Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Midnight Blooms / Contributor Post

I wanted to stop in briefly tonight and share a link to my latest post and tutorial as an Imagine Gnats contributor. 

In the spirit of fall and Halloween, I made a whole-cloth quilt that features simple English paper-pieced flowers with more intricate quilting. My inspiration for the feeling of this quilt came from my love of old world fairy tales--you know the authentic ones where there's usually a dark twist along with a happy ending.

I usually quilt most of my projects fairly lightly, so it was fun to really add a lot of detail and personality to the quilting and let the applique be more quiet. I also wanted to experiment with different substrates in this project so I used chambrays, cotton lawns, and double gauze to make one of softest quilts I've ever sewn. In fact, not a single quilting cotton was used.

You can read more about the project, my adventures in new fabrics, and even get the complete how-to for this project here, on the Imagine Gnats blog.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dappled Light / A Folksy Fall Mosaic

I love participating in the mosaic contests that Rachel at Stitched in Color periodically organizes. Choosing fabric colors and patterns to mix together is one of my favorite parts of quilting. It's the part of the process where I feel like I can set the direction and mood of the project I'm beginning.

Dappled Light Palette

For the mosaic contest this time around, Rachel has selected the theme "Folksy Fall" (which you can read all about right here). For my mosaic, I decided to choose fabrics that would feel like a walk through the forest on a crisp fall day. There's a hint of richness and earth paired next to the airy lightness of golds, persimmon, and flame orange. Deep magenta adds just a hint of mystery. All of the fabric patterns also reflect the feeling of an old-world fairy tale complete with unicorns, stags, and intricate florals.

Voting has just opened for the contest finalist (including me!) and will stay open through Wednesday the 15th. The winning design will become a fat quarter bundle available for purchase at the Intrepid Thread. The winning designer will receive a FQ set of the fabrics as well, so needless to say I would be overjoyed to win. :) 

You can vote here. Thanks for checking it out!

P.S. I've been a little MIA from the blog lately, but I'm still posting pretty regularly over on Instagram. Feel free to stop by and see what I've been up to. I also have a contributor post going up at Imagine Gnats in the next week, so I'll have more to share very soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The "Take Note" Notebook Wallet Tutorial for Imagine Gnats

I'm stopping in briefly today to let you know about my first contributor post today over at Imagine Gnats. I posted a tutorial to make a fun and easy project that I think a lot of list makers and note takers will appreciate. :)

Stop by Imagine Gnats to see more images of the finished project, plus the complete tutorial.

Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm a Contributor!

I'm really excited to finally share some news that I've been keeping under my hat for a bit. I'm joining the team of guest contributors over at Imagine Gnats

I've been a follower and fan of Rachael and her amazing work since the beginning of my blogging career, and I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to share my projects and tips over in her space as well. :)

She has put together a great team of folks to cover a wide range of sewing and crafting topics; from apparel sewing, to kids sewing, to quilting, and beyond. If you're interested in fabric and making stuff with it, there's someone contributing who's covering exactly what you love to do! :)
Today Rachael is introducing all of the newest additions to the contributor team, so stop by Imagine Gnats to read up on all of our profiles. Also make sure to check out some of the other creative projects, tutorials, and tips that Rachael the current contributor team have shared. There is a lot of inspiration to find!
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