Friday, May 18, 2018

Harmony Quilt: a fitting wedding gift

Hello there quilting friends! I have another finished quilt to share today. I must admit, I feel like I'm on a roll getting quilts back from the quilter, bound and photographed. Today's quilt is a gift for a very special couple who will be married in June. 

You may recognize this pattern. It's my Harmony pattern which I've made three times now! I think the name itself makes it quite an appropriate quilt for a wedding gift, don't you?

Harmony is a fat quarter pattern based on a tri-color layout. For this quilt I chose prints from various collections by two Moda designers: Fig Tree & Company and Bonnie and Camille. My three-color scheme focused on navy, red and green, with a soft blue as a unifying accent color. 

This photo show my original pull of fabrics . . . the selection that was my inspiration for the quilt. Sometimes when I am having trouble narrowing down my fabrics, I put them together in groupings and take photos. That allows me to sit in a comfy chair, study a photo, and decide what I like and don't like about a grouping.

The pretty machine quilting on my Harmony quilt was done by Barb at Quilts on Broadway. It seems that I always have a quilt at Barb's shop ready to go on the machine. She must be tired of me by now! Ha!

Isn't that ruby red gingham binding just heavenly? That print is from the Vintage Picnic collection by Bonnie and Camille. What a pretty finishing touch for this happy quilt! For backing fabric I chose the ocean blue posies print from Fig Tree's Coney Island collection. I absolutely love that print. In fact, I'm using the cream version of that print as the background fabric in my Star Spangled patriotic quilt!

Here is a photo of my original Harmony quilt, featuring the Coney Island collection.  This quilt has found a home with our beautiful niece who lives in Colorado.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Patchwork Quilt Along: Quilted, bound and ready for spring!

The weather is glorious in Minnesota today, so I took my Patchwork Quilt Along quilt on a little walk-about in my yard, attempting to take some pretty photos to share with you. It's a bit tricky when the sun is shining full force, but I found a protected spot on my front porch and snapped a few pictures.  

I shared my completed top and pieced backing with you in December and then sent the project off to my friend and long-arm quilter Barb at Quilts on Broadway. We choose a soft and swirly loop-de-loop to complement the sweet nature of this quilt.  

Barb returned the quilt to me in short order, but it got stuck under a pile of other quilts to bind.  I'm so happy to have her done!

This journey began in January of 2017 and was a charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. The patterns were free on the Jolly Jabberand quilters were asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they downloaded.  All proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish FoundationThank you, Fat Quarter Shop, for including me in this quilt along.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I've posted links to my quilt along journey below.  I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Chain Blocks

Hello all! Today I want to share my Chain Blocks for the “Star Spangled” block of the month hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designer Lindsey Weight. These are the last five blocks in the program. Later this month we'll be assembling the quilt top. I can't wait to see it all put together!  

Lindsey’s instructions call for a scrappy chain block using a combination of all the navy and red prints used in the quilt.  But you know me, I had to change it up just a little bit. I really like my tonal red-on-red Corner Star blocks from last month, so I repeated those prints in my chain blocks. Being the creative gal that Lindsey is, I think she'd approve of my take on the block.

My blocks feature a combination of the red polka dot from Fig Tree’s Chestnut Street collection and the red gingham from their Strawberry Fields Revisited collection. I used the same background fabric I’ve been using for all the blocks, which is from Fig Tree’s Coney Island collection.

If you'd love to make a patriotic quilt but don't have enough reds and blues on hand, or if you just want someone else to do the choosing for you, the folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio have put together a KIT using beautiful Moda fabrics from various designers. The kit includes all material you need to create the quilt top plus binding.  They also have coordinating backing you can purchase!  

This patriotic BOM runs for five months, from January through May. I've included links to Lindsey's posted patterns at the end of this blog post. You can join in at any time.  Remember, the patterns are free! 

Thank you to Lindsey and Fort Worth Fabric Studio! I am so excited to have my first patriotic quilt to grace my home this summer!


All of the details for the Star Spangled block of the month can be found here:

The instructions for Block 1 are available here:

The instructions for Block 2 are available here:

The instructions for Block 3 are available here:

The instructions for Block 4 are available here:

The instructions for Block 5 are available here:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Counting my quilting blessings

Spring has finally sprung in Minnesota, and I'm so thankful for warm days, green grass, budding trees and singing birds! Maybe that's why I decided to add another piecing project to my list!  I've started working on a darling pattern called "Springville" by Thimble Blossoms, and I'm using a beautiful new fabric collection by Lella Boutique called "Nest." Here are a few of the blocks I stitched up:

I went out on a limb (pardon the seasonal pun), and selected a very soft yellow for my background fabric.  I'm hoping the final result will be a cheery row of homes and trees surrounded by sunshine! The yellow I selected is a Moda Bella Solid Canary (#9900-272). Oh, and you'll probably notice that I threw in a few Fig Tree prints as well. The trees and the grass are all Fig Tree prints from my stash.  Once again, I'm pulling from the scrap buckets and have a great time!

I started this project last weekend during the semiannual quilt retreat I look forward to every spring and fall. A couple of years ago I wrote about our group on my blog: Koronis Quilting Retreat. I feel very blessed to count these ladies as friends.  Heck, I might even call them quilting family! 

Two talented friends, Nancy and Diane, agreed to be pattern testers for me last winter. They brought their finished projects to retreat so that I could see them post-quilting. Nancy sewed up my Summer Breeze pattern, and Diane sewed up Fat Quarter Flourish.  Aren't they beautiful? (Both the quilts and the ladies!)

Both ladies sewed their projects using Fig Tree fabrics, predominantly from the Coney Island collection. Diane's finished project features a sweet overall quilting pattern and red gingham binding. Nancy's quilt is showing off some dazzling custom quilting done by a friend of hers. 

This year at retreat, I will admit that I didn't get a whole lot accomplished, but I had a wonderful time.  I stitched a few blocks, ate way too much, sat by the lake, took a long walk, and had a wonderful shopping expedition with my mom and two other retreat friends, Harriet and Holly. Blessings! That is what all of these ladies are! 

And so are all of you who are kind enough to read my blog and sew up my patterns. I hope that my posts bring sunshine to your life as well.

As always, get carried away quilting!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

A finished quilt: Window Garden featuring Tilda fabric

Hello quilting friends! Today I’m excited to share my most recent quilting finish: a Window Garden quilt for my bed! This quilt features two beautiful Tilda fabric collections I had been hoarding: Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane. 

You may remember that I’ve blogged about this quilt before, and I’ve been taking my sweet time with it. Since I was making this quilt just for me and the hubby, it had no deadline and I worked on it between other projects. But now this beauty is quilted and bound and laying on my bed. What a great feeling!

Now I have a hankering to go shopping for some new throw pillows and maybe a fresh duvet cover so that I can really "layer up" our bed and make it look pretty.  Hmmm, I wonder if Mr. Carried Away Quilting will join me on that shopping expedition.

My friend and quilt shop owner Barb of Quilts on Broadway did the machine quilting.  I love the swirly, flowing floral pattern that she used. It really suits this quilt.

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

If you are looking for a fun 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! My original Window Garden featured Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda. My daughter quickly claimed this quilt for her college room.

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. Window Garden is available on both my Etsy Shop and my Craftsy Pattern Shop. Quilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I have three more quilts that I need to bind in the evenings. I can’t wait to share those with you too!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Free "Easy Does It" lap quilt pattern featuring Grandale by Keera Job

Today I’m pleased to be a stop on the Grandale Blog Tour featuring a beautiful new collection by fabric designer Keera Job for Riley Blake Designs. Grandale includes a soothing range of colors, stunning florals, and terrific coordinates. Isn't it wonderful?

I’ve made a lap quilt and coordinating pillow with this lovely fabric. The lap quilt is a new, free pattern of mine called Easy Does It, and the coordinating pillow features a sweet little butterfly block from Elea Lutz’ book called Pretty Playtime Quilts.

I initially had different plans for Grandale. But when Keera's gorgeous fabric arrived, circumstances in my own life caused me to think about the people I know who are experiencing health issues. People who are wheelchair bound due to accidents, illness and old age. I thought of my 93-year-old Great Aunt Dorothy, who gets around with the aid of a walker.  I thought of friends and relatives who have had to endure chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Quilts are a wonderful expression of love and comfort. And so I sought to create a pattern that we could make quickly and easily, and that would be just the right size for people in this situation.  

Grandale’s main floral prints are stop-and-stare pretty, almost too pretty to cut up! The cream and teal florals are my favorites from the collection, so I decided to feature them in my lap quilt. Once the top was together, it seemed to me that the quilting needed to be soft and simple, so I machine quilted horizontal lines of serpentine stitching. I used the zigzag (#4) stitch on my Bernina with the longest and widest stitch settings my machine would allow. I started quilting in the center and worked my way out to the top and bottom, using the edge of my walking foot as a guide for the next stitching line.  No marking required!

Rather than using white thread, I chose Aurifil’s baby pink (2423 50 wt). It coordinates so nicely with the soft pinks in Keera's collection. I think the final result makes you want to reach out and touch the quilt, which is just what we want in a comfort quilt!

For my coordinating pillow, I highlighted the butterfly with simple outline quilting and added a translucent pink button for a finishing touch. In this photo you can see the sophisticated Grandale Carnation Tan floral from the collection. It has an almost linen-like appearance ~ what a great print for sophisticated home coordinates!

I don't have a pattern for the pillow. After making the butterfly block from Elea's book, I simply framed it with fabric to the size that I needed for a pillow form I had on hand.  Then I created an envelope back and bound the pillow with the Grandale Pink Dot. I am hoping this gives you an idea of the lovely things you could create with Grandale!

Easy Does It finishes at 41" x 50" and is a free pattern available on my Craftsy Shop. I hope this is a pattern you can turn to when you need a quick comfort quilt for someone you love. This pattern also happens to be just the right size for a child’s quilt!

Many thanks to Keera Job and Riley Blake Designs for including me on this Grandale Blog Tour. If you’d like to see other makers who are playing with Grandale, please visit these websites:
Fabric Mutt (4/4/2018)
Down Grapevine Lane (4/26/2018)

Thank you all for stopping by the blog today. Now go and get carried away quilting, my friends!