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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!

Fabric Quilts

Farm Girl Fridays


Happy Friday!

Today, I get to share my Farm Girl Vintage mini sampler as part of Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop‘s, Farm Girl Friday sew along.


Just in case you aren’t familiar with Farm Girl Vintage, it is a wonderful book by Lori Holt published by the ladies at Fat Quarter Shop.  There has been a lot of talk about this book–it’s really a great one to add to your library.  It features 45 different quilt blocks in both 6″ and 12″ sizes as well as a couple bonus blocks.  And then, quilts & projects made using the blocks in a variety of settings.   Search #farmgirlfridays over on Instagram for a ton of inspiration.

Farm Girl Vintage

When I began sewing these blocks, I had every intention of just making the block I had been assigned for my blog post today.  Maybe turning it into a cute little potholder or one block mini quilt.

Sunday Morning Block

The block, I chose to make was the Sunday Morning Block.  I opted to use a scrappy mix of my Prairie fabrics with Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Olive as my background.

Prairie Fabric

And, I started sewing…and I couldn’t quit after just the Sunday Morning Block.

Block 3

There were just too many cute blocks, and I kept thinking okay, just one more.

Block 2

Which quickly led to another:

Block 4

And another:

Block 5

I thought, maybe I would stop at 9, that would give me a nice number to make a little mini quilt.

Block 6

But, I hit 9 and I just wasn’t ready to be done making them.

Block 7

All total, I ended up with 12 six inch blocks.

Churn Dash Block

And, oh, they were so much fun to make.  Perfect for using up little bits of fabrics–and just so cute.

I knew if I kept going beyond 12 I was never going to be able to stop!


I sashed the quilt with the Essex linen and little 1 inch posts.  I just need to find time to add the outside borders.  I have a plan in mind, I just need to make the time!

Have you been joining in the Farm Girl Friday fun?  Make sure to pop over to Lori’s blog to see what else she is sharing today as part of the sew along!

Projects Quilt Books Quilts Uncategorized

Precut Primer 4th Grade

Precut Primer

Happy Thursday!–Today is my day on the Precut Primer blog hop hosted by Fat Quarter Shop & Barb & Mary over at Me and My Sister Designs.  I am always very impressed with the books that Fat Quarter Shop publishes.  With Barb & Mary on board, Precut Primer is really, quite top notch.


I am quite excited about this book.  There are very few quilting books that I would be interested in making more than one or two quilts from the book.  In this book, however, there are a lot of quilts I would love to make.

I have to share this funny little story.  When, Precut Primer arrived on my doorstep, I was browsing through and deciding which project I wanted to make first.  I asked my 6 year old, Elonie, which was her favorite.

She asked me if she could use clothespins to mark her favorites.  I said, sure–that’d be great.  And, here are the results:


She had so many favorites!–I’m inclined to agree.  My most favorite quilt from the book is the 11th grade quilt:

11th grade

I think this quilt might have to be made sooner rather than later.  I think it would be stellar using my vintage sheet collection.  I already have the strips cut and just need to get sewing.

The great thing about this book is that all of the projects are precut friendly(you probably already had this figured out).  There are projects for mini charm packs all the way up to fat quarter bundles.  Using precuts sure cuts down on the amount of time spent prepping a project for sewing.

These are another of the two quilts that really caught my eye.  The 8th grade quilt is looking pretty fancy in Prairie fabrics!  And that 9th grade quilt is just too pretty.

Favorite Quilts

So, I ended up choosing the 4th grade quilt to make first.

Fourth Grade Quilt

It’s a perfect little wall hanging size made in some of my favorite Kate & Birdie fabrics, Autumn Woods.  I had a charm pack just waiting to be used for this project.

4th Grade

It quilted up quickly using an easy wavy line stitch.

Autumn Woods

All in all, a fun perfect for fall project.

You will want to check out the remaining stops on the blog hop and any you may have missed earlier this week.  I hear there may be prizes…

September 2, 2015
Me and My Sister Designs
Moda Fabrics
Pat Sloan
April Rosenthal

September 3, 2015
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby  You Are Here

September 4, 2015
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side

September 7, 2015
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Heidi Grohs of Buttons & Butterflies

September 8, 2015
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

September 9, 2015
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting 
Lissa Alexander of Moda Fabrics

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Summer Happenings


Hello, hello!  I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer!  My girls have been back in school for a week now, and I am enjoying a new schedule.  I always forget how much can be accomplished without little ones at home.

Over the last few summers, I have enjoyed taking some time off blogging.  Blog silence doesn’t mean project silence though! =)  I thought I’d share some of the photos I have posted to Instagram over the last several weeks.

Are any of you working on Lori Holt, of Bee in my Bonnet, blocks from Farm Girl Vintage?  Next week, I get to share as part of Lori’s “Farm Girl Fridays” blog hop she has been hosting.  So, I got to making some blocks.


Let me tell you, these blocks are so addictive!  I am making the 6″ size and using a mix of Prairie fabrics (which by the way, yardage is coming soon–October!) and Essex yarn dyed linen in Olive(that’s my background fabric).

I made 12 of these little blocks and my plan is to sash them and quilt them into a cute little mini.  You’ll see the finished project next week.

I have also been working on getting caught up with the Fig Tree Mystery Block of the Month.

IMG_1649I just received the month 10 shipment over the weekend and I am currently caught up to Month 4.  So, needless to say, I need to get cracking!


These blocks are a mix of Fig Tree fabric lines and patterns.  They are quite fun to work on!

And a completely new project I have started working on–crochet.  I am working on a Sunburst Granny square afghan.  These are the yarns that I have chosen to work with–a wonderful mix of Prairie colors.  And I have really been enjoying working on these little squares when I have some down time.  I always recommend having a hand project to work on especially as we start getting into the cooler months of Fall and Winter.

I’ll share more about this project soon.


And of course, I am working on some new patterns.  Have you guys seen the peeks of Bonnie & Camille’s new Vintage Picnic line?  It mixes wonderfully with Gooseberry and Hello Darling.

IMG_1651I know some of you have been waiting on the pattern for my In Stitches & Spool Time patterns.  Well, they are finally available and I’ll be sharing those with you soon as well.


I’ll be back later this week with a project that I just finished up over the weekend.


Talk to you soon.


Quilt Blocks

Irish Chain Quilts



Good Morning All!  Today is my stop on the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop.


Irish Chain Quilts was written by my friend, Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting Melissa.  Melissa and I have been online friends for many years and we met in real life last year at Quilt Market.  Melissa is just as sweet as you might imagine she is from reading her blog.  We caught up again at Quilt Market this spring and it was so fun to see what all has been going on in the past year for both of us.

Irish Chain Quilts is Melissa’s first book and I really enjoyed looking through it.  The focus of the book as you can probably tell, is on the Irish Chain–however, Melissa has given a fresh spin to this very traditional block.  She has included wonky blocks, appliqued blocks, very modern blocks, as well as a bit of tradition.  With fresh fabric choices and fun designs there is a lot to see in this book.

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Melissa asked each of the blog hop participants to make a block based on one of the quilts in the book.  She will be piecing all of the blocks into a charity quilt.  She is planning on sharing the completed quilt on her blog  on Friday and I am eager to see how it has turned out.

The quilt that I chose to make a block based off of was Connect The Dots–an dotty appliqued version of an Irish Chain.


This was such a fun block to make.

Irish Chain Block

And it was fun working with this aqua palette.  My fabric stash has an overwhelming amount of aqua fabrics.  I’m not sure how this happens as I wouldn’t claim it as one of my favorite colors–I tend to gravitate toward the warmer colors.  But, somehow these aquas always end up coming home with me.  I had to sneak a couple Prairie prints in there and was excited to see how nicely they play with some of my other favorite designers.

Irish Chain

To see more about this book, you can check out the various blog posts that have been shared:

June 8th –    Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry
June 9th –    Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander
                    Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner
                    In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th –  Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis
                    Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez
                    Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich
                   Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson
                    Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder–(You are Here!)
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones
                    V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell
                    Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Fabric Projects Tutorials

Prairie Prints and Bag Pattern

Market Bag 2


Hello friends and happy Friday!  I hope you are all enjoying the start of a great summer (or winter, depending on where you are).  My girls last day of Kindergarten(I can hardly believe it) and 4th grade(equally mind boggling) was last Thursday so we have had a full week of summer break.

Needless to say, we have been busy!–our summer break always kicks off with busyness.  This year seems especially busy as things wrap up from quilt market,  VBS prep is in full swing, and I’ve also spent a little bit of time helping my sister move.

I promised to share more fabric pictures for those of you wondering about specific prints(you’ll find those at the bottom of this post), and I also wanted to share another project with you.

Market Bag

This is the bag I made to take to quilt market this year–I love having a new bag each year for quilt market.  Usually my quilt market bag gets carried around with me for the better part of the next year hauling around all of my gear.  I find that I collect a lot of gear as I get older.  So my quilt market bags are roomy and gear worthy.

I found this bag pattern over here on the A Bright Corner Blog and it’s a great one for using up those mini charm packs you may be hoarding.  Another couple things I wanted to mention about this bag–first, a bit about the fabrics.

Of course I used a lot of Prairie–the colored prints are all from this collection.  But, I also used some great text prints.  It looks like I used a lot of different text prints, but in reality I just used a couple prints.  Feed Company by Sweetwater has two really great text prints:  a recipe print and a feedsack label print.  Most of the text prints on my bag are from those two fabrics.  The recipe print has a lot of different fonts in one fabric so when it’s cut up it seems like you are actually using a lot of different text prints.

Fussy Cutting 3

And, the Labels print is perfect for fussy cutting:

Fussy Cutting 2

And, then I threw in just a couple more low volume prints and I was good to go.  Oh, and I want to talk a little bit more about that bottom polka dot print.

Fussy Cutting

That fabric is Mochi Linen.  And, I’ve talked a bit about the Mochi linen here but I wanted to mention it again..because it’s fab.  I love using Linen in my projects but sometimes linen can be a bit fussy.  Moda’s Mochi linen is not fussy–it’s great to work with, doesn’t wrinkle like other linens you may have used, and my favorite is that it has the same shrink rate as the quilting cottons.  That means if you are not a pre-washer, you won’t need to prewash this linen.  And, your quilt won’t turn into a hideous mess the first time you wash it.

Candy Scraps

I used Mochi Linen in my Candy Scraps quilt (tutorial here) and really fell in love with using it.


And now onto some fabric photos.  I wanted to share the various prints as well as the coordinating solids–I’ve been getting asked about which ones coordinate.  First up, the main floral print:

Main Floral

Ditsy print:


Doily print:


Polka Dots:

Polka Dots





and Stripes:


The coordinating solids are:

9900-81 Goldenrod (this is the yellow I used in my yellow/white Idyllic quilt)

9900-210 Strawberry

9900-269 Bermuda

9900-171 Etchings Charcoal

9900-134 Pistachio

9900-147 Coral

The white is 9900-97 Bleached White & I used 9900-178 Etching Stone in my print Idyllic quilt.

Have a Happy Sewing weekend!


Quilt Blocks Quilting Bees Quilts

WIP Wednesday

Stitcheries Quilt

Can’t believe we are back to Wednesday already!–Man that week flew by.  It’s unfortunate that time picks up pace as the summer nears an end. =)  I checked my Stitcheries quilt top off my WIP list.

This is my favorite block in the whole quilt:


For some reason, I opted to do all of my little stitcheries on muslin.  This is not the same decision I would make if I were making it again!

Stitchery 4

In keeping with that, and against my better judgement, the sashing is also a muslin–albeit cuter than your average muslin.  I picked it up at one of my LQS’s several years ago and it has a flower print sort of “stamped’ into it if that makes sense.

Stitchery 3

I may never be able to wash this quilt–none of the fabrics are prewashed and I’m not sure how it will hold up…and the shrinkage wouldn’t be a good thing.  But, aesthetically, I think I made the right decision.  The little flowers in there are pretty cute!

Happy to check this one off my list!  However, now the problem is the overflowing stack of quilt tops–machine quilter I am not! =)

In the upcoming week these are my goals:

  1. Add border to the Metro Rings Quilt–I hope to share this one with you tomorrow or Friday.
  2. Finish next Quilty Stitches block (the last one!)
  3. Bind my Yoder quilt.

I also have another project I wouldn’t mind working on but, with Back to School next week my schedule may get a bit full!

Quilty stitches

Quilty Stitches Block 11

Japanese x Block


The Quilty Stitches Block for today is one you probably recognize as being called “Japanese x & + block”–at least in blog world.  This block really came back in popularity in 2011 when Amy of badskirt.blogspot.com fame posted a tutorial for the block here.  She fell in love with the block after seeing it in a quilt designed by Setsuko Inawaga at the Tokyo Quilt Festival.  The original block is credited to Nancy Cabot in 1938 and is called Spool Block.

A quick google or pinterest search will show you many Japanese X block quilts as the block lends itself to a very striking quilt.

Quilty Stitches Block 11

Quilty Stitches Block 11 PDF Pattern

For my block, I used:

DMC 470 for the green

DMC 958 for the Aqua

Sullivan’s 45076 for the Coral

Happy Stitching!


Mod Cabin Quilt

Mod Cabin Quilt


Hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday!  My Monday was spent getting my house & laundry into better shape.  I had a dear friend who spent time with my littlest last Wednesday so I could do some hard core cleaning before I left for Pittsburgh & this helped me out a ton.  So, I didn’t have a lot of cleaning that needed done–however, the laundry and refrigerator were tackled and conquered yesterday…phew!

Mod Cabin
Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter

Today, I wanted to take a little bit of time to talk about my Mod Cabin quilt.  I designed this quilt for RJR Fabrics to showcase their line of Cotton Supreme solids and the quilt is featured in Fons & Porter Easy Quilts Summer 2014.  It’s a fun little modern variation on the traditional log cabin block–easy to make blocks, and a high impact pattern.

Just for fun, I tried this pattern out in prints in EQ to see what it would look like–It’s a scrappy mix of various Bonnie & Camille lines and a little bit of Fig Tree.

Scrappy Mod Cabin

Natalia, once again, did an amazing quilting job on this quilt.  I seldom have a design that I have to have in regard to the quilting, but for this one, I knew I wanted “bubbles” in the white space.  I think it turned out beautifully!


The quilt finishes at 72″ x 89″ & you can make your own if you pick up a copy of Easy Quilts Summer 2014.