Sunday, August 25, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: August blocks

I’m back today with another set of blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The August block assignment includes three pretty blocks: Twin Star, Split Nine Patch, and Birds in the Air.

I thoroughly enjoyed making the Twin Star block. Fabric selection for this block was a snap. Once I decided to fussy cut a pink flower from Lella Boutique’s Nest collection, all that was left was to select two complementary blush prints for the star points. To add visual interest, I used the pale gray text print from Corey Yoder’s Strawberry Jam collection as my neutral.

For my Split Nine Patch block, I again fussy cut a pink flower from the Nest collection, this time with the robin’s egg blue background. This block reminds me of a piece of candy with twisted wrapper ends, perhaps because I have a super sweet tooth.

Finally, I tackled the Birds in the Air block. You may recall that I am making the medium-sized blocks each month, which finish at 6 1/2”.  This block is comprised of 36 little birds, each measuring 1 1/2”. Working with so many small pieces can be challenging. But I took my time, pinned a lot, and pulled out the seam ripper once. Don’t these birds in flight just twinkle?

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. I am making 24 medium sized blocks, and I hope to put them together into a pretty baby quilt. It's fun to rummage through this pretty stash of fabrics each month to see what I can create! 

The Summer Moon quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. There is plenty of time for you to join in the fun. Even if you decide not to participate in the quilt along, I highly recommend this bookIt is filled to the brim with wonderful blocks and endless possibilities!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Next Up baby quilt featuring fabrics by Elea Lutz

Have you been searching for a sweet and simple baby quilt pattern? Look no further than my Next Up pattern! This charm pack friendly pattern finishes at 38” square and is easy enough to stitch up in a weekend.

My sample quilt features darling prints from three Elea Lutz collections. When I sew with Elea Lutz fabrics, I find myself stopping often just to gaze at the tiny details. Viewing Elea’s art feels like reading a much loved children’s book . . . tender and familiar. I imagine this quilt bringing love and comfort to a little one!

As I mentioned, my Next Up pattern is charm pack friendly. However, I had saved scraps from past Elea Lutz projects, so I was able to make my own custom charm pack! I pulled from the following collections: Bluebirds on Roses, Milk Sugar & Flower and Apple Farm. Before I start any scrappy project, I like to lay out the fabrics in a pretty arrangement and take a few photos.  It really helps me to see which prints complement each other best.

Elea Lutz creates her treasured fabric under the umbrella of the Riley Blake Designs team. To round out my fabric selection for this project, I utilized two Riley Blake basics: Linen Blush (LN300-BLUSH) and Confetti Cottons Cloud (C120-CLOUD). That linen blush is the loveliest shade of pale pink, perfect for a baby quilt.

Thank you to Barb at Quilts on Broadway for the pretty machine quilting!  We chose a feminine pattern called Rose Stipple (by Quilting Creations) and selected a pale yellow thread for added warmth and dimension. 

My Next Up pattern includes instructions for two size options: large (86” square) and small (38” square, shown here.)  The large version calls for a layer cake. Both print and PDF pattern options are available on my Etsy Shop

Here are two other quilts I’ve made after being inspired by Elea Lutz and Riley Blake Designs fabrics:

Please don't forget to tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you make one of my patterns. I love to see your finished quilts. Now go and get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A reading pillow for Halloween

I’ve wanted to make a reading pillow for quite some time. It’s probably silly and nostalgic, considering my children are both in their 20s! No matter how old they get, I still remember fondly the hours we spent reading together . . . on the couch, on the floor, in the backyard, in a fort, at bedtime, after school . . . anywhere and everywhere. My sweetest memories are when Haley was a toddler sitting on my lap, with Luke snuggled next to us, reading aloud from his favorite book.

Well, I decided there was no reason I couldn't sew up a darling reading pillow and save it for a gift. (Yes, the pull to make one was that strong!) Since autumn is just around the corner, I decided to make a sweetly spooky Halloween reading pillow.

After snooping on the internet, I came across a free tutorial by Tiffany Horn of Village Bound Quilts. Her “Easy Reading Pillow” tutorial is fabulous. Tiffany’s instructions are detailed, easy to follow and accompanied by terrific step-by-step photographs. The finished pillow is a generous size (20” square) and features a carrying handle. I was able to create my pillow in just a couple of hours. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us, Tiffany!

I bet you are wondering where I found that festive focal fabric. It’s called “Ghostly Glow Town" by Shelly Comiskey for Henry Glass Fabrics, and it is available from my wonderful sponsor, Quilt Girls! Those skeletons and mummies are just a hoot, and they glow in the dark!

The black polka dot and plaid prints are from my stash. They coordinate so nicely with the Halloween print. The tutorial calls for just two fabrics (one yard of each). I deviated from Tiffany’s instructions just a bit and added a 2 1/2" band of plaid. I love polka dots and I love plaid, so naturally I had to use them both!  

Is there a child in your life who would love a brand new book tucked into a plump, squishy reading pillow? Maybe you are already thinking ahead to making Christmas gifts! Zip over to Quilt Girls and check out their terrific selection of juvenile prints: cats, dogs, horses, teddy bears, dinosaurs, cars, tractors, Dr. Seuss, Disney, holidays, superheroes . . .  the reading pillow possibilities are endless with the great selection at Quilt Girls!

I look forward to being a grandma someday. I will spoil my little ones with reading pillow covers and books for every season and holiday. They’ll probably tell stories about me long after I’m gone ~ the crazy reading pillow grandma. But hey, that’s okay. They will make memories to treasure for years to come!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends!