I’ve wondered for a few years what it would be like to collaborate with a fabric company. I never dreamed it would be this fun!
On August 3, at 3:47 p.m., I opened two packages of 21 fabrics from Hoffman California Fabrics company.
For the next six hours, I auditioned 42 fabrics (both sides of each) trying to get just the right mix of color, contrast, values, and feel that would be worthy of this new line by Hoffman California Fabrics.
Phoebee is the pattern and Electric Garden is the fabric line. Of course, I took tons of pictures, mostly black and white, and still this was a challenge…and a gamble! Not seeing the reverse of a fabric before-hand made me a little nervous – some fabrics just don’t have usable reverse sides.
Well, Electric Garden rocks! Vibrant color with a soft, contrasting reverse side was just the recipe I needed. I flipped several backgrounds to their reverse as well, so they wouldn’t compete with the bee or flowers. The next step was cutting out Phoebee and her flowers.
I slept on this mix so I could get a fresh look the next morning. Yes! I began fusing and quilting (on my Handiquilter Avante) right away. Next came the prairie point hanging method, binding, label, photos, writing and producing the pattern, and Phoebee was flying to California on Tuesday, August 7th!
My new friend in California let me know Phoebee arrived safely! Now for the waiting game…
Quilt Market in Houston was November 3 – 5. I was fortunate that several kind quilter souls saw Phoebee hanging in the Hoffman California Fabric booth and shared their pics with me on Instagram! Thank you, friends!
This morning I am shipping Phoebee 2.0 patterns to a very fun quilt shop in (wait for it) Canada!
Original Phoebee and Phoebee 2.0 quilt patterns are available in my Etsy Shop HERE.
Phoebee Quilt Pattern
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Introducing JOY, a quilted wall hanging pattern which uses both sides of one focus fabric on a scrappy background.
cheer, glee, gladness, festivity, jubilance, exultation
This latest #usebothsides pattern- and second in the holiday series of patterns- makes me ready for the holiday season to begin!
There are many, MANY Christmas fabrics which would make a great JOY quilt – and if you’re local to me, check out the basket of fat quarters at The Golden Needle gathered as examples.
You can choose modern circles, snowflakes, poinsettias, cookie cutters, etc. Each would give a different feel to this Christmas tree wall hanging. The trick is to find a focus fabric you love whose reverse side sparkles -but with a lesser value.
I happened to find one that gives a vintage flair to the quilt. These vintage glass ornaments sparkle on both sides of the Hoffman Digital Spectrum fabric called All Aglow Christmas.
A limited number of kits of this fabric and a pattern are available in my Etsy shop .
JOY Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern Kit
Class slots for JOY are filling now at The Golden Needle.
As class participants learn to audition their background and accent selections, they will search for a focus fabric which allows the gifts to have a secondary appeal — since the goal is for your eyes to first rest on the tree. We start each #usebothsides class looking at the value of our chosen fabrics and how they relate to each other in the finished product.
What kind of fabric would you use for a JOY tree? When do you start your Christmas decorating or festivities?
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Meet sweet Emily. She is the second pattern in the series, Colorful Petals, which uses both sides of one focus fabric.
This lively sunflower fabric makes a great autumn art quilt.
Like Rose (click here), Emily’s “primitive pottery” vase is made from the reverse side of the floral focus fabric.
Choosing one focus fabric for the vase, bouquet and binding and stitching a scrappy background is a fun way to use up stash while making a fast, easy quilt for decorating or gifting.
It warms my heart to see some of my mother-in-law’s chicken wire fabric (circa 90s) in this quilt.
The four colorful accent strips used in the #usebothsides line of patterns make it a great way to use some bold, maybe even eccentric, fabrics from your stash that might otherwise might be too wild for a calm quilt like this.
Colorful Petals – Rose, Emily, and Kate (more on her next week) – will be taught at The Golden Needle (click here) on November 15th in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Emily uses both sides of one focus fabric i this sunflower bouquet.
These quilt patterns are a lesson in VALUE as you learn to audition your focus fabric (front and back) with a variety of background fabrics and accent strips — and their reverse sides.
Colorful Petals Quilt Patterns
Shout out to my Colorful Wings class – here is the cookie recipe I promised you, compliments of Nancy Kester:
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Do you use both sides? Tell me how in the comments below!
Something’s Brewing continues the trick of using both sides of one focus fabric on a scrappy background.
In this case, the bubbles and steam are the reverse of the spider-web cauldron.
I’m especially fond of the honey buzzard claw feet and broomstick. There are LOTS of fun Halloween fabrics out there (and maybe in your stash) that would make a great cauldron! Get this new pattern, first in a line of seasonal quilts, in my Etsy shop!
Patterns available at etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios
Since we’re stirring things up (and since I promised my Colorful Wings class that I’d share), here is a soup recipe to brew- works great in the crockpot or your favorite cauldron:
Taco Chicken Soup
1/2 lbs. cooked chicken
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can chicken broth
1 can Rotel
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 pkg. ranch dressing/dip
Combine ingredients in large pot or crockpot, heat mixture, stirring occasionally. Can be served with tortilla strips or chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and olives.
Ground beef and beef broth can be substituted for the chicken and chicken broth. Recipe given to me by Kim Mueller.
Next post will be a treat when I share my friend Nancy’s Oatmeal Ranger Cookies!
Tell me how you like decorating with Halloween quilts.
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