Monday, May 30, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

Hi everyone

I'm excited to tell you about a fun quilt along that's happening over at the Fat Quarter Shop.  It's called the Little Ruby Quilt Along.  The quilt is designed by Camille Roskelley and in the process of making the quilt you'll actually make enough blocks for TWO quilts.  Sweet.  

You can find the (FREE !) pattern here on the Jolly Jabber blog, and find kits for the quilt along here in the Fat Quarter Shop.  Or you can choose your own supplies from the shop like I did.  Here's what you'll need:  two jelly rolls, two white jelly rolls and a background fabric.  For my jelly rolls I'm using Little Ruby, and instead of the two white jelly rolls I'm using this gorgeous Moda Crossweave in grey - which will also be my background fabric.  

Little Ruby Quilt Along supplies

You'll also need the Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool and the Creative Grids 60 degree Double Strip Ruler.  If you don't already have those two rulers, you can order them from the Fat Quarter Shop here and here.  

I've already gotten started on my cutting and I quickly became a fan of the Hexagon Trim Tool.  It's new to me but I'm glad it's now in my collection of rulers.  I'm already thinking of other fun uses for it. 

Hexagon Trim Tool from Creative Grids

With each installment there will be a link to a helpful video that walks you through each step.  Here's the video for week #1:

There's a whole group of us who will be sewing along and sharing our progress.  It will be fun to see what fabrics everyone has chosen to use.  

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
Sherri 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

Will you be quilting along with us?  Grab your favorite jelly roll and some background and get cutting!  The next installment / video will be on Monday, June 13th so you'll have time to order your supplies and get everything cut.  You can also follow along with everyone's progress on Instagram with the hashtag: #littlerubyquiltalong.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Quilt Market Booths!

It's been a big couple of weeks around here!  My youngest son turned 8, my boys are already out of school for Summer, and I spent a few days at Spring Quilt Market!  This year Spring market was just up the road from me in Salt Lake City, and boy was that convenient!  (There's so many exclamation marks in this paragraph!!)

Market was a blast and I took almost 200 photos!   So for this week's installment of Five Friday Favorites I thought I'd share with you my favorite booths from quilt market.

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Quilt Market Booths!

Here they are - in no particular order

#1:  Simple Simon / When Skies are Grey

When Skies are Grey fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Liz & Liz (a.k.a. Simple Simon & Co.) are designers for Riley Blake and this is their new upcoming line called When Skies Are Grey.  Their booth was so eye-catching with the black, white and gold color combo.  You can see more of the line here.  It has some sweet pinks and blues along with what you see in the photo above.  The fabric is coming in October and will be available in cottons, knits and double gauze!  

#2:  Elizabeth Hartman / Paintbox Basics

Paintbox Basics fabrics from Robert Kaufman

In case you were wondering, I'm a big fan of color.  But I think most quilters are, right?  So this booth made me stop in my tracks.  I thought the way she used the paint brushes and rollers was so very clever!  Elizabeth Hartman blogs here, and designs fabric for Robert Kaufman.  Paintbox Basics will be available in August.   

#3:  Emily Herrick / Up and Away

Up and Away fabric from Michael Miller

Emily designs for Michael Miller, blogs here at Crazy Old Ladies, and has designed a whole slew of awesome quilt patterns.  Up and Away is her newest line for Michael Miller and comes in two colorways, Butterflies, and Planes.  See them both here.  I love so many things about her booth - it was such a cozy kids' room.  I just wanted to hang out there.  Up and Away will be shipping to stores in June.  That's so soon!  

#4:  Tasha Noel / Pixie Noel

Pixie Noel fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Pixie Noel fabric from Riley Blake Designs

There was so much see in this booth so I had to get two photos!  Tasha Noel designs for Riley Blake and her new line, Pixie Noel is available now in stores (so hurry and grab some while you can!)  You can see more of Pixie Noel here and Tasha's blog is here. Isn't that snow globe quilt in the top pic just adorable?  Such a clever idea.  And I love the stockings hanging on the mantle, and the single-block quilt hanging above it.  Makes me wish I had a fireplace so I could do the same.  I kept coming back to this booth - both to visit Tasha and to just sit and look at all of the details in the booth!

#5:  Sugar Sisters / Keep on Groovin'

Keep on Groovin' fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Keep on Groovin' is the first line designed by Sugar Sisters for Riley Blake.  (See more of the line here.)  The whole booth had this cool retro vibe about it - mostly becuase of that awesome VW bus in the center.  Lindsay and Kelsey were even dressed to match the booth.  I'm kicking myself for not getting a pic of them.  The fun thing about their booth (besides having SO many projects to check out) is that the bus is actually a photo booth!  Here's Jodi Nelson (a.k.a. Pleasant Home) and I going for a spin.  Peace, man.  

Keep on Groovin' fabric from Riley Blake Designs 

It was a fun, fast weekend and I had a hard time choosing just 5 favorite booths.  I have another list of the new, upcoming fabric lines that I'm most excited about - but that will have to wait until next Friday.  For now, you can see more of quilt market here on A Quilting Life blog, and here on Jedi Craft Girl's Blog.  And you can check out the hashtag #quiltmarket on Instagram as well.  

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Backyard Roses Blog Tour + free quilt pattern

Churn Dash Quilt from A Bright Corner

Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Backyard Roses blog tour.  Backyard Roses is the newest fabric line designed by Nadra Ridgeway ( for Riley Blake.  It's a charming line, filled with happy colors and sweet flowers.  

Backyard Roses fabric blog tour

I've had a classic churn dash quilt on my wish-list for a couple of years now and when I saw Backyard Roses I KNEW it would be perfect!    The small scale florals really shine when used in small blocks like this. 

Churn Dash quilt made by A Bright Corner - link to free pattern!

I selected just a few of the colors from the range.  Can't go wrong with the primary colors, right?  Well, primary colors + green ;)    The line also includes a pretty pink and a fresh mint color.  I quilted it with some medium sized loops, and I backed the quilt in a solid green.  I used my most favorite green print from the line as the binding.  I can't get enough of that green!   

Churn Dash quilt made by A Bright Corner - link to free pattern!

The finished quilt measures 59" x  68"

How 'bout a free quilt pattern?  Click here to download and print the pattern to make your own Backyard Roses churn dash quilt.  [For personal use only]

Churn Dash quilt made by A Bright Corner - link to free pattern!

Here are the links to the other stops on the tour.  Click on the links to see the other projects.  You can find Backyard Roses in stores now - here at the Fat Quarter Shop, here on Westwood Acres, and here at Pink Castle Fabrics.


Churn Dash free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bright Baby Quilt

We all make mistakes, right?  Well, this quilt is completely made from mistakes!  And the weird thing is, I don't hate it.

A couple of years ago I was at a retreat and had brought everything I needed to make a queen sized Hello Washi Quilt.  I was having a great time visiting with friends as I cut my blocks out and began chain piecing.

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

When it was time to put my first big block together I came to an awful realization.  I had messed up BIG TIME.  I had cut about 150 white strips too narrow.  By the time I realized it, I had already sewn each too-thin white strip to a print rectangle.  Ugh.  So now what??

My options at this point were to sit and unpick 150 seams and start completely over, OR  I could set aside the mistake blocks and move on.  After thinking about it (for maybe 10 seconds) I decided to save the mistakes for later and move on.  It wasn't a tough decision - I'm not a huge fan of my seam ripper!  So I put this quilt away and worked on something else for the rest of the retreat.

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

When I got home I stashed the mistake blocks away to work on another time.  I pulled them back out a month or so ago and put them all up on my design wall to see what I could make from them.

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

This baby quilt is the result - not bad, eh?  Talk about making lemonade out of lemons!

That's probably one of the worst mistakes I've ever made.  How about you?  What's the worst quilting mistake you've made?

Edited to add:  Want to make your own?  Find a link to the free PDF pattern here on this post. 

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

Quilt details:
48" x 48"
fabrics:  various prints from my stash

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