Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: December Blocks

Nothing like waiting until the last stitching minute!  It’s the end of December, and I’ve just finished this month’s blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. Our December assignment includes three pretty blocks: Friendship Star, Rocky Mountain Puzzle and Weathervane.

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m sewing from my stash. The pink, blue and green prints are from Lella Boutique’s Nest collection, while the background fabric is from Corey Yoder’s Strawberry Jam collection. Here are my December blocks.

Friendship Star

Rocky Mountain Puzzle


Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop).  Although the official FQS quilt along wraps up in February, I still highly recommend this book. There are 24 fun-to-make blocks in three different sizes. The possibilities are endless. You could even host your own monthly sew along with some quilting friends!

Thanks for stopping by to see my progress.  Here are links to my previous posts:


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Flying Geese blocks featuring the Harvest Road collection

Hello quilting friends! I hope you all had a joyous holiday and are excited about the coming New Year. I’ve been thankful for a quiet December. Besides enjoying time with family, I worked on my 2020 calendar, read, wrote project lists and goals, and watched some favorite old movies. I also did a bit of sewing, which I’m sharing with you today.

I’m making a looooong runner of Flying Geese blocks that I intend to hang in my living room. I only have two of the eight 12” blocks completed, but the construction is easy peasy. I hope to have the whole thing done, including machine quilting and binding, by the end of January. (Ummm . . . maybe don’t hold me to that deadline, but I'm sure going to try.)

Most of you know how partial I am to the Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. It was the fabric of choice for my two newest patterns: Star Watch and 9-Patch Pivot.  I am also using it for the Bloom-Topia sew along with Fat Quarter Shop. No doubt I will use every last morsel of Harvest Road that I have tucked away in my fabric closet. (Note, two of the fabrics in my Flying Geese blocks ~ the taupe gingham and the taupe scallop ~ are from previous Lella Boutique collections.)

The inspiration for this project comes from the Furrows block and Harvest tablerunner in Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book. My runner will be much longer than the sample in the book, as my finished project will be comprised of a whopping 256 flying geese! 

That’s all I have to share today . . . well that and a happy note that all of my patterns are 25% off now through January 15, 2020. No coupon code is necessary. 

Thank you all for your support and quilting friendship this past year. I wish you the best in 2020. Now go and get carried away quilting!


Saturday, November 30, 2019

My Timeless Day opens new quilt shop in Canton, SD

Hello quilting friends! I’m delighted to share some exciting news with you. My sponsor and quilting friend Allison Cotton of My Timeless Day has opened a brand new shop location in Canton, South Dakota! 

All photos courtesy of My Timeless Day.

My Timeless Day has been a Carried Away Quilting blog sponsor since July of 2016 when they opened their original online store.  Allison’s passion for quilting and her heart-felt commitment to her customers has been shining through ever since. In November of 2017 she expanded her online shop to a storefront area of her home in Alcester, SD. And now two years later she has expanded again, to a main street location in Canton. I am so proud of her and honored to know her in this quilting journey!

On September 17, Allison opened the doors of her Canton store. “My new shop is located in an historic building in the downtown district called Canton Square,” Allison explained. “It has great architectural details such as an original tin ceiling, wood floors throughout, beautiful beveled glass windows and a large arched wooden doorway. Over the years the building has been a restaurant, paint store, antique shop, book store, coffee shop and now my beloved quilt shop.”  Allison added that Canton’s downtown is home to a number of other unique specialty and antique shops, including the Canton Quilt Retreat just across the street. Doesn’t this sound like just the shopping experience we all need?

Getting the new shop ready for customers became a family affair, with everyone pitching in for about two months prior to opening. “We painted the walls and ceiling white to showcase all fabric collections well. We updated the lighting to natural LED. Being able to view fabric in true color makes all the difference! My husband Ryan and our son Seth did all the painting, and Ryan and his dad installed the new lighting. Ryan and I overhauled the wood floors with a good cleaning and buffing. Daughters Sarah and Anna and Seth’s girlfriend Sydney helped with the cleaning,” Allison recalled. It appears to me that all their sweat equity was worth it.  The new shop looks amazing and so inspiring!

During the shop’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Allison had a surprise visit from her grandmother Betty, who is 91 years old. Betty sews and is no doubt quite proud of the shop experience Allison is creating for all the sewists in the area! Allison notes that she is blessed to have been given two wonderful grandmothers.  Her Grandma Lu was a quilter also, and it was a huge part of her life, just as it is with Allison. “It makes me happy to know that I have continued on with something that meant so much to her,” Allison said.

In the future, My Timeless Day plans to offer classes and special projects for area quilters. Allison will be teaming up with Catherine Erickson of the Canton Quilt Retreat and Karla Randall, a quilting friend, for those events. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on that!

Christmas Open House  
My Timeless Day is hosting a Christmas Open House on December 5-7.  This fun event will include goodies, giveaways and fabric sales! If you can’t attend in person, be sure to follow them on social media and check out their website!

New Location:
119 E. 5th Street
Canton, SD 57013

Store Hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 2:00
Sunday & Monday – Closed

Phone: 605-214-3054

Congratulations to Allison on this fabulous new venture! The quilting community of Canton and the surrounding area is so lucky to have you!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today. Both My Timeless Day and Carried Away Quilting are continually thankful for your support.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Holiday themed rag quilt with Sweet Treasures Quilts

I’ve lost count of how many quilts I’ve made over the years, which is probably a good thing. (I might be embarrassed to know the total number.) But in all my years of sewing and quilting, I had never made a rag quilt . . . until recently that is! Armed with a great pattern and some charming holiday themed flannels, my home is ready for Christmas visitors thanks to this new quilt.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, a rag quilt is made by sewing sandwiched blocks (a block top, a piece of batting, and a block bottom) together with exposed seams, which are then snipped to create a frayed, fuzzy effect after washing. It’s much less exact and fussy than typical quilt piecing, making it much more fun!

For my project I used a darling pattern called Hearthside Rag Quilt by Terri Staats of Sweet Treasures Quilts. Terri’s patterns are always so well written. She gave me all of the guidance I needed to make my first ever rag quilt. As a fellow pattern designer, I appreciate Terri’s detailed instructions and tips.

The flannels (brushed cotton) you see in my quilt are from a collection called Hearthside Holiday by Deb Strain for Moda.  Sweet Treasures still has some of that collection available, as well as Deb Strain’s Holiday Lodge collection!

I purchased these fabrics from Sweet Treasures months ago. I ordered extra fabric and made my quilt a little bigger. Terri's pattern features 12 blocks set off by sashing and corner stones. My quilt features 20 blocks set off in the same fashion. All I had to do was make additional block, cornerstone, and sashing sandwiches. It really was a snap to make a larger size!  

There is no need to send out a rag quilt for machine quilting, as you do the simple straight-line quilting on each block as you go. There is also no need to do binding on a rag quilt. Two more reasons to give this project a try!

For this project, I did invest in a Fiskars Easy Action Rag Quilt Snip. It has a comfortable grip with a spring-action design.  (Your hand does get a little tired after all that snipping.) I was glad I invested in this tool, as I’m sure I’ll make another rag quilt in the future!

Hats off to Sweet Treasures Quilts for inspiring me to try something new. It’s fun to get carried away with another quilting technique!


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Sweetly Scalloped for Christmas

Hello quilting friends! I have another Christmas quilt to share with you today. This one is for my mom, and it’s based on my Sweetly Scalloped pattern. If I weren’t concerned about landing on the naughty list, I’d be tempted to keep it for myself. I love how it turned out, but more importantly, I know my mom will love it too.

Mom recently moved into a pretty apartment for the winter months, where she’ll have access to fun activities and lots of friendly people. We had a great time selecting new furniture for her winter villa, as we are calling it. In her bedroom, she selected a white-washed headboard and coordinating rustic furniture with distressed barn red paint. I can’t wait to see this quilt on her new bed!

When I began planning mom’s quilt in the fall, I knew I wanted to use some beautiful burgundy and taupe fabrics from my stash, but I was hemming and hawing over which quilt pattern to sew. Then one night inspiration struck.  I decided to use my Sweetly Scalloped pattern so that I could feature one of my favorite Sweetwater prints for the focal fabric: the vanilla text print from their Overnight Delivery collection. It is so festive . . . peace, joy, hope and love . . . what wonderful daily reminders!

My Sweetly Scalloped pattern calls for a jelly roll, but you can easily make due with 2 1/2” strips (WOF) from your stash, which is what I did. I used Moda prints from Kate & Birdie (Return to Winter’s Lane), Sweetwater (Overnight Delivery and Sweet Tea), Janet Clare (Wintertide), and Lella Boutique (Farmer’s Daughter). Don’t they blend nicely together? You may recall I used many of these prints in the Lakeside Star quilt I made for our niece and her new husband.

I had two yards of the Sweetwater text print on hand. Because of the way the text runs on the bolt (parallel to the selvage rather than perpendicular to the selvage), I had to cut my focal fabric lengthwise, not by WOF. So essentially I cut a strip 6 1/2” x 2 yards. Then I trimmed that strip to 40 1/2” wide, as my pattern calls for. From the remaining yardage, I cut another lengthwise strip (6 1/2” x 2 yards) to use across the back of the quilt. Isn’t this a nice surprise?

That wonderful backing fabric is the vanilla/red Buffalo Plaid from Sweetwater’s Overnight Delivery collection. I still have some of that fabric left over, as well as some of the vanilla text print.  Maybe I should stitch up some holiday pillows!

The beautiful quilting you see was done Jennifer of Farmfresh Stitches. We chose a lovely motif which features snowflakes and swirls. I so enjoy working with Jennifer. She truly puts her heart and soul into every project, and her caring is felt by her customers.  Thanks, Jennifer!

This is my fourth Sweetly Scalloped quilt. It is so versatile. Sweetly Scalloped finishes at 59 1/2" x 70 1/2" and is a terrific pattern for showing off a favorite fabric. Here are the others that I’ve made:

My Sweetly Scalloped pattern is available in both PDF and print format on my Etsy shop. I hope you’ll consider adding it to your pattern library so you are ready the next time you come across a fabulous focal fabric!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Happy Thanksgiving to all my quilting friends celebrating that holiday!


Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas bed runner welcomes overnight guests

My Christmas bed runner is finished! I did a “decorating test-run” to see how it will look in our guest room with a few other holiday items, and I think the end result is warm and inviting. Now I’m torn, though. Do I put the Christmas d├ęcor away until after Thanksgiving, or leave it out and watch my husband shake his head and roll his eyes?

As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, a bed runner is a great solution if you don’t have time to make a full quilt, but you want to dress your bed for the holidays. The bed runner I have made is actually just one row taken from my Star Crossed Pines quilt pattern. It measures 62” x 24” and is perfect for the foot of a queen bed.

I was able to finish the top in a short weekend of sewing and send it off to my long-arm quilting friend Barb, who is the owner of Quilts on Broadway in Foley, MN.  Barb was kind enough to slip this project into her busy quilting schedule and turn it around to me quickly. I just love the jingle bell quilting motif we selected.

If you read my earlier post, you’ll know that I sewed from my stash for this project, pulling prints from Sweetwater, Janet Clare, Fig Tree, and Kate & Birdie (all Moda designers). Smaller projects like this are a great way to use up your stash and scraps!

My Star Crossed Pines quilt pattern is a fun and easy make. The full quilt finishes at 74 1/2" x 80 1/2" and the pattern is available in both PDF and print format on my Etsy shop. Remember, if you don't have time to make the full quilt this year, you can always whip up a single block wall hanging or a multi-block runner! 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to tag me on Instagram or shoot me an email if you make your own Star Crossed Pines project!