~Color Inspiration~

Photo by Charise Creates

One of my favorite tasks when I was a fashion designer was creating color palettes for the upcoming clothing line I was designing.  When I worked for larger companies such as Norstrom and Eddie Bauer, we had the budget to buy trending forecast services.  These services would provide the actual color in swatch form from large color companies like Pantone.

Digital Ad from Boden.com

The last design company I worked for was a small company and we didn't have the budget for the expensive trending services.  
My go to inspiration came from Fashion websites like Style.com and fashion magazines, my favorites being Elle and Harper's Bazaar.
I looked to the color stories from high end couture brands from the most recent runway shows.

Photo by ChariseCreates

I recently saw a link to the coolest website that will create a color palette using Kona Fabrics solids.
Play-Crafts color matcher  allows you to upload a photo and then the program matches colors in the photo.
If you want to tweak the palette, there are small dots that you can drag and drop around the photo to customize the colors.
Then....Play-crafts color matcher matches the colors to Moda Bella Solids.

Photo by Charise Creates

Have Fun!
Warning:  It is addictive : )



Orchard Hot Pads in "One Room Schoolhouse"

I absolutely love vintage inspired fabrics so I was so thrilled to get a stack of prints from the soon to be available line by Brenda Ratliff, "One Room Schoolhouse" designed for RJR Fabrics.

The palette is fresh with a vintage vibe.  The prints are gorgeous.  My favorite is the sweet apple print.  I think I might have to make a skirt in this print - so cute!!! 

I stitched up my orchard hot pads and I think they look wonderful in this fabric!

You can find the pattern [HERE].  "One Room Schoolhouse" will be available in July and you can find it [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


The Splendid Sampler ~ Catching up!

Today is sunny and beautiful in Seattle.  
Much like the blocks I made for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along : )

The block on the left is called Family Affair and was designed by Janice Ryan of Better off Thread.  I loved fussy cutting the dancing ladies on this one.

The block on the right is Scrap Stars by by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts.  This block has lots of small pieces so it is a fun way to use up scraps.

The fabric bowl was designed for Stitch Magazine and you can find it [HERE]

Pieces of Friendship by Lindsay Mayland was another fun block to fussy cut.  This is such a fun and easy block to sew together.  Linday shared a fantastic tutorial for sewing the block together [HERE]

It has been such a pleasure to sew such lovely blocks by talented designers!
I am looking forward to the next 84 blocks : )
Be sure to head on over to TheSplendidSampler.com for links to all the patterns.

Happy Sewing!


Patchwork Party ~ My Favorite Patchwork Pillows

Happy Friday!
I was on Instagram this morning and I saw a new photo challenge for April ~ Patchwork Party hosted by @corianderquilts.  You can find Corey's website [HERE]
If your are on Instagram search for #patchworkparty.

I love a photo challenge.  Life has been incredibly busy so this will be a fun little challenge for me to post more photos this month!

The first day is Patchwork Pillow.  Oh my, I have lots of them.  I am an impatient sewer and often make pillows instead of quilts.  I like more instant gratification : ) 

This cozy cottage pillow is one of my favorites.  I love to "fussy cut" and this pattern lends itself to finding the perfect image to show in those windows and door.
You can find the pattern for the block [HERE]

This is another one of my favorites - Starburst Spools.  The pattern is in my Etsy shop [HERE]

I also made this version for a pillow swap ~ The Pillow Talk Swap.

This pillow was made with beautiful Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics.  I created it for the Sew Mama Sew blog.  You can find links to the pattern [HERE] 

Here is another pillow I created for a pillow swap.  You can find the free pattern [HERE]

As you can see, I love to make pillows : )
What is your favorite thing to sew?

Happy Sewing 


Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you!
I couldn't resist making a couple of Easter baskets for my boys.  
My youngest has expressed doubts in the existence of the Easter Bunny : (  

 I was so happy when he came downstairs this morning and told me he got a visit from the Easter Bunny!

The basket is a tutorial from Birch Fabrics and you can find it [HERE] 
The instructions are clear and concise with lots of photos.

 I will be making more of these to use as storage around the house.
The basket pictured is the large version with the height shortened to 5".

The outside of the basket is Essex Yarn Dye linen and the bunny fabric trim is an older print from the Cotton and Steel line from RJR fabrics.

Have a lovely day!


Splendid Sampler ~ Crocheted Thoughts & Checker Board

Happy Spring to you!
It still feels like Winter here in Seattle, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but at least my Splendid Sampler blocks are made with Spring colored fabrics.
You can find all the details and FREE patterns at TheSplendidSampler.com

Crocheted Thoughts was a joy to make!  You can find more about the block and it's designer Alyssa Thompson [HERE] 
It was my "relax while watching the T. V. and stitch" project for several evenings : )

The sweet bow and cherry print is Yuwa Fabric "Bows and Cherries" by Atsuko Matsuyama.
The background fabric is my favorite "go to" cream cotton background - RJR Supreme Solids in color French Vanilla.

I transferred the design by tracing the design onto my fabric with a water soluble marker.
I'm pleased with the end result.

Today's Splendid Sampler block is Checker Board by Pat Sloan.  I adore this block.  The first one was made with blue fabric scraps.

I couldn't resist making a second block with some pink, red and yellow scraps.

Having an entire quilt with these tiny squares would be divine : )

Happy Sewing!


The Splendid Sampler ~ Local Quilt Shop & Iowa

Today I am sharing my versions of the latest two blocks in the Splendid Sampler Sew Along - Local Quilt Shop & Iowa.

I am a big fan of the technique of paper piecing so I was very happy that Jane provided a paper piecing template for her design, "Local Quilt Shop".  House blocks are some of my favorite.  I have made many for friends in the Cocorico Bee.  You can find a few [HERE] and [HERE].

Iowa, designed by Sherri McConnell, is an adorable block.  I chose to make it scrappy in pinks and reds.  The corner background fabric is from one of my favorite vintage feed sacks.
The center fabric is a prized Japanese fabric I have had for years.

Be sure to head on over to TheSplendidSampler.com to get the patterns!

Happy Sewing