Posy Garden Blog Tour – Maker’s Tote

FabricBundledGood morning, my friends! And welcome to my stop on the Posy Garden Blog Tour!
I am going to start by telling you one of my favorite adjectives… Crisp.
I tend to over-use it when I am trying to portray a certain sense or feeling to my husband. I stutter, “…you know that fresh, crisp, clean, crisp look!” or “It looks so crisp! It’s so beautifully… crisp!” Early in our marriage, he’d roll his eyes and mutter, “You and that word.” (I am happy to say he’s starting to finally get all the meaning it holds.)
I am telling you this because honestly I can’t think of a better word to use to describe Carina Gardner’s new fabric line, Posy Garden, for Riley Blake Designs,  other than…well, crisp!  It is a beautiful collection of florals and geometrics in a color palette that’s to die for.Makers_Tote_003Makers_Tote_001I knew right away that I actually wanted to sew something for myself with these prints and decided they would make a beautiful Maker’s Tote.  (Pattern is by Anna Graham from Noodlehead.) I made the larger of the two sizes the pattern comes in, and let me tell you…  I am in love with this bag. Makers_Tote_002Makers_Tote_004Makers_Tote_005Makers_Tote_006It is small enough so I don’t feel like I am carrying around luggage, but large enough to hold books, supplies,  probably a chocolate bar and maybe a random diaper or two. Perfect!
With some of the leftover scraps I decided to make a mini quilt. I love the way Posy Garden looks against pure white, so I sketched out a design that would incorporate the prints I had along with plenty of white. I also wanted it to have a soft almost flower-y look, so I came up with the following design  made from lots of half triangle squares. (And as you can see, I had chubby little Finian hands helping me.)ChubbyHelpingHandsPosy Garden MiniPosy Garden Mini_001Posy Garden Mini_003.jpgPosy Garden Mini_002Be sure to check out all the other amazing Posy Garden projects this week. Here is the daily line-up:
Monday, August 1st: My Sewing Haven with Carla Peicheff
Tuesday, August 2nd Happy Little Cottage with Debbie Homick
Tuesday, August 2nd The Family Hearth with Bridgette McNay
Wednesday, August 3rd Fort Worth Fabric Studio with Lindsey Weight
Wednesday, August 3rd Happy Quilting Melissa with Melissa Corry
Thursday, August 4th Pretty By Hand with Kristyne Czepuryk
Thursday, August 4th Out of the Blue with Sondra Davison
Friday, August 5th Samelia‚Äôs Mom with Anorina Morris
Friday, August 5th Free Time Frolics with Adrienne Woods
Monday, August 8th Flamingo Toes with Bev McCullough
Monday, August 8th Silly Mama Quilts with Brooke Sellmann
Tuesday, August 9th Snickerdoodle Stew with Jessica Stewart
Tuesday, August 9th A Little Patchwork with Ange Hamilton
Wednesday, August 10th Ameroonie Designs with Amy Chappell
Thursday, August 11th One Little Pooh with Tina
Thursday, August 11th Jedi Craft Girl with Amanda Neiderhauser
Friday, August 12th Stitching Revival with Christine Cook

 

Oh, and P.S… I also love the word Cherry Apple Crisp! ūüôā

xoxo, Bridgette

Market Squares Quilt- A free pattern

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Hello! Happy Wednesday!
I shared a quick step-by-step picture tutorial of this quilt on Instagram a while back, and am finally getting around to posting the printable PDF file on here. I wrote this pattern to work around the adorable little characters from Tasha Noel’s Vintage Market fabric, so I decided to call it Market Squares.
You can download and/or print the full instructions here: Market Squares Quilt Pattern
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xoxo, Bridgette

Hair Bow Doll Quilt Tutorial

DSC_2003¬†Madeleine received a doll bed for her birthday this past weekend. The doll bed is so cute and her dolls have had more naps than ever. The only thing their naps were missing was a nice cozy quilt, of course! ¬†I wanted something fun and super easy, so this is what I came up with. I love that the hair bows add lots of color, but still keep it clean and simple. It’s a great scrap buster quilt and sews up so fast that it makes a great weekend project as well. DSC_1989DSC_2030DSC_2020DSC_2066DSC_2060

Hair Bow Doll Quilt Tutorial

Finished quilt size is 20 1/2″ x 24 1/2″.

Each block measures 4 1/2″ (unfinished). All seams are 1/4″.

What you will need:

1/2 yard of background  fabric (white)

20 fabric scrap pieces measuring at least 2″ x 4″

Tutorial is for quilt top only.

Step 1:
Cut your white fabric into 30- 4 1/2″ squares. Cut each scrap piece into two 2″ squares.¬†¬†DSC_1939
Step 2:
With a fabric pencil, draw a diagonal line across the back of each 2″ block.DSC_2088
Step 3:
Lay your white squares out 5 blocks across by 6 blocks down. Decide where you want each “bow” to go and lay your scrap squares on top of your white squares as seen below.¬†(I recommend taking a quick photo of your layout before continuing as easy reference to remember which bow goes where. It helped me!)DSC_1956Step 4:
When you are satisfied with the placement of each “bow”, flip the 2″ squares face down on the white squares with the drawn line away from the corner.DSC_1966Step 5:
Sew straight over the drawn line to sew the small square to the white square. Do this for all  blocks.DSC_2093Step 6:
Cut the corners off, leaving a 1/4″ seam. Open and press seams. Now you have a new 4 1/2″ square!DSC_2099DSC_2110DSC_2114
Step 7:
When all your blocks are finished, sew them together! I sewed the rows of six blocks together and then sewed the five rows together. Quilt and bind as desired.DSC_1996If you have any questions on this tutorial, let me know! I will be happy to answer them. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #hairbowdollquilt. I would love to see what you make!!
Enjoy!

xoxo, Bridgette