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QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (Week 5)

I have a little catching up to do today, with regards to my quilt designs a day. I will admit I took a week break in between but here are my last few designs (just over a week). Don’t forget if you want to join in the fun or just watch – go over to Facebook and check out Quilt Design a Day. Each of the color palettes below links back to the source @ Design seeds.

17 July:
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Definitely not my favorite color palette, with all that pink and sweetness ;-). My first design was with a repeatable block which I like (obviously would make it in a different color though).


I decided it may look better with more of the blocks. It almost looks like a Granny Square in one large quilt…and I did like it better in the dense layout.


18 July:
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I didn’t mind this palette though I usually like coral with navy’s. I decided to go abstract with the design and play with triangles, straight lines and angles….like a flamingo’s legs.QDAD_18JULY2014

19 July:
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I love yellow. I think it is one of my many favorite colors. It always makes me smile. I really wanted to play with hexagons and triangle designs and wanted an aztec feel. Instead I came up with butterscotch toffee’s. I am not sure how I feel about this one, still….though I got great feedback from the group (thank you guys!!). I do like the secondary unaligned square that you get when you alternate the direction of the shape.QDAD_Honey_19JULY2014
20 July:
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I loved the green in this shot and decided to play with the broken rows from the rolling hills, and how the sun may play on those rows and make them lighter as it moves right.QDAD_Windows_20JULY2014

21 July:
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I had a lot of fun with this color palette. I decided to make a start to a medallion quilt. The star which is made up of hexagonal shapes and the first border. QDAD_StarMedallian_Blue_21July2014

Then two other possible color combinations, still using the same color palette inspiration:
QDAD_StarMedallian_Grey_21July2014 QDAD_StarMedallian_Brown_21July2014

22 July:
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Let me tell you, this color palette was totally out of my comfort zone, which is one of the reasons I decided to give it a go. I decided to see if there were things I could find around me, while on vacation. This is the first of a few that were designed with this theme in mind.

I was inspired by our beach umbrella shown here (photographed by me).

Here is the first attempt which is very geometric. Maybe too much like a pizza box.QDAD_Beach_22JULY2014
So, I went to the abstract for the second attempt. Anne @ Play Crafts gave some great feedback with regards to the circles not being integrated…..which turned into the third and last attempt (and I might print this one off and hang on my wall as art).
QDAD_BeachUmbrella_22JULY2014  QDAD_BeachUmbrella_PartialCircles_22JULY2014

23 July:
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Inspiration for my next designs (including some next week) will be from Savannah. The wrought iron work around historic downtown Savannah is fantastic. This gate lead to the inspiration for the design of the day.

I loved the simplicity of the gate design.

That’s it for this week. I hope you like the addition thought process and the photos of the inspiration. It is how I get from point A to point B.

QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (week 2)

Some folks last week asked about the details for the Quilt design a day. So here there are:

  • Quilt Design a Day is hosted by Anne over @ Play Crafts (check out her designs)
  • You can join the group via Facebook.
  • I use threadbias.com for designing, others are using EQ7 or Inkscape

This week I struggled a bit. There a couple of designs I like.

18 June:
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19 June:
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“Vineyard” reminded me of rows at a vineyard. This is one of my favorites of the week.QDAD_Vineyard_19June2014

21 June:
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I revisited my Tapa Cloth design from last week and used some blues.QDAD_21JUNE2014

23 June:
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I went with a mod design with this color palette. I initially loved the color palette but when I was adding it to the design I was not overly crazy about it.QDAD_ModTumblers_23June2014

24 June:
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This was a very literal interpretation of the inspiration. My “Ruffled feathers”QDAD_RuffledFeathers_24JUNE2014A

25 June:
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This design actually started tonight as a new placemat design in shades of green. I adapted that design to a quilt and changed the color palette.QDAD_WonkyHerringboneB_25June2014

Week 1 can be found here.

Linking up with Kelly over at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on the right).

QDAD: Quilt Design a Day

I have just finished my first week worth of quilt design a day. It has been a blast and can be difficult depending on what the palette is or what your inspiration is for that day. It does make you look at everything, and see if something will be right for the design that day.

Day 1: Color Palette
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My design was based on a Tapa Cloth I have hanging in my room.QAD_TapaClothMotif

Day 2: Color Palette
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Inspiration came from Building blocks and Jenga.QDAD_BuildingBlocks_11June2014

Day 3: Color Palette
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This design was inspired by a rug and is definitely in my make pile….you will be seeing more of this one.

Day 4: Color Palette
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“Broken Society”. This design started off as just hexagons, which reminded me of a hive and society…leading to me thing of today’s society…broken.QDAD_Broken Society_13JUNE2014

Day 5: Color Palette
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“Life” is inspired by the video play and the new google play icon. I loved these colors. This design is on my possibly make list.QDAD_life_14June2014

Day 6: Color Palette
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“Lipstick Kisses” I have not as yet made a triangle quilt but I loved the neutrals that this palette had.
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Day 7: Color Palette
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I loved how this color palette reminded me of earth and water colors. Anne had a great analogy of an abstract oasis so I am stealing the idea “Abstract Oasis”. This is also on my possibly make list. It is inspired by a painting at my office.

Anyway, more designs are to come, and can be seen also on Instagram.

Pink: a mosaic contest

What do you think about when people mention the color pink? I think of Neapolitan ice cream, Pink Panther, Blossoms / Spring, Pinky Bars, Pigs / Miss Piggy and Breast Cancer awareness.

I am not usually a pink kind of person, but a while ago, I decided to start a very pink quilt for a friends daughter….”Neapolitan”. Here is the first two blocks, with a goal for a finish in July.

The overall design will look like this:PinkyBar_QuiltDesign

Why am I bringing this up, you might ask? Tonight, while catching up on blog posts, I discovered that Rachel over @ Stitched in Color is running my favorite competition again….yes, a mosaic contest!! The color palette, you guessed, is PINK!!!

I decided to enter a low-volume pink mosaic:

and for the second entry (and my favorite) a saturated palette of pink and orange:mosaicdac82341f8ff440aa21485db048c9086db6acaf1

Creating these mosaic’s are so much fun, why not give it a try….go over and check out Rachel’s post.

Color and Design Inspiration at our vacation location

I am always finding inspiration around me every day. While on vacation at Boone Hall Plantation Gardens took some great photos of flowers that made me wonder what the color palette would look like. Could that palette be used for quilts or sewing projects?

Anne over @ Play Crafts has developed a Palette Builder, you just load your image and then you can play around building your palette…moving the selection dots around to change the initial colors, add more colors or remove colors  etc. My favorite new feature is the ability to match the color palette to a list of Kona Solids.  Here are the photo’s and the corresponding palette I favored…

Photo 1BooneHallPlantation_Flower1

Here is the new Palette Builder view that shows how your color palette can be converted into matching Kona solids. This new feature just came out this week, you can copy and the paste the list to product a shopping list for your online store of choice or your local quilt shop ;-).
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Photo 2BooneHallPlantation_Flower2

Here is the saved color palette I chose. I liked adding the additional grey (Coal), works perfect with the Ash selection that I could use as the neutral sashing/ negative space.BooneHallPlantation_Flower2-palette-6

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One more example, where I want to know what Kona solids I should buy with a particular fabric selection. In this case, I am using my new Heather Ross Briar Rose fabric. Look, No having to carry the fabric to the store to match up 🙂 Genius!!
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NOTE: If you are on Chrome or Safari make sure you are on the current release.

What do you think, which one do you like? I love them, but I would like to start with 2 or 1 first?? Go over to Play Crafts and give the Palette builder a try, it is free and lots of fun to see what you can come up with. I also shared my palette selections on Pinterest on my design board.

I am using this process as part of the design phase for at least one quilt idea, as such linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Fabric Stash {14.07.2013} + Pin cushion

I have been busy, busy, busy this weekend. I have finished the baby quilt but I am going to hold out so I can take some good photo’s, but I did get to share it in our quilt guild meeting today. I got some great feedback, it looks pretty with the binding and now being washed.

Also, at the quilt guild there was a pin cushion swap…..this is the pin cushion I made (it is based on this Christmas Ornament I found on pinterest this weekend). I filled it with brown rice – next time I think I will mix it with stuffing and rice. Linking up with Let’s get Acquainted Monday, hosted today by Em @ Sewing by Moonlight.
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Alyssa over at Pile O’ Fabric, has a great new fabric stash link up where she gives you a color palette to start with. I loved this as I have some great Spoonflower fabric that worked in with my bundle.PurpleGreenFabricStash

  1. Joel Dewberry, Aviary
  2. Riley Blake, Chevron purple on purple
  3. Lizzy House, Pearl Bracelet
  4. Samarra Khaja, Sticks & Spots, Stripes & Dots (from Spoonflower)
  5. Lori Craffey, Berry feathers (from Spoonflower)
  6. Lori Craffey, Zig zag mulberry (from Spoonflower)
  7. Henry Glass, Cruzin’
  8. Jason Yenter, Bloom Modern
  9. Jenn Ski, Chicken Wire Green

So I am linking up with Alyssa @ Pile O’ Fabric and Fiona @ Finding Fifth.

Also, don’t forget to check out this week’s posts for the “Let’s Get Acquainted New Bloggers” Blog hop hosted by Beth @ Plum and June.

Sew and So Farm
Wombat Quilts
{no} hats in the house
Let’s Begin Sewing . . .
Quilting Along the Grain
Love by
Quilty Creations

Mosaic contest finalist

I was so ecstatic and surprised this afternoon, when I received an email to say I am one of the ten finalist for the Mosaic contest. Voting is open now. I hope you go and take a look @ Stitched in Color.

It was my second entry that was chosen. It was based on the colors used for this Buqshan hotel in Khaila – Yemen (Photo by Eric Lafforgue). It was one of the first images, I added to my pinterest design photo. The vibrancy is breath-taking.


 Representing this with fabric – this was what I came up with:

I tried very hard to use a different bundle for each fabric (except of course the solids), so I thought I would put together the list so folks can find them if you are interested.

Materials were top left –> Bottom right: