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James Baby Quilt


Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful quilty start.  Here in Ohio, we are enjoying some Spring-like temperatures which is wonderful.

Today, is my stop on the Fat Quarter Baby Blog Tour.  Fat Quarter Shop has a new baby quilt book that is just coming out & they asked me to join in the fun of introducing one of the quilt projects in the book to you.

James Quilt

The quilt they asked me to make is the “James” quilt.  If you are in need of a fun, quick baby quilt, this one is perfect.

The original quilt design in the book called for just two print fabrics and a solid background fabric.  I decided to change things up just a little bit and I love the end result.

Coral James

My James quilt is made using a variety of solids, all Bellas with the exception of the darkest Coral which is a Riley Blake solid and my current linen crush–Mochi Linen Dots in Sand (the Putty dot is pretty stellar too).  I have been using this linen in so many different projects lately.  If you’ve never tried out Moda’s linen you are missing the boat!–it is wonderful to work with.  Much less fussy than other linens you may have tried.

Aqua James Block

And, linen adds wonderful texture to a quilt.

Mochi linen has the same shrink rate as Moda’s quilting cottons so no funny business when you mix the two together.

Yellow James

My daughters seldom comment on the quilts that I make.  I think they see new quilts so often that they usually don’t think too much of another new one.

However, when they saw this one they both commented on how much they liked it.  They thought the colors were so nice with the dark and light solids and Chloe said the dot fabric was really nice too.  I’ve never had a quilt top receive so many good reviews from them before. =)

James Blocks

I can never say enough good things about Fat Quarter Shop’s books.  They are always so well done and simple enough for beginners to take on–plenty of diagrams and well written instructions.

Be sure to check out the rest of the projects from the book.  You can find a list of the blogs sharing projects from Fat Quarter Baby here.

Enjoy your day!


Firecrackers Quilt


Happy Friday everyone!  I am back today sharing another finished quilt top.  This one is called Firecrackers and it is available in a PDF pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  If  you follow me on Instagram, you have seen sneak peeks of this quilt as I have been working on it.

For my quilt, I chose to use Rhoda Ruth prints and coordinating solids.  I think this gives it a wonderful Fall feel.

Fireworks Quilt

This quilt uses two jelly rolls plus yardage for the background.  You will also need the 30 degree triangle ruler by Creative Grids.  Using this ruler, the quilt top comes together quickly.

Fat Quarter Shop has put together a wonderful video tutorial explaining and demonstrating how to use the ruler for this quilt and put together the quilt top.


And look, they have used Prairie fabric in their quilt.  I love the way it looks in this quilt pattern!

And they have a Firecrackers quilt kit featuring Prairie fabrics if you’d like a Prairie Firecracker quilt of your own! =)

Have a wonderful Sewing Weekend!


Cozy Cottage Blog Hop

Calendar Cottage

Today is my stop on Lori Holt’s Cozy Cottage blog hop. =)  I am sure that you have seen the adorable 2016 Cozy Cottage that Lori has teamed up with the ladies at Fat Quarter Shop to create.


The calendar is filled with quilts & cute photos from Lori’s adorable cottage.  Look how cute May is!–I’m always partial to May because it’s my birthday month.


Included in the calendar are patterns for cottage quilt blocks in two sizes as well as several patterns using the quilt blocks.

Look how cute the pillow pattern is:


I decided to make one of the larger quilt blocks.  First, I chose a fun mix of fabrics in my go to color palette–Very Prairie-esque! =)


Speaking of Prairie, it has just hit quilt shops in the last two weeks–have you guys seen it in your quilt shop yet?

Using, the fun little mix of fabrics above, I made a cute little cottage block.  I still haven’t decided how I want to finish the block yet–but it sure is cute!


To purchase a Cozy Cottage calendar of your own, visit Fat Quarter Shop.

Coriander Quilts Patterns Pillows Quilts

New Patterns!


Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I am excited to let you know about my two latest patterns:  Make it Modern & Joyful.

First up is Make it Modern.  I first published this quilt at the end of 2012 in Quilt Magazine.  You can read more about that here if you’d like.  Since then I’ve received so many requests to offer it as a stand alone pattern.  And, here it is!

The original quilt was a 48″ x 60″ solids quilt quilted by Angela Walters:


You’ll find instructions for the 48″ x 60″ quilt in the pattern as well as a larger 72″ x 96″ size.


The larger version of Make it Modern features fabrics from Simply Colorful 2 by V&Co for Moda & Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two for Moda.  Kaylene Parry did the fun loop quilting on this one for me.

In addition, the new Make it Modern pattern includes a surprise bonus quilt pattern that you’ll have to purchase the pattern to see. =)  Who doesn’t love a surprise freebie?!?  =)

Make it Modern is available in both a Paper and a PDF version.  You can find the paper version here & the PDF version here.

Next up is my new Joyful Pillow pattern:


This pattern features a pillow duo.  The first pillow pattern is an embroidered holiday pattern.

embroidery closeup

You all know I love adding embroidery and hand quilting to many of my projects and these fun pillows have a mix of both.

Back Cover Stitching

The 2nd pillow is a great pattern for those of you wishing to try your hand at hand quilting.  A simple patchwork design is set off beautifully with big stitch quilting.  I used Fat Quarter Shop’s Tart Colorway of Aurifil 12 wt. hand quilting thread to complete the quilting on this pillow.


The fabrics I used were a mix of Hello Darling and Vintage Picnic by Bonnie & Camille for Moda and Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda.

Oh, and did I mention that this pattern is perfect for using 2 1/2″ mini charm squares?…well, it is. =)  And Joyful, also includes a bonus, freebie (surprise) 3rd pillow pattern.  It’s one that is perfect for hand quilting if that’s your thing.  If not, it’s also pretty cute machine quilted.

You’ll find the PAPER version of the Joyful Pillow pattern here and the PDF version of the Joyful Pillow pattern here.

As always, my new patterns are full color patterns with lots of easy to follow diagrams.

Happy Sewing!

Quilts Tutorials

Welded Quilt {a free tutorial}


Art Gallery Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop have once again teamed up to bring you a new {free} quilt tutorial: meet the Welded Quilt.

The Welded quilt is the 3rd free tutorial in a series of 4.  You might remember the Birchen quilt I made earlier this year–Birchen was a quilt from the same series.

Birchen Quilt

So, glad the weather was a little bit nicer this time around! =p

For Welded, I chose a warm, sunny mix of Art Gallery Fabrics.

Fabrics 2

From top to bottom, the fabrics are from the following collections:  Cultivate by Bonnie Christine, Happy Home by Sew Caroline, the next 4 are all from Curiosities by Jeni Baker, and the bottom fabric is from Sketchbook by Sharon Holland.

Together these fabrics create that “sherbet-y” mix I am always drawn to.


 This quilt top comes together quickly and I would say it’s beginner friendly.  Even though the quilt is set on point, the construction method used is an easy one.


Fat Quarter Shop has put together a great video detailing the construction of this quilt.

   If you like the quilt fabrics used in the video, you’ll find a kit here and the backing kit here.

The free pattern can be found here.

And here’s one more look at my Welded quilt.  I had such fun making it–thanks for asking me to sew along FQS! =)

Quilt 2

Have a wonderful weekend!  By the way, this would be a great weekend project if you are looking for some fun sewing.