Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop

Spoiler alert! If you have ordered the June Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop but it hasn't arrived in your mailbox yet, read on at your own risk!  This post will show you the fabulous contents of the box, and I don't want to spoil anyone’s surprise. 

The June box is the third box in FQS’s 2017 Sew Sampler series. When I opened this box, I may have flipped out just a tiny bit.  It absolutely ROCKS! After oooohing and ahhhing, I quickly whipped together my third Basket Block from the recipe card in the box.  Here is my teaser photo.

Each month in the 2017 series, the Sew Sampler box will include a basket recipe card designed by fabric and pattern designer 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 using fabrics from my stash. I can't wait to have a little basket quilt at the end of this 2017 series!

Now let’s move on to all the goodies in the box. It's a Lori Holt / Riley Blake Designs extravaganza of goodies.  I will use every last thing in this box with happiness!
  • Sew Sampler exclusive quilt pattern: Bubblegum Kisses
  • Bee Basics 5" stacker by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Design
  • Bubblegum Kisses finishing kit (1 1/2 yards background and 1/2 yard binding)
  • Cute Cuts Trim It 4 1/2" aqua square ruler (to be used with the Bubblegum Kisses pattern) by Lori Holt and Riley Blake Designs
  • Bee Cute ribbon by Lori Holt
  • Clover Dome Threaded Needle Case
  • And of course Basket Block Recipe Card #3
Here are some pictures to make your quilty mouth water!

Thank you so much to Fat Quarter Shop for another fabulous box.  I feel like a child at Christmas every month when this box arrives.  And thank you, quilting friends, for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Shoofly Crossing in some Fig Tree favorites

Hello quilting friends!  Do you remember my Shoofly Crossing pattern that I released in January? The original quilt featured a sweet pastel fabric collection with fussy cut bunnies.  Today I’m excited to show you Shoofly Crossing in a completely different look, featuring colors and prints that are totally me!

This is Shoofly Crossing in Chestnut Street prints from Fig Tree & Company for Moda. Most of you know by now that I am a Fig Tree nut, and I also love using red, black and green in my quilts.  That color combination always calls to me and seems to fit so nicely in my home.

Shoofly Crossing is a 57" x 57" square quilt, which makes it versatile as a throw, a picnic blanket, or even a table topper/table cloth.  I'm actually thinking this quilt may rest on my kitchen table at Christmas time.  It would look really nice with my distressed black chairs! But for now, I'm enjoying seeing it thrown over the back of my sofa.

You'll notice that I used a subtle text print from the Chestnut Street collection for my background fabric. I've been trying to do that more often, rather than automatically using a solid white or cream.  It adds so much visual interest!

For the binding I used a red gingham from Fig Tree's Strawberry Fields Revisited collection. I think I only have a half yard of that gingham left. Bummer! For the backing I used a tan and white geometric print from Fig Tree's Coney Island collection. I love how the Fig Tree collections always blend together so well!

The swirly quilting on this piece was done by Barb at Quilts on Broadway.  The soft rolling curves provide a lovely complement to the block pattern. Thank you, Barb!

Shoofly Crossing is available as a paper or electronic (PDF) pattern on my Etsy Shop, but I also encourage you to shop locally or through one of my sponsors whenever possible! Quilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here

Thank you all for your continued readership and support. I am so thankful for all of the quilting friends I've made on this journey.  Now go and get carried away quilting, people!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

June Round the Corner blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends! Can you believe we’re already six months into the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop? I sure have enjoyed the process of sewing just a few cute blocks each month. 

Last month I shared my six Homestead blocks and 10 piecing tips. This month's block is called Round the Corner.  Although there are a lot of pieces in this block, the construction is super simple and they are so pretty!

Wouldn't it be fabulous to make an entire quilt from Round the Corner blocks? Just imagine the blocks with some sashing and corner stones.  It would be wonderful!

Earlier this week I was having a “mom’s stressed out” evening, so I made a new pincushion with some of my Fleurs scraps. This fabric just hollers for sweet crocheted trim and pretty little buttons, doesn’t it? I quilted the top with simple running stitches and added French knots to the trim using three strands of Aurifil’s aurifloss in 2021 (natural white) and 2425 (bright pink). Impromptu sewing projects are the perfect therapy for me!

We are so lucky to be quilters and sewists. What a joy to create with beautiful fabric!

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 Sloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
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!   


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hodgepodge Wednesday: Giveaway winner, Picking Petals kits & anniversary sale

Happy Wednesday, quilting friends! I'm excited to share the winner of the giveaway from my recent post: Purely Petals for Christmas.  One lucky reader is the winner of a Picking Petals pattern and a charm pack of your choice courtesy of the kind folks at LouLou's Fabric Shop.

Drumroll . . . and the winner is . . . Rosemary B.  Congratulations Rosemary!  Please email me as soon as you can so we can coordinate awarding your prize! carriedawayquilting@gmail.com

LouLou's Fabric Shop is offering Picking Petals kits in Comfort & Joy. They've been flying off the shelves, so shop owner Jamie has restocked plenty of charm packs and patterns. Please visit her shop to see all of her wonderful selections. LouLou's customer service and caring is second to none!

Carried Away Quilting ran its first blog post two years ago, on a wing and a prayer! To celebrate, I'm having an Anniversary Sale on my Etsy shop. 20% off everything using coupon code Anniversary. Sale expires 6/9/2017.

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm.  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Winner of the Lucky Ladybug Box with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Hello quilting friends! Thank you all for your enthusiasm for the Friday Bundle Batch projects I shared last week. I read every one of your comments and they filled me with happiness! I hope you enjoy the tutorials.

Now let's get to the giveaway! I took all of the comments from last week's blog post, copied and pasted them into an Excel spreadsheet, and used the random number generator app on my phone to select the winning number. Congratulations to Carolyn Shaffers! You are the lucky winner of the Lucky Ladybug Box from those sweet folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio! We will be in touch so that your awesome prize can be shipped to you!

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm.  I hope you get carried away quilting often!