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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)

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.

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

Foxglove Showcase: Toddler Quilt

Today is my turn to share with you what I made for the Foxglove Showcase. Foxglove is the most recent fabric collection by the talented Aneela Hoey for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Aneela has long been known for her whimsical illustrations and she brings that to us again in this latest collection featuring cute little foxes and pretty foxglove and cowslips florals. There are 12 prints in colors of navy, orange, coral, aqua, gray and white. Paired with Cirrus Solid in Shadow by Cloud 9 Fabrics, I made this scrappy twirl toddler quilt.Foxglove_Full_BPThe entire quilt is constructed with 2″ squares and quilted in a grid-like pattern. I again used a super soft minky backing in light gray.FoxgloveQuilt_2_BPFoxgloveQuilt_1_BPI gave this quilt to my sweet little friend Lucy. She just loves animals, including foxes as you can see, and the colors match her room so I thought it would be perfect for her. I think she likes it!Lucy_1_BPLucy_2_BPAneela is sharing details about the inspiration behind Foxglove on her blog, Comfort Stitching, so be sure to check that out. She is also featuring many other talented ladies who have made something with Foxglove which you won’t want to miss.

I’m beyond thrilled to be packing my bags and heading to my Swapaholics sewing retreat for the weekend! I’ve been sewing like crazy the last couple weeks in preparation and will be showing you what I made and what I receive next week.

–Stacy

Sweet Orchard Little Granny Mini Quilt

Another day, another Little Granny Mini Quilt. This time featuring the debut fabric collection, Sweet Orchard, by my friend Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs. This bright and pretty mini was made for Sedef’s quilt market booth which started today in Salt Lake City. How fun it is to know my creation is hanging on the wall next to so many other beautiful handmades.SO_LittleGranny_Fin_BPI just love how this little quilt turned out! The combination of tiny granny squares, Sweet Orchard fabric and aqua LeCreme Swiss dots is just so pretty!SO_LittleGranny_FinDetR_BPSO_LittleGranny_FinDetL_BPI also made a toddler backpack for Sedef’s booth, which I’ll show you in an upcoming post. This is not the last of my sewing with Sweet Orchard fabrics. There will be a blog tour later this summer so stay tuned for that.SweetOrchard_Bundle_IG

The Little Granny Mini Quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop here. Below are links to other posts related to the Little Granny Mini Quilt.

Linen and Lawn Little Granny Mini Quilt

Ambleside Little Granny Mini Quilt

Little Granny Mini Quilt Pattern

–Stacy

Strawberry Biscuit Blog Hop: Pinwheel Baby Quilt

strawberry_biscuit_blog_hop_graphicToday is my stop on the Strawberry Biscuit blog hop and I am so glad that you’ve stopped by to see what I’ve made. Strawberry Biscuit is the latest released fabric collection by the ever-so-sweet and very talented designer Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics. Elea has a fantastic sense of color and her designs bring me back to my childhood and all the wonderful handmade items my grandmother would sew. This collection is full of vintage inspired prints using strawberries, petite florals, large scale florals, poodles, birdies, kittens, bears, turtles and more. I love using Elea’s designs for baby or toddler items  so I have made a pinwheel baby quilt with 3″ half square triangle blocks.SB_Pinwheel_OverChair_BPI paired the Strawberry Biscuit prints with coordinating pink Swiss Dots by Riley Blake Designs. I love Swiss Dots fabric and use it often in place of a solid fabric for added interest and sweetness.SB_Pinwheel_FrDrape_BPSB_Pinwheel_Folded_Top_BPFor the back, I couldn’t resist using super soft white minky which I think is perfect for a baby quilt. I quilted it very simply by mimicking the horizontal and vertical seams. And for the first time ever, I used one of the cheater prints from the collection to make an easy scrappy binding.SB_Pinwheel_FB_Hang_BP_revSB_Pinwheel_FB_Hang_Closeup_BPSB_Pinwheel_TagCloseup_BPSB_Pinwheel_Binding_BPThank you for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the other talented ladies participating in the blog hop. Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon is also sharing her project today and  Ange from A Little Patchwork and Glenis from Gees Projects are up tomorrow. Below is the full list in case you missed some of the previous posts.

4/18   Karen – Cream Craft Goods

4/18   Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane

4/19   Angel & Amy – Tada Creations

4/19   Lindsey – Fortworth Fabric Studio

4/20   Sarah – Pretty Fabrics and Trims

4/20   Megan – Quilt Story

4/21   Minki – Minki’s Work Table

4/21   Heidi – Fabric Mutt

4/22   Kristyne – Pretty By Hand

4/22   Gina – Party of Eight: Our Story

4/25   Taunja – Carried Away Quilting

4/25   Amanda – Jedi Craft Girl

4/26   Stacy – Stacy Olson (you’re here now)

4/26   Jemima – Tied with a Ribbon

4/27   Ange – A Little Patchwork

4/27   Glenis – Gees Projects

4/28   Megan – Dolly Henry

4/28   Stacy – Farm Road Quilts

4/28   Kimberly – Fat Quarter Shop

4/29   Christa – Cotton Berry Quilts

4/29   Elea – Elea Lutz Design

–Stacy

Linen and Lawn Little Granny Mini Quilt

Whenever I’m sending a package to a quilty friend, I like to include a little something handmade when I can. Yesterday, it was this mini version of my Little Granny mini quilt pattern. Instead of making it with nine blocks, I made it with four so the finished size ends up being 12″ square. I pulled petite floral fabrics from my bundle of Memoire a Paris lawn collection and paired it with Essex cotton/linen blend for the background.MK_LGmini_full_BPThese prints are very similar to what you’ll find within Liberty of London’s fabric offering – tiny florals in a variety of soft and brighter tones.MK_LGmini_pinkdet_BPI kept the quilting super simple since it was such a small quilt.MK_LGmini_purpdet_BP MK_LGmini_yeldet_IGMy favorite part is the binding. I just love the pretty floral pattern and the combination of teal green and citrus yellow. MK_LGmini_bind_BPI’ve been on a Little Granny mini quilt streak lately, and to be honest, I have one more planned within the next couple of months. You can find this pattern in my Etsy shop and some links to previous posts about this mini quilt below. Plus, if you search the hashtag #littlegrannyminiquilt on Instagram you’ll find many other versions made by others. Go check it out!

Related Posts:

Little Granny Mini Quilt Pattern

Ambleside Little Granny Mini Quilt

–Stacy

Patchwork Stationery Kit

After working with the beautiful pink, green, aqua and yellow fabrics I used to make the round pencil pouch recently, I just couldn’t put them back into my stash. I knew I wanted to make something else with them and this patchwork stationery kit seemed to be just the right project. This time, however, I wanted to sneak in some lavender and I am so thrilled with how all of these prints and colors play together.StatKit_FrontAngle_BPTo make the kit, I used a tutorial by Fabric Mutt which you can find here. My kit has a few slight variations which include a strap closure, patchwork back cover and a separate pocket for a pen on the inside.StatKit_OutsideBott1_BPStatKit_OutsideBott2_BPStatKit_BackAngle_BPThe inside also has two slip pockets that can hold such things as a small notebook and notecards.StatKit_Inside_1_BPI really love the cute little envelope pocket that can hold small items like paperclips, stamps or envelope seals.StatKit_Inside2_BPStatKit_Inside3_BPIt’s so fun to make scrappy projects like this one because you can use so many different fabrics. This little stationery kit is on its way to a friend as a “just because” gift. I’m sure I will be making more in the future and maybe one for myself. What I’m not sure of is whether I can put these fabrics back into my stash. I love them all so much together and almost feel that if I don’t make something for myself with them I’ll be unsatisfied. I’ll ponder the possibilities while I move forward with my other projects.

–Stacy