March 2017 archive

Happy Flower Quilts week 4

By Melissa LeRay

Its that time of the week!  I really enjoyed the template block this week as it came together quickly and let me showcase a few favorite prints.  You’re going to notice that my props are pretty similar these days – we’ve started to pack up our house to move, and much of my sewing room has already moved to boxes.  Its tough being in these transition periods!

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Feels funny photographing a single square of fabric, and labeling it as a quilt block, but that’s what it is this week!

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I couldn’t resist using this new yellow floral from Atsuko Matsuyama as one of my square pieces – its so soft and sweet and vintage-looking!

If you’ve been on the fence about joining in, you can jump in whenever you want! You just need the book – check Sunny Day, Sew Stitching Happy, or even Amazon.  If its sold out, its continually being replenished, so try again a day or two later.

In case you need any help, please be sure to visit the FaceBook group devoted to all things Happy Flower Quiltalong, and be sure to use the following hashtags on IG so we can all see your work: #happyflowerQAL, #happyflowerquilts, #sunsunsampler, and for these two blocks, be sure to use #happyflowerQALBlock7, #happyflowerQALBlock8.

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Happy Flower Quiltalong – week 3!

By Melissa LeRay

Hey everyone! Welcome to week 3 of the Happy Flower Quiltalong!

We are in the midst of selling our home and house hunting, so I’m going to keep this brief (many of these may be brief as we settle in!)

I loved both of these blocks..


The template block is made up of simple flying geese.  I have a template that I’ve used for years from Deb Tucker, and it helps to make perfect flying geese.  I love how precise my geese points are.  I used some tiny florals from Atsuko Matsuyama’s 30’s Collection with Yuwa for this block and I need to get more! I only had a FQ of each print to start with!


This strawberry block was one of the first that I did while I was still learning how to needle turn.  I needed the practice with the points of the leaves, and that’s why they look so much more chunky than they should.  Its a learning process like anything else.  I’m going to be doing a blog post soon about needle turn applique, and why you shouldn’t fear it. In the meantime, here’s my block!

If you’ve been on the fence about joining in, you can jump in whenever you want! You just need the book – check Sunny Day, Sew Stitching Happy, or even Amazon.  If its sold it, its continually being replenished, so try again a day or two later.

See you all soon!

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Month three of the Patchwork Quiltalong

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Its March 15th and that means there’s a new block being released for the Patchwork Quiltalong! This is a charity quiltalong hosted by Fat Quarter Shop to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation; their sole mission is to grant tremendous and memorable wishes to kids with terminal or chronic illness.The quilt was designed by Camille Roskelly and Bonnie Olaveson, and I’m continuing to use their newly released line, Basics, for this quilt.


This month’s block is called Box-in-a-Box and can be downloaded HERE.  Fat Quarter Shop is releasing these patterns for free, though our sincere hope is that you’ll consider donating just $5 for each pattern you download.  If you’d like to donate, you can do so HERE.  After last month’s red theme, I’m kind of digging the monochromatic look, and I decided to go with that for each month.  Unless I change my mind or run out of enough colors :) But for now, monochromatic it is!

These were such fun and quick blocks to make! Be sure to check out everyone else’s:

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group!
Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I hope you’ll join us! xoxo
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Week two of Happy Flower Quiltalong!

By Melissa LeRay

Welcome to week 2 of the Happy Flower Quiltalong! Its been so fun watching what you’ve been creating – what a fun and talented community we have! If you’re just joining us, you can grab Atsuko Matsuyama’s newly translated and re-released book by Zakka Workshop in a number of places, such as Sunny Day Supply, Sew Stitching Happy, and Amazon.

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The week two blocks were two favorite of mine from the start, and I was excited to sew them up!

Here’s block 3, which I used exclusively Lecien for – I love how cheerful this is!:

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And block 4 is a mix of Moda Bonnie and Camille Vintage Picnic and tiny Dottie in Navy, and Sevenberry floral:

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In case you need any help, please be sure to visit the FaceBook group devoted to all things Happy Flower Quiltalong, and be sure to use the following hashtags on IG so we can all see your work: #happyflowerQAL, #happyflowerquilts, #sunsunsampler, and for these two blocks, be sure to use #happyflowerQALBlock3, #happyflowerQALBlock4.

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Kick off to the Happy Flower Quilt Along!

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Welcome to the kick off of the Happy Flower Quilt Along! We are beginning our year long adventure of stitching up the cover quilt on Atsuko Matsyuma’s epic book (that has been translated and re-released by Zakka Workshop) Happy Flower Quilts.  Kristyne (@prettybyhand), Wynn (@zakkaart) and I (@ohhowsweetco) will be your hosts for this fun adventure!

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I’ll be starting with block 1, and showing you two blocks per week.  Just like reading a book, we’ll start in the upper left corner of the quilt and work our way to the right, and down each row.  This means that we’ll be doing an appliquè block and a pieced block each week (some times there will be a single piece of fabric, as you’ll see in the quilt).

In case you need any help, please be sure to visit the FaceBook group devoted to all things Happy Flower Quiltalong.

So, onto the blocks!

Block 1:  I was so excited to use some of Lecien’s newest release, Atsuko Matsuyama’s Old New 30’s.  Those little cherries are the cutest!  I paired the prints with some dots from their Dots and Gingham Checks collection, and I love how this little block turned out!

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Block 2: This block has a Robert Kaufman Sevenberry background, and I used a favorite Yuwa Atsuko print for the flower.  The bright pink/dot is a tiny dottie from Moda, the stem is a Kaufman architextures and I’m not sure where the green dots are from…

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Its certainly a challenge to plan out the colors for a scrappy quilt that will be made over the course of a year, so I’m being sure to consistently use prints and colors that I love so that it will hopefully be cohesive in the end.  I might end up re-doing a block here and there so it all fits together better when completed, but its such a fun process, and I’m trusting that it will all work together!

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Be sure to use the following hashtags on IG so we can all see your work: #happyflowerQAL, #happyflowerquilts, #sunsunsampler, and for these two blocks, be sure to use #happyflowerQALBlock1, #happyflowerQALBlock2

Thanks for stopping by!

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