Ivy Rayne Fabrics Giveaway!

Hello Dear Friend,

As you may know, I had an Etsy shop selling fabrics just a couple years ago. It was a lot of fun but after some time I decided to give myself a break. Homeschooling my girls and quilting all the things is keeping me very busy now. With that said, I understand the inner workings of the fabric business and how difficult it can be to get recognition within the vast quilting community. If there is any way I can promote another shop owner and their business that is what I plan to do.

When Tammie at Ivy Rayne Fabrics reached out to me about her very new online shop, my answer was a quick, “I’m happy to help!” She’s currently running all the backend to-do’s, keeping customers happy and marketing. Those are all full-time jobs. You’re doing amazing Tammie!

So let me introduce to you Tammie from Ivy Rayne Fabrics!

As a mother of three older teens (two graduated) I finally found myself with a bit of extra time to pursue my dream of owning a fabric and quilt shop.  Unfortunately, Covid took away any possibility of opening a brick and mortar. I wasn’t going to let that stop me! After a ton of work and research I took my idea online where Ivy Rayne Fabrics was born.  The shop is named after my daughters. My dream became a reality when I launched the site on Novmeber 1, 2020. 

At a very young age, my Gram taught me to sew and I’ve never stopped. In the large world of sewing, quilting is my passion. This extended into my love for fabric. It is both comforting and therapeutic to curate collections for my shop.

~Tammie of Ivy Ranyne Fabrics

I could not agree more! It is so fun pairing fabrics and nothing gets me as excited as a new pretty stack to work with. I’m sure you’re the same, for this reason I thought it would be fun to share one of the highlights of Tammie’s shop which is the FQ Monthly Subscription bundles that she handpicks herself. Each bundle includes 5 fat quarters and extra goodies. Here’s the fun January parcel I received.

Do you see those deep saturated hues and fun designs? All five prints are from the Florida collection designed by Sarah Watts of Ruby Star Society that I think Tammie paired masterfully. The whole package included these fat quarters with a prompt and interfacing to design your own masks and coupon code (for more fabric!). These designer fabrics come at a great discount when subscribing to the monthly orders.

Every month you’ll find new surprises added to the subscription bundles like quilt block patterns created specifically for Ivy Rayne subscribers only. You’re gonna love ’em!

Tammie has a wide range of manufacturers she works with so the fabrics offered in her shop come from well known companies like Moda, Ruby Star Society, Monaluna, Tula, Art Gallery Fabrics and more. Definitely check out her shop (support small!) and welcome her to the community.

So, is this January bundle part of the giveaway? Nope. Tammie was so kind to offer an extra generous 9 piece fat quarter fabric GIVEAWAY showcasing some more designer prints from Ivy Rayne. For you, we have the Modern Love Organic Poplin collection from Monaluna.

Ooooohhhh they are so cute! You can see the forest animals, florals, modern details drawn in blues, pink and a warm clay red. These lovelies are going to one lucky winner. The entry rules are super easy, just go to my Instagram account @linenbouquet for the instructions.

I personally like when giveaways are quick so hurry to enter before the deadline, January 21st.

One more thing, head over to Ivy Rayne Fabrics to see all products Tammie has in stock and sign up for the next curated FQ Monthly Subscription bundle. You will be so glad you did.

I must be off now, my new Florida fabrics are calling my name and I already have some ideas of what to make with them. 😉 Good luck friends!

with love, Jasmine

My “Holy Peace” Quilt, a Tilda Pattern

Hello there Friend!

What a relief to be in a new week. Last week was a bit of a dramatic political mess. I had to turn off the news stations and sit at my sewing machine to stay distracted from all the upheaval. God help our country!

Off to better news, I received a fantastic response on my first blog giveaway. As promised, a January Pincushion pattern is on it’s way via email to the giveaway winner. Thank you to all who now follow my blog. If you want to see the full pictures of my finished pinnie cushion go to my Instagram account and follow along with more behind the scenes pictures. I’ll have more on the “Year of Pincushions” series throughout the year.

Now, may I introduce to you a very special lady in my life? My Nana Carol. She’s a firey woman with a great sense of humor, a heart bigger than the state of California and a dear friend that listens to my silly ideas without ever cutting me down. My Nana has offered great comfort to me in times of personal distress. I’m so grateful for her.

As you already know by reading my first post, one of my intentions for the coming years is to make quilts for those I love and focus first on the older members of my family. I want them to know what they mean to me and the best way I know how to convey such a message is to create a handmade item. My Nana was the first one to pop into my mind.

She lives a state away and we don’t get to visit often. We have frequent chats that run on for hours because I want to know all the family insight, history and experiences she can share with me. I go to her with questions of God, life and purpose. Some deep conversations that roll into laughter. What I share with my Nana is quite personal, but I know that no matter how off the wall my comments are she never holds them against me. A friendship that has no judgement, I’m eternally grateful for.

As the years have gone on, my Nana is now struggling with her health. There are times where I wish I could do more to help lift her burdens but my abilities are limited. Could a handmade quilt bring any comfort? I don’t know but I’ll try it.

First was the decision of what pattern to make. There’s a vast range of quilt patterns I’ve had on my to-do list but I knew my Nana would not be interested in a modern design, nor a classic farm style quilt as she’s never showed any interest. That narrowed down my selection. The pattern needed to symbolize a message, one that I knew she could connect with. I was drawn to this Tilda’s World pattern, “Mosaic Birds Quilt” as the birds reminded me of white doves; which are the symbol of love, peace, and the Holy Spirit. My grandmother is a believer that loves the Bible and I knew she would appreciate it. Thus the name, “Holy Peace.”

Next was color scheme. This was a no brainer, my Nana has blues all throughout her home. My mosaic design had to be made with a wide range of blues, which is easy because it’s one of the colors I use often in my projects. A deep dive into my fabric stash and I was able to find some lovely Tilda blues along with Poppie Cotton, Art Gallery Fabrics, Riley Blake Designs, ummmm I can’t remember the rest but you get the picture. Lots of pretty blue fabrics.

The online pattern was easy to follow, I traditionally pieced 20 white dove blocks in a cinch. The large white bird pieces helped the blocks come together quickly. At this point I was quite proud of myself. With the the sashing in place I took a look at the quilt top and was… not happy at all. It was very obvious to me that the scrappy wide range of blues did not work out how I’d imagined and if I had more time I probably would have pulled it apart. With the short Christmas deadline, was no going back. I decided that the quilting would have to be reimagined to somehow blend the blues a little more. Would it even work?

While preparing to machine quilt I came to another roadblock, with our recent move I had misplaced my walking foot and could not quilt my sandwiched pieces. Freak out time! I had no choice but to start hand quilting, FAST! I had to meet my deadline and was down to a few weeks. To get the most stitches in each block I made a two inch grid design with a dark blue quilting thread on the blue base. It took longer but with every stitch I started to like the quilt top more and more.

The hand quilting completely saved my quilt. It really tied in the blues together and outlined the doves nicely. The hand quilting design on the doves was taken directly from the Tilda’s World pattern. I think it would have been a shame not to use their suggestion of feathers on the birds. Those Tilda designers are pretty smart.

My “Holy Peace” quilt was finished just in time to ship out for New Year’s. Haha! Not quite the Christmas deadline I hoped for but close enough and my Nana understands. I’m usually running a little behind anyway.

What really matters is that she knows it was made specially for her. I hope it brings her comfort and peace as she does to me.

What family member is next on my list? Stick around to find out.

with love, Jasmine

A Year of Techniques – Giveaway

Hello dear friend. Thank you for the love and support over this new blog. I was on pins and needles before publishing it, but you eased my nerves with your kindness.

I want to share with you a very exciting partnership I have with a quilty friend that I met in an unexpected way. One evening, while rushing to my daughter’s soccer practice I spotted a couple quilts laying on the grass in rich purple tones. Trying to play it cool, I smiled at the family sitting on them but really just wanted to get a better look at the quilts. It’s darn near impossible for a quilter to ignore such a thing. In my effort to not act like a creeper, I set my folding chair next to the family and casually asked, “Did you make those quilts?” Well needless to say, the conversation took off from chatting about the the two quilts to exchanging Instagram account information. It was pure serendipity! That other soccer mom was none other than the incredibly talented Felicia from Felicia’s World a quilt pattern designer.

When you meet a fellow quilter it’s like finding a soul sister. Not only did we connect over our love for the craft but now we’re partnering together and sharing with you some great sewing projects. One very exciting project is a series called, “Year of Pincushions,” a collection of monthly pincushion patterns that will offer seasonal and holiday designs. At the end of the full 12 months you will have expertly crafted pincushions, and the blocks will double as pieces of a complete mini quilt sampler. It’s going to be gorgeous!

January’s Pincushion pattern just released this past weekend. The pattern design is a winter wonderland using hexies in a smart snowflake layout with snow covered hills, tiny fir trees and quaint little cottages. You’re gonna love this pattern!

I feel incredibly lucky to test the patterns for this series and show them off here on my blog from time to time. My goal when sharing a pattern with you is to share the techniques used from my perspective. Felicia is a long time quilting pro that I look forward to learning from so I can pass along the information to you!

While dreaming up my vision for the January pincushion, I landed on a lovely assortment of Tilda fabrics which includes cottons from the Maple Farm, solids and chambray collections. You’ll notice a couple other fabrics thrown in to round out my color palette but I really tried to keep the colors non traditional and soft.

The top block which will also be used in the end of year mini quilt sampler, uses English paper piecing hexagons to form a delicate snowflake. To be honest I was a bit intimidated by the tiny hexies. I figured the small size would be difficult to sew but once they were basted onto the papers (using a glue stick and heavy book flatten), the snowflake was assembled in no time and they even kept their shape really well. Smaller project, less stitches! Whoohoo! Its a cinch to appliqué this beauty onto the dark blue chambray.

The technique that is new to me in this pincushion pattern is the needle turn appliqué. Yes, I admit I’m a needle turn newbie. Although the technique seems daunting, I’m pretty psyched to try it. Especially since I’ll be making these adorable snow capped cottages on the side panels. Eeeek! Learning new sewing techniques always excites me. My fave is when I get to sew by hand. This is a win, win!

So I’m gonna get to work on these tiny details and would love it if you joined me! Get your “Year of Pincushions” pattern here to sew along with Felicia and I. We have more details to come if you follow us on Instagram @Linenbouquet and @FeliciasWorldQuilting

An extra bonus for being my bloggy friend, I have one FREE January Pincushion pattern to offer here! Just enter your email to follow my blog posts and I will draw a name at the end of the week. Thanks again for being so great.

Hugs, Jasmine

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