Splendid Sampler II: Happy Days Block

Hi! Welcome to my blog! For those of you who are new around here, my name is Chelsi and I’m so happy you’re here! Here’s a little bit about myself…I’m a mom to three beautiful kids, I’m a Moda Fabric Designer alongside my mom Sherri McConnell (A Quilting Life), I design quilt patterns, and I love to create!

I am so excited to share my Splendid Sampler block with you all today! My block, Happy Days, can be found on page 30 of the Splendid Sampler II book! Any day filled with fabric and quilting is always the happiest of days! Quilting has become a wonderful creative outlet that always leaves my heart feeling full. There’s something special about making a quilt that lasts a lifetime and will be cherished by my little ones.

My Happy Days block goes together quickly and easily! When designing blocks and patterns I tend to stick to simple. This block represents that perfectly with easy cuts and piecing that will probably make you want to make more than one!


I was so excited when Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson asked me along for the Splendid Sampler ride! I love quilting with an entire community of people! It makes it fun and inspiring!


Here are just a couple fun shots of other blocks I’ve made!

I hope you had fun reading about my block and visiting my blog! Be sure to visit the Splendid Sampler website at https:www.thesplendidsampler.com/ to read more about it! You can also find a fun giveaway going on over there so be sure to check it out! You’ll want to make sure to post your block for some fun prizes!

Thank you for stopping by! If you would like to see more of my newest Moda fabric collection, Harper’s Garden be sure to check out my Instagram @chelsistratton or come back to visit here on my blog! You can also see my newest quilt patterns over at my Etsy shop here https://www.etsy.com/shop/StrattonHandmade

Happy sewing!




Patriotic Stars Tutorial

Hello everyone! Summer is here which means lots of swimming, family activities, and maybe a little bit of sewing!

Speaking of sewing, I really love this fun quilt I made!


Last year I made this fun patriotic quilt using all of the red, creams, and blues from our Creekside fabric line. While I had planned to post it a lot earlier, life got busy (story of my life), but it’s never too late to start a new quilt right?!?!


I really love this quilt and it is simple to make! Ohio Stars and Nine Patches make it easy and fun! P.S. You can use any fabrics you want, this was just a variation from our Creekside fabric line that I absolutely loved! The colors and prints really popped which was what I was looking for! I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Patriotic Stars Tutorial:

Note: Always press well and press using preferred method!


Nine Patch Blocks:

Blue Squares– (85) 4 1/2″ squares

Background Squares– (68) 4 1/2″ squares

This will make 17 Nine Patch Blocks.

Star Blocks:

Red Squares: (36) 5 1/2″ squares

(18) 4 1/2″ squares

Background Squares: (36) 5 1/2″ squares

(72) 4 1/2″ squares

This will make 18 Star Blocks.


Block Instructions:

Nine Patch Block:

Each Nine Patch Block consists of 4 background squares and 5 blue squares.

1. Assemble squares as show below.

2. Sew three squares together to make a row. Make three rows as shown.

3. Sew the rows together as shown to make one block. Block should measure 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ unfinished.

4. Make 17 Nine Patch Blocks.


Star Block:

Each Star Block consists of (4) 4 1/2″ background squares, (2) 5 1/2″ background squares, (2) 5 1/2″ red squares, and (1) 4 1/2″ red square.

1. First you need to make your half square triangles. Draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the back of each of the 5 1/2″ background squares.

2. Place the red and background 5 1/2″ squares right sides together and sew 1/4″ away from both sides of the line. Cut and press. You should have 4 half square triangles.

3. To make your quarter square triangles you will be repeating steps one and two. Take your half square triangles and place them right sides together with the opposite colors touching. Sew 1/4″ away from both sides of the line. Cut and press. Now you should have 4 quarter square triangles for your block. Trim quarter square triangles to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

5. Assemble the block as shown below. Sew squares into rows and then continue to sew rows together as shown to complete the block. Block should measure 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ unfinished.

6. Make 18 Star Blocks.



Quilt Assembly:

Alternate your blocks to make the quilt as shown below. Sew all the the blocks into rows and then continue by sewing all of your rows together to complete the quilt. Quilt should measure 60 1/2″ x 84 1/2″.




I hope you enjoyed this quilt tutorial! I love anything red, white, and blue so of course I was really excited to share this one with all of you! Happy sewing!


Heart Pillow Tutorial

Hello everyone!

A year ago I made some Valentine’s quilts using the heart and star block from Thimbleblossom’s Hand Made with Love pattern and I finally got around to getting them quilted and bound, but of course I felt like I was missing something so I decided to whip up some pillows out of our newest fabric collection, The Front Porch. Here is the pillow I made!



I had a lot of love and interest in this so I thought I would share a little tutorial on how to make it! Valentines is just around the corner so this is perfect for your daughters bedroom, entryway, or family room! This is my first tutorial so hopefully everything looks OK! Thanks for all the love and happy making!!



Cut 12 pink squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (half square triangles)

Cute 12 ivory squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (half square triangles)

Cut 6 pink squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Cut 6 ivory squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″


Sashing and Borders:

*Note: Make sure to measure your blocks before adding sashing as well as side and outer borders. Just in case!

Cut 2 low volume strips 1″ x 6 1/2″ (Sashing)

Cut 2 low volume strips 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (Side Borders)

Cut 2 low volume strips 6 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ (Outer Borders)


3 strips 2 1/4″ x WOF


Muslin for pillow front backing

Pillow backing fabric–I used two rectangles

Make Heart Blocks:

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ background square and place right sides together with each 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pink square. Sew a 1/4″ away from either side of that line. Press seams open. You will make 24 hst’s total!

Trim half square triangles down to 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and layout blocks as shown in diagram below.

Assemble Pillow Top:

1. Sew blocks and sashing together as shown.

2. Add left and right borders and press outward.

3. Add top and bottom borders and press outward.

4. Layer pillow top, batting, and muslin. Quilt as desired. I chose to do vertical straight lines.

5. Trim pillow to measure 18″ x 30″

6. Use desired method to make pillow back. I chose to just do an envelope back!

7. Bind the pillow with prepared binding. I chose to do pink for my binding!

Hope you enjoyed this pillow tutorial! I hope you love it just as much as I do!


Hello! I am Chelsi, and I’m thrilled you stopped by! I design fabric for Moda with my mom, Sherri of A Quilting Life and currently we have five fabric lines together! Designing fabric has been a dream come true and even better that I get to share this journey with my mom!

This will be a place I will share new fabric, tutorials, giveaways, projects I am working on, etc! You get the gist 😉 Hope to see you around and thank you for all your support!