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It’s only fitting that I am lucky enough to make the Duck Row. After we arrived home from Spring Break, a mama duck had made a perfect little nest in the bush next to our stairs. I checked on them everyday to see if they were safe or had hatched. The Duck Row is a little reminder of the guest we had this year!

Pretty playtime Quilt Along

I combined Elea’s lines, Strawberry Biscuit and Milk Sugar Flower into my blocks and used Riley Blake’s Aqua Swiss Dot as the background.

Pretty playtime Quilt Along

The row has 5 baby ducks and a Mama, so there were a lot of pieces. The Alphabitties I had came into good use keeping track of them. Otherwise, I know I would have wasted tons of time trying to figure out the dimensions and placement.

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The blocks went together easily and I was finished in an afternoon. And I must say that I’m super pleased with all it’s quacky cuteness!

Pretty playtime quilt along

We’re almost finished! Next week are the Borders & Finishing with Kristin. And don’t forget to visit all of the other blogs for your inspiration to quilt along.

 

Week 1:Quilt Along-Fat Quarter Shop
Week 2: Dragonfly Block-Erin at Why Not Sew
Week 3: Bow Block-Wynn at Zakka Art
Week 4: Tooth Fairy Block-Anorian at Samelia’s Mum
Week 5: Star Block-Amy at Diary Of A Quilter
Week 6: Bowtie Block-Renee at Sewn With Grace
Week 7: Cottage Block-Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
Week 8: Teapot Block-Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9: Strawberry Block-Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
Week 10: Kitty Cat Block-Tina at Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11: Pinwheel Block-Erica at Why Not Sew
Week 12: Basket Block-Kristyne at Pretty by Hand
Week 13: Butterfly Block-Heidi at Fabric Mutt
Week 14: Flower Rows-Briditte at The Family Hearth Blog
Week 15: Duck Rows-Me:)
Week 16: Borders and Finishing-Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

It’s never to late to start! If you’d like to have your own copy of Pretty Playtime Quilts or the kit to make the Garden Fairy Sampler Quilt, you can find them at the Fat Quarter Shop.

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for asking me to participate in the quilt along. I enjoyed it!❤️

Block 13✔️ Bee-Romantic is the reason why I fell in love with this quilt along…my obsession with vintage bicycles with a basket full of flowers!

Moda bake shop Bee-utiful QAL

One more pic…The basket was done with a basket weave stitch just in case you’re wondering.

Moda bake shop Bee-utiful QAL

Block 14✔️ Bee-Good. Yummy honey. I honestly eat honey straight from that squeezable bear!

Moda bake shop Bee-utiful QAL

Block 15✔️ Bee-Courageous. Go for it kitty. Grab that cupcake. You only live once!

Moda bake shop Bee-utiful QAL

Block 16✔️ Bee-Sunny. Go fly a kite!!

Moda bake shop Bee-utiful QAL

Only 4 more blocks to go🐝

I’m hopping right along with my Moda Bake Shop summer progress! I love staring with a great pattern and adding my own spin with color and fabric. So if you’re checking out the MBS blocks, mine look a wee bit different. For instance, I’m not using the recommended fabrics. Instead I choose a more ‘Lorrie‘ palate and went with the Riley Blake Backyard Roses line. Bright colors with a retro 30’s feel.

Block 9✔️ Bee-Fruitful      On this block I chose to machine applique the napkin/quilt the watermelon is resting on instead of embroidering it and added a lazy daisy stitch as the seeds.

MBS BeeutifulQAL

Block 10✔️ Bee-Kind      The changes I made to this block were simply floss color choices and added eyelashes to her because who doesn’t love pink fluffy bunnies!

MBS BeeutifulQAL

Block 11✔️ Bee-Industrious      Once again, it’s all in the colors. A brighter green tractor and I added more color with some purple wildflowers to the grass.

MBS BeeutifulQAL

Block 12✔️ Bee-Grateful     I just substituted the wool hive entrance with a brown cotton plaid. Easy-peasy:)

MBS BeeutifulQAL

Don’t be afraid to take an existing pattern and create your own version, your own vision of it. Small changes can make a big impact. This is how we grow as quilter’s. Go outside of the box and Bee-Creative!!

We’re being invaded…by cute animals taking a ride above the neighborhood in planes, saucers, and balloons! Seeing Stars is back in stock and kitted in a Riley Blake design called ‘Little Flyers’. The fabrics are perfect for this pattern. Just like the fabric says…it’s awesome!

SewMod seeing stars kit

Machine appliqued planes soar through this quilt among half square triangle (HST) stars. The smoke trails are hand embroidered in different colors using a straight stitch to add that special touch to the baby quilt.

SewMod little flyers quilt kit

HST’s are made using the Spinning Star papers to give you perfect half square triangles every time! You can find a quick demo HERE on the papers.

SewMod little flyers quilt kit

Quilt measures 45″ square. Kit includes instructions, the HST papers, fabric for the quilt top and binding. Batting & backing are NOT included. The kits can be found in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

SewMod little flyers quilt kit

It’s hot y’all! But no matter how hot it gets here in Chicagoland, I know I can brave it cause it ain’t hot till you’ve lived your summers in OKC and the heat slaps you in the face and the humidity takes your breath away. So it’s hot here, but it ain’t that hot!

To stay outta the heat for awhile, I’ve been catching up on my Bee-utiful embroidery blocks. Take a peek and try to find yourself something to do this summer to get outta the heat dome!

Block 5✔️ Bee-Courteous…Check out those tiny 1/4″ hexies I made scattered in with the embroidered ones.

Bee-utiful QAL Moda bake shop

Block 6✔️ Bee-Sweet

Bee-utiful QAL Moda bake shop

Block 7✔️ Bee-Charming

Bee-utiful QAL Moda bake shop

Block 8✔️ Bee-Simple

Bee-utiful QAL Moda bake shop

You can find all of the blocks in the quilt along that have come out so far at Moda Bake Shop.

Holiday wishes book

Happy Christmas is July! A great way to beat the heat is sewing of course and that’s just what I’ve been doing. Sherri Falls from This & That has a new book out which features lots of fun project ideas and to help you get excited and creative, Fat Quarter Shop is having a blog tour which I’m super excited to be a part of.

Holiday wishes book

I made the sweet mini quilt from the Holiday Wishes book called ‘Comfort And Joy’. Measuring only 16″x20″, it’s the perfect quick fix to those summertime blues:)

Knowing full well that the smaller your project is the more precise your work needs to be, I took my time. I cut it out one day, and the next I pieced it toghether. My suggestion is get yourself some Alphabitties. These cuties keep track of all the pieces for you. You don’t want to waste time remeasuring while you work.

Alphabitties

It went together in a couple of hours and the instructions were easy to follow.I used Tasha Noel’s newest fabric line Pixie Noel. I cannot resist those adorable kissing bunnies💞

Comfort and joy mini quilt

After Paige quilted it, I added the sweet crochet trim my mom made for me around the binding to add a little more cuteness to the quilt. It’s all in the details, right?

Comfort and joy mini quilt

I’m going to enjoy my mini for the week, then it’s off to someone special who I think deserves some Christmas cheer…

Comfort and joy mini quilt

The Holiday Wishes book, Alphabitties & fabric can be found at Fat Quarter Shop and don’t forget to hop on over to the other bloggers today, which can be found HERE, to see what they’ve created from the book. Happy sewing everyone!

You know what time it is…Christmas in July. Time to get that list made of all the handmade items you’d like to make before Christmas so that you’re not stressed during the season. The Dresden tablerunner was 1st on my list and now it can be on yours too because we’ve made it simple for you by adding it to the shop as a kit and added the easy tutorial for the fat quarter napkins.

Garden dresden table runner

This lovely was made from Lecien’s Flower Sugar Holiday line. The Flower Sugar lines are consistently beautiful if you ask me and I think Lecien has once again out done themselves with the large florals and poinsettias, tossed candies and swirling ornaments. The Dresden centers are set on an aqua dot which is then carried to the flange around the binding to tie the fabrics together.

Garden dresden table runner

Your Christmas table will not get any prettier than this!

Garden dresden table runner

Garden dresden table runner

And didn’t Paige do a beautiful job quilting it? Makes me wish it was Christmas now 🎄❄️

We have the KIT available as well as the pattern. Kit comes complete with all of the fabrics, including the backing. Batting and the fat quarters to make the napkins are NOT included. Runner measures approx. 21″ x 67″.

Get a jump start on your holiday sewing!

Buzz on over to Moda Bake Shop and quilt along with me and many, many others as we stitch up some of these adorable embroidery blocks from Pamela Morgan from My Sweet Little Stitches.

Moda bake shop bee-utiful QAL

She’s the newest baker on the block and she’ll be releasing 20 blocks over the course of the summer until late August. Each block includes a sweet Bee and a cute theme. I was sold on this idea when I saw the bicycle with a basket of flowers block. I’ve already finished 4 of my blocks so far.

My CLMQG friend, Sharon, got me all excited about these blocks! Isn’t that exactly what good quilty friends do!?!

I’m using Riley Blake’s Backyard Roses fabric for my blocks. I haven’t exactly cut the fabrics yet but I’m auditioning them as I go along by photographing my stitchery on pressed fat quarters. It’s lookin’ pretty sweet so far!

If you decide to join in on the summer fun, be sure to post your blocks on the Bee-utiful Quilt-A-Long FB group and on Instagram with the hashtags #beeutifulQAL.

Block 1 Bee-Curious
Moda bake shop bee-utiful QAL

Block 2 Bee-Productive
Moda bake shop bee-utiful QAL

Block 3 Bee-Lovely
Moda bake shop bee-utiful QAL

Block 4 Bee-Humble
Moda bake shop bee-utiful QAL

Stay with me this summer while I Bee-creative🐝🐝🐝!!

well…an almost finish. It still needs to be quilted by the talented PaigeAlaine and binding added. And let’s not forget any embellishments and embroidery I see fit.

All of my borders are finished and on time. I’m really proud of myself. With everything I’ve got going on with work, family & guild commitments, I stayed on track and did it!

CLMQG medallion challenge

I worked until midnight the night before to get all of my embroidery work finished.

CLMQG medallion challenge

Our final border task was either a cross block or hand applique and the color choices were peach and sunshine yellow. I started out wanting to do the picket fence idea but it was looking a little ‘chunky’ and all of the lines within the ‘cross’ were conflicting with the seperating borders I added. I thought about the hexies I had finished but they were too small and I thought the quilt needed some more curves. So I finally decided on an orange peel hand applique.

CLMQG medallion challenge

And I decided all of that only 1 week before it was due y’all! Yes, I’m a glutton for punishment and my poor fingers hurt but the pain was worth the gain!

CLMQG medallion challenge

I’m completely satisfied with my overall choices in borders and my color scheme.

Hand applique✔️
Sunshine Yellow✔️

We have until the September meeting to be completely bound and ready for display in our local quilt show at Countryside Flower Shop in Crystal Lake. I can’t wait to see all of our quilts proudly displayed.

To see all of the previous border tasks click below:
Border Task 1
Border Task 2
Border Task 3
Border Task 4
Border Task 5

SewMod is revamping all our patterns. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be showing off some new samples I made for the covers and the one I’m most excited about is Sassy Strollers. I didn’t think I could find any cuter fabric than the original one I had made but oh how I was wrong.

SewMod sassy strollers

I’m a huge fan of Elea Lutz’s work and when the news of Strawberry Biscuit hit I was all over that in a heartbeat ❤️. Rarely do I order complete lines of fabric. Let’s face it, I want to, but my budget here at SewMod does not allow it! But I had to do it this time. I just had to. It’s perfect for the Sassy Strollers pattern cover and kits.

SewMod sassy strollers

I really enjoy anything I can combine my faves into…applique & embroidery. Isn’t this just the sweetest?! Strawberry cake and the cute little bear riding a turtle. Oh my goodness.

SewMod sassy strollers
SewMod sassy strollers

Sassy Strollers comes in three different color ways with your choice of borders along with a patchwork backing that coordinates with each print. The pink color way comes with a blue binding shown in the quilt photos and the gray & blue option has a red floral binding.

Sassy strollers

SewMod sassy strollers

Hard to choose your favorite right? Whichever one you go with will be gorgeous. No doubt!

SewMod sassy strollers

Paige did a fab job quilting it for me.👏👏

SewMod sassy strollers

Complete kit includes all of the fabric to make this bundle of joy except the embroidery floss and batting. Quilt measures 40″ x 40″. You can find the pattern, KIT, select fabrics from the line and fat quarter sets in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

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