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Weekend Quilting Book Showcase

My talented friend, Jemima Flendt, has written a terrific book called, Weekend Quilting and is currently hosting a book showcase. This book is full of creative projects that you can finish in a couple days – gotta love that, right?! Today is my stop along the tour. I chose to make her Pond Ripples Pillow project because I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for triangle blocks.Here is my version of the pattern. I wanted to create a pillow that was soft in colors and would potentially match my new living room remodel. Yay, for newly painted walls!!
Please join in the showcase and visit the other blogs listed below to see more projects. Mon 29th May             Lisa Cox – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

Tues 30th May            Robyn Shapiro – The Strawberry Thief

Wed 31st May             Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet

Thurs 1st June           Emily Dennis – Quilty Love

Fri 2nd June                Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio

Mon 5th June              Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs

Tues 6th June             Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot

Wed 7th June              Stacy Olson –Stacy Olson Design

Thurs 8th June           Sedef Imer- Down Grapevine Lane

Friday 9th June           Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box

Mon 12th June            Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts

Tues 13th June           Rachel Howard – Family Ever After

Wed 14th June            Amy Sinibaldi – nanaCompany

Thurs 15th June         Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac

Fri 16th June               Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork

Mon 19th June            Heather Andrus – Quilt Story

Tues 20th June           Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design

Wed 21st June            Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama

Thurs 22nd June        Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design

Fri 23rd June              Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet

Mon 26th June            Fat Quarter Shop

Tues 27th June           Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric

Wed 28th June            Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration

Thurs 29th June         Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon

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!

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)

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

Sweet Orchard Blog Tour

Wow, two posts in one week after my month-long sewing drought, not bad. Today, I’m here to highlight the debut fabric collection, Sweet Orchard, by my friend Sedef Imer from Down Grapevine Lane. This fabric line features happy colors and sweet designs of fruit, florals and more. I posted about working with this fabric for the first time a few months ago when I made a cute toddler backpack and my Little Granny Mini Quilt pattern for Sedef’s spring quilt market booth. SOrch_FabStack_BPSedef is hosting a blog tour and today is my stop. I decided to make a couple personalized, patchwork snack mats for two sweet sisters in my neighborhood.LA_mats_BPIt might seem strange that I started out by cutting up the “cheater” prints from all three color ways. A cheater print is made to look like patchwork already if you are unfamiliar with the fabric term. I knew I wanted to incorporate the individual fruit graphics into the mat and they are only featured in the cheater prints. So I cut them up and sewed them back together again. We quilters are used to that concept. Then I personalized them by attaching fabric letters with fusible web and stitched around each letter to create a raw edge appliqué. I think they turned out so cute!L_mat_BPA_mat_BPMake sure to check out what all the other makers on the blog tour are creating. Below is the schedule for the tour. You can also follow along on Instagram at #sweetorchardblogtour.SOrch_Banner_BPAugust 15:   Nadra at Ellis and Higgs

August 15:   Sarah at Pretty Fabrics & Trims

August 16:   Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 16:   Anorina at Samelia’s Mum

August 17:   Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 17:   Minki at Minki’s Work Table

August 18:   Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop

August 18:   Keera at Live Love Sew

August 19:   Cassie at Cassandra Madge

August 19:   Liz &  Elizabeth at Simple Simon & Co.

August 22:   Samantha at Aqua Paisley Studio

August 22:   Xanthe at Wife-Made

August 23:   Peta at She Quilts A Lot

August 23:   Stacy at Stacy Olson (you’re here!)

August 24:   Sharon at Lilabelle Lane

August 24:   Amy at Diary of a Quilter

August 25:   Sarah at Piccolo Studio

August 25:   Kristyne at Pretty by Hand

August 26:   Jennie at Clover & Violet

August 26:   Megan at Quilt Story