Hello, 2018! Fat Quarter Shop Double Nine Patch Quiltalong and OMG

The new year sure is presenting us with a winter weather challenge!  For me, the cold is a great excuse to stay in and finish some projects. 

This Double Nine Patch pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop is a great weekend quilt project.  The Fat Quarter Shop also has a great video tutorial for this quilt.  I used precuts to make it come together even faster.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  The fabric is Coney Island from Moda.  It is so fresh and cheerful!

Quilting this quilt really brightened my day.  I have been working on some grid work.  I quilted orange peels and filled some with pebbles in a random pattern.

For the border, I used a basic serpentine curve with feather fills after every third curve.  I think the quilting gives a very nice modern twist to this Classic and Vintage Series quilt pattern.


What is my goal for January?  I’m so glad you asked!  I have a beautiful twin quilt with applique that is draped aross a chair in my studio, and it wants desperately to be quilted and made useful!  I am going to make that happen this month….I hope!  Follow me on Instagram: @Homeplacequilts for progress reports.

Happy Quilting!


GIVEAWAY plus One Monthly Goal Finish

As we all prepare to say Good-bye to 2017, I was thinking the best way to say “hello” to 2018 is with a GIVEAWAY!! Thanks to my friend and fellow ETSY shop owner, Michelle at MyLilacCreations we have this awesome mug to giveaway! For a chance to win this funny but true mug, hop over to Instagram and like, comment and follow me @homeplacequilts.  Contest ends at 11:59pm December 31st, 2017.  Winner will be notified on January 1st 2018!!!

Miraculously, I finished my OMG for December! I quilted two Christmas panels and even got them bound and listed in my Etsy shop this month. I am really grateful for Elm Street Quilts sponsoring this fun contest every month. It is great seeing what everyone else was able to finish and it really helps me stay on task. (I can be a little, ahem, distracted when I step into my sewing room and see all the pretty fabric, lol.)

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – December Finish Link-up

I love the fabric. This wall-hanging is made from “Christmas in the Wildwood” from Wilmington Prints.  These panels are beautiful and virtually no piecing, so I was able to just jump in and longarm.  Happiness!

This Christmas tree skirt is large and so beautiful!  As a Virginian, I am partial to the Cardinals and look forward to seeing their bright red feathers against the snow in winter.

Happy New Year!


One Monthly Goal – December Link up

AJ Holsinger   December 4, 2017   Comments Off on One Monthly Goal – December Link up

Oh, the lists and lists of projects that could be my monthly goal……

I have settled on my pile of panels!  I would like to complete two panels this month.  Panels are so great.  Pre-printed with cheerful colors and designs, they allow me to jump right into longarm quilting without spending painstaking HOURS piecing the quilt.  The results always amaze me.  I love to use to panel motif to guide my design choices.  It really feeds my creative side.

Pile of panels

I am hoping to finish the boys car playmat panel and the 60″ Christmas tree skirt by the end of the month.  Can’t wait to share the final pictures with you!

Elm Street Quilts

Happy Advent, everyone!



Goal Reached! One Monthly Goal with Elm Street Quilts

AJ Holsinger   October 27, 2017   Comments Off on Goal Reached! One Monthly Goal with Elm Street Quilts

It happened!  I set my October goal and I got it done!

I can’t wait to curl up under this beauty.  As I said in the previous post, I have been working on this monstrosity for 10 months.

I am so pleased with the way it has turned out.

I decided to custom quilt the top with a variety of designs.

For some of the blocks I used large flowers and for others I used rulers to make the lines precise and give it a crisp look.

So, Buck, sorry your anniversary gift is two months late!  Hope you like it 😉

I hope your October was productive and full of quilty fun.  Check out the link below to see all of the other great finishes!!

Happy Quilting!  AJ

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – October Finish Link-up

ONE Monthly Goal

Homeplace Quilts   October 7, 2017   Comments Off on ONE Monthly Goal

That’s right. Just one!  I can finish this and cross it off.  Ha, ha!  We will see.

This one Monthly Goal sounded like such a good idea.  I couldn’t resist.  So, I am linking up with  Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal October Linkup, and I’m putting it out there.

Here it is.  The quilt I started last January as a gift for my Hubby.  Oops.  So, my ultimate goal for the month of October is to FINISH this monstrosity.  It is queen size and I have a vague plan for custom quilting it.  I will post my progress toward the end of October.

This fall is flying by!  I am already staring at my piles of not yet begun projects thinking…”which pile should I tackle in Nov?”  There are piles of Kits, piles of Sew Sampler Projects, piles of panels, piles of Christmas projects…..

What are your goals for October?

Happy Quilting!


Cobblestone Quilt – A Simple, Quick and Stunning Quilt

AJ Holsinger   October 6, 2017   Comments Off on Cobblestone Quilt – A Simple, Quick and Stunning Quilt

Cobblestone Quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop

Cobblestone Quilt featuring “Saturday Morning” by Basic Grey for Moda

I hope this finds you all enjoying the fall weather!  The cooler mornings have me padding to the sewing room in my wool socks with a steaming cup of tea!  This is my favorite time of year.

I see that the stores are already rushing to put up the Christmas decorations.  For all of us makers out there, this means it is time to get working on those Christmas presents we’ve been dreaming of gifting all year.  Well, have I got the project for you!

Cutting Table

If you are like me, when you wander through your local quilt shop, you can’t help but buy a few Fat Quarters.  But, buying them and using them?  Ahem, those are two different things.  This fun, FREE pattern by the Fat Quarter shop makes using Fat Quarters easy.  This quilt has minimal waste and is a great way to showcase those beautiful fabrics you’ve been saving.

Follow along with this helpful Video and pattern.  This is a beginner friendly quilt that will easily come together in a single Saturday sewing session.

Pieces cut and lined up for sewing

And here is the magical part.  The large blocks and beautiful fabrics make this quilt a blank canvas for any kind of quilting you like.  I opted for an allover swirl flower meander as found in this VIDEO TUTORIAL from Angela Walters.  I was really happy with the way it turned out.  I may just have to throw together another one before 12/25….

Flower Meander

Happy Quilting!!  ~AJ


Lady of the Lake Quilt a long with the Fat Quarter Shop

AJ Holsinger   September 8, 2017   Comments Off on Lady of the Lake Quilt a long with the Fat Quarter Shop

There is nothing more fun than a quilt a long!  This month, I will be sharing not one but TWO quilt a longs with the Fat Quarter Shop.  If you haven’t shopped there, you are missing out.  They have an amazing selection of fabrics, notions, patterns, etc.  They also have lots of FREE patterns, including this Lady of the Lake Block.

Momma's littlest helper

Momma’s littlest helper

Half Square Triangles in "Grunge" by Moda

Half Square Triangles in “Grunge” by Moda

This quilt is called “Lady of the Lake”. It has a real Autumn feel to it.  With the cooler weather this week, I can’t wait to snuggle under it.  The squares came together quickly and easily because they are all half square triangles.  The Fat Quarter Shop has a video tutorial on their Jolly Jabber Blog that will walk you through each step.  I love how the border fabric and setting triangles are made from the same fabric.  It really makes the blocks appear to be floating.  The solid block fabric (I used the Harvest Grunge fat quarter bundle) really brings out the colors in the batik I used in the border.

Border, binding and Backing in Batik

Border, binding and Backing in Batik

Loaded on the longarm - where the magic happens

Loaded on the longarm – where the magic happens

Of course, the quilting is the part I love.  This quilt was really fun to quilt. The borders  just begged for feathers.  On the blocks, I used rulers and some free motion designs.  My favorite was this one.  I think I had hurricanes on the brain with some of my swirl designs.

Ruler and feather quilting designs

Ruler and feather quilting designs

For the binding, I decided to hop on over to my Janome and use some decorative stitching.  A leaf design in an orange thread was just the ticket.

Every step of the process was fun with this quick, easy quilt project! Now….for a cup of tea and a snuggle…

Lady of the Lake Quilt

Lady of the Lake Quilt

Happy Quilting!



Labor Day Sale

AJ Holsinger   August 31, 2017   Comments Off on Labor Day Sale

I hope you are all planning on enjoying a fun, relaxing long weekend!  I am looking forward to relaxing with my kiddos, doing a few chores and some quilting, of course.  Labor Day is here and I am ready for fall.  Check out this adorable new Halloween table runner and/or wallhanging in my Etsy shop.

Happy Halloween!!  -available in my Etsy Shop

Happy Halloween!! -available in my Etsy shop

But first……a SALE!  10% off everything in my Etsy shop.  It is not to early to get that Christmas shopping started!  Just think of how great you’ll feel the last two weeks before Christmas when you are finished shopping….and the rest of us are CRAZY, lol.

Blessings on your Labor Day weekend,



Happy Back to School Day to ME!!!

AJ Holsinger   August 22, 2017   Comments Off on Happy Back to School Day to ME!!!

I am one thankful Mama that my kids are happy to be heading back to school this week!  We pray that they will be making new friends and having new adventures.  There is just so much to look forward to.  There is just nothing like the promise of a new school year with all of the possibilities looming in front of you….and the QUIET!!!  I love my house full of children, but goodness it feels indulgent to enjoy a bit of quiet today.


And that brings me to all of the projects I have planned to fill my quiet spaces.  Above is a Wall Hanging that I worked on.  The yarn is actually attached to the wall hanging using a couching foot.  It adds a wonderful texture.  I am going to be participating in a couple of Quilt Alongs with the Fat Quarter Shop this fall.  If you haven’t checked out their amazing website, store, tutorials and free patterns….what are you waiting for?!  I am also wrapping up a few summer projects that did not get finished and quilting for a few charities, both local and National.



Join me this fall as I get into some exciting quilty projects.

Happy [Almost] Fall!

Birthday Gifts and Such…

AJ Holsinger   May 9, 2017   Comments Off on Birthday Gifts and Such…
up close

up close

I came across this gorgeous orange and navy border fabric by Cotton and Steel and was waiting for just the right person to enjoy it.  I chose one of my favorite UVA fans, or maybe it chose her?  I was thinking she might be the perfect person when my husband walked in and said, “UVA colors?”  I guess I chose correctly!

Birthday Quilt

Birthday Quilt