Friday, September 27, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: September blocks

I’m cruising right along with my blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The September block assignment includes three darling blocks: Maple Star, Patchwork Big O, and Southern Star. All three blocks feature the Nest collection by Lella Boutique for Moda.

My homework for this month was a bit lighter, as I had already made the Maple Star block months ago when I first received the book. This is still one of my favorite blocks. Any block that lends itself to a fussy-cut center is aces in my book!

The Patchwork Big O block was a bit tricky, and on my first try I had to pull out the seam ripper. But with a patience and close attention to the pattern instructions, I got it right the second time.

The Southern Star block may look difficult, but it isn’t. This pretty block is just comprised of half-square triangles. The pattern calls for four different prints to make the eight star points, but I opted to use three prints and repeated the green.  I think it has a nice effect.

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, so in the end I will have a smaller quilt. It’s been a creative joy to rifle through my fabric basket each month to create my blocks.  

The Summer Moon quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. You honestly can jump in at any time.  If you are on Instagram, there are plenty of people sewing along and sharing photos of their monthly creations. It’s “sew” inspiring!

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


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Recent finish: Cabin Fever quilt

Don’t worry, quilting friends . . . I am NOT decorating for Christmas in September!  I just wanted to share my most recent finish with you, this cozy “Cabin Fever” quilt, which was a kit I purchased from Sweet Treasures Quilts.

I began cutting and piecing this quilt last winter during a Minnesota snowstorm. It became one of those quilt tops that I worked on sporadically over the next several months, in between other projects that had more immediate deadlines. It surely didn’t need to take me this long to complete this quilt, as the pattern instructions are terrific and the piecing is simple and quick!

This darling pattern was written by Terri Staats, owner of Sweet Treasures Quilts.  For her sample and the kits, Terri featured a Moda fabric collection called Wintertide by Janet Clare. There is something so wonderful about the timeless, simple charm of this collection, don’t you agree? 

The pretty machine quilting was done by my friend Barb at Quilts on Broadway. We chose a fun motif that resembles swirling winter winds.

I believe Sweet Treasures Quilts quickly sold out of this kit last winter, but the pattern is available as a PDF purchase from their online store.  Sweet Treasures Quilts has a wonderful selection of other Christmas kits that you may want to check out. I do like choosing my own fabrics for my projects, but I also am thrilled when someone else does the work for me. And Terri has a marvelous eye for fabric selection!

My Cabin Fever quilt is destined to be a gift, but I will be honest . . . I’m having a hard time letting it go. It looks right at home in our family room.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a moment, zip on over to the Sweet Treasures Quilts website. You’ll be glad you did!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New pattern: Star Watch, a jelly roll quilt

I’m so excited to share my newest jelly roll pattern with you ~ Star Watch! In this quilt, twinkling midnight stars watch over a landscape of log cabins. There’s nothing cozier than a log cabin quilt, but this contemporary layout adds a bit of flair to the cozy!

As with my other new pattern, 9-Patch Pivot, I’ve used the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lelle Boutique for Moda, which will be available in stores this October. This gorgeous autumn fabric could actually be on display in your home year-round. While some of the prints feature acorns and oak leaves, the overall collection gives more of a nod to loving nature than any particular season.

My Star Watch pattern finishes at 64” x 74” and calls for one jelly roll and coordinating yardage. The jelly roll is used for block construction and also for a scrappy binding, which adds a charming finishing touch to the quilt! If you’ve never done a scrappy binding before, I encourage you to try it.  It’s so easy and results are definitely worth a little extra time!

Here are the complete fabric requirements:
(1) jelly roll or (33) strips 2 1/2’’ x 42’’
Navy (stars & outer border)............................ 1 1/3 yards
Tan (middle border)  ....................................... 5/8 yard
Neutral (blocks, sashing & inner border)......... 1 3/4 yards
Backing.......................................................... 4 yards
Binding: The sample shows scrappy binding from jelly roll strips. Otherwise, 5/8 yard is required.

I was absolutely tickled to see the machine quilting done by Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Star used a pattern called Lovely Leaves along with a soft taupe thread, which was absolutely perfect for this quilt. It brings the cozy up another two notches, don't you agree? I honestly couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you, Star!

Would you like to make your own Star Watch quilt? Then zip on over to my Etsy shop. The pattern is available in PDF format. And, I have reliable news that LouLou’s Fabric shop is planning to kit this pattern when Harvest Road releases in October. I’ll keep you posted!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all get carried away cozy quilting real soon!


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Pattern: 9-Patch Pivot, a fat quarter quilt

Do you love collecting fat quarters, but then struggle to find just the right pattern to actually use them? Well, I have just the answer . . . my newest pattern, 9-Patch Pivot!

9-Patch Pivot calls for just 21 fat quarters plus 1 1/4 yards of neutral, making fabric selection a snap! My sample features the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda, which will be available in October. This pretty quilt finishes at 66" x 77".

Friends, there are several things you will like about this pattern.  First, it really allows a fabric collection to shine. It’s scrappy and visually interesting, but it has enough continuity to also be visually soothing.

Second, assembly is really quite easy. The pattern calls for sewing stripsets, which are strategically pressed so that you can nest seams for perfect nine-patch blocks.

Third, you may notice that each small nine-patch block is “floating” within the larger finished block, meaning it rests more than 1/4” from all four sides. What’s so great about this? You won’t have to match points when you assemble all of your completed blocks into rows! Woo hoo!

Finally, this pattern will look fabulous in just about any fabric collection. I made a test block in a charming pastel collection by Elea Lutz, called Bluebirds on Roses. Isn’t this darling?  And my mind is already thinking ahead to winter sewing . . . wouldn't a Christmas version be lovely?

By now you have noticed the glorious machine quilting that ties everything together so wonderfully. This was done by the lovely and talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. We chose a soft taupe thread and a pattern called Abundant Feathers, which provides additional warmth and texture to the finished quilt. Having Star finish my quilts is always a treat. She has an artist’s eye and always steers me in the right direction! Thank you, Star!

If you have a bundle of fat quarters that just need a pattern, I hope you will consider 9-Patch Pivot. It’s available on my Etsy shop in PDF format.  I think you will really enjoy it!  And if you’d like to make one just like mine, a little birdie told me that LouLou’s Fabric shop is planning to kit this pattern when Harvest Road releases in October. I’ll keep you posted on that!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends!


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pumpkin Sky Pillow: Let's feature a white pumpkin!

Hello quilting friends!  I’m popping in today to share a small project I’m working on, another Pumpkin Sky pillow. This one features a white pumpkin with butterscotch-colored flying geese on a scrumptious denim blue background. I still need to add the side borders and then quilt and bind my pillow, but I already love how it looks.

Below is a photo of my original Pumpkin Sky pillow, sewn up in a much more traditional autumn/Halloween color palette and quilted by the super talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Isn't her artistry just amazing? Pumpkin Sky is available on my Etsy shop and includes instructions for the wall hanging and the pillow.

That gorgeous denim blue background in my new pillow top is from the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. This collection releases to stores in October, and you are going to LOVE it! I’ve designed two new patterns based on this collection, which I’ll be sharing with you in a few weeks.  But for now, here are two sneak peeks:

A progress shot of my new pattern, 9-Patch Pivot, which calls for 21 fat quarters and 1 1/4 yards of neutral. Both fabric selection and sewing are a snap for this pattern, which finishes at 66” x 77”.

And another progress shot, this time of Star Watch, a jelly-roll friendly quilt featuring stars and log cabins.  This quilt finishes at 64” x 74”.

I can hardly wait to show you these new quilts. In the meantime, I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 2, 2019

Autumn decorating with my Fall Flight quilt

Hello quilting friends! Fall has officially arrived in Minnesota. Not only has the calendar turned over to September, but we are already experiencing much cooler weather. That was my signal to start a bit of autumn decorating, which I wanted to share with you.

Last year when we moved into this home, I hung my Pumpkin Sky wall hanging in our dining room, and I really loved that look.  But this year I wanted to feature my new autumn quilt, Fall Flight. I decided to hang it over the antique door that leads into the room, and then decorate the side table with some fall pretties.

You may have noticed a small fall quilt folded up on the bottom shelf of my side table. I like how it adds another pop of color to the room. That small quilt is an autumn version of the Moda Love quilt I made a few years ago.  It features the Somerset collection by Fig Tree & Company. In our previous home, I had it displayed on a barn wood backdrop.  

Fall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring my signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks.  Fabric selection for Fall Flight might look tricky, but I assure you it's not.  Simply begin by selecting your two orange prints (Orange A and Orange B) that are similar in color and tone.  I chose two butterscotch/orange prints from Fig Tree & Company’s Farmhouse II collection.

Then, select eight fat quarters 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. 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.

If you are interested in making your own Fall Flight quilt, it is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop

One of my favorite things about autumn is that it unfailingly reminds my heart to be thankful . . . to feel my gratitude . . . to appreciate the simple beauties that are all around us. I am so thankful for all of you who take the time to visit my blog and share your quilting adventures with me through your comments and your emails. Thank you!