Monday, March 30, 2020

Clear Night Sky Tips and My Finished Quilt

I may start to sound like a broken record, however as long as Michigan is under a mandatory Stay Home, Stay Safe order my newest pattern will be available for free (see previous post for pattern).   I have been vocal regarding my reasons as I will not attempt to make financial gains during this difficult time.  I along with so many others have had my hours and pay reduced so  I am on a strict fabric diet.  I made my version completely with scraps of both prints and background fabrics.

In these dark times, I wanted to share some joy...

The blocks for the quilt should be trimmed to 24.5 inches.

Here's a peak at how I prepped by pieces while sewing together by blocks:

Half square triangles were trimmed to 2 1/2 inches and the flying geese were trimmed to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

Here's a peak at my completed quilt top....

I will update the post with a picture of the quilted top once my grass dries out from all the rain and subsequent flooding.   In the meantime, a little peak at the quilting....

Until next time, stay safe...
Lisa Jo 

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Clear Night Sky Sew Along - Free Pattern

As the world attempts to deal with a new normal of telecommuting, remote learning for the littles, social distancing, closed restaurants, bars and movie theaters  to prevent the spread of COVID-19 I thought I would put this new pattern out there for free for anyone who would like to participate in a little sew along.  I don't know about your but I stress sew. Do you?

Here's a digital rendering of the new pattern, Clear Night Stars. #clearnightskyqal

This sew along would make for a great scrap buster.

Finished quilt size: 72 inches square
(9) 24 inch blocks

Fabric Requirements: 
3.75 yards of a background fabric
2.5 yards total of various fabrics (or 11 fat quarters)
0.5 yard of fabric for binding

Cutting requirements for 1 block
[Note: the cutting directions are for making the flying geese the 4 at a time no waste method]:

Background Fabric:
(24) 2.5 inch squares
(16) 3 inch squares [for HST and Flying geese]
(8) 4.5 inch squares
(4) 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles
(2) 5.25 squares [for flying geese]

Various Prints:
(1) 4.5 inch square for center
(28) 2.5 inch squares
(20) 3 inch squares [for HST and Flying geese]
(1) 5.25 inch square [for flying geese]

Follow the chart above to make your blocks.

My directions how to make 4 at a time no waste flying geese can be found in my blog post here.

All half square triangles are trimmed to 2.5 inches.
All flying geese are trimmed to 2.5 x 4.5 inches.

If you wish to make your quilt larger make 12 blocks to make a 72 x 96 inches.

Suggested sew along schedule (sew ahead if you wish):
Tuesday and Wednesday (3/17 & 3/18/2020) -  gather up your scraps of fabric
Thursday (3/19/2020) - cut fabric for your first block
Friday (3/20/2020) - sew together your first block
Monday (3/23/2020) - cut fabric for your second and third blocks
Wednesday (3/25/2020) - sew together your second and third blocks
Monday (3/30/2020) - cut fabric for your forth and fifth blocks
Wednesday (4/1/2020) - sew together your forth and fifth blocks
Monday (4/6/2020) - cut fabric for your sixth and seventh blocks
Wednesday (4/8/2020) - sew together your sixth and seventh blocks
Monday (4/13/2020) - cut fabric for your eighth and ninth blocks
Wednesday (4/15/2020) - sew together your eighth and ninth blocks
Monday (4/20/2020) - assemble your quilt top

Post your finished quilt blocks on instagram or in my Facebook group.  Besure your tag your blocks with #clearnightskyqal and #neverlandstitches

Here's my first block made with various low volumes and various Moda Fabric scraps:

Looking forward to seeing your blocks and quilts.

Until next time, happy sewing!
Lisa Jo

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Summer's End - At the Seashore Quilt-along with Moda Bake Shop

Summer is almost over as the children and teachers in Michigan head back to class after Labor Day.  Most of the college student have already headed back this past weekend.

The all of the setting and blocks for Moda Bakeshop's Summer Quilt A Long - At The Seashore have been released.  It's been so much fun seeing everyone's progress and wonderful fabric choices.

I was lucky enough to work with April Rosenthal's collection Orchard.

For this summer's Quilt A Long, I  designed one of the blocks this summer called Beach Houses.

Here's a few pictures of my finished quilt: 

I used the layout I created, Summer Nights On The Island, which can be found here on my blog.

I also, was a tad more creative when it came to quilting this quilts as I quilted various different pantos for the different rows in the quilt.  I rotated between sailboats, butterflies and another panto called Moondance. 

Moda Bakeshop selected some wonderful quilters to design the blocks and layouts this summer.  If you have an opportunity, be sure to check out their blogs and social media accounts.

Audrey Mann
{instagram: @theclothparcel}
{shop: The Cloth Parcel}
{facebook: The Cloth Parcel}

Susan Vaughan
{instagram: @thefeltedpear}

Jessica Dayon
{instagram: @jessicadayon}

Anne Wiens
{instagram: @sweetgrasscreativedesigns}

Heather Long
{instagram: @coffee_and_quilts}

Emily Bailey
{blog: emsscrapbag}  Facebook:  Aunt Em’s Quilts
{instagram: @emsscrapbag}  Shop:  Aunt Em’s Quilts

Denniele Bohannon
{instagram: @dennielebohannon}
{facebook: Louanna Mary Quilt Design}

Christine Weld
{instagram: @christine.weld}

Lauren Terry
{shop: Brights on White}

Carole Carter
{blog: From My Carolina Home}
{facebook: From My Carolina Home}
{instagram: @frommycarolinahome}

Barbara Esposito
{instagram: @thequiltedb}

Kristin Esser
{blog: Simple. Handmade. Everyday.}
{instagram: @kristin_esser}
{podcast: Simple. Handmade. Everyday. Podcast}

Nicola Dodd
{blog: Cake Stand Quilts}
{instagram: @nicolajdodd}

Jane Davidson
{shop: Want It. Need It. Quilt!}
{instagram: @quiltjane}

Mona Phelps
{blog: Kentucky Whittaker Creations}
{instagram: @mona.phelps}

Sharla Krenzel
{blog: Thistle Thicket Studio}
{instagram: @thistlethicketstudio}

Mary Andra Holmes
{blog: Sisters Quilting Trunk}
{instagram: @mahquilter}

Until next time ... Happy Sewing!

Lisa Jo Girodat

Friday, August 9, 2019

My Etsy Shop Is Now Open

I am excited to announce that my Etsy Shop is now opened for business.

As of today there are three patterns available for sale.

The first one is Irish Stars. 

Irish stars stared out as a quilt that I designed for a co-worker.  I used various Moda Bella Solids and Lella Boutiques' Lollipop Garden to make my version of this quilt.   

This quilt pattern can be used to make a 64 inch throw and 18 inch pillows. 

Use two different background fabrics to create an interesting secondary block design.

This link will take you right to the listing on the Etsy website. 

The second quilt available is the Pineapple Hospitality Quilt.

This pattern creates a fun giant pineapple quilt.  Pineapples represent hospitality so this quilt would make a great wedding or house warming gift.  

It comes together quickly and if you want you can use up various yellow and green scraps from your stash. 

My version finished at 59 x 68 inches.  The pattern includes options to make the quilt larger and a bonus mini quilt pattern.

This link will take you right to the listing on the Etsy website. 

The third pattern currently available in my Etsy shop is Strawberry Fields.

This pattern creates a fun giant strawberry throw quilt. Make it fun and colorful using various red, pinks and greens from your stash.

My version finished at 63 x 67 inches. The pattern includes a bonus mini quilt pattern.

This link will take you right to the listing on the Etsy website. 

I hope that one of these patterns will inspire you to grab the pattern and start quilting.  If you make one of my patterns, please share it on Instagram and tag me so that I may see your version.  My user name on Instagram is Neverlandstitches

You may also like my Facebook page or request to join my Facebook group.

Until next time ... Happy Sewing!
Lisa Jo

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Yardage Requirements for Summer Nights On the Island Layout

If you are sewing along with Moda BakeShop's At the Seashore quilt along and have chosen to use my layout, Summer Nights On The Island here are the fabric requirements. 

My requirements are shown using Orchard by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics as that is what I will be sewing with this summer.

2 1/2 yards of background fabric

The 2 boarders are each cut at 2 1/2 inch width of fabric. 

Here's what the quilt looks like without the scrappy boarder: 

I suggest using 2 1/2 inch x 12 1/2 inch strips between the blocks for the 12 inch block rows as Susan Vaughan shows in her Sailing Flag Sampler layout.
Without the scrappy boarder the quilt measures 62 x 77 inches. 

If you had wondered how to make 4 at a time flying geese (no waste method) the directions as I provided on Moda BakeShop in my quilt Ribbon Stars are shown below:

Four at a time flying geese:
Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of the four 3 7/8 inch squares.
Place two 3 7/8 inch squares on the 7 1/4 square of low volume fabric, RST and small squares in opposite corners.  The lines on the reverse sides of the 3 7/8 inch squares should flow together
Sew ¼ inch on each side of the line.
Cut the piece in half on the drawn lines
Press open.
Place a 3 7/8 inch square in the corner of each unit, right sides together, and marked lines positioned as shown in the photo.
Sew a ¼ inch on each side of the line and then repeat for the second unit.
Cut the piece in half on the drawn lines and then press open.
Trim the four flying geese to 3 1/2 x 6 ½ inches.

Until next time ... Happy Sewing!
Lisa Jo 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Moda BakeShop's Summer QAL Begins & Summer Nights on The Island Layout

Are you going to sew along with this summer's At The Seashore QAL on Moda BakeShop?  I am!  You can find the fabric requirement and a great worksheet to help keep you organized for the quilt along on the Moda BakeShop website.

I had sew much fun sewing along last year.  I am especially thrilled as this summer, I am one of the Chef's who helped design this summer's quilt.

I will be using Orchard by April Rosenthal for my quilt.

This summer, Moda BakeShop has decided to do this a tad differently, and will show you the various layouts first before the blocks.  Susan Vaughan is first up with her layout called Sailing Flag Sampler.

I will be assembling my quilt slightly differently using a layout I call Summer Nights on the Island.

You may download the instructions for the filler blocks by clicking HERE

I will add the sashing and boarder cutting instructions later this weekend. 

Until next time...Happy Sewing!
Lisa Jo

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Scrappy Log Cabin Flower Hearts Quilt

This is going to be a quick little post....

So many quilters have given me such wonderful feedback regarding my block pattern released last year, The Scrappy Log Cabin Heart.  Thank you!!   I was getting ready to sew together my blocks from the Instagram swap last year and decided that I wanted a different layout than the one I used previously. So, I came up with this layout that uses 16 Scrappy Log Cabin Hearts and 9 traditional Log Cabin Blocks.  

Since it has been so very cold here in Michigan recently, I got all wild and crazy and put two layers of batting inside this quilt.  It is so warm, snuggley, and heavy

I just love how the four hears appear to look like a giant flower with a star center.  

If you are interested in this layout you may download the pattern here

Note: I used 2 1/2 inch wide sashing between the block groups and opted for a low volume boarder of 3 inch wide strips of low volume for my boarders. 

Did you know that I now have a Facebook Group?  It's called Neverlandstitches by Lisa Jo.  You can request to join and there is even a bonus pattern available to group members.  If you join the group and make any of my patterns, please feel free to share them in the

If you make a block or a quilt using the block, please tag me on Instagram @neverlandstiches so I can see...

Thanks for visiting and happy sewing...Lisa JoNeverlandstitches