Sunday, December 27, 2020

Lattice style quilt featuring Folktale


Even with the restrictions caused by the pandemic, our small family managed to have a lovely and festive Christmas celebration. Although we truly missed gathering together with extended family, we seemed to treasure our simple holiday even more because of it. Now that the gifts have been given, I have another quilt to share with you which I made for our son’s girlfriend, Emilee.





We weren’t able to celebrate with Emilee in person. As a young nurse at a large hospital, she was scheduled to work both Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day. But our son celebrated with Emilee and her family and texted me this picture of her, along with the note, “She loves her quilt, Mom!”  Emilee is a lovely person with a very kind and caring demeanor. I’m sure she is a wonderful nurse, and I hope this quilt brings her comfort after a long, stressful day of work.


Now, you probably noticed that I used the fabulous new Folktale collection by Lella Boutique. The eclectic combination of floral and geometric prints, as well as the terrific range of colors, lends a romantic, Bohemian feel. In fact, several of the prints made me pause and think, “I wish I had a shirt made out of this fabric.” Images sprang to my mind of pretty Folktale shirts and blouses, paired with faded blue jeans, leather sandals and gold bangle bracelets. Since I couldn’t sew a garment to save my life, I did the next best thing and made a quilt using Folktale and Moda’s Indigo Chambray (#12051 13).


It was during the process of laying out the Folktale fat quarters with the Chambray fabric, that I decided I wanted to make a lattice-type quilt.  I found several patterns online, but none of them was quite what I had in mind.  So, I came up with this design on the fly.  I took lots of notes and pictures during construction, and I plan to write this up and offer it as a free tutorial. In case this is something that interests you, I will let you know ahead of time that my squares on point are 6 1/2” (6” finished) and that it is fat quarter friendly and includes a scrappy binding from the fat quarters. Emilee’s quilt finished at 70 3/4” x 81 3/4”.

The wonderful machine quilting that you see was done by Woods Edge Quilting. Katy used a pattern called Cottonwood, which is whimsical and natural . . . perfect for a romantic folktale! I especially love how the motif adds dimension in the chambray areas. Thank you so much, Katy!



Here are a few more photos that show the scrappy binding. For the backing, I used some left over Folktale pieces, along with a taupe gingham print I had saved from an earlier Lella Boutique collection, Farmer's Daughter. This was such a fun quilt to make. I’ll do my best to get the tutorial completed soon. 


Thank you, as always, for visiting my blog. I wish you much happiness and good health in the new year.

Taunja




Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Finally . . . a flannel quilt for Brad

Last spring, I made a college graduation quilt for Haley’s boyfriend. When I showed it to my husband, he asked, “Is that for me?” He knew darn well that it was for Cameron, but I felt a twinge of guilt. I realized I hadn’t made a quilt just for Brad in several years. When I told him that I’d make him one for Christmas, he asked for an exact replica of Cam’s quilt. Even though it won’t be much of a surprise, I’m still excited to see him open his present next week. I know he will love it.


This is the third quilt I’ve made from the gorgeous Farmhouse Flannels II collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda. The color range includes a fantastic mix of steely grays, warm browns and soft neutrals. Some of the grays even lean blue, which I really like. And the quality of the flannel is heavenly! I used a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop website called “Picnic” by Zen Chic. The pattern finishes at 72” x 83” and is layer cake friendly.  


Through the wonderful Instagram quilting community, I’ve met another terrific long-arm quilter, Katy of Woods Edge Quilting. She is located in Minnesota and lives not far from me. Katy helped me select this fun “Maze” pattern for Brad’s quilt. I love that it’s both masculine and a bit whimsical. In fact, when Katy and I texted ideas back and forth, her sons also voted on their favorite options for Brad’s quilt. Isn’t it cool that Brad’s quilt was in such great hands? Katy has quilted a few other projects for me recently, and I can’t wait to show them to you in the coming weeks.


I likely won’t blog again until 2021, so I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. May the coming year be a blessing to you. And may you find the time to get carried away quilting!

~Taunja



Sunday, November 22, 2020

Thanksgiving sale at Carried Away Quilting

I am truly thankful for all of you! I appreciate that you take time out of your busy lives to read my blog, and that you order and enjoy Carried Away Quilting patterns. When you reach out to me, through social media or email, to share a finished project or even just to ask a question, it is a joy to connect with you.

As we head into Thanksgiving week in the United States, I wanted to extend my heart-felt thanks to all of you. Now through Sunday, November 29, all items in my Etsy shop are 20% off.  No coupon code needed.

And don’t forget, I do have several free (and fun) tutorials on my blog.

Have a wonderful week and get carried away quilting!

~Taunja









Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Fabric kits for Buffalo Check Winter

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in quickly to let you know that LouLou’s Fabric Shop has restocked fabric kits for my Buffalo Check Winter pattern!  LouLou’s offered kits when the pattern released in August, but they quickly sold out. Here's your second chance to nab one!



Remember, the pattern is a digital (PDF) pattern which needs to be purchased from my Etsy shop. The fabric kits are available directly from LouLou’s.

That’s the post. I told you I was popping in quickly. Have a great day everyone!

~Taunja



Sunday, November 15, 2020

Christmas quilts out early this year

This weekend I was seized by the desire to decorate for the holidays. I don’t usually pull out my Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. But this year is different. We’ve had three snowfalls since the middle of October. Our extended families won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving due to the pandemic. I rarely leave the house anymore. I’m not whining or complaining, I’m just deciding to make the best of it and give myself a warm hug. As one of my Instagram friends said, “Bring on the merry!” That’s exactly what I decided to do all around the house, starting with our bedroom.


We don’t have a fancy bedroom. The carpet is worn and needs to be replaced.  The walls could seriously use a fresh coat of paint. Our furniture is over 25 years old and has survived five moves, as is evident by several nicks, dings and scratches. But the room is spacious and cozy at the same time. And when I add in three Christmas quilts and a few other seasonal touches, it becomes a wonderful haven.


I’ve never had twinkle lights in my bedroom before, but I certainly plan to do that from now on, and not just for the holidays.  Twinkle lights make everything better, don’t they?


Even my husband didn’t complain about my early jumpstart for the season. While I was bustling about the house putting up decorations, Brad was working outside, prepping his ice house for winter fishing. (If you curious about that, read this post from last year: Stitching while ice fishing.) It will be more than a month before our lake makes ice thick enough for safe fishing, but like me, Brad is ready to embrace the season. “Bring on the fish!”

I’m wishing you all peace, warm shelter, good health and happiness in the weeks to come. Sending a warm hug your way!

~Taunja

The scoop on the quilts:

On the bed: My new Buffalo Check Winter quilt pattern, featuring Winter White by Holly Taylor for Moda.

On the wall: A wall hanging I made in 2010 featuring the Fruitcake collection by BasicGrey for Moda.  The pattern is from the book Simply Charming Two by Moose on the Porch Quilts.

In the basket: My Star Crossed Pines pattern (runner version) featuring several holiday collections from Moda Fabrics.

 



Sunday, November 8, 2020

Free block pattern: Snazzy Snowflake

This past week we experienced unseasonably warm weather.  November high temps in the 70s are rare in Minnesota. The snow we received in October disappeared quickly, and we were able to get outside to finish our autumn yard chores and enjoy the sunshine.  But mother nature can’t fool me.  I know that bitter cold and mounds of white stuff are just around the corner. So, I embraced the inevitable and sewed up this pretty snowflake pillow.


I’m pleased to tell you that the snowflake block is a free pattern from Highway 10 Designs, a Canadian based design team that I came to know through the wonderful quilting community on Instagram.  They designed this Snazzy Snowflake Quilt Block years ago as part of a sampler BOM program with area quilt shops, and now it is a free PDF on their website!


I added 2 1/2” borders to all four sides so that I could use a 16” pillow form I had on hand.  A bit of simple straight-line quilting accented the snowflake shape nicely. To finish my pillow, I used the simple envelope back technique and bound my pillow just like I would bind a quilt. 



I used fabrics from my stash. The blue background is Moda’s Indigo Chambray (#12051 13). The white snowflake is from Gingiber’s Merrily collection from a couple of years ago.  The warm gray binding and backing material are also from Gingiber’s Merrily collection.


When I carried my cute pillow to the guest room to photograph it, I felt a rush of happy inspiration. My Buffalo Check Autumn quilt is currently on the bed in that room. As I was moving it out of the way, it dawned on me that if I fold it in half and just display the denim stars (hiding the pumpkins), it will look wonderful as a winter “foot of the bed” quilt. And . . . bonus . . . it coordinates so nicely with my new pillow! Don’t you just love happy accidents like that?



Thanks for stopping by today, quilting friends.  And thank you to the ladies at Highway 10 Designs for making this Snazzy Snowflake Quilt Block pattern available to all of us!

~Taunja


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Christmas Economy Blocks

I got a little sidetracked this weekend, quilting friends.  I had fully intended to organize the scrap baskets and shelves in my fabric closet. Unfortunately, I was easily distracted by a bin of festive Sweetwater Christmas prints I had saved from past projects. So instead of organizing, I found myself cutting and sewing. Before I knew it, I had made four holiday Economy Blocks to share with you.


Just in case you missed my most recent posts, I’ve provided a detailed tutorial on making these 4 1/2” Economy Blocks from your stash. Let me warn you though, you won’t be able to stop at just one, or even two!

Sweetwater’s fabric collections nearly always include text prints, which are fun to fussy cut and feature in a small block. I also appreciate that new Sweetwater lines, like this year’s Christmas Card collection, typically coordinate with their past fabric releases. I’m pretty sure these Economy Blocks include prints from three Sweetwater collections. The lovely red and green prints with the soft white snowflakes are from Janet Clare's Wintertide collection. 


I also wanted to share a tip with you regarding directional or text prints. Naturally, text prints are delightful to use in the center square.


But they can also add visual interest in the “inside” square.  The magic is this . . . if you cut your 3 1/2” square twice on the diagonal and rearrange the pieces, they will still be directional (i.e. read horizontally).




That’s it for today. Now head on over to your own scrap bins and start cranking out some Economy Blocks!

~Taunja

 



Monday, October 26, 2020

Economy Block tutorial

Recently I shared my Vintage Halloween Economy Blocks on the blog, and I promised you there would be a tutorial. So today I’ll be sharing some information on how I made my blocks, including tools, tips, measurements and basic assembly instructions. This post is not a pattern for a full quilt, so there will not be fabric requirements. But the great thing about the Economy Block is that it fun, easy and a great way to use up your scraps and stash. Let’s get started!


Vintage Halloween Economy Block
Size:
4 1/2” (unfinished);  4” (finished / when sewn with other blocks)

Rulers:
You don’t need any special rulers to make Economy Blocks, but these were handy for me:

A square 2 1/2” Creative Grids ruler (for fussy cutting the centers).

A ruler with clear 1/4” markings. (I used my 4 1/2” x 8 1/2” Creative Grids ruler that has the best 1/4” markings.  I used gingham Lori Holt washi tape to mark off a 3 1/4” square on the ruler, which will be used for one of the trimming steps. You could use painter’s tape also.)

The Cute Cuts 4 1/2” Trim It Ruler by Lori Holt. (Again, I could have used another ruler and some washi tape. But this Trim It Ruler has fantastic markings for finding the right trimming spot to complete the 4 1/2” block.)


Cutting:
For each Economy Block, you will need to begin with three squares:

2 1/2” center square
3 1/2” square
4 1/2” square

Begin by fussy cutting the 2 1/2” center square. (Note, you do not have to fussy cut. You could use a mini charm pack or cut 2 1/2” squares from any pretty fabric. The end result will still be lovely.)


Then cut a 3 1/2” square and a 4 1/2” square from coordinating fabrics. 


I cut several squares and laid them together in groupings to see which combinations I liked. 


Next, cut both the 3 1/2” square and the 4 1/2” square on the diagonal twice, so that you have (4) triangles each.


Assembly:

Begin with the triangles yielded from the 3 1/2” square. Sew triangles to the left and right of a fussy cut square. I used my Bernina’s quarter inch foot for exact piecing.



Press toward the triangles and trim off the dog ears.


Next, sew triangles to the top and bottom. Press toward the triangles.



Using your tape-marked ruler, trim the block to 3 1/4” square.  Do not skip this trimming step. Look closely at the photo below. The key is to have 1/4” of seam allowance on all four sides. Position the ruler so that the corners of the fussy cut square do not extend into the 1/4" seam allowance. Trim two sides. Rotate the block and trim the remaining two sides.




Now repeat those same steps using the triangles yielded from the 4 1/2” square. 

Here’s a creative tip.  Flip your units over and sew from the other side.  This will allow you to see the seam intersection that you want to meet precisely.



Again, press toward the triangles.


Using a 4 1/2” trimming tool or ruler, square up your block to 4 1/2”. 

Look closely at this photo. There is shading around the perimeter that indicates the seam allowance area. Make sure none of the points are in that shaded area. The ruler also has guidelines for the center square, helping you position the ruler correctly.  



Place your finished blocks under a ruler and weight. This will keep them nice and flat while you sew. I do this often with small blocks. Sometimes I even weight press them overnight.


I hope this tutorial will inspire you to begin making Economy Blocks from your favorite fabrics. My goal is to make as many blocks as I can with the focal fabric at center. When I run out of little characters to fussy cut, I will continue to make Economy Blocks from just the coordinating fabrics until I have enough blocks to make a baby or lap sized quilt.

I plan to take my time with these blocks, sewing them when the mood strikes . . . sewing for fun.  I hope you’ll do the same!

~Taunja

 P.S. I have other free tutorials on my blog. Check them out when you have a chance.