sugar tulips - a quilt finish

Meet my latest quilt top, Sugar! Such a fun project, and it looks exactly like I hoped it would. 

The Sugar quilt was inspired by my great love of spring tulips from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I wish they could last all year, but my new quilt will help to preserve them!

Sugar started with the blogger bundle that I put together for Fat Quarter Shop. Twelve fabulous, bright, happy prints and three vintage-inspired solids.

And I loved working with the Sugar pattern from Amber Johnson's book Vintage Vibe. It's a collection of 14 patterns for quilts, a runner and a pillow. I'd like to make the cover quilt, too. 

Each tulip measures 9" so this quilt can go together very quickly. Mine took longer, but that's only because I jumped around to so many different projects! The blocks are very easy to sew and the pattern is clearly written. And I'm lucky that I had a helper with claws to arrange the blocks.

(Yeah, don't believe that part about Mia being a "helper" - but luckily, no tulips were harmed in the making of the Sugar quilt.)

Sugar finishes at 64" x 80" and it doesn't have a border! The tulips just float against their white-on-white dotty background.

I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to everybody who has purchased my fat quarter bundle. I am humbled to know that so many of you added this collection of fabric to your stashes. When I put the collection together, I really hoped that you would be inspired to create your own happy projects. If you make a project with this bundle, please send me a note and maybe a picture or a link to your blog. I'd love to see what you made with it. There are a just a very few bundles left at Fat Quarter Shop, and you can order yours here.

a sugary quilt

Help me! I can't stop myself from starting new quilt projects! But I love my fat quarter bundle that I put together for Fat Quarter Shop so much that I just HAD to start another quilt.

Ok, so what to use for a pattern? Well, I bought the new Vintage Vibe book by Amber Johnson a few months ago. It's full of great patterns that are "a little bit vintage, a little bit modern". Perfect for me. The quilts all look familiar, but updated. There are fun little tips scattered throughout the book, and all of the fabric is identified by name and manufacturer. That's important to me. I've followed Amber's blog for quite awhile, and she's always on Instagram with fun stuff.

I knew right away that I wanted to make the Sugar quilt. It's a big 'ol bunch of tulip blooms. They're big 9" blocks, and only 8 fat quarters are needed. (The Greg Jones blogger bundle has 11 prints, three solids and 1 white-on-white print, which I've used for my background. That means I can make this quilt and still have leftovers for the mini quilt, which is also in the book!)

Only 32 of these flower blocks are needed for a 64" x 80" quilt so this should be really fast to put together, and a perfect size for my sofa. And fast is important right now because you know that I'm already planning the NEXT quilt.

Happy weekend, everybody!