Friday, October 3, 2014

Splash of Color a Finish and Giveaway!

I was poking around the Late Night Quilters group on Facebook when I saw a post by Kitty asking for pattern testers. I just LOVE to test patterns for people - seriously it's one of my favorite things. So I jumped at the chance and sent Kitty a link to my blog. She poked around and asked me to make a low-volume pillow with rainbow fish. I could not be happier with the results. Check it out...

Can I say again how I love it?! Perfect on my red rocker too. I showed this to my hubby and he was surprised by how much he liked it too. He said, "I like the rainbow fish with the words fabric. It is like a splash of color." It wasn't until after I giggled as his pun that he realized he was so cute and funny. It made it even better.

The fish on this pillow were all paper pieced but they were REALLY easy. You can see all the pieces and quilting as I hold it up backwards to the window here. Kitty from Night Quilter wrote the pattern and you can find it in her Craftsy shop.

Here is a closeup of the scales on the green fish. I practiced some FMQ with thread to match each of the fish. I was worried that I'd mess it up so I did a perfect match for each color. Seriously, check it out! Now I wish I would have been even a bit more brave and picked a contrasting color for the scales so they stood out more.

Here's another picture of it on my rocker just because I love it!
 
I used this purple print from V. and Co. Simply Style line to do an envelope backing. I also bound this one, another first for me. I love it so much I keep thinking, "bind all the things!"
Splash of Color Stats
Pattern by Kitty Wilken found here.
Finished size: 16.5" square
Fish fabric: Various prints/designers
Background fabric: Text print from Architextures by Carolyn Friendlander for Robert Kaufman
Quilting: FMQ scales on the fish and wavy lines on the text by me using Aurifil 50w.

If you've stuck around this long you deserve a reward! Kitty has graciously offered a free pattern to one of my readers! Simply leave a comment to be entered. If you are a no-reply blogger make sure I have a way to contact you. This giveaway is open to all! I'll pick a winner and email you on Wednesday when I write my next post. I will also post it here on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the pattern! I'm linking up with my favorite Friday places. Fabric Frenzy Friday, TGIFF, and Finish It Up Friday.

20 comments:

  1. What a great use of these fish! Love it!

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  2. I would love to make this pillow, especially since it reminds me of the beautifully colored Koi in our pond. Fish are so relaxing to watch, and therefore, when our 4 children were little and all born within 4 and a half years, we had several fish tanks set up in our basement, where I would sit and watch them when particularly stressed out, and amazingly it worked. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  3. I just left a message on Kitty's blog about how much I like this pillow! I really like the text fabric and although I can barely see it the scales look great.

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  4. I love this pillow! Those fish...so dang cute! The pillow looks fabulous on the rocker...great job!

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  5. Your pillow is so beautiful Julie! I love everything about it - the text print, the rainbow prints, the quilting and that binding is perfect. I would love to win this pattern - it would fit perfectly with the "beach house" theme I have for the new island cottage!

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  6. What a fun pillow. Love the rainbow fishes!

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  7. I'm glad you found a chair that needed a cushion! I'm quickly running out of space here, haha!

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  8. Such a cute pillow!! Love the pretty fish colors and how nicely they contrast with the background color! Love the scales!!

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  9. Wow what a fabulous pillow! I love it and now I need to make one:)

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  10. What a cute pattern - This would be really cute on a Patio overlooking a Koi Pond.

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  11. I love the little fishies...they are so cute and I would love to win the pattern.

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  12. Those rainbow fish are adorable! Great job stitching the scales too.

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  13. What a cute pillow! You did a superb & inspired job quilting the fish scales. I would love to win a copy of Kitty's adorable fishy pattern! You've made me smile...Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Love the pillow, it's so adorable! I really need to make something like this for my son's old new RV. He needs pillows, if he wants me to spend vacations in it, and he loves to fish, so he might tolerate a couple of cute pillows like this, and I love paper piecing. Dahlgren0609 at Gmail dot com

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  15. I love this fish pillow! I'm currently crocheting a fish blanket for my baby boy, and now I think I should make a fish pillow, too. I'm pinning this!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party!

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  16. Your pillow is lovely! And I adore that Architextures fabric.

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