I’m sure you have seen a version of this photo before, as I participated in the Mad for Solids 2018 for Painer’s Palette Solids. Paintbrush Studios, the people who manufacture this line of solids first contacted me about four years ago, asking me to make them a quilt for Quilt Market. Paintbrush who? was my first response. But I jumped in and made them a medallion sort of design. I was paid for this effort. But simply being paid doesn’t keep me coming back. I have also sewn for “free” for them.
Why do I keep agreeing to do this? When they do send me fat quarters/half yards of a variety of colors — whatever they are setting up as their parameters — it challenges me to design a quilt using just those fabrics, and I use it as a design challenge. (Of course, if any of you have participated in any of the MQG challenges, you know that even if you get 3 fat quarters for free, you end up buying about more on your own. Typical, right?)
When I first was considering designing/sewing for them, I asked, “Is your fabric of a good quality?” Painter’s Palette was a new line, made with a bit tighter weave and finer threads, and while the first launch had 80 colors, they now have many more than that (latest card is above). I don’t need 500 colors to be happy; I need enough to make the designs I want to. My favorite part about this fabric is how it feels in the hand–almost silky, but with a good weight. I also like that if I have to “un-sew,” this fabric will hold up to the repeated picking out and re-stitching. It also steams into place well, if the block needs to be flat, or seams eased in. I’m not the only one who is in love with this fabric.
Here are the quilts I’ve made with Painter’s Palette Solids:
Starry Compass Rose
Cinque Terra Tiles
Northern Star (in progress)
Red, White, and Blue Star (free pattern)
Guccilicious Block, above, and here too
(Note to self: I need to finish my ideas on this one)
Six Ways to Blue (above)
And this little one, Focus, made for their first booth at QuiltCon 2017 from scraps from the first quilt I made for them.
Thank you all for your votes and support in the Mad for Solids 2018. I really owe you all a quilt or something, but I decided instead to have a little giveaway of Painter’s Palette fabrics, in the exact colors I used for my Northern Star (which is still in process), so you can try them for yourself.
I ordered these from Pineapple Fabrics, which is where — until I can persuade my local shop to carry them– I purchase my Painter’s Palette Solids.
I have two stacks of 8 fat quarters, which I’ll give away to two people. I will announce this on Instagram and on my blog, but only comments on my blog will count. (I will ship internationally as well as domestic, for those of you overseas who are wondering about that.) If you are a follower of this blog, leave an extra comment to double your chances (and thank you for reading!). I’ll let this run for a couple of days, and then draw a winner, who I will notify by email.
To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment telling me if you’ve ever seen the Northern Lights in the night sky.
Giveaway now closed. Thank you for entering!