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 :)

20 comments :

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  2. I am so glad I stumbled on this blog hop this morning and found your blog! What lovely projects you've made to feature the Arbor Blossom line :) Your mix of colorful patterns with the low volume and solids fabrics really shines. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I love your pillow, I have wanted to make it since I first saw it in the Bakeshop. We have similar taste I can tell, I love this collection and the blue is my favorite piece in all the collection. Thanks for the inspirations, I am going to make your pillow!

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  4. I love your quilt and I love this fabric line!

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  5. Love, love the quilt and the pillow. Thanks for sharing the details.

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  6. Love everything you make! This fabric line has also caught my eye! So sweet, and that blue is dreamy!

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  7. Beautiful makes & beautiful fabric 💕💕💕

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  8. I LOVE this line of fabric! So fresh. I think I need to make that pillow. Very cute. And I found Starlit's shop just about a momth ago, and have ordered 3 times from her. She is so sweet and your order comes fast. Will order from her again and again. Highly recommend her.

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  9. Your projects are so gorgeous, Allison! I love how the line played out in your darling quilt. I agree about the main floral print--I want to keep some of the blue and red in my stash forever to use in every project!

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  10. Beautiful pillow!Such neat work and this collection is so pretty! Thank You for sharing!
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  11. I love the pillow and the fabric. I am sure that I have to purchase some of the fabric and I am going to print out the pattern for the pillow now.

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  12. I gotta say I also love the pillow!! and that blue floral. thanks for the inspiration:)

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  13. Love the babyquilt and the pillow. It is on my to do list. I have a stack of little squares waiting for it.

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  14. What an awesome quilt! I am so glad to find your blog - I'm signing up right after I finish this comment!

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  15. Love your blog and this quilt too! I've had my eye on some of your patterns - they are so pretty! The blog hop and all the inspiration from everyone is great and thanks for sharing! Now, I need to get busy and sew!

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  16. Love the pillow with the flag strings. It would also make a terrific baby quilt!

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  17. Your pillow with the bunting flags is the cutest ever! It looks so hopeful and glad. I love the texture this gives the pillow. I would love some strips if I am drawn. Thanks for the chance.

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