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!

AJ

 

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,

AJ

 

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.

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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.

"Helping"

“Helping”

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…
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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

The Mermaid Tail QUILT

AJ Holsinger   February 14, 2017   Comments Off on The Mermaid Tail QUILT
My Sunshine

My Sunshine

When I heard from my sister-in-law that my favorite niece was pretty sure that she is a mermaid, I knew what I had to do.  You see, the sweet girl was about to turn 4 and I have to hug her with boxes that arrive in the mail due to the great distance between us.  So, I quickly set to work on her birthday box.  First, I found a tutorial on Made by Marzipan that shows how to sew a fleece blanket mermaid tail.  For days, I thought to myself, sure! Easy!  I can sew!!  Then, I finally came to my senses.  One morning, I woke clear-headed and decided I was going to turn that mermaid tail blanket into a quilt.  THAT is what I can do!

Mermaid Tail blanket

Mermaid Tail blanket

The great thing about this quilt is the you can make it any size you want.  I spread some freezer paper out on my kitchen floor and used my six-year-old to measure the length I wanted.  I cut the tail shape from a pattern that I made using this: Tail Fin Pattern .  I folded my fabric long ways and pinned the straight edge of the pattern to the folded edge of the fabric.  Next, i trimmed my fabric to the shape of the pattern.

 

Mermaid Tail Pattern

Mermaid Tail Pattern

Trim fabric to pattern

Trim fabric to pattern

I loaded my backing fabric onto my long-arm, placed the batting on top, and then I placed the tail shape shiny fabric on top and got to work.  I repeated this same process for the back half of the blanket.  Once both sides were quilted, I trimmed them and sewed them right sides together.

Trimmed tail

Trimmed tail

Turn right side out

Turn right side out

The last step was simply to bind around the top edge!  I couldn’t get the second one complete before my sweet sunshine asked, “Mama, will you make me one, too?”

Of course, my sunshine.

Happy Quilting!

AJ

 

 

Happy New Year

AJ Holsinger   January 3, 2017   Comments Off on Happy New Year

The new year is off to a rainy start in Va.  We sure need this moisture on the farm!  So, I wanted to take advantage of the weather and wrap up my 2016 projects.  The week before Christmas, I finished a quilt I have been working on all year long.  This was a really fun Block a Month quilt along with  Quilt Doodle Designs:

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

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I really enjoyed quilting the details.  But, the best part, of course, is curling up under it while I watch movies with my babies.  Yep, I’m keeping this one!  And, putting it away on Friday is going to be sad.

Never fear….I have lists upon lists of projects for 2017…..I’ve already started four of them!

Happy New Year!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

AJ Holsinger   November 28, 2016   Comments Off on Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This year seems to be passing in a flurry of activity and exciting changes.  We are looking forward to slowing down a bit this winter and taking time to enjoy family and friends.  But first….we decorate!!!

When you are the fourth baby, sometimes you have to wait a couple of years before you have a stocking.  This was the case for E.  I did get on a roll and make a few stockings this year.

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The cuffs are a luxurious velvet and the quilting is feathers with curls and holly leaves.  Fun!

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For years, I have been wanting a handmade Christmas Tree Skirt.  I have an old one that I bought when we were first married, and it has seen better days.  So, this is the year!  I have completed two of four skirts.  That way, Buck and the kids can choose the one they like the best.  The first two are listed in my Etsy shop:  Homeplace Quilts on Etsy

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It is quilted with Glide thread in Cardinal (a beautiful red with an slight metallic sheen).  The white parts of the star are quilted in white.  The bold red and white star makes a striking contrast that will stand out even under a decorated tree.  Here is an upclose view of the quilting.

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Hope your holiday season is off to a festive start!  Remember to shop small!

Happy Holidays!

AJ

Saturday Sewing: Quilting for Wounded Veterans

AJ Holsinger   November 5, 2016   Comments Off on Saturday Sewing: Quilting for Wounded Veterans

I have been spending a little time quilting for wounded veterans this weekend. I am thankful to serve as a longarm quilter for the Quilt of Valor Foundation. QOV awards thousands of quilts to wounded veterans. For more information, visit their website: http://www.qovf.org

Freedom is not Free

Freedom is not Free

Every month, a new box arrives in the mail with a patriotic quilt top and backing.  I load the quilt on my longarm and quilt it.  Next, I carefully wrap the quilt with a ribbon and return the quilt to the “topper” (the person who pieced the top).  The topper binds the edges of the quilt, adds a label and sends it off to its assigned destination.  It is a great organization.  Such a small way to show love to the brave men and women that serve our country and make such amazing sacrifices.  Thank you, veterans!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Whew! We made it through summer!

Homeplace Quilts   September 15, 2016   Comments Off on Whew! We made it through summer!

We had a fun but busy summer on the farm!

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The kids are busy with activities and the bovine mamas are already giving us babies. Thankfully, everyone has headed back to school. Now it is time to get down to business.

I survived my first craft show. Thank you to everyone who stopped by! It was so fun being there all day talking with all the passers by and even catching up with friends.craftshow-booth

Rain, rain….we need you, but a little sunshine would be nice.

AJ Holsinger   May 14, 2016   Comments Off on Rain, rain….we need you, but a little sunshine would be nice.

The rain has been a good excuse to play in the sewing room for the last couple of weeks.  This playful quilt cheered me up as I worked on it for a few days.  The flowers are 3D and add a special touch.  The colors are simple and earthy with a striking blue to contrast the neutrals.  20160503_191907

I hope you too have found something that adds sunshine to your life these last few weeks.

Amanda