Friday, July 14, 2017

Symphony Quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop

I'm so excited to share my Symphony Quilt today! I just LOVE it when Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics collaborate together as the results are fabulous! My Symphony quilt finishes at a large lap size at 72.5" x 72.5" size, which is perfect for family movie time or a picnic.

For my fabric choices I did a mix of Amy Sinibaldi's Charleston and Les Petites Collections. I love all of Amy's collection...she always has sweet prints in lovely colors and the basics match so nicely! Plus Art Gallery prints their fabrics on the softest feeling quilting cotton ever!

I always appreciate how clearly written Fat Quarter Shop patterns are and the full color diagrams in the Symphony pattern makes it even better! This quilt is perfect for an adventurous beginner (no tricky piecing, just lots of pieces) and beyond. I love how the large blocks show the fabric so well plus they create a secondary pattern! My 3 year old calls this her Hopscotch quilt ;) Have I mentioned this pattern absolutely FREE?!?!?

I just loved the Les Petites Check fabric for the binding! I'm quite sure I need a bolt of this fabric!

Ready to sew your own Symphony Quilt

Thank you again to Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics for having me be part of the Symphony Quilt Sew Along! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ smellierc for more sewing fun!

Have a great day!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bernina Sewing Machine Giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a brand new Bernina Sewing Machine!!! This is one of the most amazing giveaways ever! If you want a chance to win a Hello Lovely” Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine MSRP $1, will need to go to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog and enter on the rafflecopter linked to this blog post. Click here

Of course there is a fabulous video about the giveaway....


Here are the birdseed terms for this giveaway: No purchase necessary to enter.  Commenting on this blog post does not count as an entry.  Fat Quarter Shop employees, Bernina employees and bloggers paid or compensated by Fat Quarter Shop are not eligible to enter this giveaway.

Good luck to all who enter! One sewer will be sew happy!

Be sure to check back tomorrow as I have new quilt to share with Fat Quarter Shop!

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Matching Meadow Pillow - a bonus project!

I finally finished my matching Dovetail Meadow Pillow and I LOVE it!!! I had 30  4" half square triangles (3.5" finished) left over after trimming the blocks from my Dovetail Quilt. Do you remember my Dovetail Quilt??? Well here it is again below (it is one of my favorites!). Link to Dovetail Quilt blog post here.

I just love the Meadow Fabric by Camelot Fabrics and I couldn't throw away such darling fabric. Plus they were above my 2.5" minimum size for scrap saving and I had 30 of them! To make my pillow I just randomly placed 25 of the squares in a 5x5 grid layout. I flipped the triangles around in different directions....I LOVE that. I was stumped on quilting, but then with the help of Instagram friends...straightline quilting won! It was perfect and simple for this pillow! 

Now I still had 5 squares left fear...I used them to piece the backing of my pillow! Yay for no waste! Plus I'm all heart eyes for the turquoise exposed zipper :)!

Thanks for reading along! Have a great day! 


Friday, July 7, 2017

Wild Goose Chase Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Friday!!! I just love this Classic and Vintage Wild Goose Chase Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop!!! I started out making one 17" block to make a pillow, but I LOVED I thought I would make 9 blocks for a lap quilt instead.....since I had enough fabric to make 12 blocks...I upgraded my quilt to a twin size! I'm so glad I made the larger size as I have a feeling this will be a family favorite!

Don't worry about making 192 flying geese as Fat Quarter Shop shares an easy way to do this with perfect points using Flying Geese on a Roll (2x4" size).

Wild Goose Chase Quilt Pattern

Fat Quarter Shop is offering 2 version of the pattern - a free version with directions on making one block or a paid full quilt version with multiple sizes and fabric requirements.  I chose to make the Twin Size Version, which finishes at 63.5 x 80.5"

Tips on sewing this pattern (that worked for me)
  • Watch the video on how to use Triangles on a Roll - this is a must!
  • Cut the smaller squares at 3" (instead of 2&7/8" as pattern states)
  • I used a Sewline glue stick to attach first triangle instead of a pin. (I lived on the edge and didn't use any pins)
  • Sew with a scant 1/4" seam
  • Place fabric on the lines of the paper...don't match up the fabric edges (opposite of regular sewing)
  • Sew with a short stitch length to make it easier to rip paper off. I used 1.4 stitch length on my Brother Machine
  • Tear off paper BEFORE trimming the finished 4 flying geese unit. If you trim first then you may be more likely to have popped stitches on the edges.
My Fabric Choices

 I used my May Sew Sampler F8 bundle of Karen Lewis Blueberry Park by Robert Kaufman. With creative cutting you can get 1 block per F8.  I cut (1) 4.5" square, (3) 5.25" squares, and then (4) triangles (same size as you get when you cut the 5.25" square into 4 triangles). I just loved how this bright fabric shines against the Alison Glass low volume prints (from my stash) I used as my background fabric.

Ready to Make Your Own

Thank you again to Fat Quarter Shop for having me sew along with the Wild Goose Quilt Pattern!!!

If you want more to see more sewing fun - be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc

Have a great day!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bella Skill Builder with Fat Quarter Shop -Month 6

Happy July 1st and welcome to Month 6 of the Bella Skill Builder with Fat Quarter Shop! I can't believe we are more than halfway done!!!

This month is Courthouse Steps and another one of my favorite blocks! I created an ombre effect by using 4 different shades of greens or pinks for my eight 6" blocks.  I really love the ombre blocks I have created!

Featured Tool
The Creative Grids 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler has you trim each round so you have perfect blocks! 

1. Bella Solids of your choice. Available here or grab the kit that Fat Quarter shop created here.
3. Creative Grids 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool. Available here

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit - here

I'm having sew much fun with the monthly Bella Skill Builder! I love that I am making some blocks for the first time plus learning helpful tips to improve my sewing! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop!
I can't wait for August 1st!

Have a great weekend! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc for more sewing fun!