{emma’s garden blog hop: tutorial + giveaway}


I'm taking a moment out of our Summer Medallion Adventure (I'll post my progress tomorrow!!! yay!) to bring you my fun post on Emma's Garden Blog Tour!

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 {at Quilt Market last May in Pittsburgh!!}

My darling friend and fellow member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, Patty Sloniger has a new fabric line that is shipping to stores this week!!!! Emma's Garden is so beautiful and scrumptious and very fun to sew with…

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I had a wonderful time sewing this awesome pleated skirt using Jona Giammalva's Essential A-Line Skirt patterns book and Patty's Blush Big Blooms fabric. Perfect for summer and winter, just add sandals or boots!! ♥

I also made a little mini quilt with my signature word art and Patty's beautiful butterfly line art!!!


This is a very easy mini quilt to put together!!

Grab some fat quarters of your favorite Emma's Garden fabrics and let's sew!!!

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Here's the graphic layout of the quilt!! 


First, the pinwheel blocks:  

Check out this tutorial on how to Make 8 HST at once! The magic 8 method!

Using the above method, your finished HST will be 1 1/2" finished. Your finished pinwheel blocks should be 3" finished!

You should start with two 4 3/4" squares of each, the blue fabric and the yellow fabric. Follow the tutorial to create 16 HSTs.

Sew the HSTs together to create the pinwheel block. Sew 4 pinwheel blocks. 


Next, the middle block:

Using a light table or a lit window, trace the butterfly and the word art onto a rectangle of white solid fabric sized at 10.5" x 7.5".


Using fun different colors of embroidery thread and a back stitch, embroider your word art and butterfly.


Use 3-ply thread on the outlines and one-ply for differences like the antenna.

Use french knots for fillers inside your butterfly wings!!

Now, for the borders of the mini quilt:

Cut butterfly fabric borders… two 7.5" x 3.5" and two 10.5" x 3.5". 

Sew your sides onto your embroidered center piece. 

Sew your pinwheel blocks onto the ends of your 7.5" x 4.5" strips and sew to your top and bottom of your quilt center. 

Cut two 16.5" x 2.5" strips (for the sides) and two 17.5" x 2.5" strips  (for the top and bottom) of your blue outside border fabric.

Sew your sides and then your top and bottom strips. 


Use the last of your scraps to create your quilt back!!

Make your quilt sandwich and quilt it up!! 


Use that fabulous yellow fabric to bind your quilt!!

And Voila! A sweet mini quilt!!



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Just for fun, I put little EPP (english paper pieced) hexies on the middles of two of my pinwheel blocks for added interest!

You can get Emma's Garden this week at two of my favorite places:

Intrepid Thread


Pam Quiltaholic




A special thanks to Patty for the fabrics and opportunity to create for her spring market booth! Patty is such a beautiful giving person…

…AND she has a bundle of Blush Fabrics  (8 fat quarters!!) to give away to you, one lucky reader of my blog!!! yay!!!!

Just comment here on this post your favorite brand of embroidery thread…or your favorite color if you aren't yet an embroiderer!! This giveaway ends tomorrow night (Tuesday, Aug 12th) at midnight!! So comment fast!! yay!!!

Here are the rest of the blog hop addresses!! Be sure and hop around to be inspired. Isn't this fabric gorgeous?????

8/7 – Michael Miller's website (that's me!) www.makingitfun.blogspot.com
8/8 – Hilary - youngtexanmama
8/9 – Karri - karriofberries
8/10 – Felice - sewscatterbrained
8/11 – Sally - sallysangelworks
8/12 – Liz - www.fatchickquilts
8/13 – Julia - starsandsunshine
8/14 – Jacey - jaceycraft.blogspot
8/15 – Sophie of C'est LaVie - lescrapdesoph
8/16 – Pam - pamquiltaholic
8/17 – Patty (yup, that's me again!) beckandlundy
So fun!!!! I can't wait to see other Emma's Garden inspiration!


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