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 : )

Thursday, March 10, 2022

A Charming Barn Quilt 3 - Crystal Lane version

My quilted wallhanging stash was short on quilts to transition from Christmas to spring so enter Crystal Lane by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics.
I've only ever made one version of my A Charming Barn Quilt 3 pattern and thought this fabric line would be a great match. It's nice when an idea works out so nicely : )

The blues of Crystal Lane bring sunny clear skies into any space. 
They are perfect to add cheer to any room despite gloominess outdoors.

Went with some straight-line quilting grid-work in the center of the quilt and staight line quilting intersecting in the corners for the borders.

Turned out lovely and a nice change from diagonal straight-line crosshatch quilting.

A Charming Barn Quilt 3 quilt pattern is a very quick make using part of a charm pack/5" squares stacker, some border fabric, and a bit of background. So satisfying and fun!

Check back to see what I do with the leftover charms, an even quicker finish.

Happy quilting, everyone : )


Thursday, March 3, 2022

New Pattern: Charming Ripples - a table runner quilt pattern


Inspired to use a charm pack (5" squares) as simply as possible, Charming Ripples was created.
This simple yet striking table runner was a super quick, really fun quilt to make up.

All you need in addition to a pack of 5-inch squares (a charm pack or stacker) is a bit of accent fabric (the white here) and some border fabric (the lovely green plaid of Farmhouse Christmas by Riley Blake Designs).

With a standard charm pack you can make up both the small table runner and the medium tablerunner.
The large quilted table runner will use most of a standard charm pack or 5" stacker.

Can we pause for a moment to enjoy appreciate the warm coziness of Farmhouse Christmas by Riley Blake Designs? All the feels - Christmasy, wintery, warm, cozy. 
Love it! Think there needs to be more making with it.

Simple straight-line quilting keeps with the simplicity of the quilt design.
Quilted table runners are the funnest quilt projects to quilt up - easy to work through the machine yet with the length to give you some great quilting time. 

If you are looking for a quick quilting project to complete for your table or buffet, give Charming Ripples a try. There are about 2-3, maybe more : ) on my wishlist to do : ) 

Happy quilting, everyone : )