Pink Castle Fabrics Bundle Contest

Back in January, one of my first posts on this little blog was a fat quarter bundle I created for a contested hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and Kokka Quilts.

While my fabric bundle didn’t catch the eye of the judges, I still enjoyed the process of looking through the fabric at that shop and picking out a selection that appealed to me.

Now, there is a similar contest hosted by Katy at I’m a Ginger Monkey and sponsored by Pink Castle Fabrics.

This time around, I was inspired by this living room I pinned on Pinterest awhile back.  I just love the contrast of the dark purple and yellow grounded by bits of green and gray.

I struggled with creating this fabric bundle a bit because I wanted to build it around a focal print, but I couldn’t really find anything that was co-dominated by my color choices.  Instead, I chose a solid in each color from the palette and then filled in with co-ordinating prints, trying to be conscious of including a range of tones within the color choices.  Admittedly, pairing purple with yellow might be a bold choice, but I think these would make a fantastic, vibrant quilt.

Purples: Free Spirit grape/Moda ditzy daisies/Joel Dewberry Aviary2;
Yellows: Free Spirit saffron/Michael Miller ta dot sunny/Heather Bailey Bijoux;
Greens: Kona cactus/Riley Blake fly a kite dot green/MM vintage ironwork leaf;
Grays: Free Spirit nugray/Moda cross weave gray/Lotta Jansdotter small spring buds


Little stack of squares

Or maybe that should be BIG stack of little squares.  Five inch squares, 280 of them.

Why, oh, why do I have a stack of 280, 5-inch squares of fabric, all in the red-orange color family?

Because I’m going to trade them as part of a fabric swap!  It’s like trading cards for the fabric lover.  Kati at from the blue chair organized a monster 5-yard color wheel charm swap.  I realize that last sentence may not make sense at all, but I’m pretty excited about it.  Apparently, 55 other people are really excited about it too because the available slots for this swap filled up in five minutes.  Five minutes!  It’s a fabric craze!

I need to give a quick shout-out to Lyanna at Purple Panda Quilts because she signed me up for the swap since I was in Chicago and didn’t know if I would be able to log on when the swap opened.   Without her, no collection of fabric trading cards for me!

A charm square is a pre-cut 5-inch square of fabric.  Fabric manufacturers often produce a charm square pack of a particular fabric line so you can get a little taste of the entire collection.  These little squares are great to use in patchwork and quilting.

In this color wheel charm swap, there are 56 participants.  Each person was assigned a particular color and purchased 5 yards of fabric in that color group.  We cut them up into charm squares and mailed them off to Kati.  I, obviously, was assigned to the red-orange group.  The directions were to purchase 4 prints and one solid in your assigned color.

Kati has the massive undertaking of sorting 280 YARDS OF FABRIC into 56 different packages and putting them back in the mail.  Yikes.  I think I may need to send her a thank you gift for all that work.  Phew!

Some time next month, I will receive a package with 280 charm squares, five total yards, in all colors of the rainbow, plus black and white.  It will be like Christmas in April.  Hooray!

Fabric Friday + a poll

Many months ago, I won a yard of fabric from in a giveaway on No Big Dill.    I let Sierra pick the fabric and as she loves all things green, it’s no surprise she picked this chartreuse ruffle fabric.  I have always intended this fabric to become a skirt for Sierra (she did choose it!) but it has sat and sat in my sewing space, as I’ve been completely uninspired about how to actually construct the skirt.  I could have just sewed it up and added a waistband, but it needed something more.

Last weekend, inspiration struck.  My friend Sarah hosted a Matilda Jane trunk show at her house.  I didn’t have the budget to purchase any of the lovely items she had for sale that day (my budget is going toward fabric and supplies to move my business forward at the moment), when I saw this skirt, I knew just what to do.  This ruffle fabric needed a fun print at the top to make it complete.  So, now I’m ready to make this skirt, but I just can’t decide white print to pair it with.

Here are the options; each picks up a bit of that green in the ruffles:

Left to right: Timeless Treasures Owl Floral, Quilting Treasure Splendid Rhapsody, Michael Miller Beatrice Bloom, Blue Hill Fabric Basics Multi Dots on Black, Michael Miller Bird Song

Okay, I’m going to attempt my first poll: which do you like best?

I tried three times (from two different poll makers) to make a poll, but I couldn’t get it to embed. Just leave your thoughts in the comments, please. And any thoughts on how to add a poll to a blog post!


Fabric Friday: Joel Dewberry

Remember “Show and Tell”?  Yeah, me too.  One of the best parts of the week for a grade schooler!  All week long, you wait for Friday, when you can bring that special something to school, that something that makes you so happy that you just have to show everyone!  

That’s how I feel about fabric.  I buy fabric sometimes for an intended project, but sometimes just because it’s wonderful and beautiful and catches my eye, knowing that eventually it will want to be made into something lovely.  Fabric junkies call this the “stash”.    It’s a collection, really, like baseball cards or stamps or coins (or peacocks or snow people or antique dishes or those carved wooden figures).

So, let’s have grown-up show and tell on Friday!  I shall try and make this a regular occurrence.  I will show and tell some fabric, and you can show and tell (if you have a blog) or just tell (in the comments) fabric or anything you’re loving right now.

These are all fabrics by Joel Dewberry.  The one on the left is from a collection called Meadow Sweet, but the colors work nicely with the rest, which are all from the Heirloom collection.

From top to bottom: nap sack, rose bouquet, chrysanthemum

From top to bottom: empire weave, marble stripe, tile flourish (all from the Sapphire palette of Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom collection).

So tell me: what do you collect?  Or show me some fabric!

Also tell me: should I iron these fabrics before I take a picture, or does it not matter?  I’m just going to fold them back up because I’m not currently making anything with them!

Blogger’s Choice Fat Quarter Bundle

Do you know the Fat Quarter Shop?  Well, they are an excellent destination for online fabric shopping.  Not only do they have a huge array of beautiful fabrics by the yard, they also have a large selection of pre-cut fabric bundles.  One section is the “Blogger’s Choice Fat Quarter Bundle,” which feature coordinating print and solid fabrics selected by a blogger in the online sewing community.

Recently, Quokka Quilts has teamed up with the Fat Quarter Shop.  They are hosting a contest challenging participants to create a fat quarter bundle consisting of 12 coordinating prints and three solids.

I started out with a general idea for a theme and then saved 40 (yes 40!) different fabrics that I liked and thought I could use.  Then came the challenge of whittling that down to just 15.  Sheesh!  I don’t know how long I stared at those thumbnails of those fabrics.  Here are the ones that made the final cut.

1. Benartex crazy daisy black with yellow 2. Dear Stella charcoal solid 3. Lecein woodland gray dots and vines 4. Dear Stella palladium gray gridlock 5.  Lakehouse Pam Kitty Morning yellow on white precious dot 6. Michael Miller charcoal tiny houndstooth 7. Dear Stella mimosa yellow mumsy 8. Marcus Brothers french dress ebony mosaic medallions 9. Lecien happy mochi yum yum lemon fiji 10. Quilting Treasures juicy blossoms yellow hyacinth 11. Lecien flower sugar gray floral circles 12. Free Spirit designer solids saffron 13. Riley Blake sunny happy skies yellow lace 14. Dear Stella palladium gray peacock 15. Michael Miller cotton couture solid fog

I went with a yellow gray theme because that color combination has been on my mind lately.  When I choosing fabrics, I picked yellows that were a little bit more toward the gold side of yellow.  The warmth of that color is a great contrast to the cool gray.  I tried to make sure that I had a range of tones from dark to light that would be interesting and useful to someone who might potentially purchase this bundle if it were available.

I love this group of fabrics together.  There is a great contrast between some of the floral prints and the more structured or geometric (4., 6.).  I made sure to include a couple that had some interesting looking textures in the print (7., 14.) and had a sub-theme of circles that carriers through many of the prints (3., 5., 8., 9., 11., and 13. and 14. to some extent).

What do you think?