Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My Timeless Day: custom kits for Diamond Trail and Summer Breeze!

As a pattern designer, it is always a thrill to see my patterns sewn up by other quilters. It’s exciting to see one of my creations come to life with a different color palette, fabric style or theme. It’s also quite a thrill when quilt shop owners kit my patterns and offer a custom option to their customers.

One of my sponsor shops, My Timeless Day of Alcester, SD, has recently kitted two of my new patterns: Diamond Trail and Summer Breeze.  Shop owner Allison has a great eye for putting colors together, and I just love what she did with these two patterns!  First up, let’s look at her take on Diamond Trail!

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

Diamond Trail is a 22” x 32 1/2” table runner that is charm pack friendly. This is a project you could piece and quilt, and maybe also bind, all in one weekend! Allison has sewn up Diamond Trail using a beautiful collection called Tuppence, by Shannon Gillman Orr for Moda. I love her choice of navy binding and simple straight line quilting. My Timeless Day is offering kits that include my Diamond Trail pattern along with all the fabric you need for the top, backing and binding!

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

Next up is Allison’s version of my Summer Breeze pattern. Allison has used one of my favorite new Moda collections this spring, Nest by Lella Boutique. Isn’t this fresh and pretty?

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

Summer Breeze is a 26 1/2” square table topper or wall hanging featuring whirling pinwheels surrounded by a ribbon border. As in my original, Allison has embellished her pinwheels with little mismatched buttons, giving the quilt even more whimsy! My Timeless Day is offering kits that include my Summer Breeze pattern along with all the fabric you need for the top, backing and binding!

Photo courtesy of My Timeless Day.

My Timeless Day is both an online shop and a brick and mortar shop. To learn more about Allison’s grand opening of her physical store front, please check out this blog post: My Timeless Day grand opening: New storefront. Shop owner Allison is an avid quilter and also does trunk shows for local and area guilds.  Be sure to visit her website and follow her on social media!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, quilting friends!


Saturday, May 26, 2018

May Sew Sampler Box with Fat Quarter Shop

Happy weekend, quilting friends, and heartfelt Memorial Day greetings to all of my friends in the U.S.  I hope you enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends as we remember all who have served our country. My dad served in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Alaska, where I was born. I will be thinking of him and many others especially this weekend.

I just had to pop in quickly and share the contents of the May Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. It’s called Bee Creative, and I am pretty sure I squealed when I opened up this one!

If you read my most recent post, Barn Star quilt featuring Pepper & Flax, then you know I am crazy about this new fabric collection by Corey Yoder for Moda.  So imagine my delight when I received MORE of this yummy fabric, along with oodles of other goodies.

Here’s a list of the items in the May box:
~ Pepper & Flax Jolly Bar by Corey Yoder for Moda ~ 
~ The Beehive Quilt Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop ~
~ Barn Block Recipe #2 by Fat Quarter Shop ~
~ 4.5" x 8.5" Quilt Ruler by Creative Grids ~
~ 50 wt Aurifil Light Avocado Thread from Aurifil ~
~ 50 wt Aurifil Medium Butter Thread from Aurifil ~
~  Gray Alphabitties by It's Sew Emma ~

If you haven't signed up for this monthly subscription box and want to know more, just follow this link:  Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. These boxes are an incredible value. Every month the folks at Fat Quarter Shop curate a box filled with unique notions, pretty fabric, an exclusive pattern and coupons! You may also cancel at any time, giving you total flexibility.

I also want to remind you that I am offering FREE SHIPPING on my Etsy shop for the remainder of May 2018. No coupon code needed.  This applies to paper patterns, fabric and kits!  (US only) 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you find time to get carried away quilting this weekend!


Friday, May 25, 2018

Barn Star quilt featuring Pepper & Flax by Corey Yoder

I’ve been project hopping lately.  I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I don’t recall ever having so many projects in the hopper at the same time. Rather than analyzing my problem, I’ve decided to just go with it and enjoy myself. Sewing, after all, should bring us joy. And apparently, I’m finding joy in following my heart and sewing what calls me. The latest thing to call me . . . Corey Yoder’s Barn Star pattern and her delicious Pepper & Flax collection for Moda.

This simple yet striking pattern pays homage to the wonderful painted barn quilts you see in many rural areas of the United States. Barn Star finishes at 40" square and sews up so quickly, making it a great weekend project. The generous size of the pieces also lends itself to showing off a pretty focal fabric, such as the Eyelet Summer Blooms print from Pepper & Flax.

Corey’s original Barn Star quilt is glorious and features a two-color scheme: yellow (daisy) and gray (granite), from her Pepper & Flax collection. I decided to add a third color to my quilt. I chose one of my favorite prints from Pepper & Flax, the green (sprig) Queen Anne’s Lace.

I ordered my Pepper & Flax yardage for this project from my friend and sponsor, LouLou’s Fabric Shop. Well, truth be told, I may have also ordered a fat quarter bundle as well. (When my heart speaks, I listen!) The photo below shows some of my loot . . . including a ceramic button coaster that just happens to coordinate with the fabric!  These cute coasters are also available at LouLou’s!

I’m contemplating quilting this top myself. I think straight-line quilting on the diagonal in a colored thread would just be fabulous. I’ll have to ponder that for a while. I’ll also have to ponder what I should make with that fat quarter bundle. For now, it is just a pretty decoration in my sewing room, another way quilting brings me joy!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  Here's to getting carried away project hopping!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Spelling Bee Sew Along: a finished pillow

Do you remember the blocks I showed you months ago for the Spelling Bee Sew Along with Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop?  Well, I finally got my act together and completed the over sized pillow I was imagining in my mind. It feels so good to have this sweet project done, and just in time for my college girl to move home for the summer!

During the Spelling Bee Sew Along, I made the Capital HCapital G and Flower blocks from Lori's fabulous book Spelling Bee. My plan all along was to incorporate these blocks into a fun throw pillow for my daughter, Haley Grace. Some day I'd like to make the complete alphabet quilt from Lori's book. The blocks are just too much fun!

I used fabrics from two different collections by Vanessa Goertzen (Lella Boutique for Moda): Farmer's Daughter and Olive's Flower Market. The pillow looks so fresh and pretty with my original Window Garden quilt, which Haley adopted for her bed.

This throw pillow measures 28" wide and 15" tall.  I wanted something generously sized so that I could have a nice wide border framing the blocks. (Luckily, you can find just about any sized pillow form insert imaginable on the internet!)

And because throw pillows will likely get tossed about, the back should be as pretty as the front!  I used one of my favorite pink prints from Olive's Flower Market for the envelope backing.

Don't you just love this darling quilting pattern? It is called Spring Lei by Anne Bright Designs.  My local long arm quilting friend, Barb of Quilts on Broadway, chose this design and I think it is the perfect whimsical touch. Although it is a lei of flowers, it also reminds me of chunky butterflies . . . a happy thought!

The Spelling Bee Sew Along began in October and runs through August, every Saturday morning!  This cute cover shot should give you an idea of the fun you could have with this book! Purchase a copy today and get started!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. It was a joy to be able to share this finished project with you.

OH!  I nearly forgot to mention . . . I am offering FREE SHIPPING on my Etsy shop for the remainder of May 2018. No coupon code needed.  This applies to paper patterns, fabric and kits!  (US only)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Harmony Quilt: a fitting wedding gift

Hello there quilting friends! I have another finished quilt to share today. I must admit, I feel like I'm on a roll getting quilts back from the quilter, bound and photographed. Today's quilt is a gift for a very special couple who will be married in June. 

You may recognize this pattern. It's my Harmony pattern which I've made three times now! I think the name itself makes it quite an appropriate quilt for a wedding gift, don't you?

Harmony is a fat quarter pattern based on a tri-color layout. For this quilt I chose prints from various collections by two Moda designers: Fig Tree & Company and Bonnie and Camille. My three-color scheme focused on navy, red and green, with a soft blue as a unifying accent color. 

This photo show my original pull of fabrics . . . the selection that was my inspiration for the quilt. Sometimes when I am having trouble narrowing down my fabrics, I put them together in groupings and take photos. That allows me to sit in a comfy chair, study a photo, and decide what I like and don't like about a grouping.

The pretty machine quilting on my Harmony quilt was done by Barb at Quilts on Broadway. It seems that I always have a quilt at Barb's shop ready to go on the machine. She must be tired of me by now! Ha!

Isn't that ruby red gingham binding just heavenly? That print is from the Vintage Picnic collection by Bonnie and Camille. What a pretty finishing touch for this happy quilt! For backing fabric I chose the ocean blue posies print from Fig Tree's Coney Island collection. I absolutely love that print. In fact, I'm using the cream version of that print as the background fabric in my Star Spangled patriotic quilt!

Here is a photo of my original Harmony quilt, featuring the Coney Island collection.  This quilt has found a home with our beautiful niece who lives in Colorado.

If you are interested in purchasing my Harmony pattern, please visit your local quilt shop or one of my blog sponsors. You can also purchase directly from me. Harmony is available as a paper pattern or as an immediate PDF download on my Etsy Shop. Quilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Patchwork Quilt Along: Quilted, bound and ready for spring!

The weather is glorious in Minnesota today, so I took my Patchwork Quilt Along quilt on a little walk-about in my yard, attempting to take some pretty photos to share with you. It's a bit tricky when the sun is shining full force, but I found a protected spot on my front porch and snapped a few pictures.  

I shared my completed top and pieced backing with you in December and then sent the project off to my friend and long-arm quilter Barb at Quilts on Broadway. We choose a soft and swirly loop-de-loop to complement the sweet nature of this quilt.  

Barb returned the quilt to me in short order, but it got stuck under a pile of other quilts to bind.  I'm so happy to have her done!

This journey began in January of 2017 and was a charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. The patterns were free on the Jolly Jabberand quilters were asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they downloaded.  All proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish FoundationThank you, Fat Quarter Shop, for including me in this quilt along.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I've posted links to my quilt along journey below.  I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Chain Blocks

Hello all! Today I want to share my Chain Blocks for the “Star Spangled” block of the month hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designer Lindsey Weight. These are the last five blocks in the program. Later this month we'll be assembling the quilt top. I can't wait to see it all put together!  

Lindsey’s instructions call for a scrappy chain block using a combination of all the navy and red prints used in the quilt.  But you know me, I had to change it up just a little bit. I really like my tonal red-on-red Corner Star blocks from last month, so I repeated those prints in my chain blocks. Being the creative gal that Lindsey is, I think she'd approve of my take on the block.

My blocks feature a combination of the red polka dot from Fig Tree’s Chestnut Street collection and the red gingham from their Strawberry Fields Revisited collection. I used the same background fabric I’ve been using for all the blocks, which is from Fig Tree’s Coney Island collection.

If you'd love to make a patriotic quilt but don't have enough reds and blues on hand, or if you just want someone else to do the choosing for you, the folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio have put together a KIT using beautiful Moda fabrics from various designers. The kit includes all material you need to create the quilt top plus binding.  They also have coordinating backing you can purchase!  

This patriotic BOM runs for five months, from January through May. I've included links to Lindsey's posted patterns at the end of this blog post. You can join in at any time.  Remember, the patterns are free! 

Thank you to Lindsey and Fort Worth Fabric Studio! I am so excited to have my first patriotic quilt to grace my home this summer!


All of the details for the Star Spangled block of the month can be found here:

The instructions for Block 1 are available here:

The instructions for Block 2 are available here:

The instructions for Block 3 are available here:

The instructions for Block 4 are available here:

The instructions for Block 5 are available here: