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