Friday, January 18, 2019

Sweet Treat + Taco Truck Quilt Sewalong

The Sweet Treat & Taco Truck Quilt Sewalong AKA #FoodTruckSewalong starts in TWO WEEKS! So time to grab a copy of the pattern, if you haven't already, and start planning your fabric pull!

[P.S. - The Sweet Treat Quilt pattern, which includes a bonus pattern for making a Taco Truck Quilt, + all other patterns in my Etsy shop are 25% off until January 21st when you use discount code TACOTUESDAY!]

If you're stuck on which fabrics to use in your quilt, I have good news! There are currently FIVE different quilt shops offering kits for the Sweet Treat and Taco Truck quilts!

1. Bundles A & B are from Fabric Bubb (B bundle is for the Taco Truck Quilt!)

2. Bundle C is from Simply Love Fabrics

3. Bundle D is from Handmade is Heartmade - which is actually the bundle I'll be using during the sewalong too!

4. Pink Door Fabrics made not one, but FOUR different bundles for the Sweet Treat Quilt! Aren't they so awesome?? 😍

5. And Sewtopia is also selling bundles that feature some really cute ice cream themed prints from Michael Miller! 

To participate in the sewalong all you have to do is post your progress weekly on Instagram using the hashtag #FoodTruckSewalong and either #TacoTruckQuilt or #SweetTreatQuilt in your caption! And if you want to be entered in for each week's giveaway you'll want to make sure you're following that week's prize sponsor(s) too! But that's it! Keeping it as easy as possible 🙌 The schedule for the sewalong and the fabric requirements for each quilt are below!

And last, but not least, check out all the super fun prizes that will be up for grabs during the sewalong! Fabric, patterns, gift cards to amazing shops and longarmers, and a pretty cool gift basket too! All of which wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for the generosity of these companies! HUGE THANK YOU to Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, Fabric Bubb, Maker Pin Co, Knot & Thread Design, Pink Door Fabrics, Patchwork Threads, Then Came JuneMaker Valley, and Threaded Quilting Studio for making this sewalong extra, extra fun! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! And if you're not familiar with them, I recommend taking a second to check out their talented selves! 

 Who's ready to start sewing?! 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sweet Treat & Taco Truck Quilt Pattern

Today's an exciting day!! I present to you the SWEET TREAT AND TACO TRUCK QUILT PATTERN!

The Sweet Treat Quilt finishes 55" x 61 1/2", is traditionally pieced, and includes a bonus pattern for making a Taco Truck quilt! Cause who doesn't love tacos?? 😋 Especially ones that come from food trucks - am I right? 🙌

This is also the second longest pattern I've written - 25 pages, people. And if you are wondering why, the biggest reason is that there are two patterns included, but, also because the pattern is set up so that there are detailed cutting and assembly instructions AND diagrams for EACH block. Just like my Sewology Block of the Month quilt - for those familiar with that pattern. Sweet Treat includes a Table of Contents page so you can easily access different parts of the pattern. I included tags for organizing all the cuts of fabric, there are coloring pages, an optional paper piecing pattern for the horn section on the truck block...the list goes on! This pattern is JAM PACKED with good stuff. Which I hope makes for a more enjoyable experience while making it! 

Some FAQ about the Sweet Treat Quilt:

Q - Is this pattern paper pieced?

A - The Sweet Treat Quilt is traditionally pieced, but the taco blocks in the Taco Truck Quilt are paper pieced. I do consider the taco blocks beginner friendly and if you're completely new to paper piecing, but want to make the Taco Truck Quilt, I have a beginner paper piecing video tutorial saved in my Instagram Highlights that you can view HERE.

Q - Do you know of any quilt shops selling bundles for the pattern?

A - Yes! You can find Sweet Treat bundles from Fabric Bubb (she has Taco Truck Bundles too!), Heartmade is Handmade, Pink Door Fabrics, Simply Love Fabrics, and Sewtopia!

Q - What are the names of the solids you used in your Sweet Treat Quilt?

A - I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids + one Kona solid to make my sample. The names of those solids are - Geranium, Aqua, Butterscotch (This is the Kona solid), Honey, Stone, White, and Blossom. And again, you can find a bundle for a Kona version of this in Fabric Bubb's shop too! 

Q - Will there be a sewalong?

A - For sure! And I'm so excited about it! The sewalong for both quilts starts February 1st! Sewalong will be 7 weeks long, there will be giveaways galore, and just fun times overall. I will be doing a separate blog post soon with more info, but in the meantime, you can find the schedule + fabric requirements at the very end of this post 😊

Alright about to wrap this up, but wanted to mention one last thing - I will be selling printed copies of the Sweet Treat pattern as well as PDF copies in my Etsy shop. If you buy a printed copy, it won't ship until January 22nd unfortunately. If you would like a PDF copy of the pattern to hold you over until you receive your printed copy, I'm more than happy to email it to you! Just forward me your order confirmation email from Etsy and I'll reply back with PDF file attached 😊

Any questions, please feel free to email me at!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

I Heart You Patchwork Pattern Hack

Today I'm sharing a super easy (and more importantly - SUPER CUTE!) pattern hack for the I Heart You pattern! I made this tutorial into a printable below, so all you have to do is just save the file at the very bottom of this post to your computer and print when you're ready 👍 And just to make it super clear, this is a companion pattern to the I Heart You quilt. You will need both the printable below and the I Heart You quilt pattern to make the patchwork version 😊

[And if you weren't in the loop already, Then Came June and I are hosting a four week sewalong on Instagram for the I Heart You quilt that starts January 2nd! More details about that coming soon! Follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop!]

Raise your hand if you're a fan of patchwork! ✋✋✋✋✋ I love the modern vibes of the original I Heart You quilt [see below 😍], but this pattern hack is such a fun way to give the quilt a more traditional look. AND it's a pretty great stash buster as well!

And look how soft and pretty the scrappy version is below! 😍 I'm sharing the tutorial for this version now so you all have time to make your patchwork panels before the sewalong starts in January. Thought you might appreciate the heads up with the busy-ness of the holidays quickly approaching 😅 And if you don't have time to make your panels before January 2nd, no worries! You'll have time during the sewalong to assemble them too!

Anyways, hope you all love my scrappy take on the I Heart You quilt as much as I do and that you have the most fun making it! 💟 Printable instructions for the pattern hack below! 👇

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Holly Jolly Sewalong

We're only in week two of The Ghost Sewalong, but I'm talking about the Holly Jolly Sewalong today because it starts RIGHT after the Ghost Sewalong ends (September 17th to be exact)! We want to make sure everyone has pleeennnty of time to get ready for it! 👌

If you plan to participate in the Holly Jolly Sewalong, you'll want to start thinking about A) the look you're going for for your Holly Jolly quilt - Scrappy? Modern? Maybe a mix of both? B) What color scheme and fabrics you want in your quilt in. There are so many great holiday fabric collections that would work well with this pattern! Some of my favorite lines out right now are Swell and Vintage Holiday by Moda and Way Up North by Riley Blake! Solids would work great too, as pictured below! You can actually take all the guesswork out and buy a quilt kit for the solids version below from Fabric Bubb!

The schedule for the sewalong is below...The first week will be spent cutting out your fabrics for the quilt! I am going completely scrappy with mine and doing each block differently (You can see my fabric pull and two of my blocks in the first photo above) so my plan is to cut for each block and then bag all the cuts for each block together so I can just pull a certain amount of bags each week and start sewing asap!


September 17th - October 22nd

Week One - Cut out fabrics
Week Two - Make six blocks
Week Three - Make six blocks
Week Four - Make four blocks
Week Five - Assemble the quilt top

The piecing for the Holly Jolly blocks is a little more intense than the previous two sewalongs so if you don't regularly piece blocks with a lot of seams in them, I highly encourage you to watch my Piecing 101 video on Instagram (Link HERE) before you start sewing. I go over how to get a perfect scant 1/4" seam allowance, piece blocks with a lot of seams and a lot of small pieces. I hope you find it helpful!

And just a reminder - there will be a prize at the end of this sewalong! One lucky person will win free longarm services for their Holly Jolly quilt from Knot + Thread! To qualify, all you have to do is share your progress each week to Instagram tagging Then Came June and myself, Pen + Paper Patterns. Include the hashtags #hollyjollysewalong, #hollyjollyquilt, #thencamejune, and #penandpaperpatterns in your post each week as well.

I also have a fun little giveaway planned at the beginning of this sewalong so make sure you're following me on Instagram so you're in the loop about it!

You can purchase the Holly Jolly quilt pattern HERE! And the material requirements for the quilt are directly below!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Ghost Quilt Sewalong

The sewalong I've been anticipating the most since Meghan and I released the Modern Holiday Quilt Collection is almost here! 🙌 Even if I weren't the other half of this collab with Meghan of Then Came June I would still be participating in the sewalong. Which I know sounds completely biased, but I just think it's the cutest Halloween pattern out there! (I'm realizing it's impossible for me NOT to sound biased haha, so you all will just have to take my word for it 😉)
As I mentioned before, my plan with all four sewalongs is to make scrappy versions of each quilt and to use up as much of my stash as possible. I think I purchased most of the fabric for the ghost bodies and bought my background fabric too so I kinda failed with the "using up my stash" part, but it will definitely hit the mark in the scrappy department. A photo of my fabric pull so far is below....I'm planning to use various low volume/tone-on-tone prints for the ghost bodies and use the black Dear Stella print for the background. Meghan/Then Came June wrote a blog post about what you need to make your own scrappy ghost quilt. You can read it HERE! She also made mock-ups of the Ghost quilt in various, fun color schemes that you'll definitely want to check out. They're guaranteed to inspire you! 

The Ghost Quilt Sewalong will be five weeks long and super fun! The sewalong will be hosted on Instagram using the hashtags #ghostquiltsewalong and #modernholidayquilts, and you'll receive weekly newsletter emails sharing what is in store for that week. By posting the weekly photo prompts on Instagram while using the hashtags, you'll have a chance to win FREE long arm quilting from Kaitlyn of Knot and Thread Designs on your finished Ghost quilt!


DATES: August 6th - September 3rd

DURATION: 5 weeks


  • Be sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter!
  • Follow along on Instagram with the hashtags #ghostquiltsewalong and #modernholidayquilts.
  • Grab the Ghost Quilt pattern here or the whole Modern Holiday Collection discounted bundle here.


If you want to make the exact version of the Ghost Quilt Meghan made, use the info above OR Fabric Bubb carries this exact bundle as a kit on their site! Go grab one now.
WEEK 1: Pick out your fabrics and cut all the pieces.
WEEK 2: Make 7 Ghost Blocks.
WEEK 3: Make 7 Ghost Blocks.
WEEK 4: Make 7 Ghost Blocks.
WEEK 5: Make 4 Ghost blocks and sew your top together!

I cannot wait to see all the amazing versions everyone will create! Don't forget to SIGN UP NOW and GRAB THE PATTERN NOW.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Firefly (or Bees!) Sewalong

The Firefly Quilt pattern can now be found in my Etsy shop HERE!

Exciting news! My FireFly pattern, with bonus Bee Block instructions, releases next month through Pattern Drop! Can't believe it! Annnndddd, did you hear?? Pattern Drop is hosting a sewalong for the pattern this summer too! Yay! I posted the schedule for the sewalong at the end of this post! 

For anyone wondering - what the heck is Pattern Drop?? It is a subscription-based pattern club! You can sign up for a 12 or 6-month subscription and every month an awesome digital pattern is sent to you + other goodies! And, because of the sewalong, Pattern Drop has made the Firefly pattern available to purchase individually! You can pre-order the pattern right now, by following the link HERE.

All the information you need about the sewalong + purchasing the pattern can be found over at Pattern Drop (Click HERE to go directly to it)! And if you purchase the 6-month membership to Pattern Drop, make sure to use the coupon code 1FREEPENANDPAPER and get one of those months free! 

If you're wanting to make your Firefly quilt similar to the sample, you can purchase quilt kits through Fabric Bubb or Sewtopia!

Week 1 – July 2-6: Cutting
Week 2 – July 9-13: Piecing the 1st 5 blocks
Week 3 – July 16-20: Piecing the 2nd 5 blocks
Week 4 – July 23-27: Piecing the remaining 6 blocks
Week 5 – July 30-Aug 3: Piecing the quilt top
Week 6 – Aug 6-10: Catch up week
Week 7 – Aug 13-17: Quilting
Week 8 – Aug 20-24: Binding
Week 9 – Celebration and show and tell

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Starry Skies Sewalong - My Scrappy Version!

My plan for the Starry Skies sewalong (actually my plan for ALL of the Modern Holiday sewalongs) is to use up as much of my stash as possible. Luckily, I had enough in my red, blue, and white fabric bins for the stars and diamonds on the quilt and only had to purchase fabric for the background. Always nice when that happens right?

(For anyone wondering, my background fabric is Essex Homespun Linen in Chambray by Robert Kaufman. You can buy it HERE!)

I really want an Americana/vintage/scrappy vibe for my Starry Skies quilt so I decided to change up the placement of the prints from the pattern and keep all of the points on my stars the same prints. I also decided to mix up my center squares so that each star block is different. In the pattern you make four sets of four different stars (photo of the quilt below), but, in my version, none of my star blocks will be the same. In the end, it'll look like I used a much larger variety of fabrics, but in reality, I'm only using four fat quarters of red prints and four fat quarters of blue prints.

And a photo of my first four blocks! Confession - I might have gotten so excited about making these blocks that I finished all 16 blocks in one day 😂🙈 In my defense, they are SO quick and SO fun to make. Basically, it was impossible to resist 😉 

The sewalong for Starry Skies starts on Monday the 23rd and it's still not too late to join! You can purchase the pattern HERE and sign up for the Starry Skies Weekly Newsletter HERE.

The Sew-Along will be casual and four weeks long. It will be hosted on Instagram using the #starryskiessewalong and #modernholidayquilts hashtags, and you'll receive weekly newsletters sharing what is in store for that week. Be sure to post your weekly photos of your progress using the above hashtags and you'll be put into the prize pool to win free long-arm quilting on your completed top by Kaitlyn of Knot & Thread.

Lindsey's schedule noted in ( ). 

WEEK 1: Choose Fabric, Cut Fabric & Make 4 Star Blocks (or 16 whatever you want to do)

WEEK 2: Make 6 Star Blocks (pretend you made 6 that week)
WEEK 3: Make 6 Star Blocks (again more pretending)
WEEK 4: Make all Diamond Blocks and sew the top together! (Contemplate doing this between weeks 2 and 3, but wait until the very last minute of week four instead)
UPDATE! Here's how my Starry Skies quilt turned out!