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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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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! happy flower quiltalong

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! HappyFlowerQal

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… HappyFlowerQal

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! 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 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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