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!
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!
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!
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.
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: