Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

By Melissa LeRay

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Hi friends! Thank you for stopping by! Today is my stop on the Happy Flower Quilts blog hop, and I’m excited to share with you what I made.  A few years ago, Atsuko Matsuyama released the epic pink quilting book (in Japanese), and Zakka Workshop has reprinted it English, and it seems the entire (quilting) world has applauded!

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This book is chock full of incredible projects and inspiration, which is why it was so hard to choose just one to make! After much indecision, I finally chose the strawberry mini quilt.  I loved the patchwork scrappiness, and how cheerful it was.  I decided to dive deep into my Lecien fabric stash for this, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I used a bunch of Flower Sugar Paisley Wind, Retro 30’s Child Smile (2015 and 2016) and even some of their new dots. In northern California, its nothing but rain and cold right now, and this mini makes me yearn for Spring and Summer!

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I started out by tracing all of the strawberry and patchwork shapes for the mini, then went on to do the strawberries with a needle-turn applique technique. There are many ways to do this, but I followed the method outlined in the book using freezer paper.  Once traced onto the rough side of freezer paper, you can then iron the waxy side to your fabric’s right side, cut a seam allowance edge, and needle turn all around. The freezer paper peels off when you’re done and can be ironed on multiple pieces. There are many tutorials out there, so find one that works for you and try it!

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Piecing the mini came together quickly.  I chose to machine quilt on either side of all the seams, and then did a tiny hand quilted running stitch around each strawberry and leaf.

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If you’d like to sew along with us, Kristyne @prettybyhand and Wynn @zakkaart and I are hosting a Happy Flower Quilt Along, beginning March 6th, where we’ll be making the cover quilt (imagine a happy dance that hasn’t stopped since Kristyne invited me two months ago!).  We’ll sew up two blocks a week over the course of a year to come up with the 99 blocks that make up that gorgeous Happy Flower Quilt Sampler! I’ve been prepping a few blocks ahead of time as our family is moving right as it kicks off, but I didn’t want to miss any of the fun!  I sure hope you’ll join us! Be sure to check out #happyflowerqal to see what we’re up to.

Be sure to check out my Instagram account later today for a giveaway – one lucky person will get their own copy of Happy Flower Quilts, courtesy of Zakka Workshop!

And in case you’ve missed any of the blog hop stops thus far, here is our complete lineup, and be sure to check out #happyflowerquilts to see all the photos:

January
25 Lisa @aspoonfulsugar aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
27 Sarah @Sarahedgarprettyfabrictrims alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
30 Minki @zeriano minkikim.com
February
1 Heidi @fabricmutt fabricmutt.blogspot.com
3 Clara @claralovestosew Instagram Only
6 Ange @alittlepatchwork alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
8 Erin @whynotsewquilts whynotsew.blogspot.com
10 Lauren @transientart transientart.com
13 Sedef @downgrapevinelane downgrapevinelane.com
15 Ayda @cafenohut cafenohut.blogspot.com
17 Renee @sewnwithgrace sewnwithgrace.com
20 Heather @vintagegreyhandmade vintagegreyhandmade.blogspot.com
22 Melissa @ohhowsweetco ohhowsweet.com
24 Greg @greydogwoodstudio greydogwoodstudio.com
27 Stacy @stacyolsondesign stacyolsondesign.com
March
1 Wynn @zakkaart zakkaart.blogspot.com

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8 Comments on Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

  1. Lindsay
    February 22, 2017 at 10:04 am (5 months ago)

    I love the fabrics you used…so bright and cheerful! Your appliqué work is beautiful. Great job with the strawberry leaves…I know how challenging those little points can be! Thanks for being part of the blog hop Melissa!

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  2. LJ
    February 22, 2017 at 11:11 am (5 months ago)

    Lovely – strawberries are a joy to me and I love that you memorialized them in this mini quilt. I’d not heard of this book till this hop; I’m so excited about it now. March 6 is on my calendar!

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  3. Bekki
    February 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm (5 months ago)

    Your mini is really cute. The sampler on the cover looks amazing and so intricate. I can’t wait to see everyone’s different versions during the sew along.

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  4. Connie W-H
    February 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm (5 months ago)

    May I say that I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your mini!!! Oh my, it’s adorable and I just love it!

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  5. Chris
    February 23, 2017 at 11:57 pm (5 months ago)

    I love the mini, so sweet. No IG account or I would checkin.

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  6. Libby
    February 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm (5 months ago)

    Too cute. Love your mini !

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  7. Mrs. T
    February 25, 2017 at 9:55 am (5 months ago)

    Oh, I love this mini quilt. Strawberries are a favorite theme of mine.

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  8. Karen in Breezy Point
    February 25, 2017 at 11:58 am (5 months ago)

    I know how hard it is to cut into the Flower Sugar stash–your mini is adorable!

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