October 2015 archive

A Gooseberry Baby Quilt!

By Melissa LeRay

…for my almost three year old.

As is the case with many subsequent children, Juliet still doesn’t have a baby quilt made just for her by me.  I kept letting other projects sneak in and distract me, but fortunately, her time has come!

Fat Quarter Shop has released a super sweet {and super speedy!!} free tutorial for the Bloom and Bliss receiving blanket, and took very little effort to convert it to the baby quilt that Juliet so deserved.  I love half square triangles, but never considered making them from layer cakes. This is genius! These HST’s were trimmed, and the top pieced AND quilted within one nap time! I also love the flexibility of being able to organize the HST’s in any order to create a different appearance. I chose to make mine in a pinwheel style, and I love that the added 5th row throws off the normal pinwheel look, giving this an altogether different feel.

For this quilt, I used the newly released Gooseberry collection from Lella Boutique.  I love love love this entire range! The colors and florals are really gorgeous and fresh – I love how the pink is more of a coral/salmon and the light blue isn’t quite the same aqua I already have too much of – it’s a nice, welcomed change, and I loved adding the variety to my stash.

Another first for me is the rounded corner. I have plenty of plates and circular objects around the house, but this ruler has grid lines so that all of my rounded corners are constructed on the same angle.  And why did no one tell me this meant no mitered corners AND the ability to sew the binding down in one continuous step?!  Glee!!

For the quilting, I just did simple lines about 1/4″ away from each side of all the seams.

Lastly, for the backing, I used a Cotton and Steel Dining Car that blended well, as  I don’t yet have any Gooseberry yardage but that will change very soon!  For the binding, one of my favorites, Moda Tiny Dottie in Royal Blue.

I see so many of these in my future. I love that making a baby blanket, or even a throw, doesn’t have to take such a big hit on my free time.

Fat Quarter Shop currently has both Gooseberry and the rounded corner ruler in stock.

If you’d like to just hit the ground running, FQS has created a quilt kit that you can buy.

The {free!} Fat Quarter Shop tutorial can be found here, and the accompanying video to walk you through it is here.

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A Brilliant Cut Mini and {free!} Pattern

By Melissa LeRay

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Hello! I’m excited to share with you a really fun {and free!} pattern that Fat Quarter Shop has designed – A Brilliant Cut.  It’s a gorgeous mini, and I could see gifting it to a friend for her engagement, or wedding, or turning it into a larger quilt that uses many different diamond colors.

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The free pattern can be found here: Brilliant Cut-Pattern and Kimberly has created a video to walk you through it, and you can find that here!  This is part of FQS’s Sew Solid series, and I thought it might be fun to use polka dot prints so tiny they almost read as solids. I used four colors of Moda Tiny Dottie for the stone, and Moda Tiny Dottie for the ring. For the background I used Riley Blake’s Le Creme Swiss Dots in black on white. And for the binding, I used the same Grey Tiny Dottie that I used in the stone.


To get the angles of the base of the stone just right, FQS has instructions in the pattern for using the Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle Ruler, and it makes this a total breeze.


Quilting {specifically deciding what to quilt} is one of my weaknesses.  I decided to go out of my comfort zone with this one, and did more than just my usual straight or wonky lines. Instead, I branched out straight lines from the stone.  Then I stitched-in-the-ditch around the inner and outer edges of the ring, and finally, quilted a sawtooth star in the center of the ring.  I’m in love with the final product, and hope you’ll make one too!


I’m hosting a giveaway for a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift card on my Instagram account on Tuesday, so be sure to visit there to enter!

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Let’s kick off the 2105 Tag-A-Long!

By Melissa LeRay


Do you recall the tag-a-longs that Amy of NanaCompany and Kristyne of Pretty By Hand did for a few years? They created tutorials and examples for some really stunning tags, and Faith and I thought it would be fun to host a tag-a-long on Instagram inspired by all that they created.  Hopefully you’ll join us in making some beautiful tags {or ornaments in my case!} and have a lot of fun in the process.  We’re kicking off on Wednesday, 10/14, and we’ll have four weeks of fun sewing together! If you’re joining us on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #2015tagalong so we can all see what you’re creating! You can find me @Ohhowsweetco, Faith @Faithessenburg, Amy @Amysinibaldi, and Kristyne @PrettyByHand!

To make it easy to find all the tutorials and examples, we’ve gathered all the links that will take you directly to their post on their blog.  For even more inspiration, feel free to check out the Flickr pool that they used:


Here’s a ton of great info and inspiration to get you started!




















–ehow tutorial and further idea links–






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