Monday, June 18, 2018

Christmas in July :: #DashAlong


Are you one of those people who loves to give handmade gifts during the holidays, but always puts off making them until the last minute? Well, Jen Van Orman of Heritage Threads and I are here to help! We're joining forces again for our second Christmas in July quilt along.

This year we're excited to announce that we will be sharing the instructions for a Churn Dash quilt. I'm making my quilt in Christmas fabric, so that I'll have a cute quilt ready to put on my bed once the snow starts to fly, and Jen is making hers using non-Christmas-y fabrics, so that she has an option to give her quilt as gift that can be used all year long.


One of the things that you'll love about this quilt along is how simple it is to cut these 12" Churn Dash blocks using 10" fabric squares and some yardage for the background. We're giving you two size options, so you get to decide what size quilt you're going to make!


You're probably wondering what you'll need. Well, here you go...

72"x 84" QUILT (42 Blocks)
One (1) Layer Cake
3-1/2 yards background fabric

60" x 72" QUILT (30 Blocks)
One (1) Layer Cake
2-2/3 yards background fabric

Below are links for easy to read instructions with cutting guidelines, and directions on how to assemble the Churn Dash blocks. (A big shout out to Jen's husband for his graphic design skills!)

Click HERE for a printable PDF.

Click HERE for a mobile download.


The DashAlong will begin on Monday, July 2nd, and we'll be following this time frame:

Week One: Cut the fabrics and sew the "bar" pieces together.
Week Two: Sew and trim the Half Square Triangles.
Week Three: Sew the blocks together.
Week Four: Assemble the blocks into a quilt.


We hope that you are as excited as we are! This is going to be so much fun!

Be sure to follow me and Jen on Instagram, as we'll be having giveaways for those who are quilting along with us!


And please to use the #DashAlong hashtag
so that we can see your progress!


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Easy LOVELOUD Block

Today I'm sharing a block pattern with a cause.

My friend Johnny of Big City Quilts has organized a heart block drive in conjunction with the upcoming LOVELOUD Fest that will be held in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 28th.


Johnny's plan is to make as many heart quilts as possible. The quilts will be auctioned off to benefit Encircle in Provo, Utah. Check out his original post out HERE.

Encircle is a resource center for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. One of their goals is prevention of suicide amongst LGBTQ+ teens. Each life is precious, so I know that this is a cause that we can all get behind!

Encircle house is a place of love and acceptance, where everyone is welcome. Last month Johnny (@johnnybarfuss), Marion (@myquiltdiet), Emily (@simplegirlsimplelife), and I, had the opportunity to teach a beginning quilting class at Encircle. It was definitely an experience where I gained so much more that I gave.

So are you ready to get sewing?!



Make sure to print it the actual size.



I made my sample blocks with bright, beautiful colors, using low volume fabrics in the negative space. How will you make yours?  I suggest digging into your pile of scraps and going crazy! These blocks go together quite quickly and are so much fun. And you get such a sweet feeling knowing that you are helping others.

When you're finished with your blocks, tag them with #easyloveloudblock so that I can see your results!

Please send your blocks to Johnny Barfuss.
You can message him directly through his Instagram account
to get his mailing address.

Enjoy!


P.S. If you need a tutorial on how to paper piece, here is a video by David Gilleland that has been really helpful for me.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Fat Quarter Cubes Quilt


Spring has finally sprung here in Utah, which means brisk mornings that turn into beautiful afternoons and evenings. This fresh Fat Quarter Cubes quilt it perfect for the changing of seasons. The low volume squares resemble the blossoming trees throughout our neighborhood.


When I was asked by Fat Quarter Shop to participate in this quilt along, I knew immediately that I wanted to use Modern Backgrounds Color Box by Zen Chic for my quilt. I had my eye set on this bundle before it was released, and I have to say...it's every bit as wonderful as it appear in the pictures.



We all know that everyone needs a pattern that they can fall back on when a quilt is needed in a hurry. Fat Quarter Cubes is just the ticket. The big 18" blocks go together so quickly that your quilt top will be done before you know it!


Hop on over to Fat Quarter Shop's post to see more Fat Quarter Cubes quilts by other makers. You'll also find a video tutorial showing how quick and easy this quilt truly is.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along :: Coconut Cross


One of the things that I love about quilting is the way in which you take several different units, sew them together, and you get a beautiful block. This month's Clementine Quilt Along Coconut Cross block is a prime example.

For each section of the block you use two square-in-a-square units, two flying geese, and four half-square triangles. Don't you just love the look of the four blocks pieced together in alternate directions? The look is so creative and unique.

Are you participating in this fun quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop? It's been so fun creating a new block each month. And the fact that your participation and donations benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital makes this quilt along that much more meaningful.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along :: Peaches & Plenty


This is the third month of the Clementine Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop, which benefits research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Peaches & Plenty blocks use a great combination of half-square triangles and flying geese. It can be a little tricky getting all of the points to line up, but I found that using pins when stitching the pieces together was a huge help.


I'm really happy with how this quilt is coming together. I'm really enjoying the Moda Bella Solids that I selected for my blocks.

If you have not yet joined the quilt along, it's not too late! You'll end up with a wonderful quilt and will have the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Summer Plans :: Moda Bake Shop


Today on Moda Bake Shop I'm sharing my Summer Plans quilt tutorial. This is a fun buzz-saw quilt that I have made several times using different variations. This time around I made the traditional block with the bright, contemporary Grunge Hits the Spot fabrics by BasicGrey.


The background fabric is from BasicGrey's upcoming Meraki line. I love the positive affirmations of this simple black and white print.



The playfulness of the dragonfly quilting gets me every time I look at it! It reminds me of the summer evenings I'm longing for. Quilting was done by Utah Valley Quilting.




This is my first buzz-saw quilt which I made in 2007, using 1930's reproduction fabrics. It's just 12 blocks with a 1" white border and a 6" outer boarder. The perfect size for a baby quilt!

Clementine Quilt Along :: Broken Berries


Today I'm sharing the block two in the Clementine Quilt Along by Fat Quarter Shop. I love that the Broken Berries blocks are made from a few of my favorite sub-blocks: square in a square, flying geese, and half-square triangles.

It's been fun to follow the #clementinequiltalong hashtag on Instagram. It's also great to know that the donations for the block patterns help to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.