Monday, July 9, 2018

What shade am I? ...How much time do you have?! :)



When Demetria asked me if I'd be interested in collaborating on What Shade Are You?, my first question was... is there a limit? Apparently not! Which is a good thing, because if I'm anything, it's many things. ;) And shades is no different. So I started clipping and eventually culled that color card down to an assortment of neutrals and rygbiv (roygbiv minus the orange and easy on the violet).


Or, (much) more specifically, these shades...

Cotton Supreme Solids (Colors)
102 (Celeste)
281 (Cloud 9)
334 (Periwinkle)
335 (Feeling Blue)
425 (Harbor)
280 (Night)
430 (Medianoche)
30 (Navy)
106 (Denim)
429 (Jean Jacket)
169 (Haviland Blue)
94 (Cornflower)
294 (Cove)
292 (Turks & Caicos)
427 (Lake)
404 (Pistachio)
405 (Spring)
406 (Lucky Green)
407 (Grove)
359 (Pea in a Pod)
204 (Glow in the Dark)
348 (Neon)
249 (Sprout)
349 (Aloe Verde)
347 (Grass is Always Greener)
103 (Tourmaline)
182 (Lemon Chiffon)
358 (Harlequin)
342 (Peridot)
368 (Goldilocks)
247 (Hedge)
373 (Guava)
415 (Pickup Truck)
356 (Moulin Rouge)
416 (Red Wagon)
235 (Paris)
338 (Flamingo)
226 (Charlotte)
322 (Rose Colored Glasses)
311 (Rio)
357 (Sunset Ruby)
420 (Sweet Pea)
419 (Lip Gloss)
418 (Antique Rose)
135 (Carnation)
237 (Fairy Princess)

Cotton Supreme Solids (Neutrals)
362 (Argento)
283 (On the Rocks)
155 (Gray Stone)
365 (Moonlight)
310 (Burlap)
395 (Warm Gray)
321 (Greyhound)
241 (Muslin)
186 (Ecru)
193 (Sand Dune)
67 (Doll Face)
320 (In the Buff)
117 (Kona Coffee)
273 (Palomino)
262 (Croissant)
33 (Optical White)
370 (Swan)
364 (Kerchief)
111 (French Vanilla)
32 (Linen White)
228 (Egg Nog)
150 (Canvas)
265 (Custard) 

Cotton & Steel Prints
5149-03 (Pencil Stripes Grey)
8021-31 (Follow Suit Cream Metallic)
8022-02 (Cheshire Stripe White)
5118-01 (Flight Natural)
5119-01 (Chimes Natural)
3046-01 (Going Steady Grid Natural)
2036-01 (Sardinha Neutral)
4037-04 (Grid Charcoal)
4034-01 (Starry Black)
5000-10 (Cloud Metallic)

Once everything arrived, the first order of business was to sort out the neutrals. I saved the lightest for the background (top row), and used the rest to form the neutral coloration within the non-snake snake (bottom row, minus the two louder prints reserved for patterning within the infinity symbol).


I sorted that bottom row along a color gradient, and then arranged them on top of my foundation-paper-piecing pattern from head-to-tail.


Within no time, I was pre-cutting my way through all those neutrals. Call me crazy, but I pre-cut pretty much e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g as part of my process, no matter how obscure the shape. It may take a little extra time up front, but makes piecing a breeze. Plus, when it comes time to pre-cut the focal fabrics (here, all those brights!), you get a nice little preview of how each element will translate into fabric, so you can make adjustments on the front end if and when you're not in love with how the color flows (or doesn't) through a given section. 

See what I mean? :)

This infinity symbol is the slightly-less-serpentine sister to my Hiss design. Together, they make Ouroboros, a new large-format (~40" x 60") paper-piecing pattern that I'll be releasing this fall.


And it's funny how things work out. Going into this, I felt strongly that the colors I chose (and, notably, the one I did not), truly captured my "shade." But as this came together, I kind of missed the bold and fiery orange that I so easily eliminated early on in this process. 

You could say the stars aligned, then, when there was an orange buoy hanging from the lifeguard stand where I'd planned to photograph this quilt.  A perfect little nod to my newfound appreciation.


The Ouroboros pattern will be available from my shop early fall. And if you're dabbling in paper piecing or looking for a foray into pattern design, check out my new (and, technically, only) book, Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design, which is currently in prepress and set to release right around Labor Day! 

In the meantime, keep in touch on Instagram (@nohatsquilts) or here on my blog (www.nohatsinthehouse.com). And much thanks to RJR for inviting me to play along!

xo

Sarah



Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge :: WINNERS!

Wowee! You guys really really really really really really knocked this Ultra Violet challenge out of the park. Like, whoa! There were so many great projects! Rebecca and I did not envy the judges their jobs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Pantone Challenge. This challenge would be nothing without you! Now, on to the winners... Please hold your applause to the end. No just kidding! Squeal with Rebecca and I as each quilt is revealed in its purple majesty... *Ohhhhh aaaahhhhhh!* *drum roll*

QUILTS (Sandi Hazlewood)


Judge’s First (Global)

''Amethyst'' by Jennifer Johnston
Prize - 1 Large Collection Aurifil ($140) 

 


Judge's First (USA)

''Fringe Area'' by Heather Black US
Prize - Slimline Table Lamp ($190.00)
 


Judge’s Second

''Pickle Burst'' by Elizabeth Ray
Prize - 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Crimson Tate Liberty extravaganza ($100 worth of delectable pre-cuts!)



Viewers' Choice (Quilts)

"Flower Hat Jelly" by Kelly Spell
Prize - 1 Aurifil Cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription


MINIS (Nicole Daksiewicz)


Judge's First (Global)

Prize - 1 Large Collection Aurifil ($140)



Judge's First (USA)



Judge's Second

Prize - 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Oakshott fabric stacks


Viewers' Choice (Minis)

"Purple Circle" by Monika Huelsebusch
Prize - 1 Aurifil Cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription


JUST-THE-TOP (Alison Glass)


Judge's First (Global)

"Purple Haze" by Daniela of Block M Quilts
Prize - 1 Large Collection Aurifil ($140)

Judge's First (USA)


Judge's Second

"All about Angles" by Sarah Goer
Prize - 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Me+You fabric bundle


Viewers' Choice (Just-the-Top)

"Twilight Glitter Sparkles" by Jill of Pie Lady Quilts
Prize - 1 Aurifil Cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription



Thank you!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors! Thank you to our judges! Thank you to you guys! You guys slayed Ultra Violet! Such amazing work! A round of applause for everyone and we'll see you next year!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge {OPEN FOR ENTRIES!}

The 2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Ultra Violet contest is open for entries! You can link up here or at Bryan House Quilts. (The linky runs on both blogs, so it doesn’t matter where you link up—your entry will appear both places once you do!)

   

 Before you link up, check out our amazing judges, the rules, and our wonderful sponsors.

The Judges

 
How can you forget our three amazing judges?! Sandi Hazelwood, Nicole Daksiewicz, and Alison Glass are eagerly waiting to see what you guys have come up with!

THE RULES:

For those of you familiar with the challenge, the rules are pretty much the same as (recent) years past, including 2014 (Radiant Orchid), 2015 (Marsala), and 2017 (Greenery). In the interest of keeping things fair, we’ll be keeping an eye on entries and enforcing the rules by removing any entries that don’t meet the requirements. Please let us know if you have any questions or need clarifications! All items must be finished in 2018 to be eligible.



  1. First of all, the feature color! Here’s the official Ultra Violet swatch: The fabric in your quilt doesn’t have to be a perfect match to Ultra Violet. However, seeing as this is the Ultra Violet Pantone challenge, your project must contain at least some Ultra Violet or comparable purple. (Just try to get as close as you can!) You can also use any other colors or neutrals you like, and as many (and as much) as you like. That said, we would like to see Ultra Violet as the feature color of your quilt, and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Ultra Violet into account when making their decisions.
  2. There will be three categories: quilts, minis, and just the top.
  • Quilts: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”).
  • Minis: Shortest side under 30″. (Pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. all count as minis!
  • Just the Top: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”).
  1. The contest will run from February 28 until May 11, 2018 with the link party open during the last 10 days (May 2 – May 11). Winners announced the following week (or thereabouts).
  2. You can submit one entry per category (i.e., up to three entries). Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding. Again, all items must have been finished in 2018 to be eligible.
  3. By entering the contest, you agree that your project picture may be used in follow up posts about the Pantone Challenge.

PRIZES!

Remember, we have a slight change in the prizes after encountering some, shall we say, surprising (raises eyebrows) shipping expenses on last year’s booty. In the interest of keeping things open to everyone (from everywhere), here’s what we came up with. Thanks in advance for understanding. Okay, here goes: we’re asking our judges to pick their top U.S. and global (non-U.S.) pick (TWO #1s!). That means regardless of where you live, you can enter in any category and be eligible for the respective prize at the 1st level (U.S. or Global), and any prize at the 2nd and Viewer’s Choice levels. Mmmmk? Phew! Now, on to the prizes, because OMG can we please talk about how wonderful and generous our sponsors are for a sec?!? Scroll down to see what we mean…

QUILTS (Sandi @craftyplanner)


MINIS (Nicole @modernhandcraft)

  • Judge’s 1st:
  • Judge’s 2nd: 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Oakshott fabric stacks
  • Viewer’s Choice: 1 Aurifil Cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription

JUST-THE-TOP (Alison @alisonglass)

Just as in previous years, we’ve kept the viewer participation element of this challenge so that there is a viewer’s choice award for each category. We know you’ll have fun looking at all the entries and voting for your favorite in each one (we will!)

Door Prizes

Finally, we would really (really) love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Ultra Violet, regardless of skill level, so several entries that haven’t already won a prize will be drawn at random for one of our “door prizes” — brought to you by your hosts, judges, and more! *wink!*

ENTRIES:

  1. Entries are open NOW and will close on May 11, 2018 at 10pm PST. The link up tool (below) should tell you how much time the link-up has to run. Winners announced the following week (or thereabouts). The link party/gallery will be hosted at Bryan House Quilts and no hats in the house, but you only have to enter at one site (assuming it all goes smoothly, it’s all the same thing).
  1. Each entry should link to a blog post, Flickr page, or Instagram post.
  1. Each entry should include the project title and quilt dimensions and (psssst pay attention because this is NEW this year!) your country of residence. (This will help us check that the quilt has been submitted in the proper category.)

Link Up Trouble Shooting

If you haven’t used a link-up tool before, Katy from The Littlest Thistle explains everything you need to know here. If you’re planning to use Instagram to link up, Katy has another great post explaining that process (here). If you’re working from a phone or tablet, check out Rhonda’s tutorial on how to link from Instagram (here). Please pay attention to the different categories to make sure your entry winds up in the right place! But don’t worry—if you make a mistake, the link program will allow you to delete your own links and re-submit in the proper category. *Drumroll please!* So without further ado… the linkies! *keep drumming*

QUILTS



MINI QUILTS



JUST THE TOP



JUST FOR FUN (NON-JUDGED ENTRIES):

We thought it would be fun to provide a place for people to share quilts that feature Ultra Violet but don’t necessarily comply with all the challenge rules—e.g., because they were not finished in 2018. This is the separate link-up for people to share these quilts. However, they will not be eligible for judging, voting, or to win prizes. If you link up a quilt that is not eligible for the contest (e.g., it was finished pre-2018), we will move it to this category.




We're stoked to see your projects!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge: ULTRA VIOLET EDITION

Hey folks!

The Pantone Quilt Challenge is upon us, and this year we're celebrating the color purple!(!!!) We may be slightly biased... ;) Today, Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts and I are pleased to announce the details for the 2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Ultra Violet contest.

SO, straight to the good stuff.

THE JUDGES


We couldn't be happier to announce our three guest judges: Sandi Hazelwood, Nicole Daksiewicz, and Alison Glass. These women are such an inspiration on so many different levels. And we're pretty sure they appreciate a good purple (ahem... Sandi). From fabric design to entertaining audio to innovative quilting—you name it, they’ve done it. We have so much love and respect for their work, and have full confidence they'll do a wonderful job considering your entries.

THE RULES:


For those of you familiar with the challenge, the rules are pretty much the same as (recent) years past, including 2014 (Radiant Orchid), 2015 (Marsala), and 2017 (Greenery). In the interest of keeping things fair, we’ll be keeping an eye on entries and enforcing the rules by removing any entries that don’t meet the requirements. Please let us know if you have any questions or need clarifications! All items must be finished in 2018 to be eligible.
  1. First of all, the feature color! Here’s the official Ultra Violet swatch:

Finding this exact color won’t be necessary (…or perhaps even possible), so don’t sweat it—the fabric in your quilt doesn’t have to be a perfect match to Ultra Violet. However, seeing as this is the Ultra Violet pantone challenge, your project must contain at least some Ultra Violet or similar purple. (Just try to get as close as you can, and follow along with us here for some helpful suggestions of purpley-inspired fabrics throughout the challenge!) You can also use any other colors or neutrals you like, and as many (and as much) as you like. That said, we would like to see Ultra Violet as the feature color of your quilt, and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Ultra Violet into account when making their decisions.
  1. There will be three categories: minis, quilts, and just-the-top.
  • Minis: Shortest side under 30". (Pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. all count as minis!)
  • Quilts: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').
  • Just-the-Top: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').
  1. The contest will run from February 28 until May 11, 2018 with the link party open during the last 10 days (May 2 - May 11). Winners announced the following week (or thereabouts).
  1. You can submit one entry per category (i.e., up to three entries). Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding. Again, all items must have been finished in 2018 to be eligible.
  1. By entering the contest, you agree that your project picture may be used in follow-up posts about the Pantone Challenge.
 

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. A link party/gallery will be hosted at Bryan House Quilts and no hats in the house. Entries will be open from May 2 - May 11, 2018. Entries will close at on May 11, 2018 at 10pm PST.
  1. Each entry should link to a blog post, Flickr page, or Instagram post.
  1. Each entry should include the project title, quilt dimensions, and (psssst pay attention because this is NEW this year!) your country of residence.  (Don't worry, we'll remind you again when we officially open up the link.)
 

PRIZES!


One quick note up front... we've made a slight change to the prize line up this year after encountering some, shall we say, surprising (raises eyebrows) shipping expenses on last year's booty.  In the interest of keeping things open to everyone (from everywhere), here's what we came up with. Thanks in advance for understanding.  Okay, here goes:  we're asking our judges to pick their top U.S. and global (non-U.S.) pick (TWO #1s!).  That means regardless of where you live, you can enter in any category and be eligible for the respective prize at the 1st level (U.S. or Global), and any prize at the 2nd and Viewer's Choice levels.  Make sense? Phew. Now, on to the prizes, because OMG can we please talk about how wonderful and generous our sponsors are for a sec?!? Scroll down to see what we mean...

QUILTS (Sandi @craftyplanner)



MINIS  (Nicole @modernhandcraft)

  • Judge's 1st:
  • Judge's 2nd: 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Oakshott fabric stacks
  • Viewer's Choice: 1 Aurifil Cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription




JUST-THE-TOP (Alison @alisonglass)



Just as in previous years, we've kept the viewer participation element of this challenge so that there is a viewer's choice award for each category. We know you'll have fun looking at all the entries and voting for your favorite in each one (we will!)

Door Prizes

Finally, we would really (really) love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Ultra Violet, regardless of skill level, so several entries that haven’t already won a prize will be drawn at random for one of our “door prizes” — brought to you by your hosts, judges, and more! *wink!*

NON-JUDGED ENTRIES


We thought it would be fun to provide a place for people to share quilts that feature Ultra Violet but don’t necessarily comply with all the challenge rules—e.g., because they were not finished in 2018. We will be providing a separate link-up for people to share these quilts. However, they will not be eligible for judging, voting, or to win prizes.  

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION


We would love to see your creations while you’re working on them, so be sure to tag them on Instagram using the hashtags #pantonequilt and #pantonequilt2018. We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

lav' bedtime bugs {wonderful things fabric blog tour}

Yep, you read that right!

Today is all about wonderful things, like lavender, fabric, and bedtime bugs(!)  (You know, the good kind.)


You see, our fearless little F lives for the outdoors, but is terrified of bugs.  In a funny sort of way.  I mean, this two-year old will pick up worms on our hikes, yet other times she'll see the teeeeeniest speck on the move and will sound the alarm:

"BUG!!! Da bug out dere! Get 'im! Noooo! Buggy!"

At some point, my husband told her not to worry, that mommy eats the bugs.  (Say WHAT?!)  Which means that for a while, her reaction to any six-legged friend (foe?) ended with the query, "Mommy eat it?", eyes full of wonder and head tilted to the side, as if I'd really come to the rescue.

...How wonderful? :)  But rather than resorting to that just yet, I'm hoping some colorful, paper-pieced critters will help her warm up to the real ones.  First up?  Da ANTS!  Inspired, yet again, by our charismatic little Picasso....

By F, age 2

Originally I'd wanted to make a whole bug quilt with these flashy picnic-crashers crawling every which way (and I still might)....


But to ease into things, I decided to stitch up a single pair of six-sided, six-legged friends using Bonnie's new Wonderful Things fabric.  (Don't even get me started on Aquarelle Study in Tint... allllll the heart eyes for that one, Bonnie.)


Add into the mix a hint of lavender and flax and—just like that—we've got some warmable little heat packs to help make bedtime a little less, shall we say, hectic?  (The struggle is real!! Are we the only ones?! I don't know about you, but with three girls under five, bedtime at our house has a pretty rowdy vibe at the moment... S.O.S.!)


So... relaxation-inducing bedtime bugs?  A wonderful thing indeed.


Because who wouldn't welcome these fanciful floral friends next to their pillow at night? The only bugs you want anywhere near your bed, amiright?! ;)  Next up in the pattern design queue, maybe some ladybugs, leafhoppers or crickets to join the Bedtime Bug crew—what do you think?  (P.S. Follow along on Instagram to see who'll wind up tucked in next!)


And tell me, any aromatherapy aficionados out there?  I've been chatting with my self-proclaimed semi-crunchy cousin about this too:  Chill Pill and Cheer Up Buttercup are at the top of her list.  What's on yours?  This newbie would love it if you'd share your favorite nighttime (or anytime!) blends in the comments :)


Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to follow along with the tour over the next several weeks to soak in all sorts of wonderful things made from Wonderful Things, starting with Haley tomorrow!


x

Sarah