Sunday, September 25, 2016

Color-Matching Kona Cotton Seattle MOJO

My Pixie Summer Home Quilt has taken off in it's own direction.
Destination: Unknown.
These are the Hometown Houses appearing on my design wall.
Lots of Seahawk MOJO,
The blue backgrounds will be infront of the lake/canal, houseboats atop it, and the sky is white. The "bluest skies you've ever seen" may be in Seattle, but somehow this sky is white. It's called, umm,  lack of planning, and it will make the Needle more challenging.
Work with me here, I've been improvisationally piecing Century Link Stadium:
hopefully that needle is in the future, a mountain or two, definitely more trees...

Meanwhile, I've been struggling with Kona at the Fat Quarter Shop, and it occurred to me...
I must know one or two Kona-nerds friends who would enjoy this color-matching thing...
Could it be true?

Two quilts are formulating in my brain, each similar in pattern and size, each for a nephew. I want to keep an adult-looking palette, yet stick with the specific team colors for each.
My sketch is a modern, elongated herringbone.

Nephew #1: Ted graduated from Seattle University this year and is pitching for the Seattle Mariner's in Arizona. Here is their uniform, sourced from WikiCommons.
Colors in my cart:
Questions for Kona Cotton Nerds:
1. What is your favorite white, and favorite black? I will probably use silver with a medium gray too, but not sure which ones play best with the silver.
2. Which of the teal green colors do you think best matches the team uniform? To me, the Emerald looks the most like teal, while the teal looks the most green. I also have Everglade, Glacier, Jade. Are the colors on the FQS website accurate/jive with the kona card?
3. It looks like there are several blues being used, maybe I should bring a navy in, but which blue best matches I wonder, the colors seem to change with the photos.

Nephew #2: entered University of Washington this week. I fill with emotion when I talk of these guys, something I avoid since it feels like bragging. Both earned full scholarships, this one academically, and including his Master's program. Little Ty is a Husky now.

Colors in my cart:
Gold: Papaya, Butterscotch, Cheddar, Grellow (not in order).
Purple: Bright Periwinkle, Purple, Hibiscus and REGAL
Maybe I should use ALL of them.

I need a crash-course on shopping for solids! My brain is in a whirl - any opinions are welcome!

And the Winner is:
Ty helped me draw for the Orphan Adoption winner this morning, and the Sew Kitschy blocks are packed to-go! They are on their way to Jennifer, who blogs at Little Black Cat Quilting!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Quilter in the Closet

Saturday, September 24, 2016

One Monthly Goal Linkup: Celebrating September Finishes!

I've completed my first bag for the Bag It 2016 Challenge!! I am ON it, right? I want to make six bags this year and there is no time to lose; the linkup at Elm Street Quilts closes in only 83 days!

I began with a pretty batik sunflower, part of a bundle I won from Mary, at Quilting Grandma Designs.
Can you guess what I have stashed inside those pockets?
Come closer, my pretties,
That's better.
My dimensions vary a bit from the tutorial that I used, offered by Carole of From My Carolina Home. I won a gorgeous box of Aurifil Threads from Carole recently. The brightly-colored spools inspired me to pull special fabrics, and piece the inside pockets. It'll be a cheerful burst of color every time this pouch is opened!
For the circles, I ironed freezer paper templates right on the fabric. Easier to rotary cut the fabric that way, and I can re-use them when I make another.
This bag is destined for my SIL. It has a similar style as the jewelry roll I made for her last year, the one on the right with similar bell-style, metal cord stops.
I picked them up at a local bead shop. They fit snuggly and I really like the finish!
Because this is a Christmas gift, I am linking my finish up with Ho, Ho, Ho, and On We Snowman, hosted this month by Sandra Sews!

Just One week left to reach your One Monthly Goal

I finished my September goal, btw, to complete the I-Spy backing, but have not photographed it yet. Perhaps I will join the party and link it up here! 

See you soon!!

One lucky participant will also win an I-Spy bundle, custom cut from my stash! 
Here it is in-process:

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Thank you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blogger Events That Have Captured my Attention

Last night, I was immediately pulled in when I found the Mosaic Challenge Rachel is hosting at Stitched in Color! Inspired by the darkening sky last night, and my sleepy mindset, I selected the fabrics for my collection, placing each one in my virtual cart until I had a good-sized balance due(cha-ching!), then narrowing it all down to these nine lovely fabrics:
"Desert Dreamer" captures luminous dark clouds, setting sun filtering through the mountains, and the low twinkle of The Las Vegas Strip from my home. I really love this pull, and the process of selecting fabrics from Lark Cottons is quite dreamy in itself. I may have to go back and create another before the voting starts!

A few other events I am looking forward to:

"Bag It! 2016" has begun! Visit Elm Street Quilts to follow along!
Bigger and even better this year, a great event for beginning and experienced bag-maker's.
Also, plenty of tutorials to keep you busy throughout the event (runs through November!)

Handmade Halloween is scheduled for October 4th, hosted by Needle & Foot.

Ho, Ho, Ho, and On We Sew is hosted this month by Sandra Sews, linkup any new items you've made that are meant to be Christmas Gifts! Linkup through September!

And one more, lest we forget:
One Monthly Goal "September Celebration of Finishes" goes live on Friday! 

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