Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: June blocks

Hello quilting friends! We're nearing the end of June, which means it’s time for me to show you this month’s blocks from the Summer Moon Quit Along with Fat Quarter Shop. I’ve been having so much fun sewing from my stash of Moda fabrics from Lella Boutique and Corey Yoder. These cheerful, pretty prints are day brighteners, don’t you think?

The June quilt along assignment called for making a Capital T block (top), a Hidden Star block (bottom left) and a Pinwheel Geese block (bottom right).

This month I moved out of my comfort zone and worked in two additional low volume background prints. In May, my background print of choice was the white with grey “x” from Lella Boutique’s Nest collection. This month I added the grey stripe from the Nest collection, as well as a grey text print from Corey Yoder’s Strawberry Jam collection. I’m really happy with the visual interest created by multiple background prints.

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. For the sew along, we are asked to make three blocks each month, in all three sizes (9 blocks per month). I am sewing just three blocks a month in the medium 6 1/2" size. You could do whatever works with your schedule! 

The Summer Moon quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. You can still jump in and join the fun. 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.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fig Tree fat quarter bundles available

Are you looking to build your Fig Tree stash? Well, you’re in luck!  I have listed two new fat quarter bundles on my Etsy shop and they are as pretty as can be.

The autumn bundle includes 6 fat quarters from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection, featuring their signature butterscotch orange mixed with black and green.  These would be perfect adders for a fall quilt or any farmhouse inspired project!

The red and green bundle includes 6 fat quarters from three Fig Tree collections: Ella & Ollie, Christmas Figs and Farmhouse II. This versatile bundle would be a lovely in a fresh summery quilt, but it would also be beautiful for a Christmas project. I love sewing Christmas quilts with prints that aren’t strictly “holiday” prints. It’s both unexpected and joyful!

Zip on over to my Etsy shop today to order your Fig Tree bundle.  They’ll go quickly!


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

4th of July Flag Block

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in today to share a fun little mini I made recently, the 4th of July Flag by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. This block is a free tutorial as part of Lori’s Vintage Block Along series.

The finished block measures 13” x 20” and is just one of many blocks that will be sewn into the finished quilt in Lori’s newest sew along. I didn’t have enough time in my sewing schedule to join the Vintage Block Along, but I sure had fun whipping together this festive flag.

Don’t you love a quick and easy project that allows you to sew from your stash? My block includes the following Moda fabrics:
  • Navy pin dot (Sweet Tea by Sweetwater)
  • Navy geometric (upcoming Harvest Road by Lella Boutique)
  • Neutral geometric (upcoming Harvest Road by Lella Boutique)
  • Neutral text print (Sweet Tea by Sweetwater)
  • Neutral cross hatch (Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie)
  • Red plaid (Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie)

I suppose I better sign off and get to work. I have some quilting and binding to do.  I really hope to have this small quilt ready for the 4th of July . . . 2019!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 7, 2019

New pattern: Fall Flight

Autumn is my favorite season. Like many of you, I cherish signs of fall:  the spectacle of leaves turning vibrant shades of red, gold and orange; the glimpse of a harvest moon hanging low in the sky; the sight and sound of geese migrating south; and, of course, fields of pumpkin patches and roadside pumpkin stands. In Minnesota, we savor every last bit of autumn in preparation for the long winter that follows.

Every year as summer draws to a close, I feel a thrill when I pull out my autumn quilts for display and snuggling. Today I’m excited to share my newest quilt pattern with you, Fall Flight. There are so many beautiful autumn fabric collections on the market. Wouldn't you love to have your own Fall Flight quilt ready for use next autumn?

Fall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring my signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks. Some of you may recognize the pumpkin block from another pattern of mine, Pumpkin Sky, which is a wall hanging/pillow combination. 

Fall Flight has a scrappy vibe, which may make you worried that fabric selection is tricky, but I assure you it’s not! I’ve listed the material requirements below, and I’ll share a few tips with you here. 

Begin by selecting your two orange prints (Orange A and Orange B). These should be fairly similar in color and tone, with enough difference in print or scale to achieve a little “orange-on-orange” distinction.  I chose two butterscotch/orange prints from Fig Tree & Company’s Farmhouse II collection.

Then, select eight fat quarters. They will be used for the flying geese, star centers, and scrappy binding! You could choose traditional autumn prints or just colors that give you that fall feeling, which is what I did. I love the prints I selected, but I really wish I had also added a purple print to the mix. That would have been smashing!

Once you have the oranges and fat quarters selected, choosing the remaining fabrics will not be that difficult. I repeated the star points fabric in the middle border, and I chose a very similar pumpkin orange for the outer border. The pumpkin stumps could be any brown or black print in your stash. The neutral background fabric could be a solid or something with a very faint tonal print.    

Here are complete fabric requirements:

Materials Needed:
(8) colored fat quarters for flying geese and pumpkin centers
Orange A (lighter).......... 3/4 yard
Orange B (darker).......... 1 1/8 yards
Neutral.......................... 2 2/3 yards
Stump............................ Fat Quarter
Black star points............ 1/3 yard
Middle border (black)....1/2 yard
Outer border (orange)....1 yard
Backing......................... 4 1/4 yards
Binding......................... scrappy from above
*If you don’t want to do the scrappy binding using leftover material from above, you will need to purchase 5/8 yard.

I hope you’ll consider adding Fall Flight to your autumn sewing list. The pattern is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop. Hugs and thanks to my friend Barb at Quilts on Broadway for the lovely vine quilting. It's the perfect finishing touch on my new favorite autumn quilt! 


Monday, June 3, 2019

Next Up: a graduation quilt

I have a special quilt to share with you today, a gift for our niece Molly, who is graduating from high school. Molly is a sweet, smart, soft-spoken young lady who also has a great sense of humor. With her easy-going temperament and kind ways, I just know she will make a positive mark on the world.  It makes me happy to be sending a quilt along with her to college, to remind her how much she is loved.

When I asked Molly if there was a style or color combination she would like for her quilt, she wasn’t fussy. She just said she’d like it to be blue. Well, that was music to my ears, because I had been hoarding the blues from Lella Boutique’s “Nest” collection, just waiting for a special project.

I decided to use my Next Up pattern for Molly’s quilt. First of all, the name is just perfect for someone starting her next stage in life. Second, it is a bold, modern layout that I think young people appreciate. The pattern comes in two sizes. The layer cake size finishes at 86” square and the charm pack version finishes at 38” square. The pattern is available on my Etsy Shop.

I didn’t have a layer cake of Nest, but I did have yardage. I selected 10 blue prints and cut 42 10-inch squares, essentially creating my own layer cake.  While my original Next Up quilts are very scrappy, this version has a beautiful repetition of color and pattern!

My Next Up pattern calls for two background fabrics. The darker grey that you see is Moda’s Cross Weave Black. It has a wonderful texture and provides a beautiful backdrop, allowing the aqua blue prints to shine. The creamy neutral fabric is a text print from Lella Boutique’s “Farmer’s Daughter” collection. It includes sweet messages that I hope Molly will enjoy reading when she uses her quilt.

I wanted this quilt to be extra cuddly, so I backed it with a saltwater-colored Cuddle backing by Shannon Fabrics. My local quilt shop, Quilts on Broadway, keeps this in stock in wide-back, which is wonderful. Shop owner Barb is also the one who did the machine quilting. We chose a quilting pattern that features cheerful flowers and swirling hearts.

Yesterday was Molly's graduation party at her home. It was a beautiful day celebrating a beautiful young lady. Here is the happy graduate!

On both sides of our family, the nieces and nephews are recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates. As many of you know, it’s a bittersweet time for all the adults who love them. Making a graduation quilt for these special young people is my way of wrapping them in a hug as their life journeys begin.