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…

Nightshade

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! They’re currently hosting 13 spooktacular days of sales and deals, like 99 cent mystery charms, free shipping, 25% off storewide, free gift cards and precuts, and more! So check in daily to see what the bargain is for that day only!

Halloween fabric sales

To enter, simply leave a comment suggesting which purple or green print from Southern Fabric Midge might like to use for her backing.

Giveaway closes Sunday 26th October 12pm (JST) and winner will be contact by email and announced on Monday’s Bright Sky QAL post.

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 the quilt for which the Melody Miller arrows is backing, will actually fit its length along the full width of the fabric, thus saving at least 12″ of fabric – every inch counts!

Last week, Wendy shared her border for the Possum Magic round robin quilting bee. I can’t wait to participate in a bee like this when I’m back in Australia (and thus much lower postage costs!).

Lori has been working on these string blocks that would be a lot of fun to play around with block rotation!

And how about these wonky pinwheels by Francine?! I love the way varied backgrounds from bee blocks can really add that “modern” aesthetic… however you want to classify that!

Note – next week’s linky will go up a bit later in the day due to the project I’m sharing and needing to be shared in US timezone!

Now it’s time to link up this week’s sewing projects! Your latest finish or WIP or sewing room update… we love checking it all out! And don’t forget you can even link up a photo directly from Instagram! And tag it #sewcutetuesday so we can find it there too.

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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

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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]

Sew Cute Tuesday

Sew Cute Tuesday

  Happy Tuesday, lovely people!! We've just weathered our second typhoon in a week, but fall/autumn has definitely set in - toes are cold at night now! I've had a lovely week of sewing and playing with fabric - the biggest achievement being my Bright Sky quilt top is now finished! This week's task for the Bright Sky QAL are the outer star sections, and yesterday I shared a few pointers to help get those points perfect! I loved seeing all your warm-coloured projects last week! I must … [Continue reading]

Bright Sky QAL: Week 2 – Outer Star

Bright Sky QAL quilt along

Welcome to this week's instalment for the Bright Sky QAL! It's definitely not too late to join in if you want to, it's a quick quilt to piece! Last week we pieced our centre stars, and this week's Bright Sky quilt task is to piece the outer star sections! These are a little fiddly, but definitely quick and achievable! As you would have found, there are 2 different options for cutting and piecing the background triangles in regards to where you have your bias edges. Option A means that you will … [Continue reading]

Sewing With Kids: A Finished Cushion Cover

Child's cushion

Over the past couple of months, I've slowly worked away at this cushion cover with my son! We started by choosing a backing fabric - the scientist fabric which ended up being the border print - and from that fabric, pulled prints that matched the colours in the print. I pulled a few different prints from each colour, and he chose which print he wanted to use. He then sat down and coloured in a sketch layout to draw up a placement plan of the prints while I cut the fabrics. He ended up drawing … [Continue reading]

An Autumn Plum Crazy

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When my witty and talented friend Laura asked if I'd be willing to help spread the news of her brand new quilt pattern Plum Crazy, I of course said yes! I've never met her in person, but she's one of those people that I know I would have made good friends with even if we didn't share this quilting passion - I just love her wicked sense of humour! Anyway, sappy stuff aside, I had hoped to sew up a mini Plum Crazy and even did the math, but alas, time ran out! Instead, I have this delicious bundle … [Continue reading]