Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop- Block 3

Hi! I’m back with block 3 for the Jolly Bar 3 QAL with Fat Quarter Shop. This week’s blocks are super fast and easy! You can find the individual cutting instructions here. You will need the Jolly Bar Book Volume 3 for the QAL as it contains the assembly instructions. There are also a number of fun quilts in this book. It is a great book to add to my quilt book library!

Jolly Bar 3 QAL

I am using the fabric line Cider by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics for this QAL. I cut into a layer cake instead of a Jolly Bar so I will have extras of this amazing Fall line! I am also using Vanilla grunge as the background.

Block 3 all cut out!

This block was super quick to cut out! Jolly Bars (or Layer Cakes) make cutting this out super fast! I used the blues for the previous blocks, so it was time for the corals. Coral has to be one of my favorite colors. I love this Fall-ish coral. I can’t wait to see it in this quilt!

Fabric saving tip

Per the pattern instructions, draw a line on the fabric. I love this Sewline air erase pen. It leaves a purple line that disappears after about 20 minutes!

Fabric saving tip: draw a second line 1/2″ away from the initial line. Sew on both lines and then trim 1/4″ away from the seam. You will have a half square triangle (HST) when you are finished. On a block like this large flying geese, you will actually end up with two HST! Now I can use these HST on a different project or include them on the back of my quilt.

Pressing Dream team!

If you have stopped here before, you will recognize what I call the pressing dream team! I am obsessed with this new combo! I use my pink mini Oliso iron to press my blocks. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on the block. My blocks are so flat! I seriously can’t believe the difference. I am hooked!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

I am also using my favorite Aurifil thread to piece these blocks. I use 2021 in 50 weight. I recently switched to a cone because I was going through spools so quickly. I guess that means I sew a lot!

Jolly Bar 3 QAL block 3

Now you may be thinking that I didn’t finish my blocks. And you are right! I didn’t sew the flying geese together because I am doing a different layout. I wanted to do a table topper/wall hanging instead of a table runner. And the blocks fit better not sewn together. I can’t wait to share my layout with you!

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 3

Welcome to Release 3 for the Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop! I am excited to share my blocks today. These Windfall blocks are some of my favorites!

Serendipity QAL

This QAL is Fat Quarter Shop’s yearly charity quilt. This is a free pattern found on the Fat Quarter Shop. They are taking donations for Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas. You can donate here.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. If you have stopped here before, you know I am a big fan of Bonnie and Camille! Shine On is a great fabric line with those cute rainbows! I am using the navy rainbows as the accent fabric.

Pressing Dream Team

The center of these star blocks are a traditional courthouse steps block. I pieced them the traditional way. But you can use Courthouse steps foundation paper by Fat Quarter Shop if you would like.

With so many little pieces, the only way to get these flat are with what I call the pressing dream team! I use my Oliso mini pink iron to press my blocks. After each seam is pressed, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of my block. After a minute or two, my blocks are so flat!

Flying geese

The star portion of the block is created by flying geese. I love making flying geese. They are one of my favorite blocks! I am also using my favorite Aurifil thread to piece my blocks. I use 2021 white because it matches with everything. I use 50 wt. for piecing and quilting.

Windfall Row

These star blocks are some of my favorites in this quilt. So I picked my favorite fabric print, mums! I even used it in two different blocks- the aqua mums and the orange mums. I seriously love this print so much! I should have bought a bolt of each!

Serendipity Windfall Row

I love making these blocks so much! The Windfall block is a great mash-up of the traditional courthouse steps and a star block. They are fun to make and are going to look great in my quilt!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

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Jen

Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Tiny Treaters Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs

I am so excited to share my Tiny Treaters project today! My kids have been so confused as to why I am sewing up a Halloween quilt in the spring. I keep telling them we are extra ready for Halloween this year! And I tried explaining to them about fabric releases and how fabric shows up before the Holidays so we can have our quilts all done in time!

I typically make my kids’ Halloween costumes. We have made everything from Peter Pan to Elsa and Anna. With such elaborate costumes and a lot of them…I have six kids, I usually run out of time for a Halloween quilt. I am sew excited to have this checked off my list for the year! Halloween quilt- done!

Tiny Treaters

I used a Fat Quarter bundle of Tiny Treaters and added some Riley Blake Designs basics. This fabric line is sew much fun! Jill Howarth (Zippyboro) did an amazing job with these cute prints. I love the little animals trick or treating. And some of the prints are glow-in-the-dark!

Animal Trick-or-Treaters

Here is a close-up of the animal trick-or-treaters. Isn’t that fox so cute? And the ghost skunk? Each little vignette is so adorable. These prints become a look and find for my kids. They keep finding some new animal going trick-or-treating.

I have to use my favorite tools while quilting! My pink mini Oliso iron is one of my favorites. It is the perfect size to keep close to my sewing machine. I also love my Olfa rotary cutter. And everything I stitch is with Aurifil thread. I use 2021 in 50 wt. It matches everything and works for piecing and quilting.

Riley Blake Designs Basics

I added some Riley Blake Designs basics to the Tiny Treaters. The basics I included are Gunny Sack Halloween, Pin Dot Halloween, Blossom on white with Black, Swiss dot on white with Hot Pink, and Bee Background Cross Stitch Grey. These basics are some great Halloween low volumes.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

I also used my Plan to Quilt planner to create this quilt. I love my Plan to Quilt planner. It is an undated planner that keeps me and projects organized! You can use my code SMITTENCHICKEN to receive 10% off your purchase.

Greek Cross blocks

I created a traditional Greek Cross block. It goes together super fast with straight piecing. There are no half square triangles or flying geese to piece. This was a fast quilt to chain piece.

I am still working on a pattern for this quilt! Stay tuned for a new pattern coming soon! And if you have a name suggestion, leave it in the comments! I am still deciding on a name so give me your ideas!

At the cemetery

We took this quilt out to a local cemetery to get some fun Halloween pics. The Northeast is full of old cemeteries. We found this one outside of a church. The church was founded in 1622! Some of these graves were so old. It was cool to see the different headstones from long ago.

More cemetery pics

It was also a perfect overcast day! The overcast and the storm coming added to the spooky factor! Happy Halloween!

Thanks for following along 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

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop- Block 2

Hi! It’s the second week of the Jolly Bar 3 quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop! If you missed my first post, you can check it out here. The cutting instructions for the second block- Homecoming were posted on the Fat Quarter shop website. You will need the Jolly Bar Volume 3 book for the pattern.

Jolly Bar QAL

To make this project you will need your favorite jolly bar (or layer cake) and some background fabric. I am using a Cider layer cake by Basic Grey for Moda. I absolutely love this line! It is the perfect Fall colors.

Homecoming blocks

Don’t tell any of the other blocks, but this one is my favorite! I love a good house block and this one does not disappoint! I am changing the layout from a table runner to a table topper! So I made the houses symmetrical by switching the door placement. I am stitching these up with my favorite Aurifil thread. I use 2021 since it matches with everything. And 50 wt. is great for piecing and quilting!

The Pressing Dream Team

I think the tops of these houses turned out so cute! I couldn’t complete them without what I call the pressing dream team! I use my pink mini Oliso iron to press. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top. My blocks are so flat!

Homecoming Block

This coral floral is so cute! I am also using Vanilla Grunge as the background for this table topper. I love a good grunge fabric. They add a little bit of texture to a mostly solid fabric.

Jolly Bar 3 QAL

My Homecoming blocks are done and I love them! These little houses will look so cute in my table topper.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop- Block 1

Welcome to the Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along! I was able to participate in the Jolly Bar Row Along last year with Fat Quarter Shop. So when they asked me to play along again this year, I said yes! Get your copy of the new jolly bar book- Jolly Bar Book Volume 3 and you can quilt along!

Jolly Bar 3

Grab your favorite Jolly Bar and background fabric and you can quilt along too. If you don’t have a Jolly Bar, you can use a Layer Cake. I decided to use a Cider Layer Cake by Basic Grey. This is one of my favorite new lines. I love the Fall colors. I am using Vanilla Grunge as the background which is also by Basic Grey.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns
Trimming HST

FABRIC SAVING TIP: The pattern says to draw a line, stitch on the line and trim 1/4″ away from the stitch line. Have you seen patterns say that before? Well, I learned a fun fabric saving tip! I draw the line with my Sewline air erasable fabric pen. Then I draw another line 1/2″ away from the first line. I sew on both lines and trim 1/4″ away from the seam.

2 half square triangles in one cut!

After you trim and press, you have 2 half square triangles (HST) in one cut! I then can use the extra HST on the quilt back or on a bonus project like a pillow.

Pressing dream team

Aren’t these HST so fun all in a row? I picked all of the light blue prints to make my HST. I love using what I call the pressing dream team to create nice and flat HST. I press my blocks using my Oliso mini pink iron which gets nice and hot. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs Clapper on the seam. My seams are nice and flat! I am also using my favorite 2021 Aurifil thread. I use 50 wt. which is great for piecing and quilting.

Jolly Bar 3 QAL

I am so in love with this Cider line of fabric! It reminds me of Fall in New England, which I absolutely love! I can’t wait to see this stitched up!

Treasure Trove Block

This Treasure Trove block will be the center of my quilt. I am actually making a table topper instead of a table runner. I am excited to see this come together! The free cutting instructions for this block can be found here.

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

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 2

It’s time for the second release of the Serendipity Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop! I am having sew much fun stitching this up! You can find the FREE pattern here.

Serendipity QAL

I am stitching up my Serendipity quilt with Bonnie and Camille’s Shine On fabric line. If you have stopped by my blog before, it should come as no surprise that I am using Bonnie and Camille fabric. I am a super fan! All those pinks and aquas are a dream! Plus this line has rainbows! And let’s not forget that Shine On contains a reprint of my favorite print of all time…mums!

Pressing dream team

I couldn’t construct these flying geese without what I call, the pressing dream team! I use my Oliso mini iron to press my seams. It gets super hot which helps those flying geese to lay flat. The best part- it’s pink! After I press my seams, I place my clapper on the seam. I leave the clapper on my block while I prep another block. (It’s all assembly line quilting over here!) After pressing my blocks and using the clapper my seams are so flat!

I am also using Aurifil thread 50 wt. to piece my blocks. I’m using 2021 as there is a lot of white in the fabric and my background is white! I recently switched to a cone because I go through thread like crazy. I guess that means I sew a lot!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

This week’s release is called Happy Chance! And I couldn’t agree more! Flying geese have become one of my favorite blocks to construct. So I would say it is a happy chance when I get to make one! I pieced mine the traditional way so I could watch my directional fabric better. (I’m looking at you aqua rainbows!) You can also use 1 1/2″x 3″ flying geese foundation paper as another way to assemble the flying geese.

Flying geese

The Serendipity QAL is Fat Quarter Shop’s 8th annual charity quilt. They are taking donations for the Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas Campaign. It a great cause to help children in need so they can grant more wishes!

Happy Chance Row

I found this sewing box at Ikea and I’m having such a fun time storing my blocks and supplies in it! I love functional and cute storage! How are you storing your Serendipity blocks?

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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

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Jen

Aurifil Artisan · Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Riley Blake Designs Project Tour- EPP Land of Liberty with Aurifil+ Video

Hi! I am excited to share my quilted table topper for the Land of Liberty project tour with Riley Blake Designs. I love patriotic fabric! And My Mind’s Eye nailed it with this fabric line!


EPP stars with Aurifil

Each month as an Aurifil Artisan, we have a new challenge to focus on. This month was EPP (English Paper Piecing). I knew instantly I wanted to make stars with this amazing patriotic fabric. If I machine piece these star blocks then I end up with one thing…y-seams. Y-seams are not my favorite. So to achieve this block, EPP it is! I had sew much fun with this on-the-go method of sewing. My daughter and I enjoyed watching The Great British Baking Show while I stitched these up (which seems a little unpatriotic-haha).

I created a YouTube video using my top 7 EPP tools. Most of these tools are by my friends at Riley Blake Designs. Watch the video as I talk about each tool and why it’s on my must have list! The following are the 7 must have tools:

Sue Daley’s Rotating cutting mat

Sue Daley’s Glue Pen

Sue Daley’s Size 11 needles

Cindy’s seam ripper

Riley Blake Designs Clapper

Oliso Mini Iron

Aurifil Thread

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I used Aurifil 50 wt. for all of the EPP. I love 50 wt. because it is not too thick or too thin to EPP with. It glides through the fabric like butter. I have no thread breakage. And there are a ton of colors to chose from to get the perfect match to your fabric. I used my favorite 2021 white to EPP. There is a lot of white in this fabric line, so it matched great!

Table Topper

After I finished stitching up all of my stars I appliquéd these stars onto the cutest background fabric, Uncle Sam Blossom by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs. The red and blue little blossoms are so cute and match Land of Liberty perfectly. I used what I’ve heard called Sue Glue by Sue Daley to appliqué the stars. Then I used a blanket stitch on my Tula Pink Bernina to attach the stars to the background.

Aurifil Liberty

One of my favorite pieces of this whole quilt is this spool of thread! This spool of Aurifil is called Liberty. It is a variegated thread that transitions from red to white to blue. I used this thread to appliqué and quilt this quilt. I love it!

Quilt back

Land of Liberty has an awesome panel! The flag is a cheater print that looks like it is pieced with all of the cute prints in this fabric line. I decided to back my table topper with this flag panel. Now I have a double sided table topper. Probably my favorite print is the text print in Land of Liberty. The text is the lyrics to the National Anthem. When I was in high school, I sang the National Anthem for the football games. Since I sang it so much, I grew to love this song. So this fabric is extra special to me! I can’t wait to use this table topper this summer!

Star binding

Here you can see a close up of the binding. I decided to bind this in navy stars. I think it frames out the quilt and matches the borders of the flag. You can also see a close up of the Liberty thread! I seriously can’t get enough of this Aurifil Liberty thread!

Land of Liberty EPP stars

Now if it would just warm up, I am ready for summer! And now I need a new EPP project! This one was sew much fun! And I have the best tools ready to EPP!

Thanks for stopping by today! To see more of what I am up to, 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 1

Today is the day! We get to start the Serendipity Quilt Along! The anticipation has been killing me! This is such a sweet quilt and I am sew excited to be sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern and video tutorial can be found here.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

If you missed my intro post you can check it out here. You can see my Bonnie and Camille quilt layout and check out all of my favorite tools!

Serendipity QAL

Now on to Block 1. I love this block! It has an hour glass block as the center and HST (half square triangles) which have become my favorite things to construct. But what about all of that trimming? I am one of the newest Go! Getters with Accuquilt and have started cutting out my hour glass blocks and HST with my Ready. Set. Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System. The Go! Qube 8″ has all of the sizes you need to construct this block.

Go! Qube

Here you can see I have cut out my squares, hour glass and HST for this block! Did you notice that the ends of the hour glass and HST are cut off? That means NO TRIMMING! After I sew them together, it is press and done! This saves me so much time! I am of course using my favorite Aurifil thread to stitch these up!

Fork Pins

Another time saver I have found is FORK PINS!!! If you have stopped by my blog before, you have probably heard me talk about Fork Pins. They are a game changer. The fork pin holds both sides of the seam in place while stitching. That means my seams and points match up perfectly! Now I spend less time unpicking! If you haven’t tried them yet, you should!

Serendipity QAL- Release 1

With these time saving tips, I was able to sew these blocks up quickly! The Serendipity Quilt has an accent fabric. I decided to use the navy ‘rainbow’ print as my accent. So you will see a lot more of this fun Shine On print. I love how this is turning out!

Serendipity QAL- Release 1

My favorite block? I would have to say is that red mum! Which should come as no surprise since the mums are my favorite Bonnie and Camille print EVER! I was so happy when they reprinted it in Shine On!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop

I am sew excited to be sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop in their annual charity quilt. All donations for the quilt along will go to the Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas campaign. All of the fun starts tomorrow! The landing page for all things Serendipity can be found here!

Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s new line Shine On for my Serendipity quilt. No surprise here as Bonnie and Camille are one of my favorite designers!

I have gathered some of my favorite tools for this project! I found this awesome sewing box at Ikea and am using it to store my blocks. Next up is my Aurifil thread. I use 2021 the most as it matches with everything. Plus I am using white as my background so it will blend in perfectly. I also love my Olfa rotary cutter. The teal matches with my Bonnie and Camille! Last but certainly not least is my Oliso iron. I love this mini iron. It gets super hot and is the perfect size to keep by my machine. And it is pink!

Foundation papers

Another tool I will be using is quilt block foundation papers. The Foundation papers used in this quilt are the 3″x 6″ flying geese, 1 1/2″x 3″ flying geese, Courthouse steps and 3″ square in a square. These awesome papers are made by It’s Sew Emma and can be found at Fat Quarter Shop. I am excited to share how I will be using these!

Accuquilt Go!

The other tool I will be using is my Accuquilt Go! I am one of the newest Go! Getters and I can’t wait to share how I am using these dies with my Serendipity quilt!

Bonnie and Camille Serendipity Quilt

This is my layout for the Serendipity Quilt. I love these bright and fun colors! I can’t wait to stitch this up with you! I also recolored the back of the quilt! I of course used the mums for the back! They are my favorite Bonnie and Camille print ever!

Serendipity Quilt Back

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Jen

Riley Blake Designs · The Smitten Chicken

February Blocks- #RBDBLOCKCHALLENGE

Have you seen the Riley Blake Designs Block Challenge? They post one block a month from a different designer and by the end of the challenge we will have a fun sampler quilt! You can find all of the blocks HERE for free! They even have a fun Facebook group that you can join and share your blocks. I couldn’t resist joining in the fun!

Flea Market by Lori Holt

I decided to use Lori Holt’s fabric line Flea Market for Riley Blake Designs. I wanted to have some pink accents so I decided to use Hot Pink Blossoms fabric as the background. I absolutely love the Blossoms line of fabric, especially as a background in a quilt. I am also using one of Riley Blake Design’s new Confetti Cottons Frosting for the sashing!

Accuquilt dies

Did you see my latest YouTube video? I am the one of the newest Accuquilt Go! Getters. I now can share my love for all things Accuquilt. I don’t always love cutting fabric and Accuquilt saves me so much time! Especially with HST- half square triangles. There is no trimming HST and they come out perfect every time! Now I just cut and sew!

Cut Time, Quilt More

I use the Accuquilt to cut out my squares as well! I love directional fabric prints. But I also want to keep them going the right direction. Cutting fabric out with the Accuquilt helps keep my prints directional.

Fork Pins

If you have stopped by my blog before, you have seen my obsession with FORK PINS! If you haven’t tried them, you have to! The fork pins hold either side of the seam. While sewing, it keeps the seams from budging. Since I started using them, my seams have matched up so much better, and my points! Which means less unpicking and more sewing!

My two favorite pressing tools!

I have to share my two favorite pressing tools! I love my mini Oliso iron! It is the perfect size to keep by my machine while I’m sewing. It gets extra hot! Plus its pink! I also use my Riley Blake Designs Tailor’s Clapper. After pressing my seams, I place the clapper on top of my block. The heat from the iron and weight from the clapper set the seam. On a block like this one with so many seams, my block still lays flat!

February #RBDBLOCKCHALLENGE

Here are the February blocks! I love how these turned out! I love the pink blossom background and can’t wait to see them all together! I am not great at surprises, but this surprise has been so fun! Are you sewing along too?

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