Made for Baby Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Made for Baby blog tour hosted by the amazingly talented Ayda Algin from cafenohut.com. I have been a super fan of her work for years and am so honored that she asked me to participate in her blog tour featuring projects from her book, Made for Baby. Ayda has designed so many cute items that you can make as handmade gifts for the new baby in your life.
I thought it would be fun to make the “Mom’s Carry All Bag” since it could be a universal project. This is the tote that Ayda made. Isn’t it adorable?!Here is my version. I found a beautiful Japanese floral linen as the main focus and paired it with a dark pink gingham and cream cotton duck cloth.

I loved how this fun tote turned out. Please follow along with the other talented makers on this blog tour listed below.

May 3    Ayda Algin    cafenohut.blogspot.com    

May 4    Jemima Flendt    blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

May 5    Sarah Edgar    alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk

May 8   Lisa Cox    aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

May 9    Ange Hamilton    alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

May 10    Lauren Wright    mollyandmama.com.au

May 11    Melissa LeRay    ohhowsweet.com

May 12    Minki Kim    minkikim.com

May 15    Faith Essenburg    SaranaAve.wordpress.com

May 16    Kristin Esser    kristinesser.com

May 17    Lauren Guthrie    guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog

May 18    Bridgette McNay    thefamilyhearth.com

May 19    Torie Jayne    toriejayne.com

May 22    Constanca Cabral    constancacabral.com/blog

May 23    Stacy Olson    stacyolsondesign.com (you’re here!)

May 24    Caroline Husle    sewcaroline.com

May 29    Nadra Ridgeway    ellisandhiggs.com

May 30    Wynn Tan    zakkaart.blogspot.com

May 31    Sedef Imer    downgrapevinelane.com

June 1    Lauren Nash    transientart.com

June 2    Jennie Pickett    cloverandviolet.com

June 5    Amy Sinibaldi    nanaCompany.typepad.com

June 7    Kim Kruzich    retro-mama.blogspot.com

June 8    Elea Lutz    elealutzdesign.com

June 9    Samantha Dorn    aquapaisleystudio.com/blog

June 12    Ayda Algin    cafenohut.blogspot.com

Aqua and Coral Half Square Triangle Quilt

One of my goals for this year was to finish the work-in-progress quilts that I have laying around. This one just happen to be in the works for two years, but finally it is complete, yay!I chose from my fabric collection 28 different prints in mostly aqua and coral colors, but added in some yellow and purple to mix things up a bit. This color palette is a favorite of my friend who was the recipient of this quilt. I chose half square triangle blocks (one of my faves) for a classic look. That’s 437 (3″) blocks, which meant a lot of piecing and trimming. No wonder it took me so long to finish!Simple straight stitch quilting echoing the horizontal and vertical seams is pretty standard for me when it comes to this quilt style. And I love to back my quilts with super soft minky fabric and for this one, I found the prettiest coral color.
I delivered this quilt to my friend yesterday and she loved it! It is always so satisfying to make something beautiful for somebody and have them be so appreciative. Definitely a project worth my time and something she can enjoy for many, many years.

Hexagon Floral Pillow

What started out as a hand sewing project to take with me when I have to wait – kids getting out of school or at their dental appointments or at the car dealership – has turned into this throw pillow. I honestly think it looks better in person, but I think it’s pretty here too. Lots and lots of English paper pieced hexagons in five different London of Liberty prints set on top of Essex yarn dyed linen in chambray blue and bound with pink Liberty. Simple but fun straight line quilting as always in white thread. It measures 20 x 20 and is filled with a down insert. This one is being gifted to my friend who is moving to Atlanta. I hope she finds the perfect place for it in her new home.

Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop + Giveaway

Today is my stop on the Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop. Once only available in Japanese, this coveted book by one of my favorite fabric designers, Atsuko Matsuyama is now available in English. Happy dance for all of us quilters who love sweet designs and appreciate hand sewn details. To celebrate its release, a group of talented makers have created something from the book. I decided to make the very first project in the book, a triangle baby quilt. I had so much fun pulling together so many of my most prized fabrics, many designed by Atsuko Matsuyama herself.It’s hard to cut into these at times, but I knew that it would be worth it for this project. I paired these sweet prints with a pale pink solid for the center and used a dark pink Swiss dot print for the border.For the backing I used a soft light pink flannel and used a coordinating aqua, floral print for the binding. I love how the rounded corners gift it a more feminine feel. I mimicked the lines of the triangles with straight line stitching in a cream thread on the top and light pink on the back. I couldn’t resist washing and drying it right away for that antique crinkle look.Even though my little girl is no longer a baby, I think this one is definitely a keeper. Maybe I can hand it down to my children someday.

There have been so many incredible projects created from this book by the talented makers listed below. I hope you’ll be able to check out what they have made as well. Scroll to the bottom of this post for giveaway and quilt along details.

1/23  Kristyne – www.prettybyhand.com

1/25  Lisa – www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

1/27  Sarah – www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk

1/30  Minki –  www.minkikim.com

2/1  Heidi – www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com

2/3  Clara – @claralovestosew (Instagram Only)

2/6  Ange – www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

2/8  Erin – www.whynotsew.blogspot.com

2/10  Lauren – www.transientart.com

2/13  Sedef – www.downgrapevinelane.com

2/15  Ayda – www.cafenohut.blogspot.com

2/17  Renee – www.sewnwithgrace.com

2/20  Heather – www.vintagegreyhandmade.blogspot.com

2/22  Melissa – www.ohhowsweet.com

2/24  Greg – www.greydogwoodstudio.com

2/27  Stacy – www.stacyolsondesign.com (you’re here!)

3/1  Wynn – www.zakkaart.blogspot.com

GIVEAWAY

Zakka Workshop is so graciously giving away a copy of Happy Flower Quilts to one of my followers. To enter, please leave a comment on this post. The contest in open internationally. I will chose a winner on Friday, February 3rd.

QUILT ALONG

A quilt along to make the sampler quilt featured on the cover of Happy Flower Quilts will begin on March 6 and is hosted by Wynn (@zakkaart), Kristyne (@prettybyhand) and Melissa (@ohhowsweetco). They have scheduled to do two blocks per week but the quilt along will last about a year. And WOW, what a masterpiece you will have created at the end!

Gingham Tote Bags

If I’m not making quilts, I’m usually sewing bags – mostly as gifts. Anna Graham from Noodlehead has written many great bag patterns, one of which is called the Gingham Tote from her book, Handmade Style. It’s a simple, cross body bag with instructions for two styles, however, I’ve only made the rounded pocket version. This bag features an open and zip pocket on the front, deep inside space and two open, inside pockets. It calls for a magnetic closure for easy access and has an adjustable strap. I first made this black and cream dot tote for my aunt a couple years ago.I enjoyed making it so much that I almost immediately made this black and white geometric designed bag for my sister-in-law.My mother-in-law borrowed my sister-in-law’s bag this summer when she traveled to Iceland and Greece and thought it was the perfect bag for her travels. When she arrived home, she asked if I would make one for her so that she can take it on her upcoming trip to Italy. I recently finished this black chambray version for her.This most recent finish means I met my January sewing goal, even though it was a very short list. Anything that I work on now is just a bonus for the month. I’m going to get started working on my February sewing goals.

–Stacy

Single Irish Chain Quilt

Goodness, until now I hadn’t realized that it’s been two months since my last blog post! I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t think that much time had past. Between the holidays and my usual beginning of the year purge session, I haven’t been able to squeeze in much sewing. I decided to start off the year with monthly sewing goals. My first January goal was to finish this single Irish chain quilt for my friends moving away. My second goal was to finish a gingham tote bag for my mother-in-law (more to come on this project). I wanted to make a fairly simple quilt using a color palette of my friends’ liking. They suggested greens and purples, but I added in some blues, aquas and golds for more interest. I paired these prints with lime-colored Swiss dots on cream. I like having a subtle pattern for the main fabric instead of just a solid cream or white. I stuck to a simple and classic diamond quilt pattern design using ivory-colored thread. The backing has the softest white minky to make it extra cozy.I gifted it to my friends yesterday and they were very happy to take a piece of me with them to their new home. They will surely be missed!

–Stacy

Quilt Petite Blog Hop: Nebula Mini Quilt

Today is my stop on the Quilt Petite blog hop. My friend, Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane, has written a book full of lovely little quilt patterns and has asked some talented makers to create a project from her book. qp_bookcover_bpYou can see from the cover alone what cute projects she has designed and trust me, there are many more inside. Sedef and I have at least one thing (and many more) in common and that is our love of the half square triangle (HST) block. It is such a fun and versatile block and I love making all sorts of projects with them. When I came across her Nebula pattern, I knew that was the project for me.qp_nebula_bk_bpSedef designed this mini quilt using (256) 1″ HSTs! Yes, they are tiny. This pattern really is genius and you could create so many cool variations. I love Sedef’s black and aqua quilt which is very galaxy-like, but I wanted to see what other types of effects could be made with a different color palette. I chose a color scheme of pink, aqua and purple and came up with the mini quilt below.qp_wall_bpI decided on a simple, straight line quilting pattern that starts in the middle and wraps around all the squares to the outer edge.qp_bench_1_bpqp_bench_2_bpOverall, I think it came out with a pretty cool effect. I’ll be curious to see if there will be others on the blog hop who make the Nebula pattern as well. Quilt Petite is available on Amazon and through independent quilt stores. Be sure to check out the other projects made from this book. Below is the schedule and list of makers.qp_banner_bp

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art

November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place

November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth

November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt

November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table

November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork

November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama

November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy

November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs

November 16: Amy at Nana Company

November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave

November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage

November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew

November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl

November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet

November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design (you’re here!)

November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut

November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot

November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox

November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew

November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane

November 28: Kate at The Homemakery

November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon

November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac

December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum

December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric

December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made

December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This

December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand

December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop

December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs

December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz

December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen

December 11Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)

Anne of Green Gables Blog Hop: Decorative Pillows

Anne of Green Gables is a classic children’s novel about an imaginative, orphan girl named Anne Shirley. The book was written in 1908, but has been a popular favorite amongst children ever since and was made into an Emmy Award mini-series in the mid 1980s. Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics will be introducing a new fabric line based on this novel and asked me to be a part of their Anne of Green Gables blog tour. You can view the entire collection here. As soon as I saw the fabric selection which consists of pink, blue, green and cream in florals, ticking and illustrations, I knew I wanted to make a set of decorative pillows for my mother-in-law’s bedroom. The color scheme along with the vintage florals would be a pretty addition to her bed. By the way, she doesn’t know I made these for her, but she will now if she’s reading this (Hi Elizabeth!).agg_1_bpThe front pillow pictured above is 12×16 and is quilted with 1/2″ vertical lines. I chose to bind the edges for a clean finished look and I think the ticking fabric works so well for that. The pillow in the back measures 16×16 and features a larger scale vintage floral on cream  – a print I thought should stand on it’s own. I quilted with traditional diagonal lines and added a pretty pink pom pom edge trim. Here are some detail images.agg_2_bpagg_3_bpagg_4_bpI hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the projects I’ve made. Make sure to check out the other projects that were made with this fabric collection.

Fancy Dance Quilt Pattern

Hey, hey! I finally finished my quilt that I made for the Playground Showcase. Yeah, and remember how I said I’d be finishing it and releasing the pattern for it like two weeks ago? Well, my sewing machine and my computer had other plans. Long story short, my Juki machine hates Coats & Clark thread (sticking with Aurifil and Gütermann) and my computer is fed up with all the large files I’ve stored on it over the years and is full (sigh). But alas, I have conquered them both, at least to get my quilt done and the pattern released. So here is the finished result. Ta-dah!fd_playgd_full_wall_bpfd_playgd_steps_bpfd_playgd_stepsdet_bpfd_playgd_drape_bpfd_playgd_folded_bpfd_playgd_field_bpI used 16 prints from Playground collection by Amy Sinibaldi and paired it with Afternoon Sail denim and Pure Elements White Linen solid – all by Art Gallery Fabrics. For the backing, I used super soft white minky and quilted simply with straight line stitching.

The Fancy Dance quilt pattern includes detailed instructions for a family throw size (shown here) and a toddler size quilt. The pattern is now available as a PDF digital download in my Etsy shop and is 20% off through Thursday, October 20, 2016. Take advantage of this introductory sale and enjoy making this fun quilt. I’d love to see what you make!FancyDance_Pat102

Scrappy Strip Sibling Quilts

Four months ago, our family was blessed with a new nephew. Even before he was born I knew I wanted to make a baby quilt for him, even though I didn’t know at the time whether the baby would be a he or a she. I also planned to make his big sister a toddler quilt now that she has outgrown the baby quilt I made her several years ago. I hadn’t necessarily intended to make them matching quilts, but after I made the one for my nephew, I fell in love with the design so much that I decided to make a girl version.k_quilt_full_bpFor my nephew’s quilt, I used 56 different prints in soft blues, greens, whites and grays. Rectangle blocks measuring 6″ x 1.5″ (finished size) were randomly arranged in strips, then quilted 1/4″ along all the seams. It’s a simple design but effective when you have a scrappy look.k_quilt_chair_bpk_quilt_chair2_bpFor the back, I used a super soft gray minky and a gray and white Swiss dot print for the binding.k_quilt_close_bpFor my niece’s quilt, I chose 50 of the prettiest pink and lavender prints I could find in my stash since this color scheme seems to be her favorite. I love how sweet and feminine it turned out.a_quilt_chair1_bpa_quilt_chair2_bpHer quilt was backed with light pink minky for and a light pink floral print from Amy Sinibaldi’s Playground collection was used for binding. a_quilt_close_bpI was fortunate to deliver these to them in person this past weekend as they were visiting the US from London. Our visit was way too short but I am glad to know I was able to leave a little bit of me behind with them.

–Stacy

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