Block Heads 10: Autumnal

Good Morning friends and welcome! I’m so very glad you’re here and feeling honored to share my block, Autumnal, with you all for Moda Block Heads today! It was an absolute joy to be invited on the Moda Block Heads train especially since I adore my fellow designers and friends I get to participate with. This is my very first Block Heads experience and I’m having a wonderful time. A couple highlights have been making the beautiful blocks and of course learning more about my fellow designers. What a treat to be sewing blocks they have designed!

Block 10: Autumnal by Chelsi Stratton

I want to first start off by saying that having a weekly sew along is a great way to stay organized and goal oriented. This is something I have been trying to implement into my own sewing life and have found Block Heads to be a huge success in particular to this goal. It has also been a great way to use my scraps! I am primarily using fabrics from our Emma collection, but will be adding in fabrics from past groups too. My block featured above uses a Bella 200 background and two red prints from our Emma fabrics. I like to mix and match basic prints with floral prints. Its a great way to show off different prints, but you can always make it scrappy with more prints.

Block 10: Autumnal by Chelsi Stratton

It can also be fun to opt for a darker background and low volume look as well! This is a great way to show off some low volume prints as the main focal point in your block! Autumnal already gives off such sweet simplicity so both color ways in my blocks work well. I also want to note that I am making the 9″ finished block size for all of my quilt blocks. This block is beginner friendly and uses simple piecing techniques. Keep reading to find the pattern!

9″ finished blocks

Autumnal Blocks in 9″ & 4 1/2″ by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Block Heads Blocks

I hope you enjoyed being here and reading more about my Autumnal block! You can find the pattern for the Autumnal block here! And if you want you can find my pattern shop here!

Be sure to follow my blog and my Instagram @chelsistratton for new fabrics, quilt patterns, and news and of course our YouTube channel here for all things Sherri & Chelsi!

Thanks for stopping by & happy sewing!



Block Heads 4: Week 3

Good morning friends!! I hope you’re ready for another fun block this week because Laurie Simpson designed this week’s block and it’s lovely! P.s. I’m really enjoying how Block Heads is keeping me accountable and sewing something new every week!

Block 3: Kouign Amann

Block 3, Kouign Amann, designed by Laurie Simpson may seem a bit daunting with all those triangles, but they’re a breeze to make! You can find the PDF for this blog linked here!

I decided to use a variety of our blues from our most recent collection, Emma. I really love this new shade and knew I wanted to use one color, but different prints to showcase in this block!

Blocks made by Sherri McConnell

My mom has been sharing pictures of her blocks with me and I am swooning over hers! She is currently doing both block sizes and I am so impressed with that tiny piecing! You can read more about her blocks here!

If you’re looking for my blog post on my week 1 & 2 blocks, you can find it here! Thank you so much for stopping by today!



Block Heads 4: Blocks 1 & 2

It’s that time again…Block Heads 4 is here and I’m excited to be included in the designers group! Moda and the designers have put some amazing effort into this year’s lineup of creative blocks that I know you’ll love and I’m going to be blogging about my blocks every couple of weeks!

Emma by Sherri & Chelsi

I’ll be using mostly fabrics from our new Emma fabric collection (shipping September 2022) for my blocks. I may be implementing some scraps from previous fabric collections, but will stick to using Emma for the most part. This collection is a huge plus because it gives an array of color options and prints to choose from.

Block 1, Square Wheel, designed by Lynn Hagmeier was a joy to make! I played around with color by mixing reds and pinks from our Emma collection! Also note that I’ll be making the 9.5″ unfinished blocks. I had so much fun piecing this sweet block! You can find the pattern on Lynn’s blog here!

Block 1: Square Wheel

Block 2, Coee, designed by Jenelle Kent is equally adorable. I found myself gravitating towards a pink/green/grey combo for this layout. This block uses simple piecing and you can find the pattern here!

Block 2: Cooee

I absolutely enjoyed piecing these blocks and can’t wait to share more blocks as the year goes by! I hope you’ll join me and the other designers on this fun adventure!



Be Mine QAL Wrap Up

Hello friends! Can you believe today is the end of the Be Mine QAL!? I have absolutely loved seeing all of the participation, support, and beautiful blocks over the past several weeks! It has sure been fun and I hope to do another quilt along with you all again soon!

Be Mine Quilt by Chelsi Stratton

Whether you’re finishing up your quilt top this week or just starting your blocks I’m so happy you have joined in on all the fun! And if you’re afraid you have started too late, don’t fret! We have weekly videos still available on the A Quilting Life Youtube Channel that you can view whenever you want! Check that out here! Oh and don’t forget to grab a pattern here!

The Be Mine quilt is perfect for beginners and skilled quilters alike. The blocks each have a different skill level that implements easy piecing techniques as well as more intermediate techniques. It’s a great way to build confidence in quilting while still enjoying the process!

Be Mine Quilt by Chelsi Stratton

I hope you have enjoyed this quilt along as much as I have! I absolutely loved putting my quilt top together and can’t wait to see yours! Be sure to use the hashtag #bemineqal so I can see your progress and final quilt top!

Stay tuned for more fun things coming soon! New fabrics and patterns are on their way that I know you’ll love! Thanks so much for stopping by!



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!