Thursday, February 16, 2017

Color Play Friday - Colorful Rocks

Hello all you fabulous people! It's 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. Each week she provides a photograph as inspiration and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and everyone can play along! For more info on how to join the fun, click the CPF button on my sidebar!

This week's photo is one of Lorinda's and it's called Colorful Rocks.


I imagine that it was taken on a gorgeous beach day. Those are my favorite kinds of days. I love going to the beach and walking along the shore looking for rocks and seashells.

Here is what I came up with.


The color palette I created from this photo was giving me a very distinct southwestern vibe and I really wanted the fabrics I picked to reflect that. I love what I came up with and I love that this bundle came as such a surprise to me. When I first looked at those rocks I never imagined I'd go down this road. That's one of the best things about Color Play Friday - it takes you places.

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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!

Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine
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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mid - February Happenings. It's the "haps," people.

Yep. It's the haps. The happenings. The goings-ons. The... I don't know what the kids say these days. Anyway, it really is just a rundown of what I've been doing lately.

First up, I've been working on this quilt top for a while.


A little bit here, a little bit there. It all adds up and sooner or later it'll come together. More "later" than "sooner" in this case. Confession: I've had those blocks made for months now! Yikes. I made them and then they got pushed aside for other projects, as it happens. You all know what I'm talking about. But I did manage to get all these blocks sewn into rows.


From here it's just a few quick seams to finish the top. But... I've been distracted...

By this!


This is a gorgeous bundle of Luna Sol fabric by Felice Regina from Sew Scatterbrained. I actually won this bundle in a giveaway hosted by Heidi from Fabric Mutt and sponsored by Windham Fabrics. So a huge thank you to all involved! I actually received the bundle a while back but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. Obviously a quilt will somehow emerge from these fabrics but at the time I didn't have a pattern in mind. But I've finally come up with a plan. I finalized all the quilt math last week and made a test block earlier this week, so I'm good to go! Funnily enough, I think it was the day after I finished the math that Felice announced she was holding a contest for projects made with this fabric line. The timing is perfect!

Speaking of contests and giveaways, I just won two gorgeous patterns from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. The patterns are Little Blooms and Stepping Stones. Thank you, Lorna!!! If you aren't familiar with Lorna and her work you should go check her out!

All that should keep me busy for a while. :)

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Linking up with:

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Color Play Friday - Rain on the Pavement

It's that time again... 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 photo as inspiration and then the CPF players create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and everyone is welcome to join in! You can find out more about Color Play Friday and how to participate by clicking the Color Play Friday button on my sidebar.

This week's photo is called Rain on the Pavement.


This is actually a really cool photo. I love how you can see the reflection of the trees and the sky.

Here is what I came up with.


I think the photos that have seemingly less color are actually easier and more fun to work with. Why? I guess it's because I feel like I'm more creative and more focused when working within a parameter. When I first saw this photo I knew I wanted to play with tones of grey and that I wanted to highlight that pop of blue sky. I also wanted my fabric bundle to have a funky, text-y, sort of architectural blueprint feel to it. I absolutely love the prints that I found and I think they really create the vibe I was going for. 

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

Downtown in Quiet by AGF Studios

Rings in Marina by Camelot Cottons

Ladder Lines in Black by Carolyn Friedlander

Memorandum in Cosmos by Frances Newcombe

Automobile in Black by Savannah Lockie

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

Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine
Christina @ Hazel Honey
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, January 26, 2017

Color Play Friday - Beach Days!

Welcome Everyone!

It's another edition of Color Play Friday! Plus, this week we are working from another one of my photos!

First though, for those of you who are new, Color Play Friday (CPF) is a fun, weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides a challenge photo as inspiration and then the CPF participants create a fabric bundle and a color palette based on the photo. Fun, right?! Also, it's open to everyone; so if you are interested in playing along you can find out more info by clicking on the CPF button on my sidebar.

So... As I mentioned before, this week's photo is one of mine!


It's called Beach Days... because I can't remember which beach it was! My family loves to do beach vacations on the California coast and we usually try to hit up a different beach each time we go. What I do remember is the heat of the sun and the feel of the cool breeze; the sound of laughter and the waves crashing; building sandcastles and attempting to fly a kite. Most of all, I remember having a great time with my family.

Here is my take on this photo.


This photo has so many fun and bright colors. Like a lot of you, when I think of bright colors, I think of Alison Glass. She is a master at creating bright, saturated fabric collections. For me, using her prints was a forgone conclusion for this week's CPF. However, I did challenge myself to use fabrics from her different collections. It made picking fabrics a bit more difficult, but really, when you are virtually playing with Alison Glass fabric, how difficult can it be? Am I right? I'm curious to see how many of the other CPF players used her fabric as well.

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








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

Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine
Sarah G. @ Sarah Goer Quilts
Christina @ Hazel Honey
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, 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!

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

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
and
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