Sunday, March 18, 2018

March Madness 2018 :: It's On!

Here we are again, celebrating March Madness just the way we like it...through fabric!  The competition is stiff every year!  Sixteen beautiful curated bundles of Painter's Palette Solids to tickle and tease your senses!
Here's the deal!  There are daily head to head 'battles of the bundles' starting tonight at 6pm CST.  You can see all sixteen bundles here:  Inspired by Fabric.

This is where you come in.  You vote for your favorite bundle (hopefully mine šŸ˜Š) on Instagram, Facebook or Inspired by Fabric blog every day.  After each bracket a winner will be selected and they will then move on to the next round.  Once the winning bundle is decided, there will be four (4) winners selected and they will win a Championship fat quarter bundle!

*****Voting starts March 18th and runs through April 1st *****

This will be my third year competing in this fun game.  You can check out my 2016 bundle 'Wild Dandelion' and my 2017 bundle 'Spring Lichen' if you would like.  The first year I didn't make it out of the first round!  The second year I made it to the Elite Eight much to my delight!  My goal...Final Four!  I say that laughingly...there are heavy hitters and gorgeous competition out there!

Enough of that...would you like to see my Paintbrush Studio 2018 bundle?!  Introducing:

Prosecco & Cream by the Sea

Colors from left to right:
121-121 Linen121-049 Coral, 121-068 Rosebud, 121-028 Fuchsia, 121-066 Lipstick, 121-146 Dare Devil, 121-127 Burnt Sienna and 121-077 Moss 

My inspiration for this bundle was a recent trip my daughter and I took to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida. This is a celebration of mother and daughter memories--from the bubbly golden prosecco we popped on our first night, to the delicious ice cream we had every day. The colors engulf you with a relaxing warmth that only a tropical setting in winter could!


Britt whisked me off on a mini vacation that was sorely needed!  We had the best time, cleared our minds, and made some lasting memories.

My March Madness bundle reminds me of those memories.  From the Prosecco we toasted with... the daily ice-cream treats!  And of course, there were a million other memories in between!


This bundle and the colors will always remind me of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea!  And of Britt!  In my wildest dreams I never could have imagined having a daughter as perfect as she has become!  

That's my story behind the bundle.  Up close and personal!  I hope to one day soon use these fabrics in a new design.  

Speaking of fabric, if you have never used Painter's Palette Solids you should!  They are pretty amazing!  They have a great feel to them and the colors are spectacular!

Yes, I would love to have your vote!!  But I also know there are some very enticing color combinations in the mix!  So go feast upon the bundles and pick what tickles your fancy!  I am just happy I got to play along and throw my hat in the ring!!

Voting begins tomorrow at 6pm Central time
you can vote at one of these three social media sites:

Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts :: Book Blog Hop

Oh boy are you in for a treat!!  I was asked if I would participate in the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop.  Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Paige @Quilted Blooms have been working on this book for a long time and let me was worth the wait!  The book has 16 gorgeous quilts featured with beautiful pictures, easy to follow directions and loads of tips along the way.  It's a must have book!

Paige and Cheryl gave me free reign with the design I choose.  I could change the size, color or layout, anything goes!  It was a very enticing proposition and I couldn't wait to get started!  Especially since I love to take a design and put my twist on it. 

The hardest part was picking which quilt I wanted to make, they are all so good!  I ended up going with Plus Surround.  I was drawn to the graphic design and the endless possibilities.   

My version is a bit different, yet it is still keeps the integrity of the original design.  Still recognizable!  I didn't want to completely change the original because it is so good, but when confronted with a challenge...I couldn't back away!

37 1/2" X 52"
Even though my version is a smaller, it still has the graphic impact I was drawn to in the original.  I had a stack of colors to pick from and for some reason this trio of color grabbed my attention.  Colors are fun to play around with.  They can change a designs impact and give a totally different vibe to a quit.   

The plus signs are Studio E Peppered Cottons in Fuchsia, Paprika and Saffron.  These colors are almost electric...which might be why I picked them in the first place?!  And the background fabric is Moda Riley Grey, a good neutral to showcase the colors.  

I love how this turned out and knew from the beginning that concentric circles would play a part in the overall finish.  Not exactly a circle, more the illusion of a circle.

The majority of the lines are quilted using Aurifil 50wt in Sand (2326), but me being me...I added a few extra colors.  Yellow Orange (2145), Dusty Orange (1154) and Magenta (2535).  

You can see the magenta and orange lines in these pictures.  It's noticeable, but not overwhelming.  I started the 1/2" lines at the center and I worked my way to the opposite side.  I do love the effect with the design!

The three different sized plus blocks are perfectly aligned and as each block was added, I got more and more excited to see the circle emerge.  You know what I mean!  Watching a quilt come together is incredible and exhilarating all at the same time.

The final touch was adding the border, and how could I not extend the plus signs to the very edge?  It's creates a wonderful visual effect!

I'm already planning a second quilt from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book!  There are so many I would love to try.  The quilts are rated from easy to hard so you can pick the project that suits your mood! 

Paige and Cheryl did an amazing job putting together this book!  The quilts are spectacular!   

Over the next two weeks there will be over 40 bloggers sharing their versions of quilts from the book...and...there will also be daily giveaways!  Visit either blog: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs or Paige @Quilted Blooms daily for the giveaway.

Signed copies of Modern Plus Sign Quilts can be purchased at here:
Meadow Mist Design  Etsy Shop
Quilted Blooms  Etsy Shop

Here is the schedule of participants...

Monday, March 12th
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Friday, March 16th

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Ruth @ Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th

Jessica @ Quilty Habit
Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Tuesday, March 20th
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Wanda @ Wanda's Life Sampler
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Kate @ Smiles from Kate
Sue @ Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Debbie @ Esch House Quilts
Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Churn Dash :: Bohemian Revisited

This quilt was one of my very first 'real' quilts I ever made.  By real I mean, one that was preplanned, one that turned out beautiful, one that really pushed my newly discovered quilting passion.  It's a quilt that to this day lives on my bed and is one I am still proud of.  

CIRCA 2010
78" x 96"
I made this quilt back in 2010 with my daughter.  Britt was by my side to guide and encourage me, and was actually my 'sou chef' who cut (prepped) all the fabric and held my hand throughout the process.


I have always wanted to make this quilt again but never quite got to there.  That was until I was struggling with projects for our guild retreat.  I thought it was good time to give it another go.  At first I was going to reduce the size and make more of a lap quilt, but figured I may as well go for it.  This time around I would use solids instead of tone on tone for the background.


The more solids the better and it was the perfect project for my beloved Anna Marie Horner fabric stash.  I spent so much time piecing the blocks at the retreat that I was sure I would never get them done.  I had to finish up a good portion when I got home.  

Cutting 1/8" and 5/8" really is not my favorite thing to do and this pattern was full of them!  I'm just glad I decided to cut everything before I left!

There were four sizes of blocks for this quilt: 16", 10", 6" and 4".  When I decided to make this quilt again, I was so tempted to cut the corner squares larger, sew the diagonal lines and then trim to the correct size.  That's normally what I do with my HST's.  However, I decided to trust that I could do this without having to trim.  I'm so glad I did!  

I had to trust myself!  I won't say that every one was perfect, and I won't say that this quit will be perfect.  Points will be compromised!

It took a while to layout the blocks in just the right places.  I used my side by side design walls and it still wasn't enough room for the length of this quilt!  I found some amazing color combinations of prints and solids!  Out of all the blocks, there is only one block that I wish I had replaced.  Can you guess which one it is?  Look to the left...bottom...purple...brown.  

For now it will hang on my design wall.  It's big!  Like so big that I don't have the desire to quilt it big!  I know why I got my first version long arm quilted!  The more years that go by in my quilting life, the more and more I really don't like to quilt the tops!  Smaller one, sure.  Large ones, not so much!  I'll get it done one of these days!


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Graphic Baby :: The Saga

I have been quilting other things besides cute little paper pieced critters!  This quilt is the middle of one of my 'tunnel vision' adventures of using every piece of fabric until it's gone.  It all started with half square triangles for one quilt, became this baby quilt with the trimmed and left over HST's from the first and ended with a mini quilt 'Serendipity'.   Normally I would have share the original quilt first, but I haven't quilted that one yet!  So, bear with me as I take the unconventional and backwards way of sharing projects this time!

37" x 53"
I had to design the quilt first so that I knew how and where I wanted the dark blue square and rectangle.  That resulted in having to make more HST's with the dark blue to form the shapes.  

The original HST's blocks were 6 3/4" and I trimmed those down to 6" in order to fit with my design.  

By extending the shapes in the border, it feels like the dark blue shapes are floating over the top.  It also gives it a twist, a little oomph, a step up on the design.

Quilt these kind of quilts for me is predetermined!  I almost always quilt using straight lines in varying widths.  While I quilt that way on them, I don't have one overall design that I use time and time again.  Each one has it's own quilting personality.  


I used a combination of blue, green and grey thread.  Marking out sections first and then using one thread color for the entire section.  Again, that could change from quilt to quilt.  It's our prerogative to do what we feel or want to do!

There's always an abundance of texture with this quilting after washing.  Its one of the payoffs of a finished quilt.  Theres that, and it does cover up the missteps of less than perfect lines.

This quilt has been done for quite a while and seeing it now...I really need to get the original idea quilt finished.  I've been dreading the task.  It isn't huge, it's just big.  Lately I've put off quilting several quilts because of their size.  My least favorite part of the entire quilting process is quilting.  I don't like to wrestle, man handle and twist these days.  I'm talking quilting here...!

It's no wonder so many people have their own long arm machines!  Is it just me or does it seem like more and more people have long arm machines these days?!  It would be heaven...I think...but I also think I would never be able to handle it!  

These graphic HST quilts and another quilt design I'm working leaves me with a question that I hope you can help answer.  

We all know it's extremely common for quilt patterns to have three, four and five different sizes included.  Is it common to have several sizes in a pattern but each one is designed differently to fit the size of the quilt?  For example, different sized blocks for each quilt or where the layout is different to accommodate for the size.  One quilt I'm debating about writing a pattern for uses the same sized blocks, but because of the sizes the layout is different.  Would it be weird?  Would it be better to make each a separate pattern and price it accordingly?  I don't know what makes the most sense, so your input would be greatly appreciated!