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Winning Color Combinations

Red and Brown

File_001Quilting inspiration comes from many places: a photograph, a shape, an emotion even. For me, it almost always begins with color. One of the reasons I love fabric so much is all the lovely colors. It’s like a painting you can cuddle.

In this series, we’re going to discuss awesome color combinations, and we’re going to begin with one of my all-time favorites, red and brown.

All the Feels…Color always sparks some emotion. Blue is calming, yellow, uplifting. Red on it’s own can be angry or passionate, but pair it with brown and it becomes cozy, warm, (sometimes) rustic. And who doesn’t love being warm and cozy? That’s why it’s the perfect combination for a quilt.

Famous Fabrics… 

 
I hopped over to Missouri Star Quilt Company to see what fabric lines they had in red/brown and found the lovely Simply Red collection by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics. These are classic prints that would look great in a traditional quilt.

 

Inspiration from around the Web… 

—Photo credits: 1) fiberonthewall.com/jean-jurgenson/gallery/ | 2) takingonsewmuch.blogspot.com | 3) SarahMikk on flickr.com

What I’m doing with Red and Brown…

This is basically a fence-rail block with a pinwheel in the middle. It’s a UFO from several years back. Maybe, probably, hopefully — no, dammit — I WILL finish it one day. I think this would have been just fine without the orange, but I ran out of my reds and browns so being the innovator that I am… haha.

How do you feel about red and brown? Have you ever used it in a quilt? I’d love to see it.

Mahalo, y’all, for stopping by.

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My, How Time Flies…

Aloha y’all. It’s been a whole year since my last blog post. Wtf??? I suck. In my defense, I’ve

  • moved into a new house
  • started a new job
  • had one kid move in
  • had two kids move out
  • got a new puppy
  • yada, yada.

 

Say hi to Teddy, then let’s get back to quilting.

I am STILL working on Chaos Theory, but I have new motivation and determination. That’s because I finally bought EQ7, so I should have my first published pattern soon. Yay. Here’s what my old design process looks like…

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Its SO much easier. I love it. Now I just need to finish sewing this monster. I can’t wait to show you the finished product.

Meet My New Big Brother…

For almost 25 years now, I’ve been merrily sewing along on my fabulous Bernina 1230. I love that machine. But…

It’s starting to show its age. The light quit working a couple of years ago. The dog toppled it onto the floor recently which cracked the case a wee bit. It still worked though. But then, the needle started falling out every few stitches and I finally said, “enough.” I packed it away until I could get it into the shop and dusted off my little Brother SE-350. I bought it several years ago to try my hand at machine embroidery, and it’s a cute little machine. Sews fine. No complaints. But, it’s not the same as my trusty old Bernina.

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And then…

I visited a dear friend who told me about the new Brother Dream Fabric Frame. We went to her local quilt shop to test drive it. They were running a special. A bundle deal. Ta Da…

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That’s how I ended up with a new Big Brother, the Innovis VQ2400.

I have been a Bernina enthusiast for 25 years, and I’m sure the new machines are fabulous, but I couldn’t be happier with this one. I really didn’t realize what I’d been missing. The light is super-bright, it threads itself, and it has an enormous amount of work space. At my age, the first two things alone make it worth the $5,000 price tag.

The first thing I did once I got it unpacked was wind a bobbin. It was so easy and so much fun, I ended up doing five in just a couple of minutes. I had been planning to order some pre-wound bobbins, but I don’t think I need to now.

I couldn’t wait to see how it sewed so I dug out some triangles I’d cut years ago and sewed a few pinwheels.

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Big Brother did a great job. I can’t wait to see what else this lovely machine can do. Of course, eventually, I will assemble my new Dream Fabric Frame and lock this machine into the frame. Not just yet, though…

I Need a Bigger Bed…

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Current Work in Progress – Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory is coming along nicely, except for one thing. It’s too big to lay out on my queen-sized bed. In fact, there’s not a space in my house big enough to lay out the entire quilt. When finished, it will measure a whopping 96″ square. I don’t know what I’m going to do. For now, I’ll just keep sewing.

I have completed seven of the 16 sections. Only 1,296 small squares left to sew – sooooo – I better leave you and get back to work.

New Year’s Day Mystery Quilt

I did something this year I’d never done. I participated in an online quilt-along. Janet Wickell of About.com hosted and it was super-fun.

It was called the 2016 New Year’s Day Mystery Quilt. That’s right. We didn’t know what the block was going to look like until we’d finished one.

Here’s my result.

I departed from my Scrapfabulousness series to make this one. I used a couple of prints from my stash… and I bought a couple of new ones. It seems no matter how large my stash gets, I never have everything I need to do a particular quilt. Such is life.

At any rate, I think it’s pretty cute, and it’s another quilt top finished. I believe 2017 will have to be the Year of Quilting Tops. It only follows that 2018 must be the Year of Binding Quilts.

If you are interested in making this quilt, you can find the instructions here.