Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along ~ Week 1

Sugarplum Table Runner by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is Week 1 of my Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. This will be a four week series running through November. You will make four different modern-traditional block patterns. (Two each of the first three blocks and one of the final center block).

Sugarplum Table Runner by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Head on over to We All Sew today to see the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for your fabric.

Sugarplum Table Runner Supplies by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next Monday we will jump into the first two blocks!

Holiday Seasons and Looking Ahead

Holiday Quilt Along

Yes, that is Christmas fabric. I know, Thanksgiving first, right? But I also know that we need to get started now if we want to enjoy our holiday decor during the actual holiday season.

Case in point…I did not finish my Halloween cross stitch in time this year. But there is always 2017!

Holiday Quilt Along

The holiday fabric – Good Cheer in Coal from Juniper Berry by Basic Gray for Moda Fabrics – and Kona solid swatches at the top are part of a project I’ve been finalizing over the last week. Starting Monday, I will be hosting a month long holiday quilt along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew. It’s not a quilt, but a quilted table runner with four awesome, modern, holiday block patterns. (And hey, there is nothing stopping you from using those blocks in a quilt!) I’m so very excited to share! Until then…I’ll be at my machine and computer if you need me. 🙂

Meet the “Vintage Quilt Revival” Quilts: Star Bright

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving for my American readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some time off with your families. I’m sure many of you are out shopping today – maybe even you’ve been up since midnight. But for those spending time at home today, I’m very happy to share my next quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival with you, the Star Bright Quilt.

But before I get to the quilt, something really, really exciting arrived on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon. My copies of the book! And this is awesome news because it means the books are all in the warehouse here in the United States now and being shipped out to retailers. So you should start seeing it soon in shops and if you ordered it online already, chances are you will be getting it sooner than expected! Woohoo!

Vintage Quilt Revival

I also have a few copies available in my shop ready to ship. Those are signed by all 3 of us authors. If you happened to purchase a copy from somewhere else, you can get signed bookplates in my shop as well (The $1 cost for those just covers the shipping and paypal fees).

Back to today’s quilt share! This the my Star Bright quilt and definitely one of my favorites. Maybe because it combines a few of my favorite things: paper piecing, stars and fabrics from Anna Maria Horner.

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

It’s lap sized and quilted with straight lines.

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my last post, but something I love about this book is that many of the projects use 12″ x 12″ finished blocks. This makes the quilt patterns really flexible. If you like a layout, but want to switch out the blocks, it’s really easy. Just pick one (or more) of the other 19 blocks in the book (or another block you happen to know and love). Make your blocks and plug them into the pattern.

I was motivated last week to do a bit of Christmas sewing for the house. I used the block from this quilt to make a new pillow for my couch.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I sashed the block in my favorite text print by Violet Craft‘s Madrona Road line. The backing is an awesome red crosshatch by Lucie Summers.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I did some light free motion meandering quilting in the negative space and then assembled using Katie’s invisible zipper tutorial that I love so much.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I think it matches the Christmas quilt I made last year quite well!

‘The Hood’ : A Christmas Tree Skirt

The Hood Tree Skirt

Update 2015 : I believe this pattern is not available anymore due to the VAT regulations on digital downloads in the EU. Please contact customerservice@fatquarterly.com if you have specific questions.

Finished just in the nick of time! I’m not sure why I continue to do this to myself year after year, but once again I started a project for Christmas just days before needing it to decorate. All year I told myself I needed to make a new Christmas tree skirt. Our old one was pretty cheap and junky and literally falling apart. Last Friday I decided to “whip one up”. Ha, famous last words, right?

The Hood Tree Skirt Front

I knew I wanted to make this particular pattern after seeing it in last year’s Fat Quarterly Holiday Special. This pattern was designed by Brioni Greenberg.

Tree Skirt Progress

I think I was delusional in thinking this project would only take me a few hours. Friday I spent the day cutting and placing the houses. Saturday I spent the day pebble quilting. I ran out of thread in the middle and had to stop and go to the store. Sigh… This quilting technique took a long time, but after seeing Brioni’s example, I had to do it. It is SO cute and my daughter thinks it looks like clouds. I also spent some time Saturday stitching down the houses. I finished those and the stars up yesterday and also added the binding. I used a red polka dot print by designer Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line.

The Hood Tree Skirt Buttons

Overall I’m really happy with how this tree skirt turned out. The pattern was fabulous. Well worth the $5 cost of the issue. I know this particular holiday decoration will be getting years of use at my house.

The Hood Tree Skirt Pebble Quilting

Things will be quiet here on the blog for the next few days as I take some time away from the sewing machine and enjoy being with my family. Wishing all my US readers a happy Thanksgiving!