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March 1, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 3 from Carried Away Quilting


I'm cruising right along with my blocks for the 2020 Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.  The Release 3 blocks were super easy: two Duckling blocks (one with sashing and one without) and two Matchstick blocks. 


The pattern calls for fun, multicolored Matchstick blocks, but I made mine a bit more subdued. I sure hope my color and print placement all works out in the end. It looks pretty in my mind, but I won't know until all the blocks are completed and laid out on my living room floor. While it makes me a little nervous ...

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February 14, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 2 from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I'm popping in today with my Release 2 block for the 2020 Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop.  Isn't she a dandy? This block is called Carolina Lily. It finishes at 18 1/2" x 20 1/2" and is a snap to make.


If you read my last post, you'll know that I am honored to be one of the guest bloggers for this charity quilt along which benefits Make-A-Wish. The sweet folks at Fat Quarter Shop were kind enough to send the original Bloom-Topia quilt out on a road trip, visiting ...

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January 31, 2020
Bloom-Topia: Release 1 from Carried Away Quilting


Today I'm revealing my first blocks for the 2020 charity quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop, called Bloom-Topia. I'm thrilled to be one of the guest bloggers for this program which benefits Make-A-Wish of Central & South Texas. I'll be sharing my blocks with you twice a month. Will you join me in sewing along?

Both of the blocks in Release 1 finish at 12 1/2" square and are easy to construct. Remember, the block patterns are free, and they will be released by Fat Quarter Shop twice a month.  We quilters are simply asked to make ...

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January 28, 2020
Selecting fabrics for your spring sewing projects from Carried Away Quilting


Fabric selection ~ the quilter’s nemesis. Most of us feel some lack of confidence and unease when it comes to selecting fabric for our next quilting project. In fact, it can cause us to stop in our tracks. We purchase pretty new patterns and quilting books, and then they stockpile in our sewing rooms until we muster up some fabric-picking gumption. This is probably why so many of us love to purchase kits. Someone else has done the hard work for us!

When I am designing a new pattern, I try to make this process easier by doing two things ...

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January 18, 2020
Where Do You Get Your Design Inspiration? Appliqué Inspiration From Interior Design Fabrics from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I'm still plugging away at my Spirit Song quilt top, albeit intermittently.  So far I have four of the twelve 16" blocks completely assembled:


Four 16 Inch Blocks Assembled, Eight More to Go
It's tedious piecing at this point because I'm matching up triangles with seams that don't nest.  Lots of unpicking and finessing to get those triangle points to match up to my satisfaction!  But meanwhile, my mind is on other projects, inspired by everything I see around me.  If you're one of those sensible people who has made a resolution not to start ...

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Cross stitch: getting started with a mug rug from Carried Away Quilting


Thank you all for your kind, funny and enthusiastic comments about our fish house. We continue to enjoy our time on the frozen lake, particularly when the neighbors wander over to visit and share their snacks. It’s like a block party on the ice.

Since my blog post, Stitching while Ice Fishing, I’ve taken baby steps back into cross stitching.  I have to tell you, I felt like a newbie, all awkward and unsure of what I was doing. After some minor struggles, I stitched a small practice piece which I made into a mug rug.


The Jack ...

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January 15, 2020
Bloom-Topia quilt along: fabric requirements available from Carried Away Quilting


Today is the kick-off for the 2020 charity quilt along, Bloom-Topia, with Fat Quarter Shop. I'm thrilled to be one of the guest bloggers for this program which benefits Make-A-Wish of Central & South Texas. The official block sharing begins on February 1, but the fabric requirements are available today!  I have the full scoop below, so read on . . . 


This year's quilt is an absolute stunner! The front features a glorious mix of blocks of different sizes, and the back features a fun pieced area which documents the year made. 




Pattern instructions are released as FREE PDF downloads twice ...

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January 5, 2020
9-Patch Pivot: A new version in bright, cheery prints from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in today to show you some blocks I’ve made for a cheerful new version of my 9-Patch Pivot pattern. I’m using the Lollipop Garden collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. Aren’t the colors glorious?


My 9-Patch Pivot pattern calls for just 21 fat quarters plus 1 1/4 yards of neutral, so fabric selection is fun and easy. The quilt finishes at 66" x 77". My pattern includes detailed photographs for both block construction and trimming. 


Here’s a photo of my original 9-Patch Pivot quilt, stitched up in soothing blues ...

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December 28, 2019
Maybe the Start of Something in 2020 from Life in the Scrapatch




These fabrics from my stash are 
Dandi Annie by Robin Pickens for Moda Fabrics


If wishes were quilts I would have made a thousand quilts!
 I love the quote in this Moda photo.

Right now I wishing to sew a  



Here is the info as posted ...

"Wednesday, January 15!
Block Heads 3 will launch with 14 Block Heads and a total of 56 blocks. There will be weeks with just one block and one Moda Designer in the spotlight, and there will be weeks where we're going to keep you really, really busy.
There will be ...

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December 26, 2019
Moda Quilt Along from Polka Dots and Butterflies

Moda always has a quilt along going on.  This year I did the At the Seashore quilt along.  I really don't like this quilt.  I don't like the lack of symmetry and the colors.  It happens that sometimes we don't like our finished product.

Because I disliked it so much I decided to use the quilt to practice free motion quilting skills.  I quilted something different in each block.  This really helped to hone my skills but made me dislike the quilt even more because of the total lack of uniformity.  Someone someday will like it and ...

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Flying Geese blocks featuring the Harvest Road collection from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I hope you all had a joyous holiday and are excited about the coming New Year. I’ve been thankful for a quiet December. Besides enjoying time with family, I worked on my 2020 calendar, read, wrote project lists and goals, and watched some favorite old movies. I also did a bit of sewing, which I’m sharing with you today.


I’m making a looooong runner of Flying Geese blocks that I intend to hang in my living room. I only have two of the eight 12” blocks completed, but the construction is easy peasy. I ...

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December 16, 2019
Fabric Shopping from Becca's Crazy Projects

Disclaimer: This post was prepared for publication on Friday the 13th. It seems I failed to actually set it to post. Therefore, this year I'm short a post and this one is a little late. Hopefully I'll do better in the new year.

Every year I vow to buy less fabric than I use. This might be the first year I accomplished that lofty goal.

The day after Thanksgiving, I ventured out to Spring Water Designs to shop their sale. I picked up some great fabrics. A couple were in the holiday prints (on sale) and the others ...

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November 25, 2019
Holiday themed rag quilt with Sweet Treasures Quilts from Carried Away Quilting


I’ve lost count of how many quilts I’ve made over the years, which is probably a good thing. (I might be embarrassed to know the total number.) But in all my years of sewing and quilting, I had never made a rag quilt . . . until recently that is! Armed with a great pattern and some charming holiday themed flannels, my home is ready for Christmas visitors thanks to this new quilt.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, a rag quilt is made by sewing sandwiched blocks (a block top, a piece of batting, and a ...

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November 23, 2019
Sweetly Scalloped for Christmas from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I have another Christmas quilt to share with you today. This one is for my mom, and it’s based on my Sweetly Scalloped pattern. If I weren’t concerned about landing on the naughty list, I’d be tempted to keep it for myself. I love how it turned out, but more importantly, I know my mom will love it too.


Mom recently moved into a pretty apartment for the winter months, where she’ll have access to fun activities and lots of friendly people. We had a great time selecting new furniture for her winter ...

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November 12, 2019
Christmas bed runner welcomes overnight guests from Carried Away Quilting


My Christmas bed runner is finished! I did a “decorating test-run” to see how it will look in our guest room with a few other holiday items, and I think the end result is warm and inviting. Now I’m torn, though. Do I put the Christmas décor away until after Thanksgiving, or leave it out and watch my husband shake his head and roll his eyes?


As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, a bed runner is a great solution if you don’t have time to make a full quilt, but you want to dress ...

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November 11, 2019
X MARKS THE SPOT from That's Sew Kerry

Treasure Hunt 




Treasure Hunt Block Tutorial

12.5" finished block
This block is part of the great series by Blossom Hearts Quilts called The Bee Hive there are 12 blocks in the series, all completely free. The template for this block can be found here.



Cutting:
A1 and A4 2 1/4" x 9 1/2" 
A2 and A5 2 1/4" x 7"      
A3 and A6 2 1/4" x 4"

4 of each is needed to make one complete 12.5" block.



Assembly:

This block is put together in 4 units very simply by foundation paper piecing.

I ...

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November 1, 2019
Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop: Will you join me? from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I’m excited and honored to share that I will be one of the bloggers sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop for their 2020 charity quilt along, Bloom-Topia! This wonderful program benefits Make-A-Wish of Central & South Texas. This is the 7th year that Fat Quarter Shop has hosted a charity quilt along.


This quilt along is special in that it binds us (pun intended) together in an event that makes a positive difference in the lives of children. We quilters will be called upon to offer participation donations, which will in turn be matched by Fat Quarter ...

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October 30, 2019
Swan Dive with the Fat Quarter Shop from In the Boondocks








The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away another pattern!
Free
(The link will take you to the Jolly Jabber blog post)You can buy a kit from them or just buy

A Jolly Bar and background fabric!

I really love these sheets they make it so easy to make 
Perfect HST’s!


It is all very easy to make!
One sheet makes 10 HST’s 
and they are perfect!
If you don’t want to use a Jolly Bar (5”x10”) then 
find a nice Layer Cake (10”x10”)
I used Anagram by ...

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October 28, 2019
Summer Moon QAL: October Blocks from Carried Away Quilting


This past weekend I stitched up my October blocks for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. This month’s assignment includes three pretty blocks: Checkerboard, Darting Birds and Nonsense. I’m sewing from my stash, and my blocks feature a mix of prints by Lella Boutique and Corey Yoder, who are two of my favorite Moda designers.


I went rogue and broke the rules on the Checkerboard block, but I had a good reason. I wanted to use the alphabet script from Corey’s Yoder’s Strawberry Jam collection as my neutral for this block. The problem ...

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October 26, 2019
Christmas bed runner with Star Crossed Pines from Carried Away Quilting


Just the other day I was walking by our guest room and thought, “I wish I had a Christmas quilt to lay across the foot of the guest bed this winter.” You may be surprised to hear that I don’t have enough Christmas quilts for every bed and sofa in the house, but I don’t! Since Christmas is less than two months away (eeek!), I decided to make a bed runner instead. Here’s my first block.


Do you recognize the block? It’s from my Star Crossed Pines quilt pattern!  Doesn’t it have a cozy, homespun ...

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