Thursday, December 21, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along: A finished top and back!

Today is an "icing on the cake" day in my quilting world.  I've finished my Patchwork Quilt Along top and the pieced backing!  

This journey began in January of 2017, and I have thoroughly enjoyed making these petite blocks each month with Fat Quarter Shop. There is something so satisfying in taking your time and enjoying the piecing process. Now the reward is a beautiful quilt top, just ready to be quilted and bound.

My finished top is one row smaller than the pattern.  I ended up with a few blocks that I thought were just too light in color.  They seemed to disappear when I laid them out with the others.  I'm sure I'll find a use for those orphan blocks some day!  

I used the pretty Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle for Moda.  Brenda's "Petite Bouquet" print in the sprout green color was my absolute favorite from the collection, so I used it for the border and also for the pieced backing.

This quilt along was a charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. The patterns were free on the Jolly Jabber, and quilters were asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they downloaded.  All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! As of mid December, the Fat Quarter Shop has announced that they exceeded their goal of $10,000 in donations from the generous quilting community.  Both Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics are matching $10,000 as well! Wonderful!  

 Here's a recap of my 12-month journey:

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for including me in this quilt along, and to all of you for following my progress. I'll report back when my top is quilted and the binding is tacked down. I can't wait! In the meantime, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season!


Friday, December 15, 2017

December Mother's Own blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Here we are . . . it's December and we are sewing our final block in the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The December block is called Mother's Own.  What a sweet, nostalgic name.

I have two tools that I have found invaluable during this quilt along: Alphabitties and a Lori Holt Cute Cuts 5 1/2" square ruler. Alphabitties are a must for keeping these little pattern pieces organized. Besides being the correct size for squaring up my blocks, Lori's Cute Cuts ruler has fine, clear markings and a no slip backing.  I have several Cute Cuts rulers and I love them all!    

Now I need a day to lay out all of these sweet 5 1/2" blocks to find a color and pattern arrangement that I like, and then I'll begin putting the top together.  We also have a fun pieced backing to work on! Yeah!

This quilt along is an annual charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. 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!

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

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for including me in this quilt along.  I have enjoyed every bit of it. Now, let's get our tops together, quilting friends!    


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sprucing up my coffee station

Hello quilting friends! Today I’m sharing my latest quick and easy project: a runner for my coffee station at home. This fat quarter friendly project is based on my free tutorial: Stacked Coins Table RunnerMy next cup of coffee is going to taste better than ever, thanks to this pretty new setup!

This runner features a fresh country collection called Farm-to-Table by Windham Fabrics. I love how it looks with my rustic wooden box and other kitchen favorites, including my new (and first) Rae Dunn mug! 

I do have to admit something to you. I ordered this fat quarter bundle from my sponsor, Four Peaches Fabric, without a plan. I just loved it, and so I bought it. I let it sit on my kitchen counter near my Keurig machine for a couple of weeks as I tried to decide what I would make. Eventually I decided this bundle called for a clean and simple patchwork pattern, so I went back to my own tutorial!  

The original Stacked Coins Table Runner utilizes six fat quarters and finishes at 17” x 60 1/2”. That’s a great size for a large table, but for my coffee station, I wanted a shorter runner. I followed the instructions from my tutorial, but I only cut three strips from each of my six fat quarters, which resulted in a runner that was 36 1/2” long. The great thing about this tutorial is that you can easily customize it to fit the length you need!

I was all set to do some narrow matchstick quilting on this runner, but I just couldn’t bring myself to stitch over all of those cute roosters and barns and tractors! Instead I opted for simple straight line quilting, 1/8” from the seams, using Aurifil’s 80wt in chalk (2026). I’ve started to use 80wt occasionally when machine quilting, especially when I want a softer appearance. I’ve been very pleased with the results! I use a standard universal 80/12 needle and make sure I also have 80wt in the bobbin.

Oh, and did you happen to notice that cute binding fabric? In my stash I found a last bit of “Quilt Shop Names” from Sweetwater’s volume ii collection. I had auditioned several black and grey checks and stripes for the binding, but this fabric was the winner . . . a cream fabric with tiny text for binding . . . who knew?

I hope this project provides you with some inspiration for a fun fat quarter bundle you have on hand!  Or better yet, zip on over to Four Peaches Fabric and check out all of the custom and factory cut fat quarter bundles they carry! FYI: they are offering free shipping on all orders in the continental US, now through December 19.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get carried away quilting soon and often!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Easy hostess gift: Wine glass charms and lace zipper pouch

The holidays are fast approaching. You’re up to your elbows in present wrapping, tree trimming, and cookie baking. But never fear, quilting friends! There is still time to whip up the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer for someone you love. How about a set of homemade wine glass charms stored in a simple but sweet lace zipper pouch?

This cute lace zipper pouch is based on a free tutorial from the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog. There are three size options. I made the small pouch, which finishes at 6 1/2” x 7 1/2”.  The festive reindeer fabric and red lace zipper are also available at Fort Worth Fabric Studio!  I customized my pouch by using two different fabrics on the outside. 

The homemade wine glass charms were a breeze to make. The actual construction time is just minutes, and it reminded me of a good old-fashioned art project at school. Paper, scissors, glue . . . what more could a kid-at-heart want? I’ll share my process with you below, so you can make some charms yourself.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Wishing you all peace, happiness, and hobbies that bring you joy!


Homemade Wine Glass Charms
Note: These supplies can be found at the larger chain craft stores or online.
  • Pendant trays with glass domes (These come in many sizes and colors. I used the 1” round. I found a set of 30 for $10.)
  • Earring hoops/wine glass rings (I used the 1” diameter. I found a set of 100 for $5.)
  • Scrapbook paper (I used a sheet of Christmas themed card stock cutouts that I had on hand. I would definitely recommend a heavier scrapbook paper. I think thin paper would not look as sharp under the glass once glued down.
  • Diamond Glaze glue (Less than $5.)
  • Craft knife or scissors (I used my pretty polka dot scissors from Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Hey, our tools should be as cute as the end product, don't you think?)

1.     Find an area of the paper that you want to feature under the glass dome.
2.     Apply a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to the back side of the dome. Push out any air bubbles with the glue applicator as you spread it on.

3.     Lay your paper on a plastic container lid or wax paper. Center the glass dome on the image. Press down lightly. If excess glue seeps out, you may wipe it away gently with a damp paper towel.

4.     Wait 10-15 minutes for it to dry. If the glass dome no longer slides on the paper, it is dry enough to proceed. (Note: Per the wording on the glue bottle, finished drying time for the project is 2-3 hours.  However, 10-15 minutes was enough time for me to proceed to the next step.
5.     Trim the excess paper with your craft knife or scissors.

6.     Apply a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to the pendant tray.

7.     Insert the dome and press down lightly. If excess glue seeps out, you may wipe it gently with a damp paper towel. 

8.     Let the pendant dry for 2-3 hours. 
9.     Attach the pendant to the earring hoop/wine glass ring. 
10. Attach the hoop to the wine glass. 

11. Pour a glass of wine and revel in your craftiness!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Spelling Bee Sew Along: Capital H

Hello quilting friends! I'm back with another block on the Spelling Bee Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop! This sew along features blocks from the new Spelling Bee book by Lori Holt. As I mentioned last week, if you are a fan of Lori’s Farm Girl Vintage book, then you really need to add the Spelling Bee book to your quilting library!

This week I’ve sewn up the capital letter H. Once again I've used fabrics by Vanessa Goertzen (Lella Boutique for Moda).  The black floral print comes from the “Olive’s Flower Market” collection, while the soft tonal background fabric is from “Farmer’s Daughter.”  You can see other pretties from these two collections in the photo below.

Last week I showed you my capital letter G.  Really folks, this is just too much fun!

I'll be putting the H and the G together with the Flower Block in February, and making a pillow for my daughter, Haley Grace! Here's what I have so far.

The Spelling Bee Sew Along will feature 88 blocks from the Spelling Bee book over the course of 44 weeks. This cute cover shot should give you an idea of the fun you could have with this book! Order a copy today and join the sew along!

There’s a terrific line-up of bloggers sharing their blocks each week. Be sure to visit the links below to be inspired by some super cute Spelling Bee blocks! And check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!
Spelling Bee Sew Along

Saturday, 10/7........ Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl)
Saturday, 10/14 ..... Kristie (crosshatchquilts on Instagram)
Saturday, 10/21 .....  Melissa C. (Happy Quilting Melissa)
Saturday, 10/28 .....  Sharon (Lilabelle Lane) and Joanna (cottonjo on Instagram)
Saturday, 11/4 .......  Holly (holly_draney on Instagram) and Debbie (Happy Little Cottage)
Saturday, 11/11 ..... Jennie P. (Clover & Violet) and Megan (Quilt Story)
Saturday, 11/18...... Heidi G. (Buttons and Butterflies) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)
Saturday, 11/25 ..... Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Heidi G. (Buttons and Butterflies)
Saturday, 12/2 ....... Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Cynthia (dreamquiltcreate on Instagram)
Saturday, 12/9 ....... Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Cynthia (dreamquiltcreate on Instagram)
Saturday, 12/16 ..... Cynthia (dreamquiltcreate on Instagram) and Charise (Charise Creates)
Saturday, 12/23 ..... Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Jennie P. (Clover & Violet)
Saturday, 12/30 ..... Heidi G. (Buttons and Butterflies) and Jennie T. (Porch Swing Quilts)
Saturday, 1/6 ......... Kerry (Very Kerry Berry) and Kristyne (Pretty by Hand)
Saturday, 1/20........ Jodi (Pleasant Home) and Kristi (crosshatchquilts on Instagram)
Saturday, 1/13 ....... Kim (Persimon Dreams) and Joanna (cottonjo on Instagram)
Saturday, 1/27 ....... Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Melissa C. (Happy Quilting Melissa)
Saturday, 2/3 ......... Jodi (Pleasant Home) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)
Saturday, 2/10 ....... Megan (Quilt Story) and Jina (Jina Barney Designz)
Saturday, 2/17 ....... Kerry (Very Kerry Berry) and Taunja (Carried Away Quilting)
Saturday, 2/24 ....... Cassie Putney (sewstitchinghappy on Instagram)
Saturday, 3/3 ......... Christopher (The Tattooed Quilter) and Jacque (Lily Pad Quilting)
Saturday, 3/10 ....... Elizabeth (In the Boon Docks) and Jacque (Lily Pad Quilting)
Saturday, 3/17 ....... Amy (Diary of a Quilter) and Nadra (Ellis & Higgs)
Saturday, 3/24 ....... Sherri (A Quilting Life) and Sondra (Out of the Blue Quilts)
Saturday, 3/31 ....... Connie (Freemotion by the River) and Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl)
Saturday, 4/7 ......... Pam (Pam Kitty Morning) and Charise (Charise Creates)
Saturday, 4/14 ....... Kim (Persimon Dreams) and Kerry (Very Kerry Berry)
Saturday, 4/21 ....... Sharon (Lilabelle Lane) and Jina (Jina Barney Designz)
Saturday, 4/28 ....... Christopher (The Tattooed Quilter) and Jennie T. (Porch Swing Quilts)
Saturday, 5/5 ......... Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Jina (Jina Barney Designz)
Saturday, 5/12 ....... Pat (Pat Sloan’s Blog) and Heidi S. (Fabric Mutt)
Saturday, 5/19 ....... Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Pat (Pat Sloan’s Blog)
Saturday, 5/26 ....... Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Amy (Diary of a Quilter)
Saturday, 6/2 ......... Keera (Live Love Sew)
Saturday, 6/9 ......... Connie (Freemotion by the River) and Heidi S. (Fabric Mutt)
Saturday, 6/16 ....... Andy (A Bright Corner)
Saturday, 6/23 ....... Sondra (Out of the Blue Quilts) and Jennie T. (Porch Swing Quilts)
Saturday, 6/30 ....... Pat (Pat Sloan’s Blog) and Holly (holly_draney on Instagram)
Saturday, 7/7 ......... Greg (Greg Dogwood Studio) and Joannat (cottonjo on Instagram)
Saturday, 7/14 ....... Kristyne (Pretty by Hand) and Debbie (Happy Little Cottage)
Saturday, 7/21 ....... Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Sherri (A Quilting Life)
Saturday, 7/28 ....... Elizabeth (In the Boon Docks) and Greg (Greg Dogwood Studio)

Saturday, 8/4 ......... Nadra (Ellis & Higgs) and Amy (Diary of a Quilter)

Round of applause to Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop for producing another wonderful pattern book!

Thank you all for stopping by today.  Now go and get carried away quilting!