Hi there! So excited to have you drop by and welcome to my turn on the Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour!

I’ve so been looking forward to this day and I can’t tell you how exciting it was last year when I first saw the Blithe Collection. Can we say swoon?Oh gosh, the colors and patterns were just so beautiful that when Katarina had a call for makers to participate in her blog tour I just had to give it a go. So I submitted a rough draft of this pattern I’d been fiddling with about year or so ago. I’d seen this amazing photo of a quilt made in Japan in the late 80’s and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind, so naturally I had to sit and try to make a pattern to one day make a quilt. And that day was when I saw the Blithe collection.

Then when I was asked to have it included in the Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook  I had to get cranking! There was no time to second guess or ponder, it was seriously a pedal to the metal kind of situation with a very short turnaround time. I think that was good because it didn’t give me a chance to second guess or doubt myself. Now I know what I can accomplish in a short amount of time, so good lesson. (seriously, it was like being back in college pulling all nighters for midterms and finals….good times, good times! Go Bruins!)

Where there is a will, there is a way…something like that right?

This is one of my favorite photos while making this quilt.

It would be wonderful as an actual stained glass window right? Well, I couldn’t just keep it as a quilt top, so without further ado,  this is the Woodland Quilt.I named it Woodland after a long discussion with my sister  because it reminded us of the beautiful mountains in the woods and forests  we grew up surrounded by.
Just love taking photos here in the gardens. It’s just covered enough with beautiful natural light coming through, and it’s always empty! Plus, no metal benches, but natural wood ones make for a prettier photo too right?

Maybe I need to take this bench home with me. Hehe.And a super close up! Who000! My only regret is that I wish I knew how to free motion quilt some fabulous design, but I’m quite happy with the diagonal straight lines here. There’s enough going on in the patterns of the fabric to have an interesting visual appeal. You can’t really tell here, but I used a blue variegated Aurifil 50 wt thread to quilt this. Color number 3770 for anybody that’s interested. LOVE variegated thread, and this was my first whole quilt made with Aurifil, and I’m loving it.After the lookbook came out, I got a lot of requests for a pattern. You can now find the pattern in our Etsy shop and Craftsy shop at a discounted price until Wednesday 2/22!

So I couldn’t just stop with making one thing from this gorgeous collection. The linen (omg, the linen!) fabric in this collection is so wonderful, and I made this. Can you guess what it is?

If you guess iPad case, you got it right! I present to you my media portfolio.Perfect for holding my iPad pro, a moleskine notebook, Apple pencil……some frixion markers for doodling…...and enough space to store the charging cord and what not!The inside I quilted the lining with Pellon flex foam to give the bag some structure and to provide bumper protection for the iPad. So squishy! And I didn’t want to use a metal zipper on top because they tend to scratch…and we don’t want to scratch our iPads….maybe I’ll give it a go on the next one though, just to see.Now, this was a hard photo to take! I had to angle the camera and stand really funny to try and show the strap feature. Adds extra support while carrying this around so you don’t drop it.And if you noticed my plain notebook in the photo above, well, I just couldn’t leave it at that.So I had to make a reversible book cover. Please excuse the creases in the fabric, but I got a little excited! I’d love to make a patchwork cover next with the scrappy pieces I have left!

The inside as you open it up….and the back….feel the difference, why yes, don’t mind if I do! I made it adjustable by using a piece of the ribbon that Artgallery Fabrics wrap their bundles with.Well, folks, that’s it for me! Hope you had fun looking at the projects I made for the blog hop, and don’t forget to check out Judith @septembers_delight from yesterday and Marija @mvquilts tomorrow! Until next time!

xo,

elise

 

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