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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. happy flower quiltalong

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!: HappyFlowerQal

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

By Melissa LeRay quilt petite tour

Happy Monday, and welcome to my stop on the Quilt Petite Blog Hop!  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the gorgeous new book, Quilt Petite, by my friend Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane.  It is exactly as I’d imagined – beautiful, meticulous and well thought out.  Sedef has such a signature style where whimsy meets classy, and I thought this was depicted perfectly in her book.


It was incredibly hard to pick just one project to make for this blog hop! At first I planned to make the Dresden Cushion, but then I decided on the Bonjour Pillow, done as a mini quilt, to give to someone special as a Christmas present.  I hope she’ll love it! I am also really wanting to make the placemat, and the pot holders – there are so many adorable projects in this book.


I thought using some of my coveted Posy would be a great fit for this mini, and paired with a few pieces of Bonnie + Camille Scrumptious and Miss Kate, I’m really thrilled with how it all turned out.


Sedef walks you through how to do all the applique, and it was a breeze. All the templates are in the back of the book, and its always refreshing to do raw edge applique – the perfection lies in the imperfections.


I used free motion for “Bonjour!” Lastly, finish it off with some embroidery, and you’re done!


I chose to add two tiny pockets to the skirt, and then thought this little girl would love to have a tiny bunny of her own to bring with her on her adventures.


I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting my stop, and be sure to check out #quiltpetite, #quiltpetitebloghop and #quiltpetiteblogtour to see all of the other amazing makes! quilt petite blog tour

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Juliet’s very own heirloom linen dress

By Melissa LeRay

Smiling Juliet in heirloom dress

Before Elise was born, I had made her an heirloom linen dress.  “Heirloom” should be used loosely, as this was my very first attempt, but nonetheless, I was very happy with the way it turned out.  It was important for me to make one for Juliet as well, and this one has been in the works since last October when I had the good fortune to take a class Jeannie Beaumeister at the SAGA convention.


Elise’s Almost Birthday Dress

By Melissa LeRay

It has been exactly 3 months since I last posted!  Life got realllly hectic.    3 days after my last post we found out that Elise was going to be a big sister!  (enter fatigue…)  They will be 18m apart when this little bean arrives early next year.