documents the year made. 

Pattern instructions are released as FREE PDF downloads twice per month, via the the Jolly Jabber (the Fat Quarter Shop blog).  We quilters are simply asked to make a donation toward the patterns we download.  (A suggested amount is $5 for each pattern downloaded, or a one-time lump sum donation.  All donations will go to the Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas campaign.)

As a blogger, I will be sewing along with you, and I’ll share my progress every couple weeks on my own blog.  There will also be updates on the Jolly Jabber, as well as on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. I hope you’ll consider joining us in the fun!

Now you might be wondering, “Do I have to choose my own fabrics, or is there a kit?” The answer is yes OR yes!  You can sew along with your own stash of fabrics, or you can purchase a beautiful Bloom-Topia kit from Fat Quarter Shop! 

If you’d like to make one that looks just like the gorgeous photos I’ve shared above, then you’ll want to order the exclusive kit, which includes 11.75 yards of Summer Sweet fabric designed by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics and Bella Solids fabric. This kit includes all fabric to complete the quilt blocks along with background, borders and binding for the 64.5″ x 82.5″ Bloom-Topia quilt. The kit also includes the patterns (you won't need to download the PDFs each month), a specialty template notion and a roll of Triangles on a Roll 3″ Half Square Triangle Paper. As a bonus, it comes packaged in an exclusive keepsake box with magnetic closure.

FQS also has an exclusive backing set kit, which includes 7.5 yards of Summer Sweet fabric, backing pattern, as well as an exclusive mousepad that will only be available with the backing set.

If you’d like to sew from your stash, then you’ll be joining me in an adventure!  I will be sewing an autumn version of Bloom-Topia featuring the lovely Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda (which is in stock at Fat Quarter Shop). I plan to add a few soft butterscotch-oranges here and there for a pop of warm color. Most of my stash oranges are by Fig Tree & Company, but the diagonal gingham in the photograph is by Patrick Lose. For my neutral, I’ve selected Vanilla Grunge (30150 91).  

If you want to sew from your own fabrics, you’ll need to check out the fabric requirements to make sure you are ready to go come February when the first pattern is made available on the Jolly Jabber!  After that, patterns will be released every two weeks. 

Here’s a link to the fabric requirements: Bloom-Topia Fabric Requirements
Here's the Jolly Jabber page with all the details: Bloom-Topia Quilt Along
Here’s where to make your donation: Make-A-Wish

I hope to see you quilting along in 2020.   If “scheduled sewing” scares you, don’t worry about the timeline.  Just join the fun and sew what you can, when you can!

Have a wonderful week!