Monthly Archives: March 2016


I think the timing of this photo is very appropriate since we've had warm, springlike weather the past couple weeks here in California. However, that is all changing today with a big rainstorm coming in. The photo is Pink Poppy, taken by Lorinda in her garden last summer.

This week I took a different approach to pulling my palette for Color Play Friday. I pulled a larger variety of colors to start with (17 colors to be exact) and then viewed fabrics on Hawthorne Threads using their color grid and any dominance. Since I'm generally drawn to blenders, using the any dominance option brought up quite a variety of multicolor prints. I settled first on the Quills and Arrows print because it contained so many of the colors in my potential palette. It was practically made to pair with this photo!

At the risk of too much busy fabric my second pick was Evenly Smudged. That choice led me to Writings in Boards from the same line. These first three choices of fabrics helped me narrow down my color palette. I found that having a larger palette to start with gave me more options for finding good fabrics, which in turn drove my final color palette selections.

I created my palette with Palette Builder 2.1 by Play Crafts.

Kona Citrus
Kona Aloe
Kona Baby Pink
Kona Emerald
Kona Blue Grass

Quatrefoil Medium in Yellow by Riley Blake Designs
Quills and Arrows in Turquoise by Maude Asbury, Blend
Libs Stitches in Baby Pink by Karen Lewis, Robert Kaufman
Writings in Boards by Sew Caroline, Art Gallery
Evenly Smudged in Joy by Sew Caroline, Art Gallery

Check out the other palettes this week at:

See other palettes on Instagram at #colorplayfriday.

If you'd like to participate in Color Play Friday you can visit In An Otter Life or Laurel, Poppy and Pine for the rules, their contact information, and next week's photo.


I'm going to use this opportunity for my official check in for week 4 of the 4x7 challenge. While it's possible that I didn't sew a stitch in week 4, I did work for way more than 30 minutes each day on a big sewing related task that was just for me. After three years sewing downstairs in the front room of our house, I've moved into the upstairs office. That required cleaning out said office as well as moving all the sewing related stuff into it's new home. Full sewing room tour later, but here's a glimpse of the room. This is nearly my full stash. What a beautiful view! This project has taken a lot of time and energy, and I started it right after QuiltCon (which was awesome, but exhausting)... now to find my sewjo... I'm sure it's around here somewhere.

I'm linking up to Sarah's final 4x7 Sewing Challenge check in post.