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Friday, September 30, 2022

Happy Friday! It's time for another Friday Favorites post! Catch up on previous posts here: Friday Favorites Archives

- Absolutely love this Crossroads quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

- These vintage pyrex stickers* are just too cute! If only there really was purple pyrex!!

- I love these garments made with different black and white gingham or plaid fabrics.

- This zipper pouch by Arounna Khounnoraj makes me want to dig into my ice dyed fabrics.

- GIANT POM POM ALERT! This video by Karyn Lao is pom pom goals!

- Blueland has new fall scents for their hand soap* and I'm already obsessed with the vanilla chai!

- I started watching this show at lunch and I love it! It's so different from any other cooking show I've watched.

- The calendar that I ordered for myself arrived this week!

- We have been making the roasted sesame green beans from this cookbook* all summer long and still aren't tired of them!

- Kitty helping me work on the computer. :)

Have a Great Weekend!

*Note: Any links marked with an asterisk in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click through and buy something, I make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

New: Keep Turning Quilt Pattern

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Happy Wednesday! Today I want to chat about my newest pattern, the Keep Turning Quilt Pattern.

You can find the new pattern for sale here: Keep Turning Quilt Pattern

I'm so excited to be releasing this pattern in particular, because I think the design would look so cute in lots of different fabric and color combinations! I originally designed this quilt for Quilts & More Magazine in 2020, and it has been a requested pattern ever since then.

Read more about this quilt here: Keep on Turning Quilt

This pattern is a real stash buster! It was written for fat quarters or jelly roll strips, but I've included instructions for cutting from lots of other yardage sizes too, so that you can cut from your stash or your scrap bin. I had Fall in mind when I was choosing fabrics for my quilt. I wanted to work with some nice rich, Fall inspired colors. That season also makes me want to reach for more textured fabrics, so I choose Essex Linen in Natural for the background fabric. The prints are a mix of new and old from my stash.

The quilt takes advantage of strip piecing, so it comes together really fast. The pattern includes six sizes, hooray! The cover quilt is the Small Throw (48"x64"). All six quilt sizes have the same size finished blocks.

As I mentioned this pattern includes SIX sizes, including: Baby (32"x40"), Small Throw (48"x64"), Large Throw (64"x80"), Twin (72"x96"), Full/Queen (96"x104"), King (112"x104")

Think of the print fabric requirements as a minimum. Feel free to mix in even more prints for a scrappier look. I recommend using quilting cottons or other medium-weight fabrics for this quilt. For the sample quilt I used quilting cottons along with some Essex Linen for the background. You could even choose to use multiple fabrics for the background too, and go really scrappy! I think that could be really fun.

I made the cover quilt in the very beginning of quarantine in Spring 2020, so it was all about using what I had on hand. I mixed new and old fabrics from my stash for the top. The backing fabric was something I had held onto for nearly 10 years, and it was so fun to finally use it. Being able to mix it in seamlessly with new fabrics was really satisfying.

Making quilts just from stash can sometimes feel a little unexciting if you're only using older fabrics. I find that including a few prints that are newer keeps the quilt looking fresh and helps me stay motivated to finish it!

You can find the new pattern for sale here: Keep Turning Quilt Pattern

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Happy Friday! It's time for another Friday Favorites post! Catch up on previous posts here: Friday Favorites Archives

- I recently repurposed a cute planter as a little trash can on my sewing table. Perfect for containing trimmings and threads!

- I took a Skillshare class this week: Bullet Journaling: Life Management for Creatives by Dylan Mierzwinski. It was really inspiring and I immediately started my own bullet journal! (You can get a free month of Skillshare by using my link, if you're interested!)

- These Halloween drawstring bags that Sarah made with my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern are so cute!

- I bought fabric! In person, at a new-to-me fabric shop here in CT, Cate's Sew Modern. I've bought so little fabric this year, I didn't want to go overboard. It was a super cute shop, I'll be back for sure!

- This logcabin quilt top by JB is what vintage sheet dreams are made of!

- This lone star quilt by Coulter Fussell made "entirely of thrown away/discarded/donated/used fabric, threads and notions" is incredible.

- It was our 7th wedding anniversary this week! We celebrated with a special dinner out. (photo by Dennis Crider)

- I want to try out this cute heart mani.

- This video on Midwest pot luck salads had me cackling!

- Sweet, sleepy kitty.

Have a Great Weekend!

Finished: Floral Chain Patchwork Quilt

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Happy Wednesday! I have a finished quilt to share, hooray! This quilt has been a long term work in progress (WIP), so it feels extra good to get it done and give it a proper post.

I started this quilt back in the summer of 2018. I originally intended it to be made with only green fabrics. I cut tons of green strips and the plan was to use low-volume prints with the green to make a simple irish chain quilt. Well the fabrics sat untouched after I cut out most of the quilt. I pulled it out a few times over the years, but it wasn't until summer of 2021 that I really started to work on it! By that point I decided to go back to the drawing board, because I wasn't as excited about my original design choices.

Find previous posts about this quilt here: July 2021, August 2021, September 2021.

I ended up deciding to add some pops of color to give a little more interest! I stuck with the irish chain design for the most part, but used the color pops of turquoise and purple to create a secondary design. This change wasn't without it's hiccups. I managed to sew all the green nine-patch blocks with the green and low volume print in the wrong spots! Nothing a little seam ripping couldn't fix. Since the green parts of the quilt were so scrappy, I also decided to choose a single low-volume print to pair with it. I used a print from my Dreamin' Vintage* collection.

Not only did I change the design of the quilt last year, but I also decided to make it bigger! I am really glad I did! The finished quilt is 66"x78".

I love love love the print I used for the back of this quilt. I have been saving it for years! It's from Luxe in Bloom* by Sarah Watson. I'm so glad to get this cut of fabric out of my stash and into a project. Feels good. It was the perfect match for this project, which feels even better!

I've managed to end up with a surplus of Quilter's Dream Orient Batting*, so that's what I used for this quilt. It gives it a lovely drape!

The quilting was done by Katie Gouwens of Autumn Moon Quilting, and she did a fabulous job! I choose the design "065. Agate" from her catalog. I love to pair organic quilting designs with geometric quilt patterns. I feel like it helps soften up all the straight lines a bit.

I bound the quilt in a print from Nordika*, the same print I used on the quilt top. I remembered to use one of my woven labels again!

I am thrilled with how this quilt turned out. I think adding in those pops of color really made it special. It helps take it beyond just simple patchwork (not that there is anything wrong with that!). Mostly, I'm just so happy it is done. I think I've put it on my goals list to complete every year since I started it. It's always nice to cross a WIP off the list!

Pattern: Personal pattern (if there is interest, I'm happy to write it up!)
Fabrics: Stash, Dreamin' Vintage*, Luxe in Bloom*, Nordika*
Quilting: Autumn Moon Quilting

Happy Quilting!

*Note: Any links marked with an asterisk in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click through and buy something, I make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.