It's no secret that I LOVE rainbow fabrics!! So last year when I spotted this new range of fabrics coming out I knew I needed it in my life!! So I set to designing a quilt that featured it. This was turned into a commission for a magazine, that you'll see later in the year. But I had a little left over and when I saw that Shayla Wolf, the designer, was going to launch the fabric with a Blog Tour I thought I'd offer to help!
If you aren't familiar with Shayla's work then do head on over to her website Sassafras Lane Designs and check it out!
The fabric is a gorgeous spectrum of rainbow colours with white line designs on. Here is what Shayla says about them:
Foundation features hand-drawn designs in vibrant colors. These bright prints will mix beautifully into a variety of projects and boldly enhance any fabric stash. The spectrum of color is balanced by several neutrals and low volume options.
If you love it, make sure to ask your local fabric shop to stock it!!
So on to what I made for the Blog Tour!! It's a bit of a story lol! I had heaps of ideas but narrowing it down was hard. Plus I wanted to showcase the fabric! So some of the ideas got struck off.
Then one day I was reading an Instagram post of someone I met on a quilting retreat. Ruth talked about how when she set up her Instagram page to show case her creations, it was to try to create every day. Over time that has slipped away due to a busy life (we all get that, right?) and now she wants to get back to it. Her post resonated with me so much as it also talked about how much better she felt when crafting. When I used to teach, I lost count of the number of people who told me how learning to sew had helped with their emotional and mental well being! Sewing does indeed, mend the soul.
So! Inspired by that post I decided I needed ANOTHER rainbow mini quilt for my wall in my sewing room (you can never have too many!) to remind me to Create Every Day! And so the Create Every Day Mini Quilt was born!
It's a mix of foundation paper piecing, traditional piecing and raw edge applique! The spool is foundation paper pieced. When I designed it I was thinking about the Guterman thread that I use. They are on a skinny spool and the thread criss crosses as it is wound onto the spool. So I wanted to create something like that.
I wanted the words to also feature all the fabrics I had. I did toy with doing each letter a different colour. But given that I had chosen to use a cursive font I decided this wouldn't work. Plus I wanted to mimic the graduation of colour on the spool. So I sewed strips together before making the applique and then used them in the reverse colour order.
I decided to quilt it with spools and loops in between. I'll put a video tutorial onto You Tube if you are interested.
I love it so much it just makes you happy looking at it lol! So I thought I'd make it into a pattern so you can make one for your sewing space too!! It can also be made into a cushion if you make the borders a bit smaller. You can get the pattern HERE. In the pattern you get the foundation paper piecing pattern, construction instructions for the mini quilt and full instructions on how to choose a font you like and make that into an applique template.
If you are new to foundation paper piecing then be sure to check out my FREE pattern and video tutorial on that.
If you liked this pattern be sure to check out my blog, free tutorials and other patterns for sale.
I'm the last one on the Blog Tour so if you are just joining now then please do hop through all the links below to check out what everyone else has been making.
Tuesday, February 6th: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane Designs
Wednesday, February 7th: Giuseppe Ribaudo | Giucy Giuce
Thursday, February 8th: Tara Curtis | Wefty Needle
Friday, February 9th: Nichole Vogelsinger | Wild Boho
Saturday, February 10th: Robin Long | Robin Ruth Design
Sunday, February 11th: Jessie Stern | Jessie Stern Sews
Monday, February 12th: Jessica VanDenburgh | Sew Many Creations
Tuesday, February 13th: Kristy Wolf | Wolf Creek Quilting
Wednesday, February 14th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Thursday, February 15th: Nicole Daksiewicz | Modern Handcraft
Friday, February 16th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie
Saturday, February 17th: Kaitlyn Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Sunday, February 18th: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Monday, February 19th: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad
Tuesday, February 20th: Shayla Wolf | Recap