Wow! The last seven days have been a whirlwind of projects and planning. I had no intention of being off the blog (and emails) for an entire week. However, I had an unexpected project pop up and it took up some of the time I had planned for other things. Those things took up the time I was going to use for stuff like blogging and the like, and then….well, here we are!Now that I have my wits about me, more or less, let’s get back to some fabric goodness. I’m very excited to show you one of the projects I worked on last month for Jenean Morrison’s newest collection, Lovelorn. Jenean designed the quilt and it turned out wonderfully. (You can see Stinka is quite pleased with it as well.) Jenean’s collections always have something easy going and fun about them, at least to me. I have such a great time working with her to get samples that reflect the mood and feel of her work. It’s almost effortless. Lovelorn will debut at Spring Market but keep an eye out here and on Jenean’s blog, Twitter, etc. for sneak peeks of other projects I’ve been making in Lovelorn.
Happy Friday! How did we get to the end of February so quickly?! Stinka keeps telling me to stop worrying about Time and just enjoy the moments. I’m trying to do as she suggests, though it’s hard to ignore the ever-growing To Do list.When I’m not working on that crazy list, I take time for handwork. And it’s paying off! I’m almost done with my needlepoint. Just that little bit at the top and a tiny portion at the bottom to finish. I’m very proud of this progress. I truly thought this would take most of the year to complete. Of course, once I started, there was no slowing me down. It’s such a relaxing form of handwork.Check out Anna’s other kits here. Personally, I’m trying to decide between Butterfly or Polka Dots for the next go-around.
Have great weekend!
For a lot of you, Spring seems like a faraway dream at the moment. With all the wintry weather out there, I thought you might enjoy a free pattern–something to boost your spirits and lighten the mood. I’ve put together a digital pattern for you which includes the instructions for the 6 1/2″ block (which yields a 12 1/2″ square when you join four of them together, for those of you whose brains are not yet thawed) as well as the yardage requirements and cutting instructions for a lap sized quilt.Adding another color to mix makes things even more Spring-like, as you can see below.I don’t have any minions, and certainly not enough time, to make an entire quilt with this block. I did, however, find time to make up one block and turn it into a large pincushion.Dena’s Little Azalea collection is perfect for this pattern. The center square is fussy cut, of course, as are the geese in the flying geese portions of the block. I can easily imagine a table runner for Easter or Mother’s Day, couldn’t you?
To get started on your own Trellis Flowers project, click here for the free pattern. You can also find it in the Freebies section.
Friday again! Both Stinka and I are sending you warm sunny greetings. She’s been “helping” with various photo shoots and making sure I spend a little time in the backyard each day.The pink bottle brush has bloomed for the first time since we got it. I am so happy to see these gorgeous brushes! I’ve had my fingers crossed for the last year, hoping they would indeed be pink.And pink they are! Isn’t it marvelous?
Have a happy weekend, everyone!
A little play time with my Amy Butler stash, some quality time hand quilting with Anchor pearl cotton and I have a wonderful new pillow to decorate the Behemoth. I paper pieced the center, set it on point and added the borders. After that, it was all about the stitching. I love the added texture of the thread and those big stitches.It’s on to a few boring things for a couple of days. Things that require time in front of the computer rather than the sewing machine. I’m glad I got my fabric and thread fix in ahead of time. This pillow will have me smiling for days.
Color acts as a constant attractor for me. You may have noticed. Color inspiration is everywhere. But sometimes, people get stuck and just can’t see it. Whatever the reason, whether you’re weighed down by the daily grind or having a creative block, there are some tools to help. One is a color generator.There are various sources online. I used this one for these images. Google “color palette generator” and you’ll get a list. Just upload an image and the generator will spit out the predominate colors in the image. You can see from this chart just how many shades of green are in the photo.Looking at those swatches of colors can start the wheels turning. How about a quilt with subtle grays, shades of lilac and hints of green and yellow? Or grayish greens and golds with splashes of purple?
This type of tool can be a gift if you’re stuck in a color rut. Grab some images and run them through the generator. You may be surprised by some of the colors that start whispering to you. Keep an open mind and have fun.
The January/February issue of Generation Q magazine has the pattern to make my So Cute! Clutch. Quick and easy, this little clutch features a drapery grommet (which can now be found packaged as purse accessories) for threading the closure strap. The little clutch above is done in Jennifer’s Crazy Love, utilizing fussy cutting. This one, done up in Jennifer’s Circa collection, has a more a glamorous feel. The brushed nickel look of the grommet adds just the right touch.
If you’re looking for a fun little project, to give or to keep, this could be just the thing. You can find the magazine in stores now, or order directly from Generation Q here.
Congratulations are in order for Carol G., Jillian and Anita C. These three lucky ladies are the winners of Jenean’s True Color fabrics. Ladies, look for my email and be sure to get back to me with your address. Thank you to all of you for coming along for the True Colors blog tour. I hope you were rewarded with lots of inspiration. And a huge welcome to all the new subscribers!
Welcome! I’m so delighted to have you here for the final stop on the True Colors Blog Tour. It’s been a fun couple of weeks, hasn’t it? So many wonderful expressions of color on this tour. I could really get carried away talking about Kathy’s magic using Anna’s fabric. But I’m here to talk about my projects, so let’s talk about what I got and what I did with it.Free Spirit sent me Jenean Morrison‘s True Colors to work with. Since I already had Jenean’s Wishing Well fabrics on hand from the last round of Market sewing, I was ready to dive in and start mixing and matching. (Do you know Jenean? If you don’t, you definitely want to change that. She is a wonderful person and an amazingly talented artist.) I began with the handbag. The pattern is Anna Maria Horner’s I’ll Have One of Everything bag from her book, Seams To Me. The citrus colors in Jenean’s True Colors collection make great slices of interest on this bag. Half of the prints are from True Colors. The other half are from Wishing Well. Combined, they really pop and shout “Spring!”I couldn’t resist whipping up a little pencil case using the green gingham print from Wishing Well and little scraps from the True Color charm pack. Just look at how well the journal (covered in Jenean’s Palm Springs print from her California Dreamin’ collection) goes with everything.I could have stopped there, having plenty to blog about. Instead, I kept playing (something that will hardly surprise my regular readers) and ended up with a little table topper. I started quilting it with big stitch quilting using Anchor pearl cotton thread, my favorite. More stitching is on the agenda for this piece, but for now, you can see the play of color and texture. This piece incorporates scraps from Jenean’s Wishing Well, Beechwood Park, In My Room, and Grand Hotel collections with the True Colors prints.
The point of the True Colors collections is to have mixers and blenders that resist the stereotype. They are created to play well with others, to blend without dissolving into the background, to add interest without stealing the show. They do all of that and more. I think you’ll find favorites here, prints you go back to over and over again.I hope you’ve enjoyed each stop on the blog tour, finding inspiration and joyful color along the way. We have one last thing to take care of….a giveaway! Free Spirit sent me fabric to share. I have one fat quarter bundle to giveaway, as well as a designer roll plus two charm packs for each of two lucky comments. (That’s three winners, just to be clear.) Here’s all you have to do to enter:
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. There’s no right or wrong answer, but I’d love to hear how True Colors inspires you.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, February 6, 2014 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Winners will be selected by Random Number Generator.
- Winners will be notified by email and will have until February 13, 2014 to respond. If winners do not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! I may not have time to reply to each and every one of you who enters, depending on the amount of comments. So to everyone who enters, “Thank you!” I’m looking forward to reading your comments.
UPDATE: This sweepstakes is now closed. Winners have been chosen and announced.