Designers Quilt Show

>> Monday, April 6, 2020

Join me and 24 other designers for a new virtual Quilt Show - Designers Quilt Show running April 13 - 19, 2020.

It’s our way of coming together, supporting each other and our customers, and sharing the beauty of the quilting community. We look forward to seeing you there!

This will be a seven-day quilt show.
On days 1-6, we will be highlighting a different group of Designers for 24hrs. I will be sending you the links to the show so I invite you to come back each day to check out the new designers, and take a class or two.

By following along each day you can enter to win some fabulous prizes as well!

Something this big takes team work and the leader of our team is Kathryn from Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio. Go take a look at her site or visit her facebook group. Thank her for her work in putting quilt designers together to share our joy of quilting with you during this time.

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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Choosing Background Fabrics for the Liberated Churn Dash Quilt

>> Thursday, April 2, 2020

It's time to start my Inventory Quilt! I'm excited to be making another Liberated Churn Dash quilt.

liberated churn dash quilt Sarah Vanderburgh Sew Joy Creations

Get the pattern at 20% off with the code IQ20 - click to buy digital copy from my shop

What's an Inventory Quilt

My original quilt (seen above) is very modern looking, not just because of the churn dashes but the white  background. That was a challenge for me, believe it or not! I don't do white usually - and this time around I'm going in a completely different direction.

tie dye fabric

My background fabric is going to be different behind each churn. Well, almost all will be different as four of them will be solid red! Yep, red. I couldn't bring myself to make the background entirely red, and I also didn't have enough yardage on hand.

I decided to use what I have on hand. My inventory quilt is a snapshot of what I have on hand - what I've been collecting/keeping for the last ten years - and so I got creative with my background choices.

One of the large churn dashes will have a background of the tie dye fabric in the photo above. I actually won this fabric from Vicki Welsh a loooong time ago! Happy to finally have a home for it.

I've taken photos of all of my background fabrics after I measured to find enough yardage. I'll share them as I make the churn dashes. I did make a photo collage to give myself an idea of what the background will look like. I already see where I will move the finished blocks around, but for now, here's a peek at my background choices.

liberated churn dash quilt background fabric layout photo

Pretty bold, right! The reds are all the same reds they just didn't photograph that way. I will move some around so the busy prints don't blur into each other :) But I feel confident that my choices will work. And with my background fabrics dark I will have fun with my bright fabrics for the churn dashes.

Your Job today

⛋Decide on your background fabric:

one solid or one print
two fabrics
a combination

⛋Wash and iron if required

⛋Photograph if desired (my kitten Sadie recommends it!)

kitten photo bomb with fabric

Leave me a comment and tell me if your making an Inventory Quilt too!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Finished Oh My Stars Quilt

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I have a quilt finish for March - and I only started it in February of this year!

Oh My Stars quilt Pat Sloan

I made this quilt with my guild for our Fun Day in February. Each square is cut from a different fabric in my stash! I bought the fabric for the stars so that they would be made from a fabric I didn't already have :)

The pattern is Oh My Stars by Pat Sloan. A smaller size is free over at her site here. You can also buy a pattern that includes 3 more sizes. My quilt is the lap size and it's big. My husband approves.

Here's what happens when I ask my quilt holder to show the back of the quilt:

back of quilt with husband


And here's the back without the quilt holder! Again I used up yardage in my stash and even most of the remaining star fabric. I had just enough left to use it for the binding too.

back of quilt Oh My Stars quilt

This pattern would be fun to use for an Inventory Quilt.

What's an Inventory Quilt?

Sew Joy Creations April featured designer

I'm a featured designer in April and will be making my Liberated Churn Dash pattern. But you can use any pattern! Or even just one shape - all squares, rectangles, hexagons, etc.

There is  a 20%  off code for my Liberated Churn Dash pattern to encourage people to use it for their Inventory Quilt. The code is IQ20 and is only valid in my online shop.

Click to visit Sew Joy Creations payhip shop

Here's to a quilt finish! Looking forward to more finishes in April too.

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Last Day of links for the Stay Home and Hop event

>> Monday, March 30, 2020

Welcome! Today is the last day of links to be shared for the Stay at Home and Hop event.

 Hi to all of the new visitors to the blog! Please take a moment to look around.
I design quilt patterns which are mostly pieced and require no templates or special tools. You can start on any pattern as soon as you get it ;) 

My style is bright and happy! 
My inspiration comes from traditional designs, nature and my love of colour.

I've been blogging since 2009 so there is a lot to look at here!

Sign up for my newsletter to know when I have new patterns and sales.
I also have free patterns that are only available to my newsletter subscribers :)

I joined the hop to share that I have 3 new patterns that were designed for 3 new fabric lines being released this Spring. I featured them in each of the last Stay Home and Hop posts - you can go back through my blog to see them (they might even be in the sidebar as popular posts)

I'm also a designer in the #Inventoryquilt  #JustWannaInventoryQuilt project

My month is April and I will be making another one of my Liberated Churn Dash Quilts! I'm a little excited to get started!

There is a discount code for this pattern right now:
use code IQ20 to get 20% off
(that's "I" for Inventory and "Q" for quilt)

Thanks for visiting today!

Here is a list of designers to visit.  Take your time and look around. Leave comments and be inspired. You might even find a project or two to 'take home'

DaySpring Quilt Company

Ms P Designs, USA

Stitchin’ at Home

Sew Joy Creations (YOU ARE HERE!) 

Ships & Violins

Patti’s Patchwork

Your Sewing Friend

The Geeky Bobbin

Colourwerx Designs

Kate Colleran Designs

Links from Friday, March 27:


Presto Avenue Designs

Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Love to Color My World

Hissyfitz Designs

Canton Village Quilt Works
Anjeanette Klinder Designs

Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting

Said With Love

Orange Blossom Quilt Design

Did you miss Tuesday March 24th's links? Here they are again:

Studio R Quilts

Toadally Quilts

From Blank Pages

Cotton Street Commons

Puppy Girl Designs

Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs

The Devoted Quilter

Christa Quilts

Stitched by Susan


And the first day  of the hop was a lot of fun too :) Here is the first list of links:

Lone Star Pattern Works

Powered by Quilting

Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns

The Cloth Parcel

Faith and Fabric

Linen Closet Designs

Designs by Sarah J

Rona the Ribbiter Quilts

Quilt Fox Designs

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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What's an Inventory Quilt?

>> Sunday, March 29, 2020

It's time to start planning for my Inventory Quilt

inventory quilt project designer button

I'm one of the designers with a pattern featured for April over at Just Wanna Quilt. 
I'm making another  Liberated Churn Dash Quilt.

liberated churn dash quilt sarah vanderburgh sewjoycreations

The pattern is discounted 20% when you use code IQ20 over at my payhip store.

Link to Liberated Churn Dash pattern

What's an Inventory Quilt?

An Inventory Quilt uses specific fabrics that you already have to make a visual representation in a quilt. The fabric you have is your inventory. You don't have to use all of your fabric to make one, but it can be a fun challenge.

pat sloan oh my stars quilt by sarah vanderburgh sewjoycreations

I just finished making an Oh My Stars quilt designed by Pat Sloan. I challenged myself to cut each background square from a different fabric in my stash/inventory. I love the result!

The Oh My Stars pattern is free from Pat here. This would be a great inventory quilt pattern. You can also buy a pattern that gives you details for making the quilt larger, which is what I did! You can buy it at the link as well.

You could also choose just to make a quilt with your inventory of

red fabrics,
novelty fabrics, 
halloween fabrics
or Christmas fabrics. 

It doesn't have to be representative of  ALL of your fabrics!

When does the Inventory Quilt Project start?

The project was created by the Just Wanna Quilt directors. Some designers have already shared their patterns and started making quilts. It's never too late! You can find out more by joining the facebook group for the Inventory Quilt Project. Be sure to say hi when you do :)

Link to Inventory Quilt Project facebook group

Do I have to make the Liberated Churn Dash Quilt or buy a pattern to participate?

No! The first inventory quilt was made of a single shape repeated. You can see it here

Link to Inventory Quilt Project

You can use a pattern you already have or look for a free one. Pat Sloan just released a free pattern for the month of April that would be ideal for an inventory quilt! It will be 30 blocks with each block requiring a 6 1/2" fabric square for each block. Go check it out here and see if it's the quilt for you!

There are other designers with patterns featured in this project as well. 
Visit the facebook group to see them!

liberated churn dash quilt

My quilt pattern finishes at 90" square and requires a large amount of background fabric. I have a work around for needing all that yardage for mine - I'm using a variety of fabrics for my background which I'll share in the next post about the Inventory Project. You could also just try out making one of the small liberated churn dashes by following my free tutorial here:

Liberated Churn Dash tutorial

For now, know that you can't do it wrong! It's a great project to get you into the fabric you already have and making something with it. 

As with every quilt we make,
 this one will have significant memories attached to it. 
Choose a pattern that will bring joy to you
 in the making and
 create fond memories later.

I'd love for you to join  me! 

If you want to get my pattern (remember code IQ20 gets you 20%) here's the link again:
Liberated Churn Dash Quilt pattern.

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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