Blooming Jasmine Inspired Quilt

In the month of March, the jasmine in my backyard was in full bloom….remember?

I took this image and the amazing smell and selected some fabric that I thought would be just right to match the inspiration.  I loved this fabric by Bonnie and Camille….

It’s funny, I selected the fabric without a photo of the jasmine in hand.  When I got home, I realized that my mind doesn’t quite remember color as well as I thought.  My fabric selections were more on the peachy side and less on the violet or fuchsia side that it seems the jasmine actually appeared.  Lesson…take a photo with you.  This is where the old me would delete the post because my inspiration and the fabric color doesn’t match.  It’s the perfectionist in me…but, alas, does it really matter?  I was inspired, purchased fabric and created.  I did know that I wanted a quilt that was simple and did incorporate a white background which was the one color I did get accurate!  So, I dug through the books I already had and came up with this pattern from the Fig Tree Quilt Book.

The actual pattern I used.

I can’t remember the last time I did a quilt with blocks this big.  It was pretty fun and super easy to piece together.  You can see my handwriting in the book below.  I have the hardest time keeping straight the corresponding colors when I am creating a quilt that has a different color scheme than the one in the book or pattern.  So, to keep myself from messing it up, I have to write in the actual colors I am using.  Just me?

Here are some pics of the quilt in progress…all pieced in one day.

Piecing the top….the one thing about big blocks is that you really notice if your seams are not lined up.  Pin … pin…pin….it is the best thing to keep those seams lined up.

A close up of one of the blocks.

Here’s a pic of the quilt top finished….from two angles.

The fabric that appears to be yellow in the photos is actually a very light green dot fabric.  I have selected a brushed cotton large green and white dot for the back of the quilt.  I am hoping to put the quilt together later this week and start the quilting over the weekend.

So much for a quilt that actually looks like the jasmine photo or at least the colors…either way, it inspired me and got me sewing.  And, blogging about it on a week night.  I have considered adding some flower appliqué, but I am still not sure.  We shall see ….



Color of the Year - “Tangerine Tango” (Who comes up with these names?)

So, in case you missed it, the color of the year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango.  I call it orange, but tangerine tango sounds much more sophisticated.  You can read more about it here.  You can even read about the spring fashion trends on the pantone website here.  It is kind of cool.  I am not so sure how this works…is pantone the chicken or the egg.  Do the fashion and interior designers of the world start using a certain color and then it becomes the pantone color of the year OR does Pantone select a color and THEN it is used by the designers.  I tend to think it is the former, but who the heck am I.

And, maybe I am giving it special attention because it happens to be one of my favorite colors.  So, for good measure, here is the run down of my favorite “tangerine tangos”!



Events….love this.


Texture & Architecture…

You can check out all of my other “tangerine” pins on my pinterest “orange and aqua” board here.  And, you will find all the links to the photos above on this board as well.

I have a new blog design coming soon and I am very excited about it.  I am also working on a few projects that I will post up soon.  Another spring quilt inspired by the jasmine in my backyard that is now in full bloom and smelling wonderful.

Have a great weekend.


Splash of Color - Orange & Aqua

I tend to gravitate towards saturated color palettes.  They are vibrant and full of life.  One of my favorites is turquoise/aqua and orange.  Rather than write about why they inspire me, let me show you….

Orange Love

Orange is rich and engaging to me. It seems welcoming and engaging.  The possibilities seem endless.  It is strong and never seems to back down.


Aqua / Turquoise seems energetic and full of possibility.  It is the color I think of when I think of the ocean off an island far away.  And, these two color mixed together are heaven.  :)

Really Like the Shades of These Colors Mixed w/ Grey Undertones

Great Looks Mixed with Some Accessories & Even a Splash of White

Back Painted Hutch...and the Chair...<3

Great Mixture of Texture & Color

Really Like the Feel These Colors Give Indoor Spaces - Elegant

You can find more of this intriguing color combination on my Orange & Aqua Pinterest Board.  The funny thing is that I can’t recall every making a quilt out of these colors.  Maybe this is next on my list!  Have a great week.