Observer Arrowhead


Sometimes all of the stars align and you get to make exactly what you want with the exact fabric you wanted most for the project, and the heavens open and angels sing.

This is one of those projects.

I’m pretty sure exactly NO ONE is surprised that April Rhodes’ new line Observer is like, my soulmate of fabric collections. I’m all about that indigo! I fell hard for the moody blues and those delicious yellows–they’re not quite mustard and not quite citrine, but they feel tangy and rich. And let’s not forget the copper metallic accents! April totally nailed it with this collection. Again.

I knew from the minute Art Gallery announced the line and posted the swatches, that this fabric was destined to end up on my bed. It’s just that good. I picked up a pattern for the Arrowhead Quilt by Initial K Studios this summer while traveling and it just marries so well with Observer.

BEHOLD, the quilt my heart has been dreaming of:

Arrowhead Quilt by HollyGetsQuilty

I have this vision of turning that indigo dyed print into an amazing gown with a 5 foot train. Does anyone want to trade quilting services for seamstress skills? Because I need to be sashaying through life wearing that pattern.



This time I had the project quilted by my awesome local longarm gal, and guess what? This time she talked me into trying a high quality bright white polyester batting! I mean, its not the puffy mess we all remember from our childhood (everyone has memories of that batting from their childhood, right?) This was good stuff. As thin as my usual cotton batting, but nice and dense at the same time. For the most part the move to polyester had to do with the way Warrm and Natural can contain flecks that show through white fabric–there is a LOT of white on this quilt. It also holds the fabric better by tending to bunch and shrink less after washing.

So far I am very happy with how is looks and feels…I’m not usually a fan of the crinkling effect like other people. And I cannot wait to see how much it softens with washing and wear. She assured me that it will get more drapey but that it will just take more washes to get it that way than cotton does. That’s ok. I can be patient for that kind of payoff.

But seriously, I washed it yesterday and those quilting lines are just as crisp and clean as when they came off her longarm!


I mean, that texture. Those fabrics. They are eeeeeverything people!


There is seriously so much more eye candy on this blog tour, and you can find links to all the posts on April’s website HERE! Plus, be sure to check out what the hugely talented Christine Haynes has to share on Thursday by visiting her blog at


Huge thanks to Art Gallery Fabrics and April Rhodes for inviting me to participate in this blog tour, and for providing the fabric to make this masterpiece. You both have my little quilters heart for forever!

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Bohemian Baby and the Jitters

Another day, another baby quilt, another pattern by Suzy Quilts!

Holly Gets Quilty

My sweet friend Carly just had her first baby girl (after three boys!) and when I asked what style of baby quilt she wanted, she requested something with a Bohemian feel. I know that she loves pretty desert inspired prints too, so after raiding my stash I pulled out some of my very favorite fabrics and I bought the Triangle Jitters pattern from Suzy Quilts (you can find that HERE).

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I tweaked the color layout just a bit by adding in that beautiful golden yellow as a fourth color and this quilt is ready for the Bohemian Desert baby girl!HollyGetsQuilty

The quilting is simple straight lines that follow the arrangement of the half square triangles, and it crinkled up beautifully in the wash.

HollyGetsQuiltyHollyGetsQuiltyThe backing might be my favorite fabric in the quilt! It is a pretty, thick woven that reminds me a bit of a serape, but because the right side of the fabric had some blues that were to teal and bright, I flipped it over so that the “wrong” side is facing out. It is more muted with purples rather than blues, and it was perfect! I bought this at Joann’s a year or more ago and I haven’t seen any since sadly.

Fabric used in the quilt includes:

Tomahawk from the Arizona line by April Rhodes

Survey Ochre from the Bound line by April Rhodes

Cactus Field Fun and Wispy Daybreak Aura from the Morning Walk line by Leah Duncan

Woodblock Indigo and Spirit Animal in snow prints from the Mesa line by Cotton and Steel

Sharp in Grey from the Doe line by Carolyn Friedlander

Stitches in Petunia from Carkai line by Carolyn Friedlander


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Kitty Keeper Baskets & The Kitten Around Block

This week I made a few fabric baskets using the Hour Basket Pattern from Hearts and Bees and the Kitten Around Block from Michael Ann Made.


I’m not a cat person AT ALL when it comes to real kitties. I’m afraid they will bite me or scratch me, and they don’t give the same obvious physical cues that dogs do. Plus all of that hair and the whole litterbox thing…just, no thanks. However, if we are talking about cats on fabric, I am ALL OVER THAT. I even have a crazy cat lady quilt in the planning stages.

Kitty Keeper Baskets

This block is part of a set of three designed by MMIMIIM and you can find them in her craftsy shop HERE. Paper pieced cats? That is more my speed!

kitty keeper basket

Now I have kitties that wont bite me or bring small dead animals in house, and I do have storage for my wonderclips and crafting yarn. Win-win, right? I’m calling these my Kitty Keeper baskets.

kitty keeper basketPurchase your own copy of the Kitten Around Block HERE, and it’s on sale for a very limited time!

Happy Sewing!

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Fishing Net

IMG_9833I love testing patterns for friends. Whether I know them in real life or via Instagram, pattern testing is perfect for those times when I feel like I’ve lost my sewing mojo. It keeps me cutting and pressing and stitching and pulling fabric, and that usually kicks me in the pants and gets my creative impulses jumpstarted–it must be something about keeping up the tactile experience of sewing.

Suzy from has some seriously bomb modern quilts, and the two patterns I’ve tried recently have both been super easy to follow and the most recent pattern, Fishing Net was hands down the fastest baby quilt I have ever made! The pattern is simple and clean, and it’s definitely beginner friendly, but my FAVORITE part is that is is PERFECT FOR BOYS.

Fishing Net

Do you know how hard it is to find baby-boy quilt patterns? I mean, there are lots of “cute” patterns available, but I have found it is really difficult to find patterns that are modern without skewing feminine. Maybe you know of some you want to share with me? Anyway, this pattern. So so good for boys and girls–it’s all about fabric choice. And this quilt, which can be finished in one day (!!!) is crazy versatile depending on the fabrics and colors you pull. I used some Sarah Watson yardage I’ve been hoarding, a pretty grey linen blend that will wash up so so soft, and that bomb April Rhodes Canyon Wall print for both the top and binding. The quilting is simple because I like that for babies (it feels more snuggly to me) but this pattern has plenty of negative space just begging for some fab quilting!

Fishing Net

Fishing Net

This pattern is available NOW on Suzy’s website:


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A Long Time Ago, In A Sewing Room Far, Far Away…

Where my quilting nerds at? I know you are out there–we are a small but mighty group, and we wield our seam rippers as deftly as any jedi can swing a light saber.

I love sci-fi. And I love quilting. So I like to think that if they got together and had a baby it would look a little something like this:

Star Wars Quilt by Holly Gets Quilty

I could talk about this quilt for days, but for sake of brevity, here is an easy-to-read bulleted list with all of the details:

*I have been saving fabrics for this quilt for about 3 years. They include lots of Carolyn Friedlander Architextures, Lizzy House Constellations, solids, an out of prints novelty Star Wars blueprint style print, and my beloved vintage Star Wars sheets. The background is Kona Charcoal, the backing is a black and white crosshatch with more sheets and extra triangle blocks.

*This pattern is the Triangle Wheel Block pattern by PileO’Fabric, and is available for free HERE

*This turned out to be roughly twin sized.

*I made it for one of our best friends (and probably the biggest Star Wars fan I know) and it is his birthday and Christmas gift for at least the next decade.

*Yes, it was incredibly hard to give away. Yes I might still go steal it from his house.

*The quilting (which I totally forgot to get a closeup of! Shame on me!) is a pantograph that has X Wings and Tie Fighters in the quilting lines. It looks like this:

Star Wars Quilting Deisgn

Star Wars Quilting Deisgn

Star Wars Quilt

This was a true labor of love and I am going to miss it fiercly. I want to make one for myself, but until I can get my hands on more vintage sheets, I’ll just have to file this under “quilts I want to make in the distant future”. Unless you have a lead on where I can score some sheets?

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