Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Quilt complete: A fat quarter project from Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites

Hello quilting friends. I’m popping in today to share photos of my completed “Wayne & Gordie” quilt from the book “Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites” by Carrie Nelson. The fabrics, the pattern, the quilting, the backing . . . is it okay to say I love everything about this quilt?

I finished this pretty quilt top in April and sent it off to Farm Fresh Stitches for machine quilting. As usual, Jennifer did a fabulous job, finishing my quilt with a lovely, swirly pattern called Whisper. By adding softness to the angles, it’s the perfect complement to a quilt that has a geometric layout. Thank you, Jennifer, for helping me choose just the right finishing touch!

When I receive my quilts back from Farm Fresh Stitches, it’s a bit like Christmas morning. Jennifer packages them in such a lovely way that I almost don’t want to untie the wrappings! Almost!

My Wayne & Gordie quilt is made up of fat quarters I had collected for about a year.  I think there are five, maybe six, different Moda collections represented in this quilt.  For more details, please visit my April blog post.

As I mentioned in April, I planned to use a creamy floral print for the backing, but I didn’t have enough fabric. So, I stitched together some left-overs from the quilt top to create a pieced band the width of the quilt. When I joined that band with the cream fabric, I had just enough to back the quilt.

Don’t you love how this turned out?  I have so many scraps in my stash. I really should do this more often. It’s economical and oh so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this quilt has inspired you to break into some fat quarters you’ve been hoarding, and also to use up your treasured scraps for a pieced backing.  Have fun and get carried away!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Winner: FQ bundle from LouLou's Fabric Shop

It's time to announce the winner of the fat quarter bundle from LouLou's Fabric Shop!  Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I've been a LouLou's customer for many years, and I can totally relate to the many reasons you all love LouLou's: fabulous selection, terrific customer service and beautiful custom bundles.

Congratulations to Rhona45! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway. We've contacted you via email about claiming your prize. Many thanks to LouLou's for running such a generous giveaway with me! Such fun!

Don't forget, there is still a moving sale going on at LouLou’s Fabric Shop. They are offering 25% off your entire order, including sale items. Simply use the code “moving” at checkout.  Sale ends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  After you get done shopping at LouLou's, be sure to fire up that sewing machine and get carried away quilting!


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Moving sale & GIVEAWAY with LouLou's Fabric Shop!

Hello quilting friends! Did you hear about the big moving sale at LouLou’s Fabric Shop? Well, it’s a doozey! The team at LouLou’s is moving all of their inventory to a new location, and they are looking to lighten the load! LouLou’s is offering 25% off your entire order, including sale items! Simply use the code “moving” at checkout.  Sale ends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

To add to the excitement, we’re also running a GIVEAWAY!  LouLou’s Fabric Shop is giving away a fat quarter bundle of  your choice to one of my lucky readers! Isn’t that sweet? They have such a wonderful inventory, I'm not sure how the winner will choose.

If you would like to enter, simply leave a comment telling me why you love LouLou’s. Be sure to include your email address. The giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only due to the high rate of international shipping. Comments are open through 5:00 pm (CST) on Monday, May 20. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winner.

*Only one comment per person/per email address.  Email me if you are having trouble leaving a comment and I will leave a comment on your behalf. (

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  Good luck!


Monday, May 13, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: May blocks

A few weeks ago I encouraged you to join me in the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. If I didn't tempt you then, I hope I can tempt you now. I've made the May blocks, and they turned out as cute as buttons, if I do say so myself! 

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. 

In my last blog post, I explained that I will be sewing just three blocks a month (not nine) in the medium 6 1/2" size. I will end up with a much smaller quilt top, but that's okay. I will still experience the fun of this quilt along, and I won't feel stressed out. I just have too many other projects on my sewing calendar. 

For the month of May, we're asked to sew the Album, Churn Dash and Fool's Puzzle blocks. The blocks are fun and easy, thanks to the terrific instructions and illustrations in the book. Here are my individual blocks:


Churn Dash

Fool's Puzzle

If you would like to join in, you just need to order the Summer Moon book and figure out your fabrics. I'm sewing from my stash of Lella Boutique and Corey Yoder fabrics. I've included the fabric requirements at the end of this blog post.

When I received my book from Fat Quarter Shop in February, I made one test block, a 6 1/2” Maple Star. That block is on the schedule for the month of September. Guess what that means? I'm already ahead of schedule. Woo hoo!

The Summer Moon quilt along starts now and run through February 2020. For more information, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog: The Jolly Jabber. I hope I’ve tempted you to join us so you can create your own lovely Summer Moon quilt.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Small quilt sample sale

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in to let you know about some new listings in my Etsy shop: small quilts you can purchase!  

One of the side effects of being a pattern designer is that I quickly become inundated with a stockpile of sample quilts. I do gift or donate many of my quilts, and naturally I keep some for use in my own house. But recently I decided I will occasionally sell some quilts as well.

What you’ll find on my Etsy shop are table runners, wall hangings and pillow covers that have all been pieced by me, and either machine quilted by me or by a professional long-armer. All have been hand-bound by me. The quilts that are listed have not been washed or used, other than for props in photography for my blog and pattern sheets.

Here is a general link to my Etsy shop. Once you're on my main page, select the “Quilts” link under the “Items” menu:

Here is a direct link to the Quilts listed on my Etsy Shop:

Have a great day!


Lakeside Star: a crimson version

In February I introduced you to my new fat quarter pattern, Lakeside Star. This bold, dynamic quilt makes a statement with thoughtful color and print placement. My original quilt showcased a blue, butterscotch and taupe color combination. I recently completed another Lakeside Star top featuring crimson, brown and taupe prints. I’m doing my final pressing and then she’ll be off to the quilter!

This crimson version of Lakeside Star could be considered a winter or Christmas quilt, as some of the prints have a subtle seasonal motif.  But I think the overall effect is such that the quilt can be used year-round. 

I had a terrific time pulling fat quarters for this project.  I used collections from seven different Moda designers and was thrilled to see how nicely they played together: 

Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie
Sweet Tea by Sweetwater
Merrily by Gingiber
Prairie Grass by Holly Taylor
Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique
Sundrops by Corey Yoder
Victoria by 3 Sisters

Lakeside Star is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop. This quilt finishes at 74” x 74” and is beginner friendly. My pattern includes pressing and layout tips. Just collect some pretty fat quarters and begin!

My intention is to give this crimson Lakeside Star quilt as a gift, but she’s awfully pretty.  When she returns back home from the quilter, she'll be even more lovely. Hopefully I won’t accidentally keep her for myself!