November 13th, 2015

Firecrackers Blog Hop

by Julie Hirt

I’m so happy to be a part of the Fat Quarter Shop blog hop and share my version of their new Firecrackers quilt pattern.

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I chose to use Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale fabric collection.


This pattern is super easy to follow and there is also a video tutorial available here.

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Fat Quartershop has a Quilt Kit and Backing Set available featuring Corey Yoder’s Prairie fabrics. Check those out here:

Firecrackers Quilt Kit
Firecrackers Backing Set

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If you’re looking for an excuse to buy the 30 degree triangle ruler, or a new pattern to use your ruler with – Firecrackers is a fun one to try.  I already have plans to make a smaller version for a baby quilt.


I wanted to try something new with the quilting and I love how it turned out. The texture is so nice and crinkly. All you need to do is start with a wavy line and loosely echo it using 1/4″ to 1/2″ spacing throughout.

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The concerns I had using Hobbs heirloom 80/20 batting have been resolved. Pretty sure it was the backing fabric that made it feel so lightweight.

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The Firecrackers pattern could have a modern or vintage feel – it all just depends on your fabric choices.

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Be sure to check out the other bloggers and their versions of the Firecrackers quilt:

Ants to Sugar by Daisy
Silly Mama Quilts by Brooke
On the Windy Side by Adrianne
Happy Quilting by Melissa
Must Love Quilts by Corinne
Mommy Sew by Jenn
Little Bunny Quilts by Alison
Fly Away Quilts by Lauren

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You can pick up a copy of the pattern here.  Would love to see your version – tag me on Instagram @juliehirt


November 4th, 2015

King Mimosa – Quilt Finish

by Julie Hirt

This post is a little late as we’ve been using this quilt ever since I put the last stitch on the binding.

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I was so excited when I finished it a few weeks ago that I put it straight on the bed.

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The fabrics are Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics and may be my absolute favorite fabric collection ever.

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The backing is Widescreen in White by Carolyn Friedlander.  This is the 2nd quilt I’ve finished with a Widescreen backing. The first was the Oh My Stars! quilt in Blue.


Edited:  Wanted to add an up close shot of the quilting. All I have is an Instagram shot since I’ve already deleted it off my phone :/ Here it is still on the long arm:

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I completely underestimated how long it would take to stitch up 143 nine-patch blocks.  It was a work in progress (mostly off progress) for about a year.

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It was quilted using single loops and I’m pretty happy with the overall effect. (If you view the full image above, ignore Penny Lane’s dog hairs – we’ve been using this for a few weeks!)

The batting is Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom.  In the future I’ll probably be using 2 layers of that batting or mixing a layer of 80/20 with a layer of Warm & Natural.  As is, this Mimosa quilt is definitely summer weight and not nearly as heavy as my other quilts.  I bought a huge roll of the 80/20 – it was really nice in a previous throw, so I’m not sure why this feels so light.

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I’m really happy with this. This is the first King sized quilt I’ve finished myself from start to finish. The ability to quilt a king size is just another reason I love my Handiquilter Avante!


October 16th, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s – Week 2 & 3

by Julie Hirt

Farmers Wife  week 2 and 3

Back from vacation and caught up on my blocks.

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The Belle was a little tricky with the Y seams, but I’m satisfied with it and any weirdness will quilt out. Right?

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Ugh. Puckery, bulky Caroline. So many little points for a 6″ block with the Caroline. Again – hoping it will quilt out.

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The Betty may be my favorite.  One, I love the name and two, aqua and red will always be a favorite color combination.

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I modified my Coral block.  Since these will be on point I didn’t like the little square off center (see below) in the original pattern.

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I wonder if I’ll need to refer to the first book for a few of my blocks. I don’t believe there are any repeating patterns between the books and hoping some more traditional blocks are in the first book.

Farmers Wife Coral Modified 2

Modified foundation paper piecing. Easier than drawing up an entire block.

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These are the colors I pulled for week 2 and 3.

I have quite a few projects I need to work on like a baby quilt, a Fat Quarter Shop project, quilting my Gypsy Wife and Orphan Block quilts… plus the fun things I end up making that distract me. Going to be a busy fall!



October 1st, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s – Week 1

by Julie Hirt

As impatient as I felt, this week came pretty quickly.  Here are my first three blocks.

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I’ll be adding a couple extra blocks per week (in the future) so I have enough for the King size. I’ll get the extra block  patterns from the first Farmer’s Wife book because I don’t want any duplicates.

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The Bonnie is my favorite of the three.  At least for now.

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I’ll be in Florida next week so I’m a little nervous about falling behind.  It’s early in the Sew Along so I’m still really excited – hopefully that keeps me in gear!

Here are the fabrics used in the first three blocks.  This post talks about the two Kona solid collections I’m using.  And I finally decided on the background color – Moda Bella Solids in Porcelain.  It’s a nice off white that isn’t too warm.

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This is a year long sew along so there’s still plenty of time to join.  The book may be on back-order (demand was pretty crazy for a bit) but you can catch up!  Check out Gnome Angel for details.




September 23rd, 2015

Instagram Giveaway!

by Julie Hirt



To thank everyone for the follows and sharing their inspiring pictures on Instagram, I’m giving a away a new Tula Pink Coloring Book.  Photo credits to Fat Quarter Shop – the book will also be purchased and shipped from there.

To Enter:

  • Follow me @juliehirt on Instagram
  • Like this photo in my feed
  • Tag some friends!

Winner will be announced Saturday.




September 7th, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Sew Along

by Julie Hirt

I’m in!  I was trying to hold back from joining* but I caved and am super excited!

*I’m terrible at sew alongs, especially year long stints.  I’m just now finishing up my Gypsy Wife quilt after 19 months.


I already own the original Farmer’s Wife and the Farmer’s Wife Pony Club. I love those books and the stories are fantastic – but the actual making of one of these?  Kind of scary.  With so many people joining in this sew along on Instagram, I think it will push me along.  The sew along will also help by providing a variety of piecing techniques and options.

Today is Labor Day and I saw Craftsy was having a big sale. I’ve been stalking fabrics trying to decide what to use for this.  I knew I wanted to try something a little outside typical fabric choice (brighter colors, small prints) and I’ve decided to go solid. This is a first for me!



I purchased fat quarter bundles in both the Modern Movement and Modern Expressions.  These are Kona solids – the collections are exclusive to Craftsy, if you’re looking to buy.



I know I can’t go wrong with these.  I love all the color and can’t wait to play with combinations.



Thinking about joining?   Follow Angie at Gnome AngelFAQ is here.  The announcement with additional info here.

The sew along doesn’t start until September 28th so you have plenty of time to pick up the book and get your fabrics in order!

Are you participating?






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