Backyard Blooms is here!

Backyard Blooms fabric

After six of the longest months EVER…Backyard Blooms is starting to ship to quilt shops!  

It packs a punch of color, and it’s even prettier in person.  Since it feels like a lifetime ago when I posted about it, today I’m re-sharing some of the projects I made: 

Clover quilt pattern, 10 inch square or layer cake friendly

Clover quilt, and the dress (thanks Mom!) is Simplicity pattern R10373

Brightly Quilt Pattern, layer cake or fat quarter friendly

Brightly quilt

Backyard Blooms fabric

Jelly Weave, jelly roll quilt pattern

Jelly Weave Quilt (may or may not come with the dog…it depends on the day)

Backyard Blooms fabric

Chickens quilt pattern

Chickens of course!

I also have a new project with it that I’ll share next week.  

Clover quilt pattern, 10 inch square or layer cake friendly

You can find Backyard Blooms in local quilt shops, online quilt shops, Etsy…and it’s still shipping, so hopefully it will be easy to find wherever you shop. 

I’m not posting links so that I don’t unintentionally exclude retailers that carry it, but a quick Google search for Backyard Blooms fabric will bring up plenty of options!  

Backyard Blooms fabric

I’m so excited to see what you guys make with it (or how pretty it looks on your shelf if you’re like me and have NO sewing time lately!). 

Who knew six months ago that by the time the fabric came out I would be using it to make….face masks?! 

At least it makes some cute masks (I’ve been using this tutorial).  

 

 

 

 

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Tick Tock Scrap Quilt

 

Truth be told I don’t love using scraps since it takes so much time, but I definitely LOVE the look of a scrap quilt. 

Since I had plenty of time, and plenty of scraps, I had no excuses not to make one!

This design was based off of the Tick Tock quilt in my book I wrote back in 2012.  My book is now out of print (the ebook can be found here), so I played with the design to make this scrappy, more compact version of that pattern.   

This is the grown up Tick Tock quilt!

I don’t love sewing looooong strips of blocks together without seams to match, so instead this is a block based quilt that goes together easily with (my favorite) nested seams.  

I moved my sewing machine onto the dining room table and free motion quilted this with large loops in between my kids wanting to be fed 87 times a day. 

A pink binding is icing on the cake/quilt!

There are scraps from at least 4 years of quilt-making in this quilt, and I love trying to remember where I’ve used all of these fabrics before.  Even though scraps are a big fat pain to sort/press/trim, it’s very fulfilling to make a quilt completely from my scrap bin.

If scraps aren’t your thing, this quilt can also be made with 2 1/2″ pre-cut strips, or 10″ squares, or yardage.   You can make the Throw size with one jelly roll, or one layer cake (yay!).  

The PDF version of Tick Tock can be found here.     The Paper version of Tick Tock can be found here.  

Also I blinked and it was July…but that also means that Backyard Blooms is shipping to stores very soon!   I cannot wait!

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Sampler 2020 and May Doings

This year I was asked to participate in the Summer Sampler 2020…if you are looking for a block of the week program to learn some new skills and put together an amazing sampler, I highly recommend this one!   My block Lakeside is above, my block pattern released June 15th.  

 Look at these fun blocks! 

There are 15 different quilters, and each Monday starting June 1st you receive a new quilt block and instructions.  The theme this year is “Easier Than it Looks”…but I think a handful of these will still be a great challenge and learning opportunity.  They also have a great Facebook group where you can get any help you need a long the way.  

You can learn more and sign up here.  Use code CLUCKCLUCKSEW for $5.00 off until the end of May.  

Here’s a list of this years participating designers: 

Nicole Neblett, Mama Love QuiltsSherri McConnell, A Quilting LifeErica Jackman, Kitchen Table QuiltingLee HeinrichKatie Blakesley, Swim Bike QuiltCheryl Brickey, Meadowmist DesignsStefanie Satterwhite, Satterwhite QuiltsFaith Jones, Fresh Lemons QuiltsGiuseppe Ribaudo, Giucy GiuceMalka Dubrawsky, Stitch In DyeMegan Pitz, Canoe Ridge CreationsVanessa Christenson, V and CoAllison Harris, Cluck Cluck SewDevon Iott, Miss MakeCarolina Oneto

Here is my spirit animal energetically modeling my block: 

(He’s not allowed on that table and he knows it!)

A few more totally random tidbits: 

My favorite pom-pom tree is in bloom… I wait all year for this dang tree to bloom and it’s like Christmas when it does. 

I haven’t purchased new fabric in awhile but I did get this stack of Ruby + Bee solids from Windham Fabrics.  I’ll either make an all solids quilt with them, or I’ll mix these in with some of my favorite prints.  I know all solid quilts are popular right now, but I just can’t quit the prints! 

Ruby and Bee Solid fabrics, windham fabrics

My Mom finished up this beautiful Shimmer quilt and I snapped a picture while she was out of town.  It’s all done from her scraps and stash with some scrappy blocks mixed in.  I love how the grey fabrics in each block give this whole quilt a cohesive look.   

Shimmer quilt

It’s backed with my favorite 90″ wideback minky, and let me just say…not having to cut and piece minky for a large quilt backing (SUCH A MESS!) is worth it’s weight in gold.  Also this minky is the very softest.  This was quilted by Kaitlyn in a classic baptist fan design.  

So there’s some very random tidbits of the past week or so…now back to yard work for me! 

Have a great weekend!  

 

 

 

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