Friday, October 13, 2017

Jolly Braid Tote Bag - A Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

I totes made a tote! (I crack myself up every time I say that, and believe me, I've said it a lot over the last week!)


I'm SO happy I teamed up with Fat Quarter Shop for another quilt along. This is the new Jolly Braid Tote Bag, and it's just gorgeous!

Want to know a secret? I've never made a bag before. So if I can do it, you can too! I was really nervous to tackle this project, but I pressed on. The instructions were so clear and easy to follow, and this project was a joy to sew!


I knew immediately that I wanted to use Modern Background Luster by Zen Chic for this bag. I purchased a Jolly Bar (this being a Jolly Bar specific pattern), extra yardage, and a few extras, and I was ready to go!


I can't tell you enough how gorgeous this fabric is! During construction of the bag, I kept stopping just to admire it. Lol.


I deviated slightly from the pattern with the handles. The pattern called for a scrappy handle, but I had just enough yardage to make my handles match my side pieces. I made an executive decision and went with it!


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Linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts

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One more photo, you know, "for the road."


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Until next time!
- Sarah

Friday, September 29, 2017

Jolly Bar Jazz - A Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another Fat Quarter Shop quilt along quilt!


This is a new pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop called Jolly Bar Jazz and it is part of their Shortcut Quilt Series. It's super quick, super easy! There is even a Jolly Bar Jazz YouTube video to help you with the basic construction. All you need is two jolly bars, some background yardage, and a 6 1/2" square ruler.

I used Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique and I'm so happy I did! I think this fabric looks great with the Jolly Bar Jazz pattern.


A few words about basting...

I don't love it.

Show me a person who loves basting, and I'll show you a unicorn. I had an epiphany though. After I finished basting this quilt I realized that even though I don't love basting, I LOVE handling a freshly basted quilt. It's like the quilt comes alive in that moment. It's not just a quilt top and some batting anymore, but all the components have come together to make something greater than themselves. That, my friends, is pretty cool.


I knew from the beginning that I wanted to quilt this one with a serpentine stitch.


So, yeah. Serpentine stitch. I love you, and I hate you. I knew that this particular stitch has been known to cause "shift," that annoying tendency for a quilt top to move as it's being quilted. "Shift, schmift," I said. "I'll take my chances," I said. "Can't be that bad," I said. Hahahaha. Seriously though, I baste really well and I didn't think it'd be a problem.

It was.

For that reason I'm thinking about naming this quilt "Shift Happens" or maybe "Trapezoids Are Cool Too."

But, oh! Serpentine stitch you are so pretty. I love the texture it created. Even more than that, I love how it looks. I used white thread and navy backing, and the contrast is oh so good!


I mean, c'mon! This might be my favorite back of a quilt ever!

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QUILT STATS:

Name: TBD
Pattern: Jolly Bar Jazz by the Fat Quarter Shop
Size: 65" x 84" (or roughly thereabouts)
Fabric: Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique, Kona White and Storm
Thread: Connecting Threads Essential Thread in White
Quilting: Serpentine stitch, horizontal lines every 1 1/2"


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Linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Saturday, September 16, 2017

National Sew A Jelly Roll Day!!!

Hello all you beautiful people!

You know what I LOVE? I love "National" days. Seriously. National Pizza Day. National Doughnut Day. National Cheesecake Day. Um... Those are all food related. (I really like food.)

But wait! Moda Fabrics has designated the 3rd Saturday of every September as National Sew A Jelly Roll Day!!! (#NSJRD) I swear I can hear legions of quilters cheering and hootin' and hollerin' every time I say that! So, now I have a new favorite "National" day. :) You can find out more info by checking out the website Project Jelly Roll.

This year I teamed up with Fat Quarter Shop to celebrate NSAJRD. I don't know if ya'll know this but FQS has tons of free quilt patterns on their website. Just go to their Free Quilt Patterns page. For NSAJRD, I chose to make their free Jelly Roll Slice pattern. Because really, how else do you celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day other than to make a jelly roll quilt??


You guys! This was such a fun, easy, and QUICK project to make! I couldn't believe how fast this top came together. I started with a gorgeous jelly roll of North Woods by Kate Spain (kindly provided by Fat Quarter Shop.)


It seems like before I could even say "National Sew A Jelly Roll Day" three times fast I had my strip sets sewn and cut up, or sliced and diced as I like to say. ;)


Then I put together my Jelly Roll blocks and my Slice blocks...


 Then, like Emeril, BAM! I had a quilt top. (Lots of food references today.)


So yeah, lightening fast.

I was feeling adventurous so I decided to try out a new binding tutorial. Sarah over at Sarah Goer Quilts recently posted this great tutorial for machine binding quilts. Sarah's method is pretty similar to mine but there were enough differences to keep me on my toes.


I really love how it turned out. Isn't that striped binding so fun?! I want to bind everything with stripes now. Lol.

Oh! Bonus! Because I used a holiday themed jelly roll, I've already got a holiday quilt for this year! Yaaassss!

So there you have it! My jelly roll quilt for National Sew A Jelly Roll Day! I highly recommend that you check out the Fat Quarter Shop Blog to see the other projects from the NSAJRD quilt along. FYI, I've seen some sneak peeks and they look awesome!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Color Play Friday - View From Above

Hey all! I've been having a super busy week (I'm moving!) so Color Play Friday (CPF) is going to have to be short and sweet today!

If you are new, please check my last post for the info on what Color Play Friday is and how you can play along!

Here is the photo for this week:


...and

Here is what I came up with:


I really like this one! Then again, blue and yellow is my favorite color combo for fabric. :) This photo is from the host of CPF, Lorinda over at Laurel, Poppy and Pine. I'm pretty sure she had an amazing time taking this photo. Also, I'm just a little bit jealous. I would love to go for a hot air balloon ride!

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. (non-affiliate link)








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Be sure to check out Lorinda's blog to see her take on this same photo!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Color Play Friday - EPP at the Beach

Hey everyone! Color Play Friday is back again this week!

Color Play Friday (CPF) is a fun, weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides one of her photographs as inspiration and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and it's open to everyone! You can find more info on how to play along by clicking on the CPF button on my sidebar.

This week's photo is called EPP at the Beach. (Don't know what EPP is? Check out my How to Speak Like a Quilter page for a fun list of quilting terms.)


Fun Fact: This is the first time fabric has been featured in a Color Play Friday photo!

Here is what I came up with.


The fabric in the EPP project is all from the manufacturer Cotton + Steel so I thought it would be fun to completely avoid that fabric in my bundle. As I started choosing fabrics to go with my palette, I kept pulling Art Gallery fabrics. Somewhere along the way I thought it would be a great idea to pull ONLY Art Gallery fabrics. Sometimes I don't know what I'm thinking... Well, this is the result of that bit of craziness. I think it works.

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. (non-affiliate links)






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Be sure to check out Lorinda's blog to see her take on this CPF challenge!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Color Play Friday - Max in the River

Hello and welcome to Color Play Friday! I missed last week because life has been BUSY but I'm glad I found the time to play along this week.

For those of you who may be new, Color Play Friday is a fun, weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides a photo as inspiration and then the Color Play Friday participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and anyone can play along! You can get more info on how to join in the fun by clicking on the Color Play Friday button on my sidebar.

Here is the photo for the week.


There is so much to love about this photo!

Here is what I came up with.


I'm not gonna lie, I STRUGGLED with this one! It's always really hard for me to find just the right green fabrics. I don't know if its because not a lot of designers use green in their collections or if it's because I just have some mental block with the color. I should point out that green is actually my favorite color. Anyway... I guess I kinda sorta like my palette and bundle. This one will have to grow on me.

Let's just take a minute to look at that cute dog! #mustlovedogs

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I shopped at Hawthorne Threads again this week. Is anyone surprised? (non-affiliate links)






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Be sure to check out Lorinda's blog to see her take on this same photo!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Color Play Friday - Wine Cellar

I could definitely use a trip to the wine cellar but hey, at least it's Friday! And that means it's Color Play Friday!

Color Play Friday (CPF) is a weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides an inspiration photograph and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and everyone is welcome to play along! You can find out more info by clicking the CPF button on my sidebar.

The photo this week is actually one of mine. I took this on a road trip nearly ten years ago. I wasn't planning on visiting Napa Valley but the notion took hold and I made a detour. I discovered this great winery that was giving free tours and, really, how could I pass that up?!


This photo was taken in the wine cellar. I really loved the way the light was playing on the barrels, giving everything a warm glow. (The warm glow feeling may have been enhanced by the free tasting samples they were giving out. Just saying...)


As much as I love the photo, those warm orange-y yellows are so not my go to colors. This CPF definitely took me out of my comfort zone. But you know what? That's what makes CPF so much fun. Every week is something new with it's own unique challenge. So there you have it - my best attempt at a warm orange/yellow/brown palette and bundle.

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. (non-affiliate links)






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Be sure to check out the other CPF participants!

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Until next time!
- Sarah