Saturday, March 9, 2019

New Quilt For The Family - Winter Quilt II - Hearthside Holiday


When I saw Hearthside Holiday by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics I knew I had found the fabric line I have been waiting for to make Christmas stockings for my family - as a family we love the prints and colors . When I discovered it came in a brushed option, I knew I had found the fabric to make a second winter/Christmas quilt for our family. 


Brushed fabric is so soft and makes the cuddliest quilts. It's like flannel only lighter. Our first Christmas/winter quilt is made of brushed cotton fabric. As it has begun to show its use, I have been on the search for the perfect fabric to make another family winter quilt.



We couldn't be happier with how this winter quilt turned out. I settled on a very simple pattern to showcase the fabric pints and colors and, well, just because I really like simple.



My goal was to have this done by Christmas, but that didn't happen. I focused instead on making sure I finished everyone's stocking and name tag. 



The kids were a bit nervous about not using the red and white stockings we have used for years, but once these new mom-made stockings and tags were finished, I was informed that they are SO much better than those old red and white ones : ) 



Yes, after Christmas passed I rehung the stockings and left them up well into January : ) For the stockings I used Hearthside Holiday in regular woven, not brushed. For the body of the stockings I used a heavy cotton fleece that I have had for years not knowing what to use it for. Perfect match!


Using my walking foot I quilted slightly wavy lines about one and half inches apart.


For the backing I used a cotton flannel sheet from JCPenney. I have used these flannel sheets on a couple quilts now and I very pleased with them - soft and non pilling. And you can't beat the price when they are on clearance ; )


Though this quilt didn't actually take a long time from start to finish (November 2018 - February 2019), I'm happy to have it finally done after so many delays and interruptions. Was beginning to think it would not be finished until next winter. As it is, with 3 feet of snow on the ground, we still have plenty of winter left to enjoy this quilt : )


Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Hearthside Holiday by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Dream Wool
Backing: Flannel sheet from JCPenney
Size: 56 x 71.5" (post wash)


Monday, March 4, 2019

A Fast Finish: Mini Charm Fun Runner (Winterberry)


After making a new winter wallhanging with Return to Winter's Lane, a coordinating table runner was in order.  As luck would have it my stash of mini charms contained a pack of Winterberry also by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics. I think they look really good together, don't you?



This was a very quick project to finish and took very little yardage in addition to the mini charm pack to finish. So grateful to have been gifted the border and binding fabric. Isn't it a fun little print? Something about this dot-not-dot fabric is just so cute!


I designed this quick little runner to fit on width of fabric. Who wants to mess with piecing a backing when "quick finish" is the name of the game? Not me!


Simple straight-line quilting continued the quick finish. I really do like simple quilting : )


Wasn't sure how I was going to like the blank space in the center, but it's perfect for whatever we are setting on the table. 


It's been a few months since I made a runner so a rolled picture is a MUST!


That border printer is just perfect!


This was such a fun, quick finish.

Happy quilting!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Winterberry by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Flannel
Thread:  Aurifil
Size:  14.5" x 41"

Monday, February 18, 2019

New Quilt Pattern: A Charming Barn Quilt

Barn quilts intrigue me. They always catch my eye when I'm out driving about. Whenever I see a barn quilt I'm reminding of growing up in the farm country of northwest Illinois near the Mississippi River. When you see a barn quilt, do you ever wonder why the farming family settled on that particular block and colors? I do.  Does it mean something particular or special to them?


As a quilter I love charm packs and have quite the collection (and can't seem to stop adding to said collection : ). With a few charm packs you can make a full size quilt, but I only need so many large quilts. On the other hand, wallhangings, table toppers, runners - can you have too many of these? I think not! My goal is to have enough to change around for the seasons or as my mood changes and I just want to see something different or different colors ; )


It's a little too cold and snowy yet in Minnesota for spring, but, as it was time to pack Christmas away, I was in need of a wallhanging that was wintery yet cheerful. After a brief perusal of my charm packs I settled on Return to Winter's Lane by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics and A Charming Barn Quilt came to life.


With a little bit of yardage for background, border, backing, and binding plus a charm pack (or a bunch of 5" squares) you have a quilt large enough for a wall hanging or table topper or even a baby quilt at 36" x 36". Use a mini charm pack instead and you have a cute 15" x 15" mini quilt. Such a versatile pattern!


With simple construction and easy layout A Charming Barn Quilt pattern is perfect for beginners wanting to stretch a little and try their hand at half-square triangles or for the more experienced who want a quick yet striking finish.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit! If you decide to try out A Charming Barn Quilt, please share on Instagram using #acharmingbarnquilt or #fddpatterns.


I hope you all have as much fun making up A Charming Barn Quilt as I did. This is one of my favorite quilts to date!


Digital pattern available in my etsy shop.


Quilt stats:
Fabric: Return to Winter's Lane by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics
Background fabric: Moda Bella Solids #9900-97
Batting: flannel
Piecing and quilting thread: Aurifil
Size: 36" x 36"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

December - 12 minis in 12 months 2018

Need to document my last mini for #12minisin12months for December, 2018.


This mini was quick and a lot of fun. Wasn't sure what to do so since it was Christmas I settled on this little tree and totally made it up as I went along (inspired by various mini tree quilts I have seen scattered about internetland : )


Made entirely of JOL jelly roll scraps. Love, love these grays! They are just perfect!


Quilt Stats:
Fabric: JOL for Moda Fabrics
Batting:  Flannel
Size:  10"x 12.5"

Friday, November 30, 2018

A New Fall Table Runner


Just have to document this fall runner before we switch over entirely to Christmas and winter. It's so simple and pretty. I really like it!


One of my teenage daughter did the bulk of the work (I just did cutting and designing and helped iron binding a bit). So proud of the attention she gives to piecing. It was so straight and square when she finished. : ) Good young quilter she is!


She tried out my version of freehand "wavy" quilting using the walking foot. Pulled it off like a pro!


Out of a couple 1/4-yard cuts we got two runners - one gifted and a shorter one for ourselves. Love this pumpkin print.

Pretty metallic-tinted binding.

Don't you just love a nice long rolled quilt?!?!

Well done, Alena!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Fall Foliage by Timeless Treasures
Batting:  Flannel
Size:  14.5"x55.5"