Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Seaside Stars

My newest project.  Suddenly this week I felt the urge to play with stars and Riley Blake's new Seaside fabric collection is calling my name.
I love so many individual prints in this line, but I especially love the look they create combined as a whole.  I'm a sucker for primary colors and this collection makes them look like they come from a beachy-cottagey summer home.
Reminds me of our trip to Maine last year and my orange peel project I was working on back then. (I really should pull that out and finish it...)  I hope I can spend part of the day creating more stars.  You can find Seaside fabrics here, here, here and here.

Speaking of Riley Blake, the latest issue of the magazine, Where Women Create, has a gorgeous article by RB owner, Cindy Cloward, talking about the increased creativity inspired by the gorgeous fabrics in the sewing and quilting world and encouraging would-be-sewists to take advantages of the resources available online to learn new techniques and try new projects.  
As a part of the article, there was a list of 25 inspirational & educational blogs. I was humbled (and totally thrilled!) to be a part of that list. There are some great resources there. Thank you, Cindy!

Happy 4th to those in the states. We kicked off our holiday celebration yesterday with a hike up "Y Mountain" in Provo, Utah. It was a gorgeous day for a hike with a balloon festival in the distance.  Sadly, the day ended with another local mountain catching fire in a nearby town, Alpine.  We're in no danger, but we could see the flames climbing the mountain, and it was crazy scary. We've had no rain in Utah for the past month and after a really mild winter everything is tinder-dry.  We're wishing we could siphon off some of the crazy storms in the north-west, east coast and the UK.  So we're saying extra prayers of gratitude for the fire crews who've had no respite for weeks and for the safety of those in harms way. Stay safe!

18 comments:

  1. Love the Seaside! I just bought some, too, and made a couple grannie blocks with it!! Happy 4th of July Amy! xo Heather

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  2. Yes, all this fire and wild weather...wish mother nature would take a holiday!

    Congrats on the shout out!
    xo

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  3. Ok Amy. You are very close to pushing me over the edge of purchasing Seaside in it's entirety! I LOVE that collection and have been so good, then I saw Allison's tutorial and now your cute little star .... oy! You girls are killing me! :o)
    Those fires must be terrifying. My heart aches for those who have lost so much. My prayers are being said for you all as well. The views you shared, from your hike are breath taking. Just gorgeous landscape! :o) Oh gosh, I LOVE your orange peel project. I would love to learn how to make that block. :o)
    love ya! Trish

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  4. Loving the star and congrats on the mention! Wish we could send you some rain too!

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  5. We are having a drought here in the midwest, but it is nothing like what you are suffering out west. Our prayers go out to all of you. Praying for rain.

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  6. Love the stars. Whee can one buy this book from RB???
    Always enjoy your blog and your creativity. G'd's blessings.

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  7. Our monsoon season here in the desert have started off really well. If we could share some of this wetness, we would!

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  8. Love your block and your inspiration. You are one of my most favorite blogs. Happy 4Th to you too.

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  9. I'm going to have to go buy that magazine- I think I spy my pincushion in that article. ;) I love the collection too- but there are really very few of their fabrics I don't like. lol.
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  10. Congratulations! You deserve to be included:) I always refer to your blog when binding my quilts, your amazing and so generous for sharing with us, thank you.
    Kristin

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  11. Congratulations on your mention in mag! I love your star blocks - I would never have thought to put the plaid as a background - so creative and gorgeous!

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  12. I am praying those fires end soon. It's just terrible!

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  13. Loving that star! And Seaside is just lovely!

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  14. Love that new block Amy -- you did a great job with the plaids. And Congrats on the magazine entry!!!

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  15. Wow. I just love your blog!!!

    I'm having a giveaway! http://www.loganmakesamess.com/2012/07/giveaway.html

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  16. Hope you were able to get more stars made. It's always nice to work with fabrics you really love:) Saying an extra prayer for all of those in harms way and sending a request to mother nature for some rain. Smiles~Beth

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  17. LOL! I love the plaid in the background, and you totally SHOULD pull out that orange peel again and get it off the WIP list :-)

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