Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mosaics & Mayhem (Minus the Mayhem)

It's Sunday, which means it's time for another installment of Quilt Around the World II!

Two weeks ago I received a package in the mail containing the first few blocks of Heather's Mod Mosaic quilt.

Heather's directions were to follow the Mod Mosaic tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! to create mosaic blocks that were greater than 8" x 8", smaller than 12" x 18", and made with rainbow fabrics.

At first I toyed with the idea of using strictly solids for my rainbow mosaic block. However, after looking at the blocks in the package, I decided to do a mixture of prints and solids. I thought it would break up the block and keep it interesting. Also, when it came down to it, I thought it might flow more with her final quilt. 

I played with a few arrangements, added and subtracted fabrics, and when the fabric scraps settled, this is what ended up on my cutting room mat....

That's what I'm talking about!

I think this looks pretty nifty and I'm glad I went with the mix of solids and prints. To finish I added a white border as requested and took a picture with the other blocks. This is a great style and  I hope to try to do one of these quilts for myself down the road.  

Motley Mosaic
What do you think about this style? Are you as excited as me to stalk Heather's final quilt on Flickr?!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

So Fresh, So Clean, So Barbie!

The lyrics from "I'm a Barbie Girl" keep running through my mind and I guess it's because last week I worked on a Barbie's Dream basket. This fabric is so cute and it's really great for all ages. In fact, the few pieces that I've sold featuring this fabric have all been intended for ladies in their late twenties, early thirties. Surprised?

Totally sweet!

I used coordinating pink pin dot fabric for the bottom of the basket and the lining is pink fabric with Barbie heads. This is just one of those happy baskets. The basket in the above picture is going to be used as a gift basket and will be filled with complimentary soaps and other gifts. Knowing this, I made a bonus wash cloth to be included in the gift basket.

Have you ever wanted to get as clean as you do right now?!
Together, it's a cute idea for a soon to be thirty year old!

Basket and wash cloth, just add soap!
Life in fabric, it's fantastic!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stop and Smell the Flowers!

My day job has been keeping me busy lately, but this weekend I took a moment to take a garden escape. After spending the past few weeks busily making Monster Mash tote bags, it was nice to delve into the world of pretty once again...

The fabrics are a botanical print for Michael Miller and the pink vine print from the Central Park collection by Kate Spain. Who says tote bags can't be classy? This bag is now available in my Etsy Store, if you are interested!