Friday, May 22, 2015

Nuanced Neon Voting Now Open

Hi friends!  Stitched in Color is having another color mosaic contest.  The theme this time is #NuancedNeon.  See my first post about it here.  

She just announced the finalists today and I'm happy to report that she picked my Classy Clashy Brights as one of the top 10!  Head over to her page to vote for your favorite (I really hope it's mine!) now through noon on Monday the 25th.  The two winning mosaics will be announced on Monday!

visit Stitched in Color to vote

Fabrics are as follows, left to right, top to bottom: 1. Speckled in Periwinkle, 2. Pressed Leaves,  3. Butterflies in  Red, 4. Gingham in Silver,  5. Leaves in Ultramarine,  6. Chasing Butterflies in Fruit Punch,  7. Word Find in Pink,  8. TinyScript in Red,  9.  Leaves in Plum

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Color Mosaic Contest - Nuanced Neon

Stitched in Color is once again having a color mosaic contest, sponsored by Mad About Patchwork.  The theme this time is Nuanced Neon...

Two winners will receive a FQ bundle of their fabric choices!  The contest runs through midnight tonight at which time Rachel will choose her favorites and then open up voting to the rest of us with the final winners announced on May 25th!  So get your entries in and then remember to go back and vote for your favorites!

Rachel guides us to "choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Nuanced Neon.  Your collection of fabrics can be playfully bright neon or more nuanced with neutrals or soft shades.  Just make sure to include a few very bright colors.."  I have been dying to make a neon quilt!  I LOVE neon; its my absolute.favorite.color.ever!  Just ask my husband.  He gets so sick of my overly saturated running shoes, pants, and jewelry.  

Nuanced Neon #1 - Tempered Brights

I wanted to create a more grown-up version of neon with this color palette.  I think that the bright oranges and greens are nicely off set by the soft blue and pink.  They give the whole thing a slightly more sophisticated feeling.  The warm grey neutrals give your eye somewhere to rest and pause.  So that even though your energized, you are still focused and calm.

Fabrics are as follows, left to right, top to bottom: 1. Dots in Sappy Green, 2. Droplet in Carrot, 3. Lilac Meadows in Bermuda, 4. Lulu in Persimmon,  5. Mercury in Chartreuse,  6. Ink in Parchment,  7. Apricot Sunstone,  8.Climbing Vine in Khaki,   9.  Fox Shrine in Green

Nuanced Neon #2 - Clashy Classy Brights

I'm fairly certain I've worn an outfit in these exact colors.  There is something so satisfying about these clashy bright colors all together.  They are pleasing to the eye but there's also something about them that makes you a little bit uncomfortable.  And if I'm not a little bit uncomfortable each day then I know that I need to make a change.  These colors inspire me to be open, excited, happy, strong, and adventurous.

Fabrics are as follows, left to right, top to bottom: 1. Speckled in Periwinkle, 2. Pressed Leaves,  3. Butterflies in  Red, 4. Gingham in Silver,  5. Leaves in Ultramarine,  6. Chasing Butterflies in Fruit Punch,  7. Word Find in Pink,  8. TinyScript in Red,  9.  Leaves in Plum

Blogger's Quilt Festival : Two Birds, One Stone

Its time again for the 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I'm entering my favorite finish yet: Two Birds, One Stone into the Original Design category.

For those of you that follow the blog, are you sick of seeing this quilt yet?  I'm not!  Every time I walk into the living room I'm happy to see it sitting there on my couch with the kitties.

This quilt was made for the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year challenge and for my local quilt guild's annual challenge.  It is an original design comprised of two different sized Birds in the Air blocks.  I set the blocks on point and then played with the layout until I had something I was satisfied with.  The real challenge here for me was creating something modern out of a more traditional quilt block.

I've had so many requests for a pattern for this quilt and I've heard you.  I hope to have something done by the end of the summer, though it's my first foray into pattern writing, so who know's how it will go.  (Any tips from you experienced pattern writers out there?)

This quilt also hung at my local quilt guild's biennial quilt show this year and received a very warm response.

You can read more about this quilt here, here, here, and here.

Link ups are open until May 20th, voting is open from May 22nd to May 29th, and winners are announced on May 30th.  Good luck to everyone who is participating!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch {I made a bag!}

It's been quite around here lately, I know.  Work has been very busy the last few weeks plus we've finally cast off the last remnants of winter here in northern New England.  The weather has been absolutely glorious and my desire to be indoors has been minimal.  I'm also busy finishing up the first of two custom commission quilts before I leave for a weeks vacation in Florida with my mom.  (subtext: I'm so excited! I've never been!!)  I've started packing up my toiletries for next week and realized I didn't have a bag big enough to hold everything, so last night when I got home from the gym I wanted to remedy that.

Enter the Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Noodlehead.

Generally I'm afraid of anything three dimensional when it comes to sewing but I said to myself, "Aww screw it! Worst case scenario is: it comes out terrible, in which case I'll probably still use it!"  So in I went.

I went back and forth about which size to make and finally decided to make the large size.  Go Big or Go Home!!  According to the tutorial the large size should finish at 8.5″ H x 8″ W but mine is closer to 8.5" H x 12" W!  I'm not sure if I did something wrong along the way, but I'm not complaining about the size at this point.

I used pearl bracelets in Shadow for the bottom and a tonal cream and tan print for the top.  I can't remember the designer or where I got it from so if anyone knows I'd love the details!  I fused the outside to some Pellon 803 (I think) to help the bag hold it's shape.  According to the tutorial this is optional but I would definitly include it on all the pouches I make in the future.  I had a random invisible zipper from an unmade clothing project laying around that I used.  Next time I think I'll use a heftier zipper.  This one works for now but I worry about the abuse it will take while the pouch is in use.

I used a greyish-brown Moda Grunge for the inside of the pouch.  I figured since it was going to get dirty I mind as well use something that will at least hide a little bit of the dirt.  For the pull tag I wanted to add in some color but my husband veto'd all the bright scraps I pulled out.  I finally settled on this bit of aqua and lime scrap.  I think it's from the Denyse Schmidt Chicopee collection.   I just thought the back ground matched the top half perfectly and the floral pattern is accented with bits of black here and there to tie in the bottom.

Overall this bag took me about an hour to make.  I'll definitely be makings some more.  The tutorial was easy to follow and the bag was fun to make!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Finishing a Commission Quilt | WIP Wednesday

I'm on a tight deadline to finish up the first of two commission quilts before I head to Florida for a week with my Mom.  I know I haven't shown you much of this one yet but hope to share more soon.  In the meantime, I need to get back to sewing!

quilting like a mad woman this week

Martin Cat thought he was helping me sew the backing up

I'm linking up with this weeks WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Voting is Open! | Pantone Quilt Challenge 2015

Voting is now open for the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge (#PantoneQuilt2015).  Visit either of the two challenge hosts blogs to vote for your favorite by clicking on the heart in the top right corner of the link up image.    You get one vote per category!  Voting is open until 6pm 29 April 2015 NEW ZEALAND TIME!  (That's 2AM on 4/20 here on the east coast).

Good luck to everyone!

Anne at Play Crafts

Adrienne at On the Windy Side

If you like my Two Birds, One Stone quilt best, I'm #5 in the Quilts category.  

Two Birds, One Stone hanging at our local guild show a few weeks ago.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Round #5 - Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe {Round Trip Quilts}

Chelsea blogs at Patch the Giraffe and can also be found on Facebook, Intagram, and Pinterest.  

Chelsea's top came to me looking like this.  Amazing right?  Also small.  The whole thing was only about 36 inches in size.  But that's perfect.  Chelsea is aiming for this to finish at about lap quilt size.

Image borrowed from Liz at Green Cheese Quilting

I was worried that I wouldn't have enough solids in the colors Chelsea had requested so I started by digging through my stash and was pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of colors to pull from.

I was immediately drawn to those paper pieced stars.  They finish at 8".  I really like how they balance out the smaller borders and piecing.  So I set to work choosing and sizing the templates I would need.  My original goal was to make four or five stars and set them along one side, similar to how Chelsea had set her original center.

I made three blocks before I ran out of time.  As it was I was over a week late mailing this off to Leanne.  At that point, my "make it work" came to the rescue.  I re-purposed some of the orphan pieces in the bag and made some quilt low volume flying geese to fill in some of the blank spaces and got to work piecing together my addition.

Though this isn't what I originally pictured when I started working on Chelsea's quilt, I'm happy with how it came out in the end.  The larger stars help to balance the weight of the quilt and I like how that one extra butterfly block is escaping out of the neat and tidy row that Liz added before me.  Chelsea I hope you like it!