Bright Sky QAL – A Bright Sky Mini!

Bright Sky QAL quilt along

Today’s special blog hopper has already made TWO Bright Sky quilts. Alisa from A Stitch In Between was one of the pattern testers and completed this pretty blues version.


She’s also made a mini, and has another one in the works for this quiltalong! So go check out her latest version and her special tips for the Bright Sky quilt!

Sew Cute Tuesday – After The Rain Quilt

Sew Cute Tuesday

This a bit of a special Sew Cute Tuesday! For those who follow me on Instagram (@blossomheartquilts), you will have seen my busy weekend of quilting in all its stages from basting on Friday to binding on Monday. And now I can finally share the whole quilt with you!

Fat eighth quilt pattern

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present After The Rain – a fat eighth friendly quilt pattern using Sunnyside by Kate Spain. This is the latest of the free patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop called Fat Eighth Frenzy. It’s been designed to showcase the individual diagonal rows – the pattern suggests alternating light and dark prints. I decided to showcase the rainbow effect of Sunnyside, roughly alternating the lower and higher saturation prints in order.

After The Rain fat eighth quilt

From the start, this quilt was for my son’s bed, so I chose 3 different fat eighth bundles that would work for this pattern for him to choose from. And he chose Sunnyside! Oh that made this Kate-Spain-aholic heart so proud! I then spent a good couple of nights playing around with the layout, trying to balance the prints and working out which direction I wanted the colours to run, and so on. It then took just an afternoon to sew it all up, as these things usually do – more time spent on fabric arranging than sewing! My shopping trip to Nippori was also perfect timed for shopping for a backing, with this 60″ wide Ruby Star Polka Dot print the perfect size.

Melody Miller Ruby Star Polka Dot backing

I also knew from the start that I wanted to use this opportunity to quilt different designs for each colour. Between my rainbow toolbox of Aurifil and happening upon the perfect Mettler locally to fill in the gaps for the navy and darker and lighter teal prints, I was good to go.

Melody Miller wide arrows backing

I’ll admit it was a bit of a challenge to think up ideas that I could both finish quickly and also fill up the varying lengths of space I had. I also wanted to try and alternate tighter and lighter free motion quilting patterns to really add some contrast between the rows. I started from the centre with some of my “classics” with navy swirls and variegated light blue #3770 square maze quilting. The royal blue #1128 practically shimmers on the backing to show off the feathers reaching out from the centre of the mid-blue row! Some loopy “Doctor Who bow ties” (aka butterflies or bows) fill in the light teal, and pebbles for the darker teal. The final triangle was also the light teal Mettler and some quick and loose zigzag quilting.

After The Rain quilting

To contrast the navy swirls, I went with some straight lines looping their way back and forth across the light green prints in #5017. The saturated yellow prints got some light loopy “stippling” in #2145 and the lighter yellow prints have intersecting wavy lines in a variegated 3920 – I had trouble trying to make these even widths and lengths, and is definitely my least favourite FMQ pattern!

Chrysanthemum quilting

The last two rows are definitely my favourite – #2235 orange chrysanthemums and light grey 2600 finished off the quilt with this design I found on Pinterest. I definitely want to experiment more with that kind of quilting, but it is very hard to do on anything too big given that I use a tiny Elna and don’t have any extension table of any sort to support the rest of the quilt! I think a cushion with rows to play on will be very high on my personal/for fun sewing list next year…

As always, the Fat Quarter Shop have produced a video to accompany this free fat eighth pattern. And as you can imagine, this quilt has some rather large HST scraps left over, for which they have a bonus pattern to use those up too! You’ll end up with a gorgeous baby-sized bonus quilt!


The Fat Quarter Shop would like to help you make your own Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt by offering one of you a fat eighth bundle! Simply go choose which fat eighth bundle you’d like and leave it in a comment! You can also stock up on your supply of bundles with 20% off all fat eighth bundles this week. Those who link up for the weekly Sew Cute Tuesday party will get a bonus entry!

Giveaway closes 9am (JST) Friday 31st October. Winner will be chosen by and announced on this post and contacted by email.

And so, that Sew Cute Tuesday linky! Normally I would share 3 linkers’ work from the previous week, but this post is long enough, so let’s just get to business. Link up your latest sewing project – hand, machine, quilt, garment, enter the giveaway and then go check out the beautiful work other people have made! Don’t forget you can link up via Instagram – just click on that option on the next screen and tag your photos #sewcutetuesday so we can find them on Instagram too!

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Bright Sky QAL – Quilting Tips by Pretty Bobbins

Bright Sky QAL quilt along

For the next two weeks, I've asked some talented quilting friends to share the tips and tricks and processes for quilting your Bright Sky quilt. Today, we have Gemma from Pretty Bobbins who quilted my first Bright Sky quilt. She is a longarm quilter in Canberra and a very talented one at that! Back at the beginning of this year my lovely friend Alyce contacted me to quilt her Bright Sky quilt. It was to be a surprise gift for a very special friend of hers and she wanted it quilted, bound, … [Continue reading]

It’s A Party For Party Of Eight!

Gina present parcel

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 … [Continue reading]

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Bright Sky

Bright Sky quilt

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. 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 … [Continue reading]

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]