Thursday, 13 June 2013

Kate Spain Blog Hop – You know you’ve been waiting for it!


My name’s Kristy and I’m a Spainaholic. There. I’ve said it. I just adore Kate Spain’s fabric designs. So much so, I think it’s hard to pick a favourite. Maybe Cuzco? Oh but then there’s Good Fortune… or Terrain… or the new Sunnyside?! See? Tough decision.

Some of my favourite projects have been made with Kate Spain’s fabrics. Coincidence? I think not.
In fact, I even have some on display on a daily basis. In the form of my sewing machine cover.

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It’s paper pieced of course – one of the earliest paper pieced patterns I tackled! (The paper pieced pattern is a freebie from Charise Creates by the way). I picked my favourite fabric at the time – and I still love it just as much now though it does not look quite so pristine anymore (hence no new photo!).

Also on daily display is a bit of Cuzco. I made this cushion using 2.5” mini charm squares. And again, I know this will be a surprise, it’s paper pieced.

Sweet Treats Cuzco Too Pretty for Pickles Cushion

Love this cushion. Love Cuzco. Love Kate Spain. I think there’s a bit of a theme happening here. Also, if you’re keen to try this pattern yourself (called Too Pretty for Pickles), I’ve made it a freebie in my Craftsy shop for the duration of the Kate Spain blog hop.

I do have some bigger projects as well – and not paper pieced! I know, it’s shocking. This one I recently parted with, a little reluctantly. But it was going as a gift for a new baby. Clearly the baby will now have good taste in fabric after being introduced to Kate Spain at such an early age. So it was worth the sacrifice.

Peacocks in the Garden

I used a Cuzco charm pack for the centres of this Garden Fence quilt, paired with coordinating Bella Solids. Love.

Diamond Square Good Fortune quilt

Then there’s my very first Good Fortune charm pack – made into a little lap quilt. This is one of my early quilts and again, I have only just parted with it. I tend to make quilts and stash them away for the right opportunity. This one was sent off to a family who lost everything in bushfires earlier in the year. I figured they could use a bit of “Good Fortune” in all senses of the words!

I also dabbled with a little bit of Fandango – the only bit of Fandango I ever managed to find to grace my stash!

Fandango bird tote

And what do you know – it’s paper pieced! This little bird is a freebie pattern from Liljabs. Love it!

Finally – one of the highpoints of my quilty career… a surprise parcel in the mail from Kate Spain herself.

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Alyce and I hosted the Sew Seasonal blog hop at the end of last year and Kate Spain was a fabulous guest judge for it. At the end of the hop, she sent Alyce and I thank you gifts! Imagine our surprise! So kind and generous! I still haven’t made these fabrics into anything, I just pull them out and admire them now and then (though the notepad lives on my fridge!). I want to make the perfect Christmas quilt with it – just waiting for inspiration to strike!


So my friends, there you have it. A little summary of my Kate Spain fabric addiction. But now it’s your turn. Here’s how you can get involved in celebrating all things Kate Spain! Oh yeah and win prizes!! Read on:

On June 14th, link up your favourite Kate Spain project that you have made at Blossom Heart Quilts - show off your creations that use (mostly) Kate Spain fabrics.

Then on June 28th, link up (again at Blossom Heart Quilts) 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!

In the meantime, check out some of the other stops along the Kate Spain Blog Hop – you’ll find a few giveaways along the way!

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
Tuesday June 11th - Lynne at Lily's Quilts
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!

Monday June 17th - Gemma at Pretty Bobbins
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 - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
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!


  1. You are addicted! All your makes are lovely!

  2. Sounds like fun, even for those of us who are not quite as addicted as you!

  3. Ooooh lovely! All your projects look beautiful:-)

  4. Great seeing all of your Kate Spain pics together!

  5. I love how her lines evolve, so that fabric from one line complements with the next one. I am working on something for the end of the month linkup.

  6. Very fun to see your roundup of Kate Spain projects!!! They are all beautiful; i especially love the Too Pretty For Pickles cushion and Good Fortune quilt. The pp bird is gorgeous too!!!

  7. I love your Kate Spain journey! Your work is so stunning, and I love how you use your fabrics!!


  8. All of your projects are fantastic. That little birdie is adorable and I love your garden fence quilt.

  9. Lovely projects, your quilts are amazing and your sewing machine cover, LOVE IT!

  10. What a fabulous array Alyce. I love the little bird! I had a chuckle over you getting out Kate's gifted fabrics and admiring them - can totally relate to that!

  11. I love all these projects, especially the paper pieced bird - the fabrics are just a perfect match for it :-)

  12. Beautiful stuff, Kristy! I love that bird!!

  13. I love what you did with the KS fabrics!! I especially love the sewing machine cover and the PPieced bird and the Garden Lattice quilt! You've given me some great ideas!! Thanks! H in Healdsburg

  14. Kristy, thank you so much for participating in this blog hop and for sharing all your beautiful projects! What fun to see what you've made -- that bird is adorable! Happy sewing! xo

  15. Kristy you're such a prolific quilter! I love that you give away your favourites, you're such a generous soul :) With great taste in fabric ;) Thanks for sharing xx


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