Pre-cuts Countdown Chain in Santa Claus Lane

Christmas fabrics are some of my very favorite to collect and use. They are bright, happy, and make me smile. This latest collection by Melissa Mortenson called Santa Claus Lane for Riley Blake Designs is no exception. In my house, pink and aqua are Christmas colors. I love the non-traditional addition to red and green. This line fits in great with my Christmas aesthetic.

A few years ago, I made each of our siblings and parents a Pre-cuts Countdown Chain by Holly Lesué. It was a really fun labor of love. Looking to the future, I also made an extra set for my kids so they could have them when they’re all grown up. I hope they want them… either way, they’ve been made while I have the energy to do so. Little did I know at the time I was making these Christmas countdown chains that we would have a surprise baby. When I saw this fabric range I knew it would make the perfect set of pre-cuts countdown chains for our daughter.

I love the metallic details sprinkled in here and there and the perfect shades of mint green and pink. Having made now probably 14 sets of countdown chains, I can say they are a favorite project to reset my creative energy. If you are interested in making your own, Holly of Maker Valley offers the pattern in her shop.

Santa Claus Lane by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs is shipping to your favorite quilt shop soon, so keep an eye out for all of your Christmas project needs!

Quilt Porch Parade Week 4

Another week has come and gone. We are all feeling more restless, but also enjoying the wonderful weather we have been blessed with. Here are this week’s quilts!

This is a free tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop called Jolly Bar Meringue.

Another version of Dutchman’s Dilemma (and my favorite version by far!) The pattern is available in my etsy shop.

Oh Tessie. How we love you! This is Tessellation in original V and Co. Ombre and is a quilt that looks harder to make than it is. Truly! It brings me so much joy whenever I see it.

This was Fat Quarter Shop’s St. Jude’s charity quilt from 2018. I LOVE how creative they get with the settings for their quilts. Never in a million years would I have thought to do it this way, and for that reason alone it is one we love!

Garden Snails by Pen and Paper Patterns with my very favorite Pink Flamingo kona cotton background. This one just makes me smile, and how could it not!

Fall Breeze by Vanessa Christensen in original Ombre. I’ve lost count of how many ombre quilts I’ve made, but I am pretty sure it’s more than 7….. why reinvent the wheel??

This is a 2×4 quilt (tutorial by Film in the Fridge) that includes blocks made in a swap that I participated in a few years ago. It was meant to mimic a similar quilt that Holly Lesuè of Maker Valley made. I hand quilted it and it is one snuggly quilt!

Stay Home Quilt

When I saw Cluck Cluck Sew’s new free pattern, I knew immediately I was going to make it. I love house quilts. I didn’t always, but they have grown on me immensely over the last few years. I have been struggling with finding a new balance in this weird new “normal”. I’ve wanted to sew, but it’s hard to find something I can work on in 5 second increments. I knew this pattern would be conducive to being interrupted as it doesn’t require a ton of concentration, it can all be chain pieced, and I knew it would be super cute.

I used Sweet Shoppe and Sweet Shoppe Too by Andover Fabrics and used up 37 fat quarters from my stash! I LOVE a quilt like this! When I finished the blocks I was having a really hard time trying to decide how to lay it out. I had an idea. … I decided to turn over the layout of the quilt to my adorable 8 year old son.

He stacked the blocks into groups of 10, then I sewed them together without changing much. I pressed the rows, then he decided how the rows would fit together. It was HARD to give up that much creative control to a cute 8 year old, but he was sure it would be cute and I just loved how enthusiastic he was about it.

Once I finished the top, I quickly made a backing, got it spray basted, and then did the trusty straight line quilting 3/4″ apart with Aurifil thread. By this point my son was asking if the quilt was done yet because he wanted to use it on his bed. Cue squeals of delight! Is there anything better?!?!?

We happily displayed it as part of the Quilt Porch Parade, then it got washed, and I imagine it will be his bed quilt for awhile. Have you ever given up creative control like that to your children? I must say it was really hard, but I knew on a quilt like this that was inherently busy it would look awesome no matter what, and it does! It will forever be a memory of this hard time, letting my sons participate in something I love to do.