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Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt book

Welcome to my stop on the Pretty Handmades Blog Tour!

Today we are all about this beautiful new book, Pretty Handmades, written and beautifully presented by Lauren Wright, of Molly and Mama, and I am absolutely thrilled to be celebrating her amazing achievement with her!

Published by Tuva Publishing who have a delightful range of craft books, it will be released on 1 Oct. It’s just brimming with the prettiest gift and decorating ideas. Small projects that are fast to complete, and longer ones to take your time over.

Lauren and I have been Instagram buddies for quite a while now. We naturally bonded over all the important things, like our love of wool felt, making tiny things, and Liberty fabric of course! I even got to test a few of Lauren’s patterns for the book, and had great fun. Her patterns are super clear and easy to follow for even a beginner sewer.

I was very kindly offered the brand new Tilda Cottage range to use for my blog project, and I knew straight away what I’d make with it…a quilt of course!

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt - Tilda Cottage

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt -basket of binding

The prints have a definite vintage feel, with some large florals, sweet toiles, and vibrant colours…and how cute is that roll of binding of tiny floral binding??

 

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt on wall

This my version of the Flower Friends Quilt from page 46 of the book.

It’s the perfect beginner project for practicing your piecing skills, applique skills, and your quilting skills, going as simple or busy as you want.

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt on wall 02

 

I used Essex linen in cream as my background fabric, and as many of the Tilda prints as I could incorporate into the design. My flowers cascade down the middle of the quilt in a random way, which break up the formality of the cream and make it feel more light hearted.

The flowers are appliqued onto the quilt top after the piecing is complete, and I used a combination of machine blanket stitch, satin stitch and raw edge applique.

After the top was done, I had the best fun quilting this little gem.

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt - basket 01

Lauren had her quilt in the book professionally long armed, but if that is not an option for you, this is the perfect size to fit under your domestic sewing machine, measuring 27″ x 31″. I quilted my design in under 3 hours, with simple straight line design, that highlights the design of the quilt and echoes the vintage feel.

 

 

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt backing

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt backing 02

I had planned to piece the backing like the pattern calls for in the book, but last week we had a few days away, and while we were there I managed to find the cosiest little country quilt shop selling a small Tilda range. Of course no holiday is complete without checking out the thrift shops and quilt shops!

I couldn’t help myself, and bought this print from the Circus range. It had the perfect vintage vibe I was after. The large peonie print in the range would also be a stunning choice.

 

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt basket 02

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt basket 03

The flower faces were embroidered at the very end, and I they are just the most angelic of all sleeping flowers! Except that top one…she’s dreaming of her revenge on all her goody-two-shoes sisters below!

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt - Tilda stack

I’ve absolutely loved adding to my stack of Tilda quilts…that’s two now…and can’t wait to make a ton more…

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour - Flower Friends Quilt - sleeping cherub

And can we just hear it for this sweet little cherub, who was a real trooper and slept through the whole photo shoot! Her little chubby cheeks are just to die for…

The blog tour is half way through now…so check out all the amazing projects that have been shown off so far, and follow along for the rest of September with the rest of the amazing bloggers list. And Lauren is giving away a signed copy of her book both on her blog and on Instagram at the end of September…make sure you tune in to enter!

1 Sept 2017- Lauren Wright  www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
2 Sept 2017- Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
3 Sept 2017- Sharon Burgess www.lilabellelanecreations.com @lilabellelane
4 Sept 2017- Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
5 Sept 2017- Sarah Edgar  www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk@sarahedgarprettyfabrics
6 Sept 2017- Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com@alittlepatchwork
7 Sept 2017- Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
8 Sept 2017- Sarah Scott  www.piccolostudio.com.au @piccolostudio_sarah
9 Sept 2017- Martina Bahre www.avaandneve.com.au @ava_and_neve
10 Sept 2017- Heather Andrus www.quiltstory.blogspot.com @quiltstory
11 Sept 2017- Faith Essenburg www.saranaave.wordpress.com@faithessenburg
12 Sept 2017- Alisha Orlando www.ministryoffabric.com.au @ministryoffabric
13 Sept 2017- Bev McCullough www.flamingotoes.com @flamingotoes
14 Sept 2017- Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
15 Sept 2017- Ali Phillips www.arabesque-scissors.com @arabesquescissors
16 Sept 2017- Mollie Johanson www.wildolive.blogspot.com @molliejohanson
17 Sept 2017- Kristyne Czepuryk www.prettybyhand.com @prettybyhand
18 Sept 2017- Xanthe Grundy www.wife-made.com @wifemade
19 Sept 2017- Anne Oliver www.lolliandgrace.com @lolliandgrace
20 Sept 2017- Larisa Shurupov www.stitchingnotes.com @stitchingnotes
21 Sept 2017- Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
22 Sept 2017- Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
23 Sept 2017- Veronica AM www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
24 Sept 2017- Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
25 Sept 2017- Elise Baek www.eliseandemelie.com @eliseandemelie
26 Sept 2017- Megan Price www.dollyhenry.com.au @dollyhenryau
27 Sept 2017- Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
28 Sept 2017- Ayda Algin www.cafenohut.com @cafenohut
29 Sept 2017- Jodi Godfrey www.talesofcloth.com @talesofcloth
30 Sept 2017- Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama

1 Sept 2017- Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
2 Sept 2017- Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
3 Sept 2017- Sharon Burgess www.lilabellelanecreations.com @lilabellelane
4 Sept 2017- Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
5 Sept 2017- Sarah Edgar  www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk@sarahedgarprettyfabrics
6 Sept 2017- Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com@alittlepatchwork
7 Sept 2017- Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
8 Sept 2017- Sarah Scott  www.piccolostudio.com.au @piccolostudio_sarah
9 Sept 2017- Martina Bahre www.avaandneve.com.au @ava_and_neve
10 Sept 2017- Heather Andrus www.quiltstory.blogspot.com @quiltstory
11 Sept 2017- Faith Essenburg www.saranaave.wordpress.com@faithessenburg
12 Sept 2017- Alisha Orlando www.ministryoffabric.com.au @ministryoffabric
13 Sept 2017- Bev McCullough www.flamingotoes.com @flamingotoes
14 Sept 2017- Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
15 Sept 2017- Ali Phillips www.arabesque-scissors.com @arabesquescissors
16 Sept 2017- Mollie Johanson www.wildolive.blogspot.com @molliejohanson
17 Sept 2017- Kristyne Czepuryk www.prettybyhand.com @prettybyhand
18 Sept 2017- Xanthe Grundy www.wife-made.com @wifemade
19 Sept 2017- Anne Oliver www.lolliandgrace.com @lolliandgrace
20 Sept 2017- Larisa Shurupov www.stitchingnotes.com @stitchingnotes
21 Sept 2017- Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
22 Sept 2017- Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
23 Sept 2017- Veronica AM www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
24 Sept 2017- Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
25 Sept 2017- Elise Baek www.eliseandemelie.com @eliseandemelie
26 Sept 2017- Megan Price www.dollyhenry.com.au @dollyhenryau
27 Sept 2017- Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
28 Sept 2017- Ayda Algin www.cafenohut.com @cafenohut
29 Sept 2017- Jodi Godfrey www.talesofcloth.com @talesofcloth
30 Sept 2017- Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama

13 Comments

  1. Kay

    This is such lovely quilt, it would b perfect for my next baby girl quilt. x

    Reply
    • Ali

      Thankyou so much Kay…it’s the perfect baby quilt for a squishy newborn xAli

      Reply
  2. Kathleen

    Your quilt is adorable!!

    Reply
    • Ali

      Thankyou so much Kathleen. It was really fun to work on xAli

      Reply
  3. LINDA

    THANKS FOR SHARING SUCH “PRETTINESS”!

    Reply
    • Ali

      Thankyou for stopping by and reading about it xAli

      Reply
  4. Kellie

    How sweet are the appliqued flowers! The cheeky one in the corner is definitely my fave 🙂 The straight line quilting design beautifully defines the different parts of the quilt. Just beautiful Ali! xo

    Reply
    • Ali

      Thankyou sweet Kellie…she’s my favourite too! xAli

      Reply
  5. Bekki

    That is such a sweet quilt. It’s quilted beautifully too

    Reply
  6. Shelley

    too cute! I, unfortunately, do not have a little girl in my life to sew for, but I am adding this to my Project Linus list for sure. Love it!

    Reply
  7. Lauren from Molly and Mama

    Ali, words cannot express how it feels to see one of my book projects sewn with such love, flair and attention to detail. Everything about this version of the Flower Friends Quilt is simply darling; from the sweet little faces, to the beautiful fabric selection and the perfect quilting details. Thank you so much for joining the Pretty Handmades Book Showcase and for inspiring us with your creativity!

    Reply
    • Ali

      I’m so pleased you like my version! It was such an honour to be on the tour and I’ve really loved all the projects that have been made xAli

      Reply

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