Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Little Sunshine Blog Hop: Day 1

Welcome to the My Little Sunshine Blog Hop! We're excited to share what five designers have created with Cherry's adorable fabrics! Follow along all week and make sure to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of My Little Sunshine prints! (If you missed Cherry's interview about My Little Sunshine, click here to find it.)



Starting off the hop is Mary @ Needled Mom. She's sharing an easy and useful sewing project that both the new mom and baby will enjoy. The hardest part? Choosing which adorable print to use! Head over to her blog and make sure you enter for a chance to win a bundle of prints from Cherry's My Little Sunshine collection!



Mary says:

Giraffes and monkeys and ducks....oh my!  What could be sweeter than fun prints to welcome a new baby to the family?  Come on over to my blog and learn how to make quick and easy burp cloths for a new mom to enjoy.

Click here to see the entire My Little Sunshine collection.

Here's the blog hop schedule:
Tuesday: Mary @ Needled Mom
Wednesday: Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt
Thursday: Annie @ Annie Smith
Friday: Erin @ Avery Lane Designs
Saturday: Elaine @ Summer Crafter
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Introducing My Little Sunshine by Cherry Guidry

Back in May, we showed you Cherry Guidry's booth featuring her upcoming fabric line, My Little Sunshine (click here to see the original post). Great news--the fabrics are now available! We asked Cherry to walk us through the fabrics and the quilt she has designed with them. If you're planning to make a baby quilt soon, you'll know what fabric to use! 

Here's a closer look at the fabrics:

Animal prints


 Sweet baby prints

Alphabet coordinates

Heart strings


Pinstripes


Text print



How did you come up with the idea for the My Little Sunshine collection?
I loved the idea of having a cute little baby line. The first thing that popped into my head was the “You Are My Sunshine” song. I used to sing it to the kids when they were little.

What was the first print you created?
I had designed a little baby carriage pattern a few years back based on my brother’s baby carriage. I pulled out the pattern and included that idea in the first print I drew, along with little baby clothes and suns.


How did the animals get added to the mix?
I was talking to some friends, and sock monkeys came up. I’d started a monkey quilt idea a while back, and thought it would be cute to have monkeys in the collection. Then I started drawing more animals. That’s where the Animal Forest print came in. I wanted the animals to have a retro feel, so I added the wheels.


Let’s talk about the coordinates.
I love fabric with words. The words came from the first print with the carriages. You’ll see an alphabet print as well—there are five that read like solid, and two that are multicolor. I wanted a simple little stripe, so I chose a pinstripe, and there’s a heart print that looks like a string of hearts as well.

 



Tell us about your color palette.
The palette has a mix of soft and somewhat stronger colors, which creates nice contrast for making a quilt. I love the range of colors because I am an appliquer. There are the traditional pinks and blues, but because I wanted it to appeal to both the older generation—the grandmas—and the younger moms, I added in grays and yellows for a more modern look.

What else do you like about these fabrics?
Even though it’s a baby collection, if you take the monkeys and the elephants, for example, you can really carry it through to older children. It’s not only for babies.

What about the panel?
It’s a bib panel—a very simple project—great for a young mom who wants to sew without committing to a quilt. There are applique options on the panel as well—animals in bubbles that would make cute little projects if you added them to a burp cloth or bag or onesie. The possibilities for the panel are huge, even without a lot of sewing.


Tell us about the quilts you designed using My Little Sunshine.
"Duckies" is a free quilt pattern available on my website. It uses a jelly roll and goes together quickly. As an appliquer, I had to add some applique as well, so I enlarged the duckies from the border print to use at the top.




I also have three commercial patterns available for sale on my website.
First are the "My Little Sunshine" minis. It’s a little triptych and they each measure 18” x 23”. I’m picturing a nursery with these hanging over the crib. They’re cute little appliques, and super simple. The SVG files are available as well.


My second pattern is called "Sweet Little One." There are boy and girl options. The appliques are interchangeable between the two patterns, so you can mix and match using the motifs you like. This will also be available for hoop embroidery as well.



My third and favorite is "Bailee," the elephant. It’s a nice sized wall hanging. I always love to do little swirly stylized designs, and they show up here. You can see Bailee in three colorways—pink, aqua, and yellow.




Giveaway: Cherry is giving away a print copy of each of her three commercial patterns. For a chance to win one of the patterns, leave a comment below letting us know which of the three is your favorite. Make sure we have a way to contact you if your name is chosen! Giveaway ends Saturday, August 26th at 11:59 pm EDT.

Blog Hop: We have more "My Little Sunshine" fun all week long! Starting Tuesday, we'll be hosting a blog hop; five different designers will show what they've made with Cherry's adorable fabrics (and there will be giveaways!). Don't miss it!

Click here to see the entire My Little Sunshine fabric collection. 
Click here to visit Cherry's website, find the free quilt pattern, and see her commercial patterns. 


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

All's Wool that Ends Wool

All's Wool that Ends Wool from Kanvas--sew fun for knitters, but there's plenty to play with if you're not a needleworker! 

For starters, how can you not fall in love with those sheep?!

Great dots (aka balls of yarn!)


 Fun spirals:

And whimsical swirls:


psst...the collection comes in a red/gray/black colorway as well! Click here to see this second colorway.





Don't miss the free quilt pattern offered on our website, "Have You Any Wool?"

Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to see the entire All's Wool that Ends Wool collection.
Click here to find the free quilt pattern.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Koala Baby


This "down under" themed fabric is such a cute choice for your next baby quilt! Sweet koala mommas and babies snuggle in the main print (also featured in a panel!), with plenty of cool coordinates. In fact, the coordinates would make a cute quilt all by themselves! Fabrics available in a pink, orange, yellow and taupe colorway and a lime, light blue and periwinkle colorway.








Click here to download the free quilt pattern.
Click here to see the entire Koala Baby collection.
This collection comes in flannel as well!


Click here to find the free quilt pattern.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bree Blog Hop: Day 4

Welcome to our Bree blog hop! We're excited to show you what four different designers have created with the Nancy Halvorsen's gorgeous new fabric collection! If you missed our introduction to Bree, find it here.



The bright and cheery colors of Bree fit beautifully with these sunny August days! With so many aquas and navies in the collection, a sailboat wall hanging seemed like the perfect seasonal project. The Bree by the Sea wall hanging combines an improv-pieced background with applique--two fun techniques to play with! 

Measures 18-1/2" x 20"

Materials:
1 fat quarter each: aqua dot, aqua berries on white, white/gray dot, white berries on navy, navy dot, green vine, red stripe, orange stripe, gray dot circle, yellow dot circle, and navy/aqua plaid
24" square of backing fabric
24" square of batting
Fusible web

Cutting:
Note: Click here to download the template pages. 
From the aqua dot:
(5) 21" long strips, ranging in width from 1-1/2" to 4" (Note: You'll want wider strips for top and bottom; the three strips in the center can be narrower)

From the aqua berries on white:
(2) 21" long strips, ranging in width from 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

From the white/gray dot:
(2) 21" long strips, ranging in width from 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

From the white berries on navy:
(1) 9" x 21" strip (for water; see step 5)

From the navy dot: 
Wave pieces #1-#5*

From the green vine:
Boat* 

From the red stripe:
Large Sail*

From the orange stripe:
Small Sail*

From the gray dot circle:
(1) 1-1/2" x 12" strip

From the yellow dot circle:
Sun

From the navy/aqua plaid:
(5) 2-1/4" x 21" strips for binding

*Trace template pieces onto the paper side of fusible web and cut out loosely around each shape. Fuse to the wrong side of indicated fabric and cut out on the drawn lines.


Make the Wall Hanging:
Note: Piecing the sky uses a relaxed improv method to create a strippy, slightly angled sky. Your sky may look different based on strip width or angles of the strips (i.e. you may need more or fewer strips). Follow the directions below and continue piecing sky strips to cover approximately 16" of the batting, from the top down.

1. Position a wide strip of aqua dot right side up near the top edge of the binding. Position an aqua berry on white strip on top, right sides facing, angling it slightly. 

2. Stitch along the raw edge, following the angle of the white strip, and press open. 

3. Continue adding strips, varying colors and widths, and changing the angle of each new strip.

4. This is what our finished background looked like. (Note the wide piece of aqua dot at the bottom--after you position the water, you can trim this so the water just covers the aqua dot.)

5. Position the water fusible shape on the wrong side of the white berries on navy strip so the wavy edge is near the top edge of the strip. Fuse in place and cut out on the wavy line. Position on the background as desired, trim aqua dot strip if needed, and then fuse the water in place. For reference, our sky section measures about 14" to the water's edge in this photo, the water section measures approximately 9". 

6. Apply fusible web to the wrong side of the 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" dot circle gray strip. From this fused strip, cut out a 1/2" x 11" piece for the mast. 
7. Continue adding applique pieces to the background. Lay out the pieces before fusing in place; you may need to trim the mast (tuck the end under the boat as well). When you're satisfied with placement, fuse in place. 

8. Fuse the five navy dot waves to the water, making sure wave #1 covers the bottom edge of the boat. Use the photo below to help with suggested placement. 

9. If desired, machine stitch the appliqued pieces to secure (We did this as part of the quilting process.) Layer the quilt top (which already includes batting) on the backing. Trim batting to approximately 1" past quilt top edges for easier handling. Machine quilt as desired, outlining applique shapes if you haven't already secured them. 
10. Square up the quilt; ours measures 18-1/2" x 20" (yours may vary slightly--center your design and make sure there's at least 1" background extending past all appliques except waves). 

11. Sew the (5) 2-1/4" x 21" navy/aqua check binding strips short ends together into a long strip and bind as desired. Enjoy!



For a chance to win a bundle of Bree fabrics, leave a comment below letting us know your favorite summer activity. Giveaway is open through Monday, August 14th at 11:59 pm EDT. 



Make sure to follow along on all four days of our Bree hop!
Thursday: Kristen from KD Quilts
FridayBenartex blog design team
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