2013 Color of the Year + a Giveaway



If you are here for the Quilting Gallery Bog Hop welcome! I'm glad you have stopped by!

We have been working on A LOT of new things in the sewing studio but have been sidetracked here and there. First there was a back injury and then the flu knocked us down for a while. But, things are back on track and now we are playing catch up to get our new patterns ready to go. If you want to keep tabs on our projects you can like us on Facebook. That is where we will share anything new first. :-)

I've been looking at a lot of color boards, color combinations, and new fabric for new projects and something stuck out to me when checking out several new lines. It wasn't the Pantone color of the year for 2013, which is emerald, but instead blue stuck out to be a focal color in several of new collections.

I thought navy or indigo would be the Pantone color of the year for 2013 because it seemed to be popping up all over the place in late 2012. Quilting fabric, home dec fabric and accessories, and clothes.

Here are just a few of the new or upcoming fabric lines I spotted with navy or ingido blue as a main color aspect.

BasicGrey, PB and J for Moda


BasicGrey, PB and J for Moda


BasicGrey, PB and J for Moda


Kate Spain, Honey Honey for Moda


Kate Spain, Honey Honey for Moda


Kate Spain, Honey Honey for Moda


V and CO., Simply Style for Moda


V and CO., Simply Style for Moda


Cynthia Rowley Paintbox for Michael Miller_2
Cynthia Rowley, Paintbox for Michael Miller


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Cynthia Rowley, Paintbox for Michael Miller


Cynthia Rowley Paintbox for Michael Miller_3
Cynthia Rowley, Paintbox for Michael Miller


Laura Gunn Edges for Michael Miller
Laura Gunn, Edges for Michael Miller

Rashida Coleman-Hale Tsuru for Cloud 9
Rashida Coleman-Hale, Tsuru for Cloud 9

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Rashida Coleman-Hale, Tsuru for Cloud 9

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Rashida Coleman-Hale, Tsuru for Cloud 9

I also spotted navy in a lot of the new spring clothes and shoes. Peplums are on all the spring 2013 trend lists...are you a fan? I'm on the fence about them myself. 

Target Spring 2013 Navy Peplum

Target Spring 2013 Dress


Old Navy Spring 2013 Scoop Neck

Old Navy Spring 2013 Flats

I LOVE the navy trend for spring! One trend bandwagon I won't be hopping on anytime soon is the supposed hot, new crop top that is going to be a big hit this spring. Props to anyone that can wear one. I'm just not sure how great they would look on me with my spanx underneath. ;-)

Spring 2013 Crop Top Trend
Spring 2013 Crop Tops

I hope you enjoyed this collection of blue, blue, blue! For this blog hop I am giving away 2 patterns to 2 winners.

Harding Hill Designs Brochure
Simply leave me comment before 6:00 PM (CST) on March 15th. The comment can be about anything. Some ideas are how do you feel about the new crop top trend, do you like using navy in your quilts, what do you think about emerald as the color of the year for 2013, do you have a favorite fabric from the images in this post....anything you'd like to share. You can also like us on facebook for a second entry. If you are already a fan on facebook just leave us a comment there for your second entry. 

Thanks again for stopping by-- Happy Quilting!


Sweetheart Table Runner Tutorial - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you! As the old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun". I can't believe it's already the new year. I'm looking forward to all the things I have planned for this year and hope you are along for the ride!

Do you do the New Years Resolution thing? I used to come up with very specific, grandious resolutions that usually fizzled by March, well some by February. Ha! But this year instead of specific resolutions and plans to lose weight and eat better (which I'm going to try to do) I'm also going to try and live a little more in the moment, laugh a little more- whether it's just laughing at myself or laughing with others. Take my work and goals seriously, but not take myself too seriously. Try to spend less of my limited time worrying and more of it laughing and smiling. I've also started a Gratitude Jar. Mine is actually a gratitude make-up bag because I am using an old make-up bag I've had for years. That way I can throw it in my purse and take it with me. I'm not going to force myself to write something down everyday, even though that wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Instead, I am going to try to make note of things I am grateful for both big and small when the moment strikes. (You reading this is something I am grateful for!) 

What are you grateful for? Harding Hill Designs
I've got a new Valentines Day tutorial in the post. It's a sweet table runner to add some love to your home for not only Valentines Day but all year! It was inspired by the tried and true Valentines Candy Hearts we see every year. 

Image via candywarehouse.com

There has been alot of action here in the sewing studio with 11 new patterns in the process of being tested right now, and some great projects for a few magazines. I can't wait to get them done and ready to show you! We've also taken some time to plan out some great things we'll be doing on our blog. We've got a new editorial calendar for ourselves to keep all of our new blog ideas organized and ready. You can expect to see much more from us throughout 2013 and hopefully beyond. :-) 

Here is the tutorial for the Sweetheart Table Runner-- I hope you enjoy it!

Harding Hill Designs Sweetheart Valentines Day Table Runner Tutorial

Fabric Requirements:
 (Based on fabric with a width of 42" of useable fabric)                   Finished Size: 21" x 49". Use a 1/4" seam for all piecing.

Neutral Fabric:     
7/8 yd

Colored Fabric:    
3, 7" squares
4, 4" squares
60, 2.5" squares
(great way to use up leftover layer cake squares, charm pack squares, and pre-cut 2.5" strip scraps)

3/8 yard

1 yard

24" x 52"

Cutting Neutral Fabric
1. Begin by cutting 4, 4.5" x WOF (Width of Fabric) strips from your neutral fabric. First, cut 2 strips into 4.5" x 40.5" units (top and bottom borders). Then with the remaining 2 strips cut 4, 4.5" squares (small heart backgrounds) and 2, 4.5" x 12.5" units (side borders). Now cut a 8.5" x WOF strip. From this strip cut 3, 8.5" squares (large heart backgrounds) and then with the remaining part of the strip cut 2, 2.5" x 12.5" units (sashing between blocks).

Valentines heart runner neutral fabric

For the hearts use whichever applique method you prefer. For myself I didn't fuse or stabilize anything. After tracing and cutting out the large hearts from the 7" colored squares and the small hearts from the 4" colored squares I just used a dab a glue from a glue stick in the middle of the heart and slowly stitched around the edge with a standard zig-zag stitch. This may not be the preferred method by most people but for this project I'm happy with the results. The most important thing to remember if you don't stabilize or fuse your fabric is to stitch slowly around your hearts to keep everything flat and not to create any puckers. But...before we get to the stitching we need to align our hearts on our background fabric.

Take your 8.5" neutral fabric squares and make 2 folds to create a center intersection. First fold the square in half to create a horizontal fold and finger press the fold. Next, while the square is folded, fold again in half to create a vertical fold and finger press.

Bckgrnd fabric second fold
First Fold


Bckgrnd fabric final fold
After Second Fold


Bckground fabric after 2 folds
Double Creased

Next you'll want to do the same type of thing with your hearts. First fold the bottom or the point of the heart up, so the tip is even with the top of the 2 curves and finger press the crease.

First heart fold IMG_6954
First Fold

Next, unfold the heart to fold it in half to create a vertical crease and finger press.

Heart second fold IMG_6956
Second Fold

Now you will have a intersection of creases on both the background squares and hearts. To keep the spacing even, simply match up the crease intersection on the hearts with the crease intersections on the background squares. I put a very small dab of glue from my glue stick right in the middle and then zig-zagged slowly around the heart. I would recommend stitching the hearts with your needle in the needle down position for easy pivoting. Also, if you use the glue stick method make sure you don't put any glue around the edges or where your needle will go in. If your needle goes through the glue you could have a big gluey mess in your bobbin case.

Heart w bckgrnd fabric
For the large hearts keep all the creases lined up

For the small hearts makes the same folds and creases on both the hearts and background fabric but rotate the heart as shown in the picture below. 

Small heart w bckgrnd fabric
Match the intersecting creases but rotate the heart so the point is pointing towards a corner of the background fabric

Next, divide your 2.5" squares into 6 groups of 4 squares each and 6 groups of 6 squares each. Sew the squares together in each group, pressing seams all the same direction. Now sew a 4 square unit to the top and bottom of each large heart block. Press the seams towards the middle. Then stitch a 6 square unit to each side and press towards the center. 

Heart block with top and bottom sewn but showing sidesYour finished blocks should measure 12.5" x 12.5". 

Next, sew a 2.5" x 12.5" neutral fabric unit between the blocks and press towards the neutral fabric. Proof your runner, it should measure 12.5" x 40.5".

Top block construction
Now, sew on your 4.5" x 40.5" top and bottom border and press towards the border.

Valentine runner construction with top and bottom borders

Decide on the placement of the 4 corner hearts and sew one to the top and bottom of your 4.5" x 12.5" units. Press away from the 4.5" square.

Valentine runner corner hearts graphic
Now, sew the side borders with the corner hearts to each side. Press away from the center.

Valentine runner full construction graphic
Layer your heart filled runner, batting, and backing. Quilt, bind and Enjoy! The Kona Cotton colors are used are Medium Pink, Banana, Lavender, Mango, Honeydew, and Ice Frappe.

I put together a few other color options for this runner. Other than my inspiration from the retro colors of the candy hearts I also like the idea of raiding your red/magenta/purple scraps and making a runner with those bright tones.

Red purple pink valentine runner color option
Or, you could keep it bright with rich, jewel tones.

Valentine runner jewel tones
We always LOVE comments here on the blog! We would also love to see a picture of your runner! Follow us on facebook and share a picture with us, or follow us on twitter and share a picture there.

Thanks for stopping by & Happy New Year to you!

Happy Quilting!

Download Valentine Sweatheart Runner Hearts



Glorious Autumn Block Party & A Giveaway

 Hello & thanks for stopping by!



There have been some really great blocks in this block party...don't you think? Each day that we get to see a new block I envision what I'd like to make with it. Should I make a cute fall table runner, or maybe a set of placemats? A wall hanging or a fun, fall throw. There are just so many ways to go with these blocks! This week I am joined by Sarah at Sew Joy Creations who has been creating and showing us the blocks as we go and Amy at Butterfly Angels who has some great pictures on her blog! The Glorious Autumn flickr page has lots of inspiration and it's a great place to share your creations! 

My block is called Fall Burst. It's a quick, pieced block that would work well with lots of different fabrics and colors. 

IMG_6569 full crop


Fall is my favorite season. I'm one of those people who always runs a little hot, so to speak. Too much heat and humidity and I'm a mess. Plus, I have thick, very coarse hair that is like a little heat lamp on the top of my head during the summer. Temperatures over 80 and I'm sweating, which usually includes an adorable sweat mustache. That may have been way too much information for some of you...I apologize if it was but, I know I'm not alone when it comes to being happy when a little crisper air moves in and seeing the leaves change. ;-)

Things have been moving right along here at Harding Hill Designs and I am excited to be able to show everyone our 10 new patterns very soon. In the meantime you can check out our Etsy shop to take a look at our first pattern series we released. To celebrate the Glorious Autumn Block party we are giving away 2 Harding Hill patterns. Simply leave us a comment and you will be entered. In the past I've said you can tell me anything in the comments to be entered. Such as what is your favorite season, or your least favorite season, what size of quilt do you like to make, are you a coke or pepsi person, what are you most grateful for, what has been your biggest quilting accomplishment...the list could go on and on. You can tell us anything! You can also pop over and like our facebook page for an extra entry. The giveaway will be open until 10:00 pm (CST) Tuesday, October 2nd.  

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you enjoy fall and enjoy the rest of this block party!

Have a great day & happy creating!

Download Fall Burst Turtorial Harding Hill Designs (PDF)

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 5 Blog Tour


It's my turn on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour and I am excited to share my block with you! If this is your first time here, welcome! 


These issue are always packed with creative ideas and wonderful blocks. There are also some quilts on Quiltmaker's facebook page made from some of the 100 blocks. A quilt called Bingo Crazy by Reesa Zuber features our Bingo Block. Stop by and check out the awesome quilts! Also, make sure you stop by the other blogs on the blog tour for lots of great giveaways and amazing creativity. 

My block is called Bingo and features Robert Kaufman's, Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O' Cake Designs. Don't you love the bright colors of this collection! 

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This is a block that can be bright and cheery or understated and desaturated. It can also go some different directions with the layout and borders. I think it's a great catch-all block for whatever you have in your stash! 















As I mentioned earlier in this post, there are great giveaways on this blog tour. I am giving away a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. To throw your name in the hat just leave me a comment before noon (CST) Monday May, 7th about anything you'd like. In the past in the comments we've talked about Miracle Whip vs. Mayo, (which is where I learned about Dukes Mayo), our favorite seasons, long walks on the beach and more. I'd love to hear about anything...tell us about what your working on now, how you've seen quilting change since you've made your first quilt, or what your first quilt was- did you use a pattern or just jump right in and improvise, which layout using the Bingo block do you like best? You don't have to answer all those questions but if you'd like to answer any of them I love to hear from you! You can also hop over and like our facebook page for an extra entry. 

If this is your first time here, thanks for dropping in! Hope you all have a great time with this blog tour!

Cheers & Happy Quilting!

Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party!



If you are new here for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party thank you for stopping by! We are busy sewing and enjoying the first hints of spring. Spring is such a great time of year...the days are longer and things start to bud and come alive around us. But, spring can be a drag when it comes to those pesky allergies, right?

Along with sewing in the studio we are also gearing up for a trunk show at the end of March. We will be heading to Hannah Johnson Fabrics in Duluth, MN on March 28th. Stop by and say hello if you are nearby....It will be a fun night!

We are giving away 2 copies of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol.4, which includes Harding Hill Designs B Squared block, for this fun blog hop party! 



To be entered in the giveaway simply leave us a comment here on the blog. You can tell us anything in the comments! You can also hop over and like our facebook page for an additional entry. The giveaway will be open until March 23rd. Good luck and thanks again for dropping by!


It was so awesome reading the comments left for the Blog Hop Party! I hope everyone found some cool new blogs to keep tabs on and found some cool new quilting treasures along the way! It's always fun to find out how people started quilting. A lot of times there seems to be someone in the background who is your cheerleader telling you to dive in and give it a try, yet so many others jumped in head first and were determined to not be intimidated by a pattern and haven't looked back since. So cool to hear all the stories and read the wonderful comments.

Stay tuned for the new patterns we are working on! Lots of different things coming up. A few strip patterns, some patterns specifically for solids and some table runners! If there is a Harding Hill Designs pattern you are interested in, mention it to your local quilt shop or you can check out our store here

Now for the winners!

I used random.org to draw the numbers for me and the first one for the patterns was #27- Pam. The other 3 numbers for a copy of Quiltmakers latest 100 blocks issue were #84- Darci, #149- Jennifer and #116- Robbie. 

Have a great day!

Welcome to the Blog Hop Party!

Welcome to everyone who is stopping by as part of the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party!
I'm glad you stopped by!! 



There are a lot of fun blog's on this hop with lots of great give-aways from all over the world! How cool is that, right??

We are currently working on a bunch of new patterns so things are busy! For those of you who are new here and haven't checked out our patterns yet, they are designed for you to create fun and vibrant projects that can often be completed quickly. You can take a peak here.

Part of the blog hop fun are the giveaways!  We are giving away 2 of our patterns. (The lucky winner can choose the 2 they would like.)

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We also have 3 copies of the most recent Quiltmaker 100 Blocks isssue, which includes our B Squared block to give away! Although, some of you may already have gotten this issue at your local quilt shop or through your subscription, it would be a great gift for someone! A fun way to get your friend, co-worker, or neighbor hooked on quilting!


Simply leave us a comment to be entered in the giveaway. On a previous post I mentioned you could tell me anything in the comments to be entered for the giveaway and I received some of the most wonderful comments! So, for this post I am going to do the same. You can tell me anything in the comments but if you aren't sure what to share, we always love hearing about how you began quilting. Or you could let us know your favorite color combos, or favorite cocktail recipes, or a hobby you love in addition to quilting.  You can also like our facebook page or follow us on twitter for an extra chance or two! I will draw the 4 winners and email them on December 18th. Thanks again for dropping by!

Happy Day & Happy Creating!  


A Holiday Tutorial

It was so much fun reading all of your comments for my last post!  I appreciated all of them! A few questions were asked about the layouts and if I used EQ6. I usually use Illustrator instead of EQ6 to create layouts for blocks or quilts. Im sure there are some bells & whistles that EQ6 has that are limited in Illustrator but I havent made the leap to EQ6 quite yet. Learning to use EQ6 is on my list of things to-do...I just need a few more hours in the day! But, don't we all need a few more hours in the day, right? Also, it was great to see all the fun comments about mayo or miracle whip! I had never heard of Dukes Mayo before reading the comments but now I am eager to try it. I checked out the Dukes website and it looks like it is only available it Virginia. Hopefully someday I'll try it!  

At the end of the post I mentioned a holiday tutorial I was working on. These holiday mug rugs are a fun project that can be done pretty quickly. There are 8 different applique shapes in the complete set. They would make a wonderful gift for someone as a whole set of 8 or you could make a few for a teacher, neighbor, or co-worker.

Holiday mug rug finished

Fabric:  (Fabric requirements are based on 42" wide fabric)

10- 2.5" strips (8 for binding & 2 for the strip panel)

2- 1.5" strips

1- 1" strip

8- 7" x 7" neutral squares (applique background)

8- 7" x 7" printed squares (applique shapes)

8- 9" x 13" pieces for backing

8- 9" x 13" pieces of batting

1. Strip Panel
With right sides together begin by sewing a strip panel using 2- 2.5" strips, and the 1.5" and 1" strips. Press towards the darker fabrics. The finished panel should be 7" wide. 
Sub-cut into 4.5" x 7" units.  

  Holiday Mug rug illustration

Holiday mug rug strip panelIMG_5650

2. Raw-Edge Applique
I didn't use fusible web for the applique shapes in this project. Instead, I used a glue stick. The glue stick method may not be the most popular method but because these mug rugs are used differently than a quilt and the shapes are on the larger side I thought I would be ok without the fusible. It seemed to work out pretty well. After I traced the shapes onto the wrong side of the 7" patterned squares and cut them out, I placed the shapes onto the 7" background squares with a small amount of glue from the glue stick to keep them in place before sewing. If you do use the glue stick method just be careful to keep the glue away from the edges where your needle will go when sewing to avoid getting glue on the needle and in your bobbin. Finish the raw edge with your favorite stitch. I used a wider zig zag. 

3. Assembly
After finishing the applique squares sew them to the 4.5" x 7" strip panel units.

Holiday mug rug assembly


4. Quilting & Finishing
Layer and baste the backing, batting, and top. Stitching in the ditch looks great on this project or try some new free motion quilting designs that you haven't done before. Small projects like this are a great way to practice and to try free motion stitching! Use one of the 2.5" strips to bind and finish the mug rug. Finished size 7" x 11".

Enjoy & Happy Creating!

Holiday mug rug finished


Holiday Mug rug layouts

Download Holiday Mug Rug Applique Shapes (PDF)









Quiltmaker's Blog Tour- 100 Blocks Vol. 4 & a Giveaway


I am so excited to be part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue! These issues are always filled with so much creativity and inspiration....I want to make everything I see!

I went through a few different variations of my block before the finished product which is below. I played with the blocks layout, along with some different fabric choices. 

100 Blocks Vol 4

B Squared


Here is the first draft of the block. I started with all solid fabrics, which I love to use! Some of the new patterns that I am working on are geared specifically for solids....and I love how they are turning out! 

100 Block Draft Block 1

But, I wanted a little more oomph (that's a word, right?!) so I changed the center of the block to give that extra bit I thought it needed.

I love how this block can go so many different directions with the layout. Sashing and borders can change things so much! I put together some different layout options for the block for you to see the many ways this block could go. 

The first layouts are without sashing but some of them have an added border-

100 Blocks Layout 1


100 Blocks Layout 2

100 Blocks Layout 4

100 Blocks Layout 7

100 Blocks Layout 8

100 Blocks Layout 10


Or, by adding sashing either vertically, horizontally, or both....

100 Blocks Layout 3

100 Blocks Layout 5

100 Blocks Layout 6

100 Blocks Layout 9

100 Blocks Layout 11

Quiltmaker is giving away lots of great stuff during this blog tour. Make sure you stop by Quilty Pleasures to get in on all the fun & giveaways! If you would like to throw your name in the hat to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4 leave me a comment. You can tell me anything in the comments...Do you have a favorite layout? Do you like to use sashing in your quilts? Do you like long walks on the beach? What's your favorite season? Mayo or miracle whip? I love to hear from you!! I will draw the winner and email them on Monday, November 14th. But, if you are not the lucky winner you can always pick up a copy when it hits quilt shops November 15th.

If you are new here thanks so much for stopping by! We are working on lots of new patterns and a fun holiday project with a tutorial that will be posted on the blog soon. You can like our facebook page to be the first to know!

Have a Great Day & Happy Creating!