Saturday, October 1, 2022

New Pattern: Sweet Sticks - A Honey Bun Quilt Pattern

The actual writing for my newest quilt pattern, Sweet Sticks - a honey bun quilt pattern, went very quickly and smoothly. Sewing up the sample, not so much. It took me till the end of summer to just take the time and work on this quilt. Now it's early fall and it's finished! 

I couldn't be happier with how Sweet Sticks turned out - clean and simple. 

Thoughts of Sweet Sticks  started with the idea to use a honey bun (a rolled bundle of precut 1 1/2" fabric strips usually utilizing an entire fabric line).  Keeping with the narrow strips the thought was to keep the pattern very minimalistic with lots of blank space. It turned out so much better than it looked on paper! 

The instant I saw Nantucket Summer by Camille Roskelley for Moda Fabrics I knew it was going to be perfect for my sample of Sweet Sticks and was going to coordinate perfectly with my Star Blossom wallhanging in Bohemian Blues.

There's everything to love about these colors and prints. 
For backing my Sweet Sticks quilt I chose a print from Nantucket Summer. At first I wanted to go with the main floral print but settled on a backing that was as clean and simple as the quilt top.

Before quilting I had fun getting some outside photos with by youngest sons as quilt holders.

They did such a good job with plenty of laughs.

Love these blues with just the right touch of green.
Working with precut fabric strips cuts down so much on cutting and speeds up the quilt making process. Thank goodness! My #1 tip for working with precut fabric strips or squares is to do a test block and get your seam allowance as accurate as possible. Recently I got a new sewing machine and have had to learn the "sweet" spots all over again, but it is definitely worth it to figure out your seam allowance. Saves lots of picking time further on into the quilt. 

Here Sweet Sticks is in all it's crinkly, cuddly glory. Not much beats the comfort of a fresh-washed quilt.

This is a beginner friendly quilt pattern with very minimal seam matching

Happy quilting, everyone : )


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

New Pattern: Mini Charm Fun - Daisy Quilt Runner


In April of this year I made up a quick runner using a mini charm pack (a pack of precut 2 1/2" squares) and a little bit of yardage. Initially I didn't intend to write up a pattern for this quilt runner, but after a few requests, I've decided that it's a must. You can see my first version of this quilted runner using Love Note Mini Charm Fun - Daisy here

As I wrote up the pattern for Mini Charm Fun -  Daisy, I made up this very cheerful version using Stitched by Fig Tree & Co for Moda Fabrics. Love the cheerfulness warmth of this fabric line.  

You can use scrap 2 1/2" squares, bits of jelly roll strips, leftover binding bits, etc. to make up Daisy, a mini charm pack quilted table runner.

While both of my versions of Daisy have a white inner border, I think it would look very sharp with the inner a solid or small print. Anyone want to make up a Daisy table runner featuring two prints or colors for the borders? 

Daisy is such a simple finish. It's so fun to have such little seam matching to do and the borders are a breeze. Such a joy to make, so relaxing.

The crosshatch quilting in the center with straight-line quilting in the borders turned out so nice.

It took a little more time than straight quilting across would have required, but I think the results were worth it.

It makes up a quilt runner 16" x 42". 

I would be thrilled to see what you make. Please feel free to share on Instagram using the tags #fddquiltpatterns or #daisyquiltrunner

Happy quilting, everyone : )


Sunday, September 4, 2022

New Pattern: Charming Barn Star

My quiltings goals for summer 2022 were perhaps lofty. Some still sit here in a little stack waiting for their moment (not to worries, lovelies; your moment will come) and some, through sheer grit and determination, shine on a bit in finished glory. 

Making with Stitched by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics was an absolutely must for this summer.
With just a charm pack (5" squares), a bit of border, and some background a new barn quilt for the wall is made.

I'm pleased to introduce Charming Barn Star, a new Charming Barn Quilt Pattern.
I was so set on it being a summer fabric line that I didn't see its full potential until it was hung on the wall.
In this quilted wallhanging I now see the blue-blue skies that are late summer/early fall and I think of sunflowers that are currently in there glory everywhere. Late summer/early fall is truly a very nice season.

Love the center of this quilt! It's such a pretty star.

Didn't quite know how to quilt this one so I didn't push it and kept the quilting very, very simple with 1"-spaced straight-line quilting.

For Charming Barn Star I decided to try a bit wider border. I'm never quite sure how to determine a good quilt border width. Here I settled on making the border block width. It gives a favorite print room to shine without taking over, I think.

It makes three sizes using either a charm pack, mini charm pack (2.5" squares) or a layer cake (10" squares).

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Welcome to today's stop on the Betsy's Sewing Kit fabric tour. Come along, everyone, as I share a couple of little projects I made with the newest line from Poppie Cotton.

The prints of Betsy's Sewing Kit are so lovely and filled with such a vintage vibe. 
Don't they just scream "kitchen"?

I immediately knew that an apron make was a must. At first I was going to mix a few colors but couldn't settle on which ones so tried just the blues - love! 

Check out this darling tag. Betsy's Sewing Kit has a panel of different tags.  I thought one would look lovely on a pocket.

My appliqué work needs work, a lot of work, but I just love how it turned out.

This second project has been on my to-make FOREVER - a dish drying  mat!

Using my favorite simple strips pieced to complete the top, the top was then stitched and flipped to an old towel. Straight-line quilting was added for texture and durability and cuz I like to quilt : )

No more grungy prefold for dish time.  Certainly a little pretty makes dishwashing not so tedious and more enjoyable.

It has been pleasure to participate on this tour with so much talent. Check out all these other lovely creations. Maybe you will find a bit of inspiration.

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Happy quilting, everyone!
Anna : )

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Just a Charm Pack - Fresh Fig Favorites

When Fat Quarter Shop issued the #charmpackchallenge (on Instagram) to make a quilt with #justacharmpack, I couldn't resist and knew immediately what I was going to make. There is something so fun about making a quilt with just a charm pack.

Charm packs roughly split between lights and darks work best for a quilt like this. It finishes at about 24" square and makes a quick table topper quilt or small wall hanging quilt.


The process to make this quilt is fairly straightforward.
Match squares up to make pairs. 
Make HSTs (half-square triangles) with your pairs.
Cut and trim HSTs. I press seams open on a quilt top like this, never sure what HST is going where.
Layout and piece rows/quilt top. 

I've never made a #justacharmpack quilt using a Fig Tree & Co fabric line; I thought maybe all the different prints would be too busy. But, oh my! it turned out so cute using Fresh Fig Favorites. Love it! I think it's perfect for late summer.

The large white floral print on solid is one of my favorites - so pretty!

I really enjoy seeing the different patterns within the pattern with a quilt like this.

Happy quilting : )

Monday, August 22, 2022

A Baby Quilt - Little Fawn version

The Little Fawn fabric line by Dear Stella makes the cutest baby quilt ever!!
I think I need a bolt of each print so that I never run out and can make a baby quilt for every baby that comes into my life.

The critters are darling and the colors are warm and cozy - perfect for rocking and cuddling.

The quilt design is inspired by the simplicity of my Simply Done pattern.
The background strips are narrower and the main print pieces of the quilt block are a bit shorter. They might be a tad too wide but I so wanted to let these darling prints shine so opted for wider.

Straight-line quilting keeps it simple and lets the fabric shine. 

The botanical prints of Little Fawn are the perfect compliment to the little critter prints.

It was so wonderful to gift this baby quilt to a darling new baby - perfect addition to his preciousness.

Happy quilting : )


Thursday, July 7, 2022

Charming Ripples Quilt Pattern - American Dream

When I say the Charming Ripples  quilt pattern is a quick finish, I mean it is a really quick finish. I wanted to gift a quilted table runner before the 4th, and it happened!

Cut on Monday evening (two from one charm pack - and the white bits were cut from scraps)
Pieced and quilted on Tuesday
Bound and shipped on Wednesday.
Received on Saturday. Yeah! Just in time for July 4th.

The first version of this quilted tablerunner is quilted with all straight-line quilting. 

The second quilt runner I made from the same charm pack/5" squares stack of American Dream from Riley Blake Designs I changed the straight line quilting up a bit and added in some decorative stitch quilting. 

Love it! Simple, unique deco quilting touch that also keeps the seams down nice and flat.

Nearly identical yet unique these quilted table runners were a fun summer sew and add richness and warmth to the table. 

American Dream has a great mix of prints - plaids, florals, and geometrics. Combined with the awesome patriotic colors, these prints make for an awesome scrappy patchwork quilt.

Isn't the little floral print darling? I definitely had to add some of the white print to my stash of little prints on white. Not sure what I'm going to do with this little collection, but someday I'll know.

Cute little quilt roll. 

Happy quilting, everyone : )