The kind folk at Paintbrush Studios asked me (some time ago) to give a demo at QuiltCon 2018. I set to wondering what I could teach in a short amount of time (20-30 minutes) that would be interesting. Shortly after they asked me, I visited Cinque Terra, Italy, and stood on a plaza in Riomaggiore, overlooking the sea (above).
We walked down the steps, and underneath the plaza was a passageway, the walls decorated with these tiles in all sizes. It was on the way to Via dell’amore (the Walk of Love).
When I returned home and started looking at my photos, I thought about all those mini charm packs we pick up everywhere, and how they could become something along the lines of this impromptu artwork in Riomaggiore.
So I got out my mini-charm pack from Paintbrush Studio Solids and started pairing up the colors, trying to make the duo sing together–have a little friction together–trying to get pairs that would play against each other.
I found a worksheet online that had a whole bunch of oddball shapes, and I began trying some.
I sent away for more mini-charm packs. Once I got started, I kept wanting to make more.
I carried around a little baggie of paired squares, and did them while watching TV, getting my hair colored and while in Urgent Care one bad flu season.
I loved watching my collection grow. I would do one shape for a while, then another. I used up bits and pieces of squares. I even tried some paper-piece-wrapped hexagons; I ended up not liking them so much because the charm of these squares was in their wobbliness, their wonkiness.
And then one day, I put them up on the wall with other, larger, squares–just like the Walk of Love passageway in Italy. And wouldn’t you know it–it was really looking fun.
I wasn’t finished, but what I hoped would happen, did. I took this photo and put it up on Instagram, using the SnapSeed app to expand the edges and add the text.
Next post: the finish and the details about my demos at QuiltCon.
Welcome to Day 4 of the Patriotic Palette Blog Hop, hosted by Paintbrush Studios and Painter’s Palette Solids!
Red, White, and Blue Star • Quilt #183
25″ square, made from Painter’s Palette Solids
A couple of weeks ago, the fine people who make Painter’s Palette Solids sent me some fabric and asked if I would make something. At the end of this post, there is a giveaway so you can win your own stack of red, white and blue fabrics.
I’m part of a series of posts showing items you can make with just three reds, three blues and some white. Here is the complete list and the days that they are presenting:
The project I chose was a quick and easy mini-quilt, which finishes at 25″ square, and is perfect for a table top when you want to give a little patriotic flare to the kitchen. I’ve written up a free pattern, available in my Craftsy shop for download (see button to the right), but the instructions are here if you need any tips and help with construction.
I was sent fat quarters in three shades of red, three shades of blue and a fat quarter of white. The white needs special cutting: cut the long borders first (see chart on pattern), then the squares for the half-square triangles. You may have enough the other way, but do it this way to be safe. I also was tight on the medium blue, as I used it for the binding, too. You’ll need to provide your own backing (about 3/4 yard, or pieced scraps).
I basically constructed this as a nine-patch, a favorite thing of mine to do with minis. I started by sewing four bright red triangles on the edges of the blue square, then pressed them all away from the center. I squared this unit to 7 1/2″. (This quilt is forgiving if yours is slightly smaller.) I squared all my nine units to the same 7 1/2″ as then I wouldn’t have to square up (or true up, depending on how you refer to it) the finished quilt top.
Next was the construction on this corner, sewing the medium and dark red triangles together to make a square, then sewing on the dark blue triangles to make a larger triangle.
Sew on the medium blue triangle to make it a square; true it up to 7-1/2″ inches.
Now make the rest of the blocks: sew the triangles together as shown, then seam those together to make a square. I always press to the side, if you are wondering. Only rarely do I press open, so avoid that.
Lay out all your squares (as shown above, left), then sew them together like a nine-patch (upper right). Measure the square; the sides should measure 21-1/2″. Trim your long white border rectangles to measure. Sew the darkest red blocks on each of two of the white rectangle borders.
Sew two white borders: one on top of the quilt and one of the bottom. Press. Then sew on the borders with the squares attached; press. Admire your quilt top.
Let’s get quilting!
Here’s a picture of the quilt in the sunshine, showing my quilting stitches. I always have the hardest time coming up with what to quilt where; yours may vary. The “bandstand swag” arcs on the outside were a happy accident.
This was all done on my Sweet Sixteen machine, but that functions like a domestic sewing machine. I did do ruler work (which is probably easier on my machine than a domestic) but it can be done on your regular sewing machine. Just make sure you have a thick enough hopping foot and thick rulers designed for this task (not your cutting rulers!); put grippy stuff on the bottom of your rulers, as you’ll use them to help you move the fabric under your needle.
Happy Fourth of July!
If you haven’t heard me tell you about Painter’s Palette Solids, made by Paintbrush Studio, you must be a new reader. It is my FAVORITE solid: it’s easy to work with, has a nice hand, deals well when I need to unpick and re-stitch (I had to do that with the quilting, but you can’t see it, right?). It’s a fairly new fabric to the market, but many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as online shops, are starting to carry it.
As is my custom when sewing for Painter’s Palette, I give away my scraps when I finish a project, so that some fortunate quilter can give this fabric a try. BUT! Paintbrush Studios has generously offered up a stack of the fabrics I used in this quilt — seven fat quarters — so you can make your own (giveaway is for domestic/US only).
To enter, leave me a comment telling me if you like fireworks, and why (or your most memorable). I’m not talking the little things that are lit up down on street level, but those glorious bursting displays of color and light. It will get us all in the mood for Independence Day.
I’ll activate the Husband Random Number Generator and pick a winner, to be contacted by email.
Giveaway closed. Winner has been notified and will be announced in next post. Thank you all!
So, I’ve been playing around some more with my Guccilicious bundle of Painter’s Palette Solids, and created this New York Beauty block (free patterns *here*).
It seems my bundle has made it into the Top Eight of the Mad for Solids Bracket 2017. What an honor, and it’s all due to all those nice votes I received from you. Thank you very much. If you feel like doing it again, well, I won’t argue.
So…Head to the Paintbrush Studios Blog to vote for my bundle of fun another time, or head to their Instagram feed. The voting opens at 7 a.m. EST Monday April 3rd, and closes 24 hours later. You can vote once each place.
And thank you, thank you.
If I win this round, I’ll be in the final four. And then we’ll see what happens from there. At any rate, it will all be over by Friday, as shown by the Paintbrush Studios voting schedule:
Monday, 4/3: voting in games 9 and 10 (That’s this one!!)
Tuesday, 4/4: voting in games 11 and 12
Wednesday, 4/5: announce Final Four and voting for games 13 and 14
Thursday, 4/6: announce championship game and voting
Friday, 4/7: announce winner
Regardless of whether I win or not (so you should vote for the bundle you like best, even if it isn’t this one), I will hold a drawing for the remainder of my fabrics, about a fat-eighth each, as a way to say thank you, and for you try to these fabrics. I may give away a couple of extra things, because you’ve all been so nice to vote, and because I really really want you all to discover how wonderful these fabrics are to work with.
Today is the day to vote for my bundle of fabrics titled Guccilicious, *here* and on Instagram.
On Friday, I introduced you to my bundle of colors, and the name, and today I’d like to show you what I made from that bundle.
It’s a variation of an old block titled Sky Rocket from the 1930s, but here I’ve changed up some colorations, shortened some sections and let the colors pop. At a later date, I’ll attach a link for a free pattern, but today…just enjoy and get yourself over to the blog to vote.
I’ve disabled the comments today on the blog so as not to be confusing, and will let you know later on when I run my giveaway for the fat-eighths of my Guccilicious bundle.
Head over now to cast your vote in Paintbrush Studios March Madness for my Gucciliccious, on their blog Inspired by Fabric, and at their Instagram account @pbstudiofabrics.
Today is the day we announce the Mad for Solids 2017, our quilty version of March Madness (we can’t let the basketball players have all the fun, can we?) There are 16 quilters who have chosen sixteen different combinations of fabrics, and we’ve been placed in a bracket of games:
I’m in Game 1–which is Monday. Yeah, I won’t really be challenging my opponent to a game of basketball in my driveway. Instead we will post info about our bundle of colors and you’ll choose the winner in each match-up. If you like hers better than mine, that’s fine–the point is to play and have some fun.
And what’s in it for you, other than a chance to see a lot of fabulous colors from the Paintbrush Studios line of solids? Paintbrush Studios will draw two people at the end of the contest during the championship game to win a bundle of their favorite fabric. You’ll love wanting to get your hands on this fabulous fabric. Click *HERE* to see the line-up of beautiful bundles of fabrics. (UPDATE–I fixed the link.)
And now, I’d like to introduce: Guccilicious!
Yes, I chose my colors for my bundle after looking at the clothes in the Gucci Designer Collection. The Fall Paris Fashion Shows are always held in Spring, and since I’ve had some down time for reading, I looked at several collections. The clothes are not what caught my eye in Gucci’s collection–it was the colors!
I went to my color chart, and started narrowing it down to the colors shown above. I tried to capture the essence of Gucci’s colors with my eight allowed choices.
So come back Monday to get a look at what I made with my colors, and to get the link where to vote for my bundle. When this is all over with in a week or two, no matter if I win or not, I’ll have a drawing for someone to win a fat-eighth bundle of my colors (essentially–my scraps) so you can have some Guccilicious, too! I’ve deactivated comments on this blog post, and will do the same on Monday’s post (so it won’t be confusing where to vote for my bundle), but I’ll let you know when I run the giveaway for my bundle.
I have been working with Painter’s Palette Solids for nearly two years now in various capacities (quilt designer, mostly) and I love these fabrics not only for their wide range of colors, but also for the hand–or how it feels. They are made by Paintbrush Studios.
I was contacted by them to help them with their launch of the fabrics, to make them a quilt for Quilt Market announcing these solids. I designed a quilt, sent off my fabrics request and started working. I fell in love with the saturation of color, the fine thread count–but not so much that it’s too lightweight, like a batiste (which wrinkles terribly)–but enough that it was easy-to-work with, to cut and to sew.
And since I was sewing for someone else and I was hyper-vigilant about matching the seams, etc., it also held up while I ripped out and resewed seams, without showing cloth fatigue or looking used. I was amazed at this new line of solids and have been working with them for a while now, waiting as they rolled out their fabrics for sale across the United States.
And now again, I get another chance to play with my beloved Painters Palette Solids! They are running a March Madness contest, starting Friday, and at the end of the contest, they will draw two winners to win free fabric…and I hope one of them is you.
More details are coming on Friday (3/24), with voting in brackets (just like the real March Madness) beginning on Monday, March 27th. I’ll have a bundle of colors that will go up against other quilters with their bundles of colors. Vote for the one you like the best in the categories, and send your favorites to the top (I like mine, but it’s also great if you like someone else’s too).
So, play March Madness Mad for Solids and vote for your favorite bundles. See you Friday.