Blithe Quilt

When I was asked if I wanted to participate in the AGF Stitched with Kimberly series of course I said YES! Quarterly, Art Gallery Fabrics and the Fat Quarter Shop team up to design a free quilt pattern. Sewists from all over make their version of the free quilt pattern with their choice of any Art Gallery Fabrics generously supplied by AGF. The participants make and then blog about what they've created. Many make the quilt while others use the block design to create a table runner, bags, or other sewing projects from the design. It is so much fun to see all the different interpretations of the original design. 

The Fat Quarter Shop Blithe Quilt project is made using Caroline Hulse's newest AGF fabric collection Chalk & Paint. Playful and flirty, Caroline's prints are so adorable and you really get to see the prints on the large half-square triangles. Find kit information here.

So, the exciting part of the AGF Stitched with Kimberly series is to take an already awesome design and make it your own. I love the simple geometry of this quilt and thought maybe this would be the perfect quilt for my youngest. My youngest is turning 23 this month and is an industrial designer, a year fresh out of college. He's always been my wild card and the one I butt heads with the most because we may actually be too much the same in personality. We use each other constantly to bounce off ideas. Sometimes, I think I learn more from him than he does from me! We sorta keep each other grounded in a way.

I sent him a mock-up of the Blithe quilt design I was playing around with to see what he thought. He really liked the design and said it reminded him of Sergels torg, which is a public square in Stockholm, Sweden.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

My world-traveling son has lived in Sweden for several months on two separate occasions and is very smitten with the country. What a cool way to make a quilt more meaningful than to have it evoke memories of a wonderful trip and place. From this image we found our color inspiration for my version of the Blithe quilt. For an off-white and grey palette I used Art Gallery Fabrics designer Katarina Roccella's Imprint fabrics. Katarina's Imprint fabrics are edgy, modern, and tend to have a more masculine look to them. The quilt design was very cool (literally and figuratively) and needed a little pop of something. I noticed the yellow taxi in the photo and my son told me that although not seen in this image, there are bright yellow planters around the square and that also during the holidays, yellow lights and decorations are installed. Brilliant! Bright, PE-448 Canary Yellow Pure Elements solid was added to the design for our POP!

For my Blithe Quilt I kept the orientation of the A/B/C blocks all the same to mimic the inspiration photo more closely. In the original, you will notice the blocks are flipped for a different overall look to the quilt. I also decided to make the quilt wider than the original design and added another block row to the width to make a 72'' square quilt. The decision to enlarge the quilt on the fly (after I already had the material) meant I had to do some creative piecing to my pieces to finish the quilt top and back to get the amount of material I needed for the larger size.

I can't tell you how many times I have had to piece scraps of fabric together to get a usable patchwork size. Honestly, this practice does not bother me one bit and makes me feel a kinship to past quilt makers that needed to do the very same out of necessity. Even though I knew the pieced sections were there, I had a hard time finding them to take this photograph. No one will even notice if you are hard pressed to do the same! I also needed to piece my backing to get my added width and find I like a pieced backing way better than not. This not only added interest but also economy and I used every last scrap of fabric for this project. 

Fun backing huh? Makes for a nice optional look to the quilt. And yes, you may have noticed the signature on the painting above the sofa. I painted that (a few years back) , it's the Chicago skyline at night and painted for the same son who will receive this quilt for his birthday.

Get the free Blithe quilt pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and see where the design takes you. Kimberly has a great YouTube video of how to use Triangles on a Roll for making half-square triangles, how to assemble the blocks, and quilt. 

But wait, there's more!

This blog is now sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop and we are teaming up to bring you a chance to win an Art Gallery Fabrics fat quarter bundle giveaway every month! Yes, a bundle of fabulous AGF fabrics every month. 

The beautifully curated By the Lake is a sublime collection of 15 Art Gallery Fabrics prints pulled together by Pat Bravo. A $42.98 value, includes coordinating prints from your favorite AGF designers like Pat Bravo, Katarina Roccella, Bonnie Christine, AGF Studio, and (me) Sharon Holland. 

To Enter:

Giveaway begins Monday, March 7, 2016 and will end on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. EST. 

  • Leave a comment on this blog post anytime between 3/7/16 and 4 p.m. EST 3/14/16 to be entered into drawing

The winner will be randomly drawn and notified via email so be sure to use a valid email address. If I cannot reach the winner within 24 hours I will select an alternate winner. 

Happy sewing!

July Recap and What's Coming in August

Whew, July was a busy month! I enjoyed playing Santa and giving away Sketchbook Aurifil thread sets, Sketchbook fabric fat quarter bundles and free quilting and sewing patterns.

Congratulations to the 5 lucky winners of this weeks quilting and sewing pattern giveaway!


Did you get to see the LookBook Art Gallery Fabrics put together for my Sketchbook collection? See the inspirational and beautifully compiled e-magazine here. Flip through the gorgeous pages and find sewing and quilting ideas.


Every Art Gallery Fabrics collection has a free quilt. I have designed Falling as the free Sketchbook fabrics quilt and you can get the pattern here.


Falling by Sharon Holland


Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Sketchbook fabrics! Visit their blog for giveaway details and enter today! 

You can enter the give away by simply: 

  • Browsing the Sketchbook Lookbook
  • Leaving a comment below with the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends August 10th at 3 pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using and announced on this very post. 


Sketchbook fabrics

Look ahead, August will also be an exciting month. I am honored to be part of Bonnie Christine's Cultive Blog Tour. I will be posting a new project using her beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics Cultivate fabrics. I love Bonnie's work and she is as lovely as she is talented. Be sure to check out her site and fabrics as I know you will love her too!

I will also be a guest blogger on award-winning author and sewist, JUNE McCRARY JACOBS blog as well as a guest blogger on McCall's Quilting blog--both later this month. Don't worry, I will post about the events so you don't miss a thing!

And, one more awesome event for August will be my own Sketchbook Blog Tour. I have joined forces with 5 talented ladies who will create swoon worthy sewn items with Sketchbook prints. You don't want to miss that or the chance to win more fabric!!!!! More detail to come, so stay tuned!

Gossamer LookBook

What an exciting week! Art Gallery Fabrics has released their newest LookBook for my Gossamer Fabrics. View the Gossamer virtual magazine along with the other beautiful Art Gallery Fabric collections all photographed in fun and inspiring settings. There are dozens of sewing and quilting pattern ideas which have links in every issue. 

Don't forget to enter my drawing for a chance to win a Gossamer fabrics fat quarter bundle. You have until 3 pm EST on January 15, 2015 to enter. Simply add a comment to the Giveaway Date Correction! post or the Gossamer Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway post to be part of the giveaway. I will announce the winners on Saturday January 17, 2015.

This week also marks my addition of 5 new quilting and sewing patterns for sale on my Craftsy pattern page! These patterns feature my Gossamer fabrics and range from beginner to advanced skill levels.

Are you on Instagram? Do you follow me or Art Gallery Fabrics? Well, this weekend I will be taking over the Art Gallery Fabrics instagram account on our #agfweekendtakeover ! Join me 1/17 and 1/18 as I introduce myself as AGF's newest designer and get to know a little more of what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a fabric designer. 


Giveaway Date Correction!

How embarrassing! My dates are wrong for the Gossamer Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway. The drawing dates should have been given as January 12, 2015, 12:00 a.m. EST through January 16, 2015, 3:00 p.m. EST.

Any comments left on the Gossamer Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway post (regardless of the date errors of the post) will be put into the drawing and eligible through the giveaway (during the corrected dates above).