May 2017 archive

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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