Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall....but not quite

So it's fall here officially but Texas didn't get that memo! I think it was 92 today and I'm totally over the heat. Not cool, Texas, not cool!

So this summer, before the girls were back in school, we had a fun two days of tie-dying shirts (the girls) and dying fabric (me).

It all started with a picture I found on Pinterest of beautiful fall leaves.

I threw the image into Play Crafts pallette builder and formulated a color game plan. Now, if you have ever dyed fabric, you know there is no guarantee on the outcome of your colors. The second you pull them from the dryer is the moment you know exactly what color you made. This could be terrifying and exciting at the same time.

Score! I was so pleased with my outcome that I waited 3 whole seconds before I sliced into my new fabrics!

Since my inspiration was a picture of leaves, I decided I needed to join the modern maples fan club. Enjoy the picture overload ;)

Quilting is the Kindling pantograph. It's quite dense and creates a wood grain or fire feel depending on how you look at it.
It's backed with this beautiful C + S print form Melody Miller's Picnic. I'm obsessed!! This measures at 90" x 90".
While on the inspiration topic, I want to do a quilt shoutout to my friend Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts. She recently published a book about designing quilt blocks and figuring out the math involved called DIY Block Design (buy it here and it's on sale!) and I had the honor of checking it out before it was officially published and it's awesome! I thought it was perfect for any quilter from the beginner who's learning the basic block construction to the advanced who's just a bit quilt math impaired. - I am so glad for quilt design software! Alyce is hosting a fun blog hop in October to promote her book and to inspire others to well, inspire!
October 9th will be my turn but check out all the details here! I hope you have a great weekend and the fall weather inspires you to create something cozy!
Melissa

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pickle Tucker Relish Prairie

I just wanted to jump on and share another version on my Pickle Relish pattern using the brand new Tucker Prairie fabric by 1Canoe2 for Moda. The colors and prints in this collection are just beautiful and when I got my hands on some sample spree fabric, I knew I needed to make another version of my Pickle Relish pattern. My original one is made in Cotton + Steel Halloween fabric, so I knew I couldn't keep that one out year round - or I could - but in all honestly, I wanted an excuse to make Pickle Relish again but with a darker background and some really vibrant prints.



I had a lot of fun custom quilting this one with a mix of rulers and FMQ. 



That sun glow! 



{Background fabric is Robert Kaufman Interweave Chambray in Pepper.  Backing is Cotton + Steel Picnic Rose Garden Neutral.}

If you would like to buy my pattern, you can download the PDF version from my Craftsy shop here. If you would like the paper version, you can order one from my shop here.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope your week is going awesome and have a great weekend!

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