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summer blush fabric...

i was over the moon when Sedef, fellow designer and owner of Down Grapevine Lane asked me to participate in her Summer Blush fabric release blog tour! this is her third fabric collection for Riley Blake Designs and trust me, it’s gorgeous.

if you’re not following Sedef’s blog or social media accounts, you’re truly missing out. her style is a mix of all things cute and sweet with a dash of modern. she also loves zakka and small details like hand embroidery and notions. with one book out already and one on the way, her work is incredible, you don’t want to miss it!

featuring a beautiful range or reds, pinks, and greens, the Summer Blush collection is delicate and sweet with a nice mix of florals and novelties. i chose not to work with the entire collection, hand selecting the ones that really stood out to me. you can see the full range here.

from the very beginning, i knew i wanted to create something centered around florals. i challenged myself to think of a traditional quilt block that could be updated to look modern. the tulip block was the perfect quilt block to stretch my creativity.

i created my own 6, 8, and 10 inch foundation paper pieced blocks, varying the widths of the tulips to give the quilt some much needed attitude. one block turned into three then five, then 11. then the unthinkable happened, i ran out of background fabric. wah, wah.

super bummed i missed my deadline, i decided to create a smaller project, this time challenging myself to incorporate the tulip block into other traditional quilt blocks like flying geese, log cabin, and half-square triangles. and guess what, it worked. how cool are these blocks?

in the end, the flying geese block won my heart. two of them back to back made a really cute bow-like shape, so i went with it.

the background fabrics are Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons and Shades, both from their amazing basics collections. i machine pieced and quilted this table runner using Aurifil 50wt thread and the BabyLock Journey.

oh snap, it’s time for me to go and finish the larger quilt. but first, coffee.

i hope you enjoyed hearing about my time working with Summer Blush fabric, now run out and get some before it’s all sold out!

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter

introducing easypress 2 from cricut...

o....m....g....you guys! cricut just introduced the easypress 2! mind blown! seriously!

i couldn't wait to get my creative hands on the smallest of the new sizes: 6'' x 7''. featuring an updated color (a delicious raspberry) it comes in two other sizes: 9'' x 9'' and 12'' x 10'' which is honestly, perfect for any project!

before you click to buy, here are some of the awesome features:

  1. lightening fast heat up time, 60 seconds! wow!
  2. super-duper easy to use, even for a beginner.
  3. did someone say hot? this bad boy can reach 400 degrees.
  4. the 6'' x 7'' is extremely light and portable, perfect for retreats!
  5. won't i burn my counter? heck no, it comes with it's own safety base.

with the superb ceramic coated heat plate, you can also press your quilt blocks. how rad is that?

now that you've learned more about the amazing features, let's work on a project together.

materials:

  1. cricut maker
  2. cricut easypress 2
  3. cricut easypress mat (8'' x 10'')
  4. everyday iron-on vinyl
  5. weeding tool
  6. standard grip mat
  7. access to cricut's design space
  8. and finally, DIY tote bags/apron (you can find these at your local craft store)

now that you have your materials, let's start creating:

  1. log-in to cricut's design space and grab the project here.
  2. resize the artwork to fit your specific DIY tote bag.
  3. trim the iron-on to size, placing the shiny part down on the standard grip mat.
  4. cut out the artwork.
  5. weed the artwork.
  6. use the handy dandy easypress 2 chart for the correct settings.
  7. insert the easypress mat into the tote bag.
  8. using the easypress, press the iron-on onto the tote bag.
  9. allow the artwork to cool before removing the backing.

and just like that, you have your very own DIY tote bag. how cool is that?

*this project contains artwork/fonts that are available for purchase in design space.. the additional project shown in the photos was found under "craft" in cricut's massive artwork files!

you can also make this sew cute tote bag.

with the new easypress 2, projects like this are easier and faster to create!

be sure to tag me on social media so i can see what you create!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter

this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of cricut. the opinions and text are all mine.