June 14, 2017

New Fabric from Ellis and Higgs, and a Baby Jolly quilt!



Today I'm so happy to be a part of the blog tour for Nadra of Ellis and Higgs and share what I've made with her beautiful new line. I had a great time sewing with it, as I have with all Nadra's fabric! (I've done pattern samples with her previous lines- you can check them out here and here.)

First up, I made a Jolly Baby quilt! I thought the primary colors and sweet prints were just right for a baby quilt, so I added instructions to my original pattern for a crib sized quilt with smaller blocks. It finishes at about 40" x 50" and is a fun little thing to make. I love how differing values make the blocks play out in various ways in this pattern.


One of my favorite things about this line are the low volume prints included. They are perfect. I wish so much I'd had scraps of them when I made my Chamomile quilt! I used one of them for the border, and a Riley Blake basic stripe for binding.


The quilting is just simple straight lines done on my Juki, and I used a solid blue for the backing since the front is quite busy.  I also mixed a few coordinating solids into the top. This was my first time using Riley Blake solids (the white background and mint color), and they feel much softer than the solids I usually sew with. I like their color selection too.




You can see some progress shots over at my Instagram. I post a lot more there, it's such a fun, easy place for inspiration and sharing. 

One thing I noticed with this line is there's a print that Idaho sports fans are going to love. I couldn't even tell you what sport it is (probably football?), much less the name of the team, but I know there's a blue and orange print just for you! It's a basic too, and could be used in projects for boys. Check out the lower left corner here-


See what I'm saying? Ok moving on from my embarrassing sports knowledge....I also made a pillow!


I used the free tutorial from Moda Bake shop that I did earlier this year. I have 2 extra piles of 2.5" squares needed to make the front of this pillow, just comment on this post and I'll pick someone in a few days. One for you and one for a friend!

The prairie points are super fun, but to be honest, the main reason I made this pillow was so I could use my favorite print on the back. That blue floral will go down in my most-loved fabric hall of fame. It's so good! 



I hope you enjoyed my projects, I sure had fun making them. If you're looking for a good place to buy some Arbor Blossom fabric, my very favorite Etsy shop Starlit Quilts has it! Star has wonderful selection and service, I have shopped from her for years. Happy shopping :)


Be sure to check Nadra's blog for the finale tomorrow, it's bound to be good! Thank you so much for having me Nadra, and for making some of the most cheerful, lovely fabric around.



Note: If you purchased my Jolly pattern previously and would like an updated file with baby size instructions please email me and I will happily send you one :)