Around the Block Playmat {Tutorial}

Suzy Ultman's new collection, Appleville, celebrates a tiny orchard town full of happy apples, friendly neighbors, and welcoming homes. The colors are super bright & cheery which make for very happy projects!

{this was the plan}

We made the Around the Block playmat to feature one full repeat of the panel in the center, bordered by small strips of each of the other fabrics in the line! It's finishes at 38" x 42", so it's the perfect size for tummy time or for practicing the ever-tricky roll-over!

We had this quilt at Market, right between Julie's Chopsticks quilt made from Just Dandy and Alllison's Off Track quilt made from our Good Life collection. Right between two very talented gals - what a place to be!! The gorgeous quilting is by none other than the insanely talented Angela (who also happened to quilt 8!!! other quilts that were in our booth). 

{one wall of our Market booth was dedicated to our Urbanista fabrics where we showed quilts made from Laurie's Pooches & Pickups, Josephine's Just Dandy, Suzy's Appleville & Wooster & Prince's Good Life Collection - such a great assortment!!}

Suzy sells limited edition prints of her adorable artwork in her Etsy shop, so get your Garden Party print here before they're all gone!

If you want to make this playmat quilt, here's a list of the fabrics you're going to need...

Shopping List

3/4yd - ASD-11465-195 Bright (panel)

1/4yd - ASD-11467-195 Bright (brown homes/border 1)

1/3yd - ASD-11466-70 Aqua (aqua apples/border 2)

1/4yd - ASD-11467-108 Fuchsia (white ground/border3)

1/3yd - ASD-11467-47 Grass (green homes/border 4)

1/3yd - ASD-11466-108 Fuchsia (pink apples/border 5)

1-1/8yds - Shannon Fabrics Candy Stripe in Watermelon/Topaz

46" x 50" piece of batting (for machine quilting, or cut to size if you plan to use a different method like Rae's Cheater Method - which we LOVE!)

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You can download the rest of the instructions here. If you want to see more projects made from Appleville the gals at Sew to Speak in Columbus, OH made a trio of pretty projects. And if you're as smitten with Suzy as we are, you can find more of her work on all kinds of products like scrapbook paper, note cards, journals, paper dolls, home dec prints, and now even letterpress cards - dreamy! Now, if you really can't get enough, check out the ADORABLE bath collection that Suzy designed for Target...the inside tip is that Suzy's next fabric collection (coming to stores in August) may or may not share a theme with "Give A Hoot" so stay tuned!!


If you make something using Appleville (or any RK fabrics) we'd love to see! Please share them with us on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter! You can follow Suzy on Twitter, too!

Eerie Fun!

Even though summer has just begun, we're already excited for fall! One of our favorite collections is Eerie Alley by SEI and Caleb Gray. Check out these adorable Zipper Critters we made using Eerie Alley and the pattern from Indygo Junction. Too cute! There are plenty of other projects that can be made from this fun and funky Halloween collection. Check out our two free patterns for the Eerie quilt and tablerunner. Both would make great summer projects so you'll be ready to decorate as soon as the seasons start to change.

Our friends at SEI were kind enough to send us some coordinated scrapbooking goodies. The Eerie Alley paper pad is the perfect size for small projects like gift tags and notecards. Look at this little card we made using just a few stickers and die-cuts. 

The folks at SEI were thoughtful enough to send some for you too! Papers and stickers, die-cuts and stamps, even ribbon and buttons! We've put together an Eerie prize pack just for our readers!  You get all this paper goodness, plus one Eerie Alley roll-up!

Take a look at the Eerie Alley collection and leave a comment with your favorite print for a chance to win! ***UPDATE We'll pick the winner on Friday June 11th at noon PST.