Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tidal Lace Blog Hop

Happy Kelp Quilt, Photo by Danielle Collins

Tidal Lace is the debut fabric line by my friend Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. It's a combination of hand drawn lace inspired prints and wee little tide pool creatures like anemones, limpets and sea stars. The color palette has a fresh vintage, seaside feel to it, which I love. 

I know Kim through the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild and most of our conversations have revolved around our love of fabric. Shocking, I know. Kim is such a sweet person, always encouraging, curious and quick to smile. It has been so exciting to cheer her on as she made this fabric, her fabric, come to life. Thank you so much Kim for inviting me to share a small part of this journey with you!! : )

Shimmer, Tidal Lace by Kim Andersson
Shimmer is my absolute favorite print. It comes in three different colors and it is so versatile. The hand drawn lines are killer and the variation of color would add a lot of interest and movement to any patchwork project. Check out this post post on Kim's blog where she talks about her inspiration for each print.

Going with the sea theme, I designed a new quilt called, Happy Kelp. I grew up in a small beach town with excellent tide pools and this collection feels like a little piece of home. I wanted a playful motif that would highlight all of the different prints in the fabric line. Colors were placed to give a scrappy, patchwork feel to the otherwise very structured composition.

Happy Kelp was inspired by the Kelp Forest exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Each quilt block is pieced using simple curves. Fabric placement makes the kelp leaves pop right off the watery background.

I quilted the background with an all over meandering pattern to enhance the watery feel and add a great crinkly texture after washing. The kelp is the star of the show and to help it stand out even more from the background, I outlined each leaf using my free-motion foot.

Name: Happy Kelp
Size: 43"x55"
Pattern: Coming Soon!
Fabric: Tidal Lace by Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics
Thread: Aurifil 50wt #2610, Light Blue Grey

I hope you've enjoyed a closer look at Kim's fabric, Tidal Lace, and my quilt, Happy Kelp. Visit these other blogs for more inspiration and fabric eye-candy!! : )


Mon 15th Sept: 
Windham Fabrics 

Kim Andersson : I Adore Pattern

Tues 16th Sept: 
Erin Harris : House on Hill Road

Amy Gunson : Badskirt

Cath Mosley on Instagram

Wed 17th Sept: 
Anne Sullivan : Play Crafts 

Stacey Day : Stacey In Stitches

Thurs 18th Sept: 
Adrianne Ove : Little Bluebell

Terri Carpenter : The Quilted Fox

Friday 19th Sept: 
See How We Sew

Amanda Hohnstreiter : My Sewcial Hour

Sat 20th Sept: 
Ann Haley : Sew Messy

Madeleine Roberg : Domestic Strata

Sunday 21st Sept: 
Cal Patch : Hodge Podge Farm

Rebecca Ringquist : Drop Cloth

Monday 22nd Sept: 
Alicia Wietholter : Swoon Patterns

Stacey Sharman : Peppermint Pinwheels

Tuesday 23rd Sept
Jen Carlton Bailly : Bettycrockerass

Miriam Blaich : The Berlin Quilter

GIVEAWAY - This giveaway has ended and the winner is Gill! Congratulations!!! : )
Windham Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Tidal Lace to one lucky reader! To enter please leave one comment below telling me what you'd like to make. I will randomly select one winner on Wednesday September 24th, 2014. International entries are welcome. The winner will be announced in this post and contacted via email. Good luck everyone!!



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