Pure Elements – A Moona Fabrics Sponsored Giveaway

I am SO excited about this giveaway I can hardly contain myself! The lovely Sue and Nicole at Moona Fabrics have generously offered to giveaway a full fat quarter set of Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements solids line. That’s one fat quarter of every color you see above.

These are the same fabrics I used for the blocks in my quilt for the Summer Sampler Series. I can tell you from working with them, they are so beautiful, they feel just wonderful, the colors are so saturated…I am honestly jealous I can’t try to win this one! :)

In addition to this giveaway, Sue and Nicole are also offering all Art Gallery Elements that they stock (Pure, Lace, Nature, and Oval) on sale for 10% off the retail price today through until Sunday, October 9th. I also own the Oval Elements and they are really amazing as well.

All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment! This giveaway will close Thursday evening (Oct 6th) and your fabric will ship directly from Moona Fabrics. This giveaway is open to international entries. Don’t forget to leave an email address!

You can keep in touch with Moona Fabrics on Facebook or by signing up for their newsletter in the lower lefthand column of their shop. Good luck everyone!

*** Comments are now closed! I will pick a winner shortly! ***

I think this is a record for comments on a giveaway on my blog. 600! Thank you everyone for entering and visiting Moona Fabrics. Don’t forget their sale is still going on through October 9th!

Pat Bravo even commented on Twitter regarding the great response to her fabric…”@FreshLemons Last night I was reading 500+ commts. and can’t believe all the love 4 my PE line!! Say thank U to the readers in my name :)”

And now for the winner….drumroll please….

Pure Elements Winner

Comment #11! Laura from A Moment of Whimsy. Laura said “Beautiful fabric! Thanks for a chance to win!” Congratulations Laura, I will be contacting you for your address and then will pass it along to Moona Fabrics to ship your fabric.

ABC 123 – Mini Quilt Monday

ABC 123

Welcome to our third Mini Quilt Monday! This week I decided to dive right into the book Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. I recently discovered Tonya’s blog, and wow, there is a lot of inspiration on there!

I have future plans to make a quilt with some words on it, but I was a bit intimidated when it came to making letters. I’m *pretty* sure I’ve mentioned that geometry and I don’t exactly get along. And this style of letters looked like you needed to know something about that. Tonya’s book makes it SO easy! She has step-by-step instructions for all letters and numbers.

ABC 123

I also followed tips that I learned during Malka Dubrawsky’s Improvisational Piecing class:
1. I followed basic color rules when making my letters. Each letter/number is made with either warm or cool fabrics. I alternated warm/cool/warm/cool/etc.

2. I didn’t use my ruler once when making this mini quilt. I freehand cut all pieces with my rotary cutter. If a piece had a slight curve to it, I incorporated that curve into the next piece I sewed on.

3. When sewing letters together, if one letter was smaller than the next, I added fabric to the smaller piece rather than trimming fabric from the larger piece.

4. I used mostly solid fabrics, but incorporated a few prints to add a bit of interest.

I know this improvisational style of sewing makes some of you break out into a cold sweat. I won’t name names. You know who you are. LOL But I just love how it turned out!

ABC 123

I quilted this mini using straight lines in varying directions on the background portions of the letters. As for the fabric, I used a selection of solids from my stash: Kona cottons, Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, Moda crossweaves, Free Spirit Designer Solids and Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements solids. Phew! The binding is a Kei Honeycomb. The final size is 14″ x 12.5″. This is one mini quilt I think would look great hanging up in a nursery with little clothes pins. I’ve added it to my shop.

So let’s see what you made this week. Link ‘em up!



Summer Sampler Series Complete!

Summer Sampler Series

It’s done! I finally finished up my Summer Sampler Series quilt. I am *so* happy with how it turned out.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 1

Honestly I never thought I would make a Sampler quilt. They are definitely beautiful and a lot of work goes into them…but I always thought they were too traditional to peak my interest. I guess that just goes to show that you should never say never. Although these blocks all have traditional roots, I feel like the fabrics and sashing give this quilt a distinctly modern feel. Even my husband likes it! (And that is saying something. :))

Summer Sampler Series Detail 2

For those that didn’t follow along, the solids I used for the quilt blocks were from Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements collection. I am very much in love with the fabric – the colors, the silkiness. I plan on keeping some permanently in my stash. The 2″ wide grey sashing is Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I also am really happy with their solids and plan to order more. I need a swatch card!

Summer Sampler Series Back

For the backing I used a print from Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric collection. I had been saving this fabric to make some clothing, but….well, that never happened! And in the spirit of using what I have, I decided it would make a great quilt backing. There is also a dark purple stripe which is from the Pat Bravo Pure Elements line that I used on the front.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 3

I decided to quilt this one in a free motion meandering style. There are a *lot* of seams on this quilt and I wanted to do some heavy quilting to make sure it all stays in place for a long time.

Summer Sampler Series Back Detail

The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solids Manatee. The final quilt measures around 44″ x 58″.

I have really enjoyed watching so many of these quilts come together in the Flickr group. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to stop by and be inspired. Also, if you weren’t able to quilt along with us, don’t worry. The tutorials will be up indefinitely, so you can always make yours at a future date.

Summer Sampler Series Quilt Top

I finished my quilt top for the Summer Sampler Series! I took everyone’s advice and added sashing and cornerstones. As I was staring at my solids trying to figure out the right choice, my eyes settled on Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I think it is a bit unexpected but added some balance to the beautiful bright colors of Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements. The cornerstones are fabrics from the blocks, tying the whole thing together. The sashing is 2″ wide and the cornerstones are 2″ squares. I can’t wait to quilt this and share the finished product with you!