Saturday, September 16, 2017

National Sew A Jelly Roll Day!!!

Hello all you beautiful people!

You know what I LOVE? I love "National" days. Seriously. National Pizza Day. National Doughnut Day. National Cheesecake Day. Um... Those are all food related. (I really like food.)

But wait! Moda Fabrics has designated the 3rd Saturday of every September as National Sew A Jelly Roll Day!!! (#NSJRD) I swear I can hear legions of quilters cheering and hootin' and hollerin' every time I say that! So, now I have a new favorite "National" day. :) You can find out more info by checking out the website Project Jelly Roll.

This year I teamed up with Fat Quarter Shop to celebrate NSAJRD. I don't know if ya'll know this but FQS has tons of free quilt patterns on their website. Just go to their Free Quilt Patterns page. For NSAJRD, I chose to make their free Jelly Roll Slice pattern. Because really, how else do you celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day other than to make a jelly roll quilt??


You guys! This was such a fun, easy, and QUICK project to make! I couldn't believe how fast this top came together. I started with a gorgeous jelly roll of North Woods by Kate Spain (kindly provided by Fat Quarter Shop.)


It seems like before I could even say "National Sew A Jelly Roll Day" three times fast I had my strip sets sewn and cut up, or sliced and diced as I like to say. ;)


Then I put together my Jelly Roll blocks and my Slice blocks...


 Then, like Emeril, BAM! I had a quilt top. (Lots of food references today.)


So yeah, lightening fast.

I was feeling adventurous so I decided to try out a new binding tutorial. Sarah over at Sarah Goer Quilts recently posted this great tutorial for machine binding quilts. Sarah's method is pretty similar to mine but there were enough differences to keep me on my toes.


I really love how it turned out. Isn't that striped binding so fun?! I want to bind everything with stripes now. Lol.

Oh! Bonus! Because I used a holiday themed jelly roll, I've already got a holiday quilt for this year! Yaaassss!

So there you have it! My jelly roll quilt for National Sew A Jelly Roll Day! I highly recommend that you check out the Fat Quarter Shop Blog to see the other projects from the NSAJRD quilt along. FYI, I've seen some sneak peeks and they look awesome!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Color Play Friday - View From Above

Hey all! I've been having a super busy week (I'm moving!) so Color Play Friday (CPF) is going to have to be short and sweet today!

If you are new, please check my last post for the info on what Color Play Friday is and how you can play along!

Here is the photo for this week:


...and

Here is what I came up with:


I really like this one! Then again, blue and yellow is my favorite color combo for fabric. :) This photo is from the host of CPF, Lorinda over at Laurel, Poppy and Pine. I'm pretty sure she had an amazing time taking this photo. Also, I'm just a little bit jealous. I would love to go for a hot air balloon ride!

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








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Be sure to check out Lorinda's blog to see her take on this same photo!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Color Play Friday - EPP at the Beach

Hey everyone! Color Play Friday is back again this week!

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

This week's photo is called EPP at the Beach. (Don't know what EPP is? Check out my How to Speak Like a Quilter page for a fun list of quilting terms.)


Fun Fact: This is the first time fabric has been featured in a Color Play Friday photo!

Here is what I came up with.


The fabric in the EPP project is all from the manufacturer Cotton + Steel so I thought it would be fun to completely avoid that fabric in my bundle. As I started choosing fabrics to go with my palette, I kept pulling Art Gallery fabrics. Somewhere along the way I thought it would be a great idea to pull ONLY Art Gallery fabrics. Sometimes I don't know what I'm thinking... Well, this is the result of that bit of craziness. I think it works.

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






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Be sure to check out Lorinda's blog to see her take on this CPF challenge!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Color Play Friday - Max in the River

Hello and welcome to Color Play Friday! I missed last week because life has been BUSY but I'm glad I found the time to play along this week.

For those of you who may be new, Color Play Friday is a fun, weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides a photo as inspiration and then the Color Play Friday participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and anyone can play along! You can get more info on how to join in the fun by clicking on the Color Play Friday button on my sidebar.

Here is the photo for the week.


There is so much to love about this photo!

Here is what I came up with.


I'm not gonna lie, I STRUGGLED with this one! It's always really hard for me to find just the right green fabrics. I don't know if its because not a lot of designers use green in their collections or if it's because I just have some mental block with the color. I should point out that green is actually my favorite color. Anyway... I guess I kinda sorta like my palette and bundle. This one will have to grow on me.

Let's just take a minute to look at that cute dog! #mustlovedogs

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I shopped at Hawthorne Threads again this week. Is anyone surprised? (non-affiliate links)






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Be sure to check out Lorinda's blog to see her take on this same photo!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Color Play Friday - Wine Cellar

I could definitely use a trip to the wine cellar but hey, at least it's Friday! And that means it's Color Play Friday!

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

The photo this week is actually one of mine. I took this on a road trip nearly ten years ago. I wasn't planning on visiting Napa Valley but the notion took hold and I made a detour. I discovered this great winery that was giving free tours and, really, how could I pass that up?!


This photo was taken in the wine cellar. I really loved the way the light was playing on the barrels, giving everything a warm glow. (The warm glow feeling may have been enhanced by the free tasting samples they were giving out. Just saying...)


As much as I love the photo, those warm orange-y yellows are so not my go to colors. This CPF definitely took me out of my comfort zone. But you know what? That's what makes CPF so much fun. Every week is something new with it's own unique challenge. So there you have it - my best attempt at a warm orange/yellow/brown palette and bundle.

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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 CPF participants!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Color Play Friday - Isaac at the Beach

Hello and welcome to Color Play Friday! I'm glad you stopped by to see what color shenanigans I'm up to this week.

Color Play Friday (CPF) is a weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine (and it's a way for me to exercise my color skills). Each week Lorinda provides an inspiration photograph and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and it's open to everyone. You can get more info on how to play along by clicking the button on my sidebar.

This week's photo has me longing for sunny beach days with a cold drink in my hand and my toes in the sand.


Here is what I came up with.


This one was definitely a labor of love. I had a really hard time finding fabrics in those bright colors. Sometimes the perfect fabric just jumps out at you and sometimes you have to search and search. In the end it usually works out though and I'm happy with what I came up with.

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






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Be sure to check out Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine to see her take on this same photo!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Color Play Friday - Skyline

Hello everyone! It's Color Play Friday again!

Color Play Friday (CPF) is a fun way to play with color and fabric. Each week Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine posts an inspiration photo and then the CPF participants create a color palette and fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a great exercise to hone your skills and it's open to everyone! You can learn more about how to play along by clicking the CPF button on my sidebar.

The photo for this week is this gorgeous shot of a city skyline at night.


I feel like every week I say the current photo is my favorite and every week it is! I can't help it. Lorinda takes such great photos and they are always fun to work with.

Here is what I came up with for the week.


I'm pretty pleased with it. :)

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






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Be sure to check out Lorinda at Laurel, Poppy and Pine to see her take on this same photo!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Friday, March 24, 2017

Color Play Friday - Downtown Savannah

Hello all and welcome to Color Play Friday!

Things have been a bit quiet around here lately but I'm happy I managed to post for Color Play Friday this week! For those of you who are new, Color Play Friday (CPF) is a 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 the photo. It's a lot of fun and everyone is welcome to join. For more info on how to play along, click the CPF button on my sidebar.

The photo for this week is actually one of mine. I love traveling and exploring and I took this one on a quick stopover in Savannah. The city was absolutely charming and I would love to go back and spend more time discovering the place.


Here is what I came up with for the week.


Ooh! I just love it! The palette is on the muted side and in a time when bright, saturated fabrics are all the rage that generally makes it harder to find fabrics in this range but I'm really happy with my choices this week.

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







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Be sure to check out Lorinda's take on this same photo over at Laurel, Poppy, and Pine!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Color Play Friday - Hydrangea Skeletons

Hey Everyone! I took a break from Color Play Friday last week but I'm back at it this week.

For those of you who are new, Color Play Friday (CPF) is a weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine. Each week she provides a photograph as inspiration and then the participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and everyone is welcome to play along. You can click the button on my sidebar for more info on how to join in!

This week's photo is called "Hydrangea Skeletons" and it's absolutely gorgeous!


Seriously, this is my favorite CPF photo so far and there have been a lot of great photos in that pool!

Here is what I came up with.


There are a few metallics in the bundle; that was a happy accident that ended up enhancing the bundle as a whole and creating a wonderful cohesiveness. I think my palette this week has such a modern femininity to it. Overall, I'm incredibly happy with how it all came together.

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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!

and 
Sarah @ 123quilt (that's me!)

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

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Color Play Friday - Bagpipes on Fremont Street

Hey everyone 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 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 bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and a great way to exercise your color skills. Everyone is welcome to join in. You can find more info on how to play along by clicking the CPF button on my sidebar.

This week's photo is actually one I took several years ago.


This photo has such a riot of color! And yeah, those are bagpipes. And yeah, they were LOUD!

Here is what I came up with this week.


There was so much color in this photo that I actually came up with four different palettes! In the end though, I thought this one was truest to the overall content of the photo. I went with some basics this week because, really, who doesn't love basics?! I had thought to do a whole plaid themed bundle but that was just a hot mess! Fun fact: I love plaid and I try to include it in everything. 

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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!

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, 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
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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