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July 15, 2020
Confetti Quilt freebie from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Today I am drinking hot chocolate, playing holiday music, and lighting the fireplace. Why, you may ask? Because I am celebrating Christmas in July. That’s right. Today, we are blog hopping around the world with Father Time; or was it the Ghost of Christmas Present? I forget. Anyhow, I am part of a blog hop. This generous group of ladies have put together all sorts of different Christmas projects or projects perfect for gifts, so you can get inspired and start your Christmas gift making today. The project I created for you is a throw size Confetti quilt.

Confetti Quilt Pattern

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July 14, 2020
Tuesday Tangents: AQS QAL Complicated and Resized, Under the Stars Kit Augmented, and Block #5 Planned for Beware the Ishmaelites Sampler from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, and Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I spent some time tidying up my studio yesterday, so I rewarded myself with a few design diversions this morning before getting back to work on my Spirit Song quilt.  


First Tangent: AQS Summer Star QAL

First I played in EQ8, redrafting the AQS Summer Star QAL project that caught my eye in their email newsletter.  Here's what I came up with:



The original design by Betsey Langford, shown below, finishes at 72" x 72", which is not a useful size for me right now.  I thought this would make a good baby ...

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July 10, 2020
New pattern: Buffalo Check Autumn from Carried Away Quilting


If you’re a quilter, chances are you love buffalo check and gingham. These timeless fabrics exude a sense of warmth, comfort, and belonging. Buffalo check in particular has become a hot design trend, a contemporary classic. I’m excited to share a new quilt pattern with you today, one that pairs a buffalo check motif with oversized, modern pumpkins and bold, classic stars: Buffalo Check Autumn!


Buffalo Check Autumnfinishes at 72 1/2” x 84 1/2”. For your reference, in my photographs I have layered it atop a coverlet on a queen-sized bed. The quilt fits the ...

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July 2, 2020
Harmony quilt kits from Sweet Treasures Quilts from Carried Away Quilting


Those talented ladies at Sweet Treasures Quilts have done it again! They've stitched up one of my patterns in a beautiful new fabric collection and are offering it as a kit. Here is my Harmony pattern featuring the Canning Day collection by Corey Yoder for Moda. 

Harmony (in Canning Day) photos all courtesy of Sweet Treasures Quilts.

Aren't the colors gorgeous? The Sweet Treasures gals went above and beyond this time, offering kits with FOUR different border options: aqua, pink, yellow and rose. 


Shop owner Terri took her finished Harmony quilt on a little garden tour and snapped ...

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July 1, 2020
Bloom-Topia: A finished quilt top from Carried Away Quilting


Our Bloom-Topia charity quilt along journey began in January. Now it is July and we can look back at the fun we have had along the way. It feels wonderful to have participated in this effort! Many thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for hosting this annual event, which will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation of central and south Texas. To date we have raised over $55,000, with Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics each matching up to $10,000. Here is my completed Bloom-Topia top:



As you know, I stitched my own version of Bloom-Topia using mostly prints from the ...

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June 26, 2020
Barn Style quilt . . . just because from Carried Away Quilting


Sometimes I have to make a quilt just because my heart tells me so. I bet that’s true for a lot of you as well. It doesn’t matter if I’m too busy or have other sewing projects that should be a priority, that desire to sew up a particular pattern with treasured fabrics is too strong to ignore.  And that’s how it was for me recently, when I stitched up the Barn Style pattern by Lella Boutique using some of my favorite fabrics.


I love everything about this quilt. The bold, over-sized blocks create a simple ...

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June 21, 2020
Pattern sale: Summer Breeze from Carried Away Quilting


It's finally summer, so let's celebrate the sunshine and warm weather with a pattern sale! For a limited time, my Summer Breeze pattern is available for $5 on my Etsy Shop!


This sweet little quilt features colorful pinwheels spinning in a soft summer breeze. Grab your favorite mini charm pack and some coordinating fabrics to create this cheerful scene, all wrapped up by a dancing ribbon. Summer Breeze finishes at 26 1/2" square, making it the perfect size for a seasonal wall hanging or kitchen table topper. 



The ribbon effect is achieved by selecting two greens that ...

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June 18, 2020
Bloomtopia 2020 from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

My Bloomtopia quilt is finished and I took it on a trip to Maleny hoping to take photographs but alas it turned out to be a a cool, rainy winters day. Fortunately, my friend and I sneaked a few photos in-between showers in the picturesque township of Montville. The Bloomtopia 2020 Charity Quilt a long...

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June 15, 2020
Bloom Topia: Release 10 (the final block) from Carried Away Quilting


I cannot believe that we are nearing the end of the Bloom-Topia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop. Today I'm sharing the final block (Release 10) which is the large Richmond Block. The next time I post about my progress, I'll have all of my blocks sewn together and the borders attached! So be sure to check back with me on July 1.


The Richmond Block finishes at 18 1/2" square and is so easy to stitch together. For my center square, I used the navy text print from Sweetwater's Sweet Tea collection. Don't you ...

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June 6, 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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