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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...

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