Color Play Friday: French Coffee

Ever have those weeks where you feel like you got NOTHING done? That is so me this week! When I think about it, I actually did quite a lot, though I’m not FEELING very accomplished. Oh well, there’s always next week!

Color Play Friday is hosted by Trina from In An Otter Life and myself. If you’re new to Color Play Friday, head over to my Color Play Friday page to see the rules and my palettes and bundles from previous weeks. You can also search #colorplayfriday on Instagram to see lots of past palettes and bundles.

I loved the calm this photo invoked. I have no idea where Trina was when she took this, but I imagine a very mellow cafe in a Seattle suburb sometime around late morning. The sort of day where you have nothing planned and can take your time enjoying the atmosphere around you.

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I found some beautiful teals in the shadow on the coffee cup that I thought would accent the obvious browns very well, so I decided to go with those two colors.

Here are the fabrics I chose:

Joel Dewberry, Bungalow, Swallow Study in Chocolate

Tim Holtz, Eclectic Elements, Game Pieces in Taupe

Tim Holtz, Wallflower Diamonds in Charcoal

Iza Pearl Design, Blush and Blooms, Texture in Aqua

Annabel Wrigley, Maribel, Grid in Turquoise

Amy Butler, Bright Heart, Oh Deer in Navy

 

 

A note about scale:

  • While I believe scale is a very important part of fabric selection, the fabrics shown in my Color Play images are not always perfectly to scale. I do my best, by you should always double check scale before ordering!

Don’t forget to head over to the other blogs and see what they came up with! The fun of Color Play Friday is seeing the differences and similarities between everyone’s bundles.

Participants this week:

Laurel and Pine (that’s me!)

In An Otter Life

Jennifer Lewis

Here is our photo for next week. Last Saturday, Trina and I and a few other friends went with some of our kiddos for a completely impromptu walk around her neighborhood. It was one of those perfect, unplanned adventures. This tree had such a  beautiful, peachy color that Trina and I decided it needed to be a CPF picture!

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Are you enjoying Color Play Friday? We’d love for you to get in on the fun and create your own Color Play post! You can create a bundle of fabric, select yarns or embroidery threads, or create a project inspired by our photo. Be sure to let Trina or I know so we can link up to you. You can get in contact with us at colorplayfriday@gmail.com

I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Color Play Friday: Boys on the Beach

It’s been an exciting week! Monday, I finally got to announce my involvement in a new pattern company called Quilt Theory. I also participated in the Blogger’s Quilt festival this week.

Color Play Friday is hosted by Trina from In An Otter Life and myself. If you’re new to Color Play Friday, head over to my Color Play Friday page to see the rules and my palettes and bundles from previous weeks. You can also search #colorplayfriday on Instagram to see lots of past palettes and bundles.

Here is our picture for this week.

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I loved all the grays, so I focused on those, but I also wanted to play with that pop of color in the middle of the photo. I’m really happy with this very masculine bundle.

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Here are the fabrics I chose:

Parson Gray Favorites, Felucca in Moonshade

Cotton and Steel  Basics, Dottie in Fedora

Hawthorne,  Bengal, Tiger Mosaic in Onyx

April Rhodes, Observer, Triangle Tokens in Ink

Rashida Coleman-Hale, Macrame, Bead Curtain in  Deep Sea

Alison Glass, Handcrafted Patchwork, Tile in Brick

 

A note about scale:

  • While I believe scale is a very important part of fabric selection, the fabrics shown in my Color Play images are not always perfectly to scale. I do my best, by you should always double check scale before ordering!

Don’t forget to head over to the other blogs and see what they came up with! The fun of Color Play Friday is seeing the differences and similarities between everyone’s bundles.

Participants this week:

Laurel and Pine (that’s me!)

In An Otter Life

123 Quilt

Jennifer Lewis

Here is next week’s photo- isn’t it peaceful?

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Are you enjoying Color Play Friday? We’d love for you to get in on the fun and create your own Color Play post! You can create a bundle of fabric, select yarns or embroidery threads, or create a project inspired by our photo. Be sure to let Trina or I know so we can link up to you. You can get in contact with us at colorplayfriday@gmail.com

I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Blogger’s Quilt Festival:Teetering

Teetering is my first ever entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! What a fun event for us to see everyone’s favorite work. I’ve very much enjoyed visiting old and new blogger friends this last couple of days and seeing what they had to show.

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Speaking of which, here is “Teetering”, my entry into the Modern Quilt Category. I made this quilt as my exercise for February’s Mighty Lucky  Quilting Club challenge from Season Evans.

At the time that I made it, I was a busy, busy girl. Besides the normal ‘three kids, volunteer work, starting a business’ stress, I was also teaching my son to drive and picking him up from school every day to take him to drivers ed. I didn’t realize going in how much stress that would cause, and I poured all my icky, frustrated feelings into this mini quilt.

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Everything about this quilt was intentionally just a bit ‘off’. I wanted the blocks of grey and black to appear impossibly balanced, floating in air, and as if they were starting to drop.

I quilted the crap out of this thing, and ended up loving the result. I was disappointed at first that the quilting pushed the top around in such a way as the warp the design a bit, but in hindsight, I love how that adds to the whole ‘off kilter’ effect.

When I first finished this, I said that I needed to put it away for a bit in order to be able to appreciate it for what it was.  Here we are 7 months later, and it’s one of my favorites. I’m thinking this is a design style that I need to explore a bit more!

If you are new to my blog, welcome! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here is some of my most recent work:

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Happy Sewing!  ~L

Announcing Quilt Theory!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed a lot of secret sewing sneak peeks recently. Well, I am super excited today to finally introduce Quilt Theory to you!


I am one of 7 designers working on our debut pattern collection. Be sure to check out the Quilt Theory website and sign up to be the first to get more info.

Here are links to the sites of my fellow designers:

Cheryl Brickey – Meadow Mist Designs
Daisy Aschehoug – Ants to Sugar
Kitty Wilkin – Night Quilter
Michelle Bartholomew
Stephanie Palmer – Late Night Quilter & The Quilter’s Planner
Yvonne Fuchs – Quilting Jetgirl

These gals are amazing, and I am thrilled to be working with them.

I can’t show you the whole quilt quite yet, but I’ve complied all my sneak peeks for you here in one post!

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Kona Solids are so gorgeous. 

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Late night sewing and hot tea= my happy place

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M&Ms are an important part of the design process!

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Aurifil threads are perfection. So, so pretty. 

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Straight line quilting

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Slow and steady stitching

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There was a lot of knotting and burying of threads!

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Wonder Clips are a Godsend

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This is one of the best parts of quilting for me.  

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Can’t show the front, but here’s the back. I loved quilting this.  

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The official sneak peek photo

 

Special thanks to Robert Kaufman Fabrics for supplying their amazing Kona solids and Aurifil for supplying thread for this quilt!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Color Play Friday: Naked at the Airport

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you had a great week!  Congratulations on last week’s giveaway winners!  Betsy won the $25 gift certificate from Hawthorne Threads. Thank you so much to Hawthorne Threads for sponsoring that! And the winner of the bundle from me was Jen. I sent that off yesterday and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does with it!

Color Play Friday is hosted by Trina from In An Otter Life and myself. If you’re new to Color Play Friday, head over to my Color Play Friday page to see the rules and my palettes and bundles from previous weeks. You can also search #colorplayfriday on Instagram to see lots of past palettes and bundles.

Here is this week’s photo:

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When I saw these colors, all I thought was “Cotton and Steel”. So as you can see, my whole bundle this week is from them.

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Here are the fabrics I chose:

Rifle Paper Co., Les Fleurs, Birch Floral in Navy

Rashida Coleman-Hale, Macrame, Knotty in Royal

Alexia Marcelle-Abegg, Paper Bandana, Bandana in Grass

Alexia Marcelle-Abegg, Clover, Tiny Tile in Persimmon

Alexia Marcelle-Abegg, Print Shop, Starry in Sea Shell

Melody Miller, Fruit Dots, Gold Stripe in Orange

 

 

A note about scale:

  • While I believe scale is a very important part of fabric selection, the fabrics shown in my Color Play images are not always perfectly to scale. I do my best, by you should always double check scale before ordering!

Don’t forget to head over to the other blogs and see what they came up with! The fun of Color Play Friday is seeing the differences and similarities between everyone’s bundles.

Participants this week:

Laurel and Pine (that’s me!)

In An Otter Life

Shimmy and More

123 Quilt

Jennifer Lewis

Here is next week’s photo, one of mine!

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Are you enjoying Color Play Friday? We’d love for you to get in on the fun and create your own Color Play post! You can create a bundle of fabric, select yarns or embroidery threads, or create a project inspired by our photo. Be sure to let Trina or I know so we can link up to you. You can get in contact with us at colorplayfriday@gmail.com

I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L

2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop!

I am so pleased to be joining in the Hop today using these awesome Organic Cirrus Solids from Cloud9! The “Berry Harvest” bundle curated by our hosts (Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter) is just gorgeous.

Here’s how the hop will go: For the next three days, quilty bloggers will be posting new block designs and tutorials for you. And all the blocks we’ve created will be sent off to be made into quilts for charity- how cool is that?!

Here is the schedule for today:

Today’s Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

So let’s get to the block, shall we?

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This block is named Off Hours, thanks to my amazing friend Mindy. I’m terrible at naming things. So when I asked for some help, Mindy immediately thought it looked like a tilted hourglass and came up with the name. I love quilty friends!

Here is what you will need:

Fabric A – Shadow

(4) 7″ squares

Fabric B – Amazon

(2) 6″ squares

Fabric C- Iris

(2) 5″ squares

Fabric D – Sky

(2) 4″ squares

Fabric E – Lilac 

(2) 3″ squares

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Draw a diagonal line through Fabric B, C, D and E squares.

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Place a Fabric B square on a Fabric A square as shown (lining up two edges) and sew just inside of the drawn line.  Repeat to make two units.

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Trim 1/4″ from the sewn line and press.

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Place Fabric D square on pieced unit as shown and sew just inside the drawn line as before.

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Trim 1/4″ from the sewn line and press.

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Repeat with Fabrics C and E and remaining Fabric A squares.

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Trim each unit to 6 1/2″. First, trim the inside of the block to square it up, then trim the excess off the outer edges.

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Assemble the block as shown using a scant 1/4″ seam and press.

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I hope you have fun with this block. And don’t forget to visit all the other blogs to check out their blocks.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with!

Here is the schedule for tomorrow and Wednesday:

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mochawildchild
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

Happy Sewing, ~L

Color Play Friday: Birthday Bash and Giveaway!

Oh, happy day! Today, we’re celebrating, because it’s Color Play Friday’s First Birthday! And you know celebrating calls for gifts…  I have two giveaways for you today, but more on that later.

Color Play Friday is hosted by Trina from In An Otter Life and myself. If you’re new to Color Play Friday, head over to my Color Play Friday page to see the rules and my palettes and bundles from previous weeks. You can also search #colorplayfriday on Instagram to see lots of past palettes and bundles.

What else could we have a picture of this week besides a fun and colorful birthday cake?!

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This picture was so bright and happy, and I wanted to capture the feeling of all that colorful confetti.

All the fabrics in this bundle are from Hawthorne Threads:

Robert Kaufman House Designer, Spot On, Small Spots in Pomegranate

Holly Degroot, Brush Strokes, Confetti in Multi

Holly Degroot, Brush Strokes, Facets in Multi

Robert Kaufman House Designer, London Calling Lawn 5, Pretty Petals in Meadow

Karen Lewis, Blueberry Park, Kite Strings in Breakers

Elizabeth Hartman, Pacific, Starlight in Teal

As a bonus this week, Trina and I opened up the CPF vault as an opportunity for a ‘second chance bundle’. This is where we can take a picture from the past, and have another go at it.

For my second chance bundle, I chose this photo of Trina’s. It was one of our very first Color Play Friday pictures, and I was thrilled with my bundle at the time. Looking back, I still love the bundle I chose, but I wanted to try another look.  second-chance-flowers-at-met-market

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Here are the fabrics I chose for my ‘second chance’ bundle:

Karen Lewis, Blueberry Park, Flowerbed in Zucchini

Dinara Mirtalipova, Gardening, Garden Accessories in Green

Jessica Jones, Typography, Script in Khaki

Aneela Hoey, Foxglove, Evening Primrose in Orange

Aneela Hoey, Foxglove, Foxgloves in Orange

Melody Miller, Picnic, Picnic Blanket in Red

(These fabrics are also all from our giveaway sponsor, Hawthorne Threads)

 

A note about scale:

  • While I believe scale is a very important part of fabric selection, the fabrics shown in my Color Play images are not always perfectly to scale. I do my best, by you should always double check scale before ordering!

And, of course, I haven’t forgotten our giveaways!

 

First up, we have a $25 gift card from Hawthorne Threads.

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Trina and I both love using their website to ‘shop’ for our Color Play Friday bundles, so we were thrilled when Hawthorne Threads said they would sponsor a giveaway to help us celebrate.

Our second giveaway is a little bundle and Grunge charm pack from my stash. With two bright Color Play Friday bundles this week, I felt like I needed a mellow bundle to balance things out a bit!

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Here are the giveaway rules:

This giveaway is open to US participants 18 years and older and will be open until Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm Pacific Standard Time.

I will select a two winners from comments via random.org. The first name selected will receive the Hawthorne Threads gift card, and the second will receive the bundle from me.  I will announce our winners on Friday the 16th.  Duplicate entries will be excluded from the drawing.

To Enter:

  1. I’m making it easy today: Leave me a comment, any comment! Favorite color, favorite fabric designer, brand of machine you use, or just say hello!  That’s all there is to it!

 

Please make sure I can get a hold of you if you’re one of our winners!  If you’re a no-reply blogger, put your email address in your comment in this format: your_email (at) outlook (dot) com

 If I can’t contact you, a new winner will be selected.  

And I’m not the only one hosting a Color Play Friday giveaway today!  Trina and Steph are both giving goodies away on their blogs as well.

 

Don’t forget to head over to all the other blogs and see what they came up with! The fun of Color Play Friday is seeing the differences and similarities between everyone’s bundles.

Participants this week:

Laurel and Pine (that’s me!)

In An Otter Life

123 Quilt

Sarah Goer Quilts

Shimmy and More

 

Next week’s photo is one of Trina’s, and I love her tongue-in-cheek photo title: Naked at the Airport.

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Are you enjoying Color Play Friday? We’d love for you to get in on the fun and create your own Color Play post! You can create a bundle of fabric, select yarns or embroidery threads, or create a project inspired by our photo. Be sure to let Trina or I know so we can link up to you. You can get in contact with us at colorplayfriday@gmail.com

I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L