Shortcut Quilt: Jolly Bar Jazz

It’s been a while but we finally have another Shortcut Quilt! We have a fun quilt along featuring a new, free pattern – Jolly Bar Jazz! This quilt is so much fun to make and uses the Fat Quarter Shop exclusive Creekside Jolly Bar!

This amazing Quilt Kit features Creekside by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics. And finish off your quilt with the matching Backing Set!

Let’s get quilting! Follow along with the video as Kimberly walks you through the pattern step by step!

We are so fortunate to have fun, quilty friends join us for the Jolly Bar Jazz journey! Check out their blogs to see their creative twist on the free Jolly Bar Jazz pattern!


Alison of Little Bunny Quilts
April of Janda Bend Quilts
Connie of Free Motion by the River (@freemotionbytheriver)Elise of Elise & Emelie
Gretchen of 120 Blocks
 Janet of Mrs. Sew n Sew (@sjkolmstead)
  Katharina of Der Rab Im Schlamm (@der_rab_im_schlamm) Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Lissa of Lovingly Lissa
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melisssa C. of Happy Quilting Melissa (@happyquiltingmc) Melissa F. of The N.F.T.Y. Crafter (@basketangel1970)
Myra of Busy Hand Quilts
Pat of Life in the Scrapatch
Sarah of 123 Quilt
 Seema of Hooks, Needles and Brushes (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife) Stephanie of Quilt n’ Party
 Teresa of Aurea’s Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

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Make beautiful things with La Conner by Jera Brandvig

Hello, and happy Saturday!  We have some breathtaking projects to share with you today, courtesy of Jera Brandvig, aka Quilting in the Rain.  She was our gracious filming guest back in June, and now we are thrilled to have all her videos featuring her gorgeous new line called La Conner done so we can share them with you all!  Over those few days, we just fell more and more in love with Jera.  She is brilliant, and you’ll have to agree with us after this post!

La Conner by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics
La Conner by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics

All her projects were made with her brand new fabric line for Lecien called La Conner, and it is the most beautiful, elegant fabric we have seen this year.  Inspired by summer trips to this idyllic town in Washington, she has packed it with little berries and flowers on classic geometrics, like checks and ginghams.  She formed the color palette so you can use it every season and holiday, plus the touch of gold metallic adds a beautiful finishing sheen to anything you make with it.  There is even LACE and thread to go with it!  Check out our La Conner video to see it all, before we move on to her projects!

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Lovely LACE adds elegance to your La Conner projects

The Quilt-As-You-Go Strip Quilt Block… with LACE!

Jera’s fabrics are just the start of our love affair with her creativity.  She is also the author of two Quilt-As-You-Go books, Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern and Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage (releasing this September!).  As a busy mom of two kiddos, she fell in love with quilting and developed her own methods of quilt-as-you-go out of sheer necessity, to be able to do a little bit of sewing each day.  That led to her publishing her first book Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern, and in this next video she shares a strip quilt block from that book, with an added twist of charm with her new LACE!  (Yes, I’m capitalizing all the LACE in this post, but it’s unique and deserves all the special recognition, so sorry not sorry!)

quilt as you go strip block
Quilt as you go, one LACY strip block at a time!

The La Conner Patchwork Tote Bag

Jera also designed for us a charming patchwork tote bag with a cute pieced pocket.  Bags are far from our specialty, but after watching her make this one, we all were inspired to go home and make our own!  She taught us how to use new notions like strapping for the handles, and you can make it with a pieced or single fabric rectangle for the body of the bag (options, options!).  And of course, if you feel the need, you can always embellish it with her wonderful LACE!  It’s a great first bag project for anyone to try.  (We were very tempted to keep the bag, but alas it is now home with Jera!)

La Conner tote bag
Pieced or not pieced, this tote bag is sew charming!

The La Conner Pocketed Placemat

Continuing onto more pretty projects to adorn our homes, she designed a pocketed placemat using a quilt block from her upcoming Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage book and sweet, easy LACE edging (indulge me… I’m almost done!)  If you’re like me, adding pockets to any project just takes it up a notch.  How cute is that silverware tucked inside?  Imagine customizing a placemat for each member of the family, it’s like an invitation to the table every time you use them!

pocketed placemat
Cute and functional, this placemat will make you want to eat pinky up!

How to Bind with LACE!

Finally, she showed us the most amazing way to finish a quilt… and the answer is, of course, LACE!!!  The La Conner lace has a special feature that makes this a super easy way to enhance the ‘ooh aah’ element of your quilt.  Watch the video to find out what it is, and try not to drool all over that pretty LACE, which is available in single color 11-yard spools and multicolor 1-yard packs.  Plus, not having to prepare binding strips?  Yes, please!  And of course, having matching thread colors is another level of La Conner perfection!  So brilliant, that Jera.

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Look at that lovely LACE binding

We are so grateful and happy that Jera spent these few days with us, blowing our minds with all of her creative methods, hacks, tips and ideas!  Be sure to save all of these videos for your future projects (#quiltgoals) and let us know what you think (especially about that luxurious LACE).  Have a wonderful weekend!

The 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt

3-Hour Baby Gingham QuiltHappy Friday, quilters!  A while back, we got a request from one of our YouTube subscribers for an easy gingham quilt.  Yes, gingham quilts are made up of rows of straight squares, but could we make it even easier?  We took on the challenge and did it!  Today, we are presenting the 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt.  Three hours is long enough for you to make this quilt from first cut to finished quilt top.  Intrigued?  Grab the free 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt pattern and press play below to see how we did it!

We used the Essentially Yours basics line from Moda Fabrics to create our 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt.  This collection of mini dots, checks and strips has an awesome array of light and dark values that mix so well.  The most important part of this quilt is choosing the right tones to make it monochromatic, like a true gingham fabric, so in the free pattern, we have listed six color combos from Essentially Yours to make red, blue, yellow, lime, aqua and gray versions.

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There is nothing that feels as fresh as a simple gingham quilt!

This quilt is so quick to whip up as a baby shower gift, but I have a hankering to use it for picnics this season!  We hope you enjoy this sweet, simple beauty (and especially how fast it comes together).  And of course, share them with us on social media!  Comment and let us know what you think, and if you have any other ideas for our next video project!

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NEW Shortcut Quilt: Jelly Roll Railway

Jelly Roll Railway banner

Hey Quilters!  We hope your day is going well, but we’re about to make it even better with a little bit of Jelly Roll love.  Our next Shortcut Quilt is the Jelly Roll Railway, and you will totally want to hop on board!  The Railroad Crossing quilt block is a total classic that most quilters will recognize, and this is our strippy tribute to that beloved block.  In this video, Kimberly will show you how to make the blocks from a Jelly Roll and how to get the most perfect matching points!

Grab the free Jelly Roll Railway pattern, a Jelly Roll (obviously), 1 2/3 yards for background fabric, and 1 7/8 yards for the accent and border fabric.  A square ruler that is at least 9″, like the Creative Grids 9.5″ Quilting Square, will make this project a cinch!

Jelly Roll Railway quilt
Our Jelly Roll Railway quilt in Berry Merry!

Our Jelly Roll Railway Quilt Kit and Backing Set feature Berry Merry by BasicGrey for a modern winter quilt that sparkles, but our bloggy friends have quilted it up in different colors for you to see how it can be transformed for any day of the year.

Watch the video to see how Kimberly makes the Jelly Roll Railway block, then share your quilts with us with #jellyrollrailway.

Then share this video with a friend!  It’s always fun to see how the same pattern can look so different (yet equally amazing) with different fabric choices.

Jelly Roll Railway tutorial

P.S. Don’t ponder too long on which Jelly Roll you want to use!  Jelly Rolls are 15% off from today through Monday 6/5, so pick up one for Jelly Roll Railway and a second just for kicks!

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Jelly Rolls are 15% off through 6/5/17!

See how this quilt turned out for our bloggy friends!  You don’t want to miss their versions – soooo so amazing!

NEW Shortcut Quilt: Jelly Roll Check

We love Jelly Rolls, and we are so excited for today’s quilt, Jelly Roll Check which is part of our Shortcut Quilt Series! This quilt is a fun and fresh design, and you are going to love making it! All you need is two Jelly Rolls, a background fabric and an accent fabric! Don’t forget to purchase one of our favorite rulers – Creative Grids 6.5″ Quilting Square, to make this quilt with ease!
Our Jelly Roll Check Quilt Kit and Backing Set feature Merrily by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics! This green, red, and cream collection has just a touch of Christmas which we love, but these patterned prints can brighten up any season!
Watch this YouTube video tutorial as Kimberly walks through this quilt step-by-step!

Are you ready to get to work? Stock up on your favorite Jelly Rolls with this three-day sale!
Eager to see more Jelly Roll Check quilts? Some of our creative friends have made their own versions! Check them out now:
Cheryl from Quilter Chic
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilt
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Tricia from Notes of Sincerity

Starburst Jewel Series: Project 6

This has been SUCH a fun series of projects created with the Creative Grids Starburst Ruler! Which of the five projects we’ve made so far has been your favorite?
We hope you’ve learned how to use the Starburst Ruler, and have come up some some creative, unique projects all on your own! Today, we have the sixth and final Starburst Jewel for you!
Add some warmth and charm to your next dinner party withe the Napa Valley Tablerunner!
Download the free pattern, purchase your Napa Valley Quilt Kit and grab your Creative Grids Starburst Ruler, and let’s get started! The Quilt Kit features the luscious colors of the new Sweet Cherry Wine by Blackbird Designs from Moda Fabrics! 
If you want to mix up the fabric selection for this tablerunner design, simply download the free pattern now!
Don’t forget to share your Napa Valley Tablerunner, and all of your other Starburst Jewel projects with us on social media! #showusyourstarburst

Shortcut Quilt: Layer Cake Pop

It’s time for another Shortcut Quilt! Today we have a fun quilt along featuring a new, free pattern – Layer Cake Pop! This quilt pattern is a delight to make and we just love those cheery pops of color throughout!

This beautiful quilt kit features the charming and vibrant prints of Spectrum by V & Co. Perfect your finished product with the bright teal backing set!

It’s time to get to quilting! Follow along as Kimberly walks you through this pattern step by step!

Wasn’t that fun?! Leave a comment on this blog post of your favorite notion used in the video, and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! Contest will end January 28, 2017!

We have one more surprise for you, as if a free pattern, tutorial, and chance to win a gift certificate weren’t enough! Purchase a layer cake in a new collection, a timeless favorite, or something you’ve had your eye on and get 15% off with the code Cake15!*

We have some fun quilty friends along for the journey! Check out their blogs to see the free Layer Cake Pop pattern in a variety of fabric collections!
Tonya from The Crafty Mummy
Denise from Pieced Brain
Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl
Tricia from Notes of Sincerity
Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Kristen from Three In the Nest

Lisa from In the Boondocks
Paula from The Sassy Quilter

*Disclaimer: Discount only valid on regularly priced layer cakes. Offer valid January 26, 2017 through January 28, 2017. One use per customer.

Button Lovers’ Club: Plum plus a FREE pattern!

It’s time for our first Button Lovers’ Club of 2017! If you’re not already a member, you’re missing out! The club features a monthly present of 86 hand-dyed buttons in a variety of shapes and styles! No matter what project you have, you’ll always have the perfect button embellishment to finish your piece!
January’s Button Lovers’ Club color is a stunning plum!
We’ve whipped up a charming project to showcase these gems, and Pat Sloan has stitched along with us! We’ll walk you through it step-by-step, and you’ll come out with the cutest Butterfly Mini Quilt!
Butterfly Mini Quilt
Finished size: 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″

To start, download the free Butterfly Mini Quilt template! Next, select your fabric! We used Grunge Basics by Moda, and Latitude Batiks by Kate Spain for Moda! We finished the antennae details with Aurifil 40 wt.

Fabric Specifics

Cutting Directions

  • 1 – 8 ½” white square – use Grunge Snow White fabric
  • 10 – 3” white squares – use Grunge Snow White fabric
  • 10 – 3” aqua squares – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • – 2 ¼” x width of fabric strips for binding – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • – 16 ½” square for backing – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • Cut the butterfly body from the Grunge Hot Cocoa fabric
  • Cut the butterfly wings from the Grunge Grape fabric


  1. Applique the butterfly body and wings to the 8 ½” white square.
  2. Using the 3” white and aqua squares, make 20 HST using the 2 at a time method. Trim to 2 ½”.
  3. Assemble the mini quilt.
  4. Add buttons and embroidery floss.
  5. Piece the binding strips ends to end. Quilt and bind as desired.
Pat used the fun prints in the Manderley collection by Franny & Jane to bring her butterfly to life!

Will you stick with basics, or opt for a print? We can’t wait to see what you create! Be sure to tag us on social media with the hashtag #buttonloversclub.

If you aren’t already a member, sign up for the Button Lovers’ Club today. You won’t want to miss all of our free patterns and fun ideas!

      Starburst Jewel Series: Project 3

      The Starburst Ruler by Creative Grids, designed by It’s Sew Emma, is designed to create unique blocks with zero paper piecing or fancy sewing skills needed.  With this ruler, you’ll be able to create beautiful blocks every time!

      Today, we’re going to show you just how great the Starburst Ruler is to use for the Flurry Pillow pattern! This pattern may look intimidating, but the Starburst Ruler makes it such a breeze!

      Look at the middle detail! How fun!
      Grab your Flurry Pillow Kit and click here to download your free pattern! Here’s a video showcasing the Starburst Ruler to walk you through using your new ruler!
      We can’t wait to see your creations! Be sure to tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourstarburst.

      Classic & Vintage featuring Tree of Life Quilt

      We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas shared with your loved ones! Even though Christmas is over, we have another little gift for you! Today, we’re back with another Classic & Vintage quilt block!  If you’re unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage Series, we take traditional blocks that you know and love and update them with a modern twist.

      We selected the fun and classic Freedom collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics to spice up the Tree of Life block! You can download this FREE quilt block on our free quilt patterns page, or download the whole quilt pattern right to your computer here!

      We have put together a Tree of Life Quilt Kit and Backing Set to make your quilt complete!

      Ready to get started? Here are a few of Kimberly’s essential picks to help you complete this stunning quilt with ease!

      Triangles on a Roll for precise, easy cutting guides!
      Creative Grids Ruler to make sure your lines are straight.
      Olfa Rotary Cutter for crisp fabric edges.
      Alphabitties for easy fabric marking!
      Washi Tape to seal your Triangles on a Roll.