Thursday, April 21, 2016

Strawberry Biscuit Blog Hop

I've been looking forward to today's post for so long!

You all know how much I love Elea Lutz's new Strawberry Biscuit collection for Penny Rose Fabrics. I shared my thoughts on her adorable fabric as well as this version of my Stationery Kit tutorial a while back, which I turned into a sewing kit. It's sitting on my bedside table as I type this post, and I love it so much!

But for my stop on the Strawberry Biscuit Blog Tour, I wanted to make a quilt for my girls. They're forever having tea parties with their dolls in our loft, usually pulling a few quilts from the basket I keep near their library for the occasion. I couldn't imagine a more perfect fabric to use for a tea party picnic quilt than this collection. They were so excited about it that my two youngest daughters insisted on keeping me company while I was basting the other day. How I love these girls...

For my pattern, I chose the Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. (If you don't follow her blog, you need to head over there right now and see what you've been missing. Rita is brilliant in every way!) This tutorial has long been on my Must Make list. I pulled in some Riley Blake low volume dots which paired beautifully with the candy colors of Elea's collection. My quilting is simple, just 1/4" on either side of the seams joining the 36 blocks together. The quilt is backed in a light green print covered in frolicking animals, and I bound it in a cheater print which gives the impression of a scrappy binding.

It's been pouring rain here for most of the week, but the sun came out a bit so that I could take pictures of my quilt hung over the fence surrounding our neighbors' pasture. Spring is filling the air with puffy clouds and the fields with wildflowers. Our first taste of spring in the Texas hill country has been just beautiful, and I'm falling in love with this place more every day.

Be sure to visit my sweet friend Minki today also for her stop on the tour. And tomorrow you'll have to pop over to see what Gina and Kristyne are making. These girls are all so talented! There's lots of Strawberry Biscuit goodness to go around for the next two weeks. So many thanks to Elea and Penny Rose for making it all possible!

Happy sewing!


  1. Oh my! I LOVE this range! I am so glad that you blog about fabric that you love - I don't think I'd know about many of the beautiful ranges otherwise. I really enjoy Rita's blog too. Actually, I popped over to Minki's and have earmarked my lace zippers (which I bought ages ago but haven't known how to use them) for a box zipper pouch.

  2. This is so pretty - it really showcases the fabric. Your girls must love it!

  3. Beautiful! And brilliant idea on the use of the cheater print! I don't use cheater prints, but I would to do a "scrappy" binding.

  4. Oh this is the sweetest quilt!! I bet the girls couldn't wait to start using it.

  5. A darling photo of the girls, I love your Paw Print quilt, you were about the fabrics being perfect for this. Thanks for the link to rita saw a couple must haves and following her too.

  6. such a lovely pictures, Heidi .. I notice that you did basting on carpet floor the question is how to make it smooth like your final quilt? I did several time on my carpet floor since we have very limited wooden floor and messed up my quilt , its always move.. any tips ?

    1. Thank you so much! I've found that if I pin the four corners of my quilt to the carpet itself, I can baste a lot more accurately. I usually do better if I go downstairs to our wooden floor in the family room, but sometimes I'm in a hurry and take the shortcut!

  7. Your quilt is just adorable! I like that your blocks are big enough so you can really enjoy each print. I'm giddy with this collection and I am hoping that my order of it arrives today so I can have fun too! I love this blog hop and all the beautiful treasures that you lovely ladies are making. Your girls are just so precious! Love those little arms around each other, just melts me! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Heidi!! Your beautiful quilt hits straight to my heart (and I love your needle book)! What a little treasure for your precious girls and that photo of them hugging and watching mama work … melts my heart! I am so grateful to see your amazing work with this line. Gorgeous pattern and I love the cheater print for the binding - it's all so wonderful! Hugs and thank you, again, for inspiring us all! xo Elea

  9. Such a pretty, happy quilt! Lovely as always, Heidi!

  10. Heidi!!! You have such a knack for making beautiful fabric even more beautiful!!! This quilt shines!!!! My post might have a little tea party inspiration too :) and I would have loved to use your quilt in my photo shoot!

  11. I love the quilt hun very very pretty and the fabrics are wonderful....

  12. beautiful quilt and the fabrics are wonderful, too! i love it :0)you are always so creative! greetings from denmark Ulrike

  13. beautiful quilt: I love everything about it!! And I have that fabric in my shopping cart at Etsy. It is so adorable!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg. PS, where is the Texas hill country? your first picture of the quilt with the meadow in the background is so beautiful!!

  14. Your little girls are soooo cute.
    I love the photos you shared, also this fabric is just adorable. I can't wait to get my own.
    Love the quilt!

  15. Beautiful quilt and great pic with your little ones.

  16. I lived in south Texas for four years and one of my fun things to do was to take. Drive through the Hill Country in Spring! Love all the bluebonnets! It's also fun to visit the antique stores that are there. I love the pic of your two girls! So sweet!

  17. Beautiful play quilt for your girls! I'd use it for my self hehehehe. Oh so cute!!!


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