Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Holiday Wishes Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Every Wednesday during the month of July the Fat Quarter Shop has hosted a "Holiday Wishes" celebration, with several bloggers sharing their makes from this wonderful new book written by Sherri Falls and published by It's Sew Emma. This is the last Wednesday on the tour, but you can check out all of the bloggers' wonderful projects by heading over to the Fat Quarter Shop's blog, the Jolly Jabber.  Maybe this will be just the inspiration you need to get started on your holiday sewing projects!

Last year's project from the "Winter Wonderland "book.
I was particularly excited to be asked to participate in this "Holiday Wishes" celebration. Sherri Falls has been designing beautiful quilt patterns for years under the name of her pattern company, This & That Patterns. In fact, just last year I shared a project I made from Sherri's first book with It's Sew Emma, titled "Winter Wonderland." That book featured 12 cozy Christmas quilt projects, including a sampler quilt.  I used five blocks from Sherri's sampler quilt to make a long vertical runner to hang on my quilt ladder during the holiday season.  For more pictures from that project, click here.

Sherri's new book "Holiday Wishes" also has 12 terrific projects, including full sized quilts, wall hangings, table toppers and a tree skirt!  When I look at Sherri's creations, I see a fun, fresh spin on traditional block design, which is what I love for my own home! 

If you've visited my blog before, you know that I like to layer small quilts with other elements, like barn wood, frames and windows.  I seem to have a lot of old windows in my house, some with glass, some without.  I like moving them around and using them in new ways.  So I decided to make two of my favorite blocks from the book's sampler quilt (Midnight Clear Block of the Month) and layer them with one of those old windows.

At first I wasn't quite sure how to hang my blocks, but then I remembered I had a nice wide band of burlap left over from another project.  It was just the right element to wrap around the window, soften it up, and provide a place to attach the blocks.  This will definitely be my arrangement for this year's holiday decorating.  

My fabrics for the blocks included prints in my stash from some of my favorite Moda designers: Fig Tree & Company, Brenda Riddle and Sweetwater.  There is a mix of Fig Tree Farmhouse, Honeysweet and Strawberry Fields Revisited, along with a Brenda Riddle green gingham and Sweetwater's new Christmas line, Cookie Exchange.

I did simple straight line quilting . . . the only type of quilting I can seem to handle!  But I think that style of quilting works well with Sherri's striking block patterns. Rather than using my "go to" Aurifil 2021 Natural White, I used Aurifil 2000 Light Sand (50 wt) for these projects.  I like the warmth that this thread color adds to the design.   It also seems to bridge the transition from the white background fabric to the stronger color prints.

And on the back, why not use this delicate print from Strawberry Fields Revisited? It's fun using prints that aren't typically "holiday" prints in a holiday project.

I highly recommend both of Sherri's books if you are looking for pretty holiday projects for your home.  As a bonus, many of her designs in "Holiday Wishes" translate well into quilts for other seasons or color arrangements!  

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my projects!  I hope you get carried away holiday quilting . . . well before the holidays!  


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Moda Love Mini in Vintage Picnic and Little Ruby

This past weekend I was excited to give a quilty gift to a good friend who recently earned her doctorate degree in nursing. We became friends through our sons, and I’ve counted her as a blessing in my life for the past ten years.  Carolyn is smart, enthusiastic, supportive and giving. She brings energy and laughter to any get-together, and I love her for that.

Carolyn would also like to begin quilting in earnest. She has made a couple of quilts in the past, but she hasn’t had much time to devote to it with her busy schedule. Well, now that she’s earned her degree, you just know I’ll be pushing her to get the sewing machine out again. I need another partner in crime!

When she’s been at my house, Carolyn has commented on my Moda Love Quilt hanging in a hallway, so that’s the project I chose to make for her.  The Moda Love Quilt Pattern is a free digital download from Moda United Notions. It comes in three sizes depending on the precut you choose (layer cake, charm pack or mini charm). 

I chose a mix of "Little Ruby" and "Vintage Picnic" (both by Bonnie & Camille for Moda) for my mini quilt.  The final quilt measures just 12" x 12" and it is so darling at that size. I was afraid it might get a little "lost" as a wall hanging though, so I decided to layer it with a rustic frame and a bit of chicken wire.  I was so happy with how it came out, I had second thoughts about giving away.  ;)

I also knew that for this project, I wanted some extra special custom quilting, so I sent the top off to Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts.  I've admired her quilting on Instagram (@starlitquilts) and was excited to have Star work her magic on this mini.  When I received the quilt back from Star, I have to tell you I was in awe.  There were so many delicate details that I just stared at the quilt for several minutes, taking it all in.  I hope these pictures give you a sense of her beautiful quilting talent!

Star used a Glide thread (by Fil-Tec) that has a sort of shimmery sheen.  It catches the light and adds a beautiful dimension to her quilting!

I've been doing a lot of "business" sewing lately, which made this project even more special and enjoyable for me.  Bright and happy fabrics, a terrific pattern, beautiful quilting . . . all coming together to create a special gift for a special person.  It doesn't get much better than that for us quilters, does it?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, and indulging me as I showed off the amazing talents of Starlit Bear.  I hope you'll visit her website!  Star is also part of the creative team at Stash Addict Quilts, one of my super sponsors.  

Have a great weekend, friends! I hope you take some time to get carried away quilting!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pixie Noel Blog Tour: Christmas Pillows

Today I’m excited to share two projects I made for the Pixie Noel Blog Tour with Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs! Pixie Noel is a whimsical Christmas collection with dear little characters sure to bring a smile to your face. Tasha’s creative use of color, mixing traditional reds and greens with aquas and pinks, casts a modern glow on her vintage inspired prints.

When I received this cheerful fabric, I decided to make two Christmas pillows that would brighten my living room, kitchen, or even a guest bed. 

The smaller pillow (12" x 16") is a free tutorial on my blog: Romantic Patchwork Pillow. I sent my sister Stacy and niece Madison on a mission to find some vintage trims at a local antique store. (Thanks girls!) They hit the jackpot when they found a pillowcase with this lovely scalloped detail. I love being able to incorporate vintage trims into modern pieces. This patchwork pillow is the perfect project for fussy cutting the happy little characters in Tasha's collection!

As you can see, I may have gotten a little carried away with the button details, but once I started I couldn't stop. I like the dimension and interest they add. The buttons are from the Lori Holt "Cute Little Buttons" collection.

The larger pillow (24" x 24") is the "Cute Cups Cushion" pattern from Lori Holt's book Quilty Fun published by It's Sew Emma. These mugs are the perfect size to show off Tasha's sweet prints. I wish I had a special reading nook or window seat in my kitchen. I can just imagine this plump cushion resting near some holiday books along with a cup of cocoa, can't you? 

Just look at those darling long stockings, snow globes and lacey detail around the mistletoe. I love how those images pop off of that navy blue background!

Both pillows are constructed with a simple envelope back closure and quilt style binding. My binding fabric is a Riley Blake basic gingham in red. It's the perfect complement to Tasha's line! I also used Riley Blake's Swiss dot in red for the backing of the small pillow.

Sincere thank you to Tasha Noel and Riley Blake Designs for including me in this blog tour! Readers, I know you will love this line . . . it's even more darling in person! Several of my blog sponsors are carrying Pixie Noel, so I sure hope you will visit one of these stores:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you will check out all of the other bloggers who are sharing their makes on this tour. (Please see the list below!)  I can't wait to see what everyone has created.


Ashely Jepperson

Cristina Tepsick

Taunja Kelvington

Angel Eagen & Amy Ordahl

Sedef Imer

Tina Egner

Ali Brorsen

Debbie Homick

Megan Price

Heather Norris

Amanda Niederhauser

Jemima Flendt

Angela Hamilton

Andy Knowlton

Lindsay Wilkes

Wynn Tan

Kerry Goulder

Christine Cook

Tasha Noel

Friday, July 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along: the Chain Block

Friends, I cannot believe that we are so close to the finish line in the Crossroads Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The July assignment is the Chain Block and you'll need to make 18 of them.  (YES, EIGHTEEN)  But they are seriously fun, fast and oh so scrappylicious.  

Joanna of Fig Tree & Company is some kind of quilting genius, don't you think?  From her beautiful fabric design to her splendid color placement within block patterns . . . well it's all just wonderful and makes for some truly happy sewing.  Look at how sweet these fabrics are together! And no, I didn't fussy cut that little strawberry patch.  It was a nice surprise at the ironing board!

Fair warning:  I'm going to share a bundle of pictures today.  I'm pretty smitten with these blocks!

The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting this quilt along, so please visit their blog to learn more! All proceeds go to the March of DimesIf you join in the fun, 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. Please visit their blogs to see their creations as well!

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


Monday, July 11, 2016

Announcements: Paper patterns, a new sponsor, and upcoming blog tours!

Happy Monday, quilting friends!  I have a few announcements to share with you today, and I'm pretty excited about each of them.

Paper Patterns

I'm pleased to now offer four of my Carried Away Quilting patterns in paper format. They have been professionally printed on a nice glossy stock and are full color throughout. Patterns are available for retail purchase at these wonderful quilt shops:

If you are a quilt shop interested in carrying my patterns, they are being distributed wholesale by Checker Distributing.  You can also contact me directly if you need more information! 

Welcome new sponsor!

I'm tickled to have a new sponsor who hails from my neighboring state of South Dakota! My Timeless Day is a new quilt shop offering a lovely assortment of fabric, patterns, books and notions. Shop owner Allison Cotton (could her last name be any more perfect?) announced her grand opening on July 4!  They are currently running a grand opening special of 20% off your first purchase!  I took advantage of this great deal to reward myself with a book I've been wanting, "Pretty Playtime Quilts" by Elea Lutz, published by It's Sew Emma.  

My Timeless Day is also hosting a fabulous giveaway on Instagram. Visit them on Instagram at @mytimelessday and enter before July 17!

Upcoming blog tours

I hope you'll stop back in the coming weeks, as I am participating in three blog hops. 
On July 19, I will share my projects for Tasha Noel's Blog Tour featuring her new Christmas line, "Pixie Noel" for Riley Blake Designs.  This fabric is so sweet and dear (and also deer), it is sure to put a smile on your face.  Here's a sneak peek of one of my projects:

Then on July 27, I am one of several bloggers sharing projects from Sherri Falls' terrific new book, "Holiday Wishes" published by It's Sew Emma.  Fat Quarter Shop is hosting this event every Wednesday during the month of July.  Do you have your holiday sewing projects planned yet?

Finally, on August 10, I will share my project for Elea Lutz' blog hop featuring her new line, "Apple Farm" for Penny Rose Fabrics.  Elea's done it again, creating another cherished line featuring vintage characters!  These fabrics have an autumn/back-to-school feel to me.  Here's a snapshot of my fabric bundle from Penny Rose.  I'm very excited about what I'll be sewing with Apple Farm!

I would like to close by sincerely thanking my blog sponsors.  They support Carried Away Quilting in more ways than one, and I've come to know each of them to be terrific companies run by top-notch people. If you have a spare moment, please visit their websites by clicking on their banner ads in my left sidebar.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Here's hoping you ALL get carried away quilting often!