Friday, April 29, 2016

Color Play Friday 80's Skate Party 4.29.16

Happy Friday Everyone!  We've had a crazy week getting ready for our one year anniversary for the store.  The time has gone by so fast and it's hard to believe how far we have come since I first started this adventure.  My family, friends and co-workers have all been amazing and supportive through this entire year. I couldn't have done it without them.

This picture definitely takes me back to the 80's when I was a kid and at a school skate party.  I broke my arm while there with my best friend who is still my bestie to this date.  Can't say it's the best memory and my kids still don't understand why I wouldn't be excited to put skates on.

I took the challenge of this picture by storm this week and went a little crazy with the aqua/teal and mixing it with the deeper reds and greens.  Surprisingly it worked for me.  Some of you might think I'm crazy and you're right!  I just love how playing with these pictures color palettes and fabric really make me see beyond my normal color scales that I have used for years.  Ask me to put aqua and red together and you'd get a funny look from me but now I really want to try it.

I hope you enjoy my crazy selection as much as I do!

Fabric Selection:
Flow by Zen Chic for Moda
Gigi's Blooms by AdornIt
La Vie Boheme by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake
Chipper by Tula Pink for Westminster/Free Spirit
Wonderland by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery

For more information about Color Play Friday or if you would like to join us contact eitherLorinda Davis of Laurel, Poppy and Pine or Trina Seagraves of InAnOtterLife.

To see other variations of Color Play Friday check out the following wonderful ladies blogs:
Chrissy at

Friday, April 15, 2016

Color Play Friday - EMP

It feels like forever since I've done a Color Play Friday.  Or even blogged for that matter. I need to rectify this problem.  I love playing with colors and fabric when I do my color play. Hopefully you love my choices as much as I do.  As always I am very thankful it is FRIDAY!!!!  

I really love this weeks picture that was chosen.  Besides just being an amazing reflection of the Seattle Space Needle on the EMP building the color and texture it captures is beautiful.  My love for the color orange is not one of my best kept secrets.

The picture captures the true essence of Seattle.  Typical overcast sky with the tail end of a nearby sunset reflecting off the metal exterior.  I would have loved to have been there at this time.  So many things were in play at the time to make this picture so perfect.

Fabric Selection:
Foxglove by Aneela Hoey for Cloud 9
Rhoda Ruth by Alizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman
In the Bloom by Valori Wells for Robert Kaufman
Foxtail Forest by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella
Roam by Hawthorne Threads
Lavish by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery

For more information about Color Play Friday or if you would like to join us contact either Lorinda Davis of Laurel, Poppy and Pine or Trina Seagraves of InAnOtterLife.

To see other variations of Color Play Friday check out the following wonderful ladies blogs:
Chrissy at

Friday, April 1, 2016

Color Play Friday - Rose Petals

Happy April Fool's Color Play Friday!! 
This is one of my favorite days because it is my oldest daughters birthday.  I started quilting when she was born.  I was fortunate to be able to work part time so my mom was taught me how to quilt.  I joined her quilt group and took some classes from Roxanne Carter who to this day is still one of my favorite teachers.  That was 22 years ago today.  Who would have thought that all that would have brought me here today.

If you've been following along you might have noticed we've had a lot of pink to purple pictures lately. These are some of my favorite colors to work with.  When I first started quilting purple and green was in every one of my quilts.  I'm glad to say I have expanded my choices in colors these days.  I try to embrace every color and occasionally I even get out of my traditional box of color choices and try to use some colors that I shy away from,

Some people choose to just not work with certain colors.  I have heard more than once "I don't use that color".  While that is a personal choice I feel it is good to try new things including new colors in fabrics.  I have seen several techniques people use to make them go outside of their color box.  Some people will ease in to a new color slowly by trying small bits.  Some go bold and just do a whole quilt or project in a color they once would not touch.

One of my favorites was a customer who asked if a family member or friend come in to buy for her she wanted them to select a yard of fabric they liked so she would have to work within their favorite fabric.  This way she could work with a new palette while creating something for someone else that she knew they would like.  I might have to try this sometime.

Among other things I use Color Play Friday to broaden my color use horizons.  Each week I'm given a picture at someone else's choice to pick and choose what colors to play with and pair fabrics up with.  I find this challenge fun and appreciate the opportunity to play with fabrics without actually cutting into any.  This way I am never disappointed with that I choose.  I just start with a new slate each week.

So on with the beauty of nature and all the wonderful color it brings with it.

Fabric Selection:
Flow by Zen Chic for Moda
Mendocino by Heather Ross for Windham
Petal & Plume by Bari J for Art Gallery
Flow by Zen Chic for Moda
Simply Colorful by V & Co. for Moda
Chipper by Tula Pink for Westminster

The Nitty Gritty:

If you would like to join all us lovely ladies in Color Play Friday hop on over to Trina at In An Otter Life and Lorinda of Laurel, Poppy and Pine to get the scoop on how to play along. You won’t regret it.

Supporting Cast:

Steph of Shimmy and More
Bethany of Sew-Not-Perfect
Chrissy of Love Hazel Honey
Sarah G of Sarah Goer Quilts
Yvonne from That's Sew Creative
Sarah S from 123 Quilt