Category Archives: Quilts

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.

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!

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)

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

Playground Showcase

Today is my stop for the Playground Showcase hosted by the ever-so-talented Amy Sinibaldi of nana Company. Playground is the second fabric collection by Amy for Art Gallery Fabrics and it does not disappoint. Amy has an incredible talent for mixing sweet and sophisticated designs with harmonious color combinations. I simply love everything she touches.

Image Credit: Art Gallery Fabrics
Image Credit: Art Gallery Fabrics

I’m excited to share with you the quilt top that I made and designed using the Playground collection, a denim and a white solid – all from Art Gallery Fabrics. Ideally, I would have had it quilted and finished by now, but I was only able to get the quilt top completed by today’s post.playground_top_1_bpplayground_top_2_bpI will be finishing this quilt and releasing the pattern for it this week so stay tuned!In the meantime, check out what other projects were made with Playground fabric. The list of talented participants and which dates they are posting are below.

**UPDATE** The Fancy Dance quilt pattern in now available in my Etsy shop. The blog post featuring this finished quilt and the Fancy Dance pattern release can be found here.playground-showcase-banner<< SEPTEMBER >>

14: Katie Skoog ~ thesimplelifecompany.com/blog

15: Michelle Curtis ~ chellesquilts.com

16: Peta Peace ~ shequiltsalot.com

17: Minki Kim ~ minkikim.com

19: Jemima Flendt ~ tiedwitharibbon.com

20: Tara J Curtis ~ tjaye.com

21: Alexis Wright ~ mysweetsunshinestudio.com

22: Melissa LeRay ~ ohhowsweet.com

23: Ali Brorsen ~ becauseofbrennaclothing.com

24: Angie Wilson ~ gnomeangel.com

26: Rachel McCormack ~ woodenspoonquilts.blogspot.com

27: Stacy Olson ~ stacyolsondesign.com (you’re here!)

28: Shannon Fraser ~ shannonfraserdesigns.ca

29: Cristi Cooper ~ whimsyquilts.blogspot.com

30: Guiseppe Ribaudo ~ instagram.com/Giucy_Giuce

<< OCTOBER >>

1: Kristyne Czepuryk ~ prettybyhand.com

3: Amy Sinibaldi ~ nanaCompany.typepad.com

Patriotic Star Quilt: Getting Started

I hope all you that celebrated Independence Day had a great holiday. For a few years now, I’ve been wanting to make a patriotic quilt to help celebrate the occasion but every year has been too busy. This year wasn’t any different, in fact, it was probably crazier than year’s past if that is possible. However, I was tired of having this bundle of beautiful DS Quilts fabrics just sit on my shelf when I knew it could be so much more.4thOfJuly_fabric_BPMy plan for this fabric has always been to make a star quilt like the one Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew made years ago. I knew I shouldn’t start cutting because I have a bazillion other sewing, home and family projects that need to be taken care of right now, but I just couldn’t help it. Knowing I could only allow myself to assemble a few blocks this year, I managed to squeeze in these and I LOVE them!4sq__BP4sq_2_BPAren’t they pretty? Now I’m really bummed that I have to put them away until next year. Let’s just hope I can find time to finish the rest of the quilt before Independence Day comes around again.

–Stacy

Swapaholics Retreat: What I Received

Yesterday, I shared with you the handmade projects I made for the Swapaholics Retreat. So today I will share the projects I received. I couldn’t be happier with these swap gifts. The makers really put a lot of time and effort into each project and made items that truly reflect my style. First, was the Hexi Bag Swap. Teri made this beautiful drawstring pouch featuring Flower Sugar florals and linen. Along with gifting these hexies so that I can make something of my own, she hand appliquéd a pretty layered hexi flower on top of the pouch. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to use the pouch, but for now, I just like staring at it.Hexi_Bag_BPLisa made me this pretty patchwork fabric basket for the the Basket Swap. I love the combination of all the sweet floral prints and soft colors. I hadn’t even seen most of these fabrics before so that makes it extra fun. She filled the basket with lots of fun kitchen items like a spatula and cookie cutters as well as some pretty fabric.FloralFabBasket_BPI love that she added some fine hand quilted details like a stitched pink heart. If you look closely, you can see it below.FloralFabBasket_Heart_BPFor the Embroidery Hoop Swap, Jen cross stitched this sweet work of art. She did a fantastic job and I was intrigued by the scalloped edge hoop since I hadn’t seen a hoop like that before. HoopSwap_BPI was super duper spoiled by Galia (she flew all the way from Spain!) who made so many incredible things for me for the Secret Sister Swap. Her attention to detail is spot on and certainly the quote, “do small things with great love” is reflective of how she creates. I have always admired her work and she was such a sweetheart too! First, she secretly surprised me with THE most adorable little zippy pouch!ZipPouch_BPTiny low volume patchwork paired with linen, hand quilting and a cute label – my heart melted with the first gift!ZipPouchDet_BPNext, she gave me this adorable glasses case made from one of my all time favorite prints – aqua florals and berries by Bonnie and Camille. GlassesPouch_BPThe beautiful embroidery patch adds the perfect detail.GlassesPouchDet_BPShe knows my love of reproduction fabrics and made me a patchwork mug rug and small placemat set featuring more hand quilting, lace and ribbon details, and a cute label.MugRugs_BPMugRugsDet_BPI’m in love with this beautiful handmade tag and the gorgeous stack of fabric she gifted me…
FloralTag_BP…and I’m in awe over the amazing embroidery stitches and details.FloralTag_detail_BPI about died when I received this Sew Together Bag! First of all, I’ve been wanting one of these for like three years but look at the beautiful stitched details on the outside. And you can’t go wrong with linen and Paperie fabric by Amy Sinibaldi.STbag_1_BPSTbag_2_BPThis pouch has three different zipper compartments and holds so much stuff! I can’t wait to put it to good use.STbag_3_BPLook at this adorable patchwork tote she made with some of my favorite ditzy floral prints! I just love this color combination of pinks, aquas and yellows as well.Tote_BPAnd that handmade tag! I mean, SO cute!ToteTag_BPYes, there’s even more! This sweet mini quilt using Tilda fabrics, which I adore. I’ll take all the tiny florals I can get. HSHmini_Full_BPThere are so many great details in this piece but I especially love the embroidered flowers under the windows. So pretty!HSHmini_Det_BPThese are just the handmade items I received. This post doesn’t even cover all the little extras that these ladies and the retreat hosts provided. I am seriously so grateful for everything made or gifted to me, but I am also grateful for the new friendships I made. It was all such a wonderful experience.

–Stacy

Swapaholics Retreat: What I Made

Two weeks ago, I attended my second Swapaholics Retreat. I had so much fun at my first one in September 2015 in North Carolina, I was elated that the hosts were holding another one within driving distance the second time around. I met so many fabulous friends at the first one and was so grateful that some of them could attend the second. And of course, I made some  new friends at this latest retreat too! This sewing community is just the best! Swapaholics  is not just your typical sewing retreat where you free yourself of obligations at home for a weekend and sew what you want. I mean yes, that’s part of it, but this retreat is all about sewing and swapping projects with other attendees. With this post, I wanted to share with you all the projects I made for my swap partners. In a separate post, I’ll share with you what I received. The first swap happened  before the retreat. This project was to make a unique lanyard and name tag holder for another attendee. This happened months ago before the retreat occurred. Here is the one I made for one of the hosts, Amber from @simplelovemade, and one of the sweetest people on this planet. She likes rich jewel tones and english paper piecing so I thought this would be a good fit.AC_Lanyard_Front_BPThere was an embroidery hoop swap and my partner asked for something woodland themed. I am not the World’s greatest embroiderer so when I found this deer pattern by Flamingo Toes, I was so happy! Not only is it so adorable, but it was manageable for me (with a little help from my dear friend Melissa). I was thrilled to give it to my partner Jen because she expressed so much excitement over it even before she knew it was hers. I would love to make one for myself someday (that is going to be a recurring comment, just so you know).HoopSwap_BPThe hexie swap consisted of making a drawstring bag (tutorial by s.o.t.a.k handmade) for your partner and 25 hexies for English paper piecing (EPP). There was a citrus theme but my partner said it didn’t matter if I gave here something different. I decided to bust into my Old New 30’s collection and make a cute hexi bag with hand embroidery and a sweet label from Amy Sinibaldi’s book, Sweetly Stitched HandmadesHexiSwap_BPThe basket swap was so fun because I got to create something special for my dear friend Sarah (she’s a great long arm quilter by the way)! She was my secret sister at the last retreat and she spoiled me rotten so I wanted to do the same for her. This swap consisted of a handmade fabric basket and adding in fat quarters of your partner’s liking along with a kitchen item. I knew she liked vintage feed sack fabrics like me so I used the red, white and blue floral feed sack pictured below on the basket and paired it with a red gingham. I then decided to make the contents of the basket Fourth of July themed. I started with a star cookie cutter and festive sprinkles and added letter press recipe cards and a stack of blue and red fat quarters of Lecien’s Flower Sugar fabric.BasketSwap_BPI also thought it would be fun to make her a country style apron for her cookie baking. I used a lightweight denim with wide red gingham for the waist band, ties and pockets then added in a cute lace detail.Swap_Apron_BPThe Secret Sister swap is the biggest of the retreat. For this swap, you are paired with another attendee and you secretly shower her with gifts throughout the three days you’re there. Many of the items are purchased according to your partner’s liking such as treats, sewing notions or fabric, but you are required to make your secret sister at least three handmade gifts. I was so thrilled that I would be sewing for one of my dearest friends, Melissa. While it was easy to make her beautiful things because we have similar tastes and styles, it was certainly a challenge to keep her gifts a secret since we talk regularly and she was sitting right next to me at the retreat. On day three, she was surely onto me and the gig was up. I loved everything I made her and threatened to steal them all back when she wasn’t looking, ha! First, I made her this small embroidery hoop with appliquéd hearts in all Bonnie and Camille scraps.Swap_HeartHoop_BPThen there is this little boxy pouch made out of a Bonnie and Camille fabric and a white lace zipper. I included a few “essentials” like hand lotion, gum and lip balm for her to use during the retreat.Swap_LaceZipPouch_BPSwap_LaceZipPouch_2_BPI made this cute fabric button bracelet made all out of Liberty of London prints.Swap_LibertyBracelet_BPSwap_LibertyBracelet_Wrist_BPI simply adore this Tall Trees pillow in the soft and pretty color scheme. I machine quilted the top and then hand quilted around the trees using a mint colored Perle 8 cotton floss. I think it’s suitable to use all year round instead of just during the winter holidays. I’m definitely making one of these for myself.Swap_TTreePillow_3_BPSwap_TTreePillow_2_BPSwap_TTreePillow_1_BPI had so much fun choosing some of my favorite sweet, soft prints to make this scrappy log cabin mini quilt. I love the simple hand quilting around each square. Yep, I’m going to make a big one for me some day.Swap_MiniQuilt_Full_BPSwap_MiniQuilt_1_BPSwap_MiniQuilt_2_BPLastly, I made her this Poolside Tote using Essex yarn dyed linen and a navy calico print from Bonnie and Camille. It’s such a great bag to carry lots of stuff. I wanted to keep this one too, but I have another one in the works for myself.Swap_PoolsideTote_1_BPSwap_PoolsideTote_Clasp_BPSo that’s everything I made for Swapaholics. Tomorrow, I’ll share with you all the sweet handmade gifts I received.

–Stacy