Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Color play and a give away with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

A few weeks ago the kind folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio sent me two charm packs: Moda Bella Solid White and a new Moda line by the Jungs called “Bumble Berries.” The collection, which releases in July, includes a refreshing array of prints with little strawberries, bees, vines and small scale geometric shapes. 

Each color in the line is presented in two tones, which caught my eye right away.  There is a buttery yellow and a cooler yellow, a raspberry red and a pale pink, plus two shades each of green, blue and gray! Fort Worth Fabric Studio shop owner Jodie told me to play with these charm packs and have some fun, and that’s what I intended to do!

From the get-go, my plan was to make 84 half square triangles from the two charm packs and then lay them out to see how many different designs I could create.  I drew a diagonal line on each of the solid white five-inch squares and then layered them right sides together with the colored five-inch squares.  I sewed 1/4" from both sides of this line and then trimmed down the middle to make my sets of half square triangles.

And this is where I hit a snag . . . well actually a color distraction.  I began by organizing the half square triangles by print so that I could begin the layout design process.  

However, I found myself being pulled by the shades and tones of the fabric, and I reorganized the half square triangles by color instead. 

My eye was really drawn to the cool colors, and the yellow wasn't working for me. This was actually quite surprising, because I have been all about the yellow this spring.  It has been my favorite color.  On the other hand, it was fun to be led by a "color mood" and just go with it.  So I omitted the yellow and kept playing.

At this point I tried to get back to my original plan of arranging the half square triangles into different patterns, but I really wasn't feeling it.


So I went back to letting the colors guide me and just laid them out in a placement that was pleasing to my eye.  

For my quilting color mood, this was the winning layout. I only ended up using 49 half square triangles, which in the end created a nice square table topper at 29 1/4".  If the full Bumble Berries line were out, I would have loved to add that pink floral as a border and make it a bit bigger.

I quilted this project myself using my Bernina, walking foot and Aurifil pale green thread (#2880).  I rarely use colored thread when machine quilting, but apparently my color mood was still running high and I threw caution to the wind.  I really like the effect of the pale green thread. Maybe I should let loose more often!  I also used 80/20 batting rather than 100% cotton on this piece, and I like the loft it created.  In this shot you see a nice closeup detail of the fabric.  Isn't it pretty?

Here is my finished table topper.  Although it's a very simple design with simple quilting, I think the fabric really shines.  

Many thanks to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for gifting me their sample of this pretty line!  Jodie and team have Bumble Berries available on preorder, so head on over to their website and check it out!

Finally, thanks to Fort Worth Fabric Studio, one lucky reader will win this same set of charm packs: Bumble Berries and Moda Bella Solid White! (The winner will receive the charm packs in July when the fabric arrives.) Leave a comment below with your email address and you'll be entered! Comments are open through 3:00 pm (CST) on Friday, June 3.  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. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and allowing me to share my quilting color mood with you! And don't you worry about my cast off yellow blocks.  I will put them to good use in another project down the road!  Yellow is still my sunny favorite!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop

I am so glad no one else was home when my May Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop arrived in the mail today.  Because let me tell you, I’m pretty darn sure I let out a happy squeal and I think I may have hopped up and down at one point! It’s kind of awesome how a surprise box, just for me, filled with treasurers compiled by others who know what quilters love, can make me feel like an eight-year-old kid at Christmas.  Dear Santa (aka Fat Quarter Shop), everything in my stocking was perfect!

If you haven’t read my earlier post (April Sew Sampler Box) or aren’t sure what I’m talking about, Sew Sampler is a monthly subscription quilting box from Fat Quarter Shop that automatically delivers surprise quilting goodies to my door every month. I absolutely loved the April box, and couldn't wait for the May box to arrive. Please visit Fat Quarter Shop for all the details! And now . . . on to the good stuff.

First up, I found a coupon, a quilter’s coloring page, Block #2 Recipe card and TWO spools of Aurifil thread! Yes!!

Next up, two totally cool notions that I do not have:  Sew Easy Tweezers from Elisa’s Backporch Design and Bobbini Bobbin Holders by Smartneedle.  Just the other night when I had to unpick some errant stitching (boo!), I had a heck of a time removing the little picked threads.  (I am not a lady with fancy long fingernails.)  The tweezers will come in handy and can serve double duty as a stiletto!   

These colorful Bobbini bobbin holders are so clever and cute.  I ran to my sewing room to grab a bobbin to test it out.  Very slick!

As I continued pull goodies from the box, I was completely tickled to find this exclusive Sew Sampler pattern: the "Cozy Holiday Tablerunner" by Lori Holt!  I love the scrappy, cheery look, and I can’t wait to make it. Tucked in next to the pattern was a bonus pack of "Cute Little Buttons," also by Lori.

Finally (and this is where I may have squealed), I came across two 5” Stackers of Lori Holt’s new line: Cozy Christmas for Riley Blake Designs! I didn't yet have this collection, and it is even sweeter in person than the pictures I’ve seen online.  I kept fanning through the stack, trying to decide which print was my favorite.  Such a darling, retro holiday line!

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for knowing so well what we love, need and want! And thank you all for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Ribbon Play pattern meet Fig Tree fabric

Recently I shared my newest pattern release with you: "Ribbon Play" starring Bonnie's and Camille's fresh "Little Ruby" line for Moda. I just love the lively, playful look those fabrics brought to my pattern. But I also knew from the outset that I would want to make a runner using my treasured "Strawberry Fields Revisited" fabrics from Fig Tree & Company for Moda. Since I have so many quilting friends who share my love of all things Fig Tree, I am posting some pictures of that runner here.  

My pattern calls for six fat quarters and 3/4 yard background fabric for the top and a scrappy binding.  I selected two reds and two taupes from Strawberry Fields Revisited for my flowers. For the ribbon, I used the green dot from that line, and paired it with Moda's celery Bella Solid. I think they work quite nicely together.

This runner measures 50 1/2" long by 18 1/2" wide, making it a nice full runner for your dining table.  It also looks lovely hanging on a quilt ladder!

The "Ribbon Play" pattern on my Etsy Shop.  It is also available in "Little Ruby" fabric (shown below) as a kit from Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop!   

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along: the Family Block

I can't believe it's already the middle of May!  The school year is winding down, we have a son home from college for the summer, and a daughter about to graduate from high school. We also have a niece and nephew graduating from high school. Needless to say it is a very exciting and busy time for our family.  How fitting that the May block for the Crossroads Quilt Along is the Family Block!

I really enjoyed sewing together the Family Blocks.  They were a snap to construct, and it was fun to watch the flying geese units and reverse flying geese units come together to form this pretty block.  I may get a little too sappy here (my impending "empty nest" syndrome is to blame), but this block truly represents my little family of four. The Family Block:  four individual points, meeting in the middle, bound together by a nice little frame.  Yep, major sap alert.

My handy dandy Pouch with a View that I shared last month is now stuffed with four more lovely blocks!  (This pattern is available from Three Owls Handmade on Etsy.) I NEED to find the time to make more of these pouches! It was so much fun and is so practical!

If you haven't joined the quilt along yet, it's not too late.  Visit the Fat Quarter Shop for the details! All proceeds go to a wonderful cause, the March of Dimes.  If you are quilting along, be sure to share your progress and creations on the Crossroads Facebook Group and also on Instagram using the hashtag #crossroadsquiltalong! 

Who else is quilting along?
Below is a list of the talented quilters who will be sharing their progress each month on their own blogs.  I hope you'll stop by their blogs to see their creations as well!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Carried Away Quilting Patterns: a winner, a sale, and a kit!

Hello quilting friends!  Today's blog post is all about patterns, so let's get started!

Pattern Giveaway Winner
Many, many thanks to all who offered suggestions and ideas to Sylvia on her
Sewing Studio redo!  Here is a note from Sylvia:

Oh my!  It was fun to read all of your suggestions, and it was extremely difficult to choose a favorite ONE!  Thank you sooooo much everyone.  I read them over and over and already checked out some of your specific storage ideas on line.  I will use bits and pieces from all of you.  It was clear to me that you all have a heart for the spaces where you create your lovely quilting projects.  One thing popped into my mind that I had not considered before I read your posts.   My mom has my grandmother Selma's sewing chair, and no one has wanted to claim it.  Every time I go home I move it when I vacuum for her.  It is a chair that not all body types can sit in, so no one has wanted to take it to use in their home.  However, I think it will be perfect in my sewing room!  It is over 130 years old. (My mom is 97.)   I think she will be thrilled that I will give it a safe home and will actually use it as well.  I can't wait to go home for a visit and bring it back!  Thank you so much for all the practical ideas and wonderful inspiration!

We both appreciate the time and thought you put into this.  Quilters are truly wonderful people, always willing to share! It was VERY hard to pick a winner, but Sylvia has selected Lisa H. Congratulations Lisa! Let's get in touch so you can pick out your free Carried Away Quilting pattern.

Pattern Discount
My pattern "Crossing Petals" is available at a discounted price on Etsy through midnight (CST) on Friday, May 13, as this is the final week of the Backyard Roses Blog Tour with Nadra Ridgeway and Riley Blake Designs.  I've shared a few pictures of "Crossing Petals" done in different fabrics.  Head on over to my Etsy Shop to take advantage of that sale price.

"Crossing Petals" in "Backyard Roses" by Nadra Ridgeway
for Riley Blake Designs.

"Crossing Petals" in "Strawberry Fields Revisited" (Fig Tree & Co.)
and Cross Weave Sand (both Moda).

Sylvia's "Crossing Petals" in "Farmhouse" fabrics
by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda.

"Ribbon Play" kit from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop
My friend Jamie from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop tells me that "Little Ruby" (Bonnie & Camille for Moda) is in this week, so the "Ribbon Play" kits are now available!  This is a generously sized table runner at 50 1/2" by 18 1/2".   Kits are available in two colorways.  Kits include my PDF pattern and all the fabric you need for the top and scrappy binding for just $29.99.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I promise to keep you updated on Sylvia's Sewing Studio.  In the meantime, I hope you all get carried away quilting often!


Friday, May 6, 2016

Sylvia's Sewing Studio, plus a pattern giveaway!

Hello quilting friends!  Today’s blog post will be a little unique, in that my quilting friend Sylvia and I are asking for your help!  You see, she’s on a mission to relocate and decorate a new sewing space in her home, and we sure would love to hear your best creative ideas for storage solutions, space organization, or cute decorating ideas!  We’re thinking there may even be a free Carried Away Quilting pattern given to Sylvia's favorite comment or suggestion!  So check out Sylvia's dilemma, put on your creative thinking caps and give us some feedback!

Meet my quilting friend Sylvia.  She's a retired teacher who loves teaching and young people so much that she hasn't really retired.  She substitute teaches so often she's almost back to working full time!  Sylvia is also a terrific quilter, home decorator and one of the sweetest women you'll ever meet.  Here we are at Sylvia's lovely home!  She's holding one of her favorite quilts.

And here we are inside Sylvia's lovely home.  She's sitting by her "Farmhouse" (Fig Tree & Company) version of my "Crossing Petals" pattern.  I just love how it looks on her beautiful piano!

Sylvia's current sewing room is in the smallest bedroom on the second floor of their home. As you can see by the pictures below, she's pretty crammed in there!  There's not much room to cut or press, let alone lay out her pretty blocks and project ideas, especially when it serves double duty as a guest bedroom.  The twin bed has become a work station.  

Although she's thankful she's had a dedicated sewing area in the corner of a guest room for a few years, we both think it's high time she took over an entire bedroom in their home and make it a true sewing studio, completely devoted to her passion for quilting!  With husband Dan's blessing, this is Sylvia's plan . . .

Just down the hall from the current sewing spot is a larger guest bedroom with two big windows bringing in a lot of natural light, as well as a large closet for storage.  Yes, it's a lovely bedroom, but wouldn't it be a FANTASTIC sewing studio?

Right now Sylvia's plan includes completely clearing the room, removing the carpet and installing hardwood floors.  She may also repaint.  Beyond that, she's open for your ideas and suggestions! She has budgeted to find proper sewing room furniture as well, although we both like the idea of repurposing old/vintage items.  She mentioned to me that this room was large enough that she could put a twin bed in the corner for occasional extra guests, but I put my foot down to that. (It's easy to be bossy when you're helping decorate someone else's space!) This will be Sylvia's Sewing Studio . . . and she deserves it! Besides, there are plenty of other beds (and couches and floor space) in the house for overnight guests! ;) 

While we were visiting about her new sewing studio, Sylvia also pulled some quilting treasures to show me, and I know you'll enjoy seeing these too!

First up are some unfinished vintage pieces.  Sylvia's mother is also a quilter, and over the years she has been given unfinished tops and blocks as gifts.  Some of these pieces are several decades old and hand pieced.  Sylvia has plans for each of them and I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

She also showed me two of her favorite quilts that she made a few years ago. These quilts were made as gifts for her daughters.  I think she may be having a hard time parting with them (the quilts) as both daughters are nicely established in their own homes!  Aren't they beautiful? 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I'll be sure to keep you up-to-date on the progress in Sylvia's Sewing Studio.  

In the meantime, I'd like to give away one Carried Away Quilting pattern (of your choice) to a reader who offers a decorating, storage, or other sewing room suggestion for Sylvia.  Leave a comment below with your email address and you'll be entered! Comments are open through 5:00 pm (CST) on Wednesday, May 11.  At that time, Sylvia will select her favorite comment and I'll 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. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com)