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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

Playful Petals Header

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.

Playful Petals Header

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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Scattered Squares Pillow08.01.14

Scattered Squares Pillow

My Scattered Squares pillow tutorial is now up over on Moda Bake Shop! =)  I had a lot of fun designing this one–it’s a quick to make pillow cover that uses very few supplies.

Scattered Squares Fabrics

My pillow is made using Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.  The precuts for this line have just started hitting stores this week.  You needed an excuse to visit your LQS this weekend right! =p

Enjoy!

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Posey Patch Quilt05.01.14

Posey Patch

Today I’m sharing one of the quilts from my book.  This quilt is Posey Patch and it might be my favorite quilt from the book!  The quilt is made using mostly Art Gallery Fabrics–all except for the orange and the white background are Art Gallery Solids.

Pure Elements

I really enjoy the Pure Elements color palette and hand to their solids.I always have them on hand and keep adding new colors as they become available.

Posey Patch Closeup

Posey Patch features a fun stacked petal design and simple piecing.  All of the quilts in the book feature an accompanying pillow.  That way you can try out the block, the applique, and maybe some fun new quilting techniques without committing to a whole quilt.

Posey Patch Pillow

For the pillow, I used a variety of fabrics by Denyse Schmidt–some older lines; Flea Market Fancy & Katie Jump Rope, as well as some newer lines and even some of her fabrics for Joann’s.

The pattern works really well in both solids & prints.

And check this out!:

Posey Patch Tote

C&T Publishing used Posey Patch to create a new Eco tote.  I have been using mine so often!–It’s roomy and durable and it has my fave quilt on it. =)

If you make any projects from Playful Petals, I would love to see it!–You can share via instagram using #playfulpetals, my flickr group, or just email me a photo!

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Starflower Pillow03.28.14

Starflower Pillow

Julie, over at The Crafty Quilter, gave a wonderful review of Playful Petals.  In her review, she shared a pillow she made using the Starflower pattern.  And I love it so much!

Starflower

From her fabric choices(love the Strawberry Fields fabrics in there), to the amazing quilting:

Starflower Center

This pillow is just too cute!  It totally makes me want to make the Starflower quilt in this color way & add feathers!  If you’d like to make one of your own you’ll find the pattern in Playful Petals. ;)

Here is a quick shot of my original pillow featured in the book:

Starflower

We’ve been enjoying spring break over here but I did manage to draw a giveaway winner from last weeks’ giveaway. =)

Winner

Alice, you are the winner of a copy of Playful Petals and Pillow Cover.  Look for my email soon!

Giveaway Winner

Thanks again everyone for all of your wonderful feedback about Playful Petals!

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Sweet As Honey Blog Tour03.11.14

blog-tour-image

I am so excited to be taking part in the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour today!  Bonnie Christine’s fabrics for Art Gallery are quickly becoming some of my favorites.  You’ll remember that I used her Reminisce fabrics for this little quilt top last fall:

Sampler

And I have been having just as much fun playing with Bonnie’s 2nd line of fabric for Art Gallery, Sweet as Honey.

fat quarters

Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing peeks of the mini hexagon pillow that I have been working on using Sweet as Honey.  I just finished stitching down the binding yesterday to complete my little spring pillow.  And it’s a good thing I have a little bit of Spring going on in here today as I think we’re gonna get another winter blast tomorrow…enough already!

Sweet As Honey Pillow

The fabrics that Bonnie sent over for me to work with were: the hexagon background fabric(I knew I “needed” that one for sure) and the fabric I used on the pillow back(I’ll share that with you in just a bit).  I already had a fat quarter bundle of Sweet as Honey to pull additional fabrics from as well as Reminisce scraps left over from my SuperSized quilt.  The green stems are from various Art Gallery fabric lines.

Closeup

This pillow went in a completely different direction than I had originally intended.  I had planned on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden type layout, filling up the whole pillow top with little 1/2″ hexagons.  However, Bonnie’s description of her fabric line led me to my flower/bee themed design:

Sweet as Honey is a collection with a story.  It’s a woodland themed line full of nestled deer, wildflowers and honey bees.  I was inspired to create the line after exploring nature and spending a summer growing a garden that generously allowed for freshly picked flowers.  It takes me to a most lovely place, where the sun is always shining, the birds fly free and the honey is extra sweet.

Bee

After I appliqued the stems and leaves and stitched the mini hexagons in place, I machine stippled the pillow top.  I left the applique portions of the quilt free from quilting.  I then went back in and added in the bees–and finished them with some stitchy applique.  The bees were fussy cut from one of the fabrics in the line.

Bee 2

I love adding in hand quilting to many of my smaller, as well as larger!, projects.  So, I completed the pillow top with some long stitch hand quilting using an 8 wt. perle cotton thread.

Pillow

The binding is a print from Reminisce and the backing is “Orchard Blossom in Spring”.  The pillow back is a simple envelope enclosure.

Pillow Back

You can read more about the making of this pillow here and here.

Amy shared a wonderful project on her blog yesterday using Sweet as Honey that you can check out here.  And tomorrow, I’m excited to see what Amanda of Material Girl Quilts will be sharing!

To see the complete Sweet as Honey Blog Tour line-up pop on over to Bonnie’s blog.

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WIP Wednesday03.05.14

Sweet as Honey

I’ve been working quite a bit on the little hexie project I shared with you last week.

If you are an IG follower you have seen more hexies made:

In Progress 2

the beginnings of a pillow layout:

In Progress 3

more layout:

In Progress

and some applique taking place:

In Progress 4

This design of this pillow has changed so much since my initial planning stages.  I knew that I wanted to use the hexagon fabric(the background fabric) and mini 1/2″ hexagons inside the hexagons printed on the fabric but I had initially planned on more of a Grandma’s Flower Garden type design.

It wasn’t until I had made 75 little hexagons that I decided to change things up a bit.

Hexie Flowers

For  you applique lovers, I use Heat n Bond lite (almost always) and in this photo I am appliqueing using a blanket stitch which is a pretty standard stitch on most sewing machines.

Stem Applique

To the hexagons, I added just a small piece of Heat n Bond lite on the back of them to hold them in place while I straight stitched around them.  I still have a number of flowers left to make and then I’ll be ready to start quilting.

I have an idea in my head for some hand quilting–we’ll see if it turns out like I am picturing of if I will end up changing things! =)

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Friendship Star Pillow Feature & Giveaway01.06.14

Big Stitch Quilting

I’m excited today to be sharing my last finish of 2013.  I put the last few binding stitches in just before New Year’s Day and today my quilting tutorial and pillow pattern are being featured over on Sew Mama Sew.

SMS Contributor

If you follow me on either facebook or instagram you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of this project in the works.

Liberty

Instagram love

I had purchased a beautiful bundle of Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres Fabric in November.

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

I couldn’t resist those beautiful Libertys!  I added a couple Japanese and Liberty fabrics from my stash mixed in with the Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres for my pillow top.

Liberty Fabrics

Giveaway News!

If you are a Liberty fabrics love like myself you are in luck!  Amanda, of Westwood Acres Fabric,  is offering up for grabs a fat sixteenth bundle from the first installment of their new Liberty Lawn bundle of the month club.  I have to admit to be completely jealous of you guys–I want it for myself! =p

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your little bundle of Liberty goodness. =)  I’ll draw a winner next week.

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And if you haven’t shopped at Westwood Acres fabric, I encourage you to check it out!  Aside from Amanda’s spot on picks for amazing fabrics, the photography is perfect.  I so appreciate beautiful photography that really shows off the fabrics when I am fabric shopping.  Sucks me in every time!

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Botanique fabrics and the Gelati quilt pattern:

And if you want to make a pillow of your own, be sure to hop on over to Sew Mama Sew for the free pattern and hand quilting tutorial!

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Friday WIP12.06.13

Fabric

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week last week!  I was lucky to have my girls home with me from last Wednesday(they had a snow day–perfectly timed weather!) all the way though Monday.  Ryan had off for most of these days also–we took the girls out for supper and to see Frozen on Wednesday evening.   It was Elonie’s first trip to a movie theater and Chloe’s 2nd and the movie was pretty cute so we all had a great time.  Thursday was spent with Ryan’s family for lunch and my family for supper, Sunday was at my cousin’s house and the rest of the time was spent relaxing at home.

I totally drank way too much coffee on Sunday and a coke–so got only a couple hours of sleep Sunday evening–I knew all that caffeine was a bad idea–it does me in every time!  Monday I woke up with some weird, extreme head cold–but it mostly moved out by Tuesday–must have been some strange sleep deprived, caffeine induced illness…is that possible? =p

So, with all that said, it has taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things!

Fabrics

I did have a chance to work on the chalkboard pillows that I shared with you.  I cut up the fabrics into 2 1/2″ squares and got to sewing.

This turned out to be one of my favorite bits once I started piecing the top.  The little “beautiful” right under the manger scene couldn’t have been more perfect if I had planned it.

Closeup

And here’s what the pillow top looks like completely pieced.

Pillow Top

I love the way it is turning out.  I’ll probably go pretty easy on the quilting to not detract from the pillow center.  Hopefully I’ll have this finished up soon and get a chance to work on the other two pillows.

I had a lot of you express an interest in buying these little pillow centers.  If you were one of those folks, be sure to stop back on Monday–I’m participating in Sew Mama Sew’s giveaway day and you just might find one(or more) of these little panels included in my giveaway. =)

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