Hello! This week’s blog post is a méli-mélo of topics! I learned this word from one of my sweet readers who explained that it is a French expression for mish-mash or hodgepodge…seeing as I quite often have a variety of projects and subjects covered in a post I need to come up with lots of different ways of saying the same title, so méli-mélo it is this week!
Okay, so first up, my challenge project is complete! And even though my sewing machine was missing for about 3 weeks, I did manage to get her done on time! The idea behind this “mash-up” quilt was to take 2 or more quilt patterns or blocks and combine them into a new one. I got my inspiration from these 2 books:
I combined a block from the planner with the appliqued baskets from the book and made this to start:
Then, I added cornerstones using my handy-dandy block book by Judy Hopkins for reference.
I already have all of her books because they are just so handy when you need a block in a certain size and I picked up another used copy because I thought I could make someone else happy with it ;). Anyway, I added cornerstones….
….layered, quilted, and bound it with a cute red gingham, and ended up with this final result:
I am very pleased with it! I love the colors and the playfulness of the baskets and I think it has a French flair!
When I finished this project I right away got started on another one that I had seen in a magazine:
It is a very simple pattern but I think it will make the sweetest picnic quilt! Hopefully I will get to work some more on this one soon, but in the meanwhile I have been making a new pillow cover for one of those loooong pillows you use to decorate your bed or sofa. I decided to add some embroidery and am in the process of machine quilting it:
And finally, I offered to come up with a quilty project for a little local neighborhood magazine and was very excited to find out that my project is actually going to be on the cover!
This is a super simple project because it has to be appropriate for non-sewers ( and no machine owners!) so hopefully this will be a success!
So there you have it…a real méli-mélo of topics this week :). Oh, and remember when I said I picked up an extra (used) copy of Judy Hopkins book? I would like to choose one of my readers to send it to. I think and hope that you will love it as much as I do. Just leave me a comment if you would like a chance to win it and I will pick someone at random and announce the winner in next week’s blog post!
Until next time~happy creating!