Today is my stop on the Happy Flower Quilts blog hop hosted by Zakka Workshop celebrating one of the most anticipated books in the quilting world, "Happy Flower Quilts" by Atsuko Matsuyama. Many of us have had the Chinese translation for years and about flipped when we found out it was going to be published by Zakka Workshop in English.
I have loved Atsuko Matsuyama's body of work for many years. As a Japanese quilter and fabric designer, her fabric and designs have inspired my own sewing and quilting and made me want to be better at my craft. I was also thrilled to discover that one of my favorite bloggers and designers, Kristyne Czuperyk from Pretty By Hand, is one of the technical editors for the English edition.
I had great fun making the "Flowers and Birds Baby Quilt". The fabric I chose is the soon to be released "Old New 30's Collection" and "Dots and Gingham" made and provided by Lecien Corporation. As a World Ambassador for Lecien I have the wonderful opportunity of working with many of their fabrics and this line did not disappoint, it is gorgeous and perfect for this project! The pattern incorporated both applique and embroidery. I used Lecien Cosmo embroidery floss.
The book was an absolute joy to work with! The instructions are clear with detailed photos and good explanations of the techniques used for each project. Pattern sheets are provided for all of the various projects which include quilts, bags, pouches, pin cushions, sewing kits and more.
Zakka Workshop is generously giving away a copy of Happy Flower Quilts by Atsuko Matsuyama, at each stop on the blog tour. The giveaway is open world wide. To enter leave a comment on this post and a winner will be chosen on the last day of the blog hop, Wednesday, March 1.
Please visit the other blogs and IG for awesome projects and lots of eye candy!
After the blog hop there will be a Quilt Along on Instagram (#happyflowerqal) featuring the Happy Flower Quilt Sampler, featured on the book cover. The quilt along will be hosted by Kristyne (@prettybyhand), Wynn (@zakkaart), and Melissa (@ohhowsweetco). It will kick off on March 6th. We hope you join in on the fun!