when skies are grey...

it's a dreary and chilly day in the big apple, but there's nothing dreary about simple and simon co.'s new fabric collection, when skies are grey.

this talented duo's second collection for riley blake designs is pretty spectacular!  and right on trend with the modern nurseries i keep seeing on pinterest.

i'm especially fond of the black and white prints from this darling collection.  the prints i'm most obsessed with are the rain clouds, the rain drops, and the stars.  the stars!  i mean, how could you not love a gold glitter star?

inspired by the the rain cloud print, i just knew i had to make something cloud related.  the original plans included cloud pillows (in all the prints, of course!), a cloud mobile, and finally a cloud mini quilt.  any and all would be so cute in a modern nursery!

i started by drawing a cloud template and then realized it would be too small for a pillow.  after staring at it for a bit, i knew it would be perfect as an appliqué.  however, the need to mix things up led me to pinterest, where i saw an adorable heart pillow that could house a sweet message.

after creating an improv mini quilt for the background, i made two clouds for the front of the quilt.  similar to the construction of a fabric toy, i decided to use batting so they have just the right around of fluff.  i attached the clouds to the quilt with heavy duty fabric glue (i know, i know!).  leaving a 3'' opening at the top of each cloud to serve as a pocket for sweet notes to mama or baby.  too cute!

i hope you enjoyed this mini quilt as much as i enjoyed making it!  liz and Elizabeth have an awesome line up of makers this week, be sure to follow along.

you can also enter a giveaway here.  you're going to want this collection, trust me!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter