Tuesday, July 28, 2020

New pattern: Hometime


Earlier this spring I shared a graduation quilt I made using the new Farmhouse Flannels II collectionby Primitive Gatherings for Moda. The colors in this collection are warm, earthy and masculine, and the prints include an assortment of traditional plaid, stripe and houndstooth. It’s the perfect collection for a striking guy quilt! When my son saw the quilt I had made, he piped up and said he needed a new quilt too . . . and out of the same fabric! That is music to a quilting mom’s ears, isn’t it? I was so inspired by Luke’s request that I sketched out a new pattern with his input, and the result is this: Hometime.


Hometime is a fat quarter friendly quilt that measures 70 1/2” x 84 1/2”. It features a large barn block in the center, surrounded by timeless hourglass blocks. As the pattern design evolved, Luke suggested that the quilt should only have top and bottom borders, and that they should be different colors. Clearly collaboration is a good thing.  I would not have thought to do that, but I love the end result.


Both Luke and I are thrilled with the striking machine quilting on Hometime, which was done by the fabulous Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Star used a pattern called Diagonal Plaid, which is contemporary but timeless. The tight overall pattern adds visual interest to a quilt that has minimal color variation. Both the quilting and the cozy flannel make this a quilt you want to reach out and touch. Thanks so much, Star! Once again, you knocked it out of the park!




Hometime seemed like the perfect name for this pattern, since it was created while both Luke and I were working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic . . . a spring we will never forget. The silver lining during that dire situation was the time we spent together as a family. Evenings and weekends were filled with walks, talks, puzzles, games, home improvement projects, yard work and also quilt design.


Here are the fabric requirements for Hometime:

22 fat quarters for hourglass blocks
Center square (on point)................ 8” square*
Center square triangle corners....... 1 fat quarter (FQ)
Black star points........................... 1/2 yard
Brown.......................................... 1/4 yard or FQ
Neutral......................................... 1/4 yard or FQ
Inner border surrounding star......... 1/3 yard
Top border.................................... 1/2 yard
Bottom border.............................. 1/2 yard
Backing........................................ 5 1/8 yards
Binding........................................ 5/8 yard
*This could come from a scrap or an extra fat quarter. You may want this to be a focal fabric or a fussy cut.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  If you’d like to make your own Hometime quilt, please visit my Etsy Shop. The pattern is available in PDF format. Have a great day, quilting friends!

~Taunja




Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Quilt panel giveaway winners


Hello everyone!  It's time to announce the winners of the beautiful Santa Claus and Snowman quilt panels from the kind folks at Quilt Girls! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic entries!  I took all of the comments, copied and pasted them into a spreadsheet, sorted and shuffled them around, and then had my husband holler out two numbers.  My highly scientific method yielded these two winners:

Dorothy M. is the winner of the Snowman panel.
Annette is the winner of the Santa Claus panel.

I will contact each of you via email so we can coordinate sending your prize to you.


Thank you all for visiting my blog and for supporting our small businesses.  Both Quilt Girls and Carried Away Quilting appreciate you!

~Taunja




Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cross stitch update: A winter sampler


The last time I wrote about my return to cross stitching, the snow was flying and it was ice fishing season in Minnesota. Friends, my progress has been very slow . . . pretty darn cute, but very slow. Here’s my start on the Jack Frost’s Tree Farm sampler, which I ordered from Fat Quarter Shop.


I wrote two other blog posts about my return to cross stitch. Maybe one of them will inspire you to pick up a needle and thread as well. Quilting will always be my favorite hobby, but it’s nice to have other creative outlets.






Every time I pick up the needle and stitch, I enjoy it.  It’s so satisfying to watch those wee little stitches come together to create a lovely scene in miniature.  This winter sampler may not be completed until Christmas 2021, but that’s okay. I’ll keep at it!

~Taunja



Tuesday, July 7, 2020

New pattern: Buffalo Check Autumn


If you’re a quilter, chances are you love buffalo check and gingham. These timeless fabrics exude a sense of warmth, comfort, and belonging. Buffalo check in particular has become a hot design trend, a contemporary classic. I’m excited to share a new quilt pattern with you today, one that pairs a buffalo check motif with oversized, modern pumpkins and bold, classic stars: Buffalo Check Autumn!


Buffalo Check Autumn finishes at 72 1/2” x 84 1/2”. For your reference, in my photographs I have layered it atop a coverlet on a queen-sized bed. The quilt fits the visual space on the bed so nicely, but it would also look lovely on a smaller bed or tossed casually on a sofa.


The sewing construction for this quilt is straight forward. If you can handle sewing stripsets, half square triangles and corner triangles, then making this quilt will be a snap. The only tricky part (I promise it’s not too tricky) is that you have to pay attention to the pattern of whites, lights and darks in the buffalo check. But don’t worry. My pattern includes lots of tips and reminders along the way.


For the pattern designer (me) the trickiest part of making this quilt was determining which white, light and dark fabrics would work together to create an authentic looking buffalo check, while not overpowering the pumpkins or stars. After much testing, I settled on three Moda Bella Solids that I think work beautifully together.  (I’ve listed the Bella Solid names in the material requirements near the end of this post.) 


I absolutely love my denim/navy stars, which were created with Moda’s Indigo Chambray (#12051 13) and the navy text print from Sweetwater’s Sweet Tea collection. But I had also considered sewing black stars or purple stars, or a combination of black and purple stars, for a Halloween vibe. I’m eager to see the fabric choices other quilters make for their Buffalo Check Autumn quilts. Please keep me posted on social media if you make this quilt.



Now I have to give a heart-felt shout out to Jennifer of Farm Fresh Stitches, who did the wonderful machine quilting.  Jennifer and I messaged back and forth trying to decide on the right quilting motif. She absolutely crushed it with this selection, which we think resembles the first leaves sprouting on a pumpkin seedling. As it turns out, Jennifer grew up on a family farm that raised hundreds of acres of pumpkins. As her father drove the tractor, she sat on a little seat on the planter, where her job was to turn a wheel that dispensed the seeds. We were both a little emotional having this conversation across the miles . . . two grown up farm girls with a shared love of quilting. 



Here are the fabric requirements for my Buffalo Check Autumn pattern:
White (Moda Bella Solid 9900 98 White Bleached..............1 1/2 yards
Light (Moda Bella Solid 9900 178 Etchings Stone.............. 2 3/4 yards
Dark (Moda Bella Solid 9900 128 Stone.............................. 1 1/2 yards
Blue A ......................................................................................... 1/2 yard
Blue B ......................................................................................... 1/3 yard
Orange ........................................................................................ 1/2 yard or scraps
*If using one orange print, need 1/2 yard. If scrappy, need 5 rectangles 8 1/2” wide x 12 1/2” tall.
Green (scrap piece 2 1/2” x 12 1/2” minimum) ............................ Scrap
Brown (scrap piece 4 1/2” x 10” minimum) ................................. Scrap
Binding ..................................................................................... 5/8 yard
Backing .................................................................................. 5 1/8 yard


Would you like to make your own Buffalo Check Autumn quilt? Then zip on over to my Etsy Shop. The pattern is available in PDF format. And I have great news: LouLou’s Fabric Shop is kitting this pattern!  They are waiting on a shipment of fabric, but pre-orders are available now.  You'll need to purchase the PDF pattern from me, and then purchase a fabric kit from LouLou's Fabric Shop. Please note: The kit fabrics may vary from the sample that I made.

Thanks so much for stopping by, quilting friends!

~Taunja



Monday, July 6, 2020

Quilt panel giveaway with Quilt Girls


I don’t want to startle anyone, but Christmas is only five and a half months away! Do you have all of your gift sewing projects lined up? Or, are you stumped and stalled by what to make for your loved ones?  Are you hesitant to start a quilt because you won’t be able to finish it by the holidays? Well then, I have an idea for you: start with a festive quilt panel and add some borders or simple blocks to make it larger. You’ll have a quilt top finished in record time.  You could probably even complete more than one. To get the ball rolling, the kind folks at Quilt Girls have sent me two quilt panels to give away!

Making a quilt from a panel is a great idea if you are short on time. But more than that, today’s digitally printed quilt panels are beautiful and rich in color. The two pretty panels that we’re giving away measure 35” x 44”. One features a jolly Santa Claus quieting a cardinal, and the other features a darling snowman in a serene winter setting. Either of these panels from Quilt Girls would make a wonderful foundation for a quilt gift for someone you love.




I want to share a few tips and ideas on sewing with a quilt panel. First off, while the manufacturer may describe the panel as being 35” by 44”, that may or may not include the white (non-printed) area surrounding the image.  Also, the image may be printed ever-so-slightly askew.  Fabric is shifty, so that can happen. You will definitely want to square up your panel and remove any of the surrounding white area.

If you plan to add blocks or a pieced border, you’ll also want to trim it to a measurement that makes for easy block calculations. For instance, if I were to add borders or blocks to one of these panels, I could trim it to 33 1/2” by 42 1/2”.  Why this measurement? 33 and 42 are both divisible by 3.  That would allow me to surround the panel with fabric squares (or blocks) that were 3 1/2” (unfinished). Here is an example.



Since most quilt panels will feature a dominant figure in the center, surrounded by secondary or background art, you typically will be able to trim the panel to any dimensions you like without hurting the overall design. You’ll have to do a bit of math to determine what makes sense for your plan or what gives you the most options. For instance, if I trimmed the panel to 32 1/2” by 40 1/2”, I would have more options, since both 32 and 40 are divisible by 2, 4 and 8. 

Probably the easiest concept of all is to simply surround the trimmed panel with borders. You could use a solid inner border to frame the panel, and then surround that with a pretty coordinating fabric for the outer border.


Another option is to sew blocks along one side of the panel, along with borders. Look at your quilting books and patterns for ideas on blocks you might like to add to your quilt panel. The sky is the limit!


Now for the details on the giveaway. To enter our giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me which panel you'd like to win. You MUST 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 Wednesday, July 15, 2020. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winners. *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. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com) Many thanks to Quilt Girls for their generous giveaway offering!


I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to get started. If you don’t win one of the giveaway panels, please visit the Quilt Girls website and take a look at their great selection. Once you’ve ordered a panel, you can spend a little time with your sketchpad and calculator and come up with some fabulous ideas, I just know it!

~Taunja


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Harmony quilt kits from Sweet Treasures Quilts


Those talented ladies at Sweet Treasures Quilts have done it again! They've stitched up one of my patterns in a beautiful new fabric collection and are offering it as a kit. Here is my Harmony pattern featuring the Canning Day collection by Corey Yoder for Moda. 

Harmony (in Canning Day) photos all courtesy of Sweet Treasures Quilts.

Aren't the colors gorgeous? The Sweet Treasures gals went above and beyond this time, offering kits with FOUR different border options: aqua, pink, yellow and rose. 


Shop owner Terri took her finished Harmony quilt on a little garden tour and snapped these wonderful photos. Whether she's photographing quilts in her studio, her home or the outdoors, Terri has a gift for capturing beauty and inspiring the rest of us. 



I've heard that the kits are selling fast, so head over to the Sweet Treasures website right away. If you sadly miss out on a Harmony kit, you can still purchase a paper or PDF pattern on my Etsy shopHarmony is a fat quarter friendly quilt that finishes at 74" x 74". 

Thank you so much, Sweet Treasures, for inspiring and encouraging the rest of us to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja



Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bloom-Topia: A finished quilt top


Our Bloom-Topia charity quilt along journey began in January. Now it is July and we can look back at the fun we have had along the way. It feels wonderful to have participated in this effort! Many thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for hosting this annual event, which will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation of central and south Texas. To date we have raised over $55,000, with Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics each matching up to $10,000. Here is my completed Bloom-Topia top:



As you know, I stitched my own version of Bloom-Topia using mostly prints from the Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. It was both challenging and rewarding to strike out on my own path. Once it was time to join the blocks, I deviated from the pattern layout just a bit. The navy was so dominant, that I moved the blocks around until that color seemed better balanced throughout the quilt.  



The pattern calls for one neutral border, but I chose to add both an inner and outer border to my quilt top. Adding a navy outer border was the right finishing touch for my quilt.



The original Bloom-Topia quilt designed by Fat Quarter Shop features the Summer Sweet fabric collection by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda.  If you would like to make one just like the original, there is still time to purchase a Bloom-Topia kit in these luscious colors!





Thank you for following along as I shared my Bloom-Topia blocks each month. Sampler quilts are so much fun!

~Taunja


Important Links:
Jolly Jabber landing page: Bloom-Topia Quilt Along
Donation page: Make-A-Wish