Sew Cute Tuesday

Sew Cute Tuesday

I’m sorry, just a quick dash through in between caring for one hot little son who is home sick today to let you know that next week is the first Tuesday of the month and we’re back with the monthly themes! Next week will be “Warm” – warm autumn/fall colours! Or for Southern Hemisphereans, warm sunny colours for spring! For those new to Sew Cute Tuesday, the first Tuesday of each month we have a theme for which you can link up 1 bonus extra post from your archives to do with that theme. Also, leave a comment with some ideas for monthly themes you’d like to see happen for next year!

So please do still link up your weekly posts here today even though there’s not much for me to share today! It will be nap time soon, so I’m hoping to get some sewing done soon and I will share the photos on Instagram too with #sewcutetuesday – you can too so we can all find them!

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Bright Sky QAL: Choosing Your Fabric

Bright Sky QAL quilt along

As always, feel completely free to choose whatever fabric you like! Should you wish for some points and tips, read on…

Bright Sky Fabric Requirements

There are 4 main “zones” of fabric: the centre square, the inner star points, the outer star diamonds and the outer star points. For each zone, the minimum fabric requirements are fat quarters – 1 fat quarter for the centre square, 1 fat quarter for the inner star, 1 fat quarter for each diamond and 1 fat quarter for each pair of outer star points.

Fat Quarters

Being the perfect pattern for fat quarters, Bright Sky naturally lends itself to a more scrappy effect. You can choose to work completely scrappy or work within a colour palette.

Dreamin Vintage Jeni Baker fat quarter bundle

This Dreamin’ Vintage bundle would be a fun riot of prints but still very cohesive in colour. I’d use the green flower print for the centre square with the white-background “stripes” for the inner square and then spread the other prints around for a splashin’ awesome quilt.

Best Day Ever April Rosenthal fat quarter bundle

Or you could restrain your choices to a colour palette and select one colour per zone but different prints. This Best. Day. Ever! blue and green fat quarter bundle is perfect for this approach to choosing fabric – use one of the “feature” prints for the centre square, the lighter blue for the inner star, and the remaining greens and dark blues for the outer star points and diamonds!

Emmas Garden Patty Sloniger fat quarter bundle

Something like this Emma’s Garden bundle would work beautiful as a mid-way option for the scrappy effect – the purples and aquas are perfect for the outer star points and diamonds and the butterflies for the centre square!

Story Book Kate and Birdie fat quarter bundle

The pattern is also perfect for showing off big-scale or feature prints. A collection like Story Book by Kate & Birdie is a great example with a mix of feature prints to use for the centre square and elsewhere, and some simpler coordinating prints to match.

If any of these fabrics look good to you, or you want something new, Shabby Fabrics is offering 15% off one order per customer for the duration of the QAL until November 21st – just use the code BrightSkyQAL! And that’s on top of the 20% off discounted international shipping rates.


If you would prefer to work with fewer prints, than you will need some yardage for the outer star zones – a yard each for the diamonds and outer star points, should you wish for them to be all the same print.

My Quilts

Bright Sky quilt

For my original Bright Sky quilt, I worked with a colour palette, using my centre square feature print as inspiration. I pulled the purple, pink and aqua from the Cuzco print and used those for the rest of the quilt – 1 pink print for the inner star, 4 aqua prints for the diamonds and 4 purple prints for the outer star.

You can see that I carefully balanced the different purple prints around the outer star by placing each print on opposite corners of the star. This also helps to balance out the saturation levels so that one side of the quilt doesn’t look more “heavy” than the others.

Monochromatic blue Bright Sky quilt

For the QAL, I’m going monochromatic with a touch of gradient effect from a lighter inner to a darker outer. This time, I’m using the same print (Drawn Destiny Denim from Legacy) for all my diamonds and 2 different prints for the outer star points. I will alternate the outer star prints to keep it saturation levels balanced. The Legacy print is a similar colour to the rest of the fabrics but it’s a bit brighter and adds some depth – I like to think it will have the diamonds sparkling! I’ve even picked out a potential binding fabric that was originally reserved for another WIP, but may work perfectly for this quilt. I will see once it’s finished!

The winner of the giveaway from last week was Diann B. – congratulations!

Further Frixion Discussion + A Conclusion

What happens when you freeze Frixion pen markings

Wow, who knew you would be as interested as we were in the whole Frixion-on-quilts thing?! I have loved reading through your comments, and I thought I'd share some further tips some of you shared. - When used on dark fabrics, it can leave a bleached line, especially if it is left sitting for a while. Some have even had a bad reaction with Kona solids in particular. - I suggested it had been the steam from the iron that had "washed" out some of the pen from the top surface, but Frixion pens … [Continue reading]

FQS: I Love Quilting Month

I love math

When the Fat Quarter Shop contacted me about joining this blog hop, they asked us to try something new and different with our sewing - us quilters should try something different like bags or garments. And that was my plan! A new dress for me, but as you know, I hurt my shoulder earlier this month, just after my Cotton + Steel voile arrived. So while my shoulder is now much better, I just have not had the time to make the dress. Next deadline I'm aiming for making it is for QuiltCon! Would it be … [Continue reading]

Bright Sky QAL: All The Details

Bright Sky QAL quilt along

When I released my Bright Sky quilt pattern earlier this year, several people mentioned how they would love to do a QAL of the pattern because it's a quick, fun quilt to piece and produces a great lap size of 64" square. Well, your wish is my command! I'm very happy to announce that the Bright Sky quilt along will be starting next month, with loads of prizes and a blog hop and guest posts to help inspire and motivate you. We're even starting off with a giveaway, so keep reading through to the … [Continue reading]

Pattern Jam Design Voting Opens!

Pattern Jam voting

You guys really pulled on your creative socks last week to design some great baby quilts using Pattern Jam! Also, Emily really appreciates all the feedback you left in the comments, thank you! So, I had the hard task of choosing a top 5 for you to vote on... I went for two "girl" quilts, two "boy" quilts and a unisex quilt. If you want some more detail, you can see each of these at the original size by clicking on them on the original post. Here's why I chose these: #1 is such a fun and … [Continue reading]

Brand New Pattern Shop

Blossom Heart Quilts patterns

I have been slowly working on adding a pattern shop to my actual blog! It was a huge part of my reason for moving to WordPress last year, it just took me a while to get around to setting it up. But set up it is, and you can now purchase all my patterns right here on the blog! When you click on the Shop tab along the top, or the button in the sidebar, you will be taken to the main shop page. On each pattern's page, you will find descriptions and other photos and pictures to show more … [Continue reading]

Make Modern Magazine: Behind The Scenes

Aurora starry sampler cushion

I've been sharing some progress pictures of this pillow cover on Instagram over the past week, as I've has some fun experimenting and trying out some new free motion quilting. It is seriously so much fun gettin' my FMQ on for a small project like this! No giant roll of quilt to drag around... But that's not the point of this post! When the issue first hit the online newstand, I shared a bit about my regular contributions to Make Modern, and now I'm joining in Make Modern's blog hop for Issue 1 … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday

Sew Cute Tuesday

Thanks to everyone who shared get well wishes regarding my shoulder! It's doing much better and I can use it a lot more, although there's still too many twinges for my liking. I've got another physio appointment this afternoon, so we'll get there. Susanne made these amazing bee blocks - I have very low interest in tackling curves, so I greatly admire blocks like these Flowering Snowballs! So, Ren makes a bag each year for her daughter, what?! An unintentional tradition has been started, … [Continue reading]

Bright Sky QAL Coming Soon

Bright Sky quilt

October is going to be one bright, starry month with the Bright Sky quilt along! We're talking giveaways and blog hops and fabulous linky prizes... I'll be sharing all the details next week, and I hope you'll be as excited as I am to hear all the news! So start pulling out your favourite fat quarters, because this is going to be fun! … [Continue reading]