Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fun project alert: the jelly roll rug!

Not long ago I saw the cutest projects showing up on social media . . . jelly roll rugs! Well it didn’t take me long to get the itch to make one myself, so I snooped around a bit and discovered that my sponsor, Stitches N Giggles, had all the supplies I needed to get started. Ta-dah  . . . here is my first jelly roll rug!

While quilting is my passion (obsession), I have always been a girl that enjoyed any type of arts and crafts project, which is what this jelly roll rug project reminded me of.  It was so fun to take a break from quilt making and create something different. I think you would enjoy it too!

Pattern designer Roma Lambson of R.J. Designs deserves the applause for this fun new project. She has come up with two patterns, Jelly Roll Rug (an oval rug) and Jelly Roll Rug 2 (a rectangular rug), and her instructions and diagrams are top notch. Roma takes the time to include many helpful tips to ensure success, which I really appreciate.

I made the Jelly Roll Rug 2, which finishes at 32” x 42”. In addition to her pattern, Roma’s supply list is quite simple: 1 jelly roll consisting of 40-42 strips 2 1/2” x 42”, 1 1/2 yards of 96” wide batting, size 14-18 (sharp/jeans) sewing machine needle and thread! The batting will be cut into 2 1/2” strips to be paired with the jelly roll strips.  

But lo and behold, that awesome Lori at Stitches N Giggles has saved us some work.  She has a supply of 2 1/2” Katahdin batting on a roll!  I ordered this to save myself some time. (Note: for the rectangular rug project, you will need two rolls.) I also found that my Wonder Clips were very helpful for feeding the strips into my machine. Plus they are cute, so that is a bonus!

My rug features a jelly roll of Flower Mill fabric by Corey Yoder for Moda. I have made several projects from this collection. It is so cheerful and the colors are vibrant and wonderful. I’m really hoping my daughter Haley will take this rug to college, along with her Harmony quilt, and use it at her bedside. See how I propped her slippers by the rug . . . just to give her the hint! That poor girl. She probably can’t wait to get back to school.

As I was making my rug, I kept thinking how much fun this would be to do with friends. You could gather up some sewing buddies and have a weekend of rug making and snacking!  Doesn't that sound like fun?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  If you are interested in making one of these cute rugs, please zip on over to Stitches N Giggles for your supplies. Shop owner Lori has the patterns marked down and is also offering a June sale on many other items in store! 


Monday, June 11, 2018

Harmony: a finished quilt for Haley

You might say that my daughter Haley is spoiled. Spoiled with quilts that is. I’ve made her several over the years, two that she took to college to cozy up her dorm room, much to my delight. I love thinking of her away at school and comforted by quilts from Mom.

Well, last fall when I received a fat quarter bundle of Corey Yoder’s “Flower Mill” collection and Haley said she liked it, I promptly asked, “Would you like me to make you another quilt for college?”  (Of course she would! The more quilts the better for that girl!) We chose my Harmony pattern, and I have finally finished Haley's newest quilt!

Haley and I had a little fun on Sunday afternoon photographing the quilt for you.  She is a good sport, letting mom take all these photos.

Harmony is a fat quarter quilt based on a three-color concept.  Haley selected the fat quarters for the main blocks, as well as the border and backing fabric. Isn’t the backing fabric cheerful and pretty? And I love the multi-color stripe print from the Flower Mill collection. It is just perfect for binding!

My friend and local quilt shop owner, Barb from Quilts on Broadway did the overall machine quilting. The pattern is swirly and floral and sweet . . . the perfect complement to the fabric and my dear girl.

I do have an awesome son too. Luke may not have as many quilts as Haley, but I know he understands that his mom is drawn to girly fabrics and just loves to sew.  I do have Luke on my schedule for this year.  I am on the look-out for just the right fabrics for a college graduation quilt for him.  I’d better get hopping, as that is just six months away!

Sewing for the people we love brings so much joy, and it’s the best possible reason to get carried away quilting!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

A finished top: the Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Back in January I jumped on the red, white and blue bandwagon and joined Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designer Lindsey Weight for their Star Spangled block of the month program, and I’m so glad I did! My top is finished and I’m one step closer to having my first patriotic quilt!

I took some quick photos on my lawn in a shady spot that was dappled with sunlight.  Although my Star Spangled top still needs to be quilted, I can already see that it will be a wonderful summer picnic/display quilt. It’s so festive!

Lindsey's patterns for this BOM are free, and I’ve shared links at the end of this blog post. I sewed from my stash of red, white and blue prints, but you can also purchase a lovely kit from Fort Worth Fabric Studio! They’ve put together a red, white and navy selection from several of the top Moda designers for their custom kit.

Sincere thanks to Lindsey and Fort Worth Fabric Studio for hosting this wonderful BOM! Pattern development and publishing is a lot of work, and I appreciate all of Lindsey’s efforts on our behalf!

And just because they are so darn sweet, the ladies at Fort Worth Fabric Studio have an exclusive deal for my readers . . . 20% off all Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille with code VH20.  Wow! This deal is good now through next Thursday, June 14. 

Now, I’d better prepare my backing fabric so I can ship this project off to the quilter! Have a great week, quilting friends!


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 Flying Geese are available here:

The instructions for Corner Stars are available here:

The instructions for Chain Blocks are available here:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Gumdrops layer cake quilt featuring Flower Mill

Hello quilting friends!  I have another sweet Gumdrops quilt to share with you today. The maker is Vickie Zaleski, a talented and kind sewing friend I “met” through the wonders of the Instagram quilting community. Vickie and I share an affinity for the same fabric collections and pattern styles. I was tickled when she agreed to sew and test my newest layer cake pattern, Gumdrops.  Here is Vickie’s beautiful make:

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

Vickie used the delightful Flower Mill collection by Moda designer Corey Yoder for her Gumdrops quilt. The end result is a cheerful quilt that appears to be cherished by Vickie's darling daughter! Isn’t it wonderful to see a quilt being squished up and loved?

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

Vickie’s stitching talents aren’t limited to quilts; she also makes lovely bags, pincushions, pillows and more. In fact, Vickie surprised me with this wonderful gift . . .  a beautiful double zipped pouch featuring a lovely Flower Mill Dresden plate. I was so touched by this generous gift. (I'm glad no one was around when I opened it, as I had an emotional "sap alert" moment!)  It is on display in my sewing room. When I look at it, it reminds me of all of the good and generous quilters I know, including Vickie!

My Gumdrops pattern calls for one layer cake with coordinating fabric, and it includes instructions for an easy pieced backing made from 16 of the layer cake squares! Here's the back of Vickie's quilt: 

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

Gumdrops measures at 64 1/2” square, making it a perfect lap quilt, sofa throw, or picnic quilt. For my original Gumdrops quilt, I used the Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle for Moda, pictured here:

If you are interested in purchasing Gumdrops, please visit your local quilt shop or one of my blog sponsors who are carrying the pattern. You can also purchase paper or electronic patterns on my Etsy ShopQuilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here.

Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski

I hope you will give Vickie a follow on social media.  She sews inspiring projects and is a thoughtful cheerleader for other makers!  Zip on over to her blog, Crocheting Vixen, to learn more. You'll be glad you did!

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


Photo Credit Vickie Zaleski