Sew Cute Tuesday – Michelle at From Bolt To Beauty

As you read this, I’m currently away at a spa and water park resort in Fukushima! My husband has a work conference here, so I decided to rough it out with the kids for a couple of days playing around… after all, his room was already paid for and there’s a free shuttle bus to and from the resort. So, you know, hard life… In the meantime, the last Sew Cute Tuesday summer guest host is ready to take it away!

Sew Cute Tuesday

Hello readers of Blossom Heart Quilts! I?m Michelle, the crafty gal behind From Bolt to Beauty, and I’m stepping in for Alyce today on Sew Cute Tuesday. When I’m not chasing after two little monkey boys, I’m usually behind my sewing machine. These days, I most often refer to myself as a quilter, but I also dabble in sewing bags, pillows, and other home-dec projects.

There are two quilts on my current WIP list. The first, my Birds of My Neighborhood quilt, is a modern take on the traditional disappearing nine-patch. I love the tomato red and aqua of the color palette. Of course, I would love this project even more if it were quilted and bound!

The second quilt started with a challenge: could I use up some fabrics that had been languishing in my stash? The result is a simple patchwork with a color palette that pushes me out of my comfort zone. (But oh, how that Kona Cardinal makes my quilty little heart sing!) This is my first donation quilt. It’s not something you’d see on a couch in my house; I have great faith, though, that it will find itself in the hands of just-the-right recipient.

I’ll be wrapping these quilts up soon. Visit me at From Bolt to Beauty to see the final products!

Now on to the real business at hand: Sew Cute Tuesday. Last week’s link party, as usual, featured an amazing array of handmade goodness. The first link that caught my eye was Good Golly Ginger‘s Sand Drift block, which offers a little lesson in color theory. I’m drawn to the use of complementary colors here. I think I need to try the purple and yellow combination sooner rather than later?

Then I was struck by Ms. Midge’s Super Tote. I have the same pattern on my sewing table, waiting to be made. The fabric combination in this Super Tote might be the inspiration I need to get started on my own rendition!
And finally, the fabric bins made by Sew Giving are so sweet. I’ve been meaning to tackle some bins or baskets. I could put these three to good use around my house…

Now it’s time for you to link up your projects from the past week! If you are on Instagram, you can share by using the hashtag #sewcutetuesday.
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Make Modern Magazine

Make Modern Magazine issue 1

Today is the day, that very exciting day, when the first issue of Make Modern comes out!! Three of my wonderful Wombat Stew paper-piecing bee girls are the creators of Make Modern – Australia’s first digital modern quilting magazine – and I know they have worked so hard to get it all together.

Make Modern

I am also rather excited to share my contributions. I have designed a 12 -month (6 issues) sampler quilt called Aurora – a star quilt block sampler quilt! Each issue I will be sharing 2-4 different star block designs that will come together to create a gloriously starry quilt! Each block is a great design to play with different shades of colours or to use a feature print and pull out coordinating colours. Don’t worry, I walk you through these design decisions! A huge thanks must also go out to Kate Spain and Moda for providing the fabric – Horizon and Bella Steel!

Aurora sneak peek

This is a sneak peek of the first two blocks – if you make them, be sure to share them with me on Instagram @blossomheartquilts!

Each issue, I will also be writing a column  – Maths & Methods. I will be talking about that tricky subject of quilt math, a big love of mine, and then showing you how to put into action (hence the ‘methods’!). This month we’re talking about how to successfully scale up or down any block pattern – pieced or paper or applique!

AboutMe

And for this first issue, I am also so thrilled to have my profile featured! The Make Modern ladies asked some real good meaty questions to sink my teeth into and make me think about my answers. So if you’ve ever wanted to know more about me, and I mean really know about me and what makes this quilter tick, then check it out.

What is so exciting about this magazine, is that it is a real magazine. I love reading about quilting and quilters and the industry, and I actually do buy magazines for the articles *wink wink nudge nudge* And Make Modern is exactly this – lots of articles and features and topics to read about, not just beautiful patterns. Plenty to sink your teeth into! You can preview the issue, just like you would at the shops! Then go buy Issue 1 now, or save and subscribe for 6 or 12 months, or even pre-order issue 2 (November 1st) now so you don’t miss out on it. You know you want to!

The Cost Of Quilting – Both Ways

Aurora sneak peek

Last night, I read two very important blog posts - both related to the cost of quilting but from very different perspectives. I want to share these with you and some of my thoughts about these subjects. Gemma at Pretty Bobbins had some very wise words about valuing herself as both an artist and as a businesswoman. Learning to value my time and skills as a quilter has taken some time, and on the odd occasion when I have been approached to sew a custom baby quilt, I have charged what I am … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday – Whims And Fancies

Sew Cute Tuesday

Today's guest host is an amazing paper piecer who designs the most intricately accurate patterns! I am always in awe of what she creates and every time I wish I had the patience to make each and every one! Hi Everyone!! This is Soma, proxying for Alyce today at Sew Cute Tuesday. I do a myriad of artsy activities - playing music, painting, baking, knitting, soap-making, etc., and of course sewing. The fact is that I get bored very easily, and I let my inner artist take charge quite often. I … [Continue reading]

Bits and Pieces and a Suzuko Koseki giveaway

Messy sewing space

Just over an hour ago, I dropped my kids off for their final day of summer vacation care at their preschool, and my list to do is a lot longer than the time I have! First off is to make some kinda of headway in clearing this space up a little. Yes yes, I know, it's definitely not the worst messy sewing space you've ever seen, but for me, all those piles just stress me out and clutter my mind up. As I mentioned on Instagram yesterday, it's the current trend to embrace the mess because it's a sign … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday – Quiltineering

Sew Cute Tuesday

Today's guest host is a very special lady - you shall soon be able to see why I've made a connection with Rachel... Hello! I'm Rachel (blogging at Quiltineering) and I'm so thrilled that Alyce has allowed me to guest host this week, giving me a chance to meet all you lovelies! In case you've never stepped clicked over to my blog, I'll give you the run down on all things Rachel. I'm an Air Force spouse traveling around the US as my husband is training to be a Viper pilot. In the next few months … [Continue reading]

Sunday Stash: Gettin’ a Little iTechy

I am currently typing this on my brand new iPad mini in its fancy case including a fancy bluetooth keyboard! It's a little odd being so little, but it'll just be a case of getting used to it. I can't wait to try it out at Starbucks to do some blogging work, or to help report live from QuiltCon next year! Much more portable than my laptop, even considering it's a small one itself. … [Continue reading]

Introducing Shabby Fabrics + Fabric Giveaway

ShabbyFabrics

  Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Youtube | Instagram | Pinterest I'm so excited to introduce Shabby Fabrics as my newest sponsor! Based in Idaho, Shabby Fabrics pride themselves on stocking beautiful fabrics.  They have a huge range of fabrics, notions, BOMs and kits on offer to suit all fabric tastes and needs. Pearl Bracelets | Flower Sugar | Remix I'm particularly impressed by the range of manufacturers they carry! From Andover to Lecien to Robert Kaufman - there really is something for … [Continue reading]

Prints Charming for Prince Charming

Prints Charming bibs

Last week I whipped up these bibs using some Prints Charming fabric - perfect for my friend's handsome little baby boy! I used the template from Clover & Violet, which is perfect for newborns. I tried to use it for my nephew a couple of months ago, but he has the most adorable chubby rolls so it was a little too small for his neck and I had to make up my own! So I'd say the template is good for up until 6 months or so. I just use a fun print and back it with some flannel (sew right sides … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday – A Stitch In Between

Sew Cute Tuesday

During the summer holidays, I have some friends helping out with Sew Cute Tuesday so that I can keep featuring your awesome projects and so we can meet some regular Sew Cute friends! Today is a fellow ex-pat, except she's from Russia and lives in Taiwan. Together we understand ex-pat life, she was a Bright Sky pattern tester, and I am a proud owner of the most adorable envelope zippered pouch made by her! I use it to store souvenirs and such to use in my Project Life album! Hello everybody! … [Continue reading]