Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Summer Moon Quilt Along: Will you join me?

Are you looking for a fun and inspiring quilt along experience? Then join me for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. It begins in May and runs for 10 months, ending in February 2020. When you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful quilt top measuring 70 x 78 inches . . . OR, you could be a rebel like me and just sew some of the blocks.

Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop). The quilt is comprised of 24 blocks that are each made in three different sizes: 5”, 6 1/2” and 8” unfinished, for a total of 72 blocks. The book includes setting instructions for the small and medium blocks so that when the quilt is laid out for final assembly, all blocks are the same size.

The quilt along schedule will ask you to make three blocks (in all three sizes) each month, for a total of nine blocks a month. I will only be making the 6 1/2” blocks, so I will be sewing just three blocks a month. When I’m done, I’ll put my blocks together with some sashing and make a small quilt that could be used as a table topper or baby quilt. I have too many other projects in progress to keep up with the full schedule, but this way I still get to participate in the fun! The block schedule is shown below. For the month of May, we'll be making the Album, Churn Dash and Fool's Puzzle blocks.

The most important thing you need to do right now is get your Summer Moon book ordered and ponder your fabric choices!  I will be sewing from my stash of Lella Boutique fabrics, predominantly her Nest collection, but also Farmer’s Daughter and Lollipop Garden. To add a touch of sunshine, I’ve decided to include some yellow prints from the Pepper & Flax collection by Corey Yoder. Here’s a photo of my fabric pull. 

When I received my book from Fat Quarter Shop in February, I spent several evenings perusing the pretty photos and skimming the instructions. I was so inspired, I made one test block, a 6 1/2” Maple Star, and I was hooked. I think you will be too!

For more information, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog: The Jolly Jabber. I’ll share monthly updates here on my blog and also on Facebook and Instagram. I hope I’ve tempted you to join us so you can create your own lovely Summer Moon quilt.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Anniversary celebration with Sweet Treasures Quilts!

Today I want to wish a happy Five Year Anniversary to the team at Sweet Treasures Quilts. While owner Terri Staats has been an inspiring part of the quilting world for many years, her Sweet Treasures Studio opened just five years ago this month. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day, or better yet a weekend, sewing away with Terri and friends at her studio! Isn't this a fabulous space?

Located in Keizer, Oregon, Sweet Treasures is both an online quilt shop and a sewing studio/store. Terri began her quilting journey in pattern design and teaching, and years later she opened the studio. Sweet Treasures offers a wide variety of classes, as well as open sewing/shopping days and an option for private sewing days for groups. I've ordered the rag quilt kit you see in the photo below, but it would be so much fun to sew that kit with friends, like these ladies did!

Terri and her team are always coming up with fabulous, exclusive quilt kits. Some are based on her own patterns, while other kits feature patterns and books by other designers. Just check out this darling mini quilt, Little Cottontail, featuring the Nest collection by Lella Boutique. The Sweet Treasures kit includes all the fabrics for the top, backing and binding along with the pattern.

And here is another lovely kit available from Sweet Treasures. This Sweet Treasures jelly roll pattern is called Ruthie Anne and it also features the Nest collection. What a fun spring sewing project this would make!

During the month of April, Terri has been running some specials and Instagram giveaways to celebrate her studio’s anniversary. I’m tickled to announce that Terri and I will be offering a Sweet Treasures giveaway via INSTAGRAM on Monday, April 15. I’ve listed our Instagram handles below, and you’ll need to follow both of us for a chance to win. (Full instructions will be provided on our Instagram posts on Monday.) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 17.

Sweet Treasures Instagram handle: @sweettreasuresquilts
Carried Away Quilting Instagram handle: @taunjalynn

If you're not familiar with Instagram, it’s simply a social media platform for sharing photos. The quilting community on Instagram is very supportive and inspiring.  In fact, Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. If you’re hesitant about getting started, just ask a young person in your life to get you set up. (Don’t be offended by my suggestion. My daughter helped me join the Instagram world!)


Now, to tempt you to join in the fun, here’s what we’ll be giving away next Monday via Instagram. Terri has created a custom fat quarter bundle of 13 "Cheeky" prints!  Cheeky is an upcoming collection by Urban Chiks for Moda. Isn't it darling? Be sure to visit us on Instagram on Monday, April 15, 2019 for your chance to win!

Terri also gave me the inside scoop that Sweet Treasures is running a free shipping special on all orders this weekend on their website! (Valid in U.S. only) 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, quilting friends! I hope you all find a chance to get carried away quilting real soon!


Saturday, April 6, 2019

A fat quarter quilt top finish

This week I finished a special quilt top, one made out of beautiful fat quarters I have gathered over the past year. It’s a mix of dusty, denim blues and soft pinky-reds. I’ve sent it off to the quilter to be finished, and I can’t wait for it to return!

The pattern is called Wayne & Gordie from the book Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites by Carrie Nelson. The quilt finished at 74” x 81” and was a snap to make with Carrie’s strip piecing method. For fabrics I pulled together several blues from Sweetwater’s new Sweet Tea collection, rosy reds and pinks from 3 Sisters’ Poetry and Victoria collections, as well as a couple of navy and pink prints from Lella Boutique’s Garden Variety and Olive’s Flower Market collections. Not only do the colors play well together, I like the mix of the traditional designs (3 Sisters) with the more contemporary flair (Sweet Tea and Lella Boutique).

This quilt is the perfect example of why I love fat quarters. It’s fun to collect pretty prints, knowing that if I wait long enough, they will eventually partner up with other collected fat quarters and create a lovely new blend.  This basket sat on my sewing table for months as I added, deleted and rearranged prints. Eventually the basket whispered, “Sew these up!”

When it came to working on the quilt backing, I didn’t have quite enough of the creamy floral print (3 Sisters). But I did have extra scraps and fat quarters! So I stitched them together to create a pieced band the width of the quilt. When joined with my backing fabric, I had just enough to back the quilt. I’m only going to show you a sneak peek of the backing right now.

Since I’m on a fat quarter kick, I wanted to remind you of some of my Carried Away Quilting fat quarter patterns:

74" x 74"

50" x 18"

64" x 76"

20" x 20"

48" x 57"

74" x 74"

All of my patterns are available on my Etsy Shop.  I hope one of them inspires you to start your own pretty basket of fat quarters.

Thanks for stopping by. Now go and get carried away quilting!