Friday, November 11, 2011

Half of P2 = Ryan

If you are looking for the Ruby Designer Select FQ kit giveaway click here. There's less than 24 hours till I draw so hurry and enter now!

Today Ryan Walsh of Ryan Walsh Quilts is here to share an adorable mug rug that he made with Bliss. Ryan's newest achievement is having a block in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks vol 4. He is also half of P2 (Patchwork squared). Be sure to check out both Ryan's blog and the P2 blog.

Hi everyone! It's Ryan from Ryan Walsh Quilts! I'm so excited to be here today to share with you my love of Bonnie & Camille's fabrics. Thanks for inviting me Sharon.

Well, it's really no secret that one of my favorite color combinations is red and aqua. It's pretty apparent if you take a peek at my sewing studio. Yep, aqua walls, red vintage accent pieces. The colors are so fun and energizing -- and a perfect choice for a creative space, I might add. I'm gaga for red and aqua ...

...hey, there are worse things I could be hooked on, right?

I remember the day I saw the Bliss preview pictures Camille posted on her blog. It was love at first sight. Bliss is what really put Bonnie and Camille on my quilting radar. Something about the line really clicked for me. Maybe it was the heavy dose of red and aqua, it could've been the scale of the prints in the line ... the dots are enough to send you over the edge. I like to sum this line up as a palette that's so sweet, it'll give you a toothache. OUCH!! Let's just say I'll be hoarding the fabrics in this line for many years to come. Gotta make that sweet pain last and last.

I would love nothing more than to share with you a project that I put together a little over a year ago using Bliss. Moda introduced a real neat product during Quilt Market in the Fall of 2010 called Candy Bars. Essentially it was a box of assorted half charm packs (2.5" x 5" rectangles) and a design sheet with all sorts of interesting ways to cut them up and sew 'em back together. Several people found that they were the perfect size for making mini dresden blocks. I combined that idea with another cool project that people were making at the time called mug rugs (think over-sized coaster).

If anyone is inspired to make a Dresden Mug Rug, please post a photo in the Ryan Walsh Quilts flickr group.

Please feel free to stop by my blog and say hi any time too!
-- Ryan Walsh
Are you inspired to make one of those mug rugs now? I definitely am.

Have you missed a post this week showing all the great Bonnie and Camille projects? If so make sure to look at all the posts from this week. They are all so wonderful, you will be glad that you did.

Come back tomorrow to hear about a quilt and stitch along that uses Ruby and to find out who the winner of the Ruby Designer Select FQ kit from The Fat Quarter Shop is.


  1. Love the idea of using the Dresden Plate ruler to make a mug rug! Gorgeous :)

  2. What a fun making mug to try this with my Dresden Plate ruler! TFS


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