May 2017 archive

Weekend Quilting Showcase

By Melissa LeRay Weekend Quilting Showcase

I am so excited to be a part of this showcase.  Jemima Flendt (@tiedwitharibbon) is a dear friend of mine, and I remember emailing back and forth when her book was just in the most beginning stage.  What a joy it is for me to see it come to life.  Jemima is such a talented and kind person, and her warmth is translated perfectly in her debut book, Weekend Quilting, released by Fons and Porter (@fonsandporter).  The abundance of approachable and fun projects made picking only one very tough!

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We were in the middle of selling our home and moving when we were choosing our dates, so I made this mini months ago, as not to be stressed if I couldn’t unpack in time or located all my necessities before my showcase date was up.  The book proved its title – I made this mini in a weekend, between all of the other things going on.  I’d just pop in to my sewing room as time allowed, and thoroughly enjoyed watching it come together. Weekend Quilting Showcase

I chose the Sparkles Mini Quilt, and used some of my all time favorite prints from Yuwa, Lecien, Sevenberry, Art Gallery and Moda.  Because each piece is on the small side, I stuck with smaller prints so that they could really shine.  I don’t normally keep many low volume prints on hand, but I do love dots, so those got put to good use here.  To save time, I selected all my fabric ahead of time, and calculated how many A pieces I would need, and how many B. Then I cut enough fabric squares of each and just went to work picking as I sewed.  Its nice that you can play around with the final layout quite a bit before the whole mini is sewn together. Weekend Quilting Showcase

Jemima wrote out fantastic instructions. The projects are laid out in a logical way, organized way based on the technique you’re wanting to try.  The projects are approachable and beautiful, and this will a book I turn to often for lessons and inspiration. Weekend Quilting Showcase

Hand quilted within the low volume triangles, and then machine bound to finish. This mini just makes me so happy.  Its made with my favorite colors, with my favorite fabrics, using a pattern written by a favorite friend.  You can find Weekend Quilting at your local bookstore, or Amazon.  To see all the projects made from Jemima’s book, be sure to check out these hashtags on Instagram: #weekendquiltingthebook #weekendquiltingshowcase #weekendquilting #tiedwitharibbon #tiedwitharibbonpatterns #fonsandporter Weekend Quilting Showcase

Be sure to check out each stop on the showcase! Here’s the full lineup of amazing sewists:

Mon 29th May             Lisa Cox – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Tues 30th May            Robyn Shapiro – The Strawberry Thief
Wed 31st May             Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet
Thurs 1st June           Emily Dennis – Quilty Love
Fri 2nd June                Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studios

Mon 5th June              Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs
Tues 6th June             Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot
Wed 7th June              Stacy Olson –Stacey Olson Design
Thurs 8th June           Sedef Imer- Down Grapevine Lane
Friday 9th June           Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box

Mon 12th June            Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts
Tues 13th June           Rachel Howard – Family Ever After
Wed 14th June            Amy Sinibaldi – nanaCompany
Thurs 15th June         Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac
Fri 16th June               Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork

Mon 19th June            Heather Andrus – Quilt Story
Tues 20th June           Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design
Wed 21st June            Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama
Thurs 22nd June        Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design
Fri 23rd June              Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet

Mon 26th June            Fat Quarter Shop
Tues 27th June           Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric
Wed 28th June            Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration
Thurs 29th June         Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon

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Patchwork Quiltalong Month 5

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Its May 15th and of course 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, 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 Homestead 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. This month’s chosen color is green, and I think these prints really shine in this block!

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 (@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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Made for Baby Blog Tour

By Melissa LeRay Made for Baby Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Made for Baby blog tour! I’ve been a long time fan of Ayda Algin’s and when I first heard that she was writing a book, I knew without a doubt that it would be an incredible source of inspiration and instruction.  I have some close friends that are soon to deliver baby boys, and I’m thrilled to have so many beautiful baby projects to choose from.

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Having two girls of my own, I am well stocked in girly prints, but I don’t have much in the way of boyish color schemes.  I used some precious Liberty of London and a favorite, ultra soft blue gingham, along with and a few low volume prints to create a soft boyish, scrappy feel, and am completely smitten with how these turned out! Made for Baby Blog Tour

I chose to make two projects from her book – the Chime Bears and the Teething Rings.  Because I’ve got one friend that just delivered, and another with a little boy on the way very soon, I decided to double up and made two of each. Made for Baby Blog Tour

I loved how easily and simply these projects came together.  I can’t get over how cute the addition of the bowtie is! Its the sweetest little detail that makes this feel so perfect for a baby boy.  I love that this pattern has such a classic, retro feel to it.  I bought a bag of bells and stuffed two into each bear to ensure enough chime, as often it can become quite muted within all the stuffing.  I decided to omit the embroidery for the arms, as I wanted to keep these bears very simple since they would be paired with busier teething rings. Made for Baby Blog Tour

For the teething ring stars, I scoured to find more coordinating Liberty and some low volume prints to create a cohesive feel between the bears and the rings. I cut random strip lengths of each fabric, and also chose to edge stitch at each seam within the star.  I used a medium weight fusible interfacing, and I think that even using fusible fleece would be a great choice for these as well. Made for Baby Blog Tour

I sewed small pieces of velcro to the ribbon that secures the ring to the star, instead of the snaps that Ayda recommends.  We are about to move and I’ve already packed up my snap press – but I wanted to still give the moms the chance to remove it so it could be washed, without having to wash the wooden ring.  The velcro worked perfectly, as these stars are super light weight. Made for Baby Blog Tour

I love how they turned out, and I hope these gifts are well loved by both mom and baby!

Ayda is hosting a giveaway on her blog, now through the end of the blog tour.  To enter, head over to her blog for more details!

Be sure to check out the entire lineup to see all the beautiful projects made from Made for Baby, and search the following hashtags to see all the projects:

Here are all the talented makers:


Ayda Algin



Jemima Flendt



Sarah Edgar



Lisa Cox



Ange Hamilton



Lauren Wright



Melissa LeRay



Minki Kim



Faith Essenburg



Kristin Esser



Lauren Guthrie



Bridgette McNay



Torie Jayne



Constanca Cabral



Stacy Olson



Caroline Husle



Nadra Ridgeway



Wynn Tan



Sedef Imer



Lauren Nash



Jennie Pickett



Amy Sinibaldi



Kim Kruzich



Elea Lutz



Samantha Dorn



Ayda Algin




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