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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: HappyFlowerQal

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! HappyFlowerQal

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. 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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Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

By Melissa LeRay Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

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! 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! 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! 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. 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:

25 Lisa @aspoonfulsugar
27 Sarah @Sarahedgarprettyfabrictrims
30 Minki @zeriano
1 Heidi @fabricmutt
3 Clara @claralovestosew Instagram Only
6 Ange @alittlepatchwork
8 Erin @whynotsewquilts
10 Lauren @transientart
13 Sedef @downgrapevinelane
15 Ayda @cafenohut
17 Renee @sewnwithgrace
20 Heather @vintagegreyhandmade
22 Melissa @ohhowsweetco
24 Greg @greydogwoodstudio
27 Stacy @stacyolsondesign
1 Wynn @zakkaart Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

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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.