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AGF Joyful Fusions Capsule Tour

By Melissa LeRay

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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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Week two of Happy Flower Quiltalong!

By Melissa LeRay

Welcome to week 2 of the Happy Flower Quiltalong! Its been so fun watching what you’ve been creating – what a fun and talented community we have! If you’re just joining us, you can grab Atsuko Matsuyama’s newly translated and re-released book by Zakka Workshop in a number of places, such as Sunny Day Supply, Sew Stitching Happy, and Amazon.

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The week two blocks were two favorite of mine from the start, and I was excited to sew them up!

Here’s block 3, which I used exclusively Lecien for – I love how cheerful this is!:

ohhowsweetco.com HappyFlowerQal

And block 4 is a mix of Moda Bonnie and Camille Vintage Picnic and tiny Dottie in Navy, and Sevenberry floral:

ohhowsweetco.com HappyFlowerQal

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 #happyflowerQALBlock3, #happyflowerQALBlock4.

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Kick off to the Happy Flower Quilt Along!

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Welcome to the kick off of the Happy Flower Quilt Along! We are beginning our year long adventure of stitching up the cover quilt on Atsuko Matsyuma’s epic book (that has been translated and re-released by Zakka Workshop) Happy Flower Quilts.  Kristyne (@prettybyhand), Wynn (@zakkaart) and I (@ohhowsweetco) will be your hosts for this fun adventure!

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I’ll be starting with block 1, and showing you two blocks per week.  Just like reading a book, we’ll start in the upper left corner of the quilt and work our way to the right, and down each row.  This means that we’ll be doing an appliquè block and a pieced block each week (some times there will be a single piece of fabric, as you’ll see in the quilt).

In case you need any help, please be sure to visit the FaceBook group devoted to all things Happy Flower Quiltalong.

So, onto the blocks!

Block 1:  I was so excited to use some of Lecien’s newest release, Atsuko Matsuyama’s Old New 30’s.  Those little cherries are the cutest!  I paired the prints with some dots from their Dots and Gingham Checks collection, and I love how this little block turned out!

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Block 2: This block has a Robert Kaufman Sevenberry background, and I used a favorite Yuwa Atsuko print for the flower.  The bright pink/dot is a tiny dottie from Moda, the stem is a Kaufman architextures and I’m not sure where the green dots are from…

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Its certainly a challenge to plan out the colors for a scrappy quilt that will be made over the course of a year, so I’m being sure to consistently use prints and colors that I love so that it will hopefully be cohesive in the end.  I might end up re-doing a block here and there so it all fits together better when completed, but its such a fun process, and I’m trusting that it will all work together!

ohhowsweetco.com HappyFlowerQal

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 #happyflowerQALBlock1, #happyflowerQALBlock2

Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

By Melissa LeRay

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Hi friends! Thank you for stopping by! Today is my stop on the Happy Flower Quilts blog hop, and I’m excited to share with you what I made.  A few years ago, Atsuko Matsuyama released the epic pink quilting book (in Japanese), and Zakka Workshop has reprinted it English, and it seems the entire (quilting) world has applauded!

Ohhowsweet.com Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

This book is chock full of incredible projects and inspiration, which is why it was so hard to choose just one to make! After much indecision, I finally chose the strawberry mini quilt.  I loved the patchwork scrappiness, and how cheerful it was.  I decided to dive deep into my Lecien fabric stash for this, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I used a bunch of Flower Sugar Paisley Wind, Retro 30’s Child Smile (2015 and 2016) and even some of their new dots. In northern California, its nothing but rain and cold right now, and this mini makes me yearn for Spring and Summer!

Ohhowsweet.com Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

I started out by tracing all of the strawberry and patchwork shapes for the mini, then went on to do the strawberries with a needle-turn applique technique. There are many ways to do this, but I followed the method outlined in the book using freezer paper.  Once traced onto the rough side of freezer paper, you can then iron the waxy side to your fabric’s right side, cut a seam allowance edge, and needle turn all around. The freezer paper peels off when you’re done and can be ironed on multiple pieces. There are many tutorials out there, so find one that works for you and try it!

Ohhowsweet.com Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

Piecing the mini came together quickly.  I chose to machine quilt on either side of all the seams, and then did a tiny hand quilted running stitch around each strawberry and leaf.

Ohhowsweet.com Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

If you’d like to sew along with us, Kristyne @prettybyhand and Wynn @zakkaart and I are hosting a Happy Flower Quilt Along, beginning March 6th, where we’ll be making the cover quilt (imagine a happy dance that hasn’t stopped since Kristyne invited me two months ago!).  We’ll sew up two blocks a week over the course of a year to come up with the 99 blocks that make up that gorgeous Happy Flower Quilt Sampler! I’ve been prepping a few blocks ahead of time as our family is moving right as it kicks off, but I didn’t want to miss any of the fun!  I sure hope you’ll join us! Be sure to check out #happyflowerqal to see what we’re up to.

Be sure to check out my Instagram account later today for a giveaway – one lucky person will get their own copy of Happy Flower Quilts, courtesy of Zakka Workshop!

And in case you’ve missed any of the blog hop stops thus far, here is our complete lineup, and be sure to check out #happyflowerquilts to see all the photos:

January
25 Lisa @aspoonfulsugar aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
27 Sarah @Sarahedgarprettyfabrictrims alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
30 Minki @zeriano minkikim.com
February
1 Heidi @fabricmutt fabricmutt.blogspot.com
3 Clara @claralovestosew Instagram Only
6 Ange @alittlepatchwork alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
8 Erin @whynotsewquilts whynotsew.blogspot.com
10 Lauren @transientart transientart.com
13 Sedef @downgrapevinelane downgrapevinelane.com
15 Ayda @cafenohut cafenohut.blogspot.com
17 Renee @sewnwithgrace sewnwithgrace.com
20 Heather @vintagegreyhandmade vintagegreyhandmade.blogspot.com
22 Melissa @ohhowsweetco ohhowsweet.com
24 Greg @greydogwoodstudio greydogwoodstudio.com
27 Stacy @stacyolsondesign stacyolsondesign.com
March
1 Wynn @zakkaart zakkaart.blogspot.com

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Month two of the Patchwork Quiltalong

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Today is the 15th and that means there’s a new block is 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 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.

This month’s block is called Diamond Panes 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.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I went with a red theme… Here are the Diamond Pane blocks that I made:

Ohhowsweetco - Patchwork Quiltalong

Ohhowsweetco - Patchwork Quiltalong

Ohhowsweetco - Patchwork Quiltalong

Ohhowsweetco - Patchwork Quiltalong

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)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
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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The Patchwork Quilt Along kicks off today!

By Melissa LeRay


 

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Welcome to the first month of Fat Quarter Shop‘s Charity Quilt Along for 2017, the Patchwork Quilt Along! This quiltalong is supporting the amazing nonprofit, Make a Wish Foundation, and if you’ve never heard of them, their mission is to grant wishes to kids with terminal or chronic illness.  Once in a lifetime trips, room makeovers, meetings with celebrities, you get the idea.  I’m so excited to once again be a guest blogger for them, and for such a great cause!  Camille Roskelly and Bonnie Olaveson designed this quilt, and I’m going to be using their newly released line, Basics, for this quilt.

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The patterns will be released on the 15th of each month, and they’re free!  Fat Quarter Shop simply hopes that you make a small donation for each pattern downloaded – even $5 helps tremendously!

January’s block is the called the Souvenir of Friendship, and you can download it HERE.

Please consider donating even $5 for this free pattern.  To do so, you can donate HERE.

Here are my blocks:

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Ohhowsweet.com FQS Patchwork Quilt Along

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Patchwork Quilt Along

And here are the links to the blogs of all the other guest bloggers:

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)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
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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