Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Pattern: 9-Patch Pivot, a fat quarter quilt

Do you love collecting fat quarters, but then struggle to find just the right pattern to actually use them? Well, I have just the answer . . . my newest pattern, 9-Patch Pivot!

9-Patch Pivot calls for just 21 fat quarters plus 1 1/4 yards of neutral, making fabric selection a snap! My sample features the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda, which will be available in October. This pretty quilt finishes at 66" x 77".

Friends, there are several things you will like about this pattern.  First, it really allows a fabric collection to shine. It’s scrappy and visually interesting, but it has enough continuity to also be visually soothing.

Second, assembly is really quite easy. The pattern calls for sewing stripsets, which are strategically pressed so that you can nest seams for perfect nine-patch blocks.

Third, you may notice that each small nine-patch block is “floating” within the larger finished block, meaning it rests more than 1/4” from all four sides. What’s so great about this? You won’t have to match points when you assemble all of your completed blocks into rows! Woo hoo!

Finally, this pattern will look fabulous in just about any fabric collection. I made a test block in a charming pastel collection by Elea Lutz, called Bluebirds on Roses. Isn’t this darling?  And my mind is already thinking ahead to winter sewing . . . wouldn't a Christmas version be lovely?

By now you have noticed the glorious machine quilting that ties everything together so wonderfully. This was done by the lovely and talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. We chose a soft taupe thread and a pattern called Abundant Feathers, which provides additional warmth and texture to the finished quilt. Having Star finish my quilts is always a treat. She has an artist’s eye and always steers me in the right direction! Thank you, Star!

If you have a bundle of fat quarters that just need a pattern, I hope you will consider 9-Patch Pivot. It’s available on my Etsy shop in PDF format.  I think you will really enjoy it!  And if you’d like to make one just like mine, a little birdie told me that LouLou’s Fabric shop is planning to kit this pattern when Harvest Road releases in October. I’ll keep you posted on that!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends!


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pumpkin Sky Pillow: Let's feature a white pumpkin!

Hello quilting friends!  I’m popping in today to share a small project I’m working on, another Pumpkin Sky pillow. This one features a white pumpkin with butterscotch-colored flying geese on a scrumptious denim blue background. I still need to add the side borders and then quilt and bind my pillow, but I already love how it looks.

Below is a photo of my original Pumpkin Sky pillow, sewn up in a much more traditional autumn/Halloween color palette and quilted by the super talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Isn't her artistry just amazing? Pumpkin Sky is available on my Etsy shop and includes instructions for the wall hanging and the pillow.

That gorgeous denim blue background in my new pillow top is from the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. This collection releases to stores in October, and you are going to LOVE it! I’ve designed two new patterns based on this collection, which I’ll be sharing with you in a few weeks.  But for now, here are two sneak peeks:

A progress shot of my new pattern, 9-Patch Pivot, which calls for 21 fat quarters and 1 1/4 yards of neutral. Both fabric selection and sewing are a snap for this pattern, which finishes at 66” x 77”.

And another progress shot, this time of Star Watch, a jelly-roll friendly quilt featuring stars and log cabins.  This quilt finishes at 64” x 74”.

I can hardly wait to show you these new quilts. In the meantime, I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 2, 2019

Autumn decorating with my Fall Flight quilt

Hello quilting friends! Fall has officially arrived in Minnesota. Not only has the calendar turned over to September, but we are already experiencing much cooler weather. That was my signal to start a bit of autumn decorating, which I wanted to share with you.

Last year when we moved into this home, I hung my Pumpkin Sky wall hanging in our dining room, and I really loved that look.  But this year I wanted to feature my new autumn quilt, Fall Flight. I decided to hang it over the antique door that leads into the room, and then decorate the side table with some fall pretties.

You may have noticed a small fall quilt folded up on the bottom shelf of my side table. I like how it adds another pop of color to the room. That small quilt is an autumn version of the Moda Love quilt I made a few years ago.  It features the Somerset collection by Fig Tree & Company. In our previous home, I had it displayed on a barn wood backdrop.  

Fall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring my signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks.  Fabric selection for Fall Flight might look tricky, but I assure you it's not.  Simply begin by selecting your two orange prints (Orange A and Orange B) that are similar in color and tone.  I chose two butterscotch/orange prints from Fig Tree & Company’s Farmhouse II collection.

Then, select eight fat quarters 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. 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.

If you are interested in making your own Fall Flight quilt, it is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop

One of my favorite things about autumn is that it unfailingly reminds my heart to be thankful . . . to feel my gratitude . . . to appreciate the simple beauties that are all around us. I am so thankful for all of you who take the time to visit my blog and share your quilting adventures with me through your comments and your emails. Thank you!


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: August blocks

I’m back today with another set of blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The August block assignment includes three pretty blocks: Twin Star, Split Nine Patch, and Birds in the Air.

I thoroughly enjoyed making the Twin Star block. Fabric selection for this block was a snap. Once I decided to fussy cut a pink flower from Lella Boutique’s Nest collection, all that was left was to select two complementary blush prints for the star points. To add visual interest, I used the pale gray text print from Corey Yoder’s Strawberry Jam collection as my neutral.

For my Split Nine Patch block, I again fussy cut a pink flower from the Nest collection, this time with the robin’s egg blue background. This block reminds me of a piece of candy with twisted wrapper ends, perhaps because I have a super sweet tooth.

Finally, I tackled the Birds in the Air block. You may recall that I am making the medium-sized blocks each month, which finish at 6 1/2”.  This block is comprised of 36 little birds, each measuring 1 1/2”. Working with so many small pieces can be challenging. But I took my time, pinned a lot, and pulled out the seam ripper once. Don’t these birds in flight just twinkle?

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. I am making 24 medium sized blocks, and I hope to put them together into a pretty baby quilt. It's fun to rummage through this pretty stash of fabrics each month to see what I can create! 

The Summer Moon quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. There is plenty of time for you to join in the fun. Even if you decide not to participate in the quilt along, I highly recommend this bookIt is filled to the brim with wonderful blocks and endless possibilities!

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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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