Sunday, April 24, 2022

A Simple Love Note Table Runner

Playing and sewing with Love Note by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics has been such a joy.
I cannot believe that I was on the fence in regards to liking this fabric line when it first released.
It makes me think of tulips, and I have no idea why, tulips and spring.

This table runner quilt was designed quickly and designed to be made quickly. I have a deadline project I must move on to making, but I wanted to make a quilted runner to coordinate with my previous project with Love Note, a wallhanging using A Charming Barn Quilt pattern.

Material requirements for this runner were minimal - a mini charm pack, a bit of background, a bit of border, and binding. Can't get any better than that!

While this table runner is a wider than I usually make them it is still the same length and will fit on the width of fabric (anyone out enjoy piecing backings? No? Me neither : ). I really wanted to feature this lovely daisy print from Love Note so wider it is with borders.  


Felt the urge to do some freehand slightly wavy quilting to quilt up this table runner. This quilting is still done using the walking foot. It adds a bit of softness and movement to the quilt that I really enjoy.

Loveliest binding-border combination. So sweet!

This block - one of my favorites. The plus block is such a clean block and so attractive in its simplicity. 

This table runner project was such a quick, easy quilt finish. (and a quick, easy quilt project is always fun in my book : )

Happy quilting, everyone!

Anna : )

Sunday, April 17, 2022

An Easter Quilt - Love Note Charming Barn Quilt

Happy Easter!
Just in the nick of time I got this Love Note version of A Charming Barn Quilt finished to grace our wall on Easter Sunday, 2022.

This charming quilted wall hanging started with a simple charm pack of 5" squares and a bit of yardage from Moda Fabrics.


Some HST (half-square triangles) were made.
A cutting mishap happened.

Single-fold binding was prepped.
Love this stripe from Love Note, an adorable fabric line by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
The imperfect lines add a nice vintage touch.

Put it all together and what do you get? - a lovely quilt just in time for Easter.
I was starting to second guess my border choice. My thought in selecting the simple neutral print was not to distract from the prints within the quilt, but then I started to feel it was too simple/plain.
Now that it's finished and on the wall, I love it! I think the border helps it feel light and calm. 

I wasn't sure about this line when I first received it. Thought maybe the pinks were (I'm not a big pink fan.) But, no, they are just perfect with the green and teal and tan. And I especially like the more coral/peach pink.
This wallhanging quilt feels very full of spring without being pastel and is cheerful, light, and bright.  

Was in a bit of hurry to finish so went with my basic straight-line quilting and still really love this quilting. It doesn't distract from the quilt pattern or the fabrics and color.


Shall we pause for a moment to appreciate this darling fabric selvage?

So glad I pushed to finish up this Love Note quilt that can also serve as a table topper quilt. It's the newest version of my pattern A Charming Barn Quilt, a quilted barn quilt, which can be found in my shop. 

Happy quilting, everyone!
Anna : )

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Simple Irish Chain {Table} Topper in Bohemian Blue

Another scrappy quilt project finished!
I was enjoying working with Bohemian Blue by Wilmington Prints so much that I kept going with the leftover strips.

Using my Simple Irish Chain {Table} quilt pattern, I made up a bunch of cute 9-patch blocks.

Using the 7 x 7 block layout those cute 9-patch blocks turned into a lovely quilted table topper or wallhanging finishing at about 31" x 31".

I like how the simple straight-line quilting created little quilted 9-patches in the blank spaces.

This lovely quilted blue and green beauty was intended to hang in our master bathroom, but it turned out a little big (5 x 5 layout would have been better) so now it's currently hanging in our breakfast and really does brighten and cozy up the space perfectly!

It is quite satisfying to have made the scraps up into a second quilt right away. This trend of making with leftover pieces will probably not continue : ) but it has been fun.

Happy quilting, everyone!
Anna : )

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bohemian Blue Star Blossom Quilt

Last summer (2021) while vacationing in the Lake Ada, MN, area I visited a local quilt shop and fell hard, real hard, for the blues and greens of Bohemian Blue by Lisa Audit for Wilmington Prints.
They are just the perfect shades, in my opinion, and will always hold a special place in my heart because, well, I found them while at Lake Ada.

This Bohemian Blue version of my quilt pattern Star Blossom began with these little split-quarter-square triangle blocks - cutest little blocks ever!!!

Put split-quarter-square triangles together with regular half-square triangle blocks and you get a beautiful pinwheel star. 

Isn't this quilt center beautiful?!
I'm so glad this is a spring/summer quilt.
We are going to be able to enjoy it for several months.

The Star Blossom quilt pattern works well as a quilted table topper as well as a wallhanging.

The double borders of this simple quilt allow you to showcase a couple of favorite fabric prints.
Isn't the floral print on navy darling?

More diagonal straight-line grid quilting. 
When it's the perfect touch, you go with it.
Diagonal quilting is the only time I mark the quilt before using my walking foot to quilt.

I love the comfy-home-country feel this straight-line quilting adds to any quilt.

I'm thrilled with how my latest version of the Star Blossom quilt pattern turned out. 
It's a fairly quick quilt to finish and can be made with fat quarters or quarter yard cuts.

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Super quick leftover charms table runner - mini tutorial


It might have taken longer to put away the leftover charm squares of my Crystal Lane (by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics) charm pack than to make up this super quick, super easy quilted table runner.

Using these quick steps, you can make up a quick table runner for yourself as well.

      1. Cut charms in half.
      2. Piece to desired length (in this case width of fabric - WOF).
      3. Cut two pieces of fabric WOF - 3" and 5.5".
      4. Piece to either side of charm strip.
      5. Press, baste, quilt and bind. Voila! Finished!

Now, can we talk about that cute little decorative stitch for a minute or two?

I wanted to keep the quilting the usual simple straight-line quilting, but I also really wanted to change it up a bit. Enter trying out one of the many decorative stitches that my machine can do.

Love love love it!!!
It's all the things - cute, pretty, vintage, special (at least I think so : )

It's not the original stitch I had selected, but after doing a sample I went with this one because it stitches out thicker and looks more like hand embroidery.

Very happy with this very easy quilted tablerunner using up leftover charm/5 inch squares.

Happy quilting, everyone : )