Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt: Anniversary!

Today Fat Quarter Shop are holding a special event to celebrate the one year anniversary of Lori Holt's fabulous Farm Girl Vintage quilt and QAL event! In order to celebrate this special occasion Lori has created an anniversary block, which is now available as a free PDF download from the Fat Quarter Shop blog. It's the cutest ever cake block, which includes cutting instructions for two sizes (6" and 12"). I made the 12" block and added cheater print borders to turn into a mini quilt.

I used lots of my favourite fabrics in this quilt. The cake and borders are Yuwa, the heart decoration is Pam Kitty Morning, the frosting in the middle is Lecien, the cake stand is Liberty Capel in mint, and the background is Riley Blake Le Creme swiss dots.

I hope you like my cake quilt! I am now off to enjoy those macarons with my afternoon tea, but before I go, here's a list of all the other bloggers participating in this celebration. Pop over to their blogs to drool over their cakes!

Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kelly from Kelbysews
Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Renee from Sewn with Grace
Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion
Lisa from In the Boondocks
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

ps - Lori has created a second anniversary block which you can also purchase and download from the Fat Quarter Shop blog, via the link before. Happy sewing!

Crossroads Quilt Along: Intersection Block

It's time for another block in the Crossroads Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop in benefit of March of Dimes! The next free block pattern is now available on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, and it's the Intersection block. You can download the pattern here.

This block design is another favourite of mine - a great way to pair up favourite fabrics and colour combos. Here are my three Intersection blocks.

If you would like more inspiration check out the blogs / Instagram feeds of all the other designers participating in this quilt along!

Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)

'Desert Windmills' cushion

Welcome to my stop on the 'Desert Bloom' blog tour, showcasing the beautiful new fabric collection by my friend and fellow Riley Blake designer, Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish.

I had the great pleasure of admiring these fabrics in real life at Amanda's spring market booth, so it was great fun to sew with them as soon as I returned back home. I picked the red/pink colourway to make a cushion inspired by windmills in the desert.

I hope you like my 'Desert Windmills' design! If you would like to make a cushion too (or perhaps a mini quilt, or even a big quilt!), I have written up the pattern which is now in my Etsy shop.

Here is a list of all the other bloggers participating in the Desert Bloom blog tour - pop over to their blogs to see the amazing creations they are making!

June 6th
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June 15th
June 16th
June 17th
June 18th

Spring quilt market - part 2

I'm back with more quilt market photos to share, this time from the Riley Blake 'village'. There were so many beautiful booths and quilts in our zone!

(Tasha Noel's booth for her new Xmas range, Pixie Noel - I want to live in this room!)

(Lori Holt's booth - her new line Sew Cherry 2 is so stinkin' cute!)

(Shari & Melissa's shared booth for their new fabric ranges)

 (Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs showcasing her new line 'Wistful Winds')

(Melissa Mortenson of Polkadotchair with her new line Wonderland)

(Lila and Elea in their shared booth for 'Fantine' and 'Strawberry Biscuit')

(my Strawberry Biscuit quilt in Elea's booth)

(Luuurved this x-stitch inspired quilt design)

(Left to right: me, Elea Lutz, Amy Sinibaldi, & Nadra Ridgeway having a chinwag in Elea's booth)

(Meadow Sweets by Jill Finley - what a cute display!)

(Lori Holt's new Xmas quilt - I need to join the sew along to make this!)

(Simple Simon & Company's 'When Skies Are Grey' - the basket of naked babies cracked me up!)

(Last but not least - my Sweet Orchard booth and my booth buddy Melanie from Melly & Me!)

I was so blessed to have some amazing friends and talented designers helping with my booth sewing. The lighting in my booth was a little harsh so the photos I took did not come out too well, so instead I will show you the makers' own photos of the items they made using Sweet Orchard! I loved showing off each and every one of them in my booth - thank you ladies, you truly rock.

(The star of the show - 'Sweet Stars' quilt made by Peta from She Quilts A Lot)

(Amity's Garden cot quilt made by Jemima from Tied With A Ribbon)

(Apple pie cushion made by Sarah from Piccolo Studio, and cute doll by Deb's Steiner Dolls)

(Beautiful fussy cut hexie pouch made by Ange from A Little Patchwork)

(Sweetest fruit wreath mini made by Minki Kim aka Zeriano - this girl is a genius. Seriously.)

(More cuteness from Minki - tags made with her new range of stamps)

(Little Granny mini by Stacy Olson of Stacy Olson Designs - perfection!!)

(Cute little backpack - also by Stacy Olson)

(Two more mini quilts - these were made by Samantha from Aqua Paisley. Love the patterns!)

(The sweetest project caddy pouch! Also made by Samantha from Aqua Paisley)

(I had a prototype of my upcoming book 'Quilt Petite' on display! The sweet doll is by Debs' Steiner Dolls, the stuffed apple & pear are by Corinna of Corinna May Creations, the apple juice is by Sarah of Inkling Threads & Ric Rac & Retro)

 (A close up of the sweet apple juice popper)

 (Sarah also made these cute banners for my booth, and that sweet dress below! All drawings are her own)

(Tote bag made by my dear friend Amy of Nana Company, showcasing the cheater print from my range)

(I had two sweet dresses and banner made by the lovely Melissa from Oh How Sweet Co - so cute!)

(Butterfly wings by Xanthe from Wife-made - just gorgeous.)

(It was pretty surreal seeing the Riley Blake sales reps taking orders for my fabric!)

Well done if you made it this far! After months and months of anticipation and preparation, the market is finally over. Truth be told I was pretty worried about the anti-climax afterwards, but in actual fact I am so glad to be back home in the arms of my family, and catching up on life in general (and sleep!). Also my quilt market haul pictured below certainly makes life a little more bearable! All in all I have been pretty restrained I think, especially on the fabric front. I've been coveting every single item in this photo for months! Especially that limited edition Riley Blake bag at the back, and my polka dot magnetic pin holder from Pleasant Home. And all the Rifle Paper Company and Anthropologie goodies of course!

(And this, my friends, is proof that persistence (and lots and lots of shameless begging) pays off. A bundle of the new Rifle Paper Co fabric - my idea of heaven.)

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