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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!:

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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:

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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

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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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Farmer’s Wife Block 25 – Crystal

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop + Gnomeangel Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along! Today I’m going to walk you through block #25, Crystal.  This block completes my series of guest posts for this quilt along and I’m so excited that you’ve stopped by to see how its constructed.

For this block, the From Marti Michell templates aren’t the best fit.  The only (easy) way to get this block constructed is by paper piecing, and tough its not a technically challenging block to paper piece, the corners can be tricky to line up.  The CD at the back of the book provides you with the paper piecing templates, and they worked like a charm!

If you are using the few applicable Marti Michelle templates to construct block 25: Crystal, see here for the conversion chart.

PREP:

(These are just *my* methods – none of these are essential/required for you) I starch all my fabrics using Soak : Flatter, and “press” more than I “iron”.  I use a straight stitch machine, with a very scant 1/4″ seam.  I sew with Aurifil 50 wt thread and a size 80 universal needle.

LET’S BEGIN!

First things first is picking your fabric.  Because this design is visually complex, I thought it was necessary to have one fabric shine, with the other two supporting it, versus competing with it.  I also thought that whatever prints were used needed to be on the smaller scale, and without too much white space (other than the fabric I’m trying to showcase).

This block takes a little planning since there are 32 pieces.  With the paper piecing template, there is a mini block diagram.  I chose my fabrics and then colored in my blocks.  From there, I matched the paper piecing templates with those blocks and placed a color coordinated X on each piece.  Since the floral has a white background, I just left those pieces as is.

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Next I roughly cut out all of the templates and then organized them into white + red, white + green, and red + green so I could streamline my piecing.

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And then start piecing! Because this is paper pieced, you are working from the paper’s right side, but the fabrics are place on the wrong side.  Refer to paper piecing tutorials online for help if you’re unfamiliar with the technique.

Here are all the different parts to the block, trimmed to size and place in their final orientation:

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Now we begin sewing these together.

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Once I was left with the groups, I think took out the papers, and from this point on, I pressed these seams open.  This does so much to help reduce bulk, which is a common problem when you’ve got a lot of pieces converging to single points.

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The next step is to join them together in groups of two so you’re left with 4 pieces:

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

And one again, I pressed these seams open:

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Continuing along:

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Once again pressing the seams open:

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And here’s the gorgeous final block (center seam pressed open as well):

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

I am so tickled with how this block turned out, and I am planning on turning it into a Christmas potholder! I hope this tutorial was helpful!

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.

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FAQ’s

The page with all the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) in relation to the sew-along can be found by clicking here.

#hashtag

The hashtag for this sew-along is #FQS1930FarmersWife and for this block its #fw25crystal

Facebook Groups

The Facebook Group can be found by clicking here.

Flickr

The Flickr Group can be found by clicking here.

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Crossroads Quilt Along, Month 6 – Chain Block

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Chain Block

Hello! Welcome to month six of the Crossroads Quiltalong! Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the Chain Block!  This month calls for making 18 blocks, and they add so much cohesiveness to the entire quilt.  I love how they really give your eyes something to fall onto!

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Chain Block

The Crossroads quilt was designed by Joanna Figueroa, and I’m among the bloggers that are sewing the blocks up each month. I’m using the newly released Vintage Picnic by Bonnie + Camille, and I chose to make all my Chain Blocks using the various red prints paired with many of the prints in the collection that I hadn’t yet used, as well as Moda Bella 97 for the background.  I love how these blocks are supposed to look scrapy, and each block is a little different.

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Chain block

Fat Quarter Shop is offering this as a free pattern, but they would love it if you would consider donating just $5 to the March of Dimes for each pattern you use during the quilt-along.  March of Dimes is a charity that aims to end prematurity, and the sometimes debilitating effects that come from it.
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Its not too late to join in!  Fat Quarter Shop still has quilt kits and pieced backing sets available to you so you can just jump right in!  If you want to quilt along with what you’ve got at home, here are the fabric requirements for this quilt.

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Crossroads Quilt Along Month Four – Family Block

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Family Block

Hello! Welcome to month four of the Crossroads Quiltalong! Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the Family Block!  These three blocks are so sweet!

The Crossroads quilt was designed by Joanna Figueroa, and I’m among the bloggers that are sewing the blocks up each month. I’m using the newly released Vintage Picnic by Bonnie + Camille, and I chose to make all my Family Blocks using the various navy prints paired with polka dots, and Moda Bella 97 for the background.  I’m having so much fun picking out the prints for each block, and I thought that these three really popped against the white.

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Fat Quarter Shop is offering this as a free pattern, but they would love it if you would consider donating just $5 to the March of Dimes for each pattern you use during the quilt-along.  March of Dimes is a charity that aims to end prematurity, and the sometimes debilitating effects that come from it.


Donate to March of Dimes

Its not too late to join in!  Fat Quarter Shop still has quilt kits and pieced backing sets available to you so you can just jump right in!  If you want to quilt along with what you’ve got at home, here are the fabric requirements for this quilt.

 

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