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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…

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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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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.

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Market tote: Details

In this post today, I wanted to take some time to fill in how I made the Market tote from the pattern in Patchwork, Please.

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Here are the other two post associated to the overall process:

1. Designing and thoughts
2. Finished Product

Purchased Materials + their usage:

  • Sand Essex Linen (one piece – bottom and side exterior)
  • Kona solid fabric (front exterior, and backing/edging of inside pocket)
  • Keepsake Calico Fabric from Joann (lining and inside pocket)
  • Oh Deer by Momo for Moda Fabrics (exterior back)
  • Quilted Osnaburg from Joann (handles)

All the materials here were cut and prepared…ready to start. This project does require quite a bit of fabric. I used approximately $40 to make the bag.

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All the above pieces were chosen to work with the “quilt as you go piecing” I did for the front exterior pocket (shown below). This pieced pocket was completely using scraps from my warm scrap bucket. What is even more impressive, much of this is made from samples I have received when buying fabric or been gifted to me (that is $0).

I had no plan when selecting the fabric from my scraps, I just wanted to keep within the same spectrum of color, with a touch of purple. I finished of the panel by adding binding, which was purchased and machine sewn on.
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I was a little confused by the instructions in the book but I got the general idea and it worked well. Now looking back, it may have simply been to the fact, this was my first bag I had made. I had a lot of fun making the bag….the actual construction (minus the quilt as you go project) took about two hours.

I loved the teal/aqua exterior front solid. It complemented the front pieced pocket and it keeps with my original design to keep it bright and celebrate Spring. Below are the pictures for the completed front and back exteriors of the back.

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Note that I only used 1 exterior pocket even though the book makes two. I decided to use an all over print t give enough visual interest…the Oh, deer! fabric was perfect and kept within the color selection I was using.IMG_7144

To get to this finished product, I made a couple of changes. The bottom you see is very structured and flat. I used a piece of template plastic which I inserted in under the seam folds, between the exterior and the interior lining before I sewed the bottom of the lining together.

The handles are extra padded (at least x2 the requirement in the book), this is due to the fact that I used pre-quilted Osnaburg I purchased from Joann’s. It was a little difficult to topstitch  the top part of the handles since it was thick, but my needle (90/14) worked well through the layers for the top-stitching (with a little appropriate handling).

I would recommend pinning the lining and the exterior to ensure the corners align. It will make it much easier. IMG_7150 IMG_7151

The book does include an elastic and button to close each exterior pocket. I just used a colored elastic hair tie and a antique button I had in my button stash. They can be seen here:
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I would definitely recommend making this tote. It was a fun project, in fact, I plan on making one for myself, since I used this one in our swap on Sunday.

Don’t forget to check out “Zakka Along 2.0::Patchwork, Please” that is starting June 3rd. You can join on flickr here.

Linking up this week with:

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Hexagon coffee cup sleeve

I had some more fun this week making coffee cup sleeves from hexagons. I managed to finish the first one, which I am loving. Now, I have to decide if I will post it on my Etsy store or keep it.

Update: I have decided to list it, here it is 🙂

Materials:
12 small hexagons from various fabrics
Low loft batting
Felt
Cotton
Button
Elastic tie

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I used Yellow pearl bracelet by Lizzy House, some Kona Solids, and Notting hill by Joel Dewberry for the hexagons. Hand-stitched the hexagons and machine quilted the top.

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Here is another one I had made previously. I am linking up with Amanda Jean’s Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Bolster cushion for new sofa

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In December, Spoonflower posted this great tutorial for a bolster cushion. I knew I had to make one for our new sofa. I ordered fabric and it arrived on Monday. I immediately cut out the fabric and started sewing last night….here’s my progress.

Fabric by Holli Zollinger Diamond Circles and Grey Diamond Linen – new sofa in the photo’s 🙂

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Reusable coffee cup sleeves – SOLD!!

It’s so nice to take a 5 minute break, so I can do some blogging instead of sewing :-).

As I mentioned last week, I signed up to my company’s Christmas craft fair (December 5th); but I was realizing the work I would need to do, to get stock to sell in the craft fair.

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Things are coming along with the reusable coffee cup sleeves, and they are looking good. I have put in a significant amount of work into design, patch working and the quilting of these, but the most important thing…I am having a lot of fun doing it. You won’t believe this but I am having trouble keeping the sleeves for the fair – I have already sold 6 of them!!!

Here are some of the finished ones which I am keeping for the fair.

1. Coffee themed sleeve and coaster (coffee bean fabric from Spoonflower, designer: glimmericks)

  

2. Earth-toned sleeve  (coffee cup featured material from Spoonflower, designer: heidikenney)

  

3. Blue, green and grey block sleeve

4. Red and Black Sleeves – SOLD!!

  

Here are some that are still a work in progress (take a look at last week’s blog for additional design’s):

  

I plan on making 10 coffee cup sleeve + coaster sets, and 20 individual coffee cup sleeve….that is in addition to what I just sold.  All of them are either cut out or have the top at least sewn. This weekend, luckily with the long weekend, I should have them all done.

Work in Progress: Orange and Grey Quilt

For this week’s work in progress, I wanted to share the quilt I am working on for our bedroom.

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In the previous post, I was able to share the first 5 squares of 64 for this quilt, which was only doable as I discovered Spoonflower (found fabric prints that fitted with what we were looking for). Here’s a reminder:

Now the update, here are four more – I decided to introduce the a glimpse of green in amongst the see of orange and grey.

Here are some individual shots, just in case :-):