Monday, June 22, 2015

Flutter Quilt: Busy Girl Sews Blog Tour

Fun fact: Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt was my first swap partner ever, way back in 2012! I received a GORGEOUS mini quilt, Perspective, that has hung in my sewing space ever since (in fact, I'm looking at it right now!). I also use the fabric basket she made me daily. Since then, Heidi has become a great bloggy/sewing friend of mine, and I'm so excited that she has written a book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl: Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space (23 Quick and Clever Sewing Projects You'll Love). 

 Goodness knows I'm a busy girl, and I try to make time to sew every single day. And boy, do I like beautiful but simple quilts. That's why I jumped to make the Flutter quilt from Heidi's book: it's perfect for a little girl or boy, and it was an absolutely pleasure to make. I found this summery Design Seeds color scheme on my Pinterest Color inspiration board and pulled lights and darks from my fabric stash:


(I left out the peach)

I took inspiration from Heidi's original version (below) and made my background scrappy low volume. It's hard for me to do anything but that these days anyway. ;) Love it!

Quilting this was exhilarating. I decided to make pebbles my central theme because I knew they would make a bold statement. Small pebbles, large pebbles... they're all fabulous in my book. Plus, they don't have to be perfect. They have character.

For binding, I decided to split between two of the heart prints from Anna Maria Horner's Pretty Potent collection. I bought yardage of these specifically for binding, and I just LOVE how they mesh together. I almost went with just the warmer color but I'm very happy with my decision.

I backed this quilt in some leftover Anna Maria Horner flannel that I had from Breeze. It's perfect for a baby's crib!

One last awesome shot as the sun disappeared and then came out again. Texture!:

Besides this quilt and the gorgeous, modern traditional style projects Heidi highlights in her book, she has also scattered organizational tips throughout (from other sewists, too). I personally like to keep my projects separated in plastic boxes (purchased from Michael's), and I love Heidi's free download Project Bag Form!

Thanks for joining me on the Busy Girl Sews Blog Hop today! Make sure to visit the other stops and to check out Heidi's book for a slew of pretty, quick, and satisfying sewing projects.

March 30 - Lynne of Lily's Quilts 
April 6 - Jodi of Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces
April 13 - Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter's Table
April 20 - Leanne of She Can Quilt
April 27 - Fat Quarter Shop
May 4 - Erin of Why Not Sew?
May 11 - Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts
May 18 - Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade
May 25 - Lucy of Charm About You
June 1 - Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
June 8 - Becca of Bryan House Quilts
June 15 - Beth of Plum & June
June 22 - Jessica of Quilty Habit <<<<<<<------ You are here!
June 29 - Caroline of Sew Can She
July 6 - Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)

Stay tuned this week for lots of sewing! It's stay-at-home vacation week here!
Linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday
 Needle and Thread Thursday,
Crazy Mom Quilts 


  1. Hi Jess, I love your Pebbles quilting........lots of character. The flannel back is so special, in particular for babies...and I have two to quilt for this summer and Autumn. Would love to read the book for the organizational tips, that's not been a priority for me and it's time. Plastic containers for each sounds ideal. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. This is such a sweet baby quilt! The flannel on the back is such a good idea, I bet it is so cozy!

  3. PS the third photo won't load here of on Feedly!

  4. That's so cute! Great colours and lovely quilting!

  5. I love the colours you chose, and the spirally quilting!

  6. Love it! Especially all the low volumes.

  7. I really am in love with this quilt! Pebbling is my fave fmq it's so forgiving. Your binding choice is perfect too!


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