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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Jen

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!

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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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Chirp Out!

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!

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Chirp Out!

Jen

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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.

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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.

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Chirp Out!

Jen

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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.

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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

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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?

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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!

Chirp Out!

Jen