Summer Crush Entry “Dawn to Night”

Rachel, at Stitchedincolor is hosting a Mosaic contest called Summer Crush.  I love her style and sensibilities so joining in her contests is always fun!

She has magically described Summer Crush, an opportunity to reflect on color, which I can do no justice to compared to her wonderful narrative that drew me in to the complexity and magnificence of summer colors, and inviting her readers to craft up to 2 mosaics, selecting 9 fabrics from the glorious inventory at Quilt Sandwich Fabrics.

Without further ado, my two selections follow, which I’ve called Juicy and Dawn to Night.  You can find Juicy at my earlier post Summer Crush Contest.

Juicy is vibrant, reminiscent of watermelons, cherries, sunshine, beach umbrellas, floral scents, shade gardens and the yin yan of summer limes and cucumbers.

Dawn to Night evokes the subtleties of the arrival of morning, softly muted tones that ripen throughout the day into bright and playful splashes of color that collapse unhurriedly into the deep blues of a sleeping night sky.

Summer Crush Skies Dawn to Night

What are your favorite summer colors and loves?

Summer Crush Contest Entry “Juicy”

Rachel, at Stitchedincolor is hosting a Mosaic contest called Summer Crush.  I love her style and sensibilities so joining in her contests is always fun!

She has magically described Summer Crush, an opportunity to reflect on color, which I can do no justice to compared to her wonderful narrative that drew me in to the complexity and magnificence of summer colors, and inviting her readers to craft up to 2 mosaics, selecting 9 fabrics from the glorious inventory at Quilt Sandwich Fabrics.

Without further ado, my two selections follow, which I’ve called Juicy and Dawn to Night.

Juicy is vibrant, reminiscent of watermelons, cherries, sunshine, beach umbrellas, floral scents, shade gardens and the yin yan of summer limes and cucumbers.

Summer Crush Juicy

Dawn to Night evokes the subtleties of the arrival of morning, softly muted tones that ripen throughout the day into bright and playful splashes of color that collapse unhurriedly into the deep blues of a sleeping night sky.

Summer Crush Skies Dawn to Night

I’d love any of these fabric palates to work with.  Which suits your summer cravings? 

Housewarming Placemats

What’s not to like about moving back into a home after a sizeable remodel?  There are probably a few things about older furnishings and color palettes that no longer work for you.

So when my friends moved back into their new space, I whipped up a few placemats to add freshness to their dining room table.  Each placemat is slightly different, with grays and blues matching their kitchen.

Dinner time.

They were also quilted with straight lines and slightly different geometric patterns to keep each one unique.

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Soup time!

I wanted to wash them before delivering them, but time escaped me.  I thought it would be fun to see how they looked with the crinkled quilted look but I will have to wait until I visit again to get a peak at them.    For the back, I chose a simple gray pattern that allows the placemats to be reversible.  I love how they came out.

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Simple back

The binding was a fun pick as well.  Herringbone, to frame the over-sized mats.

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Colorful binding

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The mats finished out at 14 x 18, a very generous size.  Now to make a few for my house!

WIP Wednesday 2017-05-17

I’ve been quietly working on the Sewcial Bee Sampler sponsored by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland.  Working with colors and contrast has been my focus, though I love seeing the Sampler contribute to more perfectly made blocks than I was making a year ago.

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#15 Broken Dishes might be one of my favorites.  The colors work really well together.

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I do also love this block #14, Star + Cross, with the squirrel feasting on a late night snack.  The quilt colors and characters will be perfect for our cabin!

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This block #13, Flying Geese also came together nicely.  Great practice for flying geese, and realizing that 100% cotton thread does affect block size!

We are over half way complete on the sampler.  You can find more details on the QAL here.

I am also working on the Milky Way Sampler QAL by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts.   I decided to make two, one for the silent auction at school next year and one for our cabin.  Allison Glass for one with a gray Kona background, and a myriad of contemporary prints for the other.

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It is my first paper piecing project and am enjoying how perfect paper piecing makes each block.  I’ll definitely be doing more of these!IMG_6411

Both of these are the Alpha Centuri block in the two colorways I selected.  I added metallic to the center of one – not perfect, but I love the reflections it provides and depth to the star.

Thanks for reading along and I am looking forward to next week’s blocks and post!

Butterfly Pillow 2017 05-06

I had an extra block from the butterfly quilt I made during the winter.  You can find that finish here:  Butterfly Finish 2016-12-24.  Waste not, want not…I decided to make a pillow.

The binding fabric was from one of the main butterflies in the quilt, though the pillow front is a much softer purple/pink color palette.  Arguably, it is a bit out there.  My rationale was that the same person now cuddles under the quilt and takes a nap with the pillow.  I had my doubts when I went for it and my doubts continue to linger.

Butterfly Pillow Back

It is a bright pop of color, which my friend Bon loved.

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The quilting isn’t so obvious, but it is a stippling in white Aurifil thread.

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The pillow finished at 16 x 16.

Makes me want to take a nap.  Does anyone have that feeling when a project finishes quickly?

Soft Botanical – Fabric Mosaic Entries

Stitched in Color’s recent Bloglovin feed sparked my interest in her fabric Mosaic contest sponsored by Gotham Quilts.  She provides a wonderful theme and many beautiful inspirational photos to feed your soul before you embark on virtual shopping at Gotham Quilts.

I had the fortune in February to shop in person at Gotham Quilts, so as I selected my fabrics for the contest, I was reminded of one of the kind Gotham team members saying “that fabric is right at home with the others you selected”.  The “right at home” sits with me each time I evaluate options for a fabric pull.  I had a few lovely several hours there on a snowy Thursday afternoon, and flew home with many more bundles than I expected to mainly due to the pulls that weren’t “at home” and thus started secondary and then some piles I then had to fill out.  Such fun it was!

I enjoyed the process and look forward to hopping back over to Stitched in Color  to see the other unique palates presented.

My first choice reminded me of succulent’s spring splendor…soft tones yet with balances of playful oranges spiking from the April and May blooms on my succulents after a good winter of rain.  The selection of colors was a challenge for me as I immediately migrated to the bright and bold oranges and the initial Mosaic was definitely not a soft botanic.  I think California springs contributed – we don’t experience the misty mornings or humid rains that lend themselves to a softer botanical garden.  So I put my Connecticut birth home gardening lens on and the Mosaics developed from there.

Here is my California version of a soft botanical.

Spring Fling #2 {thesaltingcraftbox}

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My second choice was where I had to dig deeper outside of my normal fabric pulls and yet I am so happy with the outcome.  Here is my representation of an East Coast soft botanical.

Spring Fling #1 {thesaltingcraftbox}

Funny that I had to break these down into East Coast and West Coast.  Thank you Rachel for such a fun project!

StarLight Star Dark Quilt Finish 2017-04-29

Hmph.  I realized I never posted pics of my finished StarLight Star Dark quilt finish.  Sigh.  Busy-ness.  I clearly meant to…Star Light Star Dark Finish, Almost and had kept good progress going in the late summer as I finished the top.  Star Light Star Dark Quilt.Starlight Backing

This was my very first effort at quilting a finished top.  I thought about, or even thought I was FMQ using my walking foot.  But I really sewing many straight lines.  It gave the quilt a very dense and tight feel, and I like how it held the constellations, aka stars, together.

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I quilted some stars almost matchlike, and other parts of the block walking foot distance apart.  In hindsight, I was practicing quilting while learning about how to work with drag while turning a moderate sized quilt.  Not rocket science for most quilters I imagine, but enough of a learning curve for me who’d only sewn seams before.

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Grateful to my husband for holding this up for me.  Bright stars against a cloudy sky.

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I left the large star centers alone.  Once I wash the quilt, I imagine these will be a bit more puffy spaces that give the quilt some dimension.  That is my wish for these stars.

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The backing is I Want My Space, Astral Stars in Black and the binding was a black fabric from Joanne’s with colorful dots.  It tied the front colors together nicely.     The backing was 58′ wide, which worked beautifully for the quilt which finished at 51 x 70.  It is now a staple at the cabin, for star gazing on the deck at night.   Looking forward to my next project.