Monday, June 13, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along ~ Part Two

Good morning! It's time for part two of the Little Ruby Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. Part two focuses on sewing your strip sets together and cutting to make what will be the star blocks.

Here video for part two


You can find the free pattern for part 2 HERE

You will be using a solid strip and one of the print strips to make the strip set. You will make 54 sets.

Use your creative grids ruler to cut 6 triangles from each set. 3 Triangles will have a longer printed strip with a solid tip (for quilt one) and the other three have the longer solid strip and a printed tip (for quilt two).
Here is one top star section sewn together.







Here is the bottom star section sewn together.

Here are both top and bottom. Don't sew them together yet!!!
Here is one of my favorite fabric combos!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's star blocks!
Check out the others participating,

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Pat from Pat Sloan
Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Heather from Quilt Story
Megan from Quilt Story
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Sherri F. from This & That Patterns
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda's United Notions



Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Fest Simple Zipper Bag

Good morning! Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing a fun new video tutorial featuring the Simple Zipper Bag with Sherri McConnell.

They are super cute and so easy to make. I made the large version and a modified smaller version.
I used April Rosenthal's beautiful new fabric line Summer Fest for my bags. 

For the larger bag I used a mix of the fabrics from the charm pack.

For the smaller bag I used only the red and aqua from the line. Summer Fest has some fabulous reds and aquas. This little pouch will be perfect for little notions and things. 

They are so fast to make too. I'm sure I'll be making more! My only regret is that I didn't use the suggested zipper. The hole on my zipper pull was too small to add the cute fabric pull to it. So that's something to keep in mind. 

Here is the link for the video. I was unable to embed it for some reason this morning. I will do that as soon as I can.
VIDEO IS HERE
Here are the other bloggers sewing along! Check out their bags and see what fabrics they used.

Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kitty from Night Quilter
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Vanessa from Lella Boutique
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Cristy from Love You Sew
Leslie from Seasoned Homemaker
Tiffany from Tiny Seamstress

Can't wait to see these fun bags from everyone else!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Monday, May 30, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along ~ Part One


Hello Quilty friends! Today I am so excited to announce that Fat Quarter Shop is kicking off their newest Quilt Along, Little Ruby! This gorgeous quilt, designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms, was made with their FREE pattern and the Little Ruby fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille. You can use any fabrics you would like for the QAL.


Here is one of the Jelly Rolls I'm using.


Here is the background fabric (aqua dots), backing fabric (whited with pears & cherries) and the binding fabric (red gingham)! I love the way they look together! I am attempting to make the bonus quilt too! That is what the back stack of fabric is for.  


The quilt is really pretty! I've made this block several times for quilts in the past. But the construction of this quilt is much faster than the way I made mine before. This time I'm using the Creative Grids rulers that are suggested in the pattern. 



These are the two Creative Grids rulers that were used to make this quilt: Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool and Creative Grids 60 degree Double Strip Ruler, which need to be purchased separately from the quilt kit.


Here is the schedule for the quilt along below:

  Quilt Along schedule:
5/30/16 - Part One: Getting Started (Fabric Requirements & Cutting)
6/13/16 - Part Two: Star Blocks
6/27/16 - Part Three: Quilt Assembly
                                                         7/11/16 - Finished Quilts!

Here is a list of some other fun and friendly bloggers quilting along! You can check them out to see their fabric choices and more for this quilt.
 
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Pat from Pat Sloan
Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Heather from Quilt Story 
Megan from Quilt Story 
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda's United Notions
 
 
 
There will also be videos for the quilt along as we go. The first one is embedded for you here. You can get started by watching it and downloading the free pattern for part 1 HERE.
 
I look forward to seeing your quilts!
 
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Pretty Playtime Quilts ~ Dragonfly Block


 Good morning! Today I'm so excited I get to share the first block for the Pretty Playtime Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. 

This is the Dragonfly Block! This was a really fun block to make. So cute and easy to put together. There are quite a few pieces but the instructions in the book are great. I love how the block was constructed.

I used to collect dragonfly decorations and things. I thought it was fitting that I was making this block for the quilt along. I was thinking of making a mini with 4 of these Dragonfly blocks. Wouldn't that be cute?
I used Strawberry Biscuit by Elea Lutz for the dragonflies and Riley Blake Swiss Dots (Aqua) for the background fabric. I love Elea's fabric and her book is just the sweetest. I can't wait to see all of these blocks being made!

Here is a list of the other bloggers quilting along!

Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum
Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
 
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Monday, May 16, 2016

Pretty Playtime Quilts Quilt Along ~ Week 1


Good morning! Today Fat Quarter Shop is announcing a sew along for the super sweet new book by the very talented Elea Lutz, Pretty Playtime Quilts.





I am happy to be one of the quilters participating in the quilt along! I am a big fan of Elea's work. The book uses Elea's fabric line Strawberry Biscuit but you can choose any fabric you would like to quilt along. I will be using Strawberry Biscuit. I think it is such a cute fabric line.
I know a lot of us like kits and you can find more info on kits for the quilt along on The Jolly Jabber.


You will also need a copy of the book if you don't already have one. The quilt along will be focusing on the Fairy Garden Sampler Quilt from the cover.

Here is the line-up of quilters participating in the quilt along. It will be lots of fun. I hope you join in! I'll be back next week with the first block the quilt along!

Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum
Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along ~ Family Block

The next block in the Crossroads Quilt Along is available for download now! This block is the Family Block and you can download it HERE.

This was a fun block, I chain pieced them and had them sewn up pretty quickly. Still loving them in Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Minis Blog Tour with Pat Bravo and a Giveaway




Good Morning!!! I am really excited to share my mini quilt I made for The Minis Blog Tour with Pat Bravo using her beautiful fabrics. 
A few weeks ago, on Instagram, designer Pat Bravo had a post where she asked all the makers out there if they would like to sew along with her. I jumped at the chance and put my name in the hat to be part of the blog tour. I was really happy and honored to be chosen...and then I got really nervous.


I got to work with the blush colorway from Pat's Essentials II line. It was so pretty!

Right away I set the stripes aside for binding.


I also received  the Dare to be Bold colorway from Pat's Dare line. It is such gorgeous fabric and played beautifully with Essentials II.

I knew right away I wanted to make a Grandmother's Fan quilt. I hadn't made one in about 10 years. That quilt was for my daughter and the pinks I was working with for this mini really reminded me of that quilt. I also knew that I wanted it to have a modern feel to it. I wanted to step outside my box a little. I started by cutting the blades of the fan with scissors improv style. It was fun but they all looked very similar in size and not very improvish at all. That's okay though. I'm really happy with the way they turned out. They finish at 4"!!! I love how mini they are.

I wanted to use all the fabric and I did. But I had to continually tone the quilt down as I went. Here is my initial layout. I mixed the 3 Grandmother's Fan blocks with several four-patch blocks and squares. I wanted to showcase the fabrics but it was a little busy for what I wanted. 

I started taking out some of the printed squares and used white solid in their place. It was coming along but I still was unsettled. It was one of those moments where what you envisioned wasn't happening. I had used all of the fabric within the 6 Fan blocks and I wanted to focus on them but the layout was wrong. 

And so after going outside to play with the kiddos for a little. I came back in to work and decided to separate the fan blocks. I rearranged them and I liked that. But I wanted a more clean, crisp look with a bit more order to it.


I took out all of the printed squares and left the four-patch blocks along with the fans. I was really happy with this final layout! (sorry for the bad lighting)


I have been wanting to try quilting the Baptist Fan pattern for so long. I thought now might be a good time to try it in keeping with the whole fan thing :) I didn't mark any lines. So it doesn't look like the traditional quilting pattern. I used my free-motion foot and just decided to wing it. My lines are wobbly in some places and quite uneven but I really enjoyed the process. 


Here is the stripe that I saved for the scrappy binding. I took a quick shot of this because I loved the pretty speckled pink dots next to the stripes! Isn't it so simple and pretty?! Both of these prints are definitely "essentials".

Here is the full shot of it! I used a few pops of the more saturated pink floral in the binding. 

The hand of the fabric along with the quilting make such a wonderful texture for this quilt. 


This was such a fun quilt for me. 


I'm happy it turned out pretty much how I envisioned it even though I had my doubts for a second there.


Now it's hanging in my daughter's room. She asked if she could have it and of course I said yes! I am always overjoyed when my family likes what I make. 

Thanks so much to Pat Bravo for the beautiful fabric and the chance to participate in such a fun blog tour!

Here is a list of the other participants. Be sure to check out all of the pretty minis being made!
 
Monday April 25
Laura Piland

Courtney Zadik

Tuesday April 26
Katie Skoog

Stacey Gibson

Wednesday April 27
Amanda Woodruff
A Crafty Fox

Jessica Stewart

Wednesday April 28
 Erin Cox
Why Not Sew

Anjeanette Klinder
Anjeanette K

Friday April 29
Aimee Leptick
The Little Bird Designs

 Sharla Krenzel
Thistle Thicket Studio

Monday May 2
Christine Blessing
Cblessing0

Cat Noonan
Tincat13

Tuesday May 3
Sarah Overton
My Crowded Nest

Jyoti Haeusler
Sewn Modern Crafts

Wednesday May 4
Faith Essenburg
Sarana Ave

Lesley Storts
Storts Market

Thursday May 5
Ellen Ault
Hand Made 3d

Michelle Bartholomew 
Michelle Bartholomew 

Friday May 6
Kate Basti
Katebasti

Kate Lyons
Modern Makerie

Monday May 9
Cindy Guch
Raspberry Sunshine

Name: Lucy
Skinny Malinky Quilts

Tuesday May 10
Marija Vujcic
Marijas Fabricreations

Isabel Kelly
Lamb and Wolfie

Wednesday May 11
Samantha Green
For The Love of Fabric

Tara J Curtis
Tjaye

Thursday May 12
Samantha Dorn
Aqua Paisley Studio

Maja Wlusek
Betyipiernaty

Friday May 13
Jemima Flendt
Tied With a Ribbon

Kerry Smith
Thats Sew Kerry

I am also giving away a pretty scrap bundle of the fabrics I used for my mini. Just leave a comment to enter!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin


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