Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nordic Stitches: A festive Scandinavian collection

I am so excited about a beautiful fabric collection that Fort Worth Fabric Studio recently sent me.  It’s called Nordic Stitches and it was designed by Norwegian fabric designer, Wenche Wolff Hatling, for Moda Fabrics.

The traditional Scandinavian colors and festive prints take me back to my childhood, and memories of my paternal grandparents discussing their early days of farming in southwestern Minnesota. Their rural township was settled mostly by Norwegians, but there was also a rogue Swede or two. (My Grandpa Ray was one of those rascals, he would tell us with a grin!)

My Grandma Audrey was quite proud of her Norwegian heritage, and she was a fabulous baker.  Her Christmas treats were scrumptious, made even more delicious by their splendid names . . . krumkake,  kringle, spritz, and lefse.

In the photo below, you can see the classic Norwegian details: knitted stitches, jumping reindeer, winter snowflakes. You will also see one of Grandma Audrey’s recipe cards for Norwegian cookies.  In the top right hand corner she has written, “Arlyss.” No doubt this was a recipe shared from her neighbor and church friend, Arlyss.

I am planning a sweet project using Nordic Stitches, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio will have kits available! For today, I wanted to share a little peek of the fabric and why I feel such a connection to it.  I have no doubt I will be making some trips down memory lane as I sew with Nordic Stitches!

If you would like to know more about the designer, Wenche Wolff Hatling, Moda has a “Meet the Designer” page on their blog:

Please pop on over to Fort Worth Fabric Studio and check out all of the fabulous products that shop owner Jodie has in store.  They also have a terrific blog site with numerous free tutorials and patterns. I’ve made several of them!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Until next time, get carried away quilting!


Note: Since my original posting, I have received a request for the full recipe.  Here it is! :)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sundrops on my Pinafore Bag

Recently I shared a tote bag project that I made for my mom, the Pinafore Bag, using some beautiful Tilda fabric from My Timeless Day. Well, I decided Taunja needed a new Pinafore Bag too, and so I made one for myself using one of my favorite fabric collections, Sundrops, by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics. Yep, this bag is SO me.

The flirty yellow tie on the handle is actually from another lovely Moda line, Sugar Pie, by Lella Boutique. Don’t these two lines blend nicely together?  My local quilt shop, Quilts on Broadway, had these bolts arranged side-by-side and it was like quilty kismet. 

I mentioned in my previous post that the Pinafore Bag (pattern by Me and My Sister Designs) is my all-time favorite bag pattern. I think it’s the perfect shape and size. Heck, I might just promote this pretty tote to full-time autumn purse status!

As I was photographing my new tote, I recalled that I have made four projects with Sundrops this year.  Here is my tote bag pictured with my most recent table runner pattern, Diamond Trail.

And here is my On Point Pillow made with Sundrops.  This is a free tutorial if you’re looking for a fun pillow project!

And last spring I made this cute little zipped pouch for a family friend. This was a wing-it project, but it turned out so cute! The yellow polka dot is actually a Fig Tree & Company print.  Boy do I love it when my favorites all blend together!

Thanks for letting me do a little show and share today. Sharing what you love with others can be such a boon to the soul!  I hope you are all well and happy, and finding an abundance of time to get carried away quilting!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Sew Sampler box with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends.  I'm back with another fun review of the Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. The August box is called "Tropical Paradise," and it's just full of hot products. 

But first I want to show you my fifth Basket Block from the recipe card included in the box. You may recall last month I said I needed to add more blue to my blocks, so I (very hesitantly) cut into some treasured California Girl fabric (Fig Tree & Company) and added some tropical blue. 

Have you been making these blocks each month?  They are so much fun! 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. Dig out your scraps and join in!

Now let’s move on to all the treasures in the Tropical Paradise box. 

First up I am SO pumped to have this new gadget, the YOYO Magnifier! My eyeballs have decided to start showing their age (GRRR!), and it's so frustrating. I am forever misplacing my glasses around the house, due to taking them off all the time to read, sew, check my phone, etc.! And recently it seems my close up vision is "aging" too. I know this magnifier is going to be a big help! Its compact design will make it great for adding to my sewing bag when I head out the door.

Next up we have a fun quilt pattern called "Chuckles" and some beautiful "Reef" fabric, both designed by Elizabeth Hartman. Just think of how delighted a young person would be to receive this quilt!  My kids would have loved a clownfish quilt when they were little! The Fat Quarter Shop has also thrown in a pretty spool of 50 wt. teal spotted varigated thread by Aurifil.  Yippee!

Finally, check out these reversible woven quilt labels ~ a great way to add a personal touch to a gift ~ AND the G Easy Ruler Stickers! I've been wanting some of these stickers.  When I have to cut several pieces of the same size for a large project, I often mark my rulers with a little painter's tape.  These stickers will work much better, and of course they are cuter than painter's tape!  I added one to the FQS ruler in the bottom of the picture, which was a goody from a previous Sew Smapler box!

Thank you so much to Fat Quarter Shop for another fabulous box.  Every month is such a treat!

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


Friday, August 18, 2017

Pinafore Bag and Tilda's Harvest collection: a match made in sewing heaven

Last spring one of my dear blog sponsors, Allison Cotton of My Timeless Day, texted me with some exciting news. Allison had received word that her shop would be able to carry the much sought after Tilda collections. This popular Norwegian fabric was formerly unavailable in the United States! We were both thrilled, as we share an affinity for fabrics that are romantic and nostalgic, but also have a timeless feel.

Allison’s first shipment has finally arrived, and she has filled her shop with Tilda’s newest collection, Harvest. She was kind enough to send me this lovely combination of Harvest fabrics featuring the lilac and teal.

When I saw the lilac print, I knew immediately what I wanted to make, a Pinafore Bag (pattern by Me and My Sister Designs) for someone very special in my life.  Someone who finds special comfort in the color purple. Someone who says she can never have enough bags!

I’ve made the Pinafore Bag before, years ago, and it is my all-time favorite bag.  It’s the perfect size . . . big enough to hold a book or magazine, your wallet, and several other items, but not so big that you feel like you are lugging a suitcase! It's also the perfect bag for showing off three favorite fabrics, like these gorgeous Tilda prints!

To the body of the bag, I added simple straight-line quilting on my Bernina using Aurifil 2520 (violet) 80wt. The pattern instructions call for this simple quilting, and it adds a nice detail to the bag. I attached a small leather "handmade" tag using Aurifloss 2021 (natural white) and all of my piecing was done using Aurifil 2021 in 50wt.

The Pinafore Bag includes a handy interior hanging pocket which I typically fill with lip gloss, my car keys, a pack of gum, and a pony tail holder. Seriously, I just love this bag.  And I just knew the recipient of this Tilda version would love it too!

And she did!  Here is my mom, Brenda, with her Tilda Pinafore Bag. I think this is such a cute picture of Mom in front of her lake home, near her lovely flowers. Mom is my blog and pattern proofer, and all around cheerleader. Thanks, Mom!

The color range of Tilda's Harvest line is simply beautiful. In addition to the lilac and teal that I’ve used, the collection boasts ginger orange, olive green, vibrant pink, and royal blue. To me, the Tilda prints are a wonderful mix of modern and classic. You can check out the full range at My Timeless Day!  Allison is also carrying the Pinafore Bag pattern in her shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today to see my latest make.  I hope you find the time to visit My Timeless Day.  Not only do they carry a wonderful assortment of products, they also have caring, personal customer service.

Until next time, get carried away quilting, my friends!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New charm pack pattern: Diamond Trail

I love to purchase charm packs, don’t you? It’s an affordable way to get my hands on every piece of fabric from my favorite designers’ newest collections. To make sure those charm packs don’t just accumulate on my shelves and become sewing room decorations, I designed this quick and easy runner called Diamond Trail.

Diamond Trail is a 22” x 32 1/2” runner that is a snap to make! The pattern top calls for just one charm pack and 3/8 yard of white or neutral, two ingredients you probably already have on hand! Strategically placed white corner triangles give the illusion of set-in diamonds, creating a pleasing look for a simple quilt! 

For my runner, I selected this warm collection called Sundrops, which was designed by Corey Yoder for Moda. The colors are just so yummy, especially for summer and fall!

This pattern is a great candidate for at-home, straight line machine quilting.  You could just follow the seams and highlight the diamonds and you’d have a wonderful finished project.  

OR, you could hire someone terrifically talented to beautify your quilt with fabulous quilting, which is what I did!

Diamond Trail was custom quilted by Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts.  I sincerely don’t have the words for how thrilled I was when I received this little runner back in the mail!  I remember that I just sat and stared at it for quite some time, taking in every lovely detail and dimension that Star created.  She truly is an artist!  Thank you so much, Star!

Diamond Trail is available through my Etsy Store,

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Please be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you make your own version of Diamond Trail.  I’d love to see your finished project!  #diamondtrailpattern

Now, go sift through your stash of charm packs and get carried away quilting!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August Rolling Nine Patch blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello quilting friends! Summer is sadly winding down here in northern Minnesota.  My children have returned to college, and I have the first little glimmer of longing to decorate for autumn.  

Thankfully, I am still in full swing with the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. I am sewing my blocks with the beautiful and sunny Fleurs fabric (Brenda Riddle for Moda), and these sweet prints remind me to enjoy every last bit of our warm season!

The August block is called the Rolling Nine Patch, a fun twist on the traditional nine-patch block.  I just love it in this sunny yellow, which so perfectly matches my Bee Happy tin from Lori Holt & Fat Quarter Shop!

The August block is pretty straight forward construction. Still, some folks have mentioned that they find these 5 1/2" blocks to be kind of tricky.  I've shared some of my Patchwork Quilt Along piecing tips in an earlier blog post if that is helpful to you.

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)
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, August 8, 2017

Dog themed pillowcases with Quilt Girls

Last night I had some fun sewing two simple pillow cases using this adorable fabric from one of my sponsors, Quilt Girls. I was reminded of how satisfying it is to make a quick gift that you know someone else will love, particularly when it’s for a child! I have two little boys in mind who will be delighted by this “Must Love Dogs” main fabric by Ginger Oliphant for Studio E fabrics.

To make these pillowcases, I used a free tutorial by Pretty Prudent called “The Easiest & Cutest Pillowcase Ever.”  I’ve used this tutorial before when sewing pillowcases with my daughter and a family friend (Our Little Pillowcase Workshop). It's such a fun and easy project, and a great way to teach basic sewing skills to a young sewist!

There's something special about this Must Love Dogs print that makes it appealing to all ages. Maybe it's because the dogs look so sophisticated in their cuteness. That sheep dog with the red bandanna makes me smile!

Have you visited the Quilt Girls website yet? They have a wonderful assortment of specialty character prints, soft cloth book panels and quilt panels.  I’ve made two of their soft cloth books and gave them as gifts. Both of the books I made were classic stories, so of course I got quite sentimental during sewing.

This is the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book I made last winter. This brought back some dear memories for me, both from my children's younger years and from my own childhood!

And here is a vintage inspired cloth book I made called “Fun in Somebunny’s Garden” by Kathy Rusynyk for Wilmington Prints.  Cloth books are easy to make and they come with good instructions. But if you are a visual learner, like me, I have shared some of my own tips and photos in this blog post.  

Quilt Girls has such a large selection of fun fabrics, you will be amazed.  Zip on over to their website so you can plan your next quick gift for someone you love!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, sewing friends!  And thank you Quilt Girls for sharing this sweet fabric with me!