Monday, October 28, 2019

Summer Moon QAL: October Blocks

This past weekend I stitched up my October blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. This month’s assignment includes three pretty blocks: Checkerboard, Darting Birds and Nonsense. I’m sewing from my stash, and my blocks feature a mix of prints by Lella Boutique and Corey Yoder, who are two of my favorite Moda designers.

I went rogue and broke the rules on the Checkerboard block, but I had a good reason. I wanted to use the alphabet script from Corey’s Yoder’s Strawberry Jam collection as my neutral for this block. The problem was that the pattern called for the on-point checkerboard squares to be made using a method which would create seams in the neutral areas. This would would have disrupted the alphabet script I wanted to use. So, after a bit of math and testing on my part, I figured out that if I cut the colored and neutral squares at 1 7/8”, I could lay them out and join them in a Granny Square fashion and then trim the block to size. (Remember, I am only sewing the 6 1/2” blocks, so I do not have the math figured out for the smaller and larger blocks. You certainly don’t need to break the rules as I did. There is nothing wrong with the directions as written in the book!)

I have never made a Darting Birds block before, but I really love it.  It is so sweet and whimsical, and it was a snap to make. As I was sewing, I imagined how darling this block would be repeated in a baby boy quilt, with many shades of blue birds. (An idea to keep in the hopper for “someday.”)

The Nonsense block is another very pretty block which should have been easy to construct.  However, I admit that I was tired and not paying close attention to the pattern. I had to dig out the old seam ripper twice to correct my mistakes. Oh well, we all have sewing days like that. Once I got it sewn correctly, I was so happy with the end result!

Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop). The quilt along began in May and runs through February 2020. You can jump in at any time.  If you don’t feel like sewing along, I still highly recommend this book. There are 24 blocks you could mix and match to your sewing heart’s delight!

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


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Christmas bed runner with Star Crossed Pines

Just the other day I was walking by our guest room and thought, “I wish I had a Christmas quilt to lay across the foot of the guest bed this winter.” You may be surprised to hear that I don’t have enough Christmas quilts for every bed and sofa in the house, but I don’t! Since Christmas is less than two months away (eeek!), I decided to make a bed runner instead. Here’s my first block.

Do you recognize the block? It’s from my Star Crossed Pines quilt pattern!  Doesn’t it have a cozy, homespun holiday feeling? My plan is to make five blocks and create one row from the pattern. One row (with sashing and corner stones) finishes at 62” x 24”, which will be an excellent size for a bed runner. Once I’ve finished the row, if I feel like it needs to be bigger, I may add an outer border.

I have been hoarding a little stockpile of winter and holiday fabrics. Some are left over from other projects. Some are fat quarters I’ve collected just because I loved the color or print. You'll see older fabrics from Sweetwater, Janet Clare, Fig Tree, Kate & Birdie and Lella Boutique in my pile below. The moral to this story is, if you love it, hang onto it.  It will probably blend nicely with other things you love!

It gives me great joy to sew from my stash and mix fabric designers’ collections together. In fact, working on this project gave me ideas for other Christmas quilts I would like to sew from my stash. What a great feeling!

Here are links to my other Star Crossed Pines quilts:

I hope this post inspires you to look at your own pattern collection and fabric stash and ponder what you can make with what you have. Of course, I also hope it inspires you to make your own Star Crossed Pines project! The pattern is available in both PDF and print format on my Etsy shop.

Oh, and I wanted to remind you that LouLou's Fabric shop has kits for two of my newest patterns, Star Watch and 9-Patch Pivot.  Both quilts feature the lovely Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda.  Kits are going fast, so zip on over to LouLou's while she still has some in store!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Now go and get carried away quilting, my friends!


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Kits available: Star Watch & 9-Patch Pivot, featuring Harvest Road

Hello quilting friends. Fabric kits are now available for my two newest patterns: 9-Patch Pivot and Star Watch. The long-awaited Harvest Road fabric is in stock at LouLou’s Fabric shop, and the kits are ready! Will one of these pretty quilts become your next project?

9-Patch Pivot is a fat quarter friendly quilt that finishes at 66” x 77”.  My favorite thing about this pattern is how all the prints in the fabric line have a chance to shine. And the Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda is totally shine-worthy!

Star Watch is a jelly roll friendly quilt that finishes at 64” x 74”. The jelly roll is used for block construction and also for a scrappy binding, which adds a charming finishing touch to the quilt! And don’t you just love the bold row of navy stars?

How do you get your hands on a kit?

First, you'll need to purchase the pattern directly from my Etsy Shop. It is available as a PDF/digital pattern only.

Then, zip over to LouLou's Fabric Shop to purchase the fabric kits. I’ve teamed up with LouLou’s on several project offerings over the years. I am so thankful to work with a shop so devoted to their quilting customers.

Thank you all for your interest in both of these new patterns, and your patience while we waited for the fabric to arrive. Time to get carried away quilting!


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cloth book giveaway winners

It's time to announce our cloth book panel giveaway winners! Many thanks to the kind folks at Quilt Girls who provided the panels for this giveaway!

I have a love-hate relationship with giveaways.  I love to make someone’s day by declaring them a prize winner, but I hate the fact that I don’t have a prize for everyone. Please just know that my drawings are always a random draw, and if I could, I would send you each a prize!

Today we have two lucky ladies who will each receive a “Five Little Pumpkins on Halloween Night” cloth panel: Carol Spence and Mary (Hibob2). I will be in touch with you both! 

Please visit the Quilt Girls website and check out their terrific selection of book panels, quilt panels and novelty fabrics! Thanks again, Quilt Girls!


Monday, October 7, 2019

Another Lakeside Star quilt!

My second Lakeside Star quilt is finished and ready to be gifted to a lovely bride and groom-to-be, our beautiful niece and her handsome fiancĂ©! I hope this quilt will add the warm reminder of family love and support to their home. We live several states apart and don’t get to see them often. It’s nice to think of them snuggled together under this cozy quilt, watching a movie or sharing their day’s experiences.

The Lakeside Star pattern is a good choice for a quilt intended for a young couple.  It’s bold and graphic, which fits in nicely with a young couple’s more contemporary styling, but it’s also traditional and inviting.

This crimson and taupe version of Lakeside Star has a very subtle nod to Christmas and winter, but the prints are not over-the-top seasonal. I’m hoping they use this as a cuddling quilt all year long!

Fabric selection for this quilt was a lot of fun.  I used collections from seven different Moda designers, and I was thrilled with how well they worked together.  The collections shown include

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

My friend and local quilt shop owner, Barb from Quilts on Broadway, did the lovely machine quilting using a large swirling pattern and soft taupe thread.  We also chose a plush cappuccino colored backing fabric from her store. The brand is Cuddle® fabric by Shannon Fabrics.

Lakeside Star is a fat quarter quilt pattern available 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!

I’ve carefully folded Tahler and Ricky’s quilt. Now I’m on the hunt for a large box and the roll of wrapping paper that I know I purchased . . . but which seems to have gone missing. Wish me luck!


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Cloth book giveaway with Quilt Girls

Would you like to make a darling Halloween cloth book for a child in your life? Then you came to the right blog post!  The kind folks at Quilt Girls recently sent me two panels of “Five Little Pumpkins on Halloween Night,” and we’re running a giveaway! 

This book panel was designed by Sandra Magsamen for Studio E Fabrics. The story features rhyming prose, which will encourage a young child to read along. And most importantly, the book will be completely huggable!

If you’ve never made a cloth book before, I encourage you to give it a whirl.  It’s an easy project and a wonderful gift to give! Quilt Girls has an amazing selection of cloth panel books, including classic/vintage stories, ABC/123 primers, holiday stories, and contemporary characters. I’ve made three cloth books in the past and blogged about them.

Note: I included some of my own tips and instructions in this post!


To enter, simply leave a comment telling me why you'd like to make a cloth book. 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 3:00 pm (CST) on Monday, October 7, 2019. At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winners. 

*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. (

Sewing friends, please visit the Quilt Girls website and check out their terrific selection of book panels, quilt panels and children’s fabrics. If you are sewing for a little person in your life, Quilt Girls has the fabric you need.  Just check out this fun reading pillow I recently made using Halloween prints from their store! I sent this off to my nephew just yesterday.  I think he’s going to love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and thank you to Quilt Girls for their generous offer! Good luck, everyone!