Productivity was the name of the game on Saturday. I practiced free motion quilting on the lovely little Beauty Queen quilt. This time I worked a meandering pattern across the quilt, trying not to cross any previously stitched lines. I need a lot more practice before I’ll be happy with the results, but in the meantime, I intend to ignore the problem areas and pretend they don’t exist. Which is a lot easier when a certain black cat helps hide them.After much deliberation, I chose Jennifer’s zebra print for the cornerstone squares. They’re just the right amount of unexpected drama. Of course, any black and white print would do the job. I’m just a sucker for that zebra print.The block I used is very easy. In no time, you can have a stack of them ready to sew into a quilt top. The block measures 12 1/2″ unfinished. I used 2 1/2″ sashing with the zebra squares and a 2 1/2″ border. If you would like to make some blocks of your own, click here for a one page pdf with piece sizes and assembly order.The back is just a hodge podge of patchwork. Nothing glamorous, but all of it, Sis Boom finery.What do you think? Worth keeping? Stinka has made her choice clear. And as we all know, a cat’s vote is worth more than the accolades of mere humans.
Free Spirit’s Color Therapy Block of the Month, available at participating local quilt shops, begins this month. Free Spirit kindly sent me a kit to play with and share the results my efforts. As you can see from the photo below, the quilt uses all solids. (Photo courtesy of Free Spirit Fabrics.)As you know, I’m more of a print person. So I’ll be showing you examples of the blocks using various Free Spirit prints from my stash. The color choices for Block #1 are Brown and Jade reflecting simplicity, nurture and reliability. I chose two prints from Anna’s Dowry collection to substitute for these colors. You’ll notice the block has a softer edge. This is a result of the larger repeat in the Postage Due print. A smaller print with more brown would give you the harder edge of the all solid block. The choice is a matter of preference; however, you’ll want to be sure to make each block with the same feel–all hard edges or all soft edges–for a more cohesive finish.
If a busy combination of prints doesn’t suit you, perhaps this one will. Here you see two prints from Joel Dewberry’s True Colors collection next to the Brown and Jade solids. Another option is to substitute only one solid and tame the prints. It’s a bit trickier to get the balance right for the overall quilt, but still an option to consider.
If you’re interested in the Color Therapy Block of the Month club, be sure to check with your local quilt shop.
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.