Friday, February 17, 2017

Scrappy Project Planner Sew Along :: Patchwork Tulip

Good morning! Have you been following along with the Scrappy Project Planner Sew Along? It's a sew along with Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop where every week one pattern from the Scrappy Project Planner is featured. As always it's been fun seeing what other people are making. I really love Lori's planner. It took me a little bit to work up the nerve to write in it because it's so cute! I love the section on scrap organization!

This week's pattern is the Patchwork Tulip. This is Lori's quilt above. Isn't it so pretty!?! Full of happy scrappy colors. I love it!!!

I made 4 blocks for a wall quilt. I used my favorite Lori Holt/Bee in My Bonnet fabrics! Lots of Sew Cherry1 & 2 in there. I used this pretty green Sew Cherry print for the border but I just wasn't settled on it. I let it sit overnight and decided to take the borders off and use the red gingham from Sew Cherry instead.

I think it would have looked good both ways.

But this red gingham and blue with cherries combo has me really happy right now. Where are my heart eye emoji's? :)

Lori's patterns are always so clever and easy to follow. The planner and accessories have been really special for me because I am a list maker but have never had a planner. It's really nice to have all my quilt lists in one place and have a plan for them. The patterns included in the planner are all scrappy and fun!

Check out what the other bloggers are making for the sew along! Thanks so much to Fat Quarter Shop for including me.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop and Book Giveaway

Hello! I am SO happy to be a part of the Happy Flower Quilts blog hop! If you aren't familiar with Happy Flower Quilts it's a book written by the incredibly talented master quilter, fabric designer, pattern designer and author Atsuko Matsuyama. The original book has long been a favorite and highly sought after by many quilters and makers for years.

The wonderful people at Zakka Workshop  have reprinted an English version of the book which is so exciting to be able to finally get to see this beautiful book up close.

It was so hard to pick a project for this blog hop. I want to make everything in his book, twice :)! I decided to make the sewing kit and also the lunch tote!

I'll share the sewing kit first. Here are some progress pics I shared on Instagram. I hand-pieced most of the kit. These sweet little 2" spools were such a fun way to use the littlest bits of precious scraps.

 I enjoyed all the handwork this project offered. I find projects like this so satisfying.

I changed my mind about a million times throughout making this. You can see that I changed out the yellow fabric I had intended to use for this pink fabric. I just wasn't loving the yellow as much as I thought I would for this project even though it's one of my favorite prints. I'm really happy with the pink.

The outside of the kit has all of these sweet touches to it.... applique, embroidery, embellishments and quilting.

Every detail is pure joy for me! I'm learning to embrace all the flaws and just enjoy making.

The lining fabric is an older Lecien print. It reminds me of vintage wallpaper. Love, love, love!!!

Okay, now the inside! whoa, boy, do I love the inside! ( I missed ironing away a frixion pen line near the zipper in these pics and my zipper is a wobbly mess. okay moving on..)

The pincushion is so little and so cute! It's really interesting to see how all these little elements are constructed in the book.  

The next thing that took just a little extra time was the pouch But isn't it just the cutest little thing?! Fun embroidery stitches, hand quilting, cute fabric scraps. Good, good stuff! 

I crocheted a scalloped trim for the flap. Just to give it a little something special.

To hold them in the sewing kit I used magnetic snaps for both the pincushion and pouch.

I changed the position of the tape (trim) that holds the scissors and pen to fit my needs. 

I used the tiniest scraps to piece together the scissors holder. 

I added a few more goodies, the necessities... my needles and seam ripper which I used quite a bit while making this kit. I ripped the zipper and binding out a few times and you can probably tell. I'm heavy handed and tend to pull things tight when I'm hand sewing. I'm still very happy with it.

I saw Krystine had the cutest zipper pull on her sewing kit. I remembered my dear friend Elnora had given me this pretty zipper pull a couple of years ago. SO, I put it on my kit. More love!

Are you still with me? I hope so! Here's my second make from the book. Lecien generously sent me Atsuko Matsuyama's adorable strawberry fruit handle as well as the new Retro 30's fabrics! 

I just HAD to make the cute little lunch tote! I knew I wanted to use some yellow since I didn't end up using it in the sewing kit. I also knew I had to use those petite strawberry prints! of course! For the tape/trim accent I used a piece of vintage ribbon I've had for ages. I think it was a good match! The cording in both projects was from my daughter. It's pretty neat that she has a stash of crafting supplies.

I love the florals in the line and this one just tied all the colors together. I machine quilted the exterior panel pretty densely at less that 3/4" apart.

Here's one last shot. Seriously, these strawberry handles are so cute! I sewed mine on with 3 strands of matching floss using a back-stitch.

Whew! Now for some fun, Zakka Workshop is going to give a copy of Happy Flower Quilts to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment below. 

And here is the list of other bloggers participating in the blog hop! Everything I have seen so far has been fabulous! I'm always blown away by the talent in this quilting community!
And there is a Happy Flower Quilts quilt along starting March 6th! Check out Krystine's (Pretty by Hand), Wynn's (zakkaart) or Melissa's ( ohhowsweetco )blogs for more details. (links below)

25 Lisa @aspoonfulsugar
27 Sarah @Sarahedgarprettyfabrictrims
30 Minki @zeriano

1 Heidi @fabricmutt
3 Clara @claralovestosew Instagram Only
6 Ange @alittlepatchwork
8 Erin @whynotsewquilts
10 Lauren @transientart
13 Sedef @downgrapevinelane
15 Ayda @cafenohut
17 Renee @sewnwithgrace
20 Heather @vintagegreyhandmade
22 Melissa  @ohhowsweetco
24 Greg @greydogwoodstudio
27 Stacy @stacyolsondesign

1 Wynn @zakkaart

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

Hello! Today Fat Quarter Shop released the first free pattern for the Bella Skill Builder quilt along. The quilt was designed exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop by the very talented Sherri McConnell and it's made with all Bella Solids. The quilt along starts today and will go to November with a new pattern released each month.

I'm looking forward to making this quilt. I have only made one quilt from solids and that was when I first started quilting.

I chose a similar color palette as Sherri's quilt with a few changes. I used some Bonnie and Camille bundles from Fat Quarter Shop to make my fabric choices. I have a few extra than called for to play around with.

Here are my first blocks finished for the quilt along! I used Aqua and Ruby Ice Bella Solids for them. There isn't as much contrast as the original blocks but I do really like them!

The centers and lining up seams can be a bit tricky on these. Mine are FAR from perfect but it was nice to piece these traditionally instead of paper piecing which is how I've made the block in the past.

Ducks like quilt blocks too! :)

You can find the free pattern and more info HERE

You can watch the video HERE

You can see the other bloggers quilting along here.

                                                          Paula from The Sassy Quilter 

Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Sew at Home Mummy
Erin from Why Not Sew
Lisa from In the Boon Docks
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
 I can't wait to see your blocks!
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin


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