Friday, April 24, 2015

lyon bear {on marsala mountain}

As some of you may recall, last fall I set to work on the lyon bear.  It was supposed to be a big girl bed quilt for our three-year old's transition to her new room before the arrival of her new sibling.  Now that baby sister is almost three months old, I'd say it's high time for a finish ;o)

And who knew that marsala would be so hot right now?

(...I mean really, aside from Pantone, who?  Anyone?)  Truth be told, I had my heart set on indigo.  But this new furry friend has me all heart eyes over marsala.  Marsala marsala marsala!  I suppose I can get used to having you around.

May our little firecracker sleep soundly as the moon rises over marsala mountain...

This mini 5.25" block is called "Moon Over the Mountain," BB #948.

And greet each morning with joy as "the sun wakes up."

The "crown" over the bear's head is a traditional block named "The Sunrise," BB #4098. 

The top is twin-sized (~60" x 80", give or take).  The bear block ("big bear") was designed by my talented friend Juliet of Tartan Kiwi.  (I blew up her already blown-up block, so my extra big bear is about 40" square.)  The two mini blocks (Moon Over the Mountain and The Sunrise) will be available as free downloads in my craftsy shop (as part of the INDEX) sometime soon, in case anyone's interested in those ;o)

Linking up with finish it up friday and Anne and Adrianne's 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge!

2015 Pantone Challenge

Be sure to hop on over to Anne's or Adrianne's to see what the rest of this community has been brewing up with this luscious new reddish-brown hue :o)

Friday, March 27, 2015

inside addition {oakshott + low volume}

The Painted Leaf mini no. 2 might've made its way to its new home, but the low volume/oakshott #insideadditionquiltalong blocks are here to stay.

This project snuck onto my to do list a few months back when Jessica (@alittlegressica)—aka my Sew Down Nashville neighborposted the block instructions on IG:  

As luck would have it, I happened to have a double rainbow's worth of 4" oakshott strips on hand.  So I got to work cutting them into squares, and then rummaged through my low volume stash and repeated the exercise.

Within no time, I had stitched countless HSTs and started playing with a gradient of cooler tones...

Which were shortly joined by the rest of the rainbow.

To make this.

And if you look closely, you'll notice I snuck some mini charm squares (trimmed to 2") into the mix (Carolyn Friedlander's "favorites" and Tula Pink's "Moonshine"). 

Why?  Probably because Jessica did something similar during our class with Carolyn Friedlander last spring, and I've been wanting to borrow the idea ever since. ;o)

With any luck these blocks will soon be our eldest's newest nap time quilt for preschool.  Or for mommy.  Because we need naps too, right? ;o)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

painted leaf quilt no. 2 {#auctionforeleni}

A few weeks ago, I—along with the rest of the online quilting community—learned of Rachel of Stitched in Color's devastating news:  her daughter, Eleni, had been born with complications.  A turn of events sure to break any parent's heart.  Because when everything is said and done, little matters more than the health and happiness of our children.  

As if on cue, the instagram community rallied together with #flowersforeleni, followed shortly thereafter by #auctionforeleni.  Wanting to do something for the Hausers, I turned to a recent colorway inspired by a painted fish (yes, more paint!) we picked up in my dad's hometown and a surprisingly complementary pack of Karen Lewis Textile *tiny* scraps:

After making a few tweaks to the original painted leaf design, I got to work with my new color palette, adding a handful of liberty lawns to fill in the gaps.

For the background, I once again turned to the quieter side of my stash.  I then straight-line quilted it just in time for last weekend's auction.

Truth be told, I don't know that I'll ever tire of the scrappy, low volume look.  But maybe that's because I'm currently surrounded by it...

(Those are my oakshott and low volume "inside addition" blocks, which are patiently waiting in line to be pieced into a top.  More on that later.)  

Overall the auction raised over $12,600 for the Hausers.  $12,618.08, to be exact.  How amazing is that?  (And of course a massive personal shout out to Rachel for contributing $150 for this mini!)  And in other news, who knew that quilted minis could stick to a design wall?  Not me!  But maybe that's because I've only had said design wall going on two weeks now.  ;o)  Wonder what else I'll learn?

For all you tiny piecing dare devils out there, the Painted Leaf pattern is now available on craftsy (here) and etsy (here).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

succulent path {succulents blog hop and GIVEAWAY!}

***Edited to add:  If you're having difficulty accessing the free pattern for this quilt, try saving the file to your computer.  For some reason on certain browsers it looks as though the pattern is missing several pages, but this doesn't seem to be an issue once you download the PDF.***

Ohhh Succulent Path.  Sweet.  Succulent.  Path.

photo credit:  Eric Lubrick

I designed this quilt—free pattern here!—last fall for my dear friend Heather Givans of Crimson Tate.  Who designed her splendidly cheerful collection, Succulents, for Windham Fabrics.

For those of you who don't know Heather—wait, what?! Someone doesn't know Heather?!—she's an absolute joy to be around.  Her jovial personality—much like her infamous eyes-wide-mouth-open-and-let's-not-forget-the-glasses instagram selfies—is infectious.  We were first introduced by Amanda of Material Girl Quilts the year before last.  From the get-go, she was warm, welcoming, and fully committed to fostering creativity in our local community.
photo credit:  Eric Lubrick

And on top of that, she's a true artist.  So when she asked if we had any interest in designing projects featuring Succulents last fall, I immediately got to work.  I knew I wanted to capture the lightheartedness and whimsy that is Crimson Tate.  Now if you've been around here before you've likely realized that I'm all about paper piecing (paper piece all the things!).  But I also have a soft spot for historic design, and ultimately kept coming back to a traditional block that—though unassuming at first glance—turns into something spectacular with a simple repeat.  And in that spirit, Succulent Path came to be ;o)

This is Heather's first collection.  (The first of many, I hope.)  And this quilt—it boasts some firsts for me, too.  The first time I'd sewn exclusively with one fabric line.  (One that I had the privilege of seeing "behind the scenes," so to speak, as Heather's concept went from paper to strike offs to bolts.)

It's also the first time I asked for help to meet a deadline.  (And got it.  Major shout out to Meghan for your help with piecing the blocksyou are incredible.)  

The block is inspired by a vintage one, "Grandma's Fan."
This shot of the top really captures how the block's on-point repeat comes together to form the "path."

And the first time any of my work has been quilted by someone else (...Angela Walters, of all people!)

To me, all this creativity and collaboration really captures a thriving sense of community.  Succulent Path doesn't feel like "my quilt."  It feels like "our quilt."  As they say, it takes a village.  I'm happy and honored to be a member of said bustling village.

Plus it's the first quilt that's made it to Market.  (A pretty stellar cherry on top.)

photo credit:  Eric Lubrick

Now, if you're wanting to get your hands on some Succulents, now is your chance!  The folks at Windham will be giving away FQ bundles at every stop of the Succulents Blog Hop.  All of them!  Here's the line up...

March 15: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography
March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quiltsyou are here ;o)
March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare
March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio
March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate
March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn
March 22: Brooke Starnes
March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts
March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids 
March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools
March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts 
March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio  
March 28: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate 

How do you win, you ask?  Just follow along over the next two weeks, peruse the projects and comment on the posts.  That's it!  Win win.  Speaking of, winners will be drawn at random at the end of the hop.

So to get started, leave a comment on this post.  Want to double your odds from the get go?  Head on over to Windham's blog and leave a comment there too.  Cat got your tongue?  I want to know what you'd make with this line!

photo credit:  Eric Lubrick

If you're local, I'll be teaching this design later this spring at Crimson Tate, so keep an eye on the class calendar.  And for everyone else, you can find this design (and many more!) in the free projects section of Windham's site.  I opted for scrappy blues and greens against a neutral backdrop, but you can easily mix up the color placement to create a path all your own ;o)

Happy hopping!

Monday, February 2, 2015

catching dreams by sunrise {black & white}

Last fallwhen it felt like all my quilting friends were at Market and I was living vicariously through them on IGa very surprising (and welcome!) comment came through on my feed, from none other than Robert Kaufman fabric designer Jennifer Sampou herself... (The anticipation!)  So when she emailed later asking if I would join in on the Insta Blog Hop to celebrate the arrival of her latest line, black & white, I didn't think twice.

From the start I knew I wanted to do something with feathers (consider it an ode to one of her signature prints in the collection).  Initially I was going to stitch up (and drafted patterns for) over half a dozen different "painted" feathers, but when it came time to decide on a layout, nothing seemed right.  Until I stumbled upon a light and airy dreamcatcher while looking for nursery inspiration...  (Lightbulb!)

I quickly got to work merging all my sketches in photoshop and ultimately came up with this...

A subdued, crib-sized dreamcatcher dripping with five brightly painted feathers.  Most of the quilt is pieced with black & white fabrics (and coordinating Studio Stash Yarn Dyes) in the "ash" color story.  To add some dawn-inspired splashes of color, I used a range of blazing shades from the kona sunrise charm pack.  (The pack itself also has a great selection of pinks and greens, but I went with the more heated hues to play off the sun rays in the design.)

For the quilting, I was going to stick with what I know best (straight lines along the "rays"), but when I asked my friend Amanda of Material Girl Quilts for a second opinion she suggested I venture outside my comfort zone and try a little free motion quilting.

..I mean I'm no Angela Walters, but e for effort, right? ;o)  For the binding, I used one of Jennifer's Studio Stash Yarn Dyes, with a little fiery gradient from the kona sunrise charm pack for another added pop of color.

And that's that!  Thank you so much to Jennifer and the wonderful folks at Robert Kaufman for the invite and the beautiful fabric.  And lucky for you all, they've also provided this little "taquito" pack for me to give away here...

C'mon, how cute is that?  Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.  I'll pick a winner next Monday, February 9th.  Congratulations to commenter no. 9/127, Anita!

In the meantime, there are other great ways to win too!  Jennifer will be giving away a fat quarter tower of the complete collection (just head over to her opening post before February 8th), plus a taquito pack and a copy of one of her new patterns over on IG (just post your own black & white project—or a favorite from the hop!—and tag it with #blackandwhitefabrics and #jennifersampou).  

And of course you can visit all the other stops on the hop for more inspiration and extra chances to win, too!

January 31 Angela Pingel
February 2 Sarah Sharp - {no} hats in the house << you are here :o) >>
February 7 Jennifer Sampou

Thanks for stopping by :o)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

painted leaf {igminiswap}

For some reason, I've had an itch to paint these days...

This time, it was painting leaves!  Or one leaf, to be exact.  ...For now.  (Our toddler has now requested a pink leaf.)  Either way, this one was inspired by a recent free people post on IG (no surprise there, right?)

It's splashed with a rainbow of liberty lawn scraps, along with some bright white sundial-esque accents radiating around the stem.

The background is a blend of creamy low volumes to complement the classic liberty hues.  And it's finished off with a slew of straight lines.

Well, mostly straight anyway.  ;o)  The mini measures just under 20" square and will soon be making its way to my #igminiswap partner.  Just as soon as I figure out the best international shipping route... eep!  Here's to hoping my partner can forgive the delay? :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

gypsy vagabonds unite! {november giveaway}

Well my friends, after yet another month of radio silence, I'm back!  With nothing new to show for this particular post thanks to a relaxing holiday weekend, coupled with a heaping helping of QuiltCon sewing.  But now that that deadline has (nearly) expired, I have turned to my November gypsy wife blocks, which I'll share later this week.

And in the meantime, this shot of gypsy wife makings from months past will have to suffice...

So, are you sewing along?  Interested in catching up?  Perhaps now is a good time to remind you of what we have up for grabs this month...

(Rainbow not exactly included.)  Since I'm making my gypsy wife using exclusively Liberty tana lawns and Oakshott shot cottons, I've joined forces with my dear friend Heather of Crimson Tate and Michael of Oakshott to bring you two Liberty F8 packs (pictured above) and one whopping $100 voucher to use as your heart desires at Oakshott.

All you have to do is link up your November progress right here!  (Erm, and by right here I mean keep scrolling...)

And for those of you who might also have been tied up over the holiday, fear not.  The link will stay open until next Sunday Monday night, giving you (and me) another week to cross these blocks off your list.  ;o)  Can't wait to see how everyone's designs are coming along!

Edited to add:  No blog necessary to link up! InLinkz also accepts links to flickr and IG :o)  If you're having trouble linking up, please comment below or shoot me an email so we can fix that, stat.