April 2017 archive

AGF Joyful Fusions Capsule Tour

By Melissa LeRay

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

Good morning everyone! I’m excited to share with you what I’ve made for my stop on the Art Gallery Fabrics Fusions and Capsules Blog Tour!  Mathew Boudreaux (@MisterDomestic) came up with a killer lineup of talent, and I’m very honored to be on the list.  I’m sewing with the Joyful Fusions capsule, and I love how vibrant and cheerful it is – perfect for what I had in mind.  These colors make me think of Spring, joy, hope, optimism, and vitality.

Ohhowsweet.com Joyful Fusions AGF

I wanted to be sure I made something worthy of such a great showcase, so I chose to make a quilt for someone that could use some sunshine.  A friend of mine is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and I wanted to make her a quilt to comfort her during her appointments, and any time she could use a hug or encouragement.

I considered a bunch of quotes to use, and was initially drawn to this one from her Facebook feed:

Ohhowsweet.com AGF Joyful Fusions

But, in the end, I realized I needed to pick something that wasn’t so long (as I would still be piecing the letters long after her treatments were completed).  I decided on the classic “SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD SO SHE DID” quote, because I wanted something equally as empowering and uplifting to the one above, just with fewer letters.

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

I sketched the layout to be sure all the letters would fit.  I used the 6 inch “My First Alphabet” paper piecing pattern by From Blank Pages for the letters – I love how easy they are to read.  I wanted wonky stars surrounding it and chose to use the FREE(!) Confetti Star paper pieced pattern by During Quiet Time.

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

The “To Live by Joyful” print by Sew Caroline, and is filled with inspiring and warm words, and I included a few scattered throughout the quilt.

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

Once the top was done, I pieced the backing using a pattern matching technique that my friend Erin @mommy2lu shared, and it works like a charm!  This gorgeous print, called “Orchard Bloosom Joyful”, by @BonnieChristine was the perfect choice for a single print backing, and I thought a nice, busier, contrast to the simpler quilt front.

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

Then it was ready to send off to one of my closest friends, Sarah Russett (@OnConnorsHill) to be quilted and she used an orange peel design that worked so perfectly with the fresh, crisp, and clean vibe of this quilt. She did an awesome job and I’m so grateful to have had her help and generosity infused in this quilt!

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

This quilt finishes at roughly 58″ x 64″ – perfect to use as a throw!  I love all the white space (AGF Pure Elements Snow) because it feels so bright and clean.  I wanted the message and colors to stand out, and I think that was achieved! I prefer to machine bind – I’ve found it to be far more durable – and used the “Script Joyful” print.

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

My friend now has the quilt in her hands and I hope it brings her much comfort!

MisterDomestics Sewing Party

Here’s the full Capsules and Fusions line up:

Capsules (April 17th – 21st)
Monday, April 17: Cristy Stuhldreher (@loveyousew_) http://www.iloveyousew.com/
Tuesday, April 18: Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) https://nightquilter.com/
Wednesday, April 19: Sharon McConnell (@colorgirlquilts) http://colorgirlquilts.com/
Thursday, April 20: Stephanie Palmer (@latenightquilter) http://latenightquilter.com/
Friday, April 21: Nicole Young (@lillyellasworld) https://lillyella.com/blog/

Fusions (April 24th – 28th)
Monday, April 24: Nicole Daksiewicz (@modernhandcraft) http://modernhandcraft.com/
Tuesday, April 25: Tara Curtis (@t_jaye, @WEFTYneedle) http://www.tjaye.com/
Wednesday, April 26: Melissa LeRay (@ohhowsweetco) http://www.ohhowsweet.com/
Thursday, April 27: Sarah Thomas (@sariditty) http://www.sariditty.com/
Friday, April 28: Jennifer Rossotti (@jennrossotti) http://gingerpeachstudio.com/

And be sure to check out the host himself – he’ll be posting roundups and lots more info!
Mathew Boudreaux: (@misterdomestic) https://misterdomestic.net/

To be sure you don’t miss any of the amazing projects using Capsules and Fusions by Art Gallery Fabrics, check out these hashtags:
#misterdomesticssewingparty
#fusionsbyagf
#joyfulfusions
#artgalleryfabrics
#wearefabrics 

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Patchwork Quiltalong Month 4

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Its April 15th and that means its tax day AND 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, and for now am going in color order – we’ll see what happens when I run out of colors!

This month’s block is called Star & Cross 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. I’m really enjoying the monochromatic look, and I decided to go with that for each month.  So this month is orange / yellow!  I’ll continue this until I run out of colors and then I’ll just fill in where needed. 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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Happy Flower Quiltalong Week 6

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Just popping in very late to post this – we went out of town last week to Puerto Vallarta and I’m still playing catchup! Here are my blocks:

ohhowsweetco.com HappyFlowerQal

If you look closely at the center mint strawberry square, you’ll see a hole in the top left corner.  Oops.  I was rushing to get this done and sliced off the seam allowance.  I’m going to add a little appliqued heart or circle to cover it up – I love this block too much to re-do it and waste these favorite prints of mine!

ohhowsweetco.com HappyFlowerQal

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 #happyflowerQALBlock11, #happyflowerQALBlock12.

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Happy Flower Quilts week 5

By Melissa LeRay

Hi everyone! Welcome to week five of the Happy Flower Quiltalong!  This week’s template block provided a challenge for me! I am no stranger to Y seams, but when you’re working with small pieces, shifting can certainly happen and make a big difference in the block overall.


I think the block turned out great overall, but it was certainly a challenge! How did you manage with it?

As for the applique block, the flower is supposed to be a Lily of the Valley – and those are usually white.  But I’m really enjoying my light backgrounds for these needle-turn blocks so I just decided to go with it! I’m still a little undecided for that center leaf, but I think when the entire quilt is laid out it won’t make much of a difference.  And I can always change it at the end if I feel strongly about it!


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 #happyflowerQALBlock9, #happyflowerQALBlock10.

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