It’s A Party For Party Of Eight!

Cushion for Gina

After we had a very fun and successful first round of our paper piecing Wombat Stew bee, we decided to expand our group a little more and welcomed Midge and Gina. Last year, Gina took it upon herself to make each of us a special birthday present, and I was also the lucky recipient of her Secret Santa present! Not to mention her very generous scraps and pieces of fabric that we send with each block we make. So I have been very blessed by Gina and her beautiful sewing! And when I was randomly assigned her for our birthday swap this year, I knew I had to really pack that parcel full of specialness!

Gina present parcel

Fortunately, her colours are very similar to some of my favourites too – aqua, coral, pink, golden sunshine yellow… So when I was making up some test blocks for my Aurora BOM, I decided to multi-task and choose “her colours”. As you already know, one was turned into a cushion cover. I also added some strawberry-themed stationery (a favourite ‘thing’ of her’s) and some other special fabric I knew she would appreciate.

So a very happy birthday, beautiful Gina!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Bright Sky

I just noticed that this season’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival has opened and this time I actually have some quilts to enter! I’ve decided to enter my original Bright Sky quilt and also my new Lighthearted Geese quilt for Kokka.

in drive

Most of you will have already heard the background story for this quilt and the resulting pattern (and now currently a QAL!) – my desire to make my BFF a quilt for her birthday coincided with the Radiant Orchid quilt competition. With purple and teal/aqua being her favourite colours, I knew I needed to combine them. And drastically upsizing a quilt block I have in Fat Quarterly was the perfect pattern in which to do so!

Bright Sky quilt backing

I finished the top and backing off and sent it to Gemma to work her longarm quilting magic, and paid a bit extra for her to bind, photograph and send to my hometown in Adelaide for my sister to hand deliver to my BFF. I am so in love with it and can’t wait to see it in person sometime!

At 64″ square, this quilt is headed for the Large Quilts category. Voting opens November 1st if you really love this quilt and would like to support it in the competition by voting!

Lighthearted Geese for Kokka Quilt Market

Lighthearted by Kokka quilt

A few months ago, Frances (aka Miss Matatabi and fellow Tokyo Bay dweller) contacted me asking if I'd be interested in making a quilt for Kokka's newest quilting cotton range for Quilt Market and other trade shows. Uhhh, yes! Tick that one off the quilting bucket list! So a few days later, a delicious package of fabric arrived and I started scheming. The quilt had to be a certain width to fit their booth plans, and I had been sent a few differently-sized cuts of fabric to puzzle together. But … [Continue reading]

Disney Quilt Swap 2015

Disney Quilt Swap 2015

Please excuse me today with some super sweet Disney magic dribbling... I signed up for the Disney Quilt Swap 2015 on the last day, and made it in! Since moving to Chiba/Tokyo, and having now gone to Tokyo Disneyland and Sea several times, I've finally understood the magic of Disney. I didn't watch many Disney movies growing up, I KNOW, so I'm a slow developer in the Disney sense of the word. But seeing my daughter fall in love with Ariel and Cinderella, and my son with Lightening McQueen and … [Continue reading]

Bright Sky QAL – Ms Midge + Giveaway

Bright Sky QAL quilt along

This week's blog hopping QALer is the lovely Ms Midge!! As you know, I got to hang out with her last week and go shopping at Nippori! On her list of things was to try and find a backing for her Bright Sky quilt that she has made using Nightshade by Tula Pink - not an easy range to match, it seems... And talking of spooky fabric, one of the Bright Sky QAL sponsors - Southern Fabric - is offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner to help celebrate all things ghastly and Halloween! … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday

Sew Cute Tuesday

Hello fellow Sew Cute-ers! It's been a fun quilty week around here with a trip to Nippori Fabric Town with Ms Midge last week! We bought up quite the haul, well, for us anyway. We've had some comments that we were quite restrained, and yes, yes we were! We both have reached that point of only tending to buy fabric with a purpose in mind - her due to a small sewing room and me needing to keep my stash small for when it comes time to ship everything back to Australia! Although I did realise that … [Continue reading]

Bright Sky QAL: Week 3 – Quilt Top and Backing

Bright Sky QAL quilt along

Hopefully you all have your centre stars and your outer star sections finished because this week we're talking about piecing the quilt top and backing! The first tip is to measure your star sections - they should measure 16.5" x 32.5", but with all the long and diagonal seams and bias stretch happening, it may be out by even as much as 1/2" (say, 33.5") depending on your fabric and seams. But you know what? That's ok! Just trim it evenly off each side to 32.5". You know why that's ok? It just … [Continue reading]

Sunday Stash – Nippori Baby

Alyce and Midge Nippori Tomato

For those following along on Instagram (@blossomheartquilts), you would have seen my Wednesday jaunt to Nippori Fabric Town with the fabulous Ms Midge! Midge is one of my Wombat Stew bee gals, and I really love her work. She's got similar tastes in fabric and design, which made shopping with her so much fun! The first port of call for any trip to Nippori should always be the 5-storey Tomato store. First floor is bargains galore. Like this array of 150/60" wide Melody Miller. We stocked up on … [Continue reading]

Quilt Con Fully On

Quilt Con tix

Almost four months ago (wait, what?!), I booked my QuiltCon tickets. It was one of the most nervous nights of my life - all that adrenaline waiting for registration to open and the race to select the classes and lectures and events and pay for them... Only those who experienced it can really understand what it was like! I am still so grateful for Japan's super speed internet for helping me get into everything I wanted! With my accommodation sorted (I'm staying with Melissa at her best friend's … [Continue reading]

Bright Sky QAL – My Fabric Relish

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Today's beautiful Bright Sky QAL blog hopper is Melissa from My Fabric Relish. Melissa's beautiful quilts and style have always attracted me, and as tends to happen in the online quilting world, we've become friends! So much so, that I'll be staying with her for a few days around Quilt Con, driving to and from Dallas and Austin together, and even staying with her at her best friend's place in Austin! So if that doesn't cement our friendship, nothing will! And once again, she has blown me away … [Continue reading]