Sunday, October 15, 2017

October Country Road blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends! It's the middle of October, which means I have an update on my progress in the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The October block is called Country Roads, a super easy block with no seams to match!

I am sewing my blocks with the beautiful Fleurs fabric by Brenda Riddle for Moda.  I always love Brenda’s soft, romantic collections.  Fat Quarter Shop carries several Brenda Riddle lines if you’d like to check them out!

Many of you are sewing along, but if you are new to the game (and it’s NEVER too late to start),  I've shared some of my Patchwork Quilt Along piecing tips in an earlier blog post. Do you see that stack of blocks tied with measuring tape ribbon? Those are all my blocks from months one through nine!  We have just two months to go, and then we can begin putting our tops together!

This quilt along is an annual charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. The patterns are free and are posted on the 15th of each month on the Jolly Jabber. Quilters are asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they download.  All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  What a great opportunity for us all!

It's not too late for you to join in the fun. Here’s a link which provides all the details:

Several other bloggers are quilting along! Please visit their blogs too!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of Pat (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to share your progress on the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group! And be sure to post your own blocks using the hashtag #patchworkquiltalong on Instagram!   


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New pattern: Welcome Home Wreath

When I became an empty nester, preparing for the holidays took on a whole new meaning. As I laid out the Christmas decorations last year, I thought about my kids coming home from college, and how I wanted them to feel the hug of home the minute they walked through the door.

Nothing quite says “Welcome Home” like a holiday wreath, so I’ve designed a wall hanging that would evoke a sense of love and homecoming. For all who enter our home, especially my adult children, I hope this quilt reminds them that they are loved and most welcome.

Welcome Home Wreath is a 48 1/2" x 48 1/2" wall hanging or table topper that will add a warm holiday spirit to your home. The pattern calls for one mini charm pack and coordinating yardage, for a scrappy, homespun feel.

My sample quilt features Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. Basic Grey does a wonderful job of designing classic holiday collections with a subtle modern flair. I love the way they combine the traditional reds and greens with bold touches of black and hints of aqua.  

As with my other new holiday pattern, Starry Way, the gorgeous machine quilting on this project was done by Nancy Jolene Quilting in Danube, Minnesota. I got tears in my eyes when I saw what Nancy had done in the white spaces.  The holly berries and leaves are just phenomenal, as are all her other artistic touches.  I hugged her three times (the poor thing) when I picked up my quilt!

Welcome Home Wreath is available as a PDF digital download through my Etsy Store and my Craftsy Pattern Shop. I think you'll enjoy the easy construction of this pattern. You could create your own Welcome Home Wreath top in a weekend! I made mine while on retreat with my quilting friends. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you all find the time to get carried away quilting as you prepare your home for the holidays.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Sewing fun with The Good Life toweling by Moda

I know many of you are big fans of the Moda fabric designers, Bonnie & Camille. For me, their florals always have a nostalgic feel, reminding me of flowers from a country garden, but their use of vibrant, saturated colors gives them a modern appeal. Their latest collection, The Good Life, is a perfect example of what is “Bonnie & Camille.”

Well, imagine how thrilled I was when one of my sponsors, Starlit Quilts, sent me a fun product from Moda: toweling by the yard from The Good Life collection! Moda toweling is 100% cotton, 16 inches wide, and hemmed on both sides.  It is sold by the yard and has a sturdy but soft feel, similar to home d├ęcor fabric. Here are my makes:

Starlit Quilts sent me 3/4 yard each of four toweling prints.  After petting them for a while, I began to pull things from my hodgepodge tub.  I pulled out a damask table runner with lovely crocheted lace ends (an antique store find), some pretty red gingham ribbons, buttons, and a length of dainty crocheted trim left over from another project.

First I cut a 6 1/2” strip from the aqua floral, sewed it together with the length of white/red dot toweling, and hemmed both ends.  Then I decided to embellish my towel at the seam. I cut the crocheted trim from the damask runner (gasp), and sewed it to my towel. Then I added the small red gingham ribbon to cover up the raw edge of the damask runner I had trimmed. For thread I used natural white (2010) Aurifil 50 wt., which disappeared nicely into both the lace and the ribbon!  A crisp white button secured with red (2250) Aurifloss seemed like the perfect finishing touch.

For the other towel, I used the same method and joined a 6 1/2” strip of the scallop print to the gorgeous navy floral, hemming the top and bottom.  I then added the smaller lace trim at the seam, and topped it off with a yo-yo and button. On both towels, I simply ran the trims around to the back of the towel about 1/2", turned them under to form a "side hem", and stitched the trims in place on the sides.  Both of my towels are meant to be decorative, so I didn't worry too much about trims needing to be secure enough to withstand machine washing. 

These projects were so easy, but they gave me a great deal of satisfaction. While I obviously love making quilts, I also find a lot of joy in these on-the-fly, “sew what makes you smile” type projects!

Come to think of it, I probably wasn’t very creative with my toweling from Starlit Quilts, as I simply created . . . towels!  You could easily whip up a pillow, a table runner, placements, draw string bags . . . oh the possibilities.  

If you would like to play with some toweling, I hope you’ll head on over to Starlit Quilts. Besides being a fabulous custom machine quilter, Star has a wonderful Etsy shop with a great selection of products and heart-felt customer service.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. Amid these days where there is often so much sadness and heartache in the world, I hope you find joy and comfort in your sewing and sharing with others.  I know I do, and I am thankful that you visit my blog to see what I’ve been up to. 

Wishing you happiness!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Winner of the Four Peaches Fabric giveaway

Yippee, it's giveaway time! Last week I introduced you to my newest sponsor, Four Peaches Fabric. Shop owner Wendy was kind enough to offer a beautiful fat quarter bundle as a giveaway prize to one of my readers. If you haven't entered one of my giveaways before, my scientific method for selecting a winner is to copy and paste all of the comments into an Excel spreadsheet.  Then I do several sorts to rearrange the entries.  Then I call on someone I love (today it was my husband) to chose a winning number.  I suppose something like Rafflecopter would be more efficient, but this is much more fun!

Drumroll . . . the winner of the beautiful "Matilda" fat quarter bundle is SandyPA.  Sandy, I will contact you by email also.

More good news . . .  Wendy of Four Peaches Fabric celebrated a birthday this week, so she is offering 49 cent shipping on all purchases over $20 now through Saturday, September 30. Use code: BIRTHDAY to get the discount!  (Yep you guessed it, she is one year away from the B-I-G 50.)  Magic number 50 will greet me too this next summer, so I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to Wendy!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today! 


Photo credit: Four Peaches Fabric

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September Sew Sampler box with Fat Quarter Shop

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I get SO darn excited when that signature blue Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop arrives on my doorstop. And the September boxing is super fantabulific!  

First I want to show you my basket blocks I've made from the recipe cards included in the box. I just love this growing collection of blocks, and they are so easy to make! 

Each month the Sew Sampler box includes a basket recipe card designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.  The blocks can be made in one of three sizes: 5 1/2", 10 1/2", or 15 1/2".  I'm making the 5 1/2" blocks, and I can’t wait to see what sort of cute table topper or runner they will become.  For now, I’m just enjoying the making!

The September Sew Sampler box is titled Farmer’s Market, and it includes these scrumptious goodies:
  • a charm pack of The Good Life by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
  • a medium The Good Life Tin with window (I’ve already filled mine with some pretty Bonnie & Camille fabric.)
  • an exclusive Sew Sampler “Freshly Picked” table runner pattern
  • a Matchbox quilt kit from Moda
  • a Quilt Popsocket!  (If you don’t already have one of these on the back of your phone, you need one!  They are terrific for getting a better hold on your phone, especially when taking pictures!)

If you haven't yet signed up for this monthly subscription and want to know more, just follow this link: Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop.

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for another wonderful box.  Every month is a real treat! 

And thank you all for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New charm pack pattern: Starry Way

Hello quilting friends! Today I’m pleased to share a new table runner pattern with you, Starry Way! This charm pack friendly pattern features dancing stars making their way among mini log cabins, both of which are so easy to construct.

Starry Way would sew up beautifully with just about any fabric collection you love! I selected a charm pack of Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda to give my Starry Way runner a festive holiday feel. At 40” x 20”, this is a terrific size for your table or buffet.

While I absolutely love this Juniper Berry collection, I can also see Starry Way done up in rich autumn prints or a bright, sunny collection. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making another runner sometime soon! 

I need to give a virtual hug and shout out to Nancy Jolene Quilting in Danube, Minnesota.  Nancy applied her free motion quilting artistry to this runner of mine, making it an absolute gem. Take a close look at all the little details. I especially love the diagonal cross hatching on the log cabins! And her swirls and feathers in the white space . . . heavenly!

I also want to thank one of my favorite Instagram quilty friends, Darlene, for her feedback on this project.  If you’re reading Auntie Darlene, thank you!

Starry Way is available as a PDF digital download through my Etsy Store and my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you'll break open one of your favorite charm packs and give Starry Way a try.  Until next time, get carried away quilting my friends!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Four Peaches Fabric: A new sponsor & a giveaway!

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Hello quilting friends! Today I’m pleased to introduce you to a new sponsor of Carried Away Quilting: Four Peaches Fabric! This fresh new quilt shop offers top designer fabrics from Ella Blue, Art Gallery, Windham, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, and more! You’ll definitely want to check out their beautiful selections!

While the quilt shop’s home base is Texas, Four Peaches Fabric has a unique business setup. Shop owner Wendy explains that her husband’s job requires them to travel frequently throughout the United States. Wendy shares, “When I started Four Peaches Fabric, we knew we didn't want to be apart, so Four Peaches Fabric physically travels with us!  I share these travels, the interesting places we go and people we meet, on the website and on social media. Quilting, like life, is a journey and should be shared and celebrated.”   You can feel Wendy’s enthusiasm and passion for quilting, and life, in her writing! Are you curious about her unique store name? Well, you'll also have to check that out on her website too!

She’s been kind enough to share her enthusiasm with us as well, in the form of a giveaway! Wouldn’t you love to win this gorgeous fat quarter bundle from Ella Blue’s “Matilda” collection? Wendy sent me a sampling of this vibrant line by Australian fabric designer, Emma Jean Jansen (for Ella Blue). The colors are richly saturated and the fabric has a wonderful feel.  I look forward to making something pretty with Matilda!  

Photo credit: Four Peaches Fabric

To enter, simply leave a comment below and 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 Thursday, September 28, 2017. 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 so much for visiting the blog today and hearing about Four Peaches Fabric.  Please hop over to their website and peruse their lovely offerings.  You will also find links to their shop’s social media accounts and blog, where we can all travel along with Four Peaches Fabric!

Have a great week and be sure to find time to get carried away quilting!