just add sugar fabric...

it's almost summer and i'm kicking off the season with not one, but two cute mini quilts!

my friends liz and elizabeth of simple simon and company have created the most adorable summer themed collection, aptly named, just add sugar for riley blake designs. isn't it the cutest?

the story behind this brightly colored collection is really inspirational with a little reminder that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

just add sugar is perfect for just about any project. from quilting to apparel and everything in between, you're going to fall in love with it over and over again.

i decided i wanted to make two fun mini quilts with this delicious collection. one to celebrate summer and one highlighting negative space. for the summer mini quilt, i cut (9) 6 1/2'' squares from the pink color way and with fusible, applied the popsicle, palm tree (one of my favorites) and of course, edie! one of my favorite colors, outside of every neutral is pink. pink is such a fun and happy color and honestly compliments a lot of other colors too. is it just me or do those pink lemon slices remind you of pink lemonade?

no summer is complete without a refreshing glass of pink lemonade. one of my favorite pink lemonade recipes is from martha stewart. in fact, she has several delicious lemonade recipes.

for the second mini quilt, i wanted to highlight negative space in modern quilting. liz and elizabeth have an awesome modern quilt a-long event too. each month they pick one modern quilting theme to discuss and share projects that highlight that specific theme. and i'm co-hosting this month!

adding negative space in your quilt designs help to showcase a specific quilt block, pattern, or design element such as quilting. negative space adds movement and composition. your design can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. borders are often added into negative space designs to balance or add a fun surprise like an additional shape.

the prints from the orange and green color way really pop against the white background of the second mini quilt. by adding negative space around the blocks, your eye can explore and really absorb the design. i flipped the blocks around multiple times until i landed on this composition. i love how simple, yet bold this mini quilt turned out. now if only there were more hours in the day to machine quilt these!  haha.

hop, skip, or jump over to liz and elizabeth's blog this month as they share more projects from talented designers using their newest collection for riley blake designs. you don't want to miss out!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter


sew cherry 2...

have you been following lori holt's sew cherry 2 sew-along? if not, it's not too late. you can download the pattern here and follow along, making each block, from lori's blog here.  these blocks are so much fun to make. lori's finished quilt features her sew cherry 2 fabric collection for riley blake designs. isn't it delicious?

i haven't met lori in real life (yet!), but i love everything she does. she started her company, bee in my bonnet in the early 90's and hasn't stopped since. she currently has 4 fabric collections and 3 on the way for riley blake designs. her attention to detail and sweet prints melt my heart. i also love her nostalgic view that inspires her work. it feels like home.

in order to complete lori's sew cherry 2 blocks, you'll need her "pie wedge" and a set of her "fruit salad" templates. and if you haven't already, run, jump, and skip to buy her cutting mats and rulers. they're ahhmazing!

i knew i wanted to mix things up a bit and create something in my graphic, bold style. i started curating fabric from my favorite collections:  creative rockstar by rad and happy and when skies are grey from simple simon and co. with a little sprinkle of hashtag and swiss dots, it became the perfect recipe for a dresden, don't you think?

making the dresden block is really easy, especially with lori's fool proof instructions. the hard part--deciding if you want to make a mini from your block or an entire quilt. of course, i made a mini. i machine quilted my mini before adding the dresden. i then added the dresden following her instructions. easy peasy, lemon squeezy (see what i did there? haha!).

next you need to add the fruit to the center of your dresden. using lori's "fruit salad" templates is a piece of cake. you simple follow her instructions and you'll be making your own fruit salad in no time. i added a little face to my lemon, making him extra sour. he's so cute! that personality! i love it.

i hope you'll follow along and make your own version. dresden blocks, while traditional, can be made modern too! i'm excited to see what you make!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter