Sometimes you find a print that is so incredibly awesome that you have no choice but to design an entire quilt around it. This black astrophysics print is from the NASA Apollo 11 line by Riley Blake Designs and when I saw it, I knew I needed a quilt centered around this fun graphic fabric. 

Growing up, I was absolutely crazy about all things NASA. I loved science and even ended up getting a bachelor’s degree in Physics with dreams of possibly working for NASA someday. Over the years, I spent many years writing notes and solving problems with figures and equations that looked just like this print! So you can imagine how much I was geeking out over it.

 

To highlight the astrophysics print. I decided to go with a simple, modern plus quilt. The background is Confetti Cotton Riley White and the backing is Riley Blake Dreamy Minky in Sweet Mint (such a beautiful color!).  The binding is my all-time favorite stripe–Riley Blake’s black and white 1/4″ stripe. I’ve used this exact stripe on too many projects to count! I wanted to tie in the Sweet Mint backing color to the front of the quilt, so I added a small stripe of Riley Blake’s Kisses, also in Sweet Mint (I love that they coordinate colors across different prints and fabrics–it makes it so easy to get an exact match!).

The bold graphic nature of this simple quilt really makes the plus shapes pop and the astrophysics print makes it all the more special. 🙂 

The NASA Apollo 11 line has several other fun prints, so if you have a science, math, or engineering nerd (I use that term fondly) in your life, you’ll definitely want to check this new fabric line out!

Welcome to my stop on the Rainy Day Sewing Book Tour! Rainy Day Sewing is the darling new book from Amy Sinibaldi and Kristyne Czepuryk. The book includes full instructions and colored graphics for a delightful range of objects: quilts, softie dolls, pouches, totes, and more. The photos are inspiring and the projects are full of charm.

 

I seriously wanted to make all of the projects, but finally settled on the Thimble Basket. I fell in love with the tiny patchwork pieces on the side, hand-stitched binding, and the cute little handle. 

 

A bundle of blues, tans, and whites I recently purchased from Handmade is Heartmade was the perfect serene color palette and I just had to throw in some light blue plaid from Amy’s Les Petits line for the bottom of the basket.

 

My copy of Rainy Day Sewing is sure to get a lot of use–after all, there are still seventeen projects left for me to make! 😉

Faith Essenburg and Ange from A Little Patchwork have shared their Rainy Day Book Tour projects on their blogs and you can follow along with the other talented makers with the Book Tour Schedule below.

 

Happy Sewing!

It’s been so much fun to see everyone who has been participating in the #fallingforfpp sew along over on instagram! I’ve seen a lot of Simple Heart FPP blocks–if you haven’t picked up that free pattern, head on over to the blog post HERE and download it! 

Today, I’m sharing a new foundation paper piecing pattern called Minimalist Trees. This cute pattern has three tree options-small, medium, and large-with two sizes for each tree (3″ x 3″ and 6″ x 6″). That’s six patterns total! And just like the Simple Heart block, the Minimalist Trees are super beginner friendly.

Minimalist Trees FPP Pattern by Center Street Quilts

Click on the link above to download the Minimalist Tree PDF Pattern and remember to post your photos on instagram using the hashtag #fallingforfpp so I can see them!

 

 

Have you tried foundation paper piecing (FPP) before? It’s such a fun method for piecing blocks that results in super accurate seams (and we all love accurate seams, right?). I also love that you can easily get angles and shapes that would be hard with traditional piecing. I absolutely love doing FPP projects and want to share that love with all of you!

  

Over on Instagram, I’m hosting a foundation paper piecing sew along throughout the month of September. This is the most low-key sew along ever! There’s not a specific pattern you need to choose– just pick any FPP pattern that you love. Throughout September, post in-progress photos, shots of your quilt block, or share a finished project that uses FPP and use the hashtag #fallingforfpp. There are (of course) prizes each week, so you’ll definitely want to be following along and start posting.

I’ll also be sharing videos with tips and tricks on instagram plus a new (and free) FPP quilt block once a week right here on my blog. In fact, you’ll find the first free FPP block pattern right here! Click on the link to download the Simple Heart PDF pattern. It’s a super easy, beginner friendly block to get you started.

Simple Heart FPP Pattern Download

 

Now start sewing and get sharing all your FPP creations on Instagram!