Weekend Quilting Showcase

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com 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.

Ohhowsweet.com 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.

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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.

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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 

Ohhowsweet.com 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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14 Comments on Weekend Quilting Showcase

  1. ali
    May 31, 2017 at 8:56 am (9 months ago)

    Your mini is so cute – love those low volume background prints – they are perfect!!!

  2. LINDA
    May 31, 2017 at 12:09 pm (9 months ago)


  3. Samantha D
    May 31, 2017 at 6:47 pm (9 months ago)

    It’s so pretty Melissa! I love your fabric choices – you have such a beautiful style :)

  4. Jemima
    June 1, 2017 at 3:39 am (9 months ago)

    Just love the mix of sweet prints and background fabrics you used Melissa – thanks so much for being part of the Weekend Quilting Showcase

  5. Lisa
    June 1, 2017 at 4:44 am (9 months ago)

    Loved the low volume with all the pretty petite florals! Your so talented Melis! Love ya❤️

  6. Rhonda
    June 1, 2017 at 10:14 am (9 months ago)

    Love this sweet Sparkles Mini so much!!

  7. Chris
    June 1, 2017 at 10:54 pm (9 months ago)

    Your mini is wonderful. So sweet.

  8. donna
    June 2, 2017 at 11:02 am (9 months ago)

    Lovely little quilt. Your favorite fabrics are the same as mine!

  9. Vicki H
    June 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm (9 months ago)

    Love your mini and the fabrics used.

  10. Elizabeth
    June 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm (9 months ago)

    Beautiful job! What is that fabric with the blue and peach-colored flowers?

  11. Anne Eicher
    June 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm (9 months ago)

    I just had to comment here… I do believe that is my favorite quilt in the history of ever!!! The design… colors… where you quilted… everything about it! I went out and bought some fabric to make my own as soon as I could after I saw this… My fingers are itching to get started!

  12. Mary
    August 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm (6 months ago)

    Beautiful quilt! Melissa, to remove the handles on your steamer, you just need to keep working them back and forth or have a strong guy help you! :) Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.


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