I was recently invited by Lecien to join their newly launched Flower Sugar world ambassador program - which means I am one of the lucky few designers who get to play with the new Flower Sugar ranges before they are released to the public. Such a privilige! The first collection I got to sew with is Flower Sugar Fall 2016 which is making its debut next week at the International Quilt Market in Houston. I made a baby quilt. Covered in kisses. Sugary kisses!
The pattern I used is the 'Raspberry Kiss Block' by Rachel of Wooden Spoon Quilts - she has a great tutorial for it here. I wanted a lot of white in this quilt to balance the bold, saturated Flower Sugar colours, so the final design did not become too 'hectic'. I also really love the fact that the fabric in each block is really the 'star of the show' here without having to compete with the other prints.
I straight line quilted it in the ditch in a criss-cross pattern. After reading about all the horror stories concerning Frixion pens (the lines reappearing in the cold!) I used a Hera marker to mark the quilting lines for the first time. I can't say I am a convert. I found it quite hard to see the marks when I was quilting late at night, so there was an element of blind-sewing. Does anyone have any tips on working with Hera markers? Maybe my technique needs improvement!
(My little helper is getting pretty tall!)
I only had a fat quarter bundle to work with, so for the backing and binding I used Flower Sugar Spring 2015 which is in stores now. That hexie print makes the most wonderful backing, don't you think? I also love how well all the Flower Sugar collections work together.
If you would like to win a 10" stacker of this collection and have the chance to sew with it before everyone else, please leave a comment either here or on my Instagram feed telling me what you would make with it if you won! I will pick a winner on Wednesday. Open worldwide. Good luck!
UPDATE - GIVEAWAY CLOSED: The winner of the 10" stacker is @coleandtaffy on Instagram! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone else for entering! x