Color Palette: Modern Prep

Sometimes I pull fabrics together based on a graphic I love or even a piece of clothing, but these fabrics practically threw themselves into the basket at my local quilt shop.

The Botanics + Honeysweet prints are really, really, REALLY  pretty together,  I added in some Shelburne Falls, Acacia, Hand Drawn Garden, and few repros to round things out.

Color Palette: Modern Prep

I’m not sure if this stack of fabrics will ever become a quilt, but I do so love the combination. It is preppy and classic with the jade, navy, and mustard, and the minty and peachy shades add some fresh zing to a palette that might otherwise be quite simple.

What colors do you think of as “modern prep”?


Tone It Down by Lissa Alexander

It’s December 23 and I’m counting down the days to 2014! Think I can get in a couple more quilts before the New Year? I should probably focus on ones that are already in progress but coming off the organizational high of my destash sale, I am in the mood for playing with fabric and starting something new. There’s a beautiful quilt by Lissa Alexander called Tone It Down in the February 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. It uses traditional piecing and a “modern” low-volume background. Read about Lissa’s inspiration for the quilt {here}. APQ is hosting a quilt-along for this project and I decided it would be a good sewing project for the holidays (chain piecing friendly = lots of audiobooks + mugs of cocoa).

I pulled fabrics for the quilt yesterday, using this retro-inspired Alice Apple felt applique art as my color palette:

VMQ-palette-crushing-on-kitschHere are my fabric picks:

Tone It Down | Fabric Stacks

A variety of pinks for the main blocks across the quilt (pink, orange, and red in the original)

Tone It Down | Fabric Stacks

Mustard + aqua + orange + grass green for the secondary pattern of circles

Tone It Down | Fabric Stacks

And a big variety of low volume prints for the background.

VMQ-palette-templateThis quilt pattern is very scrap friendly so I’ve pulled lots of things from my scrap basket to mix in with fat quarters and yardage from my stash. I want to make the mustard color more prominent so I’ll probably find a print or solid in that range to use for binding.

Are you going to quilt along with us? You can find the magazine at most craft stores or purchase a digital copy {here}.

You may have noticed a theme of solids lately. I have several all solids quilts in the works at the moment and this stack is for a quilt called Lucky Strike. It’s inspired by a print I saw in a shop. I loved the combination of fun colors with a lot of layered neutrals.

Lucky Strike

From top to bottom:

9900-129 | Weathered Teak
9900-245 | Latte
9900-241 | Flax
9900-12 | Natural
9900-235 | Blue Chill
9900-263 | Spray
9900-51 | Buttercup
9900-209 | Clementine
9900-27 | 30s Pink

Weathered Teak (along with 9900-128 | Stone) is one of my favorite neutrals. It goes with everything and is a nice change from the ever-so-popular gray that’s been a modern quilting staple for years.

Today I am celebrating getting my sewing machine back from servicing (in only 2 hours!) with a new stack of beautiful solids. A freshly oiled and cleaned machine is the perfect reason to start a new project! I’m going for an all-solids quilt with a bold color palette:

Bright and Bold

These are all Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics. From top to bottom:

9900-135 | Marine
9900-226 | Bright Turquoise
9900-34 | Aqua
9900-234 | Evergreen
9900-192  |  Leaf
9900-250  | Daffodil
9900-213  | Mustard
9900-255  | Tangerine
9900-27 | 30s Pink
9900-92 | Magenta
9900-106 | Earth
9900-200 | Off White (shown in background)

I had a helper (who should have been napping but refused) on this photo shoot.


He loves tidy stacks of things like fabric. They’re perfect for throwing around the room, putting in the laundry bin, or otherwise creating chaos. I pretended to cry after he pushed this stack on the floor and he giggled and said “little bit more crying, please.” Such a rascal.

Retro Whimsy Bella Solids

Moda Fabrics has a series of free patterns designed for solids called the 12-Pack. I’m working on a pattern from the new set using the lovely stack of Bella Solids above. I like to name my fabric stacks because I’m a nerd like that so this one is called Retro Whimsy. The colors are sort of dreamy and cupcake-like.  I’m seeing strawberry cake and chocolate frosting. Mmmm.

{These are available exclusively for quilt shops so ask your favorite LQS if they stock the pattern.}

The Bella Solids shown (from top to bottom) are:

Pale Pink | 9900-26
Sisters Pink | 9900-145
Pink | 9900-9900-61
Popsicle | 9900-143
Citrine | 9900-211
Pesto| 9900-233
Gray | 9900-83
Stone | 9900-128
Betty’s Brown | 9900-125
Robin’s Egg | 9900-85
Seafoam | 9900-191
Turquoise | 9900-107
(shown twice, one piece is for the binding)

So that’s what I’m working on today. And now I need a cupcake.

I’ve sewn a lot this week, but I don’t have much to show for it (literally – no photos!). I finished the Popsicles Posies quilt that I thought I’d never finish because of the hand quilting. This quilt is so sweet and I can’t wait to show it you guys. I’ll definitely get some photos this week.

Here’s a sneak peek:

What did I do?

(really, it’s just a gratuitous dog photo)


I’ve been doing so well on my New Year’s fabric diet resolution. In less than one hour at the Quilt Asylum, I totally blew it.  The Quilt Asylum is one of my LQSs (local quilt shops). Of course, only in Texas would a place that is 30 miles from my house be considered a local quilt shop…but let me tell you, it is worth the drive.  We’re really spoiled for quilt shops here in north Texas – there are two amazing ones just in the small town of McKinney (Happiness is Quilting is the other one). I recently posted a map of area quilt shops on the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild blog if you’re in the area and you have some fabric money burning a hole in your pocket. 😉

I almost never buy fabric with a purpose. Typically I grab fat quarters that catch my eye, always keeping a lookout for yellows and purples because I have so few in my stash. But I’ve noticed that I usually end up with at least one nicely coordinated bundle at the end of my shopping spree.

I’m calling this color palette “Spring Around the Corner.”  There is a bit of Sugar Pop, Modern Meadow, Moda’s new Regent Street Lawns, City Weekend, some Civil War repros, and several polka dots.  This set of fabrics really captures my aesthetic. It’s a mix of old and new, a bit modern, sort of vintage, with lots of color in a relatively tight palette. I love putting together fabric combinations, but I know many quilters find it to be one of the most difficult parts of the process. I often hear women in quilt shops and at DMQG events talk about their fear of combining fabrics and saying that they rarely stray from using just one fabric collection. Many quilting books and quilting teachers talk about color theory, and I wonder sometimes if it’s really something you can teach. People see color differently so isn’t it all subjective anyway? Whatever the answer is, I am truly fascinated by color.

While writing this post, I’ve been thinking about a Lizzy House blog post I read earlier about choosing one word to define the way you’d like to live this year. I was trying to think of my word because I’m feeling very deep and introspective writing about color theory. The one word that keeps popping into my head? Cupcake.  I have 9/10 ingredients in my kitchen for making banana cupcakes with chocolate frosting, but I’m missing the only ingredient that can’t be substituted – flour. So my word of 2011 will have to wait until I can get the banana cupcakes out of my head (and into my belly).

Two and a half bobbins and many hours later, I’m one fourth of the way done.


This straight line quilting is brutal. I’m going to need a shoulder transplant after all is said and quilted.

While I’m mindlessly quilting straight lines, there are visions of fat quarters dancing in my head. Yes, I’m already thinking about my next quilt. It really is an addiction.

french kiss

A little French, a little sweet, a lot awesome fabric. Caleb Gray’s new line, Suburbia, was just released and I love, love, love this tea print:

It’s my inspiration for my next quilt (okay, the one after the next one…or second….or third one). It would also make a charming apron, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’ve had aqua and black on my mind lately.

So today I’m going to work with this little bundle:

aqua, white + black

A few of the fabrics are new, but most came from my stash.  I haven’t decided on a design yet and I may add in a bit of yellow.  Now that I’m thinking along those lines I see a totally different quilt in my head then I originally starting planning. I may just end up with two quilts!

Tomorrow I’m going to blog two WIPs I completed (maybe 3 – I have one that I’m quilting right now) so come back soon!

I didn’t do much this week. It’s too hot to do anything right now. Just a bit of sewing and a bit of shopping and some fabric folding (because yummy stuff came in the mail.)

For my bit of sewing, I worked on my modern siggy swap 2 blocks.

modern siggy swap II - progress

I can’t decide if they need white sashing or if a wide white border is the ticket. Design wall, where are you when I need you?!

My bit of shopping came in the form of these cuties from Target:

red + aqua finds

And for the fabric folding…

far far away chapter 2

Far Far Away 2 by Heather Ross. So cute. I’m not cutting into this bundle anytime soon. But I did buy a couple sets of fat quarters when it first came out and this little stack is sitting on my cutting table.

far far away 2 bundle

I made a deal with myself that I would complete 3 quilts before I cut into it.  Hopefully that will happen very, very soon.