Sweet Prairie Blog Tour: Full Recap


The blog tour for my new collection Sweet Prairie for Riley Blake Designs has come to a close, and oh what wonderful projects we were treated to! Here's a recap of them all and their talented makers - I'm sure you will agree they showcased the line so beautifully.

Allison Jensen - Woodberry Way - @woodberry_way

Alli has made two beautiful great granny square pillows and has shared a free tutorial on her blog. Find it here.


Minki Kim - Minki's Work Table - @zeriano

Minki made her very first large quilt with Sweet Prairie using the strip piecing method - the result is a lovely square patchwork quilt showcasing all the prints together. Read all about it here.


Keera Job - Live.Love.Sew Pattern Co - @keera.job

Keera has designed a gorgeous new quilt for this tour and is sharing the free pattern on her blog. Download it here.


Alexis Wright - My Sweet Sunshine Studio - @mysweetsunshine

Alexis made the sweetest tunic top with the mini floral and gingham prints. The pattern is Pixie by Violette Field Threads. Read more about it on Alexis' blog.


Emily Dennis - Quilty Love - @emily_dennis_

Emily made a stunning baby size quilt using her pattern, 'Expanding Stars'. Read more about it here.


I hope you enjoyed all the sewing inspiration today! If you would like to get your hands on a bundle of Sweet Prairie, I have compiled a list of shops who are stocking it here. Thank you for visiting!


'Dolly' Book Tour

Today is my stop on the Dolly book tour - I've been looking forward to this for such a long time! Ever since the lovely Elea Lutz announced her upcoming new book I wanted to get my hands on it as I knew it would be full of cuteness (and boy was I right!!). This adorable little book accompanies Elea's newest fabric collection, 'Little Dolly' for Penny Rose Fabrics. Both are TOTALLY adorable, in true Elea style, and right up my street too.


The book not only has the pattern to make that sweet doll on the cover (in two different hair-do options) but so many other doll-inspired projects also. It's Alice's birthday on Sunday so the timing couldn't be better to sew a new doll for her. I hope it's a hit!


The fabrics are all my Sweet Prairie collection for Riley Blake Designs - now available at fabric stores. I also made some sweet dress tags - perfect for gifts!


If you would like to see more projects from 'Dolly' here are all the makers taking part in the tour. Pay them a visit to see what they've made!

Monday 9/18 Faith Essenburg @faithessenburg https://saranaave.wordpress.com
Friday 9/22 Melissa Mortenson @polkadotchair http://www.polkadotchair.com

Monday 9/25 Lauren Nash @transientart  http://transientart.com/
Friday 9/29 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane http://www.downgrapevinelane.com/

Monday 10/2 Jemima Flendt @tiedwitharibbon http://www.tiedwitharibbon.com/
Friday 10/6 Jina Barney @jinabarney http://jinabarneydesignz.blogspot.com/

Monday 10/9 Ayda Algin @cafenohut http://cafenohut.blogspot.com/
Friday 10/13 Veronica Marroquin @vividfelicity https://vividfelicity.wordpress.com/

Monday 10/16 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork https://alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com/
Friday 10/20 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs https://www.ellisandhiggs.com/

Thanks Elea for inviting me to be a part of your book launch and congrats once again on a super sweet new collection and book!

'Pretty Handmades' Book Showcase

Today I want to share with you this wonderful new book that's just been published by Tuva Publishing. It's called 'Pretty Handmades' by the lovely Lauren Wright (of Molly & Mama fame). I had the great pleasure to be one of the editors of this book, and I'm so excited to finally share a project from it!


This book is absolutely packed to the brim with the prettiest and sweetest projects you can ever think of. There are so many different techniques to try out: machine and hand sewing, applique, working with felt, English paper piecing, quilting... the list goes on. There is a comprehensive techniques section at the beginning so don't fret if you are a beginner to any of these methods. Whilst editing this book I had to minutely peruse every single project - methods, measurements, templates and the like - and I was so impressed to see the quality of Lauren's work and her attention to detail in putting together this book. The result, my friends, is a truly stellar piece of work that every sewist of pretty things absolutely needs in their craft library!


I made the 'Bloom' cushion in my newest Riley Blake collection, Sweet Prairie (that's just come out!). It was hard to pick a colour palette - I finally settled on a mint and grey cushion front with a bright red backing and teal gingham binding. The large flower on the cushion is sewn together by English paper piecing and then appliqued onto the fabric. 


Sending a big thank you to Lauren for creating such an inspiring book and inviting me to sew along with it! There are lots of talented makers participating in the showcase so pop over to their blogs to check out their projects too. The full schedule is below. Thank you for visiting today!



1 Sept 2017Lauren Wrightwww.mollyandmama.com.au@mollyandmama
2 Sept 2017Jemima Flendtwww.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com@tiedwitharibbon
3 Sept 2017Sharon Burgesswww.lilabellelanecreations.com@lilabellelane
4 Sept 2017Lauren Nashwww.transientart.com@transientart
5 Sept 2017Sarah Edgarwww.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk@sarahedgarprettyfabrics
6 Sept 2017Ange Hamiltonwww.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com@alittlepatchwork
7 Sept 2017Elea Lutzwww.elealutzdesign.com@elealutz
8 Sept 2017Sarah Scottwww.piccolostudio.com.au@piccolostudio_sarah
9 Sept 2017Martina Bahrewww.avaandneve.com.au@ava_and_neve
10 Sept 2017Heather Andruswww.quiltstory.blogspot.com@quiltstory
11 Sept 2017Faith Essenburgwww.saranaave.wordpress.com@faithessenburg
12 Sept 2017Alisha Orlandowww.ministryoffabric.com.au@ministryoffabric
13 Sept 2017Bev McCulloughwww.flamingotoes.com@flamingotoes
14 Sept 2017Stacy Olsonwww.stacyolsondesign.com@stacyolsondesign
15 Sept 2017Ali Phillipswww.arabesque-scissors.com@arabesquescissors
16 Sept 2017Mollie Johansonwww.wildolive.blogspot.com@molliejohanson
17 Sept 2017Kristyne Czepurykwww.prettybyhand.com@prettybyhand
18 Sept 2017Xanthe Grundywww.wife-made.com@wifemade
19 Sept 2017Anne Oliverwww.lolliandgrace.com@lolliandgrace
20 Sept 2017Larisa Shurupovwww.stitchingnotes.com@stitchingnotes
21 Sept 2017Sedef Imerwww.downgrapevinelane.com@downgrapevinelane
22 Sept 2017Wynn Tanwww.zakkaArt.blogspot.com@zakkaArt
23 Sept 2017Veronica AMwww.VividFelicity.wordpress.com@vividfelicity
24 Sept 2017Minki Kimwww.minkikim.com@zeriano
25 Sept 2017Elise Baekwww.eliseandemelie.com@eliseandemelie
26 Sept 2017Megan Pricewww.dollyhenry.com.au@dollyhenryau
27 Sept 2017Nadra Ridgewaywww.ellisandhiggs.com@ellisandhiggs
28 Sept 2017Ayda Alginwww.cafenohut.com@cafenohut
29 Sept 2017Jodi Godfreywww.talesofcloth.com@talesofcloth
30 Sept 2017Lauren Wrightwww.mollyandmama.com.au@mollyandmama

Tutorial: Economy Block Playmat

I made this playmat a while back using Elea Lutz' gorgeous fabric collection, 'Strawberry Biscuit' for Penny Rose Fabrics. My playmat appears to have become a hit on Pinterest and I have had a few requests to share the tutorial for it. So here it is - you will find the detailed step by step instructions towards the bottom of this post.


This playmat is based on a classic quilt block: the economy block. I love pairing classic blocks with repro fabrics, and this block is just perfect to showcase fussy cut centres!


I had originally intended to turn my economy blocks into a cot quilt, but half way through sewing Alice came into my sewing room to keep me company (as she frequently does), and started stroking the animals and flowers in the centres of my finished blocks. Light bulb moment - a quilted playmat / picnic mat would be a pretty cool addition to our growing quilt collection! So that's what I ended up making.


If my kids were younger, I would have sewn in a layer of crinkle material between the batting and the quilt top, which I think would be a great addition to a playmat such as this. Babies go nuts for that stuff!


I kept the quilting simple and light. Just straight line diagonal quilting in the ditch, with a little hand-quilting around the centre motif of each block. I didn't want to quilt it too heavily as I want it to get that "puffy-vintagey-much used-much loved" look over time.


As a final touch, I added a little applique washi tape detail on each corner of the quilt.


I hope you liked my playmat! If you would like to make one too, here are the steps.

STRAWBERRY BISCUIT PLAYMAT TUTORIAL

Finished size 37" x 37"
All seams are 1/4"
RST = Right sides together

Fabric Requirements

All requirements based on fabric 42" wide (WOF)

- Fat quarter bundle of Strawberry Biscuit
- 12 " x WOF of Riley Blake Swiss Dots - Aqua on cream
- 39" x 39" batting
- 39" x 39" crinkle material (optional)
- 39" x 39" backing (1.25 yard if using Strawberry Biscuit)
- 12" x WOF binding
- Sheet of transparent template plastic (optional)
- DMC Perle cotton no 8 (for hand quilting)
- 5" square piece of fusible web

Cutting














From the Strawberry Biscuit fat quarter bundle
16 - 4 1/2" squares in assorted colours (A) - see fussy cutting tip in step 1 below.
16 - 5 3/8" squares in assorted colours (B)
32 - 5" squares in assorted colours (C)
4 - 1" x 4 1/4" rectangles in assorted colours (applique tape detail)

From Riley Blake swiss dots in aqua on cream
2 - 2 1/2" x 32 1/2" strips (side borders)
2 - 2 1/2" x 37" strips (top and bottom borders)

Binding
4 - 2 1/4" x WOF strips

Fusible web
4 - 1" x 4 1/4" rectangles (applique tape detail)

Construction

1. If you are 'fussy cutting' the central A squares, I highly recommend making a template from a sheet of transparent template plastic. My template measures 4 1/2" square, and I have marked lines 1/4" all the way around (for the seam allowances) so I can see the section that will be visible after the block has been sewn together. Position the template on the fabric and adjust until you are happy. Trace all around the template with a fabric marker, cut along the traced lines, then trim to 4 1/2" exactly using a quilting ruler (tracing around the template typically adds a mm or two to the square which needs to be precisely trimmed back).


2. Cut each B square twice, along both diagonals, to yield 4 triangles.

3. Cut each C square once across one diagonal, to yield 2 triangles.

4. Lay out your A, B, and C squares on the floor and arrange until you are happy with the colour and pattern distribution of your blocks - you need to make a 4x4 grid of economy blocks. Take a quick photo so you don't forget the layout!

5. To make an economy block, sew a B triangle to the top and bottom of an A square, making sure the triangles are centred. Press seams outwards towards the triangles. Trim off the dog ears.


6. Sew the remaining B triangles to the remaining sides. Press seams outwards towards the triangles.


7. A little precision is needed to trim off this unit so only a 1/4" allowance remains all the way around. Place your quilting ruler on top of the block, lining up the 3 1/2" line (shown with arrow) with the two opposite corners of your A square. Trim the edge, leaving a 1/4" allowance from the point of the A square. Repeat for all four sides.


8. Pin a C triangle to one edge of the unit from step 7, RST. I pin on this side (and not on the triangle) so I can make sure my stitches just catch the point where the two stitch lines meet (where the second pin is pointing to). Sew together with 1/4" seam.


Repeat for the other three triangles, following the same process as steps 5 and 6.


9. Time to do the final trim to leave a 1/4" allowance all the way round. This time use the vertical 2 1/4" line as your guide (shown with arrow) - line it up with the right edge of the A square, and that should give you a 1/4" allowance on the right edge of the block. Trim the excess fabric. Repeat for the other three sides.


10. You should have a very precise economy block measuring 8 1/2" square. Make 16.


11. Lay out your economy blocks on the floor in a 4 x 4 grid. Sew the blocks in each row together. Press seams in alternating directions (e.g. first row to the left, second row to the right).

12. Sew rows 1 and 2 together, and rows 3 and 4 together. To make sure the points of your economy blocks all line up perfectly you must check the seams are matching at each intersection. Use lots of pins. Press seams open.

13. Sew the two halves of the quilt from the previous step together. Press seam open.

14. Sew the two side borders to the right and left. Press seams towards the borders.

15. Sew the top and bottom borders. Press seams towards the borders.

Finishing

16. Make a quilt sandwich with your quilt top, batting, and backing, pin or baste together well. You may want to add a layer of crinkle material between the quilt top and the batting if you would like the playmat to make that cute crinkly sound!

17. Machine quilt in the ditch along all the diagonal seams (continuing the stitch line into the borders).

18. Hand quilt around each central motif using DMC Perle Cotton No:8.

19. Apply fusible web to the wrong side of your applique rectangles. Trim each rectangle down to 3/4" x 4". Peel off the backing papers, position on the corners of the quilt at a diagonal angle, and fuse in place with hot dry iron. With a short stitch length stitch as close to the edge as you can, all the way round.

20. Join the binding strips with diagonal seams. Press the entire binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing. Starting half way down one side of the quilt, place the binding strip on the quilt, raw edge to raw edge. Sew it onto the quilt, mitreing the corners. Join the ends of the binding with a diagonal seam, fold it over to the back of the quilt, and slip stitch it by hand along the back edge of the binding.

And your playmat is ready!

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