Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Color play and a give away with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

A few weeks ago the kind folks at Fort Worth Fabric Studio sent me two charm packs: Moda Bella Solid White and a new Moda line by the Jungs called “Bumble Berries.” The collection, which releases in July, includes a refreshing array of prints with little strawberries, bees, vines and small scale geometric shapes. 

Each color in the line is presented in two tones, which caught my eye right away.  There is a buttery yellow and a cooler yellow, a raspberry red and a pale pink, plus two shades each of green, blue and gray! Fort Worth Fabric Studio shop owner Jodie told me to play with these charm packs and have some fun, and that’s what I intended to do!

From the get-go, my plan was to make 84 half square triangles from the two charm packs and then lay them out to see how many different designs I could create.  I drew a diagonal line on each of the solid white five-inch squares and then layered them right sides together with the colored five-inch squares.  I sewed 1/4" from both sides of this line and then trimmed down the middle to make my sets of half square triangles.




And this is where I hit a snag . . . well actually a color distraction.  I began by organizing the half square triangles by print so that I could begin the layout design process.  


However, I found myself being pulled by the shades and tones of the fabric, and I reorganized the half square triangles by color instead. 


My eye was really drawn to the cool colors, and the yellow wasn't working for me. This was actually quite surprising, because I have been all about the yellow this spring.  It has been my favorite color.  On the other hand, it was fun to be led by a "color mood" and just go with it.  So I omitted the yellow and kept playing.


At this point I tried to get back to my original plan of arranging the half square triangles into different patterns, but I really wasn't feeling it.

 

So I went back to letting the colors guide me and just laid them out in a placement that was pleasing to my eye.  




For my quilting color mood, this was the winning layout. I only ended up using 49 half square triangles, which in the end created a nice square table topper at 29 1/4".  If the full Bumble Berries line were out, I would have loved to add that pink floral as a border and make it a bit bigger.

I quilted this project myself using my Bernina, walking foot and Aurifil pale green thread (#2880).  I rarely use colored thread when machine quilting, but apparently my color mood was still running high and I threw caution to the wind.  I really like the effect of the pale green thread. Maybe I should let loose more often!  I also used 80/20 batting rather than 100% cotton on this piece, and I like the loft it created.  In this shot you see a nice closeup detail of the fabric.  Isn't it pretty?


Here is my finished table topper.  Although it's a very simple design with simple quilting, I think the fabric really shines.  













Many thanks to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for gifting me their sample of this pretty line!  Jodie and team have Bumble Berries available on preorder, so head on over to their website and check it out!

Finally, thanks to Fort Worth Fabric Studio, one lucky reader will win this same set of charm packs: Bumble Berries and Moda Bella Solid White! (The winner will receive the charm packs in July when the fabric arrives.) Leave a comment below with your email address and you'll be entered! Comments are open through 3:00 pm (CST) on Friday, June 3.  At that time, I will do a random drawing and announce the winner.   *Only one comment per person/per email address.  Email me if you are having trouble leaving a comment and I will leave a comment on your behalf. (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and allowing me to share my quilting color mood with you! And don't you worry about my cast off yellow blocks.  I will put them to good use in another project down the road!  Yellow is still my sunny favorite!

~Taunja






97 comments:

  1. So pretty and fresh for a summer table! I thought the yellow was,rebelling with the other colors too. I know you'll find a perfect project for them to co-exist with some compatible colors. I'd be so happ to pla with these charm packs too! Duchick at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! It does seem to be the perfect summer quilt fabric for the kitchen table! Good luck!

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  2. Love what you did with the charm packs and they are so pretty. So hope to win but if not will be on my wish list!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  3. Looks cute! A great table topper or even could be a pillow! Sometimes its so hard putting several colors together, even though I like scrappy. The yellows would maybe go good with the greys and the pinks??? At times there is just too many colors to pick from...I thought your final version looks great! I love the colored quilting thread too, its really subtle, but fun to change it up once in awhile! I have a quilt quilted in navy thread and another one quilted in pink thread. Thanks for the chance of a couple of charm packs. dratla@tds.net

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    1. I think you are right! Maybe I just got overwhelmed! (It wouldn't be the first time.) I'm sure your quilts in the navy and pink quilting are beautiful, as all your work is. Doing the colored stitching felt kind of liberating! ;)

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  4. I love the gray fabric in this line, not something you see all the time. And it looks lovely the in table topper. Will have to keep my eye open for this line in my neck of the woods. jjs-wife@hotmail.com

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    1. That's what my mom said too! She really liked the cool gray! I think it is such a nice complement to the other fabrics. Thanks Kathy!

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  5. This is such a beautiful project and love the beautiful fabric! The colors are so appealing.

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    1. Thanks so much! Very appealing fabrics indeed!

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  6. Interesting to hear your design process; i learned so much more from your explanation than by just looking at a picture of the finished product. Plus the colors in this line are so soothing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Soothing! You are so right. They are just soft to the eye! Thanks!

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  7. I love the colors in this new line! Your project is beautiful and really showcases the prints! Thanks for the chance to win some of that loveliness!

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    1. Oh thanks so much Marisa! I appreciate your kind words!!

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  8. Pretty quilt! Love the colours! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  9. Taunja,
    I just love how your table topper turned out! It really is pleasing to the eye and you did a great job. I will look forward to trying colored threads at some point in my quilting. th3sl0thy0ne@gmail.com

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    1. Maybe we should all flirt with colored thread more often! ha! Thanks so much Sharon! Best of luck!

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  10. What a pretty collection! I like the HST idea and layout. It let's the fabric shine!
    Anita.Sharp@gmail.com

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  11. Hi Taunja! I follow you on Instagram, but this is the first time I've visited your blog. This beauty snagged me! I'm looking forward to spending more time here now that I've broken the ice!

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    1. Thanks for the morning smile Melinda! And thanks for stopping by the blog! :)

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  12. Hi such a neat project! Thanks to FWFS + You for sharing !
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  13. Such an adorable project and fabrics.

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    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed working with them!

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  14. I love the way you arranged the colors. They are so soft,pretty and fresh. I like the way the grey blends with the other colors. I would love to create something with this fabric. I enjoy your posts. I have been following you on instragram for awhile.

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    1. Thanks so much Gayle! My mom said the same thing . . . we both enjoyed how the grey blends with the others!

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  15. Your table topper is gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for a chance to win this beautiful fabric!!!

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  16. Love your table topper and I love those cute little strawberries!!! So sweet!!

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  17. This is a beautiful line of fabric. I love the pale grey and how you mixed it in. Kind of gives the eye a place to stop for a moment. As usual your photography is so appealing! Thanks for sharing how those wheels turn in your talented head to make one of your amazing creations! Definitely going on my wish list for later this summer.

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    1. ps...nice job on that quilting. I like that you are using colored thread!

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    2. Ha! Thanks Pam. Sometimes I wonder if I share too much about my goofy thought process. Yes, colored thread--so fun. Who knew!?! ;)

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  18. Those geometric designs are gorgeous, and yet in soft colours that would play quite nicely with my stash. Looking forward to this line coming out! Thanks for the giveaway. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

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    1. Yes, I really liked those geometric designs too! Good luck!

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  19. How fun to play with colors -- thank you for sharing all your thoughts on the layout! These prints are lovely : )

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    1. Thanks Lynn! It is lovely fabric to play with!

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  20. Oh! Nice choices with the color! You gave a us a mini color tutorial and clearly showed why you eliminated the colors that you did. Will watch for the leftovers to appear in another project! Great new line.

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    1. Thanks much!! I hope I find the days I need to get to all the leftovers. I'm sure you feel the same about your scraps and stash!

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  21. Very cute tabletopper! Love the fabric. Abh10066(at)all.com

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  22. Oh my goodness!!! You made this fabric line shine! So, so pretty! I had seen this line before and thought it pretty but it didn't really catch my attention too much. Now, seeing it made up so simply, I'm thinking I need to get a charm (or two : ) Beautiful!
    PS: It makes me a bit happier to know that mood and fabric don't only "talk" to me :) Listening and following along have such happy, beautiful results.
    Anna @freshdewdrops
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    1. Whew! Thanks for sharing that Anna! Sometimes I wonder about myself . . . but it seems I'm in good company! I really enjoyed playing with this line. I think this will be a gift, but it will be hard to part with!

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  23. Love the colors in this charm pack!
    cdgearey@hotmail.com

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  24. Love, love, LOVE your little quilt!! I admire your ability to go with the flow and you were rewarded well for it!

    FWFS is one of my favorite shops, too - I'm actually waiting on a little bundle even as I type! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I'm kind of a rule follower, so it doesn't come easy! FWFS is wonderful! Thanks for stopping by the blog!!

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  25. What lovely, fresh colors, and the prints are beautiful in this simple design. Thanks for offering the giveaway. susan.ecklund2@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Susan! Good luck!

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  26. This turned out so adorable. I want to make this for my mom and dads M-F morning caregiver. She is an angel.
    Your idea is perfect. I love Southern Fabric

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    1. What a nice idea!! Thanks for stopping by Rosemary!

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  27. What beautiful fabric, and project! I think I see one in my future!
    Pat
    azzuri9@aol.com

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  28. Beautiful colors. I like the simple quilting you did. It showcases the fabric nicely.

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  29. Your table topper is gorgeous! I love this collection and think you did a wonderful job! Thanks for the chance to win!
    kogrady@cableone.net

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    1. Oh thank you Kathleen! I love this collection too!

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  30. Once again I love what you've done with your fabric! This is such a sweet line, I can't wait to get some!

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  31. So pretty. Yes sometimes we have to change things up a bit. Great job. I really enjoyed your though process.

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    1. Thanks so much Pam! I appreciate you stopping by and reading!!

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  32. Just love half square triangles done with modern colors and fabric

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    1. Me too. Sometimes simple is just so pretty. Thanks Dolores!

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  33. I decided I need to make a mini quilt for my mini ironimg board. These are nice fresh colors and a pretty cool quilt.

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    1. That sounds like a fun project! Thanks for stopping by Marsha! Good luck!

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  34. Love it Taunja...Not only do you amaze me with your quilts, but your photo talents are just as amazing. You always add the perfect touch to give the quilt even more charm!

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    1. Oh thanks so much for your nice words! I sure appreciate it!!

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  35. Just beautiful as always. You're right! The light green looks great on this project. You continue to inspire me.

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    1. Thanks much! It made me nervous, as it is not at "invisible" as white and I tend to drift off with my thoughts when I'm machine quilting. Ha!!

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  36. I love this fabric and you project.
    quilt455@aol.com

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  37. I think it's time I mastered HSTs. I don't know why I'm such a chicken about them.

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    1. I think your students would say "Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy" teacher! Go for it Cathie!

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  38. Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing your design process with us.

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  39. What a lovely project! I will definitely look for this fabric when it becomes available.

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  40. Beautiful! I love the simple layout that lets the colors take center stage!

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  41. I am interested in this line of fabric so had to enter your the give away! Anything with berries in suits me! It looks very pretty? I like the big floral print but pink and yellow is so pretty too. You did a good job letting your mood guide you with what to do! That is why you are a quilt designer I think!

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    1. Thanks Karen! Sometimes we just have to "go with it!" Good luck!

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  42. Very pretty! The simple pattern makes the printed colors stand out.

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  43. What a lovely set! :) Would love it!
    mmyheartishere@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks! It is very lovely fabric! Good luck!

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  44. Oh my! I ended up here via a pinterest pin of this quilt. It's my first visit to your blog, and I'm happily adding it to my feed. So much eye-candy!

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    1. Thank you so much Holly! That is so nice to hear! Happy to meet another quilter! :)

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  45. I know I'm too late for the giveaway - we've been away helping with new little twin grandsons born on Memorial Day! I just have to say how much I love the color play with your table topper. You did a beautiful job of it!

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    1. Oh congratulations on the twin grandsons! What a joy! Are you making them both quilts? Thanks so much for stopping by, especially when you are busy with your new little loves.

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    2. Yes, to the matching quilts. Two sets each so far :)! They are still so tiny - so sharing a crib at the moment.

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    3. What a joy that must be!! And quilting for two so precious people . . . an additional joy!

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