November Feature Pattern: Midnight Churn Ornament

>> Monday, November 25, 2019

 This month's feature pattern is the Midnight Churn ornament.

sewjoycreations midnight churn pieced ornament

I made this pattern for last year's A Needle Pulling Thread ornament issue. I made several and gave them away, adding them to wrapped gifts.

midnight churn ornament bright fabrics quilted ornament

The pattern includes a second pattern for a simple tree as well. I used them both at the same time to make a reversible ornament.

second pattern quilted tree ornament

I had fun changing up the colors and making a Halloween inspired one. There's something fun about scary trees too!

midnight churn purple ornament

With Thanksgiving preparations this week in the US, many quilters are menu planning instead of gift making. But at half price, it makes sense to grab the pattern now and make the ornaments later. There's lots of time to make them for teachers, hostesses, secret sisters, and anyone else you have on your list :)

Feature Pattern is on sale for $2.50 (half price) until December 1, 2019

*Thanksgiving Giveaway*

midnight churn bright ornament

Let me know in the comments
what else you would like to see as an ornament 
and I'll pick someone randomly to
WIN a copy of the Midnight Churn ornament. 
I'll choose a winner on December 2 
(and refund the winner if they already purchased the pattern)

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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Quilt Show

>> Tuesday, November 19, 2019

My local quilt guild held our quilt show the weekend of October 19 and 20. I was happy to have several quilts to hang in the show - my first!

Monterrey Medallion  Atkinson Designs

I finally got the chance for  a full picture of my Monterrey Medallion (by Atikinson Designs). It turned out great! It's for my daughter and she chose the pantograph quilted by my local quilt shop owner. We decided on a light yellow thread for the front and a beige for the back. I just realized I don't have a good photo of the back - my daughter picked out the backing too. I'm glad to have the quilt done for her, now it's a just a matter of figuring out how to get it to her for this winter.

Blissful Butterflies Banyan Batiks

I also hung by Blissful Butterflies quilt as it had returned home after being photographed for A Needle Pulling Thread, issue 49. This quilt is made up of Banyan batiks. I quilted it myself with various feather looking leaves. One of my quilting friends remarked that she kept looking for one of the butterflies to be going in a different direction because she knew it was mine. I guess I have a reputation for going my own way ;)

quilter with butterfly quilt

I brought my son along to help me get some photos with my quilts. This one I'm satisfied with out of the many! I think it's important we get our photos taken with our quilts to keep a record. I was out of sorts here after just attending my grandmother's funeral. I know the mingling of these two events will impact my memory of both forever. I'm glad I was still able to do both and am looking forward to completing another quilt really soon. 

With Joy,

Sarah V.


A Week of Stitched PFAFF projects

>> Sunday, November 3, 2019

Last week was my turn again over at QUILTsocial. If you haven't checked it out lately, you should! There have been some great projects recently. Just in time for gift making season.

PFAFF sewing machine quilt expression 720

I'm still enjoying every stitch with this PFAFF machine! It's the quilt expression 720 and it makes coming up with new projects pretty fun. I focussed on using the different stitches to make some add on gifts -little extras that are homemade but don't take up a lot of time to make.

decorative stitch fishy mug rug

I used the Stitch Creator feature to edit the fish stitch and then used it to make this fun mug rug. Add a mug and sweets and you have a simple, personal gift.

neutral stitches decorative stitched coaster

The floating stitches are one of my favorite groups of stitches on this machine. I had to use some to make a gift. The trend of tone on tone stitching is something I wanted to try and so I used some floating stitches to create the base of this coaster. Then I added several more of the decorative stitches to fill in the coaster. This would be sweet to gift with some specialty hot chocolate and maybe some thread or yarn for a fibre-loving friend.

mini machine stitched ornament quilt expression 720

This one was fun! There are some really neat sewing related stitches on this machine. I decided to try out making a mini ornament with the sewing machine stitch in the middle and then I used one of the built in cross stitch stitches to make a little nine patch grid. Some red ric rac to match and it's ready :)
I made a Halloween one too - go check out the post and see the cute stitch I used for that one here.

bookmark stacked stitches mushroom bookmark

Next I used a pair of stacked stitches to make a bookmark. Mushrooms! Another simple add on gift that just adds that personal touch. 

stitched gift tag dated tag quilt expression 720

And last but not least, this mini dated gift tag. I love this poinsettia stitch and wanted to feature it in a small project. Adding the date makes this a versatile gift tag that could be used as an ornament too. I put it around a wine bottle for my photo op - a nice handmade touch to a hostess gift.

If you visit the linked words you will find the post with my tutorials for these add on gifts.  Leave me comments over on the QUILTsocial posts to let me know which ones you like!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Winter Fun Sewalong with Pat Sloan

>> Friday, October 25, 2019

It's already four weeks into the Winter Fun sewalong with Pat Sloan so it's definitely time I post some photos of my blocks!

winter fun sewalong quilt blocks pat sloan

I'm having fun using up a layer cake of Nordic Stitches that I couldn't resist buying several years ago now. The fabric is winter themed with knitting stitch patterns, deers and hearts. With the various shades of blue I thought this would be a good fit for a winter quilt that I could use on the couch long after Christmas and into the late winter.

block 1 winter fun pat sloan

Many of the fabrics are directional which adds a little challenge to the project. Every opportunity I get to use a directional fabric I take so that they don't end up as my last choices. Pat designed the blocks using a fat quarter bundle but also told us that we could use a layer cake. Here I needed to use two 10" squares to get the dark blue pieces but I was okay with that. I separated my doubles before I started choosing fabrics so that I would only use them when required. 

block 3 winter fun pat sloan

In block 3 I used a directional print for the corner square and rectangle - they are both cut from the same square. You can also see that there are several shades of blue - light, medium and dark - included in this line. I used the red as the dark fabric in this block and will put red in a few more of the blocks as a focus print. I am almost decided on using a solid red as one of my border prints as I do have some in my stash.

This week's sewalong post was the quilt layout and instructions for cutting sashing and borders. I have to do a bit of shopping or decide on a different layout than the one provided as I only bought one additional yard of a print in this line. 

You can join the sewalong through Pat's I Love to Make quilts page. Or just visit to see the link up posts and view the blocks other quilters have made in all kinds of fabrics. Either way it's a fun way to enjoy winter :)

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Feature Pattern: Free 9s a Charm Placemat Pattern

>> Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Time to celebrate fall and all the holiday hosting to come! This pattern was actually created as a free pattern to celebrate 300 blog posts - now I'm over 900!

free pattern placemat pattern charm pack friendly pattern

This month's Feature Pattern is the 9's a Charm placemat pattern and it's charm pack friendly. Add a little yardage for the borders and you get four large placemats for your dining pleasure :)

I've used this pattern several times and recently found a beautiful winter charm pack that I had to make into placemats!

Winter Manor charm squares

The line Winter Manor by Holly Taylor is full of traditional rich colors with a variety of prints and tone on tones. Each placemat uses 9 charm squares.

Winter Manor charm square prints

There are several doubles in this charm pack which is good for this pattern. I like to use two of the same print for the pocket so that it doesn't distract from the placemat top.

Winter Manor allover print in 5 colorways

This soft allover print is on all of the colorways and will definitely make it in to a few of the placemats. You only need 36 charms so I might save one of these to use in a potholder.

Winter Manor plaids

Then there is this very manor like plaid to play with too. I can see these being cut in half to use on the left side of the placemat. They are really bold and need some visual space around them like one or two of the tone on tone prints.

Winter Manor 9s a charm placemat

Here's my first one. I have an old green linen looking print in my stash that I'm using for the borders. It's a different green than in the Winter Manor collection but it is a traditional shade of green so it works.

gold paisley print

I'm going to use this bold and gold paisley fabric that my sister just gifted me with for the backing! Again a bit traditional in its coloring, and it will give me a fun reverse side for the placemats. 


Sarah V.

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