Thursday, January 28, 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-Along Block No. 28 ~ Dolly

This week we're sewing the Dolly block for the Farmer's Wife Sew-Along with Gnome Angel, Fat Quarter Shop and Marti Michell.
Dolly can be a bit challenging because she has many small pieces. 57 pieces! I was originally going to epp (English Paper Piece) this block. I prepped all my pieces and began sewing them together. Well, I was a bit liberal with my glue while basting and it made for a hard, stiff fabric that was not very fun to sew through. Not to mention I had to take a deeper stitch than I typically would for epp. My stitches were showing on the front of the block so I decided to hand piece the block. If you have read my blog for a while you know I love hand piecing. I have tutorials for 12, 6 in. blocks under my header, click on the hand piecing / hand quilting tab! 

First I printed the paper piecing templates for the block from the cd onto freezer paper. Then I colored the pieces according to the fabric I was going to use for each piece. Color in the small quilt block on the page as your placement guide.

I then cut out all the paper pieces with no seam allowance. I ironed the pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric I was using.

I trimmed the pieces using my ruler and leaving 1/4 in. Around all sides.

It takes some time to prep all of the pieces. I used the freezer paper instead of tracing each template onto the fabric to save a little time. Please trace the template on the fabric if you feel more comfortable doing that.

After all of my pieces were prepped I sat down for a nice evening of hand stitching. I sewed the center top square together first and then added the side squares. Then I pieced the mid section squares and put them together. I like to put the rows together as I go especially with so many pieces like this. I feel like it breaks up the piecing monotony and keeps the pieces organized for me. Finger press as you go. Press the seams of each row in opposite directions so they nest together.

Here is the last row needing attached and this is how I did it.

Pin the rows together at the center seams. They should be finger pressed in opposite directions as mentioned above so they nest together.


Thread a needle. I like straw needles and using hand quilting thread. Knot the end of your thread and start sewing at one end of your row with a running stitch. Keep your needle in in line with the edge of the template.


Back Stitch at the center seams. Since this block has quite a few seams you can certainly back stitch quite often as I did here. As you can see paper pieces can fall off. Just keep needle in line      with the edge of the squares as they are least likely to come off. You'll be fine. 

Now that all the rows are sewn together you can press with a hot iron. And your done! I hope you give hand piecing a try. It's a nice way to handle these small pieces and blocks.


Have a great day!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, January 8, 2016

Fat Quarter Shop's Top 10 Videos of 2015 :: Delectable Mountains

Good morning! Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their top 10 videos of 2015. The 5th quilt on the Top 10 is Delectable Mountains. This is a really fun traditional block from their classic & vintage series.

 I used 16 blocks for my layout. I really like this size quilt for one of the quilt racks in my living room. I like that I am getting quite a few wall quilts this size that I can change them out more often.

I used the ever so pretty Paperie line by the sweetest Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's gorgeous fabric to work with. I added a few solids and some cotton and steel basics and a Lotta Jansdotter print to play along in this quilt. The feel is so soft. I wish I had the time to make a bed sized quilt right now. I think it would be the perfect summer quilt.

For the quilting I sewed 1/4" away from both sides of the horizontal and vertical seams.Then I hand quilted the diagonal seams on the background fabric side using 2 strands of DMC floss.
I used another Art Gallery Fabric for the binding. It's from the Wanderlust line. It's a really nice charcoal grey with some x's on it that I thought would compliment the Paperie fabric really well.

I love this quilt so much!
Fat Quarter Shop has the free PDF for the block pattern HERE
the quilt pattern in HERE
the video tutorial is HERE 

I encourage you to check out their videos on you tube if you haven't already. I really enjoy them.

Be sure to heck out the lovely talented bloggers who also made Delectable Mountains today!

Shruti of 13 Woodhouse Road
Anorina of Samelia's Mum
Karin of Leigh Laurel Studios
Erin of Why Not Sew
Megan of Quilt Story
Lisa of In the Boon Docks
Angie of GnomeAngel
Kiera of Simply Vanella

Also, be sure to post your quilts and use #delectablemountainsquilt and #FQSTop10 on social media and tag Fat Quarter Shop for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 Gift Card. The contest will end February 1st. How awesome is that?!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Great Granny with a Twist & a Giveaway!!!

Good Morning! Today I'm celebrating the anniversary of the lovely Lori Holt's book Great Granny Squared along with Lori and some of her quilty friends. For something extra fun we made projects that use the squares from the book but with a twist of some kind.

My Great Granny Squared project uses the "mama" block form Lori's book. I made 9 blocks using Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs Bloom and Bliss fabric and an aqua solid I had in my stash. I can't remember the maker, sorry about that.

For the "twist" part I decided to crochet a granny stitch around all of the blocks and then connect them with a granny stitch. I turned it into a pillow because I actually need some new pillows. Mine are tired, haha. I love pom-poms on pillow edges so I decided to finally give that shot. I love how it turned out. The tutorial I used for the pom-poms is HERE. I'm not sure that I did them exactly right but I think they turned out pom-pomish :)

The back of the pillow is envelope style and all I did was press the top and side edges in 1/4 inch to get a finished edge and sew it to the back of the crocheted edge wrong sides together. I stitched it down with a fat 1/8 inch seam. Things get a little squooshy sewing to the yarn but it does sew down very securely. I made a pillow form to fit it. It's about 18 x 18 inches.

I love it! I can't wait to make another!

If you would like to have Lori's book Great Granny Squared and make some of the fun projects in it or put your own twist on them you're in luck! I have a copy of the book to send to one of you lovelies thanks to Fat Quarter Shop! Just leave a comment below. I'll pick a winner next week.

Then be sure to check out the other quilty friends celebrating with Lori and the twist they put on their Great Granny projects!

Monday, December 14, 2015
Fat Quarter Shop (Hey, that's us!)
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Sinta of Pink Pincushion

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Renee of Sewn with Grace

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Melissa of Oh How Sweet
Nadra of Ellis & Higgs
Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Jennie of Clover & Violet
Erin of Why Not Sew
Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns
Rachel of P.S. I Quilt

Friday, December 18, 2015
Jamie of Busy Bee Quilts
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2016 Crossroads Quilt Along

I am so happy to be participating in the 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop.

This year we will be sewing a vintage inspired quilt using Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree Quilts!

I am so thrilled that Moda is reprinting some of the originals and some new prints for this line. Now I feel like I don't have to hold on so tightly to the original scraps I still have. It was one of my all time favorites.

(the back of the quilt)
The quilt along starts February 2016. Fat Quarter Shop will post the downloadable pattern on the 15th of each month.  All of the info for the fabric requirements, kits and patterns are on The Jolly Jabber

But the best part about the quilt along is that is supporting the March of Dimes an organization dedicated to preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Each pattern is free, but a $5 donation to March of Dimes is requested for each pattern download.

I was asked if I would mind sharing about a transforming time in my life...a crossroads.  Like you, I am sure there are many. But the single most important, life changing thing that happened to me was becoming a mother. It's not a crossroads in the typical sense of the word, but it did change my life forever. There was never any going back to the girl I once was. I had this little new life who was completely dependent upon me. That intense love that filled my heart until it was bursting at the seams. Knowing what it felt like to love someone so much you would lay down your life for them. Staring at that sweet angel face for hours while she slept in my arms. There is nothing like it in this world. That's my crossroads. The most important event in my life and I know that I am blessed and forever changed. 

Here is a list of quilty friends sewing along and sharing their stories ~

                                                 Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapvinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)

Share your progress and creations with us on our Crossroads Facebook group. Post your blocks using #crossroadsquiltalong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fat Quarter Baby Blog Tour

Good morning! Today is my stop on the Fat Quarter Baby blog tour. Fat Quarter Shop has an awesome new book called Fat Quarter Baby. The book has 20 quilts in it named after girls and boys, 10 girl quilts and 10 boy quilts. They are all adorable.

The quilt I made is a girl quilt named Kristen. The fabric I used is Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda.

I love the block used for the Kristen quilt. The on-point setting of the blocks looks great too. It's a great way to make a quilt bigger without a large number of blocks.

I finally tried the zig -zag / honeycomb style quilting I had seen long ago on Crazy Mom Quilts. I really like the look and I am so glad I tried it. The stitch was No.4 on my Bernina 220.

I bound it with the navy and aqua scallop print from Gooseberry. These scallop prints just scream binding to me.

The book is excellent. Perfect to have in your library for go to baby quilts. The quilts are unique and I found myself wanting to make larger quilts with some of the patterns (like this block used for the Kristen quilt). There is a guitar pattern that my oldest daughter (who plays guitar) asked me to make for her wall. Perfect patterns for teenage babies too :)

Here are the other bloggers on the blog tour. You won't want to miss these adorable quilts!

November 16, 2015
Anne -  Caroline of Sew Can She
Claire - Melissa of Oh How Sweet
Elizabeth - Pam of Pam Kitty Morning
Laura  - Greg of Grey Dogwood Studios

November 17, 2015
Andrew - Anne of Bunny Hill Designs
Christopher - Christina of Emily Ann's Kloset
Hunter - Nadra of Ellis & Higgs
James  - Corey of Coriander Quilts
Kevin  - Lucy of Charm About You

November 18, 2015
Katharine - Natalia of Piece N Quilt
Kimberly  - Lori of Bee in my Bonnet
Kristen  - Erin of Why Not Sew
Sarah - Angie of Gnome Angel
Emma - Melissa of Happy Quilting

November 19. 2015
Matthew - Jane of Quilt Jane
Paul  - Pat Sloan
Peyton - Megan and Heather of Quilt Story
Ryan  - Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane
William - Lisa of Vintage Modern Quilts
Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs

 Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cozy Cottage Calendar

Good morning! This week we're celebrating Lori Holt's new 2016 Cozy Cottage Calendar with Fat Quarter Shop. Many of you have seen Lori's adorable new calendar. If you haven't I just have to say it is the cutest!

There are pretty pictures from Lori's own cozy cottage. Full of color, quilts and lovely vintage goodies! It's spiral bound and the pages are thick and high quality. No thin paper pages. It really is a collectible. As well as the quality and fun pictures it includes inspiring quotes from Lori each month and some really cute quilty patterns!!! 

When I saw the quilt from the front of the calendar I knew I had to make it. The pattern is included. The quilt is made of scrappy 4" cozy cottages. They are tiny and so adorable. 

I had the best time using scraps to make them. 

Love these little houses. 

The only thing I did different was use a smaller outer border so that it would fit my quilt rack. Oh and add a little piece of red to the binding. Both bonding fabrics are from Lori's line Modern Minis. I love the mint and red together.

Below is a schedule of the other bloggers and their Cozy Cottage projects.
You can order your Cozy Cottage Calendar HERE.

Monday, November 2, 2015
Fat Quarter Shop (Hey that's us!)
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Jessie of Messy Jesse
Lucy of Charm About You

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Sherri of A Quilting Life
Jane of Quilt Jane

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts
Marni of Habedashery Fun
Renee of Sewn With Grace

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Tonya of The Crafty Mummy
Jennie of A Pieceful Journey

Friday, November 6, 2015
Erin of Why Not Sew
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Sinta of Pink Pincushion



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