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March 14, 2019
A scrappy quilt featuring low volume fabrics from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in today to show you a recent finish, my Happy Trails quilt featuring some favorite low volume prints from Fig Tree & Company. Happy Trails is just one of six fabulous patterns available in the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt.




There are several reasons this quilt is special to me:

First, I took my time with it. Too often, quilt making becomes a rush due to deadlines. But this quilt evolved slowly.  I ordered the Scrappy Project Planner from My Timeless Day back in November of 2017. I took my time learning what the ...

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March 6, 2019
Celebrate the Seasons – book giveaway from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

My very talented and delightful friend, Pat Sloan has published her 37th book! Celebrate the seasons has 14 easy quilting projects to reflect the beauty of each season and decorate your home. This book, as with all Pat’s books, has easy to follow instructions supported by great plentiful illustrations, tips and tricks. Pat has gathered...

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February 28, 2019
New Fat Quarters in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 02-28-19 from Curlicue Creations

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Blue Plaid Heart Quilt Fabric by Fabric Traditions. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features tiny white hearts and a white plaid design on a blue background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, English Collection, from David Textiles. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The ...

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February 25, 2019
Summer Moon: a sampler book by Carrie Nelson from Carried Away Quilting


Last week I received a lovely surprise in my mailbox. The kind folks at It’s Sew Emma/Fat Quarter Shop sent me a copy of Carrie Nelson’s new book, “Summer Moon,” which features a beautiful and unique sampler quilt. After spending some time looking at all of the pretty photos in the book, I zipped on over to my sewing room and made up one of the blocks, the Maple Star!


The sampler quilt is comprised of 24 blocks that are each made in three different sizes: 5”, 6 1/2” and 8” unfinished. The book includes setting ...

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February 24, 2019
Flower Tile: a charm pack quilt for spring from Carried Away Quilting


February may be winding down, but winter is not. Today we’re in a blizzard warning and the week ahead will bring more snow and cold temps. Once again, I looked to my quilts to bring a vision of spring to the inside of my home since mother nature is not cooperating.  Yesterday I graced our table with my Flower Tile quilt, and it cheered me right up!


Flower Tile is a charm pack quilt that finishes at 44 1/2" square. My sample features the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree & Company, but I think this pattern would ...

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February 16, 2019
A "lake" pillow for my Lakeside Star quilt from Carried Away Quilting


Do you ever catch yourself smiling, really smiling, when no one else is around? I’m a pretty happy person, so I think I’m often smiling on the inside, but I don’t think my face makes a smile too often when I’m all alone. It’s a bit like talking to yourself.  When you catch yourself doing it, you stop and think . . . and maybe giggle!

Well, I caught myself “smiling out loud” when this pillow arrived from Jennifer at Farm Fresh Stitches. I ordered this pillow to go with my Lakeside Star quilt, and it’s exactly ...

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New pattern: Lakeside Star, a fat quarter quilt from Carried Away Quilting


Last fall I wrote about how my new surroundings were inspiring my quilting decisions. We moved to a new home on an intimate lake encircled by peeling birch trees and majestic oaks, with native reeds along the shoreline, a lawn dotted with tiny acorns, and birds of every kind and color . . . it was both simple and wonderful. 

The indigo water and the reflection of the butterscotch-colored oak leaves on the lake’s surface really spoke to me. I wanted to create a quilt that reflected the beauty of those colors and also honored the simple but beautiful views. From that ...

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February 14, 2019
A simple patchwork quilt from Carried Away Quilting


Some of the best quilts are simple patchwork quilts, wouldn’t you agree? Last fall I purchased a half yard bundle of the Oxford collection by Sweetwater for Moda. My bundle included the blues and greens from the collection, in both prints and wovens. I pondered a few different ideas and looked through all of my patterns and books, but in the end, I couldn’t get past how pretty the fabrics looked just lying next to each other. And so it was decided . . . a really big, easy peasy patchwork quilt.


There is so much that I love about this ...

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February 6, 2019
The Splendid Sampler™ 2 – Sunbonnet Me to You from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Quilts are a craft of love … they provide warmth, comfort and memories … The most uplifting thing about quilting is when we make a quilt for someone else. It may be someone we know or a complete stranger, the grateful or the ungrateful, the ‘thanks for the beautiful quilt’ or ‘nice rug’ people. Regardless,...

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February 2, 2019
Valentine's Sew Along Block with Thermoweb - Free Pattern from Sew Incredibly Crazy

I am so thrilled about 
the adorable Valentine Sew Along this 
week over at ThermOWeb



Four designer, myself included, have created applique blocks.
 The first three have already been revealed, 
so it is my day to show off what I created.


I call it "My Cup Overflows".
It is 10 1/2" square unfinished.

I always use my
They have spoiled me!! 



The pattern for this block is free and can be 
found HERE.



On February 14th the designers will share
 four projects and patterns using the blocks. 

You can make one of the ...

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January 30, 2019
A Barn Star quilt and the promise of spring from Carried Away Quilting


You may remember that last week I was whining about the bitterly cold weather we are experiencing in Minnesota. Well, our low temp this morning marked -32 F with a “feels like” temperature of -54 F.  The local news channels are calling this the coldest day in decades. How am I fighting the polar vortex? I’ve stayed inside and finished up a little project I began last year, a Barn Star quilt featuring the Pepper & Flax collection by Corey Yoder.


This sweet quilt exudes springtime, doesn’t it? I’ve hung it in my dining room with just a ...

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January 27, 2019
Moda Love Quilt sew-along from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Valentines Day is around the corner so it’s time to get the quilting love on and sew-long with Moda. This versatile design can be made into a block (mini) or a larger quilt using a layer cake and some yardage. Download the pattern here Remember to add hashtags #modalovequilt #showmethemoda #sewalongwithmoda and follow on Instagram...

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January 18, 2019
Diamond Trail table runner kit featuring Fig Tree favorites from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I’m excited to show you my latest Diamond Trail table runner top, featuring some of my all-time favorite red, green and black prints from Fig Tree & Company. I had enough fabric in store to create a limited number of KITS, so that you can make one too!



This top features fabrics from five Fig Tree collections: Farmhouse II, Christmas Figs, Coney Island, Ella & Ollie and Chestnut Street. It has a decidedly country feel, but I like how the black adds a touch of sophistication. I can’t wait to quilt this piece. I’m planning to ...

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December 31, 2018
Winter storm brings on "Cabin Fever" sewing from Carried Away Quilting


It’s New Year’s Eve and we’re experiencing a winter storm in central Minnesota. I’m not really complaining though, because it’s the perfect excuse to stay inside and sew!

Today I’m starting a lovely winter quilt kit I purchased from one my of sponsors, Sweet Treasures Quilts. The kit is based on their exclusive pattern, Cabin Fever.  How fitting is that? The featured fabric is called Wintertide by Janet Clare for Moda. I've already made some good progress, just check out my cutting table!



The pattern is a mix of simple snowball and nine-patch ...

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December 29, 2018
Fancy Little Mug Rugs from Solid Stars from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I have a fun little gift project to share today!



I made three little mug rugs, using
some 6 1/2" star blocks that I made
a short long time ago. 

{Ahem...time flies.}

You can read more about the Moda Sweetwater solid bundle
of fabrics that I used, in this post.




I had such fun stitching up these solid blocks!
I used one of them on the back of a little table runner,


Hmmm...solid blocks do tend to show "mistakes", 
don't they?
I'm pretty sure I've ...

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New pattern: Welcome Home Wreath from Carried Away Quilting

When I became an empty nester, preparing for the holidays took on a whole new meaning. As I laid out the Christmas decorations last year, I thought about my kids coming home from college, and how I wanted them to feel the hug of home the minute they walked through the door.

Nothing quite says “Welcome Home” like a holiday wreath, so I’ve designed a wall hanging that would evoke a sense of love and homecoming. For all who enter our home, especially my adult children, I hope this quilt reminds them that they are loved and most welcome ...

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December 19, 2018
Last finish of the year! from Texas Quilting

Honestly, I didn’t think I could get 4 quilts finished between mid October and before Christmas. Okay, so one was well on its way and by the first week of December it was with its new owner. But that still left a large lap sized quilt and 2 large wall hangings – 3 feet by 4 feet! Finally I just told my husband I was setting everything else aside and power through because it was stressing me out to have that hanging over my head.

I had the tops finished – on point diamonds – but I had the quilting to do ...

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December 17, 2018
New project: a Tumbler quilt from Carried Away Quilting


I’ve wanted to make a Tumbler quilt for some time. If you’re unfamiliar with that name, a tumbler quilt is made up of blocks that resemble a drinking glass. It’s a classic quilt layout that can take on a traditional or contemporary feeling depending on the fabrics selected. It’s also a terrific quilt pattern for busting your stash, which is exactly what I did this weekend. I pulled some of my favorite Moda leftovers and began cutting tumblers. Aren’t they cute?


I’m sure there are many patterns and templates available for sewing a Tumbler ...

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December 16, 2018
Christmas from the Kitchen from From My Carolina Home

Giving gifts from the kitchen makes more sense now than ever.  With many of us downsizing, or giving gifts to people who have already done so, the addition of more tchotchkes to a household seems silly.  After all, it is the thought that counts, so why not give something that won’t need dusting? Using personalized bags and boxes is fun, but the holiday bags from the dollar store work just as well.

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting with chocolate, I have an original recipe that I call Double Dutch Brownies, you can make as a mix and give in a pretty jar.  Just ...

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December 14, 2018
All That Glitters :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I've got another finish thanks to a local longarm quilter.


This one is called All That Glitters. I finished the top back in the summer of 2016. Below is a close-up of the quilting design she used.


It turned out so nice! The finished size is about 63" by 76". Click here to see what it looked like before quilting and for the pattern information.


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