Be BOLD with your background fabric!!

This year I am trying some new things with my quilts: BOLD backgrounds! This all started when I made my Dresden Butterflies quilt for Moda Bake Shop. I didn’t want to just go with white. I instead chose to use Bella Mist solid, and man was I glad I did!! It gave the quilt so much more visual interest, without competing with the bold prints. It was a subtle difference from white that I think made this quilt so much more fun in the end.

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When I started seeing lots of Garden Snails quilts going around, I kept thinking I wanted something fun for the background, but I couldn’t figure out what to use. Then Robert Kauffman introduced their Kona Color of the Year, and I was sold. Hook, line, and sinker. I HAD to have some Pink Flamingo in my life and why not use it on my garden snails quilt??? It is the most perfect color of pink in the world. This photo does not do it justice. It’s not bubble gum or pepto bismol pink. It’s not too little girly. It’s not too bright. It. Is. Perfect.

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It turned out even better than I could have imagined. I feel like it really pulled me WAAAAY outside of my comfort zone as far as background color. This quilt would have been cute in white. I have a bolt of it ready to go so it would have been super easy. I am glad I went for the unexpected pink flamingo.

I have decided that for all of 2017, and possibly beyond, I am not going to use white as my background color, unless the quilt genuinely needs it. It will definitely take some work and some planning, but there are so many wonderful options out there. Essex linen, crossweave, chambray, peppered cotton, solids, the options are limitless.

Have you ever used a bold background and loved it? I’d love to hear about it. If white is your go-to, try something new and it just might surprise you how much you love not using white!

My 6″ Sampler Quilt

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Well I officially have finished my 6″ sampler quilt. This quilt is one that gets a lot of questions about where the blocks came from. Probably 2/3 of them are from The Splendid Sampler, 35+ are from #jensfillerblocks (all available in my tutorials section), and I think 15-20 are from Tula Pink’s City Sampler book. There are 144 blocks in this quilt, with 1-1/2″ sashing (1″ finished) and a 5″ border around the entire thing. It finished up around 94″ x 94″, perfect for my bed!! It was beyond a labor of love. I cannot even guess how many hours I spent on this, especially with resizing 12″ blocks to fit. 100, maybe? More? All I know is I loved almost every minute of it and I really, really miss making 6″ blocks. They are fast, fun, and very satisfying to make something with pieces so small.

I do quilt a lot of my own quilts at home on my Juki (I also have a few long arm quilters with whom I work), but I knew this one needed an extra special touch. Some quilts just need it. I actually won a giveaway for a $100 credit to Marion of My Quilt Diet and this was the beauty I knew I’d use the credit on to help me make this quilting dream an affordable reality. I saved almost all of my Christmas money and used it to pay for the quilting on this. It was worth EVERY penny I paid.

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I chose a 108″ Moda gray solid for the background mostly because I was feeling lazy and cheap, but it was the PERFECT choice. Look at that quilting!!!!!! I chose Marion’s freehand graffiti motif and I could not be happier. She made this a true heirloom for my family to enjoy for generations. That’s the hope, right? 🙂 And now for a dumping of photos because I can’t pick just one or two to share.

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Moda Ribbon Challenge

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Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric and I are so excited about this Moda Ribbon Challenge. Before we get to the fun stuff, here are the rules for the challenge:

1- The challenge runs from January 16th – February 10th.

2- Open internationally! Yes, you read that right. 🙂

3- You must incorporate the ribbon and it be a main feature (not just a loop on the side of a pincushion).

4- Post a finished project on Instagram with #ModaRibbonChallenge and #ModaFabrics by February 10th.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Chrissy posted a tutorial for this cute merit badge award mini quilt over on her blog. Make sure you go check it out if you’re looking for ideas!

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Now on to the extra fun stuff. Chrissy will be giving away a $50 credit to sewluxfabric.com! We have also partnered with Moda to offer these wonderful prizes:

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(1) Fat Eighth bundle of Freedom by Sweetwater

(1) Fat Eighth bundle of Early Bird by Kate Spain

(1) Fat Eighth bundle of Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique

(2) Moda tote bags from Quilt Market

(1) Moda Post it set

(1) Large Moda tin

(1) Medium Moda tin

(4) Small Moda tins

(2) Round Moda Tins

We will announce the details of divvying up the prizes a little later in the challenge, but those are some AWESOME prizes up for grabs. Free fabric sounds pretty great, right? Grab your Moda ribbon and let’s get busy!