Author: lorindadavis

Mother of three, and wife to the best husband ever.

Color Play Friday: Cupcakes

Spring is coming! Spring is coming!

Finally, flowers are starting to bloom and we are having some warm days. Of course, this is Western Washington… still plenty of clouds and rain, but I’ll take what I can get!

If you’re new to Color Play Friday, welcome! This is my fun way of taking a little time each week to expand my color knowledge and fabric-selection skills. Often, a picture will take me completely out of my comfort zone and force me to combine fabrics in a new way.

 You can 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 palettes and bundles from the past! If you’d like to know more about participating in Color Play Friday, please feel free send me an email and I’ll let you in on all the details of how to join.

This week’s photo is from my daughter’s birthday last summer. We decided that instead of a cake, a variety of cupcakes would be fun.

At first glace, I thought I’d be pulling all sorts of bright colors out of this picture. But as I got started, I quickly realized that everything was much more muted.  I started to worry that I would hate this bundle, until I remembered the gorgeous muted colors in many of the Cotton + Steel collections. So, I went all Cotton + Steel this week!

So what I thought would be a difficult week turned out to be one of my all-time favorite Color Play Friday bundles.

Cupcakes

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Here are the fabrics I chose:

Alexia Abegg, Flower Shop, Bow Ties in Peach

Rifle Paper Company, Les Fleurs, Rosa in Peach

Melody Miller, Fruit Dots, Fruit Blossoms in Blue

Cotton + Steel Basics, Netorious in Jam Jar

Sarah Watts, Honeymoon, Porch Tile in Mustard

Cotton + Steel Basics, Dottie in Goldilocks

 

I found all my fabrics on the Stash Fabrics website this week.

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!

 Next week, we’ll do a photo of my sweet dog Max swimming on one of our hikes.

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I hope you can join us next time!

Happy Sewing, ~L

#882boxblocks

This week I had the honor of joining Leanne from Devoted Quilter in making blocks for some senior citizens in her community who lost their home to a fire. She will need 882 of these simple box blocks to complete the quilts.

Leanne has people committed for all the blocks she will need, but is still accepting donations of backing fabric and batting.

I encourage you to go to her post for more info.

You can also search the hashtag #882boxblocks on Instagram to see all the blocks being made.

Here are the blocks I’ll be sending: 
Happy Sewing! -L

Color Play Friday: Wine Cellar

Hello, my friends!

If you’re new to Color Play Friday, welcome! This is my fun way of taking a little time each week to expand my color knowledge and fabric-selection skills. Often, a picture will take me completely out of my comfort zone and force me to combine fabrics in a new way.

 You can 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 palettes and bundles from the past! If you’d like to know more about participating in Color Play Friday, please feel free send me an email and I’ll let you in on all the details of how to join.

I knew this photo would be a challenge for me with all those browns and yellows. If I had to pick my least favorite colors, I must admit that they would both be on that list. But the whole point of CPF is to challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zones. And it was actually easier than I thought to come up with something I really like!

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Here are the fabrics I chose:

Thomas Paul, Seedling II, Cairo in Stone

Carolyn Friedlander, Architextures, Crosshatch in Shale

Lizzy House, Mini Pearl Bracelets in Lemon Curd

Thomas Paul, Seedling II, Block Flower in Bronze

Rifle Paper Company, Les Fleurs Lawn, City Toile Lawn in Peach Metallic

Carolyn Friedlander, Doe, Ladder Lines in Ice Peach

Camelot Cottons House Designer, Black and Tan, Herringbone in Marigold

I chose all my fabrics this week using the Color Grid on the Hawthone Threads website. I love that tool!

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 following people are joining me this week:

123Quilt

Hazel Honey

 

Here is our photo for next week… yummy cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday last summer.

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I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Fabric Rope Tutorial

Good evening, everyone!

 Lately I’ve been playing around with making fabric rope out of scrap strips. Because I’ve been getting my house ready to sell, I’ve put away a lot of my projects and haven’t had much time to sew. Making rope is a great way to satisfy my need to play with pretty fabric, and it’s an easy project to pick up and put down as needed. Also, it’s a great hand project for watching TV or kids’ sports events because once you’ve got the hang of it, you really don’t have to look at your work too much!

After sharing some fabric rope pictures on Instagram, I had a follower ask for a tutorial.

So, below you will find my YouTube video tutorial for making fabric rope… Enjoy!

Happy Twisting!  ~L

Color Play Friday: Isaac at the Beach

Happy Friday, friends!

If you’re new to Color Play Friday, welcome! This is my fun way of taking a little time each week to expand my color knowledge and fabric-selection skills. Often, a picture will take me completely out of my comfort zone and force me to combine fabrics in a new way.

 You can 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 palettes and bundles from the past! If you’d like to know more about participating in Color Play Friday, please feel free send me an email and I’ll let you in on all the details of how to join.

I took this photo a few years ago, but I just love the bright colors!

Isaac at the Beach

Originally, I planned on using all Art Gallery Fabrics this week, with their denim for those sky blues from the picture. None of the denims worked for the colors I needed, but I was so happy with the bright, fun colors I was seeing on the Art Gallery website, that I decided to stick with a fully AGF bundle.

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Here are the fabrics I chose:

Dana Willard, Fiesta Fun, Mexican Dress Midnight

Katarina Roccella Inblue, Chinoiserie in Kobalt

Art Gallery Fabrics, Round Elements, Crystaline Blue

Art Gallery Fabrics, Oval Elements, Peacock

Art Gallery Fabrics, Oval Elements, Green Apple

Art Gallery Fabrics, Prisma Elements, Passion Garnet

 

Instead of linking fabrics individually, this week I’m just going to send you to the Art Gallery Fabrics website. There’s so much beautiful stuff to look at there!

 

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!

Sarah at 123Quilt did a bundle this week too. Check it out here!

Also, our photo for next week is from Sarah! I can’t wait to play with all those warm colors!

Wine Cellar by Sarah of 123 Quilt

I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Color Play Friday: Skyline

Hi friends! Happy Friday; I hope you have a fun weekend planned!

  I haven’t been getting much sewing in lately… I’ve been super busy getting my house prettied up to sell. I miss being at my machine. I think a small project might be in order just regain some sanity! Earlier this week, my heart just NEEDED to play with fabric, so I learned how to make a simple rope from fabric scraps. It’s really fun and fast, but I’m still trying to figure out how I want to use it… I’ll post more about it next week!

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If you’re new to Color Play Friday, welcome! This is my fun way of taking a little time each week to expand my color knowledge and fabric-selection skills. Often, a picture will take me completely out of my comfort zone and force me to combine fabrics in a new way.

 You can 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 palettes and bundles from the past! If you’d like to know more about participating in Color Play Friday, please feel free send me an email and I’ll let you in on all the details of how to join.

I took this photo out of my hotel room window a few years back when I was on a business trip with my husband.  I loved the way the city looked in the twilight.  Skyline Palette and Bundle

Here are the fabrics I chose for this week’s bundle:

Heather Givans, Literary, Read Aloud in Gusto

Timeless Treasures, Sketch in Sapphire

Tula Pink, Tabby Road, Tent Stripe in Blue Bird

Amy Sinibaldi, Playground, Sandbox in Frozen

Art Gallery Fabrics, Squared Elements in Almondette

Bari J, Anna Elise, Geo Mist in Gold

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!

Be sure to head over to 123Quilt to see what Sarah came up with this week!

 This next photo is a fun one of my son being silly on the beach. I’m excited for all the bright colors!

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I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Color Play Friday: Downtown Savannah

Hello friends!

If you’re new to Color Play Friday, welcome! This is my fun way of taking a little time each week to expand my color knowledge and fabric-selection skills. Often, a picture will take me completely out of my comfort zone and force me to combine fabrics in a new way.

You may have noticed things were a bit quiet around here last Friday. After being sick and traveling up to the mountains last week, I just never got around to posting! So today I’ll do both this week’s and last week’s pictures. 

 You can 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 palettes and bundles from the past! If you’d like to know more about participating in Color Play Friday, please feel free send me an email and I’ll let you in on all the details of how to join.

First up: Raspberries

I was super excited about this picture at first, because it seemed to have all the pinks that I love so much. But as I got into it and started pulling colors out, I noticed that they all were a little ‘dusty’. Not the super-vivid colors I was hoping for, but I am still fairly happy with the pink palette I chose. I decided to add the green in there to add interest and a little bit of contrast. If I was making a project from this bundle, that green would totally be my binding!

Raspberries Palette and Bundle

Here are the fabrics for this bundle:

Ann Kelle, Remix, Circles in Hot Pink

Robert Kaufman, Spot On, Small Spots in Bubblegum

Bari J, Mille Fleur, Chandelier in Sweets

Ann Kelle, Remix, Ovals in Bright

Timeless Treasures, Sketch Basic in Berry

Hawthorne Threads, Botany, Seeds in Kale

And here’s the photo for this week!

I love this photo titled Downtown Savannah from Sarah at 123Quilt. I expected to do a brown bundle, but all the light greens, blues, and purples where the light is reflecting on the stairs and bench kept drawing me in. I decided to just go with it and work completely with those… no brown in this palette, and I love it! Downtown Savannah Palette and Bundle

Here are the fabrics I chose:

Hawthorne Threads,  Norwegian Wood, Wallflowers in Pebble

Jane Dixon, Flamingos, Striations in Grey

Jennifer Sampou, Studio Stash, Bulging Stripe in Aqua

Carolyn Friendlander, Architextures, Crosshatch in Lake

Hawthorne Threads, Norwegian Wood, Thicket in Marine

Rae Ritchie, Scallop Dot in Powder

 

 

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!

Our next photo is titled Skyline:

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Thanks for stopping by; I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Sewing, ~L