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June 3, 2020
A sunny, sweet graduation quilt from Carried Away Quilting

Last week I shared some sentimental feelings with you about making graduation quilts, and here I am again, full of emotion over another graduate we are celebrating, our niece Madison. She will be heading off to college in the fall, where I am certain she will excel in her studies and make the most of her college experience. Madison is smart, kind, funny, compassionate and hard working. She will be a blessing to everyone she encounters.


When I was choosing fabrics for Maddie’s quilt, I was drawn to Lella Boutique’s Lollipop Garden collection because it reminded me of ...

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June 1, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 9 from Carried Away Quilting


Happy first day of June! I hope you all are well, safe and happily quilting! I'm excited to share my latest Bloop-Topia blocks with you today.  These are my Release 9 blocks, titled Evening Star and Dragonfly, and I just love how they turned out. Have you been quilting along? I sure have enjoyed this slow-paced quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.   


The Dragonfly blocks were made using a tool called the Starburst 30 Degree Triangle Ruler by Creative Grids. I love it when a pattern pushes me to try a new technique or tool. The Bloom-Topia pattern provides ...

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May 25, 2020
A flannel quilt for the graduate! from Carried Away Quilting


I love making graduation quilts. There is so much promise, hope and excitement in watching a young person graduate and take their next steps in life. I think it energizes those of us who have to brush off the cobwebs to remember our own graduations. It reminds us of the possibilities of new beginnings, and how thrilled and scared we were in those moments. Making a quilt for a graduate is our way of sending love and encouragement with the young person embarking on that new journey.

We have two special graduates to celebrate this year . . . our daughter’s boyfriend ...

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May 15, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 8 from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I can't believe it's already the middle of May and there are only a few blocks remaining in our Bloom-Topia Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. What fun this has been! Today I'm sharing my Release 8 block, which is called Corn and Beans.   



This was a super easy block with nicely sized pieces. I took a risk and decided to use a navy print for my background fabric, which I think makes this simple block look more striking. From a distance, that navy background fabric almost takes on a denim tone, which I ...

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May 8, 2020
A sunny Flower Tile quilt block from Carried Away Quilting


Last night I was feeling blue. I was missing my quilting buddies and reminiscing about the fun we have when we sew together . . . giggling, talking, snacking, creating. For a moment, I considered throwing myself on the couch and binge watching Netflix. But instead, I picked up my chin and sought refuge in the sewing room. I’m so glad I did, because by the end of the evening I had cheered myself considerably by making this happy block!


Do you remember my Flower Tile pattern? I released it in 2018 and it has always been a personal favorite of mine ...

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May 1, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 7 from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I'm cruising right along with my Bloom-Topia blocks. Today I'm sharing my Release 7 blocks for this fun charity quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.  



Our assignment was to make two long Geese blocks, each measuring 6 1/2" x 18 1/2".  One of the Geese blocks was then used as the middle portion of the larger block, the Geese and Gander block, which finished at 18 1/2" x 30 1/2". 


I introduced a bit of Sweet Tea fabric (by Sweetwater) into these blocks.  The navy with white pin dot is from ...

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April 30, 2020
Fat quarter bundle winner with LouLou's Fabric Shop from Carried Away Quilting


Thank you all for entering our giveaway for the fat quarter bundle of Bloomington. It was certainly fun to read all of your comments and hear the love we all share for Lella Boutique fabric collections! 


I took all of your comments, copied and pasted them into an Excel spreadsheet, shuffled the entries around, and did a random number draw using a cool app on my phone. The winner is Tracie @ Riceford Streams. Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you via email so we can coordinate sending your prize to you.

Many thanks to my dear sponsor, LouLou's Fabric Shop ...

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April 24, 2020
Bloomington bundle giveaway with LouLou's Fabric Shop from Carried Away Quilting


Last weekend I had a play date with myself in my sewing room. I pulled out my stash of Lella Boutique fabrics and admired some of my favorite prints. I rifled through my pattern basket for project ideas. I didn’t have a plan, but I felt compelled to create. For me that is the true joy of sewing. Turning myself over to the process, letting the outside world fall away, becoming happily focused on something basic and beautiful.


So today I'm sharing a little peek at what I was up to. Mostly I just cut some fabric and ...

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April 19, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 6 from Carried Away Quilting


I'm popping in today to share my Release 6 block for the 2020 Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.  This pretty block is called the Lewis & Clark block, and it finishes at 24" square.   


The center square of this block is 4" finished (4 1/2" cut), which is a great size for fussy cutting or using a focal fabric.  I selected a lovely navy floral for the center square. I also switched things up a bit on my block, electing to border it with a taupe print rather than a neutral border as called for in the ...

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April 6, 2020
The Kindness Project: Mystery quilt top is complete from Carried Away Quilting


This past weekend, I enjoyed time outdoors in the sunshine with my family. The weather was nice enough to complete some spring yard work and talk to the neighbors . . . from a safe social distance of course. I also found just enough time at the sewing machine to finish my quilt top for The Kindness Project.  


If you had time to read my earlier posts, you'll know that The Kindness Project was a mystery quilt sew-along hosted by Sweet Treasures Quilts. The goal was to sew a quilt to gift to someone affected by the COVID-19 outbreak or someone who ...

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April 1, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 5 from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends. I'm back today sharing three more blocks for the 2020 Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.  These beautiful Release 5 blocks were so much fun to make.  


The Martha Washington Star Block features a festive pinwheel nestled in a traditional star. The pattern called for the background fabric behind the pinwheel to be neutral, but I substituted that for a soft green, which I think warms up the overall look of the block. 


We also made Magnolia Bud blocks this month. Once again I broke the rules. Instead of using a neutral fabric for the ...

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March 30, 2020
The Kindness Project: A mystery quilt sew along (Day 3) from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I'm back sharing my progress on The Kindness Project, a mystery quilt sew-along hosted by Sweet Treasures Quilts. Today is Sew Day 3, a super fun sewing day where we put together two large blocks. My blocks are nearly identical, so I've just shown one in this photo.


All of the information (fabric selection, fabric requirements, block instructions) for this mystery sew along is available through social media on the Sweet Treasures Facebook page and the Sweet Treasures Instagram feed.  Please check out those links, as shop owner Terri was kind enough to offer some ...

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March 27, 2020
The Kindness Project: A mystery quilt sew along (Days 1 & 2) from Carried Away Quilting


Earlier this week I introduced you to The Kindness Project, a mystery quilt sew-along hosted by Sweet Treasures Quilts. The goal is for us each to sew a lap quilt which we gift to someone else . . . someone who has been affected by COVID-19, or maybe someone who has served as a hero during this crisis. (Check out my earlier post for all the details.)

Sweet Treasures Quilts released the Day 1 block instructions yesterday and the Day 2 block instructions today.  So I'm popping in to show you my progress. I've also included the Sweet Treasures Quilts instruction ...

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March 26, 2020
Two, Four, Six Eight: Fat Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Are you a Fat Quarter collector? Do you pick up a few here, a few there, or a whole bundle… “just in case”?  We can relate. After all, we are the Fat Quarter Shop! And today we’re pleased to present to you, one of the latest books from Martingale that is all about sewing with fat quarters.

Two, Four, Six, Eight: Fat Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate is a Moda All-Star book compiled by Lissa Alexander for Martingale. The book honors traditional and modern quilts alike proving that you can sew up just about anything your heart desires with ...

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March 24, 2020
Kindness Project: a mystery quilt sew along with Sweet Treasures Quilts from Carried Away Quilting


In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are turning to sewing as mental health therapy. If we are in a stay-home/stay-safe situation, it’s a great way to keep our minds and hands busy. It’s also a great time to sew service projects.

Terri Staats, shop owner of Sweet Treasures Quilts in Keizer, OR, has come up with a wonderful idea: The Kindness Project, a mystery quilt sew-along in which we all sew a lap quilt that we will gift to someone else! The recipient could be someone who has been hit hard by COVID-19 ...

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March 23, 2020
SEW THE RAINBOW! from That's Sew Kerry

Travelling Quilt Bee 2019





A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be part of a Travelling Quilt Bee it was an amazing experience for me, I made some great 'virtual' quilt friends many of whom I am still in regular quilty contact with, as well as being a great opportunity to try new things and develop my skills. This was largely due to the fact that back then I wasn't overly brave when it came to fabric choices, colour palettes or block/pattern choices and had a real tendency to stick to what I knew and ...

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March 15, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 4 from Carried Away Quilting


Welcome back! Today I'm sharing my latest blocks for the 2020 Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.  The Release 4 blocks are so striking, aren't they? The blocks are named Sarah's Choice and Goose & Gosling


The Sarah's Choice (star) blocks were a little tricky, but I pinned, pressed and stitched carefully. Pinning is essential for me to keep my seams matched up!  I also use my walking foot when sewing together blocks with a lot of seam bulk. The walking foot makes it much easier to maneuver over bulky junctions!


My version of Bloom-Topia features ...

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March 14, 2020
Flying Geese quilt ladder runner from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I'm excited to update you on a project I started last year, a long Flying Geese runner featuring one of my favorite fabric collections, Harvest Road by Lella Boutique for Moda. The runner is finished, and I've displayed it on a quilt ladder in my living room. I'm really happy with how it turned out!



The inspiration for this project came from the Furrows block and Harvest tablerunner in Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book. My runner is much longer than the sample in the book, finishing at 96" long by 12" wide ...

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March 5, 2020
Join this Sisterhood of Scraps from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The art of quilting can be done independently, but over time we quilters have come together as a family in quilting bees, groups, and retreats to share quilting and fabrics with each other! The sisterhood of quilting reaches far and wide, exchanging scraps, techniques and charity quilts!

The Sisterhood of Scraps: 12 Brilliant Quilts by 7 Fantastic Designers Quilt Book, by Lissa Alexander for Martingale, celebrates scrappy quilts from her and all of her quilty friends! Come on and join this scrappy sisterhood!

Sisterhood of Scraps: 12 Brilliant Quilts from 7 Fantastic Designers

In Sisterhood of Scraps, Quilt Designer Lissa ...

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Throw quilt featuring Harvest Road's "Nature" panel from Carried Away Quilting


Most of you know how crazy I am about the Harvest Road fabric collection by Lella Boutique. Did you also know that Moda produced a quilt panel with this collection? It is aptly named “Nature” and features oversized sketches of the Harvest Road oak leaves and florals in white against a beautiful sage green backdrop.


The Nature panel measures at 57” x 69” and makes a wonderful throw quilt. I purchased my favorite navy floral from the Harvest Road collection to use for the backing. Isn’t it gorgeous?  


I sent the top and backing off to Starlit Quilts for ...

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