Thursday, January 19, 2017

Color Play Friday - Crab Shell

Hello and Welcome! It's Color Play Friday!!!

Color Play Friday (CPF) is a fun weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides a challenge photo and then each CPF participant creates a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and it's a great way to explore working with color. Also, it's open to everyone! So come play along! You can get more info on how to join in by clicking Lorinda's CPF button on my sidebar.

This week's photo reminds me of sunny beach days and getting sea sick while crabbing off the coast. True story.


Here's what I came up with.


I think this was the hardest CPF for me so far. I mean, I really struggled with this one. I just could not find the right greens. I wanted them to be more "seaweed-y." But what can you do. Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to. Oh, and is anyone surprised I sneaked some blue in there?

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. (non-affiliate links)






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

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Sarah @ 123quilt (that's me!)

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You can see my past CPF entries by clicking the Color Play Friday tab in my menu bar!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

First Flimsy Finish of 2017

Hello everyone!

I sewed! I actually sewed!! You see, it's been a while. I think the last time I sewed anything was at the beginning of November. I have to laugh because right around that time my old rotary cutter gave out and I went out of my way to go to the shop and get a new one because I simply couldn't be without a rotary cutter! You know what I mean?! Then I lost all sew-jo and that darn new rotary cutter is still in the packaging. Eeep!

So yeah... I finally finished the last few seams on this flimsy.


This was a long time WIP (work in progress) and it feels really good to move it to the flimsy pile. For you non-quilty folk, a flimsy is a completed quilt top that is just waiting to be quilted up. This top makes 9 flimsies that are hanging out and waiting to be quilted. Add that to the 25 WIPs that I have in various stages - everything from fabric pulls to completed blocks - and to the 3 long term scrappy projects I've got going on and I've got a lot to finish up! I think this will be the year of WIP!

Phew! I'm tired just thinking about it all. I don't think I'll be starting any new projects or buying any new fabric for a while!

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Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
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Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Color Play Friday - Airlie Gardens

Welcome Everyone! Friday is one of my favorite days of the week because that means it's time for another edition of Color Play Friday!!!

Color Play Friday (CPF) is a fun, weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides a photo as inspiration and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on that photo. It's a lot of fun and participation is open to everyone. You can find out more about how to play along by clicking Lorinda's Color Play Friday button on my sidebar.

This week is especially fun for me because we are working from one of MY photos!


I took an iPhone photo of this water feature in Airlie Gardens a few years ago. Airlie Gardens is a beautiful, historic public garden in Wilmington, North Carolina. The garden was first developed by Mrs. Sarah Jones. Modern mythos contends that she and her husband are the infamous Joneses from the saying, "Keeping up with the Joneses."

Here is my take on the photo.


I knew immediately that I wanted to capture that shade of green apple that peeks through the cutout in the planks. From there, I picked out at least a dozen other shades of green and thought I'd do a funky palette of all green (hello St. Patrick's Day)! Then, though, I noticed that gorgeous teal blue on some of the leaves and the palette took on a life of its own. I just can't  resist a good blue! From there I went on to choose fabrics starting with the green apple color. Wouldn't you just know it? I happened to find the exact shade of green apple in the Oval Elements line by Pat Bravo... and the color of the fabric just happened to be called "Green Apple!" Clearly it was meant to be, lol.


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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. (non-affiliate links)






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Be sure to check out all of the Color Play Friday players!

Playing along this week:
and
Sarah @ 123quilt (that's me!)

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You can see my past CPF entries by clicking on the Color Play Friday tab in my menu bar!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Color Play Friday - Wildflower Garden

Hello and welcome back to Color Play Friday!!!

You may have noticed that Color Play Friday (CPF) took a little break over the holidays but I'm happy to say that it's back in full swing! For those of you that may be new, CPF is a fun, weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides a challenge photo and then all the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's lot of fun and a great way to stretch your creativity. Also, it's open to everyone! You can get more info on how to play along by clicking the Color Play Friday button on my sidebar.

This week's photo is called Wildflower Garden.


It has me dreaming of Spring. In reality, we're expecting snow over the weekend! Brrr. 

Here is what I came up with this week.


I really wanted to challenge myself to work with as many purples as possible this week. I like purple but I find the color rather difficult to work with. I have a hard time finding the right shades and tones in the fabrics that are out there. I'm mostly pleased with what I came up with for the week but I wish I could have gotten more out of the color palette. I do love the floral print though. I think it's just perfect for this photo!

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads and Missouri Star Quilt Co. this week. (non-affiliate links)






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Be sure to check out all the Color Play Friday players!

Playing along this week:

and
Sarah @ 123quilt (that's me!)

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You can 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, November 17, 2016

Color Play Friday - Backyard Rest

Hello everyone! It's Color Play Friday!!!

For those of you who may be new, Color Play Friday is a fun, weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine and Trina from In an Otter Life. Each week they provide one of their photographs as inspiration and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle inspired by the photo. It's a lot of fun and I encourage you to play along!

This week's photo is all about the dog days of summer.


Dog days of summer... see what I did there? :p

Seriously though, it's the middle of November and I still have to use my ceiling fan to cool down the bedroom. Anyone else feeling like Game of Thrones has been lying to us all along and that winter is never coming?

Here is what I came up for this week.


This is the part where I usually expound on my process or what I thought about the photo. This week, I've got nothing to say. Nada.

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Umm, I love blues and greens and I love dogs. That's all I've got. Lol.

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. (non-affiliate links)






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Be sure to check out all the Color Play Friday players!

Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine
Trina @ In an Otter Life
and
Sarah @ 123 Quilt (that's me!)

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As always, if you are interested in playing along, you can get more info by clicking either of the hosts' buttons on my sidebar.

You can see my past CPF entries by clicking on the Color Play Friday tab in my menu bar.

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Color Play Friday - Macy's Escalator

Hey everyone and welcome to another edition of Color Play Friday!

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

The photo for this week is called Macy's Escalator.


I love that pop of bright yellow combined with the rich colors in this photo. Here is what I came up with.


Even though I love the colors in this photo it was a really hard challenge for me this week! I had a tough time finalizing a color palette. I kept going back and forth between two different palettes but neither palette felt complete. I finally had to just step away. I did some chores around the house, I ate lunch, and when I came back I started over. I think it all worked out in the end. It always amazes me that some palettes can come together with ease while others take a lot of work!

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I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. (non-affiliate links)






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

HOSTS:

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

PARTICIPANTS:

Sarah @ 123 Quilt (that's me!!!)

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As always, if you are interested in playing along, you can find more info about the CPF group by clicking either of the hosts' buttons on my sidebar.

You can see my past CPF entries by clicking on the Color Play Friday tab on my menu bar!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

80's Geese Charity Block

 Hello everyone!!!


Last month I was presented with the amazing opportunity to test a new block called "80's Geese" by Diane from From Blank Pages fame. I've tested patterns by her in the past and they have all been marvelous. Seriously. Marvelous! If you've never worked from one of Diane's patterns, you need to! Okay, enough fangirl-ing.

The best part about this block is that Diane asked some of her testers to make the block for a charity quilt! I love that so much and here's why. I have never sewn or quilted for charity before but recently I have felt the call on my heart to do just that. I was looking for a way to give back when this opportunity came along. Of course, I jumped at it. The lovely Jill from Crafty Giraffe (@crafty_giraffe on IG) will be putting together all the blocks into a quilt top. Here is a sneak peak of the blocks so far (I totally swiped this picture from Jill's IG feed.)


This quilt is going to look so good and I can't wait to see it when it's finished!

Here are the details:

The block is a 12" finished, paper-pieced pattern by From Blank Pages called 80's Geese. The pattern comes in 4 different block sizes - 6", 9", 12", and 18". It is available as a PDF purchase from Diane's pattern shop. You can purchase each size separately or you can purchase the bundle with all four sizes. And if you sign up for Diane's newsletter you get a nifty 20% off discount code! The pattern is chock full of goodies. It comes with coloring sheets, design ideas, cutting templates (my personal favorite), and cheater templates.


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Here are some From Blank Pages patterns I've made in the past.

Simple Celestial Mini - blogged here and here


Rockstar Mini - blogged here and here


Star Gazing block - not blogged


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Linking up with:

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Until next time!
- Sarah