Tuesday, September 29, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 20 Split Complements (6)

Halfway through split Complements! I absolutely love string blocks so one was bound to show up here sooner or later (and it probably won't be the last ;-). This week's group is yellow-green, red and violet. This isn't a color group I'm naturally drawn to but it does seem energetic and vibrant.

The Kona colors that correspond this week are:

Yellow-green - Chartreuse
Red - Cardinal
Violet - Tulip

A few prints to play with from my stash! I felt like these really seemed like a party together which made me realize what this group of split complements remind me of...

Mardi Gras!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 19 Split Complement (5)

And we're back! Last week just got the best of me - nothing serious just life on overload. I know you know. But here's week 19, slightly late but still lovely! Another improve block finishing at 12".

This week's split complement color group includes yellow, red-violet and blue-violet. The Kona cotton colors I used are Citrus, Bordeaux and Deep Blue.

A few prints from my stash to illustrate this group.

And I still think of Van Gogh with this group (and last week's) - he loved the contrast of violet/blue violet/blue and BRIGHT yellow or orange. You can't beat nature for the best color combinations :-)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Finish It Up Friday :: C+S Dress

Happy Friday everyone! I feel like I've been finishing things all summer but I haven't shared too much on Fridays because so many things were for swaps or blog hops or something. But this, this I made for love and I really truly do LOVE how it turned out. My child had been asking for a dress and I was kind of putting her off because I'm not really a garment sew-er. But she REALLY wanted it and you know how that goes.

So I picked a pattern without any zippers or buttonholes (go ahead and laugh). I actually gave her a choice of pink c+s and the pink mustangs or this c+s combination and she shocked me by choosing these! But it was a win either way ;-) So I pre-washed my fabrics and got to work. I made a size 6 which I though would be a bit big and it is but not overly much - I think she'll be able to grow into it and eventually wear leggings under it. The only thing I did differently than the pattern instructions was to make the side seams into french seams so the edges would be finished without serging.

I'm happy to report it was a complete success! She wore it all day and asked to wear it again today. So it turns out I might be a garment sew-er after all ;-)

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 18 Split Complements (4)

Well hello there! Another week, more split complements ;-) Yesterday was such a crazy day around here that I kept thinking "I'll get to that...later" and you can see how well that went. But I'm back on track today!

This week's group is yellow-orange, violet and blue. The Kona cotton colors I used were:

Yellow-orange - Papaya
Violet - Tulip
Blue - Royal

A few prints just for fun.

You know who else LOVED these colors together? That's right, Van Gogh! Many of his Iris paintings contain this group of colors as well as the set I'll look at next week - see you then!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Artisan by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics :: Modern Maples Table Settings

In August I was contacted by Art Gallery Fabrics  asking if I would be interested in participating in their month long Makers project for Sewing Month in September. It took me about to 2 seconds to write that "Yes, please and thank you" response. Having sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics before I knew how wonderful the quality was, how soft the feel, how luscious the final products would be. Of all the wonderful new collections the one that spoke to me immediately was Artisan by Pat Bravo - it's a collection that feels so warm and natural that I found it irresistible and inspiring.  So today I'm revisiting a favorite block and sharing how to create some gorgeous settings for your Autumn Table. Thanks to Art Gallery for the fabrics and the invitation and please stop by the Art Gallery Blog to see all the rest of the projects this month.

The Modern Maples block has been a favorite of mine since the very first time I made one, I was completely hooked. Of course I've made them big and small and I decided to use two sizes for these different projects, a 9" maple for the table runner and 3" maples for the place mats.

I'm dreaming of cooler weather and falling leaves even as I look at this gorgeous set on my table! I thought I'd share the measurements for the Modern Maples blocks and do a quick little tutorial for them. The process is the same no matter what size you make them. The photos and directions will use the measurements for the 3" block with the 9" measurements in parenthesis. The nice thing about these is that you can measure your table and combine the leaves with whatever size sashing and borders you like to customize them for your own table. I'll share my measurements but feel free to play around and change them to suit your own needs! All seam allowances are 1/4".


From background color (BG) cut one 1.5" ( 3.5") square and three 2" (4") squares.

From leaf color cut three 1.5" (3.5") squares, two 2" (4") squares and one .75"x3" (1"x6")piece for the stem.

Use 2" (4") squares of BG and main color to make four HST. I prefer to draw a diagonal line, sew on either side and then cut in half on diagonal line.

Press open and trim to 1.5" (3.5"). I use a little painter's tape when my ruler is too big just to make the cut lines a bit easier to see.

Cut the 2" (4") BG square on the diagonal.

Sew each half of BG square to one side of the stem piece.

Press open and trim to 1.5" (3.5").

How you should be able to line up your nine blocks and start to see the maple!

Sew block together in row, pressing seams in opposite directions.

Finally join rows and voila! Finished maples! Now don't you feel proud? Small are 3" (3.5" unfinished) and large are 9" (9.5" unfinished).

The other measurements:

- I made five 9" maples for my table runner and added 2.5" borders that I trimmed to square up after quilting. I used four 2.5" strips for binding and my finished runner measures 13.5"x49.5"

- For the place mats I made my small maples and then added 2.5"x3.5" on top of the maple and 3.5"x7.5" on the bottom of the maple, the right piece is 2"x12.5" and the left piece is 12"x13". the dark blue borders were 2"x12.5". I was just kind of making these up as I went along and I'm so please with how they turned out! Don't be afraid to do a little improv on your first one and keep track as you're playing with your measurements, you'll end up with a personalized pattern! I decided to back these with Fusible Fleece and turn them inside out and then quilt which eliminated the need for binding. I like the clean flat look it gave the finished mats. I cut my Fusible Fleece 1/2" smaller than my finished mat size to reduce bulk in the seam allowance once they were turned right side out. My place mats measure 12"x19".

- Napkins were mitered edge napkins that each started with a 17" square and followed this excellent tutorial on making napkins at Nicole At Home. The finished napkins are 16" and probably the nicest napkins I'll ever own!

Thanks again to Art Gallery Fabrics for the lovely material and sponsoring this post and thanks to you for stopping by! If you make a runner or mats I'd love to see them :-)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 17 Split Complements (3)

Another fun set of split complements to consider this week! I'm still making 12.5" unfinished blocks and these are all improved just for fun using scraps from previous blocks.

I love these colors that seem kind of beachy and serene but with a pop of orange for excitement.  
The Kona colors I used are:

Orange - Kumquat
Blue-violet - Deep Blue
Blue-green - Jade Green

And a few prints in this group just for fun!

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