{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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  1. Reply

    Love your mini butterfly quilt! Favorite colors right now are ocean blues, greens and aquas.

  2. Reply

    I love that tutorial. Thanks for sharimg

  3. Reply

    I always just love your word art quilts Sally – they are beautiful in every way. My favourite type of thread is DMC – but that’s because it is all I can get here. I would love to try some of the Aurifloss one day.

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    I use DMC, mostly. I also hoard leftover embroidery thread that come with the counted cross stitch kits and I have a few spools of Priscilla(?).

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    I love pink! I haven’t learned to embroider, yet.

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    My favorite color is blue, today. It always changes.

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    my fave color is any shade of teal. right now, i am obsessed with butterflies so i will be making this mini.

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    I haven’t learned embroidery yet. Favorite colors lately are aquas and teals like the color of your embroidered words. Your mini is gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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    I use DMC and Isacord thread.

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    Lovely butterflies! I mostly use Anchor brand as this is available close to me.

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    I am still hoping to finally learn how to embroider. Goal of mine. But I love greens and purples…. Oooooo

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    Beautiful. I have used Dyeworks and love it but can’t find it locally. My favorite color is aqua.

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    It is so hard to have a favorite color, but I will say Red today. I love your embroidered butterfly and you know I love Emma’s Garden fabrics. Great pics of Market with your skirt and Patty’s adorable things made from Emma’s Garden.

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    Purple. Definitely purple!

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    Haven’t embroidered yet, but love teal.

  16. Reply

    The mini quilt is adorable! I use DMC embroidery thread, but recently I am experimenting with pearl cotton.

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    The planning reminds me of doing stained glass windows. DMC thread. Thanks

  18. Reply

    Love your quilt! I tend to buy Anchor embroidery thread. Thanks!

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    Gorgeous quilt – I love the butterfly!!
    I like blues and greens!

  20. Reply

    I love butterflies, especially in quilts. I usually get DMC because I can easily find it.

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    I think most of my embroidery threads are DMC. I haven’t bought any for a long time. Love the mini quilt.

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    Great give-away. I’m always drawn to the aqua and turquoise shades of thread. Which would explain why I have so many varieties of them 🙂

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    i love christmas colors, thanks

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    I’ve just started embroidering and I’ve only used DMC. I love your quilt, it’s so cute!

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    I haven’t tried much (any) embroidery but I do love all colors!

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    Your embroidery work is extraordinary as always! I love using DMC gray threads. There are so many shades, I love trying to match them to other colors.

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    For my basic embroider I use DMC – love all the colours, but for really special things I love using hand dyed threads from Caron. Love the colours in this beautiful new range of fabric – thanks for the chance.

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    I use any embroidery thread, but I guess DMC is the one I gravitate to the most.

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    Beautiful quilt! I use DMC for my stitching. I learned to cross-stitch as a child and it was the thread I started out with, and the thread I still use today.

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    I just embroidered for the first time today! It was just back stitch, but I have to face my hand sewing fears with baby steps. My favorite color is turquoise

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    Thanks for sharing your ideas. I love the butterfly fabric. I always use DMC for my stitching (I do a lot of cross stitch) and my favourite colours are shades of aqua.

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    ! most often use DMC but love Cosmos now also.

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    I’ve done embroidery with wool appliqué projects and I use DMC pearl cotton. I haven’t done any hand embroidery on a cotton quilt….yet!

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    My favorite brand is DMC mainly because it’s all I’ve ever had access to and all I’ve ever used.

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    I have used anchor and DMC for over 50 years.

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    Great mini Sally! The embroidery is fantastic. I tend to use DMC most, it is the easiest to find and I’ve never had a problem using it.

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    My favorite is DMC, but I’ve only tried one other brand. Love your skirt, by the way. Thanks for the giveaway!

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