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!



Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Blocks 1 & 2

Hello there, and happy Thursday…oh, and if you’re new here, welcome! Last week the very first block of the Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt was released! I’ll be sharing last weeks block as well as this weeks block…but first just a few things to know if you’re just barely joining in!

The Jelly Snowflake Quilt Along is a free quilt pattern and video series brought to you by Fat Quarter Shop that will be posted every Thursday during July. I personally love making holiday quilts early so that I have plenty of time to display and use them by the end of the year! The videos will show you how to put your blocks together and are going to be very helpful to new quilters. You can find the videos here.

This years pattern uses just one Jelly Roll. Fat Quarter Shop is using Christmas Figs II by Joanna Figueroa while I’ll be using Homegrown Holidays by Deb Strain. If you’re looking for the fabric requirements you can find them here!

Week 1 Block

Last weeks block pattern was so much fun! My mom, Sherri of A Quilting Life, hosted the first weeks block. Be sure to check out her blog post here for a very detailed post. These blocks use easy piecing and go together quickly. You can find the download for the first weeks block here. Also, I really love the cute trucks and trees in the fabrics I used in my block. Deb Strain has such a great knack for designing holiday collections.

Week 2 Block

If you know me well then you know I absolutely love star blocks. The very first quilt I ever made was a star block pattern and my love for them has grown ever since! There are so many variations that keep it interesting when designing with them so I had no complaints when I saw this weeks block!

You can find this weeks block over at Bev McCullough’s blog, Flamingo Toes. Bev always uses super fun color combo’s and I love her sense of style!

These blocks went even quicker than last weeks! If you’re a newer quilter this is a great quilt along to join in on. It also helps to have other quilter’s sharing their blocks and experiences. It makes things really fun when you have a community of people all sewing at the same time and sharing their different perspectives.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon! You’ll be able to find the Week 3 block right here next Thursday! Be sure to stop by so you can download the pattern! Pat Sloan will be hosting Week 4 and be sure to give here some well wishes after her surgery she just had…you can find her blog here.

Happy sewing friends and can’t wait to see you soon! If you want to listen in and watch another fun new adventure, my mom (A Quilting Life) and myself just started a new podcast! You can find us on YouTube here! We share new favorites and old finds, talk about upcoming fabric collections and projects, and share stories we hope you’ll love to hear!



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!



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!


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!



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!



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!