Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Florabunda Blog Hop

“Ups and Downs” by Susan Brubaker Knapp
40" square
Hello! I’m today’s stop on the Florabunda! Blog Hop to celebrate Melanie Testa’s new fabric line for RJR Fabrics. If you are just joining the hop, make sure to go back and check out the other posts (see the list of participating hoppers below) so you won’t miss anything. 

My first impression of Florabunda was that it looks hand printed and hand crafted, and I absolutely adore that look. You don’t see fabrics with that kind of vibe come around very often, at least not in quilt shops and fabric stores. These fabrics are rich in detail, and the colors are saturated and vibrant. This is a fabric collection happy and full of life. It makes for a very joyful baby quilt!

Because of their large scale and high level of detail, these fabrics really shine when you can use them in big, uncut pieces. So I designed my baby quilt to use mostly larger strips of fabric. For the same reason, I think all the Florabunda fabrics would make really wonderful quilt backings. And what about a big tablecloth or pillow made in one of the Blowsy Rose fabrics, with their big, loose roses?

My quilt is 40" square, a great size for a baby. It’s called “Ups and Downs.” I used three of Melanie’s Florabunda! fabrics in the “Bengal Rose” color way (pinky-purple):

3344-001 Tendrils-Bengal Rose
3342-001 Blowsy Rose-Bengal Rose
3345-001 Ivy-Bengal Rose

To complement Melanie’s Florabunda fabrics and give them a little breathing room in my baby quilt, I chose polka dot fabrics with white backgrounds from the “Darling Dots” line by Flaurie & Finch for RJR Fabrics. I also used other purple dot fabrics from the same line.

My cat Wicked is always trying to slow me down when I quilt! I had to stop here to avoid sewing over her tail. 

But it’s hard to stay mad at her when she looks this beautiful; the color of these Florabunda! fabrics really complement her green eyes, don’t you think?

About the hop:

RJR will be highlighting some of the blog hop participants and will host a 5-day-long giveaway through Instagram. (Follow them on Instagram at 

Quilty Box , a company that sells and ships specially selected fabrics, tools and other exciting products for quilters by subscription, will also have special offers for those who follow Florabunda! Blog Hoppers on Instagram (don’t forget @RJRFabrics, @QuiltyBox and @MellyTesta) to increase your chances for winning the give-aways).

There are 12 quilt makers and artists participating, and all of us have made quilts and usable items showcasing Florabunda! Join us each day through June 16. 

June 7: Tiffany Hayes 

June 8: Deborah Boschert

June 9: Sara Mika

June 10: Lyric Kinard

June 11: Kathy York

June 11: Teri Lucas
Facebook: @terificreations 
Instagram: @terilucas

June 12: Susan Brubaker Knapp
Facebook: @susanbrubakerknappfiberartist

June 12: Leslie Tucker Jenison
Facebook: @lesliejenison 
Intagram: @leslietuckerjenison

June 13: Tiffany Hayes 

June 13: Jamie Fingal

June 14: Debby Brown

June 14: Heidi Kelly

June 15: David Gillieland

June 15: Melanie Testa
Facebook: @MelanieTestaArtist

June 16: Melanie Testa
Facebook: @MelanieTestaArtist