I have always been drawn to the amazing work done by Japanese quilter and fabric designer, Atsuko Matsuyama. I bought her book several years ago (the Chinese translation) and was absolutely thrilled when I discovered it had recently been translated into English, and published as Happy Flower Quilts, by Zakka Workshop. Happy Flower Quilts is a sweet collection of 30 pretty and cheerful projects, made in Atsuko Matsuyama’s signature style. I was also excited to see that Kristyne Czuperyk from Pretty By Hand (whom I greatly admire), is one of the technical editors for the English edition. I am so pleased to be part of the blog tour for this wonderful book.
Here is my original copy in Chinese – it is so good to be able to read it now! It has been one of my favourite books – so much inspiration within it’s pretty pages. I love how Atsuko Matsuyma uses lots of sweet florals, polka dots, gingham, and retro fabrics.
The projects are many and varied, and include quilts, bags, pouches, pin cushions, sewing kits, and more. The projects combine a number of techniques including patchwork, applique, embroidery, and quilting. The instructions are very clear, with plenty of photos showing basic techniques, and diagrams to help you through the construction process. The book contains full sized tear out pattern sheets. Many of the projects are suitable for confident beginners.
I was drawn to the Summertime Mini Quilt – I can’t resist cherries! I used some sweet prints from Retro 30’s Child Smile Fall 2016 collection by Lecien Fabrics for the cherry appliques.
What I love about Retro 30’s fabrics is that different collections work well together. For the border and binding, I used a pretty apple print from the Retro 30’s Spring 2016 collection.
The instructions for the Summertime Mini Quilt were very easy to follow – it was such a fun little make!
I can’t wait to make more projects from Happy Flower Quilts!
Zakka Workshop are generously giving away a copy of Happy Flower Quilts by Atsuko Matsuyama, at each stop on the blog tour. To enter, simply log into the rafflecopter giveaway box below with your email address or facebook account. Complete as many of the giveaway options as you wish – if you already follow A Spoonful of Sugar or Zakka Workshop on instagram etc, just click the button below for an automatic entry. Giveaway is open World Wide until February 14, 2017 . The winner will be notified by email and announced here on this post. Good Luck!
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We hope you will follow along on the Blog Tour. Check out the stops below to see what these talented designers are making from Happy Flower Quilts.
Monday 1/23 Kristyne @prettybyhand www.prettybyhand.com
Wednesday 1/25 Lisa @aspoonfulsugar www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
Friday 1/27 Sarah @sarahedgarprettyfabrics www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
Monday 1/30 Minki @zeriano www.minkikim.com
Wednesday 2/1 Heidi @fabricmutt www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com
Friday 2/3 Clara @claralovestosew Instagram Only
Monday 2/6 Ange @alittlepatchwork www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
Wednesday 2/8 Erin @whynotsewquilts www.whynotsew.blogspot.com
Friday 2/10 Lauren @transientart www.transientart.com
Monday 2/13 Sedef @downgrapevinelane www.downgrapevinelane.com
Wednesday 2/15 Ayda @cafenohut www.cafenohut.blogspot.com
Friday 2/17 Renee @sewnwithgrace www.sewnwithgrace.com
Monday 2/20 Heather @vintagegreyhandmade www.vintagegreyhandmade.blogspot.com
Wednesday 2/22 Melissa @ohhowsweetco www.ohhowsweet.com
Friday 2/24 Greg @greydogweoodstudio www.greydogwoodstudio.com
Monday 2/27 Stacy @stacyolsondesign www.stacyolsondesign.com
Wednesday 3/1 Wynn @zakkaart www.zakkaart.blogspot.com
There will be a Quilt Along over on Instagram (#happyflowerqal) featuring the Happy Flower Quilt Sampler (The cover sampler quilt). The quilt along will be hosted by Kristyne (@prettybyhand), Wynn (@zakkaart), and Melissa (@ohhowsweetco). It will kick off on March 6th and will run for about a year! We hope you will join in the fun.