It’s the last day of the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop, and it’s my turn to share a project inspired by my experience at the Sew Pro convention in September 2016! Make sure to visit Holly, Teri, Trinia, and Deanna, and read all the way through to the bottom of this post to enter BOTH giveaways. The Sew Pro Stars prizes are fabric bundles and patterns, and I’ll also be giving away a separate prize of the hand-dyed fat quarter bundle of your choice from my Etsy shop!

My inspiration

When I sat down to think about what I brought home with me from Chicago, of course there were a lot of practical take-aways regarding social media, forming relationships with companies and peers , and the like. All of this was valuable information, but not creatively inspiring. So I thought about the themes that I noticed ran through many of the conversations and classes, even in chats with garment designers, fabric designers, professional bloggers, people with such varied experiences that you wouldn’t expect to see so many common threads (ahem…sorry) between them. These are my three favorites:

  1. Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.
  2. Everybody loves a story.
  3. It doesn’t have to be perfect to work.
My project

I love to make things. Making a quilt is like a beautiful puzzle to me. There’s a balance there between mathematics and art, between logic and intuition. Ultimately, I’d love to design quilts professionally. So it was obvious to me that my project would be a quilt. It would be a mini, about 24″ square, because that’s the perfect size to hang on the wall between two windows in my studio.

I wanted to illustrate two things about Sew Pro: the wide variety of people  and a sense of motion. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do, so I skipped the graph paper this time and sat down with EQ7. It took a little work to balance all of the different sizes and colors, but I got to the final design pretty quickly.

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To get just the right gradation of colors, I knew I had to dye my own fabric for this one. I ended up dying the same batch twice to get the colors as saturated as I had imagined them. It took some real coordination to dye four shades each of seven colors at the same time, but the results speak for themselves:

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Next came the challenging part: first keeping track of 28 different fabrics to make flying geese in five different sizes, then paper piecing a whole lot of teeny tiny 8-point stars.

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The smallest stars are 1″ square.
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I laid all the pieces out in a grid to help stay on track.

 

 

You are perfectly welcome to try to parse all the symbolism that I poured into four square feet of quilt. Her name is “More Alike.” It’s taken from the Maya Angelou poem recently brought to the forefront of public consciousness via an Apple advertisement.

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I will let Tula Pink have the last word.

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Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14

Lisa and Lorelai

Rebecca Mae Designs

True Blue Quilts

Stitched Printing Company

Tuesday Nov 15

Vintage Barngirl

The Stitch TV Show

Powered by Quilting

Canuck Quilter

Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday Nov 16

See Carmen Sew

Hudson Valley Quilts

Desert Bloom Quilting

Sweet Little Stitches

Thursday Nov 17

Marvelous Auntie M

A Quilting Chick

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Creations by Paula

Friday Nov 18

Pretty Piney (that’s me!)

Lighthouse Lane Designs

Day Moon Quilts

Penguin Feats

Stitches Quilting

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33 Replies to “Giveaways and a Mini Quilt Reveal: Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop-Day Five!

  1. You bring tears to my eyes. Your creativity, your thoughtfulness, your symbolism, your depth, your inspiration, and your TALENT.

    1. Thank you! I would have put up pictures of my fingers after my gloves leaked, but it looked kind of gory. I hope we can catch up again!

  2. As owners of a tie dye company, I have to go with the black fabrics but I loved all the bundles in your shop. Your primary colors are stunning and would look so gorgeous in anything they were in. I’m drawn to the black because I am doing a black/white/gray quilt for my son for his high school graduation(his color picks)!! I also love the purple and fuchsia fabrics!!! Gorgeous!!

    1. I hope you’ll post pics of your son’s quilt! Despite my love for bright colors, I love the drama of a monochromatic quilt.

  3. I think your quilt is amazing and I love your hand dyed fabrics. I really like the blue and black/gray ones but the multi colored bundle is awesome too. It’s hard to pick a favorite!

    1. Thank you! Sometimes the results aren’t quite what I was expecting, but that’s part of the fun, and I’m almost never disappointed in what I get!

  4. Your quilt is outstanding. The colors are awesome. I really like your Hand-Dyed Fabric Quilting Cotton Fat Quarter Bundle of 5 Fabrics. Bright Fiber Art Supplies. Fabric Bundle. Gift for Quilter.

    1. I call the yellow bundle a “lemon parfait” in my head. I like those, too, because it can be really hard to find a variety of yellow shades that coordinate!

  5. These is beautiful. I love the bright colors used for the stars and geese. The bright color bundle is my favorite on your test page. Great job on the mini quilt.

    1. Thank you! It got pretty complicated working with all those shades, but I do love variety! Good luck on the giveaway.

    1. Haha, Andi, there’s a reason I don’t usually work so small! My language wasn’t so nice at times, and I started to doubt my sanity, that’s for sure. But it was worth it, thank you!

    1. I keep going back and re-reading some of the hop posts. It reminds me to think about what I’ve accomplished toward my goals since then, and renews my resolve to keep working toward them!! PS- I like the yellows a lot, too.

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