Monday, June 24, 2013

Kate Spain Blog Hop and a Post Full of Goodies!

Today is my stop on the Kate Spain Blog Hop with Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. If you are visiting for the first time, Thank you! and Welcome! I hope you'll sit and stay a while. :)

Kate Spain blog hop

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE Kate Spain and her beautiful fabrics?!!! There are a lot of designers that I like, but I definitely have used Kate's fabrics more often in projects than any other fabric. What can I say? It's just so useable. :)

I have a few projects that I've made in the past with Kate Spain collections, but when Alyce invited me to join her in this blog hop, I couldn't resist making something new as well. :) But I'll start at the beginning...

My first project was with Kate Spain's Fandango line. I made this mini in Novemeber 2011, for the Sew, Vote, Swap Group on Flickr.  I used a jelly roll, with Kona for the sashing. (I admit, it looks a little crooked... I think my skills might have improved a little since then - hopefully.) :)

Little Quilt - Sew, Vote, Swap Group

I finished a Christmas table runner this past February.

The fabric is Joy. One of my favorite Christmas collections ever! 
I love the soft greens and the aqua!

I've also made two custom order activity books this year with Kate's Cuzco line. I LOVE these purples!


There is one print, on the pocket, that isn't Kate Spain, along with the solid purple.


The purple for the pockets and the outside, as well as the strap are all Kate Spain.

I first dared to cut into my precious Central Park bundle for this block I made for Quiltmaker Magazine Vol. 6 last year. This is one of my ultimate favorite lines ever! While this is a huge combination of different fabrics, I had to include it here anyway. It was a bit of a break through for me to even use a little bit of this fabric. lol. :)

And for my final project that I made this month.

drum roll please. :)

A pillow! Entirely made of Central Park (and kona white in the sashing.) It finishes at 22" square and has a zipper closure on the bottom.


I quilted it with 12 wt thread on top and 30 wt (both Sulky brand) in the bobbin. It was fun! I like the look of it with the thicker thread.


For the back I pieced the scrap pieces together and then quilted it with a flower design from one of the prints.

it's easier to see on the back. I love it, despite the imperfections (it was hard to see the lines I drew on the prints for tracing, so the shape is a little off. I'll have to keep practicing.) :)


She approves.  

And now for the good stuff!!

On June 28th, link up any finished project you have made throughout the blog hop in June using Kate Spain's fabrics - zippered pouches, cushions/pillows, bags, quilt tops (finished quilts not required!), clothing, whatever!

And a massive thanks to our sponsors who are providing some brilliant prizes for the link ups!

Mystery prize from Kate Spain
Serenade layer cake
In From The Cold fat quarter bundle
Sunnyside Up 16pce fat eighth bundle
$20 gift voucher
$25 gift voucher

$25 gift voucher

Fandango 12 pce fat quarter bundle thanks to Red Coconut

Here's the schedule of the entire blog hop. Be sure to go back and visit all the blogs if you missed a day!

Monday June 3rd - Interview with Kate Spain
Tuesday June 4th - Interview Part 2 and Jane at QuiltJane
Wednesday June 5th - Christa at Christa Quilts
Thursday June 6th - Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
Friday June 7th - Laura at Quokka Quilts

Monday June 10th - Chrissy at Sew Lux
Wednesday June 12th - Julie at The Intrepid Thread
Thursday June 13th - Kristy at Quiet Play
Friday June 14th - Link up your favourite Kate Spain project! and Lynne at Lily's Quilts

Monday June 17th - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Tuesday June 18th - Heidi at Fabric Mutt
Wednesday June 19th - Melissa at Ms Midge
Thursday June 20th - Jess at The Elven Garden
Friday June 21st - Janice at Better Off Thread

Monday June 24th - Diane at From Blank Pages...
Tuesday June 25th - Gemma at Pretty Bobbins
Wednesday June 26th - Kara at Me And Elna
Thursday June 27th - Readers' Q&A with Kate Spain at Blossom Heart Quilts
Friday June 28th - Link up your blog hop projects!

Thanks again for stopping by!!
Happy Monday!



  1. What a lovely pillow Diane! It sure has been a pillow month for you! I still need to make a pillow or two maybe after we move. We will need some color in our house!

  2. Beautiful projects!
    Love the idea of enlarging a design from the fabric to quilt:) Awesome!

  3. love all your projects, you did an excellent job on all of them. i love kate spain too but cant afford it, i get less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability but i do love to see what creative and talented people such as yourself make with her fabric. you just cannot go wrong with kate spain.

  4. What a gorgeous pillow! I love how you did the sashing - looks very professional in design. And fabulous quilting - what a clever idea!!

  5. Lots of lovely projects! Love the pillow!

  6. Wow, all of your projects are beautiful! I kept thinking, "Oh, this one's my favourite" and then I'd scroll down and see the next and love that one even more :) The cushion is just gorgeous and I love how you used Cuzco for the art folder, it's such a great line!

  7. I love looking at all your projects! I adore that Central Park quilt block and that pillow... 'sew' cute!

  8. Lovely projects everyone of them. Can you feel my good natured jealousy. Thanks for sharing

  9. I need pictures of the new pillow in your stream so I can favourite them LOL

  10. All your Kate Spain projects are gorgeous. I especially love those activity books and the pillow!

  11. That is SO neat! I am completely obsessed with your quilting on that pillow :)

  12. I love that pillow :) I like how you added the white sashing.


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