The Heartland Blogtour
Hi Everybody!! Welcome to my turn on The Heartland Blog Tour!
So exciting, especially since I’ve been trying to work on our whole website here, little by little. Now, I felt it was time to just go with the flow and not wait until everything is perfect to start posting. Plus, being part of this blog tour has been a huge motivating factor! Yippieeeeee!!! Like I said, so EXCITED!
When Pat Bravo first called for makers, I thought, no way, no blog, no chance, but she was open to makers without blogs as well, so that was when I decided heck, it won’t hurt to try. I had to try, because Scandinavia…well, Sweden in particular holds a very special place in my heart as that was where I grew up. Sweden is what I call my home and I cherish all the fond memories of growing up there. So, the Quilty Scandinavian in me just screamed for me to give it a go and woohoooo, I was one of 21 makers chosen to make and have fun with the Heartland fabrics collection! Thank you so much Pat for this opportunity!
Trying to find a sweet spot to take photos outside was challenging, carrying my little basket of makes with me, looking for the greenest spot in the park. I must have looked funny carrying this around with two little dogs in tow (they loooooove coming to the park so I couldn’t leave them at home). So, without rambling (too much), here is the main project I made with these gooooooorgeous fabrics by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. If you’ve never touched their fabric, you’re missing out!!! Because it’s made with Pima cotton, it’s super smooth and soft to the touch. And working with it is a joy as well because it’s a fabric that presses out well and doesn’t distort as you’re sewing, even on the bias. SO awesome.
I wanted something clean and simple, so I went with these big flying geese blocks. Looooooooove! So hooked on flying geese now.
I knew I wanted the big prints to show and pop, so I chose a dark solid by Art Gallery that goes PERFECT with the dark blues in the whole line. It really makes the prints show, doesn’t it? And for the quilting I had the idea to go through, and over the flying geese, to sorta mimic the triangle shape, but not exactly. Just clean straight lines intersecting and creating a secondary design. (One of these days, I’ll try free motion quilting, but I like how this turned out.)
A little close up of the stitch lines….
I think I found the greenest spot in the park yes?
I couldn’t just make one thing…..so I made a few…..
I brought the exposure down a step for this photo to show how vibrant and rich the colors truly are.
I just had to make these coordinating placemats with some other solids that Pat had put together with her collection. They have also been stitched with the same design as my main project. Similar but not exactly the same, just the way I like it. Oh, and that Trekant fabric is my FAVORITE print, especially on the bias for binding…it lets all the colors show and it’s so pretty.
My whole little quilt laid out on the grass and I had to keep on telling my little dogs to stay off it for me to take photos. I think they thought it was for them to lie on.
Just look at all the gorgeous prints.
For the back, I used the remainder of my fabric pieces for a big scrappy look. I love big blocks too now! It’s so nice to be able to see more of the print design and it came together really quick! Bonus!!
Not too matchy matchy, but coordinating nonetheless. Just how I like it.
A little break time? Can’t be a Swede and not own some IKEA products. That would be a huge fail. Husband says he’s too afraid to use these placemats because he’s afraid he’ll spill on them. Hahaha.
I wish I’d had time to bake some goodies to include in these photos, but lets just imagine some cinnamon buns and cookies and coffee and tea instead…yum.
The obligatory overhead product shot.
And last but not least, I cannot forget my little scrappy geese mug rug that I sewed up with matchstick quilting. Like I said, no scrap left behind!!
Holy cow, I love the texture so so much and will definitely have to try this on some other project again soon!
And that’s all folks! Mr. Mug and I would like to thank you for dropping by! FIKA (break) time! For those who don’t know the joy of fika, here is a quick explanation as written in Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break,
“Functioning as both a verb and noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair it with. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.”
So, who’s coming over for fika?
Don’t forget to have a look at what Shannon and Ali made yesterday, and what Mariana made today for the blog hop as well! Beautiful makes all around! Oh and tomorrow, Alexis, Elina and Ange will share their projects! Exciting!!!
Just had to sneak in a little photo of my boys. So patient.