Patchwork Quilt Along - Block 2

The second block in Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity quilt-along has just been revealed: it's called 'Diamond Panes' and the pattern is now available on the FQS blog. In case you missed my first blog post - this is the quilt we are making!

You can either use your own fabrics, or order a quilt kit from Fat Quarter Shop if you would like to make the same quilt as above, featuring Bonnie & Camille Basics fabric.

This quilt along benefits Make-A-Wish. This fantastic organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. The Patchwork quilt blocks are FREE to download on the 15th of every month on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, Jolly Jabber, starting today. We only ask a suggested donation of $5 to the Make-A-Wish campaign for each time you download a block pattern.

My quilt is going to include a blend of pinks and reds with a dotted grey background. For this month's main fabrics I used a selection of Riley Blake prints: there is the text print and small floral pink from my Sweet Orchard collection, three prints from Carina Gardner's Posy Garden line, and the red floral from Lori Holt's Sew Cherry 2 collection.

I hope you like my blocks! You can also check out the quilts other guest bloggers are making by visiting their blogs, here's the full list:

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 (@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)

If you are inspired and would like to join this quilt along, bookmark the quilt along page on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, and visit on the 15th of each month to download that month's block pattern. Easy peasy! You can share your progress with other quilters  in the Patchwork Facebook group and post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Enjoy!

Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop + Giveaway

Today is my turn on the 'Happy Flower Quilts' blog hop, the sweetest quilting book by legendary Japanese designer Atsuko Matsuyama, finally available in English thanks to publishers Zakka Workshop!

I coveted this book ever since I first came across it on Instagram. Alas it was out of print and highly desirable, and copies were selling for extortionate amounts on Etsy and ebay. I couldn't believe my luck when one day I came across a copy in Chinese for an 'affordable' sum, so I grabbed it. How lucky I am that I now have the English version also!

This book is full of so many sweet projects, all in that special Japanese style, with lots of lovely hand-sewn details. If you love florals and pink, you've got to add this book to your collection! So many cute things to make, ranging from bags to snack mats, baby quilts to decorations.

For my first project I chose the snack satchels - three to be precise! I like making pouches whenever I get a chance as they are great for giving presents - fill them with cookies, lollies, fabric, or toys! For the floral fabrics I used Retro 30s Child Smile Fall 2016 by Lecien and paired them up with some gingham blenders.

For my second project I made a Dresden Plate Pincushion, in a happy mix of pinks and greens. I love these colours, they remind me of spring! The fabrics are a mix of Japanese prints from my stash.

Zakka Workshop are kindly giving away a copy of 'Happy Flower Quilts' to one of my followers so if you would like to win a copy please head over to my Instagram account and leave a comment on the giveaway post! Open worldwide, I will draw a winner on Friday.

Here is the full blog hop schedule if you would like to have a look at what the other designers are making:

Monday 1/23 Kristyne  @prettybyhand
Wednesday 1/25 Lisa  @aspoonfulsugar
Friday 1/27 Sarah  @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
Monday 1/30 Minki  @zeriano
Wednesday 2/1 Heidi  @fabricmutt
Friday 2/3 Clara   @claralovestosew   Instagram Only
Monday 2/6 Ange   @alittlepatchwork

Wednesday 2/8 Erin  @whynotsewquilts
Friday 2/10 Lauren   @transientart
Monday 2/13 Sedef   @downgrapevinelane
Wednesday 2/15 Ayda   @cafenohut
Friday 2/17 Renee   @sewnwithgrace
Monday 2/20 Heather   @vintagegreyhandmade
Wednesday 2/22 Melissa   @ohhowsweetco
Friday 2/24 Greg   @greydogweoodstudio
Monday 2/27 Stacy   @stacyolsondesign
Wednesday 3/1 Wynn @zakkaart

But of course, the real star of this book is the sampler quilt on the book's cover. It is all kinds of fabulous, and such an achievement to complete. If you would like to make it, there will be a q
uilt along (#happyflowerqal) starting March 6th and will run for about a year! The quilt along will be hosted by Kristyne (@prettybyhand), Wynn (@zakkaart), and Melissa (ohhowsweetco). Come and join in on the fun!


Quilt Petite Sew Along

Hi dear friends! I am so thrilled to see on social media that so many of you have received my best selling book 'Quilt Petite' for Christmas, and already making or planning your projects from it! By popular demand, we decided to run a sew-along too, so you can share your amazing creations with other makers! What fun!

This will be an Instagram sew-along, and not only do you get to showcase your makes, each round will have some amazing prizes to win, courtesy of one of my favourite fabric shops, Ministry of Fabric. There will also be a supa-dupa amazeballs grand prize for the overall winner of the sew-along! My lovely friend and uber talented designer Amy Sinibaldi (who is also a fellow Tuva author!) kindly agreed to be our guest judge and she will be picking the winners at the end of each round.

Here are the details of how the sew-along will work:

- This will be an Instagram sew-along, running from 6 February - 2 April.
- There will be four rounds, each lasting two weeks to give you plenty of time to plan and make your projects. The first round kicks off on Monday, 6 February.
- Don't forget to use the hashtag #QUILTPETITESAL on your posts to be in the running to win prizes, and so other makers can find your posts too.
- You can enter either projects that you have already made (I have seen some amazing ones already!) as well as any new makes.
- The grand prize winner will be selected from all the entries throughout the duration of the sew-along.
- Follow me @downgrapevinelane on Instagram to make sure you don't miss any of the announcements in relation to the sew along (as well as pics of the prizes for each round!)
- Open worldwide, public Instagram accounts only (as we can't see your makes under the hashtag if you have a private account).

So get planning, as we kick off the first round on Monday! Here is what the winner of this round will receive, courtesy of Ministry of Fabric: 6 fat quarters of fabric, Aurifil floss in matching colours, and 2m of lace trim. I so love these pretty colours together!

If you haven't already got my book you can get it from Amazon, Bookdepository, Barnes & Noble, Fat Quarter Shop, as well as many other booksellers and stores. In Australia, you can order it from your local quilt shop, or on Booktopia, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, and Fishpond. I can't wait to see everyone's makes!

'Snow White' Dresden Mini

I finished my cross-stitch from the other day, and framed it with a pretty Dresden plate in pretty Tilda
'Bumblebee' florals (from Utopian Threads -  one of my fave fabric shops). Alice has been asking for some mini-quilts to decorate her bedroom wall 'just like mummy's sewing room' - this is the first one I made for her and I'm sure it won't be the last! That girl loves 'pretty', just like her mum!

The cross-stitch is 'Snow White' from the book 'Fables' by Veronique Enginger. The pattern has the seven dwarves in a frame around Snow White, but I left them out for this project. This is a book well worth investing in if you are into cross-stitch - it's full of so many other fabulous designs depicting favourite kids' stories! It's in French but that really makes no difference as the charts are super clear.

For the construction of the Dresden plate I used my Lori Holt 'Pie Ruler' and the large circle from her 'Sew Simple Shapes' templates, and followed her fantastic Dresden (or 'pie') tutorial which she has just published as part of the 'Sweetie Pie' quilt-along. It was a stroke of luck that my central cross-stitch was exactly the same size!

To finish off I embellished the Dresden centre with some cotton lace, hand quilted around the perimeter with Perle cotton and sewed on a wood 'Down Grapevine Lane' button (I bought these a few years ago from this Etsy shop). The cute strawberry buttons are from Ministry of Fabric, and the button card was designed by my lovely friend Elea Lutz and is available as a free download on her website.

Lori's method for making these Dresden plates produces a spare 'wagon wheel', which is the centre of the Dresden that you cut out before appliqueing the circle at the centre. It was too cute to throw out, so I turned it into a little ric-rac edged coaster! 

I hope you liked this selfish-sewing project! Now, it's time to get back to my magazine commissions and other secret squirrel stuff that I'm currently working on. Have a lovely day!

Aussie 'Sewlebration' | Wynne the Bunny

With Australia Day only a few days away, this week we are celebrating Aussie creativity! When I moved here from London in 2009 I had no idea what a treasure trove Australia was for 'handmade' - so many talented and inspiring designers, makers, and hand-maidens And that's quite amazing considering the whole country's population is just over 20 million - sewists, quilters and crafters are certainly well represented here! To join the celebrations check out the hashtag #aussiesewlebration on Instagram and share your favourite Aussie creators too! A lot of businesses are giving away prizes too so there is a lot of stuff to be won - including my giveaway for two PDF patterns! Head over to my Instagram account if you would like to enter!

So what better time to share my most recent make using a pattern by an Aussie designer! It's the cutest wee little crochet bunny, called Wynne. She was designed by my lovely local friend Ali from Arabesque Scissors (check out her blog if you haven't discovered her yet! You won't regret it!).

Ali has been selling these adorable bunnies in her Etsy shop for a while, and she has just released the crochet pattern for those of us who want to make one too. And she will be releasing teeny tiny clothes patterns soon! My little Wynne is looking a bit naked at the minute so I can't wait to make her some cute outfits.

 As for what I'm working on right now, I got hit by a sudden wave of inspiration when I received this gorgeous bundle of Tilda Bumblebee from Utopian Threads on the same day this amazing cross-stitch book arrived from Amazon UK (it's called Fables by Veronique Enginger and full of sweet designs depicting classic kids' stories). So before I start my next big quilt I'm quickly knocking together something sweet for Alice's room. Stay tuned!

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