Thursday, September 22, 2016

Color Play Friday - Boys on the Beach

Hello and welcome to 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 provide one of their photographs as inspiration and then the participants create a color palette and coordinating fabric bundle based on the photo.

This week's Color Play Friday (CPF) is a very nostalgic one for me. It's called "Boys on the Beach."


I used to spend my summers in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and this photo brings back all the amazing days spent walking the shoreline under a cloudy sky. As I sit here, I can smell the salt in the air. Can you smell it? Excuse me for a moment while I reminisce.

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Okay, I'm back! Here is what I came up with for the week.


This color palette just screams PNW to me. You've got the grey for the cloudy skies, the blue for the water (most of it raining on you, lol), the lush greens of all the vegetation in the area, and the earthy browns. I've always said that if I could pick one place to live, it would be there. I'm trying to get Mr. 123quilt on board with the idea!

Anyway, this was one of those bundles that was both easy and hard at the same time. It took me a while to finalize my color palette but once I got it locked in, it was smooth sailing from there. Almost every fabric I picked this week was the first one I looked at, so choosing the fabric went really fast. It was as if all the perfect fabrics were right there waiting for me.

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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 participants!

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

Participants:
Jennifer on Flickr
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 the Color Play Friday tab in my menu bar!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Berryburgh Block in the Wild

Hey everyone!

You may remember that last week I took part in the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop and that I introduced the Berryburgh Block along with a tutorial.


Well, Berryburgh Block has been spotted in the wild! What????


Susan from Desert Sky Quilting made my block! I am beyond thrilled that somebody liked my block enough to actually make it! You should definitely click on her link so you can read more about her experience making the Berryburgh Block.

I absolutely love that Susan changed the construction of the pinwheel to a method that works better for her. I am a huge proponent of doing WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! So three cheers for Susan!

I also love the red, white, and blue color scheme she went with. Maybe it's because I've been wanting to make a patriotic/holiday quilt for a long time. Probably, (okay really and truly) it's because she made my block to be part of an American Hero quilt!!! That means it will be made into a quilt and donated to a wounded warrior. Seriously, all the good feels right now!

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If you want to make my block you can find the tutorial here. I would love to see it so be sure to tag me on Instagram (@123quilt) and use the hashtag #BerryburghBlock123quilt. Or you can email me (sarah123quilt@gmail.com) with a photo of your block or a link to your blog post so I can link up to you!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Color Play Friday!!!

Happy Color Play Friday everyone!!!

For those of you who are 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 participants create color palettes and fabric bundles based on the photo. Fun, right?!

This week's photo is called "Naked at the Airport."

Now wait a second... Get yer' minds out of the gutter. We're talking about the juice brand here! :p

Actually, if you were naked at the airport, would getting through the security line be any easier???

Here's the photo for the week.


See? It really is just juice!

Here is my take on this photo.


I really struggled with this one. I started out feeling completely inspired by the gorgeous pink color gradient on in the bottle. I tried to base a palette around that while including a bit of pale yellow as a whimsical nod to the strawberry banana flavor of the juice but it just. wouldn't. work!!! That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes you just can't force an idea - as hard as you might try. You have to stop, take a breather (or eat a snack in my case), and start from scratch.

So, here is my new palette. I think this palette is sleek, modern, and a bit feminine. The best part is that the orange of the juice cap managed to sneak it's way into my bundle in the Katarina Roccella print.

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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!

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

Participants:
Jennifer on Flickr
Sarah @ 123 Quilt (that's ME!!!)
and
Steph @ Shimmy and More

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

See my past CPF entries by clicking on the Color Play Friday tab in my menu bar at the top of the page.

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Until next time!
-Sarah

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop - Berryburgh Block and Tutorial

Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop!


Many thanks to the hop hosts Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter for all their hard work putting this hop together! I also want to give a HUGE thank you to Cloud9 for generously sponsoring the hop!


Cloud9 provided each participant with 5 fat quarters of their gorgeous, organic Cirrus Solids in Amazon, Sky, Shadow, Lilac, and Iris. With over 60 participants in this block hop, that means that over the course of three days you are going to get a ton of free block tutorials. 

There are a few rules of course. Don't worry, they're for the block designers, not you! Each participant in the hop was asked to create a 12 1/2" (unfinished) quilt block using at least three of the five solids provided. Not too hard, right? 


I had never worked with Cloud9 fabrics before this challenge. I have to tell you how impressed I am! They are made with 100% organic cotton and they are SO soft! Seriously, I think I annoyed Mr. 123quilt when I was making my block because every step of the way I made him feel how soft the fabric was. 


Also, I freely admit to petting my block every time I walk by it. It's currently sitting on my ironing board waiting to be packaged up and shipped out to the hop hosts. They are going to take all the participant blocks and turn them into charity quilts. How awesome is that?!

Introducing... Berryburgh Block!

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Berryburgh Block 



A Quilt Block By: Sarah Smith from www.123quilt.blogspot.com
Featured in the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

General Notes:
  •  Berryburgh Block is a 12” finished (12 ½” unfinished) quilt block.
  • ¼” seams are used throughout the construction of this block.
  • This block is named for the entirely fictional but picturesque town of Berryburgh that is known for its wild berries that grow along the town's wooden fences.

Materials Required:

  • 1 – FQ (fat quarter) each, Cirrus solids in Amazon, Sky, and Shadow.
  • Basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, thread, scissors, cutting mat, ruler with a 45 degree angle mark, rotary cutter, marking pen or pencil, etc.).


Cutting Instructions:
         
From Amazon:
Cut (2) 4” x 4” squares
Cut (1) 4 ½” x 4 ½” square
          
From Sky:
Cut (16) 2” x 2” squares

From Shadow:
Cut (4) 4” x 4” squares
Cut (1) 4 ½” x 4 ½” square
Cut (16) 2” x 2” squares

Half Square Triangle (HST) Assembly:

{Step 1} Using a marking pen or pencil and a straight edge, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 2 Shadow squares (4” x 4”).


{Step 2} Pair each marked Shadow square (4” x 4”) with an Amazon square (4” x 4”), right sides together.


{Step 3} With the marked square on top, sew ¼” away from either side of the marked line. Do this for both pairs.


{Step 4} Using scissors or a ruler and rotary cutter, cut the sewn pairs along the marked line and press open to reveal the HST unit. (4 total)


{Step 5} Trim each HST unit to 3 ½” x 3 ½”. Line up the 45 degree angle line on the ruler with the center seam of the HST unit to ensure accuracy when trimming.



Quarter Square Triangle (QST) Assembly:

{Step 1} Using the HST method described above, make 2 HSTs from 1 Shadow square (4 ½” x 4 ½”) and 1 Amazon square (4 ½” x 4 ½”).

{Step 2} Trim the HSTs to 4” square. Line up the 45 degree angle line on the ruler with the center seam of the HST unit to ensure accuracy when trimming.

{Step 3} Using a marking pen or pencil and a straight edge, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of 2 Shadow squares (4” x 4”).

{Step 4} Pair each of the marked Shadow squares with a HST (4” x 4”), right sides together. Make sure the drawn line goes in the opposite direction of the seam line of the HST.


{Step 5} With the marked square on top, sew ¼” away from either side of the marked line. Do this for both pairs.


{Step 6} Using scissors or a rotary cutter and ruler, cut the sewn pairs along the marked line and press open to reveal the QST units. (4 total)


{Step 7} Trim each QST to 3 ½” x 3 ½”.
·         To trim accurately, find the midpoint of the QST by taking the measurement of the unfinished unit and dividing by 2. (For our 3 ½” x 3 ½” unfinished unit, this number is 1 ¾”.)
·         Find the intersection of this number (1 ¾”) on your ruler. Place that point directly over the center point of your block, aligning the 45 degree angle with one of the seam lines.
·         Trim the excess fabric on each side. Rotate the block and repeat.


Pinwheel Assembly:

{Step 1} Use the 4 QST units to assemble the center pinwheel following the diagram below.


8-Patch Assembly:

{Step 1} Using 4 Shadow squares (2” x 2”) and 4 Sky squares (2” x 2”), assemble the 8-Patch following the diagram below.


{Step 2} Repeat Step 1 three times for a total of 4 8-Patches.


Berryburgh Block Assembly:

{Step 1} Assemble the block like a basic 9-Patch following the diagram below.



There you have it! You have completed a Berryburgh Block! If you make this block, I would love to see it! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@123quilt) and use the hashtag #BerryburghBlock123quilt. Or you can email me (sarah123quilt@gmail.com) with a photo of your block or a link to your blog post. I'd love to share your blocks on my social media!

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You may have noticed that my tutorial is shown in the blue colorway and my actual block was made in the purple colorway. I did that specifically so you could see the block both ways! Truthfully, Berryburgh block would look great in a lot of colorways! The block would also look great using prints. You could use this block in a sampler quilt or make an entire quilt with this one block. There are so many possibilities!

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Be sure to check out the other amazing blocks being presented today! Also, swing by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl for a GIVEAWAY!!!

Today's Schedule

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Yesterday's Schedule

Monday, September 12th

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tomorrow's Schedule

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

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Linking up with:

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Color Play Friday - Birthday Bash!

Happy Friday everyone and Happy Birthday, 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 fabric bundle based on the photo. It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with.

Anyway...

This week Color Play Friday turns 1! You all know what birthdays mean... CAKE!!!


Oh man! I love cake! Especially birthday cake. Yep... I'm going to be thinking about cake for the rest of the day.

Here is what I came up with this week.


Yeah... still thinking about cake...

In celebration of CPF's birthday, I decided to create my bundle from the types of fabric that I love. Bright, saturated blender fabrics! Every fabric I picked this week is a piece I would love to have in my stash. I don't know what else I can say about my bundle; I think it speaks for itself!

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








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

Hosts:

Participants:
Sarah @ 123 Quilt (that me!)
Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts
and
Steph @ Shimmy and More


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As always, if you are interested in playing along, you can get the info on how to participate by clicking either of the hosts' 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, September 1, 2016

Color Play Friday - Bridge in Fall

Welcome to Color Play Friday!

For those of you who are 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 participants create a color palette and a bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun. You should play along!

This week the theme is all about Fall. I think Fall may be my favorite time of year. I love the smell of burning leaves on the air. I love the taste of pumpkin in EVERYTHING (you know what I mean). Mostly though, I think I love that it's no longer elventy bajillion degrees out! Come on Fall! Get here already!

Here is the photo of the week.


Can't you just feel the crisp Fall air? No wait, that's just the combo of the AC blowing and a fan spinning overhead. Sigh.

Here is what I came up with this week.


I did things a bit differently this week. First, you may have noticed, my bundle is all batiks! I occasionally use batiks but they are definitely not my go to. I really like how they work with the photo. Second, these fabrics are all from the same collection - Autumn by Tonga Treats! I usually try to pull fabrics from different lines but this time I just had to go with this collection. It kind of feels like cheating! I actually saw this collection earlier in the week when I was shopping around online and I knew it would be perfect for this week's CPF photo challenge. Yep, definitely feels like cheating, lol.

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I "shopped" at Missouri Star Quilt Co. this week.








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Be sure to check out the other CPF participants!

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

PARTICIPANTS:
Jennifer on Flickr
Carrie @ The Zen Quilter
and
Sarah @ 123 Quilt (that's me!)


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As always, if you are interested in playing along, you can get the info on how to participate by clicking either of the hosts' 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 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
and 


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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