Bluebirds On Roses Project Tour

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I feel Spring just round the corner and what better way to welcome it than with a Flowering Snowball quilt and Elea Lutz’s newest fabric line Bluebirds On Roses. If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram you have likely seen this quilt blossom over the past month, but just in case let’s start at the beginning.

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Elea has packed this line full of everything that is sweet; bluebirds, daises, kittens, strawberries, tiny floral motifs perfect for fussy cutting and a gorgeous larger scale rose bouquet print. Elea’s fabrics have that special quality that somehow turns a project into an instant heirloom, something to treasure and pass along.

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For such a perfectly sweet line I went with a classic quilt block; the flowering snowball. My friend Mary from Sunny Day Supply has a wonderful tutorial HERE with step by step pictures that made my first venture into sewing the dreaded CURVES an absolute breeze! Really these blocks came together quickly and were a joy to make.

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To top off the classic look of this quilt I just had to go with big hand stitching a la Sunny Day Supply method (can you tell who is my quilting inspiration?). I used a beautiful bold blue Aurifil thread in a thicker 12 weight (number 2735) which is my favorite for hand quilting. My stitches are what I would call “perfectly imperfect”, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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Binding in the beautiful blue rose bouquet print is the cherry on top. Someone pointed out that the blue centers of my quilt blocks resemble my Victorian stained glass windows, I hadn’t thought of that but I just love the idea of subconscious inspiration from my home. Also, this was during the Midwest Freeze of 2019 and this quilt felt like a promise of Spring.

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30 blocks, 12 inches each makes for a lovely throw size quilt. I could not be more in love with this quilt and the beautiful fabrics! I wanted the layout of the blocks to have a very patchwork feel to them without much thought or planning to the placements of colors and light. The result may drive a perfectionist nuts but I got just the look I was hoping for.

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My quilt backing is a beautiful Aqua gingham from Riley Blake Designs and it coordinates perfectly with this line. You can also see my stitches taking their giant flower petal shape on the back of the quilt.

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My husband asked me if plan to enter this quilt into our local fair in September, it’s such a hard choice since I would love to show it off in “showing condition” but even more so I want my quilts to be used and loved and with three boys and a pup you can guess how long “showing condition” lasts in this house. It’s good to know that Riley Blake fabrics will stand the test of time and this quilt will hopefully be passed on in its well loved condition which means more to me than any prize ribbon could.

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And just like that, my Bluebirds on Roses Flowering Snowball hand quilted quilt finds a spot on a bed and our pup finds a spot on top of it. Our quilts have a way of moving around the house, to snuggle under on the couch, tuck in bed on an extra cold night, picnicking on the living room floor with grilled cheese sandwiches, and forts under the dining room table that somehow manage to stay there for days on end. The joy and comfort a quilt brings is something to be treasured.

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To see all the beautiful makes from the Bluebirds on Roses tour, follow Elea Lutz and Riley Blake Designs on Instagram.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy what you see and leave here feeling inspired.

Until next time-

Faith

 

 

9 Responses to “Bluebirds On Roses Project Tour”

  1. Bluebirds on Roses – Flowering Snowball Quilt – Riley Blake Designs Says:

    […] stopping by SARANA AVE. today for a peek at this stunning Flowering Snowball Quilt featuring fabrics from Elea Lutz’ […]

  2. from the Bellfry Says:

    This quilt is amazing. If I may ask two questions… First, how much fabric did this use? Fat quarters of each or more? And what batting do you love most for your heirloom quilts? All those curved seams and hand quilting!!! I’m just beginning to think more about batting as I put more hand stitching into my projects and I’m on Google search overload with information! I’d love your opinion.
    Thanks for sharing this beauty, Faith. Isn’t Sunny Day Supply wonderful?! Mary and Shawn share the loveliest fabrics, projects, and tutorials! I’m so glad I discovered you through them! 🤩

    • saranaave Says:

      Hi! For the colored fabrics I used fat quarters and the white/low volume fabrics I used half yard cuts. So about two years of white fabrics. The binding was about a half yard and backing was 4 yards. My batting is I believe Natures Touch from Joann. And yes I agree, Sunny Day girls are just the best! I hope this is helpful. Thank you for stopping by💗

  3. Nina Cotonet Says:

    Beautiful – everything… The quilt is a beauty – The pics are so dreamy: the window (love the idea of the blue pieces matching window and quilt), the wooden floor, Liberty on the bed : ) …
    This line is soo pretty – like every Elea’s line- but somehow I find your quilt takes personality beyond the line which I think makes sewing works timeless. Congrats Faith on another gorgeous work!
    And your quilting looks great! perfect Sunny-touch indeeed!!

  4. Meet This Maker – Elea Lutz + Giveaway! – Riley Blake Designs Says:

    […] Flowering Snowball Quilt at Sarana Ave. […]

  5. Mary McNeill Says:

    Golden Memories: Reminds me so much of my grandmothers quilts. I used to love identifying the pieces – this one was from an apron she made herself, that on was from a dress she made for me, another piece was from my aunts blouse etc. No wonder I love to quilt. I used to go to quilting bees with my grandmother (nobody got baby-sitters in those days) and watch the ladies do their hand quilting while I wandered around the church basement poking my nose into everything without making a sound of course. Seen but not heard was the golden rule.

  6. Ompompali Says:

    Your quilt is utterly adorable and beautiful! I’m completely in love! Congratulations on a wonderful make!

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