Welcome! Today I am delighted to share my sunny projects on the Backyard Roses Blog Tour with Nadra Ridgeway (of Ellis & Higgs) and Riley Blake Designs. I became a fan of Nadra’s when I was lucky enough to sew with her first line, “Bloom and Bliss.” Nadra’s designs are cheerful and full of sweet detail. The colors she uses are richly saturated, so they are somehow bold and yet warm at the same time. It is a lovely combination!
When I received “Backyard Roses” I was immediately drawn to the focal yellow rose featured on the main blue, pink and mint fabrics in the line. The yellow is so pretty, and it definitely has the look of a backyard rose, happily thriving on someone's trellis. And so, yellow became a focal color in my projects.
First up are two mini quilts using my own pattern "Crossing Petals." One mini features pink and red prints from the line, while the other features blue and green prints. In both quilts, it is the yellow that creates the chain connecting the petals. I've used a combination of Nadra's "Yellow Backyard Floral" and Riley Blake Designs' Swiss dot and gingham in yellow. They work so nicely together, and I love Riley Blake gingham!
Here are some closeup shots of both mini quilts. I was so happy I had just enough yardage of the main fabric in both pink and blue to use it as backing. The back should be as pretty as the front!
During the remaining days of the Backyard Roses Blog Tour, my "Crossing Petals" pattern is available at a discounted price on my Etsy Shop.
Finally, because a girl can never make too many zipped pouches, I've made another one which will go to my mom, Brenda (hence the "B"). She has said it's too cute to use, but I will make sure she uses it! It would be handy for storing a favorite book or even her iPad!
This pouch measures 9 1/4" wide by 13" tall. I've based it off of the free tutorial instructions found on the Fort Worth Fabric Studio's blog: Exposed Lace Zipper Pouch. I've made several of Lindsey's pouches, and once you've made one, you realize quickly you can make them at any dimensions you would like. You are limited only by the length of your zipper. By the way, that cute lace zipper is also from Fort Worth Fabric Studios.
And where did the pattern for that wonderful letter "B" come from? Nadra! She has a terrific pattern called "A is for Apple" available on her Etsy shop. Some day I'd love to make the whole alphabet quilt!
There is still a full week left on the tour, and I hope you will visit these other talented bloggers to see their lovely makes with Nadra's collection.
I hope you all get carried away quilting often!