Hearts at Home Quilt Along

Hello friends!

The very first Hearts at Home quilt along has come to a close and it’s bittersweet for me. It was full of wonderful people, beautiful fabrics, and the prettiest quilts (you all seriously knocked your quilts out of the park).

This quilt was such a special make for me because I was able to use fabrics from each of our various fabric lines! I also made sure that all of the heart centers were made from each fabric line as well. It was so fun to make something that held a lot of memories for me. Designing fabrics for Moda with my mom has been a dream come true and I hoped to make this quilt a part of that journey.

My parents recently moved into a new home and I was finally able to take a few snapshots of my quilt there this past weekend. With the social distancing, I haven’t been visiting my parents as much as I normally do. I am so grateful I am able to go over there more often now!

The entryway has great natural light so I ended up taking most of my pictures in this room. The baby grand piano was my Great Grandmother’s and was perfect for draping the quilt over the top (I also enjoy playing the piano too)!

I had to run upstairs to take this fun shot!

I can’t believe we have come to the end of this quilt along! I am so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have made this such a great experience and I hope to do another one in the future. I also loved going through your final quilt tops…they were all absolutely beautiful!

Congratulations to Josie (PayleyQuilts) on her beautiful quilt top and winning the Summer Sweet Fat Quarter Bundle and because I couldn’t just choose one…congratulations Susy (My Journey in Stitches) on winning a Summer Sweet Fat Eighth Bundle! Both of your quilt tops were stunning!

Josie’s quilt top
Susy’s quilt top

I just want to say thank you again to everyone who joined in and made this whole experience so incredible! It really gave me peace of mind during these strange times and I am so grateful that I was able to sew along with such a talented group.

Be sure to check out Sarah’s (Crinkle Love) offer of 50% off quilting through the end of the month! You can check out her offer here on her blog! She is so sweet and her quilting is beautiful.

Thank you for following along and joining in on all the fun! I truly had the best time quilting along! I was so excited about this make and had to show my mom in person…plus it was nice to visit with her too!

XOXO,

Chelsi

Hearts at Home QAL Week 6:

Good morning friends! We are in week 6 of the Hearts at Home QAL and it’s bittersweet for sure! In all honesty I feel like this QAL has gone by fairly quickly. I have loved meeting new faces and seeing friends I already knew along for the ride. This has been such a great experience for me and I hope for you as well!

This week is all about putting your quilt top together! It always feels so exciting when my blocks are finished and I get to this stage! Now the fun part begins…laying out your blocks.

My oldest insisted that she help me lay the blocks out. I try to make sure that same color blocks are separated in my quilts. One very helpful tip I have after you lay them all out is to take a picture of your progress to make sure you have distributed the colors of blocks evenly.

After I have laid out all of my blocks exactly where I want them, then I’ll take them row by row and sew the sashing in between blocks (don’t forget about the sashing rows as well). Oh and of course my second oldest jumped in on all the fun once she realized what we were up to! It was definitely a fun little mother-daughter time spent together!

My mom made this cute mini using fabrics from all of our collections just like I have with Hearts at Home…we didn’t plan it so it was very cool to find out!

Just a few more things! Be sure to post a picture of your finished quilt tops this week and use the hashtag #heartsathomeqal. I will be choosing one person to win a fat quarter bundle of our fabric line with Moda Fabrics, Summer Sweet!

And don’t miss out on 50% off quilting with my friend Sarah of Crinkle love! You can find a link here! She is so sweet to offer this for the quilt along!

Thank you all for quilting along! This truly has brought me so much peace during a time that feels quite strange some days! Happy sewing friends and I can’t wait to see your finished quilt tops!

XOXO,

Chelsi Stratton

Bloomtopia Release 7

Happy first day of May!

Last month felt eons long so I’m happy to be in a new month with new possibilities. Honestly, quilting has been really helpful in keeping my mind off a lot of things going on….and speaking of quilting…today I can share Release 7 of the Bloomtopia quilt along!

There are two fun blocks for Release 7, the Geese Block and Geese and Gander Block. The Geese block mixes various prints together while still giving off that traditional flying geese block look! I love that the Bloomtopia quilt is for everyone! There are a lot of beginner to piece blocks as well as intermediate blocks. This makes the quilt process a lot more fun I think! Plus, we are getting so close to the final lay out of our blocks (yay)!

Next you will piece together your Geese and Gander Block. This block will look a little familiar since you’ll essentially be repeating the Geese block you made earlier! The addition of nine patches and easy corner blocks make this a fun finished block to put together! If you want to watch more detailed instruction about piecing these blocks together you can watch here! Also, don’t forget about the fun Cross Stitch Release today as well! You’ll be able to find that here!

Thank you for following along with today’s post (it was a little short and sweet)! Feels like a lifetime ago that we started the Bloomtopia quilt along and I can’t wait to start piecing the final blocks together. I’m still amazing at everyone’s generosity. The proceeds for this are going to help so many families in need and I can’t wait to see their smiling faces!

Happy sewing friends! I hope you enjoy making these blocks and I will see you in a couple weeks for Release 8!

XOXO,

Chelsi

Hearts at Home QAL Week 4

Hi there friends!

We are in week 4 of the Hearts at Home QAL and I can hardly believe it! Like where has the time gone? I’m really enjoying all of the fun hearts and blocks you have made this past week…..and some of the full quilts too (wink wink). Seriously though, some of you have really taken off and it makes me so happy seeing everyone enjoy this fun quilt along.

This week and next week are all about finishing your last eight blocks. I had originally planned the quilt along this way to give everyone a nice pace to work at. Typically I try to spend at least 20 minutes sewing a day so I tried basing it around that time frame…because life gets crazy sometimes and the dishes don’t wash themselves ha! So with that said, normally I would chain piece all of my blocks at the same time which is what I’m seeing most of you do…personally I think that’s great! This quilt truly goes together quickly for that reason. Once you get going it’s hard to stop!

Seeing everyone’s heart centers and blocks this week has been so fun and just like I mentioned earlier so many of you have been putting your tops together already. They’re absolutely stunning by the way….but you already knew that right!! I’m honestly blown away! I’m so grateful for the community who has joined in, the sweet comments you have made, and the support you have all had for one another! I hope it has brought joy into your lives during this time because it sure has for me!

Ok so let’s talk about some fun things!

This week Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a fun prize….they will be giving a $50 gift card to one of you (yay!). I love them tons for sponsoring this QAL! I’ll be checking in on your progress this week and looking for some awesome blocks you have made. Be sure to use the hash tag #heartsathomeqal when you post your pictures!

Ok friends here’s to another week of fun sewing! If you have completed your quilt top already please consider looking at my friend Sarah’s (Crinkle Love) offer of 50% off quilting here! She has been so generous and supportive of this quilt along and is a wonderful quilter! Happy quilting friends!

XOXO,

Chelsi

Bloomtopia Release 5 & 6

Good morning!

We are halfway through the Bloomtopia quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop and it feels like just yesterday we were excitedly announcing it! This week I’ll be sharing both releases 5 & 6.

Release 5 included the Martha Washington Star block and the Magnolia Buds Blocks! I’m sure you have seen some fun variations of these blocks on social media these past couple weeks!

Martha Washington Star Block

The Martha Washington Star block requires simple piecing methods and techniques! You can find the pattern download here! This block was a lot of fun to make and very simple. If you are still thinking about joining in on the fun it’s definitely not too late! This quilt is lots of fun and combines different techniques for every skill level!

Magnolia Buds Block

Next we’ll be making our Magnolia Buds Blocks! You will make a single variation as well as a four block variation! These will be represented in different areas of your finished quilt lay out.

Note that this block uses the half rectangle trimmer in the pattern. If you have never used one then you’re in for a treat! This trimmer will ensure you have perfect petals for your block! If you want to see more in depth how this is used, be sure to watch the video here on the Jolly Jabber Blog.

If you’re using a boxed kit from Fat Quarter Shop, I hope you’re loving our Summer Sweet fabric collection. We have really loved how it looks in this quilt. I have also enjoyed seeing different fabric variations as well on Instagram and Facebook.

I will be sharing about Release 6 today as well! Release 6 is the Lewis & Clark block and it is a fun one! You can find the download for the Lewis & Clark block here.

Lewis & Clark Block

This is one of the largest blocks you’ll make for your Bloomtopia quilt. The units in the block are fun to piece and add different variety of colors and prints together! Note that as with other blocks in your quilt, you will be working with many triangles to piece these together. I have really loved piecing my blocks this way and have found it to be so much fun learning different techniques and methods as well! If you need more instruction for piecing this block, you can find a video here!

I hope you had fun reading about today’s new release and be sure to check back on May 1st for Release 7! Happy sewing friends!

XOXO

Chelsi

Hearts at Home QAL Week 2: Make Hearts & Make 4 Blocks

Hello there!

Week 1 of the Hearts at Home QAL has officially ended and week 2 is here! It has been so much fun seeing so many of you join in on social media. I have really enjoyed seeing your unique fabric pulls and cutting….and I’ve even seen a few of you get a jump on this weeks prompt!

This week is all about getting those center heart blocks finished and then making your first four blocks. The added steps you will take making your heart blocks definitely adds more time spent sewing compared to a traditional log cabin block, but makes it all the sweeter too! Once you have all of your heart block centers completed you will find that sewing your log cabin blocks together goes by very quickly.

I wanted to share a helpful tip when making your heart centers that I am sure you have all heard about. Since this requires a simple flip and sew method I used to draw all of my diagonal lines corner to corner with a nifty ruler and pencil. That process takes time and I would much rather be sewing than spending hours with a pencil in hand! So, my go to notion these days is the Diagonal Seam Tape by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. You can find her diagonal seam tape here! No drawn lines, just easy sewing. The tape goes on easily (I use a ruler to make sure it’s perfectly aligned) and then I can immediately begin sewing. No time wasted, no drawn lines, just the way I like it! Allison also provides tutorials on her website showing you how to apply and use the product. For me it has been a total game changer and I love to share a good find!

After you have completed your heart center blocks, it’s time to start your first four log cabin blocks. This is the fun part! I have noticed some of you have already started this process and I’m totally blown away! I definitely want to say keep at it for those of you who are ahead of this weeks schedule, but for those of you right on schedule or those of you who are just joining in, please don’t be worried! We have lots of time left during this quilt along so I encourage everyone to continue at their own pace!

Just a few more things. If you are just joining in, welcome! You find can find the introductory Hearts at Home post here. You can also find the Week 1 QAL post here. It is definitely not too late to join in if you have been thinking about it and we would love to have you! You can find the pattern here and be sure to use the #heartsathomeqal when posting on social media so I can see your progress.

That’s it friends! I can’t wait to see more progress. The fun fabrics you have chosen and the sweet stories you have shared have made my week and I can’t wait for more! Stay tuned on social media for a fun fabric prize…I want to see your hearts and some blocks this week! Happy sewing friends and be sure to leave me a comment below if you’re having fun sewing along!

XOXO,

Chelsi

Hearts at Home QAL Week 1: Fabric Pull & Cutting

It’s here!

Week 1 of the Hearts at Home quilt along is finally here and I’m so excited!

This week is all about choosing your fabrics and cutting them all up to be sewn together. Typically when I start any quilt I don’t cut and sew on the same day. I find it to be just a little bit too much all at once. So following that same trend, let’s spend this week picking out the fabrics we really want to use and cutting them so that we can stay organized once we begin sewing. (If you’re ahead of the game, that’s fine! I encourage everyone to work at their own pace!)

Let’s talk about fabric pull! So many of you have already decided which fabrics you’ll be using which is great! You can go ahead and get a jump on the cutting process! For those of you who are still on the fence, here’s a few options for you!

Hearts at Home in Summer Sweet by Sherri & Chelsi

Red & Pink Hearts at Home
Scrappy Pull

When choosing your own fabrics for this quilt you may choose matching Jelly Rolls, a mix of prints from multiple designers, or even a two color quilt. I like all these options to be honest, but choose what you’re going to love. Sometimes matching fabrics from a favorite designer are exactly what I need, especially when I have been long awaiting a new line to be released, but most times I like to mix it up and get a really bold mix of fabrics together. So whether or not you choose to match your fabrics or go full blown scrappy is up to you! As you can see, I will be using fabrics from multiple fabric lines I have designed! In this group I have prints from: Bright Sun, Desert Bloom, Summer Sweet, and Balboa (our most recent collection with Moda Fabrics that ships in September).

I know whatever fabrics you choose, they will all be so pretty! Be sure to share on social media what fabrics you’ll be using! You can use the hashtag #heartsathomeqal for this quilt along.

Cutting, cutting, cutting…let’s get started!

When you’re cutting strips make sure to match them by color. I try to stay organized and that helps. I also use a variety of prints in the same color in each of my blocks. Follow the pattern and start by cutting your strips.

One question that I get is why the extra call for 1 1/2 yards background fabric. Your Jelly Roll strips aren’t going to give you enough low volume for your blocks so that’s where this yardage comes in. I originally used all one print, but you can divide up the yardage and do different prints of fabric if you’d like as long as it equals the 1 1/2 yards. (Note that the 3/8 yard background fabric needed is for the background used to make your heart blocks. For this I would recommend a plain white or ivory or even a tone on tone print so that it’s less distracting).

You’ll note that you can get your hearts cut from leftover Jelly Roll strips. This depends on which fabrics you chose to use and what color you want your hearts to be. When I originally made the quilt, I had enough pink strips in that fabric line to make all of my hearts. Also don’t forget to cut your fabric posts from leftover strips. And don’t forget to cut your sashing strips and binding! Getting all of the cutting out of the way at once saves you time in the end process!

I can’t wait to get started! If you’re just hopping on, today is the last day to get the pattern on sale in my shop. You can find the pattern here.

Last thing….let’s talk some prizes and fun stuff! I mentioned before that Sarah from Crinkle Love will be offering 50% off quilting for the regularly sized pattern 69″ x 69″. Her offer is so generous and sweet.

Prizes will be held every two weeks and I have some fun things I can’t wait to give! I’ll be looking for posts using the #heartsathomeqal to determine prize winners. Fat Quarter shop will be sponsoring one of the prizes (a $50 Fat Quarter Shop gift card) and I will be gifting a couple of the prizes as well including a Fat Quarter Bundle of Summer Sweet to the Grand Prize Winner! Be sure to follow along for next weeks post and on my Instagram for more inspiration!

XOXO,

Chelsi