Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Finish

Hi and welcome to the final reveal of the Serendipity quilt along! Every year Fat Quarter Shop does a charity quilt along. This year, the QAL benefits Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas. I have had a great time sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop for the Serendipity Quilt Along. I love this week the best! We got to show off all our hard work!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

I love Bonnie and Camille fabric! I chose to use their new fabric line Shine On for my Serendipity quilt. I love this fabric line sew much!

Serendipity QAL

I love sampler quilts! I think it is sew fun to work on different blocks throughout the quilt. The Serendipity quilt has a variety of blocks with a variety of construction methods. Some of the blocks are constructed with Foundation Paper Pieces (FPP). Other blocks are constructed with traditional piecing. Both construction methods are included in the patterns. I think it is so fun to see all of these blocks come together! The finishing pattern can be found here.

Mock-up of Serendipity Quilt

I mock-up most of my quilts on my computer first. Then I can make sure similar prints aren’t touching and that the colors are spread evenly throughout the quilt. For example, I don’t want all of the reds at the top of the quilt. Plus since I’m short on space, I don’t have to take up room laying out the quilt. I usually have my kids help me with this part. It is nice to have an extra set of eyes looking at the quilt. Do you lay your quilt blocks out before you sew them together?

Serendipity Quilt

Here she is! I love how this quilt turned out! Each row is different and unique. I think the flower row is my favorite! Those big flowers turned out so cute in the middle of the quilt. And of course those navy mums are a favorite!

Quilt swirl

I had to take a quilt swirl pic with this quilt. I love how all of the rows come together. I chose to use the navy rainbows as the accent throughout the quilt. This is such a fun accent!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Jen

Aurifil Artisan · The Smitten Chicken

Dog-gone June Aurifil Artisan Challenge

I am thrilled to be an Aurifil Artisan again this year! I had so much fun sharing all about Aurifil thread last year and can’t wait to share more this year.

Aurifil Artisan 2021

Each month Aurifil Artisans are given a different challenge that will showcase Aurifil thread! Last year I made a project using 3 different thread weights and an EPP (English Paper Piecing) project to name a few!

Artisan collection 2021

The amazing team at Aurifil sent us each a beautiful welcome pack! Our challenge for the month of June was to make a project using some of the thread from our welcome pack. Do you want to see what is inside?

Artisan collection 2021

Aren’t these threads so beautiful? They come in a variety of colors and weights! I was drawn instantly to the pink! No surprise there.

FPP puppy

No this is not a pic of my dog, I don’t even have a dog. But this quilt block (designed by the incredible Kerry at KidGiddy) looks just like a very special dog. I have done very little FPP (foundation paper piecing) but I had to give it a whirl. We just finished up school (I swear we are the last school in the country!) and I made this up for a very special teacher. She had my son this year and my daughter a couple of years ago. She has been so great with my kids. We just love her! Her dog is very special and she talks to the kids about Sally. Sally has become a bit of the classroom mascot!

Sally

Using my 50 wt. Aurifil thread, I embroidered ‘Sally’ on the bottom of the quilt block. I used Aurifil 2440 peony pink from my welcome pack. It matched the collar and border of the quilt perfectly. I decided not to quilt this mini quilt. I didn’t want to take away from the intricate FPP block or the sweet message on the back.

Dear Ms. Conway

Isn’t this note the sweetest? I had both of my kids write a little note on the backing fabric. I love the extra little pics they drew for this special teacher.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Thanks for following along today. I had sew much fun stitching up this little teacher project. If you would like to see more of what I am up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or subscribe to my new YouTube channel!

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 7

Hi and welcome to the last row of the Serendipity quilt with Fat Quarter Shop! I can’t believe we are almost finished with this quilt! I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt in a couple of weeks!

Every year Fat Quarter Shop participates in a charity quilt along. This year they are asking for donations for Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas.

I chose to make the Serendipity quilt with Bonnie and Camille’s Shine On fabric. I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! These prints are so fun to sew with. I am also sewing with my favorite Aurifil thread. I use 50 wt. for piecing and quilting. I am using 2021 since I am using white as the background for this quilt.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

Release 7 is called the Jackpot block! You can find the block for free here. The center is a fun economy block. You can use 3″ Square in a square Quilt Block Foundation paper to assemble the center. Or you can assemble it the traditional way. The pattern explains both!

I assembled my economy block centers using what I call the pressing dream team! I love my mini pink Oliso iron. It gets super hot and is the perfect size to keep by my machine! After I press my blocks, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of my blocks. It keeps them nice and flat! Especially with a block like the Economy block which tends to have more bulk. If you haven’t tried out the pressing dream team, give it a shot!

And we hit the Jackpot with these blocks! I love the navy rainbow accents! Can you guess which block is my favorite? It’s a tie! I love the mums- so green and yellow!

I have been collecting my blocks in this sewing box from Ikea. It is so cute and fun! These Jackpot blocks are the final touch for this quilt. I can’t wait to show you my finished quilt next month!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 6

Hi friends! It’s time for another release with the Serendipity Quilt Along! The Serendipity Quilt Along is hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop. They host a charity quilt along every year. This year all donations are to benefit Make A Wish Central and South Texas. I am excited to be sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop this year!

Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On to create my Serendipity quilt. I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! I love the pinks and aquas. Shine On is such a bright and happy fabric line.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

This week’s release, the Happenstance row, looks a lot like release number 2! You can see these cute flying geese with the Happy Chance row too. I love flying geese blocks. You can assemble them the traditional way as stated in the pattern. Or you can use 1.5″x 3″ Flying Geese Quilt Block Foundation Paper. Both are great options to assemble these little guys. The free pattern can be found here.

Aren’t these little flying geese so cute? I assembled mine the traditional way. I couldn’t stitch these up without my favorite tools. I use Aurifil thread for all of my piecing and quilting. I use 50 weight the most. It is so versatile and stitches up beautifully. I use my favorite 2021 white!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I also use what I call the pressing dream team! I use my pink mini Oliso iron to press all of my blocks. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of all of my blocks. This keeps my seams nice and flat. Flying geese can get kind of bluky where the seams meet. The clapper helps with that!

And my Happenstance blocks are finished! I absolutely love that navy print. It looks like I fussy cut that flower. We are just going to call that a happy accident! Those green rainbows are cute too!

I found this little sewing box at IKEA. I am using it to store all of my blocks for this Serendipity quilt. It is starting to get full as we are nearing the end!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Jen

Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Destinations Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs

Welcome to my stop on the Destinations Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs. I love these Destination panels by the Anderson Design Group. My family and I love to travel so these are right up my alley! If you remember I made up a NYC quilt with a NYC panel. I also created a pattern using this panel. I used the same pattern for this quilt! This pattern works with ANY panel! You can find the pattern here.

Confetti Cottons with New England panel

This time we took a little trip to my neighborhood, New England! I live outside of NYC which puts us in New England! Growing up in Idaho I had no idea that parts of New England are suburbs of NYC. But this is where we have called home for over 8 years. So this New England panel is perfect!

Confetti Cottons

I chose these Confetti Cottons to coordinate with the panel. I used Riley White, Riley Red, Riley Navy and Peacock. See my quilt pattern for fabric requirements. I thought this gave it a bit of a patriotic look to the quilt. New England is so historical and integral in creating the United States of America.

Flying Geese with the pressing dream team!

I assembled the flying geese first. Just like in the NYC pattern, I only used one accent flying geese. The red matched the panel so well! I think the one accented flying geese gives it a modern feel.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I also used what I call the pressing dream team to assemble my flying geese. I use my Oliso iron for all my pressing needs. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top for a minute or so. I have such flat flying geese! I love this combo. If you haven’t tried these out, give it a shot!

Fork Pins

Once I have all of my flying geese assembled, I need to stitch them together. I do this by using FORK PINS!!! These are the best! They hold both sides of the seam while stitching. I have such better points while I’m using these. Which means less unpicking with my seam ripper. If you haven’t tried fork pins, give them a try!

New England quilt

Nothing says New England more to me than a forested area by a beach! We have one close to our house. This is where all the boats dock. I love this place! It is perfect for a little photoshoot!

Uncle Sam Blossoms Fabric

I used Christopher Thompson’s Uncle Sam Blossom for the backing on this quilt. It is so patriotic and the perfect basic! I LOVE it! This is the same print I used as my background on my EPP stars table topper.

New England Quilt

I did straight line quilting on this quilt. My lines are 1 inch apart. I used my BERNINA 770 QE with a walking foot to quilt this up. I also used my favorite Aurifil thread. I used 2021 which is just the right shade of white to match my background fabric and the backing!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Jen

Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Old Made Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs + Tutorial

Hi! I am sew excited to share this project with you today! I fell in love with J Wecker Frisch’s new line Old Made for Riley Blake Designs. All of these illustrations are amazing. And I had sew much fun sewing with this fabric. These faces are hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing at all of the sewing puns. Well done!

We are a game playing family! So when my kids saw the card panel, they decided we needed a new set of playing cards! Family game night for the win!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Would you like to make playing cards too? I am going to share a quick tutorial on how to make this panel into playing cards.

Supplies you will need:

Old Made card panel (1 yard to get two of every card)

1 yard Grey Wallflower Fabric for backing

Oliso Mini Iron

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

HeatnBond Craft Extra Firm Non-Woven Fusible Pack

SpraynBond Fabric Stiffener

Aurifil Thread Grey Smoke

Hera Marker

Rotary Cutter

Sewing Machine

Press interfacing

Start by cutting out eat card. Leave a 1/4″ around the edges of each card. Once cut, the cards will measure 4 1/2″ x 6″. Cut out the backing fabric at 4 1/2″ x 6″. I used the Grey Wallflower print.

Then you need to cut out the fusible fleece and extra firm interfacing. To reduce bulk in the cards, cut these pieces at 4″ x 5 1/2″. Once your pieces are all cut out, press the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the card print, per manufacturer’s instructions. Press the extra firm interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric. I use my favorite mini Oliso iron for all of my pressing!

Once the fleece and interfacing are adhered to the fabric it’s time to sew! With right sides together, place the card and the backing fabric together. Stitch 1/4″ around the entire card, leaving about 3″ opening at the bottom. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. I am using my favorite Aurifil thread to stitch these up. I am using 50 wt. And I found the perfect shade of Grey Smoke to match this fabric line!

Tip: trim the corners of the card. Make sure you don’t clip your stitches. This will reduce bulk in the cards.

Next, turn your card inside out. Make sure to push out each of the corners. Stitch around the entire card using about 1/8″ seam allowance. Finger press your opening closed, tucking your 1/4″ seam into the card.

I wanted to quilt these cards a little bit. I used a Hera marker to mark my quilting lines. I quilted from diagonal to diagonal. This gives the cards some structure and makes them more sturdy for little hands to play with!

To give these cards even more structure, I used a new product by Thermoweb called Fabric Stiffener. This stuff is magic! My cards are now stiff and I love it!

This little kitty was so excited to play our new game! These cards are bigger than normal playing cards. That makes it perfect for kids! The fabric also makes the cards more durable.

Matching game

There are two games you can play with these cards. We enjoyed a super fun matching game! I took out some of the cards so it would be easier for my daughter to match! And seriously Miss Spellbinding??? These are just so funny!

Old Made

We also played a fun game of Old Made! Make sure to remove one Old Made card to play Old Made since you only need one of her and the panel comes with two!

Thanks for following along today! I’m off to play more rounds of Old Made! If you would like to see more of what I’m to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 5

Hi and welcome to the fifth release for the Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop. Each year, Fat Quarter Shop hosts a charity quilt along. You can donate to Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas here.

Bonnie and Camille Serendipity

I am sewing up my Serendipity quilt in Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. It is such a cute line with their classic aquas and pinks! My favorite print in this line is the mums! They are sew cute!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

Release five or the Fateful blocks are some of my favorites! These oversized flower blocks are so cute! I had fun pairing the center of the flowers with the outer petals. I think I found some fun combinations.

Pressing dream team

I started by making the centers of the flowers. I had to keep my eye on these pink rainbows so I could keep them directional! The little star points create a little bit of bulk. To keep these blocks nice and flat I use what I call the pressing dream team! I absolutely love my mini Oliso iron! It gets super hot and is the perfect size to keep by my sewing machine. And it’s pink! Once I press my blocks, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top. This keeps the heat in and makes my blocks so flat! If you haven’t tried this combo out, do it! Everyone needs the pressing dream team!

Aurifil thread

Once I had my centers constructed, I moved on to the outside. I am using the navy rainbows as my accent piece in this quilt. I do all of my piecing with my favorite Aurifil thread! I use 2021 for everything! I like 50 wt. for piecing and quilting. I recently had to switch to a cone since I was going through so much thread!

Fateful blocks

All of my Fateful flowers are pieced! I love these blocks so much! I can’t decide which block is my favorite. Maybe the navy mums! I am a bit partial to that print. These blocks are about in the center of the quilt and I can’t wait to see them all put together.

Fateful blocks

I am using this Ikea sewing box to store all of my blocks. It is so cute and fits all of my blocks. I love these Fateful flowers!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 4

Hi and welcome to the fourth release for the Serendipity Quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop! I am excited to share my blocks with you today.

Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. And I couldn’t love this line more! I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan and this line does not disappoint!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

The Serendipity Quilt is Fat Quarter Shop’s yearly charity quilt. This quilt along will benefit to Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas. This is a FREE pattern that you can download here.

HST all cut out!

Let’s chat about half square triangles (HST). I love stitching up HST and using them in a quilt. I don’t love trimming and trimming and trimming them! I have fallen in love with my Go! Qube 8″ Mix and Match Set. I get perfectly trimmed HST every time. The best part? No trimming!

Pressing dream team

Once I am done assembling my HST, I give them a good press. I am using what I call the pressing dream team! I press my HST with my mini pink Oliso iron. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on the seam for a bit. My seams are so flat!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

I am also using my favorite Aurifil thread 50 weight. I am using 2021 which is a nice neutral. I recently switched to a cone because I was going through spools of thread so quickly. I guess that means I sew a lot!

More Accuquilt cutting!

I cut out the rectangles with my Go! Qube 4″ Mix and Match Set. I have never enjoyed cutting out small pieces. So this new Go! Qube set is the best! Tiny pieces all cut out! With everything all cut out, all that is left is to assemble!

Good Fortune Blocks

Aren’t these blocks sew cute? I am loving the navy rainbows as the accent! I also used a couple of other rainbow prints for these blocks. Is there such thing as too many rainbows? And of course I LOVE the pink mums!

Good Fortune Blocks

I am loving this sewing box! I found it at Ikea. It is the perfect size to store all of my Serendipity blocks as I work on them! I love these blocks all stitched up!

90% Faster Than Rotary Cutters

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Jen

Aurifil Artisan · The Smitten Chicken

Aurifil Artisan Monthly Challenge with Free Spirit

Hi sewing friends! Every month as an Aurifil Artisan, we are given a challenge to work on with Aurifil thread. This month we partnered with Free Spirit fabric and got to work with Kaffe Fassett’s beautiful fabrics! Confession, I’ve never worked with Kaffe’s fabric before. His use of color and patterns is stunning. I enjoyed working with this fabric!

Kaffe Fassett Fabric

I had to gather up my favorite tools for this project starting first with my favorite Aurifil thread. I used my favorite 50 weight but in some new colors! I used 1100 which is a super fun hot pink! I also matched 4030 to this amazing fabric. The three 40 weights are part of the Blue-Throated Macaw Earth League International 2021 Color Builders Thread Box. I love these colors! And I’m excited to try a new thread weight. Last of all, I picked 28 weight. I have fallen in love with the quilting detail that this weight adds. I picked 1148 and 4093. I have the hardest time matching thread colors online. So I included the numbers in case you wanted to match!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

I am also using my pink Olfa rotary cutter. And my favorite iron, my pink mini Oliso iron. I always grab this pink team for my projects!

Mini flying geese

I couldn’t decide what exactly I was going to make with this fabric. This came together the more I worked on it. And I changed my mind A TON!!! I used my new Go! Qube Mix and Match 4″ Block set. I don’t love quilting tiny pieces. But I soon realized I don’t like cutting them and trimming them! Go! Qube to the rescue! These little flying geese were super easy to construct and NO TRIMMING!

I couldn’t make these without what I call the pressing dream team! I used my pink Oliso mini iron to press. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on my seams. And they are flat! If you haven’t tried out this dream team yet, you should!

Stitch book

Aren’t all of these flying geese together sew cute? These colors are so rich and saturated. I used a chambray fabric as the background. I decided to make a little stitch book with these flying geese. This stitch book matches my Tula Pink hardware! It was meant to be!

Tula Pink 770 Bernina

I got a new sewing machine for my birthday last year! Yay! There are so many amazing stitches that come with this machine. I decided to stitch out all of the Tula Pink stitches on the machine.

Tula Pink stitches

Aren’t these sew cute? I seriously love them all! I have already used the bunnies on an Easter skirt last year. Now I’m dreaming up new ways to add these stitches to my work. I used the Aurifil 50 weight 1100 to stitch all of these out! The rest of the stitches are on the other pages.

This book is just the beginning! My plan is to add more stitch pages since my machine has a TON! And I’m going to use all of the colors that I previously picked out. They all match this Kaffe fabric! I love this stitch book! Have you made a stitch book before?

Thanks for stopping by today! If you would like to see more of what I am up to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, subscribe to my new YouTube channel!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Ahoy! Mermaids Project Tour with Riley Blake +Bag Tutorial

I am so excited to share this fun project with you today! Ahoy! Mermaids by Melissa Mortenson is so cute! We are big mermaid fans over here. So this fits right in!

Ahoy! Mermaids

This fabric line comes with such a fun panel. You can see a close up of this mermaid on the panel. I knew this would be the perfect center for this bag. Ahoy! Mermaids also comes with plenty of pink prints and has gold metallic accents. Pink and sparkly!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

I had to gather the pink team to sew this project up! I am using my mini pink Oliso iron for all of my pressing. I am also using my pink Olfa rotary cutter. And these pink Aurifil thread spools match perfect. I am using 2440 and 2415 which match the pinks in this fabric line.

Would you like to make a mermaid bag too? I am including the cutting instructions for you.

1- Cut out your favorite mermaids from the Ahoy! Mermaids panel. Leave 1/2″ border around each mermaid.

2- Cut 2 piece A at 1 1/2″.

3- Cut 2 piece B at 3″.

4- Cut 4 piece C at 1 1/2″.

5- Cut 2 lining pieces at 10 3/4″x 12 1/4″

Now download the assembly instructions found below.

Pressing Interfacing

Once you have assembled your bag front per the assembly instructions it is time to attach your interfacing. Cut your interfacing pieces at 10 1/2″ x 12″.

I love Thermoweb products. When I needed an interfacing for this bag, Thermoweb is the brand I reach for. I used HeatnBond Fusible Fleece for the lining and HeatnBond Light Weight Non-woven Fusible Interfacing for the outside of the bag. Make sure you cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece and 2 pieces of the interfacing.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

For construction of the bag I used Seasoned Homemakers tutorial. My bag is much smaller than hers. It needed to be little girl size! I did not make the straps as that is not my favorite part (turning little pieces…blah!) I found some sparkly webbing at Hobby Lobby that matched the gold accents perfect in this fabric line.

Ahoy! Mermaid bag

We headed to the beach for a fun photoshoot! This mermaid looks right at home at the beach! The fusible fleece and the interfacing add structure to this bag so it isn’t too floppy. And the top stitching I did with Aurifil thread is the perfect little accent.

Mermaid girl

My daughter is obsessed with mermaids. The whole time I was making this bag she kept asking if it was for her! Haha, yep! So we had to get a few pics with this mermaid loving girl at the beach. Pink and sparkly and mermaid! What is not to love?!?

Mermaid Hair Don’t Care

For the other side of the bag, we chose the ‘mermaid hair don’t care’ panel. I mean, look at that mermaid hair! She is in her element at the beach. She also had to bring along her mermaid friend, which now lives in this bag.

Mermaid loving girl

I just had to share one more pic of this mermaid loving girl! She loves her new bag, or purse as she calls it! If you haven’t purchased this fabric line, run and grab some! It is what mermaid dreams are made of!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you would like to see more of what I am up to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel!

Chirp Out!

Jen