Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Color Challenge Block - Orange

April is here!!
Not only is it my birthday month, but the color chosen for the Monthly Color Challenge is one of my recent favorites!
Orange is a difficult and confusing color.  People either love it or hate it. It is the color of citrus and prison uniforms.  It represents health and caution.  It is sunshine and Halloween.  If you study color theory, orange could be a research topic all of its own.  It has the vibrancy and power of red, but also the calm comfort of yellow.  I love orange.
It is a fickle color too.  It, unlike blue, does not always play well with others.  You can't just say, well I'll throw this orange in there because I need one more Fat Quarter.  That could be disastrous.
I think of orange as a color that doesn't always go right, but when it IS....oh boy look out because it will blow you away.  :)
It has become one of my new favorites.  Paired up with a Plum and a Teal .....oh, I just love it.
But, for the Color Challenge this month, I stuck to what orange fabrics I had on hand.
My goodness, third month in a row where I don't seem to have as much variety in a color as I thought.  I really struggled finding that medium orange.  In certain light, it is an obvious difference, but I am not sure that you can tell where the difference pieces are in these photos.
Either way, it is a super fun block to make and you can find the pattern for it over at Patterns By Jen.

 And as usual, don't forget to check out the other bloggers in the Monthly Color Challenge to find more Orange blocks:

And there will be a Link party to share your Orange blocks on Patterns by Jen at the end of the month for a chance to win a Fat Eighth bundle sponsored by Island Batik!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blog Hop

When Cheryl, of  Meadow Mist Designs, and Paige, of Quilted Blooms  invited me to make a quilt from their new book Modern Plus Sign Quilts I was absolutely ecstatic!  I know both of these ladies to be extremely talented quilters and designers and I could not wait to see what they had put together this time around.

You can purchase the book here:
Signed Copies

Hard copy or digital:

They had asked me which of the 16 quilts in the book I would like to make and I just COULD NOT CHOOSE. There is a pretty good chance I will make at least half of the quilts in here!!  I ended up making Plus Surround.  This pattern was so amazingly well thought out!  I was a teeny bit intimidated because I had never tried anything like it before.  But, it was so straight-forward, that there was zero stress once I got started making it.  The size of the quilt is just perfect for a bed topper or a large throw.  
Although I don't have the quilting skills to do anything fancy with the quilting, this particular design would be the perfect pattern to show off an elaborate quilting motif if that is something you are looking for.  

I was really lucky and we had one day where the ground wasn't a muddy mess and I could take my quilt outside for a super quick photo session (hence the lack of decent pressing ahead of time).  

There are other quilters on the hop today (and yesterday, and tomorrow)  :)  Make sure you check them out.  These patterns are so versatile that everyone will have a different take on them.  Also, make sure to check out Cheryl's and Paige's blogs every day too.  They have giveaways!!!!!

Here is the schedule:
Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
 Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch   You are Here
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th

Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms