First Blush Blog Hop


Welcome to our stop on the First Blush Blog Tour! We are so excited to showcase this gorgeous debut fabric line by Ruby Red Designs for Windham Fabrics.  First Blush is a celebration of the first bloom of the season. Fresh pinks, aquas and reds bring new life to vintage-inspired prints. Striking ginghams and sunkist dot prints offer a great backdrop to the florals.

The collection accompanies the First Blush Block of the Month by It’s Sew Emma Patterns, a modern 12 month BOM that uses the Starburst 30° Ruler from Creative Grids to create its unique pattern.


We were thrilled to present a coordinating thread box earlier this year. The sweet and bright colors perfectly compliment the cheery prints and are incredibly versatile in our 50wt thread. The collection is available in both a large and a small box. To learn more, check out our collection announcement here.


The fabric will be shipping to stores this month and thread collections are already available. Check in with your favorite retailer for collection availability and to join the BOM.

When Windham first approached us about joining in on the blog hop, we knew that the fabrics should be sent to the fabulous Hilary Jordan, Aurifil‘s Social Media & Quilt Guild Coordinator. Hilary is also the designer behind Young Texan Mama and we just love her style! She took one look at the variety of prints and knew she wanted to make a throw pillow, the perfect accent to the grey chair in her sun-drenched living room.


She settled on a foundation-pieced flying geese pattern that would allow her to alternate between neutrals and pops of color and quilted the cover using Aurifil 50wt thread in 2130 (Medium Butter) from the First Blush collection. She finished the pillow off with a red gingham binding.

We absolutely adore the finished pillow and may just have to put in a special request for one for Aurifil HQ!

Want a chance to win a FQ Bundle and Small thread collection of your very own? Windham and Aurifil are offering one of each at every stop along the blog hop! Pretty awesome, right?


To enter-to-win, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’d most like to make with the First Blush collections and why. The contest is open to US and International entries and one lucky winner will be chosen at random. The contest ends October 27th, 2016 and winners will be announced on Friday, October 28th, 2016.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to all who entered and Congratulations to our winner, Connie German!

We have loved seeing all of the other projects along the blog hop so far! From quilts to mini frocks, each project is simply amazing. Take a moment to check out 
Monday, October 10 – Chris Dodsley at made by ChrissieD
Tuesday, October 11 – Sinta at Pink Pincushion
Wednesday, October 12 –  The Jolly Jabber at Fat Quarter Shop
Thursday, October 13 – Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
Friday, October 14 – Jennie  at Clover & Violet
Saturday, October 15 – Aurifil (YOU ARE HERE)
Sunday, October 16 – Tina Egner at Emily Ann’s Kloset
Monday, October 17 – Kristyne Czepuryk  at PRETTY by hand
Tuesday, October 18 – Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew
Wednesday, October 19 – Erin Cox at Why Not Sew?
Thursday, October 20 – Angie Wilson at Gnome Angel
Friday, October 21 – Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
Saturday, October 22– Heidi Staples at Fabric Mutt
Sunday, October 23– Leanne Elliott at daisy and jack handmade
Monday, October 24– Greg Jones at Grey Dogwood Studio
Tuesday, October 25– Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring
Wednesday, October 26– Stephanie Lynn Denton at Creative Reveries
Thursday, October 27– Lisa Ruble at Love To Color My World

Thanks so much to Windham and have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Beautiful bright and cheery fabric. I would love to make the First Blush block of the month quilt, love the pinwheels.

  2. Love your pillow! I have a 30’s quilt pattern I’ve been wanting to make, so that is what I would use this fabulous collection for.

  3. I would like to make my daddy a quilt, he is a HUGE quilt fan and he had a heart attack 4 weeks ago and bypass surgey 3 weeks ago. We just moved out of icu 1 week ago! Yay!! Slow going but we are improving! Since he has to go to skilled care before he cones home for rehab I would love him to come home to a new quilt waiting for him to curl up with. Its been a horrible month. I could use some sewing therapy myself.

  4. I would make a couple of contrasting star pillows for my couch. I don’t have any seasonal pillows for spring, yet, and these look perfect.

  5. oh this pillow is wonderful. I would love to make a baby quilt for a great niece due at the end of December this year

  6. The pillow is so sweet!!! I’d like to make a quilt for my best friend from the fabric collection!

  7. I have been wanting to make a Dresdan plate quilt and this looks like the perfect combination of fabrics. Then I would definitely make a pillow just like yours out of the scraps. It’s adorable!

  8. I’ve been appliqueing hearts on charm squares to get some needleturn practice. I was told hearts are good for practice because each one has an easy curves and points to practice inside and outside points. These colors would work with what I’ve been using. More practice and a pretty quilt in the end.

  9. I would love to make the Marigold Quilt from the pattern I got from The Fat Quarter Shop. Why? Because it is so pretty and the fabrics are so gorgeous! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  10. I’ve never made place mats and just decided we need some for an outdoor table we have. I’d love to use some of the blocks for the First Blush quilt to make some placemats

  11. My mom moved into an assisted living facility earlier this year and I would make her a new quilt for her.

  12. I’d love to make some placemats and table runner fir my outdoor screen porch. And a mini quilt! Thanks!

  13. I have a 3 year old great-niece who would adore a child-sized quilt with a matching pillow cover and maybe a small tote bag too! This collection is perfect and so colorful to make children’s items!

  14. This fabric (and Aurifil) will make a beautiful throw for my niece!! Thanks for the giveaway, and love the pillow!

  15. I would love to make a Spring table runner. I have lots of Fall and Winter ones, but Spring is hard to find. Thank you all for the Hop and giveaways.

  16. I would make a quilt with this bright happy collection, to have something cheerful to snuggle in.

  17. I love the colors, and I would make a quilt for one of our granddaughters. Your pattern would be fun to make too.

  18. I’d make some table runners and a lap quilt for our guild’s community service projects

  19. I really like that flying geese pillow! I might make a couple of those, one just doesn’t seem to be enough. Where did she get the paper pieced pattern?

  20. Well, I love you flying geese pillow, especially with the binding you chose, and I would make a quilt with matching pillow. That would make a perfect gift.

  21. I would make a disappearing nine patch quilt. It would show all of the fabric collection, and there is enough white background to showcase the lovely thread matching threads. Thank you for a beautiful giveaway.

  22. I would love to make a quilt for spring with these fabrics! I think they would make a beautiful log cabin quit, but now that I see the flying geese pillow, I an changing my mind! 🙂

  23. I think a new lap quilt made with First Blush would look wonderful in my family room. It is so bright and cheery and would be great to cuddle under.

  24. I would like to make a baby quilt for a grand baby due in May and some pincushions to share with quilting friends. The fabric is so cheerful.

  25. I would make some kitchen items – table runner, placemats, appliqued curtains – so that it would be cheerful each morning when I look around.

  26. Beautiful, Beautiful Giveaway! I’d make a baby charity quilt, or two; that is my passion! Thank You for sharing !

  27. I am not sure what I would make but I am picturing something where the quilting from the different threads show off against the pretty pale fabrics.

  28. Love Love LOOOOVE these fabrics!!! I would definitely make a fun quilt for our bedroom! We have an OLD Farmhouse…and this is perfect Collection for a Special quilt! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!! 🙂

  29. This fabric would make a beautiful throw to use in early spring when it’s still a little cool but you can feel the flowers getting ready to bloom. I love making throw size quilts, they’re pretty fast and who can’t use another one!?

  30. Such a dainty collection would be perfect for my Friend’s little girl. I would make her, her first quilt.

  31. Erin-Those colors and patterns would be perfect for a baby quilt. My daughter is expecting in May and it would be a great first quilt for a new baby.

  32. I think I will make a wall hanging of this beautiful fabric during the winter months, it will remind me that Spring will come soon.

  33. Summer is just around the corner in my part of the world and these gorgeous fabrics would be used to create a new quilt for our bed.

  34. We are expecting our first granddaughter in a few months, and I would love to make something for her with these beautiful colors!

  35. I would love to make some of the flying geese pillows and a small quilt to go woth them. My couch would look amazing, the colours are just right!

  36. Pillows, lot’s of ’em for everyone on my gift list.. in First Blush and the flying geeseof course.
    Thank you

  37. I’d love to make a quilt for my sister. She is having a milestone birthday and these colors would delight her.

  38. This would make a lovely baby quilt for one of my grandkids. I love this pattern and the fabric is so pretty!

  39. It was frosty and cold here this morning (eastern PA) so I think I need a new lap quilt to keep me warm. These fabrics would be perfect!

  40. I’d love to re-create the First Blush Block of the Month by It’s Sew Emma Patterns. It’s a beautiful quilt!

  41. I get to be a Grandma for the second time in April, so I think I would have to make my new Grandchild a new First Blush quilt out of it. I think I might make something for big sister too. Thank you for the chance to win this Beautiful set.

  42. These gorgeous prints would be perfect for doll clothes and mini quilts for my daughters. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

  43. With the primary colors in First Blush, I think the fabric line would make lovely baby blankets!

  44. I would make a quilt with this gorgeous fabric line. Thank you for the generous giveaway and the chance to win.

  45. I love to make baby quilts and this fabric is so bright and cheerful I think it would be perfect. I like making extra baby quilts to have on hand so I’m not rushing to try to meet a deadline. I like being prepared. 🙂

  46. I would make a quilt (or two) for my nieces who are 6 months and 2 1/2 years old. This fabric line is sweet and colorful like they are!

  47. Beautiful collection! I’d make a scrappy quilt or 2. I’ve been making children’s quilts for charity & this collection is so cheerful it would work great.

  48. My niece comes to mind, so a quilt for her! Bright, fresh colors would be great for her room at my house when she visits!

  49. The colors would make a lovely child’s quilt for our guild donations to a women’s battered shelter.

  50. I love the cheerful colors! I think I would start a Dresden Plate wall-hanging I have been wanting to do!

  51. These fabrics are perfect for a crazy quilt — and the threads are perfect for decorative stitching on the seam lines.

  52. This fabric will be perfect for a quilt that I want to make for my dear little granddaughter, who will become a teenager in March! Perfect colors!!

  53. I would make a quilt for my husband to snuggle up in – it would add some colour to the dark days and adding some solids means I could probably stretch the fabrics so I could make one for me too. Very selfish I know but if these fabrics unexpectedly dropped into my lap why not?

  54. I love the bright and cheerful colors. I would love to make a new throw for my Mother’s 90th birthday!

  55. So many possibilities!!! Such a happy fabric! Two things off the top of my head are a patchwork with denim skirt for my daughter, maybe even mim and daughter matching. And also quilted book covers.

  56. Lots of ideas. Which one to choose. I think I would start with a Christmas present – pinwheels look so good.

  57. I love the fabrics and would make a wall hanging for my living room or a table runner. This is one of my favorite style of blocks.

  58. I have a pile of bright fabrics that I am planning to use for a HST quilt…these would go great in that…also a tiny version as a doll quilt for my granddaughter.

  59. Would really like to make a quilt for my 6 yr old granddaughter and add some curtains and if enough material, add a teddy bear out of scraps. Wouldn’t that not be the cutest?

  60. Placemats for everybody! How great would it be to see this happy bundle made into something I would see and use daily!

  61. We have a new baby girl in our family and another on the way this spring. These fabrics would make awesome rompers or dresses!!!!

  62. I would make the springiest (is that a word??) quilt I could make for myself. I’m always making quilts for everyone else, but have never made one for me. This is the perfect collection to gift to myself…I’m learning I’m worth it. Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful fabric and Aurifil thread!! 😍😍

  63. I’d like to make a baby quilt for a new little girl, or a cheer up quilt for a big girl – this collection is so cheery and feminine! Thank you for the giveaway!

  64. I’ve been admiring the First Blush book and it is on my wish list. I can see a scrappy quilt using some of those blocks from the books. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  65. My brother and sister-in-law are moving, and just painted their new bedroom aqua, so this would make a great Double Wedding Ring quilt for them, to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Such a fun collection!

  66. My nephew is getting married and they are not really into “stuff”, it I would so love to make them a lovely wedding quilt from this collection.

  67. I love the vintage look of this new fabric collection. Love the flying geese pillow Hilary made. Perhaps I could turn her pattern into a small baby quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. I would make a quilt for my niece. She just got married seven days ago and is setting up her new house. I’ve made her a quilt before but now she needs a couple of more for the extra bedrooms and sofa.

  69. A quilt! I’d love to use white background because it really made your colors pop on the flying geese pillow!

  70. I love this quilted pillow!
    I need some new pillows
    for my couch and this one
    would be so pretty on it!
    Carla from Utah

  71. I would love to use it in the “Spool Sampler” by Bonnie Olaveson. I think it would make a beautiful quilt.

  72. I would love to make a lap quilt for a friend. She would so love these cheerful colours.
    Thanks for the chance to win!! The pillow is absolutely gorgeous!

  73. I like your pillow. Maybe I will have to make that! I would like to make a quilt I saw that used many fat quarters. Maybe I could make the quilt and matching pillow.

  74. this is lovely fabric. I love the cussions ,want to make a flying geese for a long time. Super

  75. Ahhh what a pretty, pretty pillow! I’d love to make a Double Wedding Ring tablerunner. I’ve taking a class and now I’m ready to sew, hehe.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed ;-D


  76. Those colors are so bright and attractive that I think I would like to make a quilt that I could drape over a chair in my family room so I could see those fabrics all the time.

  77. Oh, I really want to make that First Blush Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop. I’ve been drooling over that ever since they started showing it!

  78. I adore the bright happy colours in this collection and immediately thought, I’ve got to make some lovely bright aprons, seeing that it’s spring here in Australia – they match the flowers that are in bloom

  79. I would make a quilt from the blocks in The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. In the letters, the women found bright spots in difficult lives. These cheery prints fit that optimism.

  80. What a great fabric line. As I go from site to site, I’m finding it hard to pick a first project for this fabric. I’ve been wanting to make a new flying geese quilt, and the flying geese throw pillow might just be my inspiration.

  81. This is such a cheerful fabric line! I think it would be perfect for a quilt for my niece, who is getting ready to move into a new house with her mom, dad, and sparky little dog.

  82. In about 3 weeks i’ll have another niece due. I’d make her a nice snuggly little quilt with these fabrics!

  83. I love how cheery those colors are. I would make a little quilt for my youngest granddaughter. At three, she is still cheery and smiley with a crinkly nose when the camera comes out.

  84. Beautiful! And I love that there is a accompagning thread collection! I’d make a quilt for my niece. Shell be celebrating her first birthday later this year!

  85. I am on a quilt binge right now and would love to make one with these!!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  86. I have been looking for material to make granny square blocks for a quilt. I think this line has beautiful colors and patterns to make the blocks with.

  87. Pillows for all quilting /sewing friends and my small lovely family as everyone loves some color in their life and a little pick me up.

  88. Love, love, love this fabric collection! So many possibilities! I love the pillow; a table runner would be fun in the same pattern. But I still see a quilt using the collection! I think for my granddaughters; i would love to see my them all wrapped in the lovely colors!

  89. I have an aunt who would love these colors and prints so I would like to make a lap quilt to give to her as a gift. So lovely!

  90. Yesterday my niece announced she’s having a baby – maybe these fabrics would make the perfect baby quilt!

  91. Love the colors of the fabric and the coordinating Thread. My mum passed away suddenly end of August and I inherit her two gorgeous sewing machines (sewing machine and Serger). I would Love to try the maschines with this wonderful fabric and thread by making a small Quilt and some colorful pillowcases.

  92. I have 3 great nirces under 3 yrs old. Each would get a quilt made with these beautiful happy fabrics. All the wuilts would be different just using similar fabrics.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  93. I love bright and funny colours and prints and so I would love to use First Blush to make some new matching pillow covers for my cherry-red couch… Now since autumn has arrived here in Germany the weather is becoming cooler and cooler and a lot of days look gray and sad. So this collection could light up my family’s days… Yay!

  94. These colors are beautiful! I would love to make my first quilt with this kit. Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous prize!!! 🙂

  95. I would make pillowcases with french seams and different cuffs! A set of two for Christmas is a nice gift to whip up!

  96. I saw these pretty toddler reversible dresses at a craft fair over the summer they were so adorable and this collection would be great to use.

  97. This collection makes me think about picnic with friends so I would make an easy light quilt with big squares to bring along to a picnic!

  98. I have 12 grandchildren which 8 of them are girls. I can’t keep up with fabric or quilts for them so this would be a blessing. We live in cold country where you have to have a few quilts on your bed in the winter. Thanks for the chance.

  99. I’ll make aprons using First blush fabric for all the wonderful bakers in my family. Love Aurifil thread! All my other thread brands have been demoted for basting Hexies

  100. I’d make a mini to gift to my best friend. She’s had a rough year and these cheery prints are just the thing!

  101. A quilt of course! for my couch. My living room is kind of blah – brown leather furniture, so a bright spot of color (a quilt made from this fabric) hanging over my couch, waiting for me to cuddle in it, would be just the perfect ticket!!

  102. Oh I love the way those colors play together in that pillow! I might make one of those, and a throw-sized quilt to go with it. Lovely. 🙂

  103. So bright and happy!!! I would make a lap quilt for my 2 year old granddaughter!
    Thank you.

  104. I would like to make some pillowcases for both our Living Room pillows and our bedroom pillows. Why? Because the pillows are looking a bit worse for the wear and need some ‘perking up’! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at)

  105. I would love to make a fusion blanket out of this fabric. I think it would be perfect for a new niece or nephew.

  106. Our first granddaughter was just born this summer, and I would love to make a “big girl” quilt for her from these pretty fabrics! Leftovers would make such cute bibs and toppers too. Thanks for sharing your cute pillow pattern with us.

  107. I’d love to make a quilt focusing on summer blooms. This collection wants to be used with a white background!

  108. I have 10 grand daughters, all would claim that fabric for a quilt. I’d love to help them make them. Thanks.

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