Be Mine Quilt Along: Weeks 1-2

Good morning friends! I hope you’re all doing great! We’re just starting week 3 of the Be Mine Quilt Along, but I thought it would be fun to recap the blocks from weeks 1 & 2 plus talk about what’s to come the next couple of weeks!

Half Square Triangle Block & Patchwork Block by Chelsi Stratton

Weeks 1 & 2 consisted of the Patchwork Block & Half Square Triangle Block. These were also the first two steps in our “skills builder” quilt process (note that this makes the perfect beginner quilt for newer quilters). The Patchwork block requires simple piecing using only squares and the Half Square Triangle block implements additional steps to advance your skills as a quilter. It’s a great next step when growing beginner confidence in quilting! Be sure to check out the YouTube here for the instructional videos we filmed to help out! And if you are just joining in, make sure to grab a pattern here!

Patchwork Block
Half Square Triangle Block

This week (Week 3) we are introducing the Zig Zag block! This adds to your skill building by implementing another step in the sewing process (it’s easy peasy). Our video today goes over how to make “Flying Geese” units and we will be showing step by step instruction so you feel right at home!

Zig Zag Block

I really hope you have enjoyed making your blocks for the Be Mine Quilt! Make sure you use the hashtag #bemineqal on social media so I can see all of your progress and be sure to join us next week on February 2nd for the Week 4 Heart Block!

Be Mine Quilt Pattern

Just a few things before I go:

Grab a pattern here if you’re just joining in! The videos will remain on YouTube so you’re not too late to get started!

☆ Check the A Quilting Life Youtube here every Wednesday (January 12th – February 9th) for a new instructional block video!

☆ Use the hashtag #bemineqal for social media so I can see your blocks

☆ Find me on Instagram @ chelsistratton

☆ Join us next week for the Week 4 Heart Block video (February 2nd)

Thanks so much for being here and I hope you are enjoying this fun QAL!



Be Mine Quilt Along 2021

Welcome, I’m so glad you’re here! Can you believe it’s a new year already!? I’m so excited for all the fun things I have planned and especially excited to share them all with you! On that note, I’m detailing everything you will need to know about the Be Mine Quilt Along!

Sincerely Yours by Sherri & Chelsi

Be Mine (as shown below) is a Fat Quarter friendly quilt measuring 75 1/2″ x 75 1/2″ and uses fabrics from our Sincerely Yours collection. The QAL will run from January 12th to February 9th. Videos will also be available every Wednesday morning on the A Quilting Life YouTube channel here! Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss anything! You will still need the Be Mine pattern (here) as the videos will not release any sizes needed for blocks.

Be Mine Quilt Pattern

The Be Mine quilt pattern is a great skill builder which makes it great for any beginner quilter. Blocks range from very simple piecing to confident beginner piecing. Each block uses different techniques all which can build confidence as well as bring enjoyment to any skilled quilter. I have also listed the fabric requirements below!

1 Fat Quarter Bundle (at least 30 Fat Quarters)

4 7/8 yards background, sashing, and border

3/4 yard binding

4 2/3 yard backing

Chelsi Stratton of Chelsi Stratton Designs

I am so excited about this QAL! It is such a fun quilt and great for setting quilting goals! If you’re joining in I would love to hear your comments below and if you’re interested in a kit, I have just a handful available here in my shop! You can also find me on Instagram @chelsistratton Be sure to use the hashtag #bemineqal so I can see all your progress!

Happy sewing and thanks so much for stopping by!

Hey Pumpkin!

Good morning friends! Today I am excited to share a newly released pattern with you that has me so excited for Fall! Introducing Hey Pumpkin! You may remember this quilt from the cover of the October 2020 issue of All American Patchwork & Quilting, but I’m also excited to tell you I’m now releasing the pattern on its own! Yay!

Hey Pumpkin is Fat Quarter friendly and measures 56 1/2″ x 70 1/2″. I love the simplicity of the blocks with the addition of the maple leaf in the center. This gives it something extra and it’s so sweet!

Hey Pumpkin by Chelsi Stratton

Marion Bott did the quilting on this and used a condensed orange peel for the design. It turned out perfectly! I love the simplicity of this design and that it adds to the quilt and enhances it.

This quilt is beginner friendly and uses simple piecing methods for any quilter! I also used assorted Ivory, Orange, Light Grey, and Dark Grey fabrics from our Summer Sweet collection to make this, but other collections like Corey Yoder’s Cozy Up and Urban Chiks Kitty Corn would work perfectly too!

Cozy Up & Kitty Corn

You can find the Hey Pumpkin pattern in my Etsy shop here in Paper & PDF! I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post and of course I hope you’ll enjoy making this fun quilt!



Spring Recap & New Things

Hello friends! It’s been a minute around here and I feel like time has just flown on by! I have been busier than ever with some fun projects, new fabric, quilt designs, fun podcasts, and much more. With that said, I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of things I have accomplished as well as some things I’m currently working on.

Happy Days by Sherri & Chelsi

We were so thrilled to see our Happy Days collection shipping to shops earlier this March. We are so grateful delays in shipping didn’t last too long. If you are still waiting for precuts you ordered from a shop, please be patient as I believe those will be shipping this month or early June. Happy Days has been such a joy to sew with and we can’t wait to see what you all make with it! If you are looking for a fun quilt to use with Happy Days, you can find my coordinating patterns here.

We had fun news to share in March that you might have seen these past couple of months! Our newest collection, Sincerely Yours, ships in August and is sure to make all of your peach, coral, purple, and red dreams come true! I loved switching things up when designing this fabric and I especially love how the modern/traditional colors and prints play together in this collection.

Sincerely Yours by Sherri & Chelsi

I designed some really fun quilt patterns to go with this collection. You can find all of them in my Etsy shop here. Good Hearted is also a boxed kit with Moda so be sure to ask your local quilt shop to see if they were able to order any!

Good Hearted by Chelsi Stratton Designs | Quilted by Marion Bott

This past month I have been focusing on a fun project I can’t quite share just yet. I can’t wait to show you everything, but we’ll just say that I have been busy sewing some very pretty things! Aside from that project, we just received new fabric for our collection showing this Fall and it is so stunning! The quilts I designed are so darling and I’m hoping to start sewing those up in June! Oh, and of course I’m working on a couple fabric collections that will be showing in 2022.

If you have been following along with the podcast then I have treat for you all today! A couple of weeks ago I talked about my yummy Meatball Stroganoff recipe that my grandma would make when I visited. Over the years I have put my own personal touch on it and it’s adored by my husband and kids. I had so many requests for the recipe so I have decided to share it here on my blog!

Grandma’s Meatball Stroganoff

1 1/2 lb.s ground beef

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs

1/3 cup milk

1 Tbsp onion

Mix all ingredients together with ground beef and shape into small balls. Brown on all sides in a large skillet until cooked through. Once the meatballs are thoroughly cooked through, remove them from the pan into a separate bowl.

2 Tbsp minced onion

2 Tbsp flour

1 can beef consomme (campbell’s)

3/4 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp Worcestershire

Freshly slice brown mushrooms

Once you have removed the meatballs, add the sliced mushrooms and onions to the skillet. Let these saute for just a couple minutes. Next, add the Worcestershire, flour, and can of beef consomme. Bring to a boil. Add the meatballs and mix in the sour cream. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over white rice.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and if you make it be sure to let me know how you liked it! Thanks for reading today. I’m looking forward to so many fun things coming the rest of the year and I can’t wait to share them with you!



Scrappy Heart Pillow Tutorial & Free Pattern Download

Hello there and happy Monday friends! Today I have something fun to share with you all! You may remember an older heart pillow tutorial I shared here on my blog a few years ago! I’m so excited to say I am updating that fun tutorial with some added information as well as a free downloadable PDF!

Heart Pillow by Chelsi Stratton (Fabrics are The Front Porch by Sherri & Chelsi)

I originally made this pillow to accompany a Valentine’s inspired quilt I whipped up for my daughter’s bed. Afterwards I decided to share it on my blog for anyone else who wanted to make one of their own!

The Front Porch fabrics by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics

This pillow top uses easy to piece instruction and goes together quickly. It’s so fun to make that you might find yourself whipping up two or three of them. So, let’s get started on some of the fine details so you can start making your new pillow top just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Happy Days fabrics by Sherri & Chelsi

This project is the perfect way to dive into your scrap bin! I set a goal to make better use of my scraps this year. Pillows, table runners, and scrappy quilts are all good ways to use your scraps. I used a scrappy assortment of fabrics from our Happy Days collection in my demonstration pictures.

Just a couple more things….

Since we’ll be making half square triangles, one of my favorite quick tips is using the Diagonal Seam Tape created by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew! Her product works wonders and saves ample time on drawing those pesky lines before being able to sew!

Now all you’ll need is my Heart Pillow PDF download to start making your pillow! You can find the free PDF download just below!

I decided to write up an actual PDF so that you can print and have it on hand. I find that it’s much easier to have something printed out rather than having to refer back to your phone or computer time and time again.

Be sure to check out the YouTube video for this tutorial as well! I go over each step individually so as to give you a visual while working on your pillow top! You can find a link to the YouTube video here:

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you will enjoy this fun and update Heart Pillow tutorial!



Sewcialites Block 14 – Serenity

Good morning friends!

Today I’m excited to share Sewcialites block #14 with you all! If you’re new to the Sewcialites here’s a bit of what’s been going on…

Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating our quilting community with a free block of the week (yay!) They gathered a fun group of designers to design the blocks that will end up making a beautiful sampler quilt. Be sure to check out more information here.

Serenity Block #14

The Serenity block is beginner friendly and so much fun to make. I made a 6″ block version (don’t you love all of the different size options Fat Quarter Shop gave us).

Balboa by Sherri & Chelsi

I decided to use our Balboa collection for this block. Lately I have been diving into my stash for a much needed clean out and this has been the perfect project to do so! Choosing a 6″ block made it possible for me to make the best use of my scrap sizes that are available.

Scrap Bins by Color

I hope you enjoyed reading this post today and that you’re enjoying your Sewcialites sewing! Have a wonderful weekend friends!



Happy New Year: 2021 Kickoff

Hello there and Happy New Year! I must admit it’s been awhile and I’ve missed you all here on the blog. One of my goals for the new year is to blog a little more consistently. My hope is that you’ll find this space inviting as well as something to look forward to reading every week. With that said, I’m excited to start off the new year with this kickoff post in hopes that it will inspire you!

Happy Days by Sherri & Chelsi

I have so many fun things planned out for this year! New fabric, new patterns, quilt-along, giveaways, YouTube videos, tutorials, etc. are a few I can think of right away! You’ll be able to find more content and information here. I can’t wait to share it all with you! So with that, here’s just a few highlights to start off the new year!

Despite coming off of a very challenging year I know that this community is invested in making the world a better and brighter place. My hope is more unity, more kindness, and more creativity. You are welcome here, you belong, and I’m lucky to have you all here with me! I hope you truly feel that as I share more of my journey here with you all.

Mom & Me

My mom (Sherri McConnell/A Quilting Life) and I just recently finished designing our thirteenth fabric collection for Moda Fabrics. These past several years designing has been such a joy and we feel so incredibly grateful for every one of you who has supported us and cheered us on. Also, we hope to bring your more beautiful fabrics to create with. P.s. Keep an eye out for new fabrics being announced in the next couple of months as well as Happy Days being shipped to shops in March.

Forest Drive by Chelsi Stratton Designs

I started my journey spending more time with my sewing machine and designing fabrics with my mom for Moda, but I found a real love with designing patterns shortly after that! You can find my pattern shop here!

My sewing studio is well loved and has given me a space to create and focus when working. My husband put together the bookshelves and I think they turned out wonderfully! If you would like to hear all about my sewing room be sure to check out my YouTube video here!

I hope you’ll stick around so I can connect with you! I plan to bring you a lot of fun quilts, fabrics, and tutorials! Happy New Year friends, I hope it’s the best one yet!



Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt

Hi there and happy Thursday!

Today I’ll be sharing my final Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt top! I finished piecing my top earlier this week and it turned out so cute!

I used Homegrown Holidays this year and it’s been so fun to work with. I know I have mentioned this before, but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up and use fabrics from other designers.

Block 1
Block 2
Block 3
Block 4

After adding all of my blocks together it was a perfect sized quilt top to hang over the back of my couch, drape over a stair railing, or my mom even suggested I could make it into a tree skirt!

Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt

If you’re just joining in, don’t worry we still have lots of time before the holidays arrive. You will be able to find block 1 on Sherri McConnell’s blog/ A Quilting Life, block 2 on Bev’s blog/ Flamingo Toes, block 3 on my blog post here, and block 4 on Pat Sloans blog….also be sure to check out the video Fat Quarter Shop has on the Jolly Jabber blog here.

Thanks so much for following along and stopping by! P.s. I have some fun new quilts and fabrics I’ll be sharing soon on the blog so stay tuned!!



Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Block 4

Good morning! Can you believe it’s week 4 of the Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt? When I have a project that’s scheduled it always seems to go by fairly quickly and this one in particular has been super fun for me!

Jelly Snowflake Quilt Block 4

This weeks block went right in line with previous blocks; super quick to piece and beginner friendly. If you’re new to quilting, this is such a great quilt along to join in on!

Homegrown Holidays by Deb Strain

I’m using Homegrown Holidays by Deb Strain for my quilt. These fabrics are so fun and working with a new palette is always a nice change for me.

This weeks block download can be found over on Pat Sloan’s blog here. If you’re just joining in, you’ll be able to find the previous blocks on these blogs:

Week 1: Sherri/A Quilting Life

Week 2: Bev/Flamingo Toes

Week 3: Chelsi (Me)/you can find my last blog post here

Week 4: Pat Sloan

Thanks for stopping by today! I’m having so much fun quilting along and I hope you are too! Be sure to read my previous blog posts about the Jelly Snowflake Quilt if you are just joining in and hope to see you here again soon!



Jelly Snowflake Quilt Block 3

Hi there and welcome back to my blog! If you’re new around here, I’m Chelsi! I’m a wife (my husband and I just celebrated our 10 year Anniversary, mother to three cute kiddos, a Pattern Designer, & Moda Fabric designer with my Mom (Sherri of A Quilting Life)!

Homegrown Holidays by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics

For my quilt I have been using Homegrown Holidays by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. While I love sewing with my own fabrics, I sometimes like to switch things up and use other collections from designers I admire! Deb was my booth neighbor at my very first quilt market. She is a sweet and kind soul with an eye for design and I have been thrilled to sew with these sweet fabrics of hers.

If you are just barely joining in for the quilt along, don’t fret yet because I have an informative blog post here that should be helpful! These blocks are so much fun and easy to piece so you’ll be caught up in no time….and you probably won’t want to stop sewing because they’re extra cute which is a plus in my book.

Frosted Corner Block

Today’s block is the Frosted Corner Block! I feel like this was the easiest block to piece so far. It goes together quickly and if you’re newer to quilting it is beginner/intermediate friendly. Fat Quarter Shop does such a wonderful job at making their quilt along projects friendly for all stages of quilters.

You can find the download for this weeks block 3 here and if you would like to see some up close steps of how to put your block together be sure to check out this link to the video Fat Quarter Shop has available. They walk through the whole process so it’s easy peasy to follow!

Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Blocks Week 1-3

I am really loving my blocks so far and can’t wait to see the final quilt come together! It has been fun to see everyone’s progress on social media and all of the different fabrics everyone is using. If you’re on Instagram be sure to use the following hashtags below so we can see your progress!

#fatquartershop #christmasinjuly #jellysnowflakeqal #fqsquiltalong

Next week we are headed to Pat Sloans blog here so you’ll need to go visit her for next weeks block. And of course to don’t forget to check out our other fun friends Sherri & Bev who have been sewing along as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! Just for fun I am doing 20% in my Esty shop here, no code needed! I hope you’re enjoying this quilt along as much as I am. It is always so fun to be sewing with a community of awesome quilters. The connections made are priceless and cute fabric and patterns are always a win win! Have a wonderful week friends and hope to see you back soon!