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Weekend Quilting Showcase

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com Weekend Quilting Showcase

I am so excited to be a part of this showcase.  Jemima Flendt (@tiedwitharibbon) is a dear friend of mine, and I remember emailing back and forth when her book was just in the most beginning stage.  What a joy it is for me to see it come to life.  Jemima is such a talented and kind person, and her warmth is translated perfectly in her debut book, Weekend Quilting, released by Fons and Porter (@fonsandporter).  The abundance of approachable and fun projects made picking only one very tough!

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We were in the middle of selling our home and moving when we were choosing our dates, so I made this mini months ago, as not to be stressed if I couldn’t unpack in time or located all my necessities before my showcase date was up.  The book proved its title – I made this mini in a weekend, between all of the other things going on.  I’d just pop in to my sewing room as time allowed, and thoroughly enjoyed watching it come together.

Ohhowsweet.com Weekend Quilting Showcase

I chose the Sparkles Mini Quilt, and used some of my all time favorite prints from Yuwa, Lecien, Sevenberry, Art Gallery and Moda.  Because each piece is on the small side, I stuck with smaller prints so that they could really shine.  I don’t normally keep many low volume prints on hand, but I do love dots, so those got put to good use here.  To save time, I selected all my fabric ahead of time, and calculated how many A pieces I would need, and how many B. Then I cut enough fabric squares of each and just went to work picking as I sewed.  Its nice that you can play around with the final layout quite a bit before the whole mini is sewn together.

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Jemima wrote out fantastic instructions. The projects are laid out in a logical way, organized way based on the technique you’re wanting to try.  The projects are approachable and beautiful, and this will a book I turn to often for lessons and inspiration.

Ohhowsweet.com Weekend Quilting Showcase

Hand quilted within the low volume triangles, and then machine bound to finish. This mini just makes me so happy.  Its made with my favorite colors, with my favorite fabrics, using a pattern written by a favorite friend.  You can find Weekend Quilting at your local bookstore, or Amazon.  To see all the projects made from Jemima’s book, be sure to check out these hashtags on Instagram: #weekendquiltingthebook #weekendquiltingshowcase #weekendquilting #tiedwitharibbon #tiedwitharibbonpatterns #fonsandporter 

Ohhowsweet.com Weekend Quilting Showcase

Be sure to check out each stop on the showcase! Here’s the full lineup of amazing sewists:

Mon 29th May             Lisa Cox – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Tues 30th May            Robyn Shapiro – The Strawberry Thief
Wed 31st May             Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet
Thurs 1st June           Emily Dennis – Quilty Love
Fri 2nd June                Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studios

Mon 5th June              Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs
Tues 6th June             Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot
Wed 7th June              Stacy Olson –Stacey Olson Design
Thurs 8th June           Sedef Imer- Down Grapevine Lane
Friday 9th June           Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box

Mon 12th June            Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts
Tues 13th June           Rachel Howard – Family Ever After
Wed 14th June            Amy Sinibaldi – nanaCompany
Thurs 15th June         Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac
Fri 16th June               Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork

Mon 19th June            Heather Andrus – Quilt Story
Tues 20th June           Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design
Wed 21st June            Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama
Thurs 22nd June        Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design
Fri 23rd June              Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet

Mon 26th June            Fat Quarter Shop
Tues 27th June           Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric
Wed 28th June            Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration
Thurs 29th June         Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon

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Patchwork Quiltalong Month 5

By Melissa LeRay

Hi friends! Its May 15th and of course that means 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 Homestead 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. This month’s chosen color is green, and I think these prints really shine in this block!

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)
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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Made for Baby Blog Tour

By Melissa LeRay

ohhowsweet.com Made for Baby Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Made for Baby blog tour! I’ve been a long time fan of Ayda Algin’s and when I first heard that she was writing a book, I knew without a doubt that it would be an incredible source of inspiration and instruction.  I have some close friends that are soon to deliver baby boys, and I’m thrilled to have so many beautiful baby projects to choose from.

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Having two girls of my own, I am well stocked in girly prints, but I don’t have much in the way of boyish color schemes.  I used some precious Liberty of London and a favorite, ultra soft blue gingham, along with and a few low volume prints to create a soft boyish, scrappy feel, and am completely smitten with how these turned out!

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I chose to make two projects from her book – the Chime Bears and the Teething Rings.  Because I’ve got one friend that just delivered, and another with a little boy on the way very soon, I decided to double up and made two of each.

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I loved how easily and simply these projects came together.  I can’t get over how cute the addition of the bowtie is! Its the sweetest little detail that makes this feel so perfect for a baby boy.  I love that this pattern has such a classic, retro feel to it.  I bought a bag of bells and stuffed two into each bear to ensure enough chime, as often it can become quite muted within all the stuffing.  I decided to omit the embroidery for the arms, as I wanted to keep these bears very simple since they would be paired with busier teething rings.

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For the teething ring stars, I scoured to find more coordinating Liberty and some low volume prints to create a cohesive feel between the bears and the rings. I cut random strip lengths of each fabric, and also chose to edge stitch at each seam within the star.  I used a medium weight fusible interfacing, and I think that even using fusible fleece would be a great choice for these as well.

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I sewed small pieces of velcro to the ribbon that secures the ring to the star, instead of the snaps that Ayda recommends.  We are about to move and I’ve already packed up my snap press – but I wanted to still give the moms the chance to remove it so it could be washed, without having to wash the wooden ring.  The velcro worked perfectly, as these stars are super light weight.

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I love how they turned out, and I hope these gifts are well loved by both mom and baby!

Ayda is hosting a giveaway on her blog, now through the end of the blog tour.  To enter, head over to her blog for more details!

Be sure to check out the entire lineup to see all the beautiful projects made from Made for Baby, and search the following hashtags to see all the projects:
#madeforbabyblogtour
#madeforbabycutesewngifts
#bebeklericinsevimlidikisler
#madeforbabybook
#tuvapublishing

Here are all the talented makers:

May.03

Ayda Algin

http://www.cafenohut.blogspot.com

@cafenohut

May.04

Jemima Flendt

http://www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

@tiedwitharibbon

May.05

Sarah Edgar

http://www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk

@sarahedgarprettyfabrics

May.08

Lisa Cox

http://www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

@aspoonfulsugar

May.09

Ange Hamilton

http://www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

@alittlepatchwork

May.10

Lauren Wright

http://www.mollyandmama.com.au

@mollyandmama

May.11

Melissa LeRay

http://www.ohhowsweet.com

@ohhowsweetco

May.12

Minki Kim

http://www.minkikim.com

@zeriano

May.15

Faith Essenburg

http://www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com

@faithessenburg

May.16

Kristin Esser

http://www.kristinesser.com/

@kristin_esser

May.17

Lauren Guthrie

http://www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog

@guthrieghani

May.18

Bridgette McNay

http://www.thefamilyhearth.com

@thefamilyhearth

May.19

Torie Jayne

http://www.toriejayne.com

@toriejayne

May.22

Constanca Cabral

http://www.constancacabral.com/blog

@constancacabral

May.23

Stacy Olson

http://www.stacyolsondesign.com

@stacyolsondesign

May.24

Caroline Husle

http://www.SewCaroline.com

@SewCaroline

May.29

Nadra Ridgeway

http://www.ellisandhiggs.com

@ellisandhiggs

May.30

Wynn Tan

http://www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com

@zakkaArt

May.31

Sedef Imer

http://www.downgrapevinelane.com

@downgrapevinelane

JUNE 01

Lauren Nash

http://www.transientart.com

@transientart

JUNE 02

Jennie Pickett

http://www.cloverandviolet.com

@cloverandviolet

JUNE 05

Amy Sinibaldi

http://www.nanaCompany.typepad.com

@amysinibaldi

JUNE 07

Kim Kruzich

http://www.retro-mama.blotspot.com

@retro_mama

JUNE 08

Elea Lutz

http://www.elealutzdesign.com

@elealutz

JUNE 09

Samantha Dorn

http://www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog

@aqua_paisley

JUNE 12

Ayda Algin

http://www.cafenohut.blogspot.com

@cafenohut

 

 

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AGF Joyful Fusions Capsule Tour

By Melissa LeRay

ohhowsweet.com joyful fusions quilt

Good morning everyone! I’m excited to share with you what I’ve made for my stop on the Art Gallery Fabrics Fusions and Capsules Blog Tour!  Mathew Boudreaux (@MisterDomestic) came up with a killer lineup of talent, and I’m very honored to be on the list.  I’m sewing with the Joyful Fusions capsule, and I love how vibrant and cheerful it is – perfect for what I had in mind.  These colors make me think of Spring, joy, hope, optimism, and vitality.

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I wanted to be sure I made something worthy of such a great showcase, so I chose to make a quilt for someone that could use some sunshine.  A friend of mine is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and I wanted to make her a quilt to comfort her during her appointments, and any time she could use a hug or encouragement.

I considered a bunch of quotes to use, and was initially drawn to this one from her Facebook feed:

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But, in the end, I realized I needed to pick something that wasn’t so long (as I would still be piecing the letters long after her treatments were completed).  I decided on the classic “SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD SO SHE DID” quote, because I wanted something equally as empowering and uplifting to the one above, just with fewer letters.

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I sketched the layout to be sure all the letters would fit.  I used the 6 inch “My First Alphabet” paper piecing pattern by From Blank Pages for the letters – I love how easy they are to read.  I wanted wonky stars surrounding it and chose to use the FREE(!) Confetti Star paper pieced pattern by During Quiet Time.

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The “To Live by Joyful” print by Sew Caroline, and is filled with inspiring and warm words, and I included a few scattered throughout the quilt.

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Once the top was done, I pieced the backing using a pattern matching technique that my friend Erin @mommy2lu shared, and it works like a charm!  This gorgeous print, called “Orchard Bloosom Joyful”, by @BonnieChristine was the perfect choice for a single print backing, and I thought a nice, busier, contrast to the simpler quilt front.

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Then it was ready to send off to one of my closest friends, Sarah Russett (@OnConnorsHill) to be quilted and she used an orange peel design that worked so perfectly with the fresh, crisp, and clean vibe of this quilt. She did an awesome job and I’m so grateful to have had her help and generosity infused in this quilt!

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This quilt finishes at roughly 58″ x 64″ – perfect to use as a throw!  I love all the white space (AGF Pure Elements Snow) because it feels so bright and clean.  I wanted the message and colors to stand out, and I think that was achieved! I prefer to machine bind – I’ve found it to be far more durable – and used the “Script Joyful” print.

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My friend now has the quilt in her hands and I hope it brings her much comfort!

MisterDomestics Sewing Party

Here’s the full Capsules and Fusions line up:

Capsules (April 17th – 21st)
Monday, April 17: Cristy Stuhldreher (@loveyousew_) http://www.iloveyousew.com/
Tuesday, April 18: Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) https://nightquilter.com/
Wednesday, April 19: Sharon McConnell (@colorgirlquilts) http://colorgirlquilts.com/
Thursday, April 20: Stephanie Palmer (@latenightquilter) http://latenightquilter.com/
Friday, April 21: Nicole Young (@lillyellasworld) https://lillyella.com/blog/

Fusions (April 24th – 28th)
Monday, April 24: Nicole Daksiewicz (@modernhandcraft) http://modernhandcraft.com/
Tuesday, April 25: Tara Curtis (@t_jaye, @WEFTYneedle) http://www.tjaye.com/
Wednesday, April 26: Melissa LeRay (@ohhowsweetco) http://www.ohhowsweet.com/
Thursday, April 27: Sarah Thomas (@sariditty) http://www.sariditty.com/
Friday, April 28: Jennifer Rossotti (@jennrossotti) http://gingerpeachstudio.com/

And be sure to check out the host himself – he’ll be posting roundups and lots more info!
Mathew Boudreaux: (@misterdomestic) https://misterdomestic.net/

To be sure you don’t miss any of the amazing projects using Capsules and Fusions by Art Gallery Fabrics, check out these hashtags:
#misterdomesticssewingparty
#fusionsbyagf
#joyfulfusions
#artgalleryfabrics
#wearefabrics 

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Patchwork Quiltalong Month 4

By Melissa LeRay

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:

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)
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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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:

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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!

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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.

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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:

ohhowsweetco.com 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!

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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!

ohhowsweetco.com 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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