Thursday, August 25, 2016

Color Play Friday - Evergreen State Fair

Hello and welcome to another Color Play Friday!

For those of you who may be new, Color Play Friday (CPF) is a fun weekly challenge hosted by Trina from In an Otter Life and Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week they provide one of their photographs as inspiration and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo.

Here is this week's photo.


I don't know about you, but all I can think of when I look at that photo is cotton candy. 

Forgetting my sweet tooth for a minute, here is what I came up with this time.



There is so much fun color in this photo. Sometimes that can be a blessing, but this time it was a curse. I found myself all over the place with color. I pulled so many colors that I was able to create several palettes, all with a different feel. I ended up choosing this palette because I thought it best represented the fun, playfulness of the fair. I started with the colorful Go Go London print by Pat Bravo. From there it was just a matter of finding the right coordinates. 

What's your favorite ride at the fair? Ferris wheel? Bumper Cars? Fun House? I'm a Tilt-a-Whirl girl through and through. ;)

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I shopped at Hawthorne Threads again this week.







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Be sure to check out the other Color Play Friday participants!

Hosts:

Players:
Jennifer on Flickr
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If you are interested in playing along, please check out the hosts' pages for more info. You can click on either of the CPF buttons on my sidebar.

See my past CPF entries by clicking the Color Play Friday tab in my menu bar!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Color Play Friday - Dandelion

Hello and welcome back to Color Play Friday!

For those of you who are new, Color Play Friday (CPF) is a weekly challenge hosted by Trina from In an Otter Life and Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week they provide one of their photographs as inspiration and then the participants create a color palette and a coordinating fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and great way to play with virtual fabric!

This week's photo is called Dandelion.


Here is what I came up with this week.



For a while I've been wanting to create a bundle that had one focus fabric surrounded by polka dot fabrics. I started out with a gorgeous modern floral that had lots of bright greens and oranges and pinks. Then I faced the challenge of finding all those dots! When I finally curated the dot fabrics I wanted, the focus fabric just didn't work anymore. I was lucky though; I found that gorgeous Heather Bailey print. I think it just makes the bundle.

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Fabrics again. What can I say? I'm pretty predictable.






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Be sure to check out the other Color Play Friday Participants!

Hosts:
Trina @ In an Otter Life
Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Participants:
Sarah @ 123 Quilt (That's me!)


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As always, if you are interested in playing along, please check out the hosts' pages for more info. You can click on either of the CPF buttons on my sidebar.

See my past CPF entries by clicking the Color Play Friday tab at the top of my blog!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Color Play Friday - Crocus

Hello and welcome to another Color Play Friday!

Phew! It has been a funky week around here. Tuesday felt like Wednesday, Thursday felt like Tuesday, and Monday always feels like Monday... You get the idea. I'm glad it's Friday and I'm glad its a Color Play Friday!

For those of you who are new, Color Play Friday is a fun weekly challenge hosted by Trina from In an Otter Life and Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week they provide one of their photographs as inspiration and then the participants create a color palette and a coordinating fabric bundle based on the photo.

This week's photo is simply gorgeous. It's called Crocus.


Here is what I came up.


This is such a pretty flower! I believe it came from Lorinda's garden. Maybe I'll try my hand at gardening some day. I do not have a green thumb though, so any garden of mine would need a lot of help! Lol. The colors are so vibrant and I really wanted my bundle to reflect that. I wanted to add a green to the palette but purple, orange, and green just screams Halloween. So when I saw the Sarah Campbell print I knew I just HAD to use it. It really pulls all the colors together while including that pop of green I was so desperately missing. With that as my focus fabric I used blender fabrics in the other colors to fill out the bundle. I even sneaked in some Painters Canvas. ;)

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads this week.






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Be sure to check out the other participants this week!

Hosts:

Participants:
Carrie @ The Zen Quilter
Sarah @ 123Quilt (that's ME!)


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If you are interested in playing along, please check out the hosts' pages for more info. You can click on either of the CPF buttons on my side bar.

See my past CPF entries by clicking the Color Play Friday tab at the top of my blog!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Color Play Friday - Bobbins

Hello and welcome to another Color Play Friday!

It has been a busy week and I'm not sure if I'm glad it's Friday or not! On the one hand, it's good that this busy week is over but on the other hand, I could use an extra day or two before the weekend!

For those of you who may be new, Color Play Friday is a weekly challenge hosted by Trina from In an Otter Life and Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Every week they provide one of their own photographs and then the CPF participants create a color palette and coordinating fabric bundle based on the photo. Fun!

This week's photo is called Bobbins.


We all have plenty of these sitting around! Confession time. I really only use one bobbin! I know, I know! All you quilters out there who pre-wind a bunch at a time are probably gasping with shock. I just don't like to have a lot of loose bobbins all over the place, pre-wound or not. 

Do you have a bunch of pre-wound bobbins? How do you store them?

Anyway, here is what I came up with for the week.


This photo did not offer up a lot in terms of color. I had to zoom in and then zoom in again to find that bit of lavender. It was hiding inside one of the bobbins. The medium grays also came from around that area. I know it's hard to tell but I promise those colors came from this photo! Lol.

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. I'm not sponsored by them or anything like that; I just find it really easy to use their color grid tool to search for fabrics.






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Be sure to check out the other participants this week!

Hosts:
Trina @ In an Otter Life
Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Participants:
Jennifer on Flickr
Mel @ Cloth and Paper Studio
and ME!


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As always, if you are interested in playing along, please check out the hosts' pages for more info. You can click on either of the CPF buttons on my sidebar.

See my past CPF entries by clicking the Color Play Friday tab at the top of my blog!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Color Play Friday - Idaho Storm

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Color Play Friday!

You may have noticed that it's been a little quiet on the blog lately. I took some time off to visit family. I can't think of a better way to get back to blogging than to play along with Color Play Friday!

Color Play Friday is a fun weekly challenge hosted by Trina from In an Otter Life and Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week they choose one of their photos and then all the participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo.

This week's photo is called Idaho Storm.


I love a good rainbow. :) I've never been to Idaho but this is pretty much what I think it looks like. I also expect to see a lot of potatoes there.

Anyway, here is what I came up with for this week.


I really love the palette this time around. I think it has a bit of a washed out feel to it. It was actually pretty difficult to find coordinating fabrics though. I originally had some florals picked out but when I found that Dena Fishbein print I knew I wanted to go in a more geometric direction. I tried to find "softer" geometrics. I always feel like there is a softness in the air after a storm and I didn't want any harsh geometrics to clash with that.

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads this week.






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Be sure to check out the other participants this week!

Hosts:
Trina @ In an Otter Life
Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Participants:
Jennifer on Flickr
Mel @ Cloth and Paper Studio
and ME!


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As always, if you are interested in playing along, please check out the hosts' pages for more info. You can click on either of the Color Play Friday buttons on my sidebar.

See my past CPF entries by clicking the Color Play Friday tab at the top of my blog.

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Until next time!
- Sarah






Thursday, June 30, 2016

Color Play Friday - Lycoming Engine

Hello everyone and welcome to a special holiday edition of Color Play Friday!!!

Before I get started, let me tell you a bit about Color Play Friday (CPF). CPF is a fun weekly challenge hosted by Trina from In an Otter Life and Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week they provide one of their photographs as inspiration and then all the participants create a color palette and fabric bundle based on the photo.

This week's photo is called Lycoming Engine.


I'll admit, I didn't know what a Lycoming Engine was. Google to the rescue. It's an airplane engine! Who knew?! Apparently, the founder of Lycoming also manufactured sewing machines. There's a fun fact for you!

Here is what I came up with this week.


I thought a modern red, white, and blue palette would be appropriate this week. Here in the U.S. it's almost time for the Fourth of July!!! It's one of my favorite holidays. I love the smell of the fireworks, grilling out, and, of course, the cakes decorated with berries to look like an American flag. Come on, you know you've had cake like that before!

Can you tell I love blender fabrics? Lol.

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This week I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads.






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Be sure to check out the other participants this week!

Hosts:

Participants:
Jennifer on Flickr
and ME!


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As always, if you are interested in playing along, please check out the hosts' pages for more info. You can click either of the CPF buttons on my sidebar.

See my past CPF entries by clicking the Color Play Friday tab at the top of my blog.

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WIP Wednesday - All Over the Place

I normally work on one project at a time. I'm a mono-quilter. I relish each step of the process and I enjoy taking things one step at a time from conception to completion... or maybe just to completion of a quilt top. (I rarely quilt and finish my tops, but that's another post.)

So, I've found myself in a bit of an awkward place. I'm working on four different projects at once! I was cutting fabric for one project and it was just too easy to cut fabric for a second project. Then one thing led to another... Now, I've got four projects in various states of completion.

It's not so bad, really, except that my work space is seriously crowded and sometimes I don't know what to work on for the day. Indecision, I know thee well.

First up is my Dutch Darlings quilt top. Dutch Darlings is a new pattern that I'm testing for Cristy Fincher. All I have so far is my fabric pull for the project.


I'm not behind... yet. I will be if I don't get a move on! Seriously, I should be working on this one now instead of writing up this post. I can't decide if I'm just being a responsible blogger or procrastinating. Probably the latter.

Next, I've had this pull of batiks out on my table for over a month!


I have a plan for these and the background fabric is all cut out already. That's why I'm counting this as a WIP rather than just a project pull. It also counts as a WIP because it's taking up space on my work table.

I'm also working on this fun quilt block.


It's for a quilt pattern called Adam's Rib, designed by Toby Jacobson for Fons and Porter. I modified the pattern slightly to fit my needs. Anyway, keep an eye out for this one; I'm excited about it.

Last, I'm working on a HRT (Half Rectangle Triangle) quilt top using these fabrics plus some black and white.


I wish I had some pictures of the HRTs to share but at this time of year the best lighting in my work space happens right around dinner time. Which means I'm always too busy at that time to take photos.

So, yeah, four projects at once. I feel like I'm all over the place. Do you work on multiple projects at once or are you a one-at-a-timer (a mono-quilter) like me? If you do work on lots of stuff at once how do you keep track of it all?

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Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

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Until next time!
- Sarah