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 

heartland fabrics...

the lovely and oh, so talented amy friend of during quiet time asked me to join her and several other fabulous makers for the heartland fabrics blog tour.  of course, i couldn't say no.  who could resist working with these beautiful fabrics?

heartland fabrics by pat bravo for art gallery fabrics is one of my favorites from pat, creative director of AGF.  with almost 40 collections in her portfolio, pat's signature florals and smart use of color shine in this scandinavian inspired collection.

i'm obsessed with her pine-tree daybreak print!  doesn't it feel like a wintery vacation in the mountains?  that's exactly what inspired my mini quilt.  wonky log cabin blogs framed in art gallery's signature pure elements solid snow.  it's so dreamy.  i'm picturing a vacation of skiing, hot cocoa by the fire, lots of laughter, snuggles under a big wool blanket, and tons of cozy sweaters.  pack your bags and let's go!

wonky log cabin blocks are so much fun.  and placing them off-set in the background really draws attention to the details of pat's prints.  in addition to pure elements snow and pine-tree daybreak, i used unn cross pine, and liten daisy field.  each block, after trimming, comes out to 6.5'' finished.  the perfect size to highlight these wintery warm prints.  and if you prefer brighter colors, never fear, the heartland collection comes in additional colors too.

what would you make with pat's latest collection?  

yesterday, stephanie from spontaneous threads shared her amazing wearable quilt with you, but be sure to check out these other awesome maker's from last week and this week:

november 7:  debbie
november 8:  jess and charise
november 9:  jade
november 10:  amanda
november 11:  kari
november 14:  stephanie  
november 15:  christopher (me!)
november 16:  kerry  
november 17:  nichole
november 18:  krista

i also love amy's quilt she designed as part of the tour, check it out here!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter

p.s.  a huge thanks to my lovely model, julianne!  couldn't do it without her!