Color Play Friday: Lunchbox Laboratory

Here are the rules:

  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday.
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda’s post as well!

This week’s photo is of my first meal after moving to Seattle! I spent entirely to much money at this meet-up gathering considering it would take me a couple weeks to get a job and transportation passes proved much more expensive than I realized. However, it was still worth it!

I’m glad I didn’t know at the time how hard it was about to get financially over the course of the next 2 months following my arrival to Seattle.  Had I known I would have worried, and skipped the great meal and all the fun.  (It was at a cute and hip diner type place near REI, called Lunchbox Laboratory.  If you are ever in Seattle, its a fun little place to check out.)

I haven’t kept in contact with a single person I met at that meet-up group -it was a random thing I found out about the day I arrived. That’s okay though because I didn’t go for them, I didn’t pick the meal or have a cocktail, coffee and water for them. I did it all for me.

It was my victory dinner! After day dreaming through my teenage years and half of my 20’s I had finally made it to Seattle.  I was proud of myself for taking the chance and betting on myself -even with the odds stacked against me and the plethora of naysayers behind me. So I bought the meal and spent the time not worrying about a single thing -except how to get back to where I was staying using public transit!!!

For this bundle, I wanted to include as many bright, happy and sassy colors as possible. The Navy and cream had to be included for some balance.

And of course, I found another deer fabric. I swear it was a complete accident!

Color Play Friday: Lunchbox Laboratory

The fabrics are all from Stash Fabrics this week.

Ladder Lines in Flame -Carolyn Friedlander -Robert Kaufman
XOXO in Dandelion -Cotton and Steel
Anemone in Pickle -Elizabeth Hartman -Robert Kaufman
Time is Deer -Katarina Roccella -Art Gallery
Abalone Cove (Voile) -Leslie Shewring -Cloud 9
Garden Shadow in Blueberry -Sarah Jane -Michael Miller

I picked out several more fabrics that I could incorporate with this, but frankly I’m just to tired to do it right now. I’m seriously considering starting an archive of all the fabric I find on #colorplayfriday that I love, but don’t work into the posts. Wouldn’t that be fun? I digital gallery of goodness! (I will make mental note to work on that later.)

Next week’s photo, Jetty Sunset, is from Lorinda.  I feel like this one may prove itself to be quite challenging.  That’s okay though, it just means more time searching out the perfect fabrics!

If you decide to participate in #colorplayfriday be sure to email laurelpoppyandpine @gmail.com or inanotterlife @gmail.com so we can share links!

Jetty Island Sunset

Tula Tuesday!

I’ve decided to participate in Quilting Mayhem’s 100 Block Challenge using Tula Pink’s City Sampler book!

The idea is that we will make 100 blocks over the next 10 months, and then spend November and December assembling them into a quilt! I’m really excited about this challenge because I’ve been wanting this book for quite some time, and now I have the perfect motivation to have it and use it!

To help keep up the motivation I’m declaring Tuesdays on my blog “Tula Tuesdays” -at least for the next year!

Each week I will make a few of the block and do a little show-and-tell. By the end of the month I will have my 10 blocks complete to keep up with the sewing wizards at Quilting Mayhem. It is seriously going to be so much fun.

This week, I got a little carried away. I had originally planned to only do 3 blocks, but then, before I knew, it I had five!

#QM100BlockChallenge

My sewing room looks like an explosion happened because I’ve been working on #gyspywife and now the #QM100BlockChallenge all weekend, so I’m sorry the picture isn’t the greatest.

Still!

Look at these blocks! I enjoyed the fussy cutting that a few of them required. I’m making it a point to watch my directional prints on these blocks to make sure they stay the same orientation.  When I’m done, I plan on this quilt have a definite top and bottom!

Tula Pink Plume

Also worth noting about this project: it has made me actually cut into stash fabric! <Gasp!>

I have two fat quarters from Tula Pink’s Plume line. They are the secret OOP (out of print) treasures in my current stash! These are from when Tula Pink was with Moda, and that was quite a while ago! I said I wouldn’t use them unless I absolutely had to or found this perfect project, and this weekend I finally did it. Now there is a 4 1/4″ square missing from one of the fat quarters -it still makes my heart flutter a bit to think I actually used it!

If you would like to join in on the #QM100BlockChallenge check out their blog for more details. Be sure to tag your posts with the hashtag so we can see them too, and you can even add the badge to your blog.

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I have so much more to show you, but I’m holding off until my turn in the #honestcraftroomies Periscope hop on Thursday because the topic this week is “Current projects” which is quite fitting given the progress I made this week. If you aren’t on Periscope yet, definitely check out adding the app to your phone/device and following me @anotterlife.  It is such a great way to connect with other Makers around the country and world!

Let me know if you decide to join this challenge with me. I would love to see your progress.

Color Play Friday: Grand Prismatic Pool

Here are the rules:

  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday.
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda’s post as well!

I’m so excited about this bundle. The way the fabrics came together was kind of serendipity!

I was looking for a particular fabric on Quilting Mayhem‘s site. I thought I would use a wood grain in this bundle because I’m kind of on a “natural print” kick lately.  That didn’t work out, but I found a different fabric in the shop that worked out perfectly, and then I accidentally found a fabric on Etsy carried by a quilt shop (Owl and Drum) in Tulsa that I used to teach in! And to top off that coincidence I found a shop in Poland! I love to find unique fabric from Europe, and I never know how to search it out so its always a happy accident. (Yay!!!)

So, to say the least, putting this bundle together was a lot of fun!

Ready?

Drum Roll!

Color Play Friday- Grand Prismatic Pool

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Its really simplistic looking at it now, but its fun for me on multiple levels!

Here is the line up:

Bloom – Amylee Weeks – Quilting Treasures

Katie Jump Rope- Ribbon Floral Orange – Denyse Schmidt – Free Spirit 

Anna Elise-Geo Mist Cold – Bari J. – Art Gallery

Foxes on Teal

Story Book-Clouds in Stone – Kate and Birdie -Moda

I just found another cool fun fact! I also picked out a fabric from Bari J. and she was the first person I watched on Periscope after Lorinda introduced me to it. How fun is that? Seriously?!

Okay there it is, its fun, and I will take a chill pill over the fabric excitement! Just kidding, I’m already bookmarking things to the wishlist!

Next week we are playing with one of my photos.

This was my very first meal once I moved to Seattle as a “couch surfer” the Spring of 2014!  Had I known at the time how quickly my money was going to disappear due to transportation costs I definitely wouldn’t have ordered such a nice meal or extra drink! Oh well, I’m glad I did it at the time. 🙂 It was part of the experience of moving across the country without knowing anyone with only about $500 in my pocket!

Remember, if you plan to participate in next weeks Color Play post email Lorinda (laurelpoppyandpine @gmail.com) or me (inanotterlife @gmail.com). We would love to link back and share in the fun!

Color Play Friday: First Snow

Here are the rules:

  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday.
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda’s post as well!

The photo this week is one I took last year.  It was the first (only) snow of the season and it was my first snow living in Washington. We went on a little hike as a family, played, and then stayed inside warm and cozy the rest of the day -a perfect little piece of winter wonderland.

Color Play Friday- First Snow

I’m kind of obsessed with deer fabric right now, so that is where I went with this.  In fact after I finish this blog I’m very tempted to order the Dear Stella Deer Antler fabric just to see if it goes with a panel I received for Christmas!

The Fabrics:

Autumn Woods – Kate & Birdie Paper Co. -Moda

Enchanted – Antlers in Navy – Dear Stella

Mormor -Pilvi in Sky -Lotta Jansdotter – Windham

Modern Meadow – Herringbone in Lake -Joel Dewberry -FreeSpirit

Hello Bear -Buck Forest Fabric in Mist – by Bonnie Christine -Art Gallery

If I was using these all in one project I would definitely try to add more colors based on the Dear Stella antler fabric so it wasn’t so monotone.

For next week’s photo we are going to work from Lorinda’s Grand Prismatic Pool photo. Its so warm after have a freezy photo this week.

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If you would like to join us please email one of us so we can include you in our posts.

 

 

Color Play Friday: Kris Kringle

Here are the rules:

  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday.
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our friend Steph. (This is are last post until the new year. So much hustle and bustle going on with the holiday!

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I’m making progress in my studio and I want to keep it up.

The photo is from Lorinda this week.

Color Play Friday- Kris Kringle

I started with the Festive Nest Fabric (under the pink), and I wanted to try to go Christmas from there. However, I found the Navy Flock birds and thought that should be the focal for all the colors!  So yeah, this week’s bundle is a little wacky because I couldn’t make up my mind to cut one of them!

This week’s selection was found on Bella Fabrics on Etsy.

Picnic Collection Ant March Red Cotton and Steel Fabric

Festive Nest Snow Michael Miller Christmas Fabric

Remix Argyle Lime Green Robert Kaufman Fabric

Michael Miller Fabric Flock Birds Navy

Brambleberry Ridge Flight in White with Gold Michael Miller Fabric

When we solidify the plans for #colorplayfriday for the new year we will let you know.  Until then… Merry Christmas!

Pincushion Tutorial


I’ve made 10 of these over the last week to give as gifts to a couple of my quilty friends and my co-workers at the fabric shop.  In total it only took me a couple hours to finish all of them, so they are by far one of the easiest gifts I’ve “mass produced” for the holiday. Plus they are all made using scraps!!! The only thing I needed to purchase was the measuring tape trim (optional) and the ground walnut shell filling.

My inspiration for these came from a quilty friend, Denise. She and I attend the Snohomish Modern Quilt Guild together, and we became quilty friends after she took my Big Print Basics class.  She makes lovely scrappy pocket pillows. They are pillows with a pocket in the front to hold a book or whatever you need while you are snuggling in on a long winter’s eve!

So let’s get started!


You will need:

(2) 4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles main fabric for the cushion
Scraps
Thread

The scraps are whatever you want/have for the pocket. I used two 2″ x 4″ pieces for the top and bottom of each pocket and a 2″ x 4″ piece for the center because it seemed like a nice framing size for my trim placement. The trim is optional, but it is 4″ long if you choose to use it.

Step 1: Assemble your pocket pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 2: I normally don’t press my seams open, but I felt like it made sense for this project so that’s what I did!

Your pocket should end up looking like this.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy right?!

At this point, if you cut your scraps to the size I suggested for the pocket you will see the pocket is way to big for the pincushion. I like to call this “wiggle room”, and wiggle room is nice to have in creative endeavors!

Step 3: Trim the pocket down to the size that works for you! This is where you can play with fussy cutting a bit if you are using a fun print. Remember to leave about 1/2″ more at the top of your pocket because you need to hem!

Step 4: Fold and press the top of your pocket under twice at about 1/4″ to create your hem.

Step 5: Stitch along your hem using a fun thread color!

Step 6: Then while you are at it, you might as well top stitch near the pocket seam lines. You totally don’t have to, but I think it adds a nice, yet simple, touch.

Step 7: If you have trim then add it now by simply top stitching it down!

Now you have all your pieces ready to go!


Step 8: Line up the bottom edges of your pieces in this order… One main fabric piece right-side up, followed by your pocket piece right-side up, and then your last main fabric piece right-side down.

Step 9: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch all the way around your pincushion leaving a 1 1/2″ opening at the bottom for turning.

Step 10: Trim your corner edges and turn your pincushion right sides out. I use an unsharpened pencil to help work out the points.

Step 11: Press your cushion, making sure you have your seam allowance turned in at the opening.

Step 12: Fill with ground walnut shells. (You could also get lavender scented shells.)

Step 13: (no picture) Using a blind hem, or whatever hand stitch you can make look good, stitch the opening shut and you are done!!!

I will be hosting a Periscope commentary for this tutorial at about 2:00pm PST today *December 8th, 2015*. It will have extra hints and time for a Q & A session at the end. If you are on Periscope be sure to follow me, @anotterlife.

I will try to get the replay posted on this blog for anyone who might miss it, but I can’t promise because the last couple times I tried that it didn’t go well.

Edit: Here is the link to my Scope on Katch. It has extra tips and conversation included.

Let me know what you think of the tutorial in the comments section here. Also if you make any pincushions I would love to see them. You can tag me on Instagram @inanotterlife.

***I know, I know… I still need to figure out how to fix my Twitter/Periscope handle to match my business name and Instagram!***

Color Play Friday: Double Feature

Here are the rules:

  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday.
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda.

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

Last week, with Thanksgiving and the start of the Holiday hustle and bustle, I forgot about Color Play Friday!! Shame on me!

So this week is a double feature.

First up is the “Frost” photo, from last week. Lorinda took this photo, and I felt it was perfect because we are starting to get chilly here!!!

Color Play Friday: Frost

I picked all monotone fabrics because I felt like it could make a nice winter quilt that could also be used all year around depending on the backing and binding choices. My favorite fabric in this bunch is the ombre (third fabric down). I’ve seen it in person and it is beautiful for so many projects!

I picked all the fabrics, for both Color Play photos, from Stash Fabrics this week.  I really enjoy playing with their color section options.

Bead Curtain in Deep Sea by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton+Steel

NY Circuit in Teal by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery

Ombre in Lagoon by V and Co for Moda

Pure Elements in Spruce by Art Gallery House Designs

108″ Wide Crisscross by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman

This week’s photo is “Sunset Near Cathcart” I took it last summer while we were attending a friend’s wedding. They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect sunset for their wedding night. It was so beautiful I cried!

Color Play Friday: Sunset Near Cathcart

This is apparently my palette of choice lately.  Besides the new metallic gold popping up on fabric I’m really obsessed with these purples!

Hang It Up in Grape by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton+Steel

Seahorses in Cream Yellow by Heather Ross for Windham

All Paths in Sunlit by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics

Snake Brush in Purple by Sarah Watts for Cotton+Steel

Confetti Dot in Peony by Dear Stella

There!!! Finally caught up with #colorplayfriday!!

Next week our photo is on I chose from Lorinda. I picked “Kris Kringle” because I love the colors on her tree, and we are also getting really close to Christmas!!!!

Color Play Friday: Kris Kringle

We will be taking a break from Color Play Friday on December 18th and 25th. We will be back though at the first of the year!

 

Color Play Friday: Gummy Bears

Here are the rules:

  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday.
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph.

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

Oh my! I struggled with assembling this bundle. I was so excited because there are some chartreuse like greens in this photo, and I can work with that! I hadn’t counted on it being so difficult to find fabric with a pretty chartreuse color in it.

I was also struggling because I didn’t want to use all Art Gallery fabric, but I couldn’t help myself! Everything I was click on through Etsy was Art Gallery! I did get a couple Michael Miller, but they didn’t make the final cut for this bundle.

So here it is… a bundle of Art Gallery!

Color Play- Gummy Bears

I did sneak the Navy Cotton + Steel in at the bottom, I figured that would make a pretty backing. 🙂

These fabrics don’t play as nicely together as I had hoped, but in the correct pattern I think they could have a fun ice cream parlor type of feel.  If I were to pick a pattern it would have the solids at pinwheel blocks with a soft cream or ivory and then the yellows floral set in squares between the pinwheels, sort of like an Irish Chain effect or checker board.  Who knows if that would actually work, but that’s part of the fun of quilting and making blocks!!!

Fabric List: (All the Fabrics can be found at Bobbie Lou Fabric – more specifically through their Etsy Shop.)

Morning Walk Collection – Miniflores in Sunbathed

Gramercy Collection by Leah Duncan – Commute in Taxi

Meadow Collection by Leah Duncan – Summer Grove by Day

Winged Collection by Bonnie Christine – Plumage in Poppy

Wanderer Collection by April Rhodes – Sacred Seeds in Mojave

Backing:

Paper Bandana Collection – Bandana in Pink

Next week I selected Lorinda’s photo of Frost.  It seems appropriate because we are getting our first winter storms!

frost

Color Play Friday: Kla Ha Ya

Here are the rules:

  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday.
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph.

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

This week our photo is from Lorinda. I’m not sure where it was taken, but I love how much fun it captures! I can’t wait to read Lorinda’s post to know more about this place.

Earlier this week a friend asked me if the shop I work for carries a piece of Michael Miller’s Sea Buddies fabric. They don’t, but I totally loved the fabric so I based the entire fabric bundle around the little seahorses and octopi (it counts as my pink).

Everything else comes from searching Etsy for Nautical fabrics.

Color Play Friday: Kla Ha Ya

Navy Anchors Away by Michael Miller

Yellow Sea Urchin from Marine Too by Birch

Sea Buddies by Michael Miller

Sea Coral on Green by Michael Miller

Full Moon Lagoon by Andover

There you go you have green two weeks in a row. Honestly would I buy the green in the store? Probably not, but I’m trying to incorporate it and enjoy it. I’m really trying.

Edit: As soon as I know what the photo is for next week I will post it here!