I was floored when asked to participate in the What Shade Are You? Blog Hop as I'm still fairly new to quilting. I've only finished a handful and I had never followed a quilt pattern before, so I figured I better knock it out of the park and go BIG to celebrate such an honor! An 800 piece quilt? Sure, why not! As a true lover of color order and everything rainbow the Alternate Ending Quilt by Sarah of CoopCrafts was my first choice when it came to using such brilliant shades of solids.
The colors I chose for my quilt top are:
2. Lemon Chiffon
5. Tangerine Dream
7. Chili Pepper
9. Hot Pink
10. Tickled Pink
14. Purple Haze
18. Electric Blue
19. Tuks & Caicos
23. Sour Apple
24. Grass is Always Greener
25. Emerald City
Cotton+Steel Tiny Tiles in Aqua
Cotton+Steel Gust in Midnight
The shades of Cotton Supreme Solids work so well together in this geometric dream of a quilt
For the quilting I went with wavy lines in Guttermann Mara 100 color #1 which is a creamy off-white. I wanted something neutral which wouldn't pull focus away from the colors and hard lines of the quilt.
I want to thank RJR for the opportunity to be a part of their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop. It was an exceptionally fun learning experience.
It started a few months back with the beautiful cathedral windows pillow at the bottom of this beautiful pile. I planned on making one more along with a throw for my couch. I, of course, haven't gotten around to that yet. I always WANT to make things for myself, I really do, but those projects never seem quite as important as work projects. I'm sure other maker's can relate lol
Last week I received a charm square from Lorelei of Amora Lovely with her wonderfully fun Rainbow Hexi Heart design. I immediately knew I wanted to make a quilt-as-you-go pillow with it. I haven't made many QAYG projects, but for some reason that little heart seemed the perfect centerpiece for a rainbow array of of my favorite designers.
Lorelei also sent along this gorgeous Rainbow Vintage Sewing Machine Art Print along with a set of her "Quilter of Awesome" and Rainbow Hexi Heart stickers which now have a happy home on my Juki. You can buy everything here on her website!
For the front of the pillow I used mostly Alison Glass Sun Prints along with pieces from her Clover Sunshine and Indigo Handmade collections. I also used Lecien Little X's, Katarina Roccella's Avant Garde, Karen Lewis Blueberry Park and other panels purchased through her website and some of the Loominous collection by Anna Marie Horner.
For the backing of this pillow I used Allotments in Black by Karen Lewis from her Blueberry Park collection.
I couldn't stop with just ONE pillow, so I made two more over the weekend!! The first with Alison Glass Sun Prints and Clover Sunshine surrounding her stunning Art Theory circle. The second is Katarina Roccella's Avant Garde collection. Both are backed with prints from Anna Marie Horner's Loominous collection.
I foresee many more pillows in my future... and I can't wait!
I was blown away when Katarina Roccella asked if I'd like to participate in the Blog Tour for her new collection Avant Garde for Art Gallery Fabrics. I had to take a few minutes to calm myself before responding with a resounding, "YES!" This collection is amazing. The colors are simply stunning and the designs are so bold on their own yet flow so well together. I'm a huge fan of both "busy" and "simple" prints, so this collection is everything I want and need in my life.
I chose to use a black leather for the handles because the fabrics bring more than enough color to the bags. Katarina was nice enough to understand the difficulty I was having picking from one colorway (who could even do that) so she sent a little of both and I made a bag from each! I chose the Rockstar Bag pattern designed by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. It's my favorite bag pattern and this collection worked perfectly in every way.
Working with this collection was such a fun process. Each fabric has its own personality and the vibrant colors just made me perpetually happy.
As you can see in the photo below, even the solids have amazing texture to them.
Steps Above makes excellent binding! Those distressed stripes and arrows are delicious!
You can see even more beautiful projects made from this collection in the Look Book here. Please enjoy a few more photos of my Avant Garde Rockstar Bags in the gallery below!
Make sure to follow Katarina Roccella on Instagram so you can enter her fantastic giveaway once the blog tour concludes!
January 15th: Megan Jimenez from Quilt Story
January 16th: Svetlana Sotak of Sotak handmade (me)
January 17th: Sharon Mcconnell of Colorgirlquilts
January 18th: Rachael Gander of Imagine gnats
January 19th: Ali Brorsen of Because of Brenna
January 20th: Laura Scaramella of Simple Life Company
January 21st: Alexis of My sweet sunshine
January 22nd: Marija Vujčić
January 23rd: Hema Malini of Malini’s quilts
January 24th: Kristy Sachs - Rockbabyscissors
January 25th: Paul Hallinger aka Evildemondevildog
January 26th: Erica Jackman
January 27th: Kathleen Quilts
January 28th: The Tattooed Quilter
January 29th: Nicole - Lillyella
January 30th: Sari - Sariditty handmade
January 31st: Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s quilts
I participated in the Companion Carpet Bag Sew-along hosted by Reece Montgomery of Happy Okapi over on Mrs. H's blog recently. The Carpet Bag was the January pattern released in the 2015 Bag of the Month Club. It is such a fun sew.
I'm happy to say that my bag won FIRST PLACE in the contest! You can see all of the winners here.
Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth posted a progress photo today on Instagram of her cathedral windows quilt. It slapped me right in the face. I HAVE to try this. Have. To. I shared her photo and tutorial with some friends and we decided to do a mini sew-a-long next month. Check it out and feel free to join us on Instagram with hashtag #rbscathedralsal starting November 1st!
I felt so honored when Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness asked if I wanted to participate in this years Purse Palooza. Um, hells yes!! I knew exactly which pattern I would be reviewing- The Rockstar Bag! It's my absolute favorite bag pattern. You can see my review and more photos on here-
Head over to Sara's blog all month long to see all of the reviews and giveaways!
The following is the schedule of the bag pattern reviews.
Oct 5 – Fabric Mutt – Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch from Patchwork Please!
W.D. Handbags – Blue Calla Creations Hydrangea Bag
Oct 6 – Rock Baby Scissors – Sew Sweetness Rockstar Bag
Raspberry Sunshine – Swoon Donna
Oct 7 – Teresa L. – Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. Nappy Bag
Jaime S. – Swoon Pearl
Oct 8 – I’ve Got a Notion – Nicole Mallalieu ‘The Better Bag Maker’
Norma’s Bag Boutique – Chris W. Designs Bella Bag
Oct 9 – Crafty Planner – Noodlehead Super Tote
Melisa Jane Handmade – Two Pretty Poppets Goin’ Uptown Tote
Oct 12 – Lindsay Sews – On the Go Bags
The Nosy Pepper – Swoon Bonnie Bag
Oct 13 – Tinker Frog – Amanda Nyberg Scrap Happy Pouch
Prairie Grass Studios – Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. Carpet Bag
Oct 14 – Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. – Sew Sweetness Creative Maker Supply Case
Chloe – Straight Stitch Society Feed the Animals Purses
Oct 15 – SB Stitching – 3-1 Convertible Backpack from A Bag for All Reasons
Hip to Be a Square – Lazy Girl Designs Suzi Purse Insert
Oct 16 – A Quilter’s Table – Emmaline Bag
Quilts My Way – Sew Sweetness Tudor Bag
Oct 19 – Flying Blind… – S.O.T.A.K. Lola Pouch
Olivia Jane Handcrafted – Anna Maria Horner Art Student Bag
Oct 20 – Love You Sew – Noodlehead Cargo Duffle
Terry – Serendipity Studio Tulip Tote
Oct 21 – Moments… –TBA
Charm About You – Sharon Holland Market Bag
Oct 22 – The Sewing Loft – TBD
The Hungry Hippie – Sew Sweetness Aragon Bag
Oct 23 – Swoodson Says – Sew Liberated Bohemian Carpet Bag
This Crafty Fox – Noodlehead Caravan Tote
Oct 26 – Mommy’s Naptime – TBD
Cloth Albatross – Noodlehead Rainbow Clutch
Oct 27 – Happy Okapi – Blue Calla Tansy Tote
Darcie Mair – Sew Sweetness Soda Pop Bag
Oct 28 – Rebel and Malice – Swoon Nora Doctor Bag
Very Kerry Berry – Noodlehead Double-Zip Wallet
Oct 29 – My Crafty Crap – Swoon Sheena
Sovanisa – Swoon Charlotte
Oct 30 – S.O.T.A.K. Handmade – Handbag Heaven Classix Nouveau Pyramid Bag
sewVery – Green Bee Scoop Tote
Ree – Handmade with Seria Purse
More Rockstar Bags:
Quilts are hard. I knew they were before delving into this project, but I just couldn't stop myself. I love her. I shall call her Stella.
The majority of the fabrics used are Alison Glass in a variety of collections, Kona solids and Cotton + Steel basics. There's some extras thrown in there- Riley Blake Geekly Chic Glasses in all colors, Timeless Treasures Sewing Machines (duh!), Andover Chambray in a variety of colors, Michael Miller Waterfront Part Domino and a little Art Gallery sprinkled throughout. The backing is black and white crosshatch and the binding is charcoal gray. The finished size is just under Queen.
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2- Tardis blue gel pen
3- Capaldi inspired coin purse
4- Wind-up Dalek in your choice of color (5 availible)
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