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:
I hope you’ll join us! xoxo
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.
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!:
And block 4 is a mix of Moda Bonnie and Camille Vintage Picnic and tiny Dottie in Navy, and Sevenberry floral:
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.
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!
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!
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…
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
And here are the links to the blogs of all the other guest bloggers:
I hope you’ll join us! xoxo