Monday, December 18, 2023

Christmas Eve Charming Breezes

Finally getting some Christmas sewing done. Per usual, if it's going to get done, it needs to be a quick pattern and that is exactly what Charming Breezes quilt pattern is - quick and fun using a charm pack/precut 5" squares, a little background, and bit of a favorite print for side borders.

We couldn't decide between green and red so I made two at a time and went with both border options - one for us and one to gift.

Identical straight-line quilting on each - straight lines quilted about 1/2" apart. My #1 tip for doing this quilting - focus on keeping the quilt square with the wall or your table and not so much on keeping the lines straight. When I started doing this, my lines drastically improved.

Christmas Eve fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics is so, so pretty. This border print is my favorite.

I think my favorite part (other than it's simplicity) about the Charming Ripples pattern is the movement that is created down the center of this table runner quilt.


Side-by-side view of the two different colored borders. oh! I think I'm partial to the green.

Such a simple quilted table runner to make and quilt yet so pretty and striking.

Sweet little quilt roll - just because I like quilt rolls : )

Happy quilting : )

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

New Quilt Pattern: Zippity Zip - Just a Charm Pack Table Runner

As far as quick quilt patterns, it doesn't get any quicker than Zippity Zip - Just a Charm Pack Table Runner quilt pattern. You literally just need a charm pack or stacker of 5" precut squares to finish this quilt top.

This version of the Zippity Zip table runner quilt pattern features Fall's in Town by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs. It is full of gorgeous fall colors and whimsical prints. 

That chocolate brown floral print is a favorite.

This little quilted table runner seemed to be calling for some movement inspired by fall breezes so I quilted it with wavy lines using my walking foot. 

My wavy line quilting is done very organically and varies as it moves across the table runner. 
I get the gentle waves by just slightly turning my quilt off square just a bit back and forth. It is very easy to get into a rhythm.

Zippity Zip - Just a Charm Pack Table Runner quilt pattern includes instructions for three sizes
13" x 41"
13" x 59"
13" x 81"
Or, you can make any size by using more or fewer charm squares.

The key to pulling off the pattern in Zippity Zip is separating lights and darks.

Although the lights I chose to use as the "background" pieces in this quilted table runner are a bit busier than the "background" pieces I used in the Midnight Clear version of Zippity Zip, you can see there is still plenty of contrast to pull off the simple yet striking design of Zippity Zip.

Using up a charm pack of precut 5" squares doesn't need to be laborious or time intensive. Zippity Zip is the perfect example a very fast little table runner to quilt up.

It's so easy and quick to add some charm to your home with the Zippity Zip - Just a Charm Pack Table Runner quilt pattern. 

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Monday, October 23, 2023

New Quilt Pattern: Charming Breezes

Introducing a fresh new pattern in my shop - Charming Breezes. All you need is a charm pack/stacker/precut 5" squares, an itty bit of background fabric, and a little bit of your favorite coordinating print for the borders.

The Charming Breezes quilt pattern gives three different table runner sizes - 14" x 40", 14" x 60", and 
14" x 80" (and you can always make any size in between : )

Aren't these fabric prints gorgeous?! The fabric line featured here is Autumn Fields from StudioRK for Robert Kaufman. I had a specific person in mind to gift when I first laid eyes on these fabrics, but then, as it would happen, I ended up making two of these quilted runners because someone in my household absolutely needed one on our table as well : )

This is such a quick little table runner to make up that I had both runners made up in a couple afternoons' time. No biggie : )

 Autumn Fields is one of those fabric lines that has completely taken me by surprise. While at first I did like it, after making with it and seeing it in Charming Breezes, ah! so lovely, especially with the gold thread accents and pumpkins and gourds peaking out and the greens and browns! 

Yes, like has changed to love : )

Wasn't sure how to quilt this tablerunner. It was on my mind the entire time I was piecing - how would a diagonal grid quilting look?

As it would turn out, the diagonal 1" grid quilting looks so good on this table runner quilt. 
Before quilting with my walking foot, I used a Hera maker (I think that's what it is called) and marked 1"-spaced lines on a 45-degree angle. Then with walking foot engaged, quilted using a stitch-in-the-ditch pressure foot.


This quilted little table runner also makes a lovely quilt roll!

 Happy quilting, everyone : )

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Shades of Autumn Jelly Twist Quilted Table Runner

This year for #nationalsewajellyrollday I opted for another quick project that I could easily piece in one afternoon - the quilted table runner version of my Jelly Twist quilt pattern

If you need a quick table runner quilt to finish fast, this is a fun quilt pattern to make up.
(Pictured here on our kitchen island. One of my younger sons thought this was perfect placement, and I agree that it looked awesome draped over both sides. But, it kept getting twisted and pulled whenever someone walked past so it has since been relocated to the entertainment center beneath the TV, and I love how it softens and warms up that big black box. Don't you love how quilts cozy up any spot?)

You only need a few jelly roll/precut 2 1/2" strips of fabric and a bit of background. All the background used here in my Jelly Roll Twist table runner were scrap pieces that I cut into the 2 1/2" pieces. I did run a bit short for the border so used a couple strips of the gorgeous text print from Shades of Autumn by Riley Blake Designs. So pretty with the gold thread text print!

I love having a long table runner to quilt. Quilting a quilt is my favorite part of making a quilt and a long runner isn't too wide but has the length to really get into the quilting and enjoy.
If you make all six blocks, the Jelly Twist table runner finishes at 16" x 72".

This aqua blue and pumpkin print of Shades of Autumn is just darling!

And the diagonal plaid binding - perfect!
(Note to all fabric designers - diagonal plaid prints should be included in all fabric lines; they make the perfect binding : )

The warm colors of Shades of Autumn are just perfect this time of year.
Thrilled to have another table runner quilt finished and in use.

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Monday, September 11, 2023

A Charming Barn Quilt - Fruit Cocktail style

It might have taken me ALL summer to get this A Charming Barn Quilt finished, but I'm so glad I pushed and finished it. It is so dang cheerful, you just have to smile when you see it.

Fruit Cocktail by Fig Tree Quilts & Co. for Moda Fabric is so fun to make up. The colors, the prints - so cheerful, so joyful, and in-your-face full of sunshine and summer goodness.

And there's always a bit of special summertime when you are able to spend some time at Lake Ada with your favorite people.

This A Charming Barn Quilt {Fruit Cocktail} will be one of those special quilts as I was able to get a good start on it while at Lake Ada. (Yes, my machine and a few basic supplies came along for the trip : )

While a tiny part of me might have border regret (this print is one of my favorites of Fruit Cocktail - but maybe a tad bit too busy as a border), I do think this binding/border combination is perfect! Don't think you can ever go wrong using a stripe as binding.

The center of this A Charming Barn Quilt is fairly stunning, if you ask me. At first I was going to do red as the star, but color placement wasn't working quite right. In the end the oranges and yellows in the center are just wow!

Quilting is 1" spaced lines in a simple hashtag design.


For a moment I considered diagonal quilting (it always seems to be perfect for wallhangings) but the straight-line hashtag quilting kept tickling at my brain so I went with it. 
It's kinda perfect on this quilted wall hanging.

This quilted wallhanging might be coming down sooner than later to make way for fall, but for the moment it is the shining star on the wall, and I really appreciate its cheerfulness.

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Mini Charm Fun Daisy - A Country Rose Scrappy Table Runner

If you are making or have made my Jelly Twist quilt pattern, there is enough of a little snippet left on each jelly roll strip to make 2 1/2" mini charm squares. 

Sewing with Country Rose Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics has been such a joy, I just could NOT put these little scraplets away. They just HAD to be made up into a little quilt immediately.

Using my Mini Charm Fun - Daisy quilt pattern and these darling little Country Rose scraps, I made up this quick table runner and I couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out.

The black diagonal check print makes the perfect binding. Love how it pops. 

Diagonal straight-line quilting for the win. It always seems to be the perfect choice when sewing with mini charm squares (2 1/2" squares).

Those quilted squares in the border are just about perfect. And that little white and blue floral print, a favorite of mine from the Country Rose fabric line.

How about this cute little quilt roll?! I think everything needs to be bound with diagonal check : )

If you have some little square quilt scraps and a bit of border, you might want to give 
Mini Charm Fun - Daisy a try. She's a quick quilted table runner to finish.

Happy quilting, everyone : )