Summer Blush Blog Tour - Week 3

This week's featured maker on the Summer Blush blog tour is Christopher Thompson from The Tattooed Quilter! As well as being a fabric designer himself Christopher is a supremely talented quilter - he has a uniquely modern style and I especially love his unusual colour combinations. I saw a sneak peek of what he was making for the tour last week - it's SO not me, but I simply LOVE what he made - I can't explain it! It's really good that every now and then someone comes along and pushes the boundaries of what we consider pretty!

Christopher challenged himself to think of a traditional quilt block that could be updated to look modern - the tulip block was a great choice! These are foundation paper pieced blocks and come in three different sizes. Unfortunately Christopher ran out of background fabric but this will be a fabulous quilt when finished! I just love the way Summer Blush has been paired up with that brushed green background from Riley Blake's Shades range - it takes the collection to a whole new place.

For his blog tour entry Christopher used a couple of the tulip blocks and paired them with oversized flying geese to make this simple but stunning table runner. I love the bow effect in the middle! And I can just imagine how this delicious brunch would have been enjoyed once the photos were taken.

Thank you Christopher for taking part! We will conclude the tour this weekend when I will be sharing one of my own projects as well as some freebies. Thanks for visiting today!

Aug 31 - Saija Kiiskinen, Pomada@saija_elina
Sep 7 - Beverly McCullough, Flamingo Toes@flamingotoes
Sep 14 - Christopher Thompson, The Tattooed Quilter@the_tattooed_quilter
Sep 21 - Sedef Imer, Down Grapevine Lane, @downgrapevinelane 

New Quilt Patterns

I've just released two new quilt patterns featuring my Summer Blush range! They are both available in digital PDF format in my shop - paper versions will be available from next week.

The first quilt is called 'Summer Stroll' and measures 55" x 57". It's a traditionally pieced modern quilt featuring half rectangle triangles. You can get the pattern here.

My second new pattern is called 'Blushing Blooms', measuring 64" x 68". It's traditionally pieced featuring half square triangles and circular appliques for the flower buds. You can get this pattern here.

I hope you like my new patterns! I've been quite blown away by the love they received when I shared them on Instagram a few days ago. Wholesale order enquiries for both patterns can be directed to my distributors Creative Abundance. Please email me if you would like more info!

Summer Blush Blog Tour - Week 2

It's week two of the Summer Blush blog tour and today's featured artist is my fellow Riley Blake designer Bev from Flamingo Toes. Bev came up with a brand new quilt pattern to show off the fabrics and I can't be more in love with it! Her photos are absolutely stunning too.

The pattern is called 'Stacking Stars' and is a 10" stacker (aka layer cake) friendly pattern - you can purchase the PDF in Bev's shop. The beautiful long arm quilting was done by Julie's Longarm Quilting Service in Nashville, USA.

Thank you so much Bev for taking part! Here's the blog tour schedule so you can see who else is sewing with Summer Blush - I'll be sharing some of my own makes as well as a freebie (or two!) on the last day of the tour!

Aug 31 - Saija Kiiskinen, Pomada@saija_elina
Sep 7 - Beverly McCullough, Flamingo Toes, @flamingotoes
Sep 14 - Christopher Thompson, The Tattooed Quilter, @the_tattooed_quilter
Sep 21 - Sedef Imer, Down Grapevine Lane, @downgrapevinelane 

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!

My New Book: 'Zakka Home'

Those of you following me on Facebook and Instagram would have seen me sharing some sneak peeks from my new book Zakka Home, published by Tuva Publishing. I received my author copies a few days ago and I cannot be more thrilled with it! I'm so, so very proud of this book.

Here's what's on the back cover: 'Zakka is a Japanese design aesthetic that combines usefulness with beauty and style. In this book, Sedef Imer has created a collection of 19 simple, pretty, and handy projects inspired by the art of Zakka to help organize and beautify your home. Suitable for all levels of sewists, you will be inspired by these fun and easy-to-sew projects that will brighten and adorn your home.' 

For those of you not familiar with the term 'Zakka', it's a Japanese word that literally means 'many things', 'sundries', or simply put, 'stuff'! During Japan's post war economic boom it was typically used to describe everyday mundane objects. The use of the phrase has evolved over the decades - today 'Zakka' describes a design style that combines usefulness with beauty. If a mundane, everyday object is made with love and gives you joy and happiness - it's Zakka!

 'Zakka' style has been a huge influence in my sewing journey to date and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create some pretty AND useful things for the home in this book - I'm a complete homebody and there's nowhere I'm happier than when I'm at home, with my family. So here are some of the projects from the book to give you a glimpse of what's inside.

Zakka Home is currently in distribution and comes out in all major online retailers and quilt stores in October. In the mean time I have a very limited number of signed advance copies available in my shop, if you simply couldn't wait to get your hands on it!

Summer Blush Blog Tour - Week 1

Today we are kicking off the blog tour for my new range 'Summer Blush' with the lovely Saija, a very talented quilter from Finland! Saija makes the most incredible modern quilts that truly stand out with their bold pattern and colour combinations. If you don't believe me just check out her Instagram feed - so quilty, so modern, so colourful, and just so, so very lovely.

She made this stunning quilt using a pattern by Emily Dennis called 'Cross Tile' - you can purchase it here. How great does the scrappy binding look?!! I really need to use it more often in my own quilts.

Saija also made a cute little frame purse using the red and white prints from the range. Functional AND sweet!

Summer Blush is now available in the US and about to arrive in Europe and Australia - stockist info here. Here's the blog tour schedule so you can see what's yet to come - I'll be sharing some of my own makes as well as a freebie (or two!) on the last day of the tour!

Aug 31 - Saija Kiiskinen, Pomada@saija_elina
Sep 7 - Beverly McCullough, Flamingo Toes, @flamingotoes
Sep 14 - Christopher Thompson, The Tattooed Quilter, @the_tattooed_quilter
Sep 21 - Sedef Imer, Down Grapevine Lane, @downgrapevinelane 

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!

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