Tuesday, August 13, 2019

New Quilt Pattern: A Charming Barn Star 3

A Charming Barn Star Quilt 3 has been gracing our wall for a couple weeks. It's dear husband's favorite to date, which thrills my heart, and our kids love the 3D effect.

Patriotic coordinating quilted wallhanging and table runner - goal accomplished!

My goal with this pattern design was to create a quilt using a charm pack/mini charm pack utilizing squares as much as possible and very few half square triangles/HST. For the border I wanted a bold frame yet not just strips of fabric. Trying to use as much of the charm pack as possible, I was inspired to use four patches in the corners. Voila! a striking yet simple quilt. My kind of quilt pattern : )

Straight line quilting with hashtag quilting in the center and corners to keep it simple but a bit different to change the quilting up a bit. (Don't you just love that striped binding?! Sweet Tea fabric has some of the best stripes for binding.)

A Charming Barn Star 3 quilt pattern makes two sizes using either a charm pack (5" squares) or a mini charm pack (2.5" squares). Throw in a little background and border fabric and you have a quick finish.

A Charming Barn Star 3 quilt pattern is now available in my shop here

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Sweet Tea by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics
Background: Moda Bella Solid 9900-97
Border: Bella Solids American Blue
Batting: Flannel
Size: 36" x 36"

Saturday, July 6, 2019

New Quilt Pattern: Stars and Bars

Introducing Stars and Bars, a quilt runner quilt pattern. 
Pick your yardage, fat quarters, or scraps and choose one of three sizes to make - 
15" x 36", 15" x 54", or 15" x 72".
Pattern available in shop here.

Thrilled to be releasing the Stars and Bars Quilt Pattern today, too late for the Fourth but perfect for continued July sewing. (I can't be the only one who loves to sew red, white and blue all summer, right?)

This quilt table runner is made with a simple repeating block comprised of a strip bar unit and an Ohio Star block - simple yet striking.

Before making this runner I had never made quarter-square triangles. Not as scary as I thought : ) If you need any help learning these simple little units, I highly recommend the following tutorials by a couple of very talented quilters. 

The blues and reds of Sweet Tea by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics are perfect for summertime. So much fun making with these fabrics. I might have a couple more quilts planned for this fabric line : )

Simple straight line quilting for my finish.

Stars and Bars isn't exclusively for patriotic colors. Check out this sample done up in Early Bird by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics.

Or this beauty in Sugarcreek by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Sweet Tea by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics
Background: Moda Bella Solid 9900-97
Batting: Flannel
Size: 15" x 36"

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Simply Done: Good Fortune version

One of my daughters requested a quilt for her birthday this year. And it gone finished on time!!!!
She loves how it turned out. Her bed looks kinda fancy now : )

I purchased this Good Fortune fabric by Kate Spain for Moda fabrics a several years ago. She loved it then and still does (whew!). She asked if Moda Black Marble would work with it. What do you think? I think it's an awesome pairing with the jewel tones of the Good Fortune fabric.

I used my Simply Done pattern to get this quilt done in record time. The pattern is written with traditional piecing, but I must confess that if I can strip piece I do. Not sure if it is any faster, but I personally prefer strip piecing versus cutting a bunch of small pieces and piecing them together. Either way you choose to piece, Simply Done is a breeze to cut and piece and makes a quick, fun finish.

Piece block pieces to background strips.  Trim and slice pieces/background strip.

All pieces/strip sliced apart and pressed. Repeat for second side.

Backing for this quilt is a rich purple cotton velour. It adds a little bit of weight but is so lusciously soft and cuddly. 

Simple straight line quilting. The key with quilting with velour backing is to remember to quilt with the nap, NOT against it. Goes a lot smoother and more evenly.

My second version of my Simply Done quilt pattern turned out beautifully. So thrilled with how happy the birthday girl was to receive it. Many thanks go out to my helpful team of little helpers who pitched in and helped with pressing and snipping and crawling around on the floor to lay it out : )

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Background fabric: Moda Marbles Black
Batting: Dream cotton
Piecing and quilting thread: Aurifil
Size:59" x 85"

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Simple Irish chain table runner

When we moved to our current home a few years ago, we discovered that for the first time we had lilacs! Yes, I really like lilacs : ) Such a pleasant site after a long, cold, dreary winter.

And every spring since we have picked bouquets and bouquets of lilacs, and every spring since I have made plans to make a green and white runner. Let's face it. Runners should coordinate with the flowers : )

This year it got done! One of my daughters has been wanting me to do a simple Irish chain quilt so I tried it with this little table runner. Don't you just love the simplicity?!

The plan was to keep it simple with just green and white, but I did add a bit of interest and fun by selecting two different prints of Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.  Doesn't that dot print make a fun binding?

This little quilted table runner made a perfect backdrop for the lilacs this year. So, so pretty (and such a lovely scent filled the house!)

Straight-line diagonal grid quilting - again, to keep it simple. Love how the quilting adds just the right finishing touch.

Cute little rolled quilt - those dots on the binding make me smile : ) So fun!

Looks beautiful and perfect with roses, too!

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Background fabric: Moda Bella Solids #9900-97
Batting: flannel
Piecing and quilting thread: Aurifil
Size: 40" x 13.5".

Friday, May 31, 2019

Quilt Pattern: Charming Barn Quilt 2

Introducing Charming Barn Quilt 2 - a charm pack/mini charm pack quilt pattern!

With either a charm pack (5-inch squares) or a mini charm pack (2 1/2-inch squares) you can make a 40" x 40" quilt or a 15" x 15" quilt. 

My Charming Barn Quilt 2 is made up with Ella and Ollie by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. Love this fabric line!

Striped binding for the binding win - such a cute finishing touch!

My version of Charming Barn Quilt 2 features straight line quilting. I quilted lines a little over half inch apart. It hangs better than a previous wall hanging that I did with less than half-inch spaced lines.

Charming Barn Star 2 quilt pattern is now available in my shop and includes two sizes. You can make a wall hanging, table topper, mat, mini quilt, or a baby quilt.

Happy quilting, folks! : )

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Ella & Ollie by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics
Background fabric: Moda Bella Solids #9900-97
Batting: flannel
Piecing and quilting thread: Aurifil
Size: 40" x 40"