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Playing with Blossom & Moments (with a wee sneak peek at my next pattern too….)

I love my job. No really I do. I mean when you are a crafty girl then the chance to play with fabric every single day is pretty special. It is a lot of work but so rewarding because there are always finished products to be proud of. Since joining the Riley Blake blogging family I have worked with some pretty special ranges and honestly I never ever get tired of it. Okay that is a lie, sometimes when I am covered in loose threads and fabric dust and I am unpicking something for the hundredth time I wonder why I bother hahahaha but fortunately the feeling never lasts long!

I was recently sent a swatch book for the basics range Blossom, created by Christopher aka The Tattooed Quilter. I knew pretty much immediately I wanted to play. I am getting a bit over using solids at the moment and enjoying going back to my roots a bit in terms of playing with lots of pattern and colour. Plus I have a new quilt pattern I am trying to get my head around and I knew straight away this line would be my perfect starting point.

Choosing the next line to coordinate in was a no brainer. I have been a massive fan of Minki’s work for the longest time and have been dying to work with her latest line since I saw the very first sneak peek. I ordered a fat quarter bundle and eagerly waited for it to arrive. You guys I was NOT disappointed! It has everything I need to be happy from gorgeous florals, sweet features I can fussy cut and a gorgeous color range to boot. I mean how could you not fall in love with those little houses with bicycles parked out the front!

See what I mean – divine all the way down to that teeny tiny bunting!

I had already decided that I was going to use these collections to keep working on my next quilt pattern – Fussy Gussy. This has been in the works for a long time now and I have made quite a few. But I was having a mental block regarding how to write the pattern. It is a simple quilt in theory but requires extra thought to get it right. Good news is that I think I have it nailed now and I will start drafting for testers next week.

Fussy Gussy is all about fussy cut details and sweet fabric frames. I always love the finished product because it is fun, and can look amazing in most fabric lines and in most quilt sizes too. I will release it in lots of size options because it is proving to be such a versatile pattern to use.

To match in with the amazing colours in Minki’s line I selected Blossom in Apricot, Peony and Aqua for my fabric frames. The background and binding is Gray. Interestingly the Gray was a happy coincidence from me writing the wrong fabric code ( I mean to do white with metallic silver blossoms) but it ended up working perfectly with the quilt and keeping a really modern vibe going – enter a deep sigh of relief and yay!

It probably comes as no huge surprise that I opted for wavy quilting. I promise I wasn’t going to initially but I knew it would work perfectly with the style of quilt and keep things fun and playful. Plus the whole thing took under an hour to do which makes the impatient crafter in me super happy.

I made the baby size quilt for this post and it looks so sweet especially with the fun scrappy binding. It would be so lovely in a cot or as a play mat – sadly I don’t have a nursery anymore to decorate so I had to photograph on Abby’s bed. That said though it looks sweet anyway you look at it.

Couldn’t you just curl up right there and nap? I know I could! Sadly it is school pick up time here and mum duties are about to kick in with after school cricket practice so the whole nap idea is shelved for now. I cant believe how busy life is here these days – nothing quite prepares you for the exhaustion of keeping up with socially active and sporty teens, although I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is nice to look at quilts like this though and remember a simpler time filled with bedtime stories and early nights…..

And that is it from me for today. Behind the scenes I am so busy with the soon to be release of my updated Kaleidoscope pattern and the Lemon Squeezy Quiltalong – this week we are cutting our fabrics and I am loving chatting techniques and fabrics with my new friends. I am also trying to keep up with the #aussiequilter photo challenge which is being run on Instagram by Blossom Heart Quilts and Jane Pipke – I am loving finding all the talented makers in my local community and again chatting all things sewing.

Right out the door I bolt to grab snacks before cricket. Think I might even take my Kaleidoscope quilt to bind while I watch. Side note – never ever ever will you ever see me do a scallop border again. NEVER.

Sarah xx

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Sam
    27/02/2020 at 1:52 am

    OMG I love, love, love this quilt.. everything about it!!! The colors, your fussy quilting, the gray fabric reminds me of snow, a childhood memory, and your colors are so soothing together. Now I want one!!!

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      sarah scott
      27/02/2020 at 9:35 am

      I’m regretting not making it bigger – it turned out so sweet!

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    deborah benbow
    27/02/2020 at 2:26 am

    Oh wow, Sarah, you amaze me every time you post! LOVE love LOVE this gorgeous quilt top! XOXO Dreamy dreamy dreamy! xoxo from across the big pond! <3

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      sarah scott
      27/02/2020 at 9:33 am

      Thank you so much Deb. This was a fun make ❤️

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    Linda
    27/02/2020 at 3:14 am

    Ver lovely fabric

    • Reply
      sarah scott
      27/02/2020 at 9:33 am

      It is beautiful!

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    Betsy Maier
    27/02/2020 at 8:29 am

    Can’t wait till you publish this quilt pattern. My granddaughter saw your quilt while I was reading your blog & has asked me to PLEASE, PLEASE make her this quilt! So I’ve already purchased a fat quarter bundle of the Minki Kim fabric you used in your quilt & look forward to surprising her with this quilt!

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      sarah scott
      27/02/2020 at 9:33 am

      I had better get cracking on the pattern then! We definitely can’t let down granddaughters ❤️

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      Betsy Maier
      04/03/2020 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah. Will I need more than 1/2 yard each of the apricot, peony & aqua to frame the squares? Also, will 2 yards of the gray for the background & the binding be sufficient? I’m pretty excited, as you can see, to have all my fabrics ready once you publish your pattern. Thanks so much for your time.

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        Sam Newton
        04/03/2020 at 3:00 pm

        Betsy, it looks like you are as obsessed with this pattern as I am! LOL You are lucky because you can get that material. I live in Florida and it is not available, but after searching and searching I’ve found ANNIE OF GREEN GABLES. I’ve been there and will use that for my village. All my material arrived today except for the apricot, peony and aqua… I can’t get that particular material, but similar. So it looks like you and I will be ready to run as soon as the pattern hits the scene! I feel so blessed that I found this wonderful talented Sarah!!! Have fun, Betsy.

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          sarah scott
          09/03/2020 at 8:56 am

          How lovely are you ladies – you are making my week! The pattern is nearly written and ready for testers to work their magic 🙂

          • Sam
            09/03/2020 at 4:09 pm

            👏👏👏🥰

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        sarah scott
        09/03/2020 at 8:57 am

        For the cot size the 1/2 yards will be more than enough Betsy. And yes you should get the top and binding out of 2 yards of grey too. You may even be able to make it slightly bigger!

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    Christine Dunn
    01/03/2020 at 2:39 pm

    I love this quilt and can’t wait for the pattern. Silly question how are we informed when its available?

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      sarah scott
      01/03/2020 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much Christine 🙂 When I release the pattern I will announce in its own blog post and in my Instagram and Facebook feed. I usually give a fair bit of notice before things are released so people know to look out for it. I am aiming this pattern for the end of March 🙂

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      Betsy Maier
      22/04/2020 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you Sarah. Looking forward to the pattern release!

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