Sunday, March 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along - March!



I can't believe we are already three months in to the Clementine Quilt Along! For those of you who may be wondering what that is, it is a charity quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop (partnering with Moda Fabrics) and benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The blocks patterns are free every month but they do ask that you give a small donation for each download (donation link).

This month's block is called Peaches & Plenty!


It's such a fun block, but oh, those points! These blocks have been point testers for sure. They aren't too bad as long as you are careful when pinning and sewing. Or, if you are wild and carefree, you probably don't care. :)


This month I decided to press some of my seams open to reduce some of the bulk. It worked out really well and I think I may press all my seams open for the next block.


Just for fun, I wanted to see how all three blocks looked together so far.


I think they look great and I can't wait for next month's block! You can read more about January's block here, and February's block here.

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Be sure to check out the other bloggers who are quilting along!

April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Friday, March 16, 2018

Jelly Roll Ripples Quilt - A Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along!


Hey everyone!

Do you ever feel the need... the need for speed? Just Kidding. What I meant to say was do you ever feel the need to make a really quick quilt? Sometimes I just need to make something quick to feel like I've accomplished something, anything.


Enter the Shortcut Quilt Series from Fat Quarter Shop (FQS)! It's exactly what it sounds like, a series of QUICK quilt patterns. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the quilt along for the newest FQS Shortcut Series pattern and I jumped at the chance. The new pattern is called Jelly Roll Ripples and it's so fun!


I actually deviated slightly from the pattern and left off the borders... I'm so rebellious. Really though, my aim was for a quick project AND the size without the borders (50" x 70") was just right, so it just made sense for me to 86 the borders. I do feel a bit bad though that I didn't follow the pattern to a "T". After all, this is a quilt along to showcase a pattern. On the other hand, I can say that I'm highlighting the versatility of the pattern. Yeah, let's go with that.


I hemmed and hawed a bit about which fabric to use but in the end I went with this gorgeous jelly roll of Anemone Batiks by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Who loves precuts but hates the mess from the pinked edges? Me! Right here. This girl.


For years I've been using a lint roller along the edges of my precuts to clean up most of the mess. If you already know this trick then just ignore me but if you don't know, now you do! I keep a dedicated lint roller in my sewing room. It's kind of sad but I use that one more than the one in my laundry room.


Here's another tip for you. If you don't have a large design wall, or in my case are just trying to be quick about it, you can use the scraps from your blocks to arrange where you want your blocks to go. I used my scraps and played around with them on the floor until I was happy with the layout.


After that, I chain pieced everything. After all, speed is the name of the game. I have to laugh because everything about this quilt was FAST.

Basting: fast. Quilting: fast. Binding: faaaaassssst!

Please tell me you read that using a voice like Joey eating Rachel's trifle.


I'm so easily amused.


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Linking up with:

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
and
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along - February!


Yay! It's time for Block 2 of the Clementine Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!


The February block is called Broken Berries. Love it! I'm starting to notice a theme with these block names. Check out my last post for the name of January's block. I wonder what next month will be named? Hmmm...

This one was a lot of fun to piece together. Don't I say that about everything?! I guess I just really love piecing and sewing.


Funny story about this block. I had seen several variations of it recently and I was thinking about drafting up a quilt pattern with this block as the focus. Then BAM! The universe gave me an opportunity to make the block anyway! I love it when stuff like that happens. As it happens, I got my fix for this one and have since moved on to other quilty ideas - so no pattern for this one in the near future. Anyone else have a short quilting attention span?

Anyway... back to the block at hand. This gem of a block is available for download on the Clementine Quilt Along page. It's free but they do ask that you make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (donation link).

Let me know if you are quilting along! I'd love to see your progress and cheer you on along the way!

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Check out some of the other bloggers quilting along!

April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along - January!


Hello all and welcome to the Clementine Quilt Along! What's that? Huh? Say what?...

The Clementine Quilt Along is Fat Quarter Shop's 2018 charity quilt along! Every month from January to July 2018, Fat Quarter Shop will release one quilt block pattern to make the Clementine Quilt. The block patterns will be available on the 25th of every month and are free to download. They only ask for a suggested donation of $5 for every pattern you download, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (donation link). This year Fat Quarter Shop is partnering with Moda Fabrics to match up to $20,000 of donations! Isn't that amazing?! PLUS, at the end of the quilt along, Fat Quarter Shop will be auctioning off their Clementine quilt, and all of the auction proceeds will be donated to St. Jude as well!


Want more info??? Check out this landing page for the Clementine Quilt Along. Also, Fat Quarter Shop has a limited number of kits available if you want to make your quilt in the exact fabrics shown above. Get em' while they're hot!

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I'm thrilled to be one of the bloggers participating in the quilt along this year! Here is my January block. It's called Watermelon Wheel!


As much as I love the fabric from the quilt kit, I decided to use this gorgeous Biscuits and Gravy fabric by Basic Grey for Moda.


Love it! Seriously, I couldn't be happier with my fabric choice for this quilt. I already have all my fabric combos picked out for the rest of the quilt along. Here they are, in order of course, lol.


I. Can't. Wait. for next month's block. In the meantime, I'll have to be satisfied with seeing everyone else's January block. Let me know if you are quilting along so I can see your work! Also, be sure to check out all the bloggers who are quilting along!

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April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Friday, January 5, 2018

Double Nine Patch - A FQS Quilt Along!

Hey all!

I'm back with another fun quilt along project with the Fat Quarter Shop (FQS)! Their new Double Nine Patch quilt is part of their Classic and Vintage series. It truly has a classic flair that I think everyone will love. The pattern is available to purchase as a downloadable PDF file, OR you can purchase the kit and make the exact quilt you see here!

Photo Credit: https://www.fatquartershop.com/double-nine-patch-quilt-kit

The thing that I love about classic quilt patterns is that you can make them as classic or as modern as you want depending on the fabrics you use. OR... you can make them with holiday fabric if a major holiday is coming up. Any guesses which route I took?


Yep, I went with holiday fabric. :) When the FQS approached the quilt along quilters with this project, they gave us the choice to make just one block or a whole quilt. I opted to make the block, but I turned it into this festive wall hanging. I used scraps from this Christmas quilt I made earlier this year. Or, I guess that would be last year. I'm still adjusting to the new year, lol. Anyway, yay for using scraps! PLUS, now I have some matching holiday decor.

I had a lot of fun making this wall hanging but I think my favorite part is the embellishment I added. I put a border on the block and then added a fun piece of natural twine that I had lying around. I had just enough twine to frame the block and add a bow.


I used a large zig-zag stitch to attach the twine. Then I used hot glue to add a few jingle bells to the bow tails. I just realized as I'm typing this why exactly I love this project so much. It's because every bit of it was made with stuff I already had! It's a great feeling to use the resources you have, especially when they all come together so well. "I love it when a plan comes together."

There you have it! I highly recommend this pattern, especially if you are looking to make a quick, classic quilt. Also, be sure to check out the FQS blog The Jolly Jabber to see some of the other projects made using this awesome pattern!

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Linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Can I get a Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts
Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday - Hosted by Anja Quilts this week

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Until next time!
- Sarah

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