Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 pantone quilt challenge: greenery {official announcement!}

Today is the day! 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Greenery contest details!


Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts and I are so thrilled Anne and Adrianne entrusted us with the hefty (and, let’s be real, super exciting) responsibility of co-hosting the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge. We’re both huge fans of color, this community, and of course, a little friendly competition :)  To that end, we’ve got some inspiring posts lined up, a tremendous trifecta of guest judges, not to mention some incredible prizes up for grabs thanks to our wonderful sponsors.  

So let’s get straight to it: judges, rules, prizes, everything you want to know…  


We couldn't be happier to announce our three guest judges:  Carolyn Friedlander (top), Jennifer Sampou (left), and Christa Watson (right).  These women are such an inspiration on so many different levels.  From fabric design to teaching to innovative quilting to book authorship—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.


For those of you familiar with the challenge, the rules are pretty much the same as (recent) years past, including 2014 (Radiant Orchid) and 2015 (Marsala).  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 2017 to be eligible.
  1. First of all, the feature color!  Here’s the official Greenery 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 Greenery.  However, seeing as this is the Greenery pantone challenge, your project must contain at least some Greenery or similar green. (Just try to get as close as you can, and follow along with us here for some helpful suggestions of greenery-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 Greenery as the feature color of your quilt, and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Greenery 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 March 14 until May 29, 2017, with the link party open during the last ten days (May 19 - May 29, 2017).
  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 2017 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.


  1. A link party/gallery will be hosted at Bryan House Quilts and no hats in the house. Entries will be open from May 19 - May 29, 2017. Entries will close on May 29, 2017 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 and quilt dimensions.


Quilts (judged by Carolyn Friedlander)

First place — Robert Kaufman — Green Prize pack (Kona Color Card + 3 green Kona FQ bundles) 
Second place — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle
Viewers’ choice — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle

Minis (judged by Jennifer Sampou)

First place — Oakshott Fabrics — $100 gift certificate 
Second place — Fat Quarter Shop — $50 gift certificate 
Viewers’ choice — Love, Patchwork & Quilting Magazine — 1-year print subscription 

Just the top (judged by Christa Watson)

First place — Aurifil — Large spool thread collection (Christa Watson’s Thread Box) 
Second place — Lecien — Goodie Basket  
Viewers’ choice — Crimson Tate — $50 gift certificate

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 Greenery, regardless of skill level, so a few entries that haven’t already won a prize will be drawn at random for one of our “door prizes”:



We thought it would be fun to provide a place for people to share quilts that feature Greenery but don’t necessarily comply with all the challenge rules—e.g., because they were not finished in 2017, or were made by me or Rebecca, etc. ;)  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.  


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 #pantonequilt2017.  And if your stash is a little light on Greenery, word on the street from the color guru (Anne of Play Crafts) is that Kona Kiwi and Fern are a great starting point (not to mention all those lush, pre-picked Kona palettes like Spring Meadow, Wondrous Woods, Pleasant Pastures, and Grasslands). 

Oakshott Fabrics’ nearest color is Colourshott 41 (Passy), but they too have lots of gorgeous greens across the Colourshott range (including some great little bundles, like Moss, Asparagus, and Kew). Plus, Oakshott has set up a Special Offer just for our readers: now through April 30, 2017, you can SAVE 10% on all Oakshott orders when you spend £25 or more using Promotion Code PQCGREEN. 

Keep an eye out for more suggestions on where to find Greenery fabric, and we can’t wait to see your progress over on Instagram!


Sarah + Rebecca

Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017 pantone quilt challenge {teaser}

Good things come to those who wait!

Thank you for your patience as the Pantone Challenge transfers hands from Anne Sullivan of Play Crafts and Adrianne Reid of On The Windy Side to Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts and me (*waves*), Sarah of no hats in the house.


Look for the linky party for entries to be open from May 19th - May 29th.  Alllllll the complete, full details of the contest will be posted next week, but expect everything to be very similar to Pantone Challenges of 2015 and 2014.

Stayed tuned!

Monday, October 31, 2016

swanzzz {good night // hello, ollie!}

The moment I saw the sleepy tones in Bonnie's new organic line (Hello, Ollie), I knew exactly what to make.  (And, judging by the last stop of the tour, it turns out I wasn't exactly alone!)

You see, around the time Bonnie first asked us to participate, I'd been exploring a snoozy #yawnquilt theme, which made its way into this pillow for my zzz-inspiring friend, Alison:

And of course, those sleepy swans in her line had just the perfect potential to become ZZZ's all their own.

And with that, a bevy of swanzzz was born.

Of course ever since making this little naptime quilt I've been dreaming up another muted version of this design...

I've had to set it aside for various reasons, and likewise have been a bit delayed getting the paper piecing pattern released (apologies to those who've asked!) But let's just say that by the time the swans migrate (...south, and then back north again, that is), I'll be posting the pattern with a few layout options (think bevy // swimming in a line) to my little shop.  (For those who are patient enough to stick around, anyway!)

And for now, I'm so glad you've stopped by, and hope you'll follow along with the other stops of the Hello, Ollie tour for more gorgeous inspiration!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ode to the trees {paper obsessed giveaway}

It's my stop on the Paper Obsessed blog tour, and I figured I'd share a little something old and new.  Or, more specifically, something Ode.  You see, when Heather first told me last year about her new line about all things paper, my mind immediately went to the trees... those luscious, leafy green givers of fresh air, shade, the seasons, and of course, paper.

The design started off as a play on a row quilt, with trees both small and tall.  You know, because it is "Ode to the Trees" after all.  But I couldn't help but add in a few doodle blocks, like this one, which I call "scratch":

Then, as I was thinking about today's tour, I decided to test out another hack.  I have to say, no offense to the trees, but "scratch" has quickly become one of my favorite blocks from this design.  It's got such potential for movement, and Heather's line has the perfect range of grays to do the trick (with spot-on pops of color in that black print, I have to say!):

I enlarged the original pattern by 190% (similar to what I did with the trees, but even bigger :: hop on over here for instructions on how to enlarge paper piecing designs using a simple print feature!).

And because I can't make just one, I have big plans to turn this newly enlarged 9.5" x ~23" block into this...

At 190%, this particular layout would finish around 45" x 60".

Because paper's for doodles and chicken scratch too, right?

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you'll follow along here to keep up on my hack progress, and along with the rest of the tour to see some more amazing makes from fellow Paper Obsessed peeps!

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com
July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/
July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/
July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/
July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/
July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/
July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog
July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/
July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/
July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/
July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog
July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce
July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/
July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com
July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

And because Heather and Windham are so very generous, there's lots of goodies in store along the way!  For a chance to win some Paper Obsessed FQs, a copy of Ode, and a whole bunch of swag, leave a comment and tell me what *your* current obsession is!  I'll choose a random winner on July 27, after the tour has come full circle ;o)




Sunday, July 3, 2016

summer bling bag {SMS|RK manchester metallics challenge}

....Ohhhhhhh metallics.  If I have a weak spot for anything, it's that little bit of glitzy glam you can only get from a good gold.  Add to that some earthy browns, and I'm in my element, one hundred percent.

Cue Manchester Metallics, a new range from Robert Kaufman fabrics.  So when RK and Sew Mama Sew paired up for a summer bag challenge, I opted for a couple of the golden hues (eggshell up top, bronze on the bottom) to whip up an easy two-toned beach bag...

Plus two Kona charm packs (neutral and brights), you know, for a little extra bling.

I used a half-yard cut of the light metallic for the top, and a fat quarter of the dark for the base.  I just winged it, but I'm happy to sketch out a little tutorial if anyone is interested!

For the gemstones, I used my temporarily-retired-but-soon-to-be-rereleased (here) "Shinebright Birthstone" quilt block pattern to make 9" gemstones (a "sandstone" and an "ocean stone," no doubt).

Thanks so much to Sew Mama Sew and Robert Kaufman Fabrics for arranging this challenge!  And for other metallics inspiration, be sure to check out:

Mo Bedell
Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Kathy Green of Designs by KTGreen
Carrie Federer of carrie bee
Anne Zeitler of AnneZPlace
Sanchia Gair of Red Brolly
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
Devida Bushrod of The Driftwood Thimble
Sara Johansen of The Sara Project
Sarah Sharp of no hats in the house {you are here!}
Michelle Webster of michellepatterns
Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun
Jenny of My Handmade Home

And while you're doing that, I'll be rethinking my decision not to bind or line this carryall.  That, or I'll just line it with beach towels, suntan lotion and sand, and never look back! ;o)

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

ode to the earth! {free pattern hack!}

I've had this idea up my sleeve ever since stumbling upon the Kona Wondrous Woods color story.  Naturally, Earth Day (this past Friday) seemed like as good a time as any to roll out these (very) tall trees!

I mean, come on. Those greens!  All the heart eyes.  (I bought my FQ bundle here from Hawthorne Threads).

You see, the blocks in my Ode to the Trees pattern include small (7") and tall (10") versions...

But thanks to ledger-sized paper and the poster print option, there's a quick way to hack the pattern templates to yield not-so-small (10.5") and very tall (15") trees.

Here's how!

STEP ONE:  Pull up the print menu from the digital version (or your scan of the printed pattern).  Note that I've switched "All" to the respective pattern page (23) under Pages to Print, and selected "Actual size" under the Size Options section.

STEP TWO:  Next, click the "Poster" print tab (sometimes this is called "Tile" print, so just find the option on your printer that allows you to change the scale).

STEP THREE:  Click the "Page Setup" button.  Your Paper Size likely defaults to US Letter or A4, as depicted below.

STEP FOUR:  Switch from your letter-sized default to Tabloid or Ledger (11" x 17"):

STEP FIVE:  Under the "Poster" tab, change Tile Scale from 100% to 150%.

ALL DONE!  Notice that your formerly small 7" trees have grown into not-so-small 10.5" trees that print one-per-page on ledger/tabloid paper!  And guess what... you can do this to pretty much any pattern you want!  Neat, huh? :o)

TALL TO VERY TALL:  To apply the same transformation to the tall tree templates, walk through the steps above but just change the Pages to Print to the tall tree page of your digital file (those are on page 24 of the digital pattern):

...VoilĂ !  Very tall trees.  With very little effort!

And for those of you who aren't able to print on 11" x 17" paper, fear not!  You too can have yuuuuuuge trees!  Simply skip over STEPS THREE + FOUR above, and poster print at 150% on whatever paper your printer prefers.  I wanted to share the ledger option because it just so happens to wind up with the two tree templates splitting perfectly apart, each on its own separate page.  (Full disclaimer:  anything smaller than ledger will require taping, but a little tape never hurt anyone, right?)

I can't wait to sew this entire Wondrous Woods bundle into a wonderfully wild grove.  I'll post a more complete tutorial once I do (spoiler alert :: it involves 1.5" strips to streamline the cutting process for the branches!)  

And in the meantime, I hope you'll take advantage of my Earth Day flash sale!  That's right!  For the next 24ish hours, save 22% off ALL patterns (land, sea and air!) when you enter code ODETOTHEEARTH at checkout in the new shopCode expires 4/25/16 at midnight EST!