Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 509.19.14

Tossed Petals Quilt

I hope you have all been enjoying seeing the projects from my book!–I have been kept busy trying to photograph all of them to share with you!  Luckily our weather here has been picture perfect–I’m not sure what I would have done if it would have been raining all week!

This quilt is called Tossed Petals.  Natalia did the quilting on this quilt for me also–and I love it.  I didn’t have a plan for the quilting on this quilt, and Natalia came across a similar quilting motif that I had pinned onto my “quilting” pinterest board and suggested we go that route.  I was so glad that she did because it’s perfect!

Tossed Petals Pillow

And the quilt little pillow project featuring Tula Pink fabrics and one of my favorite Sweetwater text prints.

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Today the Playful Petals blog tour is heading over to Amy’s blog.  I got to meet Amy this past spring at market & was so excited to do so.  She was the sweetest, most down to earth person.  I really think the quilting industry is made up of some of the most genuine people–always so welcoming and friendly–and Amy fit right into that mold. =)  And, of course, her blog is chock full of inspiration!

I hope you love her stop on the tour!

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Mini Buds Pattern09.18.14

Mini Buds

 

A lot of you have been waiting very patiently for the release of 2 new Playful Petals freebie patterns–and today is the day for the Mini Buds pattern. =)

Mini Buds is a little 15″ mini quilt that makes quick use of a mini charm pack (or 2.5″ squares) and a bit of yardage.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with Playful Petals, using the techniques outlined in the book.  And, it’s a little thank you to all of you who support my blog, have purchased by book, and have given a lot of encouragement over the years.  Thank you!!

The pattern cover might give you a little bit of a hint to some more exciting things in the works over here. ;)

Mini Buds Cover Navy for blog

Mini Buds PDF Pattern

Just click the link above to open up and print the PDF pattern.  Make sure that the page scaling is set to “none” when you print it since the pattern includes a petal template pattern.

Playful Petals Header

Day 4 of the Playful Petals blog tour also brings with it a couple photos of the Daisy Fields quilt and pillow from my book.  The fabrics I used for this quilt are from the Notting Hill collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics.  If you are looking for a fun Christmas project, I think this quilt would be darling in Christmas fabrics.  Those little flowers have reminded me of poinsettias from the day I made this quilt.

Daisy Fields

Natalia did the quilting on this one for me–I love that I can send anything over to her with little instructions and she always nails it.

Daisy Fields Closeup

And the little Daisy Fields pillow:

Daisy Fields Pillow

Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts is today’s stop on the Playful Petals blog tour.  Faith and I were in a quilting bee together years ago which is when I first started following her blog.  She’s an amazing quilter & I’ve seen some peeks of her Playful Petals project and I can’t wait to see the full reveal!

I hope you are enjoying the tour!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 309.17.14

Starflower Quilt

Day 3 of the Playful Petals blog tour brings you my Starflower Quilt.  Long time followers of my blog may remember this bundle of fabrics that I shared right before I began working on the quilts for my book.

Spa Day Bundle

And these fabrics went on to become the Starflower quilt, the first quilt completed for Playful Petals.  The fabrics are a mix of fabrics from my stash but the quilt could also be completed using 20 fat 8ths.

Starflower Quilting

Starflower was quilted by Margaret and she did an amazing job.  I usually have a little bit of an idea of how I would like my quilts quilted but for this quilt, I knew exactly how I wanted it done and it turned out just as I imagined.

The backing is from one of my favorite Heather Bailey lines, Freshcut.  This is still one of my most favorite lines of fabric.  And I love this large scale print as backing.

Starflower Backing

I completely changed up the feel of the accompanying Starflower Pillow by using bold fabrics from Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden line of fabric.

Starflower

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For today’s stop on the tour, Jessica will be sharing over on her blog.  Jessica’s blog caught my eye this summer, as all kinds of Orange Peel quilts began popping up on Instagram from the Orange Peel Quilt Along she hosted.

I loved seeing all of these quilts and really enjoyed when some of them were made using patterns from Playful Petals!  What a great quilt along!  Be sure to pop over and see what she will be sharing with us today. =)

Applique Q&A

On Monday, I mentioned that you could leave your applique questions in the comments and I would answer them throughout the blog tour.  Here are a couple that I received so far(feel free to keep asking!):

Question: I have never appliqued before, but I have these dupioni silk fat quarters that I want to use for applique. I was thinking about using fusible interfacing and do the turn inside out method. Does that sound like a good idea? I don’t know how the interfacing will work with the silk.

Answer: First off, I would recommend that you try out applique using an inexpensive, user friendly fabric like quilting cotton and practice a bit.  Because silk dupioni tends to cost a bit more than quilting cotton you want to make sure that you have your technique down and it’s one you enjoy!  Because I have never worked with silk dupioni, I did a little bit of Internet research, I came across this information Taming Silk Dupioni.  This gives a lot of great, useful information including the recommendation to use Soft Fuse fusible web for applique.  I have used Soft Fuse and it is a wonderful, very lightweight fusible.

Question: Thank you for doing the book and being so sharing. Appliqué the “a” word.i have not done appliqué they way its usually thought of in the quilting world. I appliqué repairs for my grandchildren’s favorite, blankets, pillows, stuffies. Appliqué to fix their favorite treasures makes both of us very happy.  My question is how do you hold the appliqué piece so as you sew around everything comes out even no puckers or wrinkles I’ve had more than a few times that I’ve had to add embrodery to cover appliqué boo boos.

Answer:  Using applique as a repair method is a very practical application!  There are a couple different ways to keep those little applique pieces in place while you sew them down.  You could use a temporary fabric adhesive such as 505 Spray and Fix.  You would spray the back of your applique piece & place it in the intended location and the adhesive will keep it in place while you sew.  The adhesive will wash right out leaving no sticky residue.  The bonus to this method is that the applique is re-positionable until it is sewn down.  Another great option is to use Elmer’s school glue, the washable kind.  For this method, you would place a couple dots of glue around the edges of the applique.  Place the applique where you would like it and set it by pressing with a hot iron for just a few seconds.  Many quilter’s claim that the glue doesn’t gunk up their sewing machine needles at all–however, if you are concerned about this place the glue dots in from the edge of the applique where you will not be sewing.

Thank you for the questions ladies!–Keep them coming!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 209.16.14

Posey Patch Closeup

Today marks Day 2 of the Playful Petals Blog tour.  And, I am skipping from the first quilt in my book, to the last quilt in my book.  This one is called Posey Patch and it’s one of my favorites.

Posey Patch

At one of my book signings one of the ladies I was talking with thought that it was a cheater quilt!  She didn’t realize that all of the petals were appliqued.

Posey Patch Pillow

The pillow project showcases the Posey Patch quilt block in print fabrics.  It’s equally pretty in prints as it is in solids.

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Today, Melissa of Happy Quilting is the 2nd stop on the Playful Petals blog tour.

I got to meet Melissa this past spring at Quilt Market and she is just as fun in person as you would think she might be after reading her blog!  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us on her blog today! =)

I’m putting the finishing touches on the 2 patterns I promised you as part of the blog tour–I have one planned for this week and the 2nd for next week.  Make sure to keep an eye out for them!!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour09.15.14

Playful Petals HeaderToday kicks off the Playful Petals Blog Tour!  I’m so excited to for the amazing line-up of bloggers participating in the tour!

September 15: Amy @  Stitchery Dickery Dock
September 16: Melissa @Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
~Break for Weekend~
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
~ The Blog tour will end with a wonderful giveaway  you won’t want to miss back here on my blog ~
Today, Amy, of Stitchery Dickery Dock will be sharing about Playful Petals over on her blog.  I really hoped Amy would join my blog tour after I ran across this amazing quilt she made.
Stitchery Dickory Dock Quilt
This is Amy’s “Tuileries” quilt that she designed to showcase Heather Bailey’s, True Colors, fabrics.  The design fits in perfectly with the quilts in my book–I love it!!  You can read more about Amy’s quilt here.
Be sure to pop over to her blog sometime today to see what she is sharing about Playful Petals!
Each day of the tour I will also be sharing quilts from my book:
Playful Petals Cover
Today, I thought I would start things off with the cover quilt, Rainbow Petals.
Rainbow Petals
Rainbow Petals is designed to use a layer cake or 1/8 yd. cuts of fabric.  I love it in all of it’s scrappy goodness!–The original quilt was made using Vanessa Christenson’s line of fabric Simpy Color with just a couple Sew Stitchy prints by Aneela Hoey thrown in.
Hand Quilting
My mom hand quilted Rainbow Petals for me using 8 wt. Perle Cotton in a rainbow of colors.  The accompanying Rainbow Petals Pillow is made using a few sweet, Japanese prints.  The pillows in the book are a wonderful way to use up some scraps.
Rainbow Petals Pillow
You can read all about my inspiration for writing Playful Petals here.
Be sure to stop back tomorrow for some more quilty fun!  I would love if you would ask your applique questions in the comments so I can take time to answer them during the blog tour.  And remember, I’ll also be sharing 2 free patterns with you and the blog tour will be ending with a wonderful giveaway. :)

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WIP Wednesday Instagram Style09.10.14

Tiled Blooms

My Wednesday is getting away from me!–I thought I better pop on here quickly before it slides right on by. =)  I had to snag some of my IG photos to share with you today–it’s so windy here today that everything is blowing away when I try to photograph it! =p

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Next week, on Monday the 15th, I will be kicking off a Playful Petals blog tour.  When my book came out this past spring, I was in the thick of Quilt Market prep and VBS prep and school letting out, getting my garden in etc. and I knew that I wanted to have a fall blog tour.

I think my fall is more like other people’s spring.  Fall is the time when I feel in more of a routine, and with the weather turning cooler, I like being inside nesting, with projects going on.  So for me, this is the perfect blog tour time.

In preparation for the blog tour, I have been prepping some fun free projects that I am going to be offering.  I’ve designed 2 projects to compliment the other projects in the book.  You’ve seen Mini Buds, a 16″ mini quilt project:

Mini Quilt

And, I’ll also be offering Tiled Blooms, a 60″ square, throw–there’s a peek of it in the top photo.  For Tiled Blooms, I worked with Up Parasol by Heather Bailey, and a bit of Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.

Up Parasol Fabrics

I had planned on using a green solid in place of the green, Miss Kate floral–but after seeing Miss Kate and Up Parasol together at my LQS, I decided to use the Miss Kate.  That little green print is one of my favorites from the line.

Up Parasol Petals

The petals for Tiled Blooms are larger and work quite well with the larger prints in Up Parasol.  This quilt is a beginner friendly quilt with simple piecing and, of course, larger applique pieces.

Tiled Blooms Block

If you have a copy of my book and a some fabrics you’ve been itching to use, you’ll be all set when I release these patterns!

Be sure to stop back on Monday when the tour kicks off with one of my favorite bloggers!

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Mini Buds Quilt09.02.14

Mini Quilt

Over the weekend, I was able to spend some time working on a new project.  There is something so satisfying in having an idea, starting a new project, and seeing immediate results.

This quilt is my Mini Buds quilt and it finishes at about 15″ x 15″.  The fabrics I used are Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

Mini Buds

I plan to offer this as a free pattern sometime this month as a companion pattern to my book Playful Petals.  It’s a perfect pattern to use one of those mini charm packs you may have been saving for just the right project.

For the quilting, I tried something completely different(for me).  I wasn’t sure how the center was going to turn out with so much quilting passing through–but, I think it works well.

Quilting

For the backing, I chose a DS Quilts polka dot fabric:

Backing

And for the binding, I am using the navy striped scallop print from Miss Kate.

Binding

And here you can see how small these pieces are:

Mini

Such cute, teeny little pieces =)

Happy Sewing!

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Wednesday WIP08.27.14

c&s

What a busy couple of weeks it has been!  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel sending my youngest off to Kindergarten but I am enjoying it more than I thought that I might.  The Kindergarten in our school district, prior to this year, was an all day/every other day Kindergarten.  We found out just weeks before school started that they were switching to an all day/every day Kindergarten program due to receiving a much needed grant to implement the program.

I am amazed at what all can be accomplished when the house is quiet and I am by myself.  So far, this has meant some serious cleaning time–what a treat to have uninterrupted cleaning time!  I have been catching up on podcasts as I work..Modern Sewciety & American Patchwork and Quilting Radio are 2 of my favorites.  BTW, do you have any favorite podcasts I need to add to my list?–I’m always looking for good ones!

Yoder Sign

Getting back into the swing of things and then tackling some household chores has left me with little time to work on my WIP’s.  I did finish up my Yoder mini quilt and it is now hanging above my kitchen sink just where I had in mind for it.  I used my faux piped machine binding technique that I shared a tutorial for here.  I love this technique, and so far it’s the only type of machine binding I haven’t felt compelled to rip out because of the way the back looked.

Corner Sink

Now to figure out some curtains for these windows.  I am the most indecisive curtain person ever!–I don’t even know how many different curtain options I have tried out on various windows–I’ll leave them up for awhile and then decide I want to change things out.  I like a lot of natural light so often I prefer windows without curtains/blinds that might block the light.

I have a few projects that I’m working on right now that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.  And I hope to get some more WIP’s banged out–I still need to add borders to the Metro Rings quilt and finish up the white stitching on Quilty Stitches.  But, what I really want to work on is this mini:

Future WIP

Those squares finish at 1/2″–it’s the cutest little pattern ever!  I’m thinking about using a little bit of my Cotton & Steel basics bundle:

c&s

I’d only need about a 5″ square from each fabric.  With such small piecing, I have to be careful about my fabric choices for this pattern.  I kind of want to dive right in!(and I just might) =)

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Quilty Stitches Block 1608.18.14

Quiilty Stitches Block 16

 

Quilty Stitches Block #16–The Last One!! =)  Thank you so much everyone for following along!  I can’t believe this stitch along is coming to a close.  I went back to check on the date of when I posted the first block pattern and it was January 20–almost 7 months exactly.

Our block today is called Good Cheer–how fitting, right! =)

Quilty Stitches

I think it adds just the right amount of punch down there in the right hand corner. =0)

Quilty Stitches 16

Quilty Stitches Block 16 PDF Pattern

The coral color is DMC #351.

Well done if you have managed to keep up for the whole sampler!–If not, or if you are just starting the sampler or somewhere midway through, you can find all of the links at the top of the screen under “Quilty Stitches”.

Scraps

I also wanted to announce the winner of my giveaway scraps winner:

Giveaway Winner

The winner is comment #11:

Comment #11

Emma, congrats!, I’ve sent you an email. =)

I hope everyone has a great Monday!  I know some of you are sending little ones off to school this week.  Chloe will be starting 4th grade on Wednesday and Elonie starts Kindergarten on Friday.  It’ll be so strange to have them both in school!–I’m thankful to spend a couple days with them yet this week before our summer is over!

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WIP Wednesday08.13.14

Stitcheries Quilt

Can’t believe we are back to Wednesday already!–Man that week flew by.  It’s unfortunate that time picks up pace as the summer nears an end. =)  I checked my Stitcheries quilt top off my WIP list.

This is my favorite block in the whole quilt:

Stitchery

For some reason, I opted to do all of my little stitcheries on muslin.  This is not the same decision I would make if I were making it again!

Stitchery 4

In keeping with that, and against my better judgement, the sashing is also a muslin–albeit cuter than your average muslin.  I picked it up at one of my LQS’s several years ago and it has a flower print sort of “stamped’ into it if that makes sense.

Stitchery 3

I may never be able to wash this quilt–none of the fabrics are prewashed and I’m not sure how it will hold up…and the shrinkage wouldn’t be a good thing.  But, aesthetically, I think I made the right decision.  The little flowers in there are pretty cute!

Happy to check this one off my list!  However, now the problem is the overflowing stack of quilt tops–machine quilter I am not! =)

In the upcoming week these are my goals:

  1. Add border to the Metro Rings Quilt–I hope to share this one with you tomorrow or Friday.
  2. Finish next Quilty Stitches block (the last one!)
  3. Bind my Yoder quilt.

I also have another project I wouldn’t mind working on but, with Back to School next week my schedule may get a bit full!

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