Friday, April 9, 2021

Brenda Riddle's "Sophie" collection ships to stores

Brenda Riddle’s new “Sophie” fabric collection has finally shipped to quilt stores! Sophie is the sweet pink and green collection that I used for my newest quilt pattern, By the Hours. With delicate florals and cheerful gingham prints, "Sophie" is perfect for a baby quilt or any spring sewing project you may have in mind.

My By the Hours pattern is a two-for-one, as it includes instructions to make both the baby quilt and the coordinating nursery pillow. The quilt finishes at 38 1/2” x 44 1/2” and the pillow finishes at 16 1/2” square.

Fabric selection is fairly easy. Begin with 8 coordinating fat quarters and then select a green for the vine, a neutral for the background, and of course the binding and backing. The material list will make both projects!  By the Hours is available as digital PDF pattern on my Etsy Shop.

You may remember that one of my Instagram friends, Sigi, was kind enough to do the pattern testing on By the Hours. She used a combination of Brenda Riddle and Lella Boutique pastels for her test samples. Sigi's generous spirit also extended to taking some pictures of her finished samples so that I could share them with you.  Thank you so much Sigi! You are a gem!

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week, quilting friends!


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Star Crossed Pines: A finished quilt featuring Christmas Morning

Spring is slowly arriving in Minnesota. It’s a joy to hear the robins tweeting in the evergreen outside my window. I am so excited for my grass to green, the perennials to peek out from the soil, and the trees to bud. But we quilters also know that in a month or two, several wonderful Christmas and winter fabric collections will be hitting the stores, and we have to be prepared! As crazy as it sounds, now is the time to plan any quilts you may want to have completed by next Christmas. I hope that my Star Crossed Pines pattern might be one on your list!

When I shipped my Star Crossed Pines top to be machine quilted, I was already in love with it. But when it came back from the quilter, I was overwhelmed with happiness. Star of Starlit Quilts selected the perfect pantograph to make my quilt twinkle! Now the white spaces in my quilt are filled with magical wintery stars and swirls. Star always seems to know what a quilt needs to turn it from pretty to beautiful, and I can’t thank her enough.

The fabric you see in this quilt is Christmas Morning by Lella Boutique for Moda, and it is scheduled to ship to quilt shops in June. This beautiful collection features a wonderful range of cranberry, sage and silvery gray prints. Click here for Moda's brochure of Christmas Morning, with SKUs.)

If you would like to start scheming your own Star Crossed Pines quilt, the pattern is available in paper and PDF format on my Etsy Shop. Maybe you could even encourage your favorite quilt shop to pull together a kit when the fabric arrives! Sometimes all it takes is a nudge from customers and a quilt shop will kit a particular pattern.  (Quilts shops can contact me directly for wholesale pattern offerings.)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you all are enjoying good weather, good health and lots of time at your sewing machines!


Monday, April 5, 2021

Update: Fat Quarter Lattice Quilt is back from the quilter

Hello quilting friends! I haven’t posted on my blog in about a month, and a few of you have noticed. I’ve received some sweet emails and messages, just checking in to see if everything is okay in the Carried Away Quilting sewing room. All is well here, I’ve just been busy behind the scenes.  I do have some fun things to show you in the coming weeks, including a new pattern.

Today I thought I’d share progress on a winter project that I just got back from the machine quilter, my Fat Quarter Lattice quilt. I’m so pleased with the texture. Many thanks to Star of Starlit Quilts who did the machine quilting. We chose a panto called Swirling Feathers, which softens all the angles wonderfully. I have a few evenings of hand binding ahead of me, but thankfully I enjoy that job.

Fat Quarter Lattice is a free tutorial on my blog. Have you been collecting some pretty fat quarters? Maybe today is the day to put them to good use! You’ll find all the details on how to make your own Fat Quarter Lattice quilt here.  You just need 16 fat quarters (top and scrappy binding), 3 1/4 yards neutral, and 5 yards backing.

Have a wonderful week! And thank you so much for checking in on me. Our quilting community is a blessing!