Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quilters Candy Box: October's Black & White Box

Hello quilting friends!  I just had the most scrumptious box of quilting goodies arrive on my doorstep.  I don't use the term scrumptious loosely here, because one of the goodies was indeed delicious! I received my first Quilters Candy Box.  What a treat!

The Quilters Candy Box is a monthly subscription box filled with quilting goodies and a yummy dessert.  The October box was themed the "Black and White Box" and includes these terrific items:
  • A junior jelly roll of the Thicket collection by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics
  • Four animal print panels from Gingiber's Thicket line (1 large, 3 small)
  • Gingiber's Thicket quilt pattern
  • A custom notepad designed by Gingiber
  • Black Chinese craft scissors
  • Black and white quilt pattern notecards from the Second Stripe
  • A black and white cookie

Elizabeth and Tracy
, co-founders of the Quilters Candy Box, strive to share their passion for quilting with all of us by curating unique and inspiring boxes we will love. I certainly love mine. The specially marked box came carefully packed, with all of the goodies wrapped in pretty tissue and surrounded by festive crinkle cut paper.

This is my first time seeing the Thicket collection in person. The monochromatic prints are striking, but at the same time the woodland characters are very soft and expressive. It's an interesting mix of nature meets contemporary. I really like this line and look forward to making a project with it!

I also love the lightweight feel and shape of the craft scissors.  The notepad, gift tag and quilt pattern are nice additions to this coordinated box!

And I know you are all dying to hear about the cookie.  I am not sure how these ladies do it, but they've shipped me a cookie that tastes like it was made TODAY!  It is moist, almost cake-like, and y.u.m.m.y.!

By the way, I think the expression on the bear below matches the expression my husband may have when he gets home and realizes there was a yummy cookie in the house . . . and his wife ate the whole darn thing.

For more details and pricing information, zip on over to the Quilters Candy Box website. This would make a great gift for yourself or a quilty friend. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I need to sign off now and make a pot of coffee. I have a cookie to finish.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Vintage Daydream: Fabric that inspires

Sometimes fabrics speak to us, don't they?  Well that’s what happened to me when I caught my first glimpse of Vintage Daydream (Designs by Dani for Riley Blake Designs). 

This pretty collection is made up of soft pinks, berry reds and golden yellows, with a touch of black here and there.  I was immediately drawn to the way the pinks and reds worked together. But the patterns also won me over . . . delicate florals, lacey banners, subtle geometrics and inspirational word snippets.  Yes, this collection simply said, “Make something pretty with me!”  

I wanted to make a table runner and mug rug with these fabrics, something that would create a nice setting for journaling or doodling while having a cup of coffee. It seems like my life has become something of a constant race, and I would like to take a few moments each day to sit peacefully, count my blessings and reflect.  Do any of you feel that way? I’m hoping that by creating an inviting little nook, I might actually take the time to do that! 

First I made a simple patchwork mug rug made up of sixteen 2 1/2” squares.  I quilted it with simple straight line quilting 1/8” from each seam using Aurifil 2021 (50wt).  Don't you just love the little floral hankies and the happy wording in the prints?

Then I embellished the mug rug with a little yo-yo and a button from Grandma Audrey’s button jar. The dainty crocheted edge is a bias trim I purchased from Vintage Door (on Etsy). This was my first time working with their trim, and I love the special finishing touch it gives. I probably could have pinned the trim onto the project and machine sewed all the way around from the front, but I was concerned that I would miss on the back side. So I just unfolded their trim and pressed it open a bit. Then I applied it like I normally would apply binding by machine sewing to the front, folding over, and hand finishing on the back. 

Next I turned to Lori Holt’s book “Farmgirl Vintage” for block ideas for my runner. Lori’s Apron Strings block seemed like the perfect choice, as it would allow all of these prints and colors to meld together happily. "Farmgirl Vintage" is a wonderful book full of great blocks and projects.  It is published by It's Sew Emma.

My runner is made up of four 12-inch Apron Strings blocks which I quilted with Aurifil 2437 (50wt).  Note: when I cut my squares for the block, I cut them on the bias so that the words would be on the 45-degree angle of the apron strings.  Just a tip from me to you should you have directional fabric that you really want to shine! 

The finished runner measures at 48 1/2” x 12 1/2”.  I began with nine 1/4 yard cuts and still have a smidge of each print left over.

For now, I have these pretty pieces collected together in a spot in my sewing room.  But I'm hoping to maybe repaint an old desk and find a window spot in my home to set up a little "slow down" nook. 

Thank you to the kind folks at Riley Blake Designs for letting me play with this lovely new line.  And thank you all for stopping by the blog to see what I've been sewing.  I hope it provided some inspiration for projects you might like to try!

Two of my awesome blog sponsors carry this line, so I hope you'll visit them if you are looking to purchase Vintage Daydream:

Have a great day, and get carried away quilting soon!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

New Pattern: Window Garden

Thank you for stopping by to check out my newest pattern, Window Garden. This is a layer cake friendly pattern, measuring at 64 1/2” x 76 1/2”. My quilt features the beautiful new collection by Lella Boutique (Moda Fabrics) called Olive's Flower Market.  This collection ships to stores in November!

When I received my layer cake of Olive's Flower Market from the nice folks at Moda, I was struck by how delicate and romantic the prints are, but the inclusion of the charcoal black and the grounding taupe also made the collection feel sophisticated and modern. This mainly four-color palette is just so lovely!

And so, Olive's Flower Market was my inspiration for this layer cake pattern.  My goal was to design a pattern that would maintain large portions of each 10" square to really show off the fabrics, but also include some smaller details that give the design movement and energy.  As I was working on the quilt this summer, my daughter looked at the blocks and said, "They are so pretty, Mom!  Each one is like a little window."  Thank you Haley, for helping me give a name to Window Garden!

I think this pattern would translate well to so many beautiful layer cake collections on the market. I'm also thinking it would make a beautiful Christmas quilt with just the right holiday fabric!

Since my daughter was instrumental in helping me name my new pattern, it has found a home in her bedroom, where she already has taupe colored walls, modern black curtains and white furniture.  I guess it was meant to be!

If you are interested in purchasing the Window Garden pattern, please visit your local quilt shop or one of my blog sponsors (see their logos in the left sidebar).  All of my sponsors carry my patterns.  Also, please take note that both Lou Lou's Fabric Shop and Quilts on Broadway will be kitting this pattern in Olive's Flower Market!  My Timeless Day will be kitting this pattern in another fabric collection!

You can also purchase directly from me, but I encourage you to shop locally or through one of my sponsors when possible! Quilt shop owners: my patterns are being carried by Checker Distributors and Moda FabricsWindow Garden is available as an immediate PDF download on my Craftsy Pattern Shop or on my Etsy Shop

Special thank you to my friend Barb Erickson at Quilts on Broadway for the lovely quilting! I hope you all get carried away quilting often!


Please share your creation of this pattern on Instagram: #windowgardenpattern

Monday, September 19, 2016

Coffee Time Quilt for Halloween

Have you seen the darling Spooky Delight fabric by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics? This Halloween collection includes spunky black cats, hoot owls and cute mice, along with petite pumpkins and coordinating prints. The color range includes a softer orange with a hint of apricot, purple, green, black and a sophisticated gray that grounds all of the other colors.  

Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop was kind enough to send me some Spooky Delight, and I had a great time making up a Coffee Time Quilt for Halloween! Thanks so much, Lou Lou's Fabric Shop!

My Coffee Time Quilt is a free tutorial on my blog. It is a very quick and easy project.  In fact, you could probably piece, quilt, and bind the whole thing in a day! The finished quilt measures 18 1/2" x 18 1/2", making it a nice size for setting out a dish of cookies to serve with coffee, or a bowl of Halloween treats!

This print with the tiny dots and squiggles makes a perfect binding fabric. And did you happen to spy the black cat below sporting orange spectacles? The little details in this collection are just too fun! I did simple straight line quilting using Aurifil 2214 (Golden Honey) 50wt. It's a nice soft golden orange that blends perfectly with this fabric.

If you would like to make a Coffee Time Quilt for Halloween, Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering a fabric kit! While you're visiting Lou Lou's Fabric Shop, you'll want to check out all of their other fabulous products and daily deals!  They carry the entire line of Spooky Delight and the fun precuts as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Have a fabulous week and get carried away quilting!


Please share your finished project on Instagram using this hashtag:  #coffeetimequilt

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along: My finished quilt

I can't believe my journey has come to an end on the Crossroads Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. I am so thankful to FQS for including me in this special quilt along, which has raised over $12,000 for the March of Dimes. Thank you to all of you who joined the journey as well, by sewing along yourself or cheerleading those of us who did.  What a terrific experience!

As you know by now, I used the Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric collection by Fig Tree & Company.  This has made the journey all the more special for me, as I am a self proclaimed Fig Tree nut. Today I'm pleased to share with you pictures of the pieced backing and my completed quilt.  Special thank you to Barb at Quilts on Broadway for finishing this treasure with such beautiful quilting!

Below is a list of the talented quilters who were part of this quilt along. Please visit their blogs as well!

If you were unable to join this quilt along, Fat Quarter Shop has announced their 2017 quilt along which begins in January. This one is called the Patchwork Quilt Along and will benefit the March of Dimes!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and following my Crossroads journey!  I hope you get carried away quilting often!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Winners Announced: Giveaway contest with Fat Quarter Shop

I love the excitement and anticipation that surrounds the chance to win a giveaway. Quilters by their very nature seem to be grateful people, so it is wonderful to see a quilter win something that she or he will use and enjoy!  I read every last one of your comments, and I was struck once again by how we are all connected by our love of quilting.  Miles and oceans may separate us, but quilting binds us (pun intended).  How lucky we are! 

I want to sincerely thank the Fat Quarter Shop for generously providing the books and bundle for this giveaway.  Kimberly and team are a terrific group of people who truly care about their customers and have an unmatched enthusiasm for quilting. Thank you FQS!

I moved all of your comments into an Excel spreadsheet, and did several random sorts to mix the entries thoroughly.  I then texted my mom and asked her to pick five numbers.  If you didn’t win, I’m sorry.  You can blame Brenda. ;)

The grand prize winner of the “Fat Quarter Style" book and the Ghouls & Goodies fat quarter bundle is Marie Atkinson.

And the following four people also won a copy of “Fat Quarter Style”: Genee Davis, Andy Jane's Farmhouse, Pam Landolt and Cyn2h!  

Congratulations! I will contact each of you via email so we can coordinate getting your prizes shipped out to you!

Thanks so much for following my blog, entering the giveaway, and sharing your comments. I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting soon!


Friday, September 9, 2016

A pretty primrose quilt & a pretty great giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop!

When I make a quilt for our home, it usually falls into one of two categories: 1) a quilt for daily use and enjoyment, or 2) a “mama’s precious” quilt that everyone in the house better handle with care!  Just ask my people . . . I run a tight ship. 

Well, this week I finished a quilt that has caused a third category: 3) a quilt so cute and cheerful I think I must redecorate the guest room so it has a worthy home!

Please say hello to Primrose. This fun pattern is from the book “Fat Quarter Style,” published by It’s Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop).  You will likely recognize the happy fabric in this sweet quilt as being Calico Days by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs 

The color range in Lori's line is fantastic and the prints are adorable.  Just look at that spunky red flower below.  It’s almost like she’s waving at us! 

I purchased my copy of "Fat Quarter Style" over a year ago at my local quilt shop.  This past winter I began piecing the flowers, and I blogged about my progress in January.  

This project was set aside often, as quilts with deadlines took priority.  I made a block here and there, and as each flower bloomed, I loved this quilt more and more!

When I finally finished Primrose, I was delighted.  It struck me that it would be a terrific quilt to cheer up a guest room.  Are you starting to see my predicament?  A new quilt for the guest room. . . which might call for repainting the walls a soft butter yellow . . . and buying crisp white linens . . . and repainting the bed frame . . . and sewing up navy buffalo check throw pillows . . . oh and maybe a plaid bed skirt . . . and how about finding a rustic wooden bench with chipped red paint?

You can see it now, can't you?  Widely folded at the foot of a country bed? Don’t even get me started on the accessories we would need.  And don’t you dare tell my husband of my plan.  I will have to feed this information to him strategically and carefully, like when he’s watching the Vikings game and not fully listening to me.

The truth of the matter is, I love making quilts of all styles and colors.  Sometimes they match the decor of our home, and sometimes they don't and that's okay too.  But this time, I think there might be a room transformation in our future. This little gem of a quilt seems like a great inspiration piece to me!

I'm pretty excited to tell you that the Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a giveaway of FIVE of these terrific books!!  Four of them will be stand-alone prizes, and one of them will be paired with this terrific fat quarter bundle: Ghouls & Goodies by Doodlebug Design for Riley Blake Designs!

"Fat Quarter Style" includes 12 beautiful patterns, each in varying sizes, and I'm sure the lucky winner will whip together a fabulous Halloween quilt with this bundle and book! Thank you for your generosity Fat Quarter Shop!

To enter, please leave a comment below with your email address. Tell us what kind of quilt you are working on now, or what you might make if you won this bundle, or if you've ever redecorated a room in your home based on a quilt!  

Comments are open through 5:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, September 13. 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. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com) Giveaway is also open to international customers.

Another shout out to my local quilt shop owner Barb at Quilts on Broadway, who did the lovely machine quilting on Primrose. I am so lucky that she is just blocks away from me!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you get carried away quilting . . . and redecorating . . . very soon!