Showing posts with label bella solids parade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bella solids parade. Show all posts

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bella Solids Parade | Expert's Picks Day 7

Today's the last day of my Expert's Picks over on Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade. What did you think? Did you have as much fun playing along as I did making all of the picks?

Today's inspiration color is Yellow and, really, who couldn't use a little more yellow in their life? : )

For this bundle, I started with the partridges in green from Sarah Fielke's From Little Things line, and built the collection from there. You can see that I had a hard time limiting myself to 3 solids and 3 prints, so I gave myself some leeway to make today's bundle a bit bigger:

Bella Solids Parade - Day 5

Top row: Bella Solids in Purple, Lime, Etchings Slate, and Summer House Lime
Bottom row: Lime Partridges and Grey Dots (sold out) from From Little Things, Modern Workshop Citron Yellow Textile Wave, From Little Things Purple Bell Flowers

What do you think? Does my (admittedly eclectic) combination of yellow, purple, grey, and lime green work?

So I have a crazy idea. I love all of the little fabric collections that I've created this week, and since I know I will never have the time to make quilts from each one of them, I'm thinking of something a bit more manageable. Mini quilts, maybe? Do you also have little bundles of fat quarters just waiting to be made into something beautiful? I'm sure I'm not the only one. Is anyone interested in a Mini Quilt Parade quilt-along?

Let me know, and if there's enough interest I'll pull something together ...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bella Solids Parade | Expert's Picks Day 6

The parade is almost coming to an end! Today's inspiration color, Rust, posed another tough challenge.

The rust led me to the Max & Whiskers print on the bottom left, which helped me to introduce the golden wheat and turquoise. The golden wheat allowed me to pull in the ukeleles which, by default, opened the door for the dark brown. Ty Pennington's spicy stripe helped pull the solid rust back in and -- voila! -- another fun bundle.

Bella Solids Parade - Day 6

Top row: Bella Solid in Golden Wheat, Bella Solid in Brown, Max & Whiskers Blithe Grunge
Bottom row: Max & Whiskers Fur Abbott, Impressions Spice Wave, Beach Mod Circa 60 Ukeleles

Play along with me! What would you add to this collection?

Visit Shruti and see more over at 13 Woodhouse Road for the Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bella Solids Parade | Expert's Picks Day 4

Ooooh ... I can really take a bite out of today's color (no pun intended!) The inspiration color is this deep shade of Orange:

The Art Gallery Fabrics botanical print on the bottom left was my jumping off point, and I love where I landed with this little fabric bundle. It has a bit of Japanese flair, don't you think?

Bella Solids Parade - Day 3

Top row: Bella Solid in Terrain Cactus, Bella Solid in Baby Yellow, Bella Solid in Paper Bag
Bottom row: Bohemian Soul Mellow Ditsy, Sherbert Zen Garden, Aviary 2 Aqua Sparrows

Here's where you get to play along: what would you add to this fabric pack?

Visit Shruti and see more over at 13 Woodhouse Road for the Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bella Solids Parade | Expert's Picks Day 3

Today's jumping off point was this deep shade of brown, fittingly called Hershey:

Moda Bella Solid in Hershey (9900-41)

This bundle was a classic case in failure to self-edit. When it came down to it, I just couldn't make the hard decision of which solid and which print to cut ... so I left them all:

Bella Solids Parade - Day 7

Top row: Bella Solids in Etchings Stone, Pink, Together Tan, and Weathered Teak
Bottom row: Central Park Lawn Zoo, Modern Workshop Courtyard Green Roundabout Dots, Bohemian Soul Hay Endless Dream, Tammis Keefe White Later Alligator

This is my favorite bundle so far, and just might just be my favorite of all of them. What would you add to this combination of prints & solids?

Visit Shruti and see more over at 13 Woodhouse Road for the Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bella Solids Parade | Expert's Picks Day 2

Today's inspiration color is Peach. Not an easy challenge! This isn't a color I am accustomed to working with.

Here's what I pulled together. What do you think?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bella Solids Parade | Expert's Picks Day 1

Have you heard about the Moda Bella Solids Parade that fellow blogger Shruti is hosting? Shruti, who blogs at 13 Woodhouse Road (great blog name, right?), had a fantastic idea:

All month long, Shruti's highlighting a color and shade represented by a Bella Solid fabric and asking her readers to share inspiration photos that somehow feature that color. In addition, there are contests, giveaways, quilt-alongs, and more from Shruti with support from the generous folks at Moda and the Fat Quarter Shop. You can see more here.

One of the other activities is to show fabric bundles that are built around each color to showcase the (sometimes very) different ways in which a particular color can be used. Each bundle is comprised of 3 additional solids and 3 prints to complement the day's color. I was thrilled when Shruti invited me to participate in her "Expert's Pick" series to create some of those fabric combinations.

(I know, I thought the same thing you're thinking right now: me? An expert?!)

Over the next several days, I'm going to share my fabric combinations both on Shruti's blog and also here with you. I'd love to hear what you think of each, or any other prints that you might add in to the mix. These posts will be auto-scheduled to go live while I'm at market too, and I can't wait to check in with you all when I'm back!

Before showing my first fabric combo, let me share a brief intro that I wrote for Shruti highlighting my thought process when putting these together:

Hi! My name is John Adams and I blog at I am also a founding member of Fat Quarterly, a popular e-magazine written by and for modern sewists. Come learn more about us and our magazine on our blog, which always has fresh, fun content about the modern quilting community. I live in Cary, North Carolina, with my wife, 6 year-old twin daughters, 5 year-old son, and dog named Tula (named after one of my fabric designers, Tula Pink!)

I've been sewing and quilting now for about 4 years, and one thing has become clear to me in that time: my absolute favorite part of the entire quilting process is selecting my palette of colors and prints for my projects. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy making small project like pillows, mini quilts, and mug rugs so much -- I can scratch that creative itch and try out new fabric combinations on quick & easy projects. I love Shruti's Bella Solids Parade project and I jumped at the chance to submit my expert's picks!

Shruti's challenge was a bit, well, challenging for me. When pulling fabrics together for a new quilt or project, I typically start with an inspirational print or two. I then draw complementary prints and colors, including solids from that starting point. However, here I was asked to start with a solid, which is a bit different than my usual approach. What I found is that each focus solid would still lead me to a "focus" print or patterned fabric, from which I drew the rest of my palette.

This challenge was GREAT fun, and I hope you like my fabric bundles as much as I do! For those who read my blog, you know that I often have a hard time editing myself, so for a few of my bundles I couldn't help but throw in an extra print or solid or 2. Now I am inspired and already planning projects with each of my new bundles!

Thanks for the opportunity, Shruti!

And now, on to the parade! Today's inspiration color is Sunshine:

And here are my coordinating picks: