Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dutch Tulips quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop

When the creative team at Fat Quarter Shop asked if I’d like to participate in a quilt along using their Dutch Tulips pattern, I was pretty excited.  This pattern instantly made me think of my mom, Brenda.  She loves flowers and she has Dutch ancestry.  Plus, she recently hinted that she’d like a pretty pillow with some navy blue fabric. Well, Mom, the hinting paid off and the tulips lined up for a sweet little pillow for your living room.

Dutch Tulips by It’s Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop’s pattern company) is a terrific pattern which includes instructions for four sizes: crib, lap, twin and queen!  Isn’t that awesome?  I think this would make a beautiful spring quilt hanging over the back of a sofa.  Wouldn’t it also be darling as a wall hanging in a little girl’s room? The Fat Quarter Shop has a kit available in Lella Boutique's newest collection: Sugar Pie, which is pictured below.

I chose to improvise a bit with their pattern and create a nice long sofa pillow featuring three Dutch tulips all standing right side up. Each finished tulip block measures 6 1/2" x 10 1/2". My pillow is 14" x 24".

I was able to use some favorite Moda fabrics from my stash: Little Miss Sunshine (Lella Boutique), Fleurs (Brenda Riddle) Farmhouse (Fig Tree & Company) and some Moda neutrals. I think they work together perfectly, and I know this is a combination that my mom will love.

The Dutch Tulips pattern includes a mix of traditional piecing and applique. After piecing my pillow top, I quilted it before moving on to the applique. I know this is the opposite of how we would finish a quilt, but it works slick for a pillow project since the back (of the top) is inside the pillow and any back side applique stitches won't show. I really like how the leaves are laying over my quilting. For the piecing and machine quilting, I used Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand) 50 wt.

The pattern calls for you to use the 3” Orange Peel Impressions Quilting Templates for the leaves.  You could applique these sweet little leaves by machine or by hand, whichever is your preference.

I used the sew-in interfacing method of hand applique to stitch my leaves to the base of the stems as shown in the pattern instructions. For thread I chose Aurifil 2886 (Avocado) 80 wt. This is a really nice match to the green Farmhouse polka dot fabric from Fig Tree & Company! Aurifil's applique thread is so silky smooth, it seems to disappear right into the fabric.

Why are the pink and cream spools in the picture below?  Well, just because they are pretty! When I'm auditioning threads and dreaming of the end result, I bring out all the pretties, just for fun!

You may recall in February I shared my first attempt at using the Impressions Orange Peel Templates. That "slowdown sewing" project is still a work in progress (as it should be), but I'm so glad I tried something new. I added hand applique to my sewing avocation, which provides an additional creative outlet and makes me feel proud of myself. It's good for us to continue to learn and try new things! 

Many thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for inviting me to create a Dutch Tulip project of love for someone I love! And thank you all for stopping by today. Please visit Fat Quarter Shop and check out all of their great products, kits and tutorials! You'll be so glad you did!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pretty mini quilts for springtime sewing

Hello quilting friends. Spring is finally in the air in Minnesota, and it has put a cheerful spring in my step as well. Today’s blog post is just a quick reminder of two projects from Carried Away Quilting that you may enjoy for springtime!

First is my He Is Risen mini quilt.  This is a digital pattern available on my Etsy Shop. I introduced this pattern last year in a blog post, and it has been so fun to hear back from people via social media and email.  Many people are making this quick little quilt to add to their Easter decorations, but others are making it as a baptism gift. 

Another fun spring project would be Picking Petals, a 20” x 20” mini quilt that makes a great table topper or wall hanging.  Again through the wonder of social media (in particular the Instagram quilting community), I have seen other quilters sew my pattern in many beautiful fabrics and colorways. That is such a thrill for me.

The original Picking Petals was sewn in Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.

But I also released it in Calico Days by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.

Then in the Autumn I made another version in some orange, tan and black prints from my stash.

If you would like to make a pretty spring version of Picking Petals, I have a limited number of kits available featuring Coney Island by Fig Tree & Company.  I just know this pattern would be beautiful in Fig Tree’s latest collection.  The kits are available on my Etsy shop. They include the pattern and all the fabric for the top, binding and backing!

I hope you all are having a lovely day and can find a few moments to get carried away quilting!  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ribbon Play Runner in Coney Island

When I first saw the Coney Island collection by Fig Tree & Company for Moda, I knew I wanted to sew up my Ribbon Play pattern in this fabric.  I think the warm citrus colors in Coney Island really sing in this pattern, creating a cheerful table runner to enjoy from springtime through the end of summer!

Ribbon Play is a lively runner (50" x 18") that calls for just 6 fat quarters and 3/4 yard of background fabric. I decided to break from my typical neutral background and use one of my favorite Moda Bella Solids: Celery (9900-72).  I think this soft celery green makes a lovely backdrop to the beautiful prints and colors in Coney Island. 

For this version of Ribbon Play, I chose four colored fat quarters for the blocks (orange, red, yellow and aqua) and two neutral fat quarters for the ribbons.  I did break away from the pattern instructions in one area.  My pattern calls for you to use the ribbon fabric (the neutrals) for the block centers. However, I substituted that with blue 2 1/2" squares from an older Fig Tree line, Aloha Girl.  I love that extra pop of color!

Part of the fun of the Ribbon Play runner is that the fat quarters are also used to make the scrappy binding.  I just love a scrappy binding, especially on a table runner!

Now I have to take a moment to brag on the gorgeous custom machine quilting that really makes this runner special.  Thank you to Starlit Bear of Startlit Quilts.  Star has an amazing vision in her quilting.  She is so detailed and thoughtful in her artistry.  Star has quilted a few projects for me, and each time I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome. I hope this closeup gives you an idea of the magic she creates! Thank you, Star!

Here are some some other versions of Ribbon Play that I have sewn. On the left is Ribbon Play using Bonnie & Camille's Little Ruby collection.  On the right is Ribbon Play using Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree & Company.


I have made up a limited supply of Ribbon Play kits featuring Coney Island as shown in this post.  The kits include my pattern, 6 Coney Island fat quarters, the Bella Solid Celery background fabric, and the dark blue Aloha Girl fabric for the block center.  (Backing fabric not included.)  These kits are available on my Etsy shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you’ll consider adding Ribbon Play to your pattern collection.  It’s a versatile pattern that I think you would enjoy. Now go and get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Box in a Box blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

It’s March in Minnesota.  A little over a week ago, we had one day where temps soared into the 70s.  Then just two days ago, parts of our state saw 8 inches of snow!  It can make a person a little cranky.  Thank goodness I’m part of the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with FatQuarter Shop.  I’m finding springtime in my fabrics!

Last month I shared my six Diamond Panes blocks, and in January we made our Souvenir of Friendship blocks.  This month our block is called Box in a Box.  This 5 1/2" block is easy to make and so darn cute.  

You may recall I am using the pretty Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle (Moda) for my quilt. This is a collection that causes you to say, “Oh this is my favorite print . . . about several of the prints!  However, I’m pretty partial to this green floral.  So sweet!

In case you are a new reader, this annual event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop is a charity quilt along.  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:

And here’s a link to the kit if you want to make one in Basics by Bonnie & Camille!

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!   


Monday, March 13, 2017

A cheery, cherry wall hanging for the Sweetie Pie Sew Along

In January Lori Holt and Riley Blake Designs kicked off their Sweetie Pie Sew Along featuring Lori’s pretty new collection “Sew Cherry 2” and her Sew Simple Shapes and Pie Ruler. Each week a new portion of the quilt was featured, with fabulous tips and tutorials on both Lori’s blog (Bee In My Bonnet) and the Riley Blake Designs Blog. The pattern is free and the online resources are tremendous. You’ll definitely want to check this out!

During the sew along, guest bloggers have been sharing their creations, and I was asked to utilize the Fruit Salad Sew Simple Shapes to make a cherry block. (Follow this link for terrific instructions and guidelines from Lori!) Since the Cherry Pie block was completed in January, with Riley Blake’s blessing I decided to make a cheery little wall hanging featuring the cherry shapes.  

I used one of my own patterns, Mini Story Stars, because it has the perfect “white space” area to feature Lori’s sweet cherry shapes.  The simple star blocks also allowed me to fussy cut the pretty floral from Lori’s Sew Cherry 2 collection. 

This quilt measures 27” x 27” and is available on my Etsy Shop.

One of my favorite parts of this project was pulling fabrics from my stash. I used some of Lori’s new line, Sew Cherry 2, but I also included pieces from her Calico Days collection.  Rounding out the grouping are pieces from Elea Lutz (Apple Farm) and Nadra Ridgeway (Bloom & Bliss).  Don't they play nicely together?

The background fabric is one of my favorites ~ the Weekdays in White text print from Calico Days! It’s such a tender backdrop for all of the other lively prints.

To applique my cherries and leaves, I used Lori’s sew-in interfacing method.  Rather than hand-stitching them in place, I decided to do a simple outline machine stitch using Aurifil 2340 Cafe au Lait 50 wt. I really like the effect. I then hand embroidered the cherry stems using Aurifloss 2340.  Using all six strands gives it a nice chunky look. 

I machine quilted this piece using simple straight-line quilting and Aurifil 2021 50 wt.  I let the star blocks and seams lead me where they may.  

Oh, and may I just say . . . the big red check from Sew Cherry 2 is just perfect for binding!


This little quilt brought so much cheer to my heart.  Thank you to Riley Blake Designs and Lori Holt for including me in the Sweetie Pie Sew Along.

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


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bunnies & Cream Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Bunnies & Cream Blog tour, and I’m so excited to show you my projects. This debut collection by Lauren Nash (Transient Art) for Penny Rose Fabrics stole my sewing heart immediately. The darling little bunnies baking treats with their mother reminded me of cherished picture books from my own childhood. 

Lauren's collection includes darling recipe panels. What a sweet idea! "Glazed Lemon Poppyseed Cookies." My Grandma Audrey loved all things lemon. This sounds just like something that would have been in her recipe box. 

There are so many delicious details in this collection, that I really enjoyed just looking at the fabric.  Eventually I got to "work." I made two projects for my stop on the tour: an hourglass baby quilt and coordinating pillow.

For the pillow, I used Lori Holt’s Scrappy Happy Hearts mini tutorial that I discovered while joining her Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along. Lauren's ginghams and prints pair up so nicely to make these dainty little hearts that comprise the center panel of the pillow. I bordered the mini hearts with the pink gingham, and added left and right side borders of the fun mint print.

Next I embellished my pillow with a crisp white crocheted lace trim and buttons from my Grandma Audrey's button jar.  Just look at the sweet (pun intended) detail in Lauren's designs ~ a scrumptious little donut here ~ and in the next photo a pretty little cake in a glass cake plate.  I can just imagine a young child enjoying all of the details while wrapped up in a quilt of Bunnies & Cream!

I bound the pillow using the green gingham.  If you've never bound a pillow before, you should give it a try.  It's the same technique as binding a little quilt, and it creates such a nice finishing touch!

My hourglass quilt is comprised of 36 hourglass blocks featuring Lauren's pink, mint green and blue prints and coordinating ginghams.  I love the timeless look of an hourglass block. This little quilt was a snap to put together and will make a nice baby quilt at 36" x 36".  I didn't use a pattern, and I didn't have time to write up a tutorial.  I hope you will forgive me.  I was just a bit busy cutting, sewing, quilting and binding.  I will try to add a tutorial to my to-do list! 

If you follow my blog, you know that in February I released a new pattern featuring Bunnies & Cream. It’s called Shoofly Crossing. This 57" x 57" lap quilt or child's quilt was designed to showcase Lauren’s darling bunny prints.  

The main blocks are visually connected by small inner shoofly blocks, creating a whimsical design.  Please visit my Shoofly Crossing blog post to learn more about this pattern. Several of my blog sponsors are carrying this pattern and some have Bunnies & Cream kits available as well!

Sincere thanks to Lauren and Penny Rose Fabrics for including me on this blog tour. Bunnies & Cream fabric was a joy to sew. 

And thank you all for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away with some sweet quilting of your own! In the meantime, please be sure to stop and visit these other talented bloggers who have made beautiful projects with Lauren's collection.  Here's the schedule:

3/6/2017..... Faith Essenburg............. 
3/7/2017..... Bridgette
3/8/2017..... Elea Lutz.......................
3/9/2017..... Taunja Kelvington.........
3/10/2017.... Veronica AM.................
3/11/2017.... Lauren Nash..................


Photo courtesy of Lauren Nash