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Playing with Fleur

Bursting Heart Quilt by Piccolo Studio using Fleur by Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs

Why hello there friends

I am sneaking in before October ends to share my latest make with you all, I am sure you can all agree that at this point of 2020 we all need a whole lot of love and this pretty quilt pattern has that for you in spades.

I am drawn to bold design at the moment – large scale shapes that are instantly recogniseable and draw you in. It started with my Piccolo Starburst quilt and I have quite a few options drawn up I hope to release over the coming year, all a bit different, all beginner friendly and all a whole lot of statement in their bold simplicity.

I am going to post a lot more about my Bursting Heart quilt pattern which is heading to testers this week but for today lets focus on that gorgeous fabric. Fleur is the latest line to be released by Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane fame for Riley Blake Designs.

I am lucky to live locally to Sedef and saw this brilliant line unfold over the past 12 months – it is amazing just how much work goes into creating a fabric range, it is meticulous and painstaking work that requires considerable attention to detail. The end result this time though, so worth it.

My favourite part of this range is the super sweet daisies scattered throughout the prints. Sedef may have been somewhat surprised that that is what I focused my attention on when she first showed me the line but I really do love them. Such a simple and hardy flower that always puts a smile on my face when I walk past. As a kid growing up in NZ all I remember are lawns filled with tiny daisies and hours upon hours spent with my cousins playing. We would be dressed in our mother’s handmade ballgowns, feet firmly entrenched in gumboots and draped in metres and metres of daisy chains with honeysuckle circlets in our hair. It is a lovely memory to hold onto.

Fleur really is a sweet line and I am sure it will be incredibly popular. To make this version of the Bursting Heart quilt I mixed it with 4 complimentary Riley Blake solids. This gave the background some detail without detracting from the design itself.

My quilt holders are on holidays at their grandparents for a few days so I had to get a bit creative with my photos. I have another photo shoot planned for this quilt when the pattern is launched and I am looking forward to having their help to make that happen. At 19, 14 and 12 they still work for an ice cream despite the crazy situations I put them in!

For the first time in a long time I pieced the back for my quilt. This means that I used the entire Fat Quarter Bundle with zero leftover which I love. I used a floral from the range for the binding to add a sweet detail and I love it. Stripes will always have my heart but this floral came a very close second.

Such a sweet line and perfect for my Bursting Heart quilt. I have the perfect person in mind for this little lady for Christmas, someone who has shown my children immense care and heart over the years. I am really excited to gift it to her as we say goodbye to a very important chapter in our lives.

xxx Sarah



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    01/10/2020 at 8:57 am

    This is so pretty Sarah. The perfect fabric range for this quilt design!

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