Monday, November 20, 2017

A tea towel turned quilted banner

Hello quilting friends! Last spring (through the wonders of Instagram) I stumbled upon a talented artist who designs inspirational art prints and tea towels for the home, Stephanie of Fancy That Design House. I especially loved the hand inked, vintage look of the tea towels, so I ordered two! 

As you might expect, I didn’t use either of them as tea towels.  One of them I framed, and one of them I put in my special “do something cool with this” tub in my sewing room.  Well last weekend that second tea towel began calling my name, and I came up with this banner.

Old hymns have a way of bringing us back to special times and places in our past, don’t they? They bring me back to the small country church I attended as a girl. The church with the white curved railing around the alter and the high, beautiful stained glass windows. Old hymns bring a sense of comfort and belonging.

And isn’t it true that we don’t actually need to hear the tune . . . we can just see a few lines from a favorite hymn and suddenly the melody and the words are filling us up?  Maybe that’s why I was so drawn to Stephanie’s art! I look at my “Great is Thy Faithfulness” banner and I am filled with the sounds of a small church choir lifting their collective voices to the best of their ability, in praise. 

I'm also reminded of my Grandma Audrey, who was a choir director, and my Grandma Arlene, who frequently sang hymns around her house. Grandma Arlene could also yodel, but that’s a story for another day!

Banner making tips

Now, onto the quilty nitty gritty! I will share with you, very loosely, how I made my banner/wall hanging. I don’t have a tutorial or a pattern. This is one of those times where you just need to play and create!

I trimmed my tea towel to roughly 11 1/2” x 14 1/2”. (Yes, this was the scary part.) Basically I trimmed it so that there was about an inch of white space around all four sides of the printed design.

I sewed a slim border to the top and a pieced border to the bottom. You could make these whatever size looks good to your eye. Or you could sew a simple border around all four sides!

To make the “quilt sandwich” for this project, I used fusible fleece (Pellon 987F) instead of batting. I ironed this onto the back of my banner top.  Then I used temporary spray adhesive to add the backing fabric to create my “quilt sandwich.”

I stitched the crocheted lace trim across the top, using my walking foot and matching thread. That lace trim is from an antique store. It's one of my favorite finds and I've used it on other projects.  Sadly, I don't have much left!

Again using my walking foot, I did some simple quilting lines here and there to keep the piece together. I stitched straight lines in the borders, and I slowly stitched meandering lines around a few areas in the towel’s design.  I did not want to lose the crinkly goodness of the tea towel, so I was vary sparing in my quilting.  Just a bit of quilting should be enough to keep the banner together since I used the fusible fleece.

After trimming the excess backing fabric, I added 2 1/4” binding just like I would any quilt. There are so many fun possibilities with a project like this. I think these tea towels would also be terrific made into throw pillows!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends celebrating that holiday.  And to everyone, I hope you find time to get carried away quilting!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Cloth book panel winners, courtesy of Quilt Girls

It's time to announce our giveaway winners!  Earlier this week I shared some cloth books I have made, courtesy of the kind folks at Quilt Girls! Shop owner Patricia was nice enough to give me two extra panels, which will go to two lucky readers!

If you haven't entered one of my giveaways before, my scientific method for selecting a winner is to copy and paste all of the comments into an Excel spreadsheet.  Then I do several sorts to rearrange the entries.  Then I ask a family member to chose a winning number.  I suppose something like Rafflecopter would be more efficient, but this is much more fun, and I do enjoy reading your comments as I sift through them!

  • The winner of the "Fun with Flaky Friends" panel is OhioLori.
  • The winner of the "A Christmas Wish" panel is DebbieChristin.

Ladies, we will be in touch so that I can ship out your panels!

Quilting friends, please visit the Quilt Girls website and check out their terrific selection of book panels, quilt panels and novelty fabrics.  Cloth books are an affordable gift that will be loved for years to come!


My Timeless Day grand opening: New storefront

In July of 2016, Allison Cotton made her quilting dreams come true by opening an online quilt store, My Timeless Day. Now, just 16 months later, Allison is expanding that dream by opening a new brick and mortar storefront as well! This weekend is the Grand Opening, and Allison was kind enough to share some photos of her lovely new shop, so that I could share them with all of you!

Allison Cotton in her wonderful new storefront.

Allison’s new space features beautiful antique cabinets, wonderful lighting (I spy a chandelier!) and of course, heaps of great products! My Timeless Day carries the latest fabric collections from Moda, Riley Blake, Penny Rose, Windham and Tilda, as well as fun and useful notions, embellishments, patterns and books. 

Bolts, precuts, patterns and notions galore!

Below is a photo of Allison's store before she set up all of her merchandise and displayed her lovely quilts.  I can just imagine the fun she had organizing and decorating!

The new space was a labor of love for Allison's family.

Whether you are an online or in-person customer, you will enjoy Allison’s helpful and caring personality.  She truly wants to provide her customers with the best products and service, and she is an avid quilter. I am honored that My Timeless Day carries so many of my patterns, and kits several of them!

To celebrate their Grand Opening, My Timeless Day is offering 20% off online and in store, now through Saturday.  (Online shoppers, use the code GRANDOPENING at checkout.) Here’s the scoop:

Grand Opening Hours:
Friday, November 17 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Typical Store-Front Hours:
Thursdays & Fridays from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
*Follow My Timeless Day on Facebook, Instagram, and their blog for updates

My Timeless Day
30442 481st Avenue
Alcester, SD

On a personal note, I want to congratulate Allison and her family on the success of this new venture. I know all of Allison’s family pitched in to help make her dreams come true. Allison and I have not met in person, but we chat frequently via email and text, and I consider her a friend and feel lucky to have met her in this quilty world!

Congratulations, My Timeless Day! Best wishes!


Sample of Star Crossed Pines!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"A Little Sweetness" doll quilt

Have you seen the new “A Little Sweetness” collection by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs?  This precious line features little girl dresses with bows, aprons, ruffles and polka dots in Tasha’s signature colors.  These dainty dresses just beg to be fussy cut and made into a doll quilt . . . so that’s what I did!

I ordered three fat quarters and some backing fabric from one of my dear sponsors, Stitches ‘N Giggles.  I paired these Tasha Noel pieces with a mint green print I had in my stash. That delicate mint floral is from Elea Lutz’s “Milk, Sugar & Flower” collection.  I still didn’t have a pattern in mind, but I was happy with this fabric combination and knew something would come to mind! 

One evening I turned to Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book for quilty inspiration and decided that 6 1/2” churn dash blocks would be perfect for fussy cutting and highlighting this sweet fabric. I made a test block, fell in love, and fussy cut five more 2 1/2” dress squares for the blocks. This kind of playful sewing really nourishes the soul!

I used Elea’s mint floral for the sashing and borders, and another “Milk, Sugar & Flower” stripe for the binding. For backing I used Tasha's main white dress print. The finished size of this doll quilt is 15 1/2” x 22 1/2”.

I used two pretty Aurifil thread colors to quilt this project: 2835 (medium mint) and 2423 (baby pink).  In my bobbin I used 2021 (natural white). I began by quilting 1/8” from the seams of the sashing and border pieces. Then I quilted soft squares on point, in both mint and pink, to highlight the blocks.

I will be gifting this doll quilt to a new baby girl who has a big sister. It’s my hope that when the baby gets older, she and her sister will have fun playing with their dollies, and that this quilt will be part of that play. There’s not a bigger reward for a quilter, is there?

Stitches 'N Giggles carries the "A Little Sweetness" collection featured here, as well as many other fabric collections, notions and the Farm Girl Vintage book! Shop owner Lori is offering my readers free shipping on all orders over $50 now through Sunday, November 19. Just use the coupon code: carriedaway

To see some other projects I've made from Tasha Noel and Elea Lutz collections, please visit these links:

Have a great day and be sure to make time to get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Spinning Tops blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

How did it happen? There are only two blocks left in the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. It seems like just yesterday that I was eagerly cutting up fabric for the first block!  Today I'm sharing my November blocks: Spinning Tops!

I've been sewing with one of Brenda Riddle's beautiful collections, Fleurs.  Fat Quarter Shop carries several Brenda Riddle lines if you’d like to check them out!

I hope you'll check back on December 15, when I show my December blocks.  Then we'll need to begin setting the blocks and working on the pieced backing! Fun!

This quilt along is an annual charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. The patterns are free and are posted on the 15th of each month on the Jolly Jabber. Quilters are asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they download.  All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  What a great opportunity for us all!

Several other bloggers are quilting along! Please visit their blogs too!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of Pat (@quilterpatsloan)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to share your progress on the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group! And be sure to post your own blocks using the hashtag #patchworkquiltalong on Instagram!   


Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving cloth book and a giveaway with Quilt Girls

Are you looking for a quick, homemade gift that is sure to be well loved? Then a cloth book may be the answer!  One of my terrific blog sponsors, Quilt Girls, recently sent me this adorable Thanksgiving book panel, which I was able to whip together in no time. Now I have a sweet book to gift to a young one!

I Love to Gobble You Up” lends itself to having a sing-song, rhyming read-along with a little boy or girl. I’m pretty sure I can picture most of us reading, and gobbling, some well-loved little toes to the natural tune of this book.

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 two others and blogged about them.  Here is a nostalgic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book. This would be so fun to give to a child, along with the treasured movie!

I also made a vintage inspired cloth book called "Fun in Somebunny’s Garden.”  Cloth books are easy to make and they come with good instructions printed right on the panel. I have also written up some tips of my own, along with helpful pictures, from the afternoon that I made this cloth book.

The kind folks at Quilt Girls sent me two additional holiday book panels, and we are happy to offer them as giveaways. Follow these two links to see pictures of the panels that you could win:

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me which holiday book panel you’d like to win (Fun with Flaky Friends or a Christmas Wish). 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 Friday, November 17, 2017. 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. (

Please visit the Quilt Girls website and check out their terrific selection of book panels, quilt panels and novelty fabrics.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! Gobble gobble!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Window Garden in Tilda: A project update

Last February I began a Window Garden quilt for myself, using some much loved (and hoarded) Tilda fabric. Because this wasn’t a gift and I had no particular deadline, I worked on this top in between other projects, here and there, as time allowed. Now my top is done and headed off to the quilter! I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

Every time I brought out this project to cut or sew a little bit, I felt a renewed love for the fabric and the pattern. 

Window Garden is a layer cake pattern, but as I explained in my February 7 post, it’s just as easy . . . and fun . . . to make this quilt from a favorite bundle of 10 fat quarters!

Tilda is a Norwegian fabric company whose collections were previously unavailable in the United States.  I purchased my first bundle from a sweet shop owner in Canada, Andrea of Willow Cottage Quilt Company.  In fact, Andrea was the one who got me hooked! Now two of my blog sponsors in the U.S. also carry Tilda: My Timeless Day and Fat Quarter Shop

If you are looking for a layer cake pattern, I hope you’ll give Window Garden a try.  I’ve seen it made in many different fabric collections, and it looks beautiful every time!

Here is my original Window Garden, sewn up in Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda. I'm thinking Lella Boutique's newest collection, Farmer's Daughter, would also be a beautiful choice for Window Garden!

The kind folks at Sweet Treasures Quilts in Keizer, Oregon recently sewed Window Garden using Ann's Arbor by Minick & Simpson for Moda.  Here's a sneak peek of that quilt top prior to quilting. Shop owner Terri let me know that they will be offering kits in the near future!

Photo credit: Sweet Treasures Quilts

My friend Ibby made a Window Garden quilt for her niece's graduation.  She used Sundrops by Corey Yoder.  What a warm and lovely version!

If you are interested in purchasing my Window Garden pattern, please visit your local quilt shop or one of my blog sponsors. You can also purchase directly from me. Besides paper patterns, Window Garden is available as an immediate PDF download on my Craftsy Pattern Shop or on my Etsy Shop. Quilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!