Friday, September 17, 2021

New Quilt Pattern: Star Cross

Inspiration for the Star Cross quilt pattern struck as I was working on what was supposed to be my next pattern, but I really wanted to sew with Sunday Stroll and it was such a good match with Star Cross that I just went with it.

The center star is the focal point of this simple quilt...

...and it expands out utilizing most of the darker/striking charm squares from the charm pack.
The pattern is written to utilize a charm pack (5" squares) or a layer cake (10" squares). 
It also includes yardage requirements if you wish to make with one color.
The Star Cross quilt pattern offers four sizes and three different border options.
My quilt wall hanging sample features the triple border option that I was so excited to try.
It's so striking! 
(and features my favorite print from Sunday Stroll.)

While I did make my charm pack version of Star Cross to be a wallhanging, I tried it on the table to take pictures, and I love it! It's an eye-catching pattern and adds just the perfect touch of welcoming warmth and coziness to our breakfast nook. Now if I could just convince the family that we really don't need to use this table : )

Border option #2.


Border option # 3.

Crosshatch quilting at about 3/4" for the quilting win. Halfway through I was wondering if it was such a good idea, but in the end, I really like the texture.

From its simple piecing beginnings at Lake Ada, Minnesota... its current spot of leisure in our home...

...I really, really like how this quilted wall hanging turned table topper turned out. 
It evokes feelings of sunny blue skies, warm breezes, and a Sunday afternoon stroll through the local apple orchard.

This is a quilt pattern that is suitable to make a quilted wall hanging, table topper, baby quilt, or queen size quilt.

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Simply Done quilt pattern: Patriotic version

When I saw this Red, White and Bloom fabric line from Kimberbell for Maywood Studio, I knew it would be awesome made up in my Simply Done quilt pattern

And it is!
The simplicity of Simply Done quilt pattern is perfect when you want to showcase prints.
It is also the perfect pattern when you are determined to have a patriotic quilt done by the 4th of July and you are short on quilt making time.

So many good moments and memories already wrapped up in just the making of this quilt.
Every female in the family had a hand in the making - each of my four daughters and myself.
Turns out the Simply Done quilt pattern makes a great group quilt project.

The prints in this Red, White and Bloom collection for Maywood Studio are perfect for summer.
I mean really, does it get any better than the watermelon and lemonade?

 And no patriotic fabric line would be complete without fireworks.

This yellow floral and dot fabric print has my heart - THE perfect summertime yellow.

Love the jar filled with flowers and the truck, birdhouses, and cherries.
Like I said, Red, White and Bloom is just perfect for a patriotic summertime picnic quilt.

Pst! Don't tell the other prints, but I think this little daisy print is my favorite : )

Found the best soft blue sheet at Target for the backing. Yay! No piecing the quilt back.

Quilt details:
Fabric: Red White and Bloom by Kimberbell for Maywood Studio
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany wool
Binding: Moda Bell Solid

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Mini Charm Fun Table {Pattern}

Our table needed a fresh new runner for spring and I was itching to stitch with Spring Brook by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics so I picked my favorite blue text print, a fun stripe border and a cute little mini charm pack and paired it with my Mini Charm Fun Runner pattern.

This sweet little quilted runner is a fun, super quick quilt to make.
With a little polish and an additional size and layout the Mini Charm Fun Runner is now a full pattern offered in my shop. (You can still reference the free tutorial for the runner size here on my blog.)

The full pattern makes up this cute runner and also a square quilt table topper or wall hanging.
All you need to make Mini Charm Fun - Runner is a favorite mini charm pack (or 2.5" squares), a little bit of background, a fun border, and a few strips of binding, and you are all set to make up one of two simple and fun quilts for your table or wall.

Crisscross diagonal quilting for just the perfect touch of coziness to this quilted runner to add some simple spring charm to our dining room table.

At first I wasn't sure about the multi-colored stripe for a border, but now, oh my! It's perfect - spring and fun! Yes, I really like how this table runner turned out and all it took was a mini charm pack and a very little yardage. 

On a side note, I just have to share this little metal windmill. So pleased with it as it is so finely crafted. 
Purchased from MudDauberMtg
So glad I found this shop and purchased USA made.

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Spring Brook by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Flannel
Size: 14" x 42"

Happy quilting, everyone : )
   ~ Anna

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Juniper Leftovers - another pretty little runner

This pretty little scrappy quilted table runner was inspired by this Avalon Leftovers pretty little runner.

Not quite ready to put away Juniper by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics, I settled on this quick scrappy quilt project that I have wanted to remake for quite some time.

For this Juniper version of a very easy and quick pretty little tablerunner quilt I used leftover charm pack squares (from this Marian Barn Quilt wall hanging quilt) sliced in half and scraps of 2.5" strips (from this Lakehouse Steps table runner quilt).

It was a lot of fun making up a quick quilt project in a couple of short of afternoons. 

Kept the quilting simple and free with some free-hand wavy walking foot quilting.
Sometimes it's fun and freeing to just do wavy quilting and not have to focus so much on keeping things straight and square for straight line walking foot quilting.

The wide border on this little quilted table runner keeps it feeling light and fresh, just what I wanted.

Sweet little quilt roll : )
Don't you just love this snow print from Juniper by Kate & Birdie?!?
She makes the best whimsical dot fabric prints. Love them every time!

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Juniper by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Flannel (purchased extra-wide flannel at Hobby Lobby)
Size: 10" x 42"
Pattern: No quilt pattern - made it up as I went : )
(quick cut measurements - scraps 2.5" x 5", borders 3")

Saturday, February 6, 2021

{Juniper} Marian Barn Quilt

Fun sewing continues here with the gorgeous Juniper line by Katie & Birdie for Moda Fabrics.

 This is a very Christmasy quilted wall hanging but oh! it still fits in around here with a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. I'm way ahead for Christmas 2021 : )

It is so cozy in the dining room right now with the winter sunshine streaming in.
I really love how this quilted wallhanging turned out.

This photo right here - love! With the sunshine, greenery, and quilting it really captures the feeling in this space - cozy, warm, and welcoming!

Wanted to change the quilting up a bit so I used the walking foot and did overall diagonal straight line quilting. I think the diagonal quilting really cozied up this wallhanging.
I'm always a bit nervous to do diagonal quilting as sometimes it skews the quilt then it doesn't hang straight. After a bit of trial and error I think I've figured out some things that help. This quilt hangs perfectly!  When diagonal quilting I need to remember to loosen tension and lengthen stitch length. These two adjustments have worked perfectly with the last two quilts that I have straight-line quilted on the diagonal.

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Juniper by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Flannel
Size: 40" x 40"

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Juniper Lakehouse Steps Runner

The greens from the fabric line Juniper by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics are just perfect - the colors and the prints! I knew when I first saw them that I wanted to make a wintery quilted table runner with just these green fabrics. 

Kate & Birdie does the best linen-like prints - this line has them in green and in red. I used it in this runner quilt as the accent center squares and the binding.

As usual, this needed to be a quick quilt project to finish so I used my Lakehouse Steps pattern. It doesn't get any easier than this quilt pattern. (You can use jelly roll strips or cut-your-own strips.)

With six blocks I made a nice long quilted table runner.
I really like making long runners;
they are so fun to quilt!

I think I could flip this quilted runner over and have a nice neutral table runner.

The straight-line quilting was done using a walking foot. Using the edge of the foot I can get about 1/2" line spacing. This runner is only 12" wide so even though it is 6' long the straight-line quilting went fairly quickly. 

Can't forget a quilty roll pic : ) Long quilted table runners make the best quilty rolls : )

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Juniper by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics
Batting: wide flannel from Hobby Lobby
Backing: Moda Bella Solid
Dimensions: 12" x 72"