September 8, 2022

Pumpkin Quilts! and our favorite muffins

Hello friends! Is it fall where you live? My sister in North Carolina told me that the leaves are starting to turn there. We're still in the 100s, but that's normal for us until about Halloween. Our fall leaves come at Thanksgiving! That won't stop me from buying some pumpkins very soon though, ha!

I'm currently helping a friend plan for her first quilt, she's making Pumpkins by Cluck Cluck Sew. (I found that one on sale but if it sells out here's another.) Allison's patterns are well-written and simple to piece together, perfect for a beginner!

Image via Cluck Cluck Sew


Here are few good links I found as I was shopping around, wishing I were making the quilt myself :)

First of all, this lady has full Pumpkin kits! Several drop down options there. 


Here are some shops that had cute assortments of oranges. 

Orange fat quarters

Other orange fat quarters

And another!

Squirrelly Girl FQ options

Oranges by Starlit Quilts (make sure you check out page 2!)


The background I'm pretty sure Allison used is this Moda Crossweave in Graphite. I've used it before on other projects and I love the texture it adds to a quilt. 


These backings are all cute too!

Bad to the Bone

Spooky Hollow

Midnight Magic


Image via Cluck Cluck Sew

My favorite kit of all that I found in my shopping adventures today was actually for the mini version of this quilt. Look how cute!

Image via Plain Janes and Co.


Here's another lovely pumpkin quilt by the same designer called Pumpkin Patches.

Image via Cluck Cluck Sew


If you're looking for fall patterns from this Allison (great name, ha) I've got this pumpkin mini/pillow free tutorial.



I also recently had this display quilt published with Quilts and More. You can get the Fall PDF pattern for just $3!

Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2022 Meredith Operations Corporation. All rights reserved.

In looking through my old photos, I found some fabric pulls and other projects from years past. Look at this pretty fabric pull! Every year I've chickened out on making a Halloween quilt for my kids, but I actually started one this year by golly (Chamomile with my own kit). They are going to be so happy. 



And here's a cute mini quilt/hot pad duo that I made for my house in 2016! We still get them out every year. No pattern for these ones (yet?). Sorry!


Finally, a cute reversible pillow! You can find a pattern for this exact thing but in Christmas colors in my book Welcome to Woodberry Way. It even teaches you how to put a zipper in the pillow with step by step diagrams. 

I also just wanted to share a small joyful find with you. Fall is baking season for me and recently I discovered the magical power of using tulip cupcake liners. They are a little more expensive than the regular zig zaggy ones, but the results are worth it! The muffins come out taller and puffier, and the kids loved using the fancy liners. Here's our favorite muffin recipe, we've made this for years and they are a hit with young and old. Click to make it larger and feel free to print it or share!

Thanks for stopping by today. Sometimes I like to sneak coupon codes on the bottom of my posts for the people who make it to the end :) Use the code HAPPYFALL for 30% off anything in my shop through the end of the month!

August 30, 2022

Halloween Low Volume Fabric Bundles

EEeeeeeekkkkk! seems like the only appropriate response for my excitement level. I am seriously pumped about these kits! 

SHOP NOW

I'm not usually one for early decorating, but in the world of quilting one has to have a certain amount of time to get the quilt done in order to do the proper decorating, am I right? Well I've got you! 


Make sure you add a paper or PDF copy of Chamomile to your cart if you don't have it, it's not included in the kit!

We have FOUR Chamomile kit options, with binding choices too. The binding add-on and sashing are interchangeable, so feel free to switch those around and have fun! I'm so excited to finally make a Halloween quilt for my kids, they have been begging for years. I'm making the Taffy version, you can watch my progress on IG @woodberry_way.

Here's the color breakdown for the sashing/binding options:

I have very limited number of black gingham backings this time too, which I think is going be soooo cute on the back! I personally ordered this Spooky n Sweeter print for my backing because it worked with the purple and I knew the kids would think it was fun. I don't think they sell bolts of it any more or I would have gotten it as an option too.

Image via Art Gallery Fabrics

I thought these lines had some good options for backings as well. I like the mums, ginghams and spiderwebs.

Bad to the Bone

Spooky Hollow

Midnight Magic

If you can wait until April, Riley Blake has quite a few Halloween lines coming up that would make make super darling backings! Really, I wish they were out now, there are some verrry cute ones.

There are also some FQ bundles available if you're not wanting to make a Chamomile, or if you want to create your own kit! It doesn't have as many prints as the kit, FYI.

I was worried about getting this round done with my next door neighbor/friend/quilt buddy Kim being gone to Utah now, since she did a lot of folding with me. We did ok though, my Dad actually came up to take the boys on a hike and then he and my husband did a speed folding challenge after, ha! They really helped me out. Have some mercy on their manly folding efforts this time :) In the future I'll have to find a more meticulous person to hire I think. Thanks anyway Dan and Dad!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have so much fun with these and I can't wait to see what you make! Be sure to tag me with #chamomilequilt on IG, I love to see!

June 9, 2022

Mariposas Quilt- offset block instructions

Good afternoon! Here is the promised offset block instructions for the Mariposas quilt pattern. Click the link, print it off, and add it to your pattern so you have both! 



Free printable pattern



I also wanted to share a link for where you can get the Quilts and More magazine that has my sailboat pattern in it. Unfortunately this is for digital copies only, physical copies are at most craft or book stores. It is out of stock at Fat Quarter Shop. 


Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2022 Meredith Operations Corporation. All rights reserved.

May 20, 2022

Mariposas- a new Butterfly quilt pattern

Today is a big day in these parts! New pattern, new bundles, and kits too! So exciting. 




The pattern is called Mariposas (butterflies in Spanish) and it's a fast and easy sew, made with fat quarters and a bit of yardage. The pattern has instructions for a straight-grid setting of the blocks, but you'll find instructions for off-set blocks in an upcoming blog post. I have kits for everything except the backing!

These two fabrics aren't a part of the kit, I just had to make a pillow so I could embroider the antennae! So cute!

I didn't originally plan on releasing a pattern with this bundle, but when I was trying to think of patterns that would complement these large-scale, gorgeous fabrics, I thought butterfly wings would be just the ticket. I'm grateful for testers who helped me get this one ship shape for you. 

If you don't plan on making the butterfly quilt, I also have fat quarter and half yard bundles of just the beautiful, silky, floral Art Gallery prints. I love the vibrant colors and bold florals. They would be great for a Swoon quilt, or a High Tide Remix!


If you'll indulge me in a few personal stories today, I'll tell you why I named this one "Siena Spring". 

When I was 12 or so my parents gave me a calendar for Christmas that was full of photos of Italy. Little did they know this would start a life-long obsession in my young heart. As soon as I got to college I enrolled in Italian classes and after 2 years I had the remarkable opportunity to go on a study abroad trip based in Siena, Italy. Located right in the middle of the country, Siena is one of the best preserved Medieval cities in Italy. I took language, history, and cooking classes at a small local university and worked (for free) as a waitress in an adorable family restaurant. The dad cooked, the mom managed, and the son was the main waiter. The town is as precious and charming as they come. What a dream!



Via: Alamy Stock Photo

The big church in Siena has pillars inside that are black and white striped, just like the binding on the Mariposa quilt. This is where I fell in love with red geraniums that are the specific shade of orangey-red in these fabric bundles too. On the weekends we'd travel to other cities and tour around. Probably my favorite part of the entire experience was the cooking class where we'd make 3 course meals from scratch and eat them all together in a room with an adjoining rooftop terrace, as the swallows swooped in and out of the sunset. You can't make this stuff up you guys, I get teary eyed when I talk about it out loud. I love that place!

Gelato!

Alright back to the matter at hand. I absolutely adore the luxurious black minky that I used to back my quilt, but I did find some other backing suggestions that I really like for this quilt too. It was a hard choice! The kids always want minky though :) My local quilt shop Cali Quilt Co. specializes in minky, they must have every imaginable color and texture! That's where I got this simple black one. Here are some more great options. 

Spotted Butterflies in Black 

Old Made Wallflower in White would be a wonderful choice. You also couldn't go wrong with classic black Swiss Dots. If you can wait until October, this upcoming Ruby Star would be an amazing option:


I'll be back in a few days with instructions for this off-set layout of blocks. See you soon!

May 9, 2022

Bright Rainbow Party!

Why hello! You've come on a great day!

I'm thrilled to have a new bundle ready- the original 14 color bright rainbow that I made a few years ago. There are kits and bundles in the shop today, and a new free pattern!


First up we've got the regular half yards, from which you can make 3 baby quilts or two throws if you're using your own sashing. If you need cute sashing with your solids, I've got kits for that

I'm most excited to have a new free rainbow pattern, this time a throw size without sashing. Now there's a pattern for every combo/size imaginable :)

Bright Rainbow Quilt Pattern

There's also a limited number of add-on binding fabric in the same teal Swiss Dot. Sometimes I love to match the sashing and binding on these quilts. 

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a great week!

May 2, 2022

Tasha Noel Quilt Fair Pillows

You all know how much I love Tasha Noel fabric! It was my first fabric love. I was so thrilled when the Quilt Fair line was announced- it has some of my favorite colors, and the prints are so sweet and whimsical. 


I chose to make 2 pillows with my bundle. I used the star cheater print to make this first pillow. I quilted a 1" grid on my Juki and then added hand quilting along the already-provided stitch lines! That was nice. A great way to start hand quilting if you're unsure about your stitch length/shape. 


For the other pillow, I used Red Pepper Quilts Economy Square tutorial. The main print in the line is so perfect for fussy cutting the centers. I followed my tried and true zipper method to finish them off. You'll never have a smashed, sad pillow with this method! I also have a video step-by-step of this on IG highlights, and there are detailed instructions and diagrams in my book, which is on mega sale on Amazon- Welcome to Woodberry Way. Lots of ways to learn this zipper stuff!


May has lots of fun new things in store- bright rainbows and a new butterfly pattern! See you soon.

December 18, 2021

Rainbow Quilt Kits

I know I said I wouldn't be back before Christmas- never listen to me! I finally have the rainbow bundles ready to go. Here's what we've got-

Pastel Rainbow Kit which comes with Mint Swiss Dot for the stripes!

Pastel Rainbow FQ Bundle

Bright Rainbow Kit which comes with Teal Swiss Dots for the stripes!

Bright Rainbow FQ Bundle

There are also binding listings if you want to add that in. 

If you get the kit, you can follow my twin size rainbow quilt tutorial. I'm also going to share a different one today down below! If you're new here you can revisit the other tutorials as well-

Crib size with 14 colors (2 ways!)

Twin size with 14 colors


If you're doing the big quilt tutorial, I recommend a wide backing rather than dealing with 7+ complicated yards of fabric. If you trim to 78" you need 2 1/2 yds of wideback, you'll need a little more if you keep your quilt wider towards a queen. Here are a few options that I really like. 

Ombre Confetti Pink

Ombre Confetti Blue

Ruby Star

Daydream

Newsprint (I used this on my muted rainbow backing)

Inspirational Text

I used a really cute white and aqua floral Bonnie and Camille wideback for mine, but I can't find that anywhere anymore unfortunately. Depending which version I decide to make next, I'd love to use the obmbre confetti!


This is such a great quilt for showcasing some fancy shmancy quilting. I went all out on the floral motif here, what fun!

Alright. The only iteration of the rainbow kits/tutorials I don't have yet is a baby size using the 9-color rainbows. So let's do it! There are a lot of rainbow babies out there, I know several myself, and I think the world could use a lot more of these rainbow baby quilts.

If you buy today's kit and want to make baby quilts instead of the twin size, you can make THREE crib sized quilts from the solids. There are enough of the dots to make 3 quilt tops, and have binding for one quilt! 

It's super simple:

Instructions for 42" x 60" Crib Quilt

Cut each half yard into (3) 6" x WOF strips. Split them up into one of each color for three quilt tops.

For one quilt, cut (8) 1.5" x WOF strips of white (or dotted white). 

Sew the white strips in between the colors and press toward the colors. 

Trim the sides and quilt as desired, that's it! If it's easier for you, you can cut all the strips to exactly 42" and then sew them all together, that way you don't have to worry about squaring it up correctly in the end. 


I really like using the same white that I used for the stripes as the binding. You can see how I did that on this one (and used the backing I told you about above). You would think it would be a terrible idea to use such a light binding and it would get really dirty, but I've done it a few times now and they've held up great!


For the record, I will be carrying the muted rainbow kit sometime in the first half of next year. 

A few notes in case you missed my IG stories about these kits-

The pastels, as well as the brights, are different than the ones shown in the photos of quilts I've made. This is because many of the colors have been discontinued and those exact rainbows are no longer available. I do not feel like the new ones are any less wonderful, in fact I like the pastel one even a bit more! I will eventually stock a 14-color bright rainbow again too. 

The pastel kits were previously Riley Blake Confetti Cottons, which I LOVE for their softness and feel. However, I've found that RB solids sometimes have a different sheen on the front than the back, making the color appear different, making it tricky to remember what side you should have facing forward! Plus, two of the original colors are no longer made, so to keep it simple and have more color options, I switched to Kona. Same with the brights, which were previously a mixture of several different manufacturers, none of which I have a wholesale account with, yet :)

All in all, I'm thrilled with the kits offered here today and don't feel like I've sacrificed anything with these changes. 

LAST THING-

Since (hopefully) most of these solids won't be discontinued in the near future, I will be able to offer these kits again, unlike the print bundles I've been doing. So if it sells out and you really wanted one, never fear! It will come around again. 

Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy all these fun, simple rainbow projects! I plan to do a sew along in the new year- still deciding which version I want to make! See you then.