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As soon as I noticed Lacey’s miniature FRUIT SALAD blocks on Instagram and asked about her plans, I knew we needed to dedicate a blog post to it and her inspiration. Hear from her below on what she created to inspire and share with all of us…
As soon as I saw the Fruit Cocktail fabric collection, I was immediately drawn to it (like many of Joanna’s lines). When I saw she would be having a book, too?! Ahh, the excitement grew!!
I am part of the Fig Tree Quilts Friends Facebook group, and the inspiration there is truly magical. They had announced a casual, week by week, sew along with Fruit Salad, and I knew I wanted to do the sampler, so that I could work with each of the fruit blocks. Additionally, I wanted to challenge myself by attempting miniature-sized blocks.
Using Susan’s wonderful instructions on making blocks at half the size (in a previous MUST READ blog post), an idea was born! A mini sampler quilt….turned sewing machine cover!
I was able to get a head start on my miniature blocks with the help of a local quilt guild retreat. I had many spectators visit my table; some with looks of admiration, and some who thought I was just downright crazy! All in good fun, of course, but I can’t say I didn’t have both of those thoughts one time or another throughout this project, too. 😉
OMG… that yellow vintage BERNINA is the most beautiful little machine I have ever seen!
I started first with the sampler quilt in Fruit Salad as my layout “guide”. I figured out how many blocks of each fruit, leaf, and daisy I would need (making each at half the size) and then worked on reducing the sashing and borders. I love math so even though this took some extra time, it was almost as fun as creating the blocks…almost.
Once I finished the quilt top, I sent it off for some wonderfully dense quilting, and then moved to the sewing machine cover instructions in the Scrapbook of Quilts book. I loved the spool one created in the book – which I had earmarked as a “someday” project.
I followed the sewing machine cover directions entirely, including the spacing measurements for the ties. I hand bound that irresistible aqua stripe binding to the back and now I have the *sweetest* machine cover/mat to admire. What a treat!
Special thank you to Joanna for reaching out to share here on the blog!
-Lacey (@laceypoirier on Instagram)
To kick off some of our FRUIT SALAD GIVEAWAYS over the next few days, I have put together a LEMON flavored GIVEAWAY here on the blog. I pretty much died when I saw these lemon items at my local TARGET dollar spot last week!
Oh my goodness, they were too good. And paired with some yellow and green fabric and a few stickers, what could be better!
Comment here below and tell me which FRUIT SALAD fruit project you have started -OR- have plans to start -OR- wish you could start for a chance to win one of these!