Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shimmer Stars Quilt

Last spring at Quilt Market, one of the fabric designers that really caught my attention was Jennifer Sampou in the Robert Kaufman booth. So when Jennifer contacted me earlier this year to see if I would like to play with her upcoming collection, Shimmer, I totally jumped at the chance.
Metallic in fabric prints are a huge trend right now and Jennifer's collection celebrates the spectrum of metalics in a subtle and contemporary way. I've been redecorating parts of my house and right after Christmas I found a bunch of great mercury glass pieces on clearance at West Elm and Target that were the perfect accents in my new room. 
So I chose the Steel colorway from Shimmer to work with because they play so nicely with those silver and gray mercury-glass-tones. I wish the camera captured better the subtle sheen of the metalic prints.
For years my taste in fabrics has been the bright primary colored, retro/vintage style. I feel like my tastes have evolved a lot and I am finding myself drawn more to of the sophisticated, sleeker designs. I really loved playing with these fabrics.
I did, however, use them in a very traditional design. I've made a similar quilt in bright solids. It was fun to try it with the more monochromatic Shimmer prints.
Because of the metallic sheen, the fabrics are just slightly heavier and stiffer, so to soften this quilt and give it some added texture I quilted it pretty heavily. I LOVE the result.
Jennifer has invited a number of other quilters to create with her fabric - I have LOVED seeing the variety of creations using the Shimmer collection! There are some seriously inspired quilts on this tour. You can check them out on the following blogs/dates.


For more Shimmer inspiration, checkout Jennifer's gorgeous Shimmer LookBook too. Shimmer fabrics are available at the Cotton Patch, JAQS Fabrics, and Hawthorne Threads.


Today I have a Charm pack of all the prints in the Shimmer collection to giveaway to one of you. Just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, April 19 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

WINNER: HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'nApril 15, 2014 at 7:51 AM
I love how traditional patterns can vary so much with different fabrics. The pattern really does seem to shimmer a bit with your choices.

Jennifer Sampou is also giving away a full Fat Quarter bundle of Shimmer on her blog. To read more about how to enter and the rest of the Shimmer blog tour click here.

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Deb said...

Hi Amy, I'd love to win some Shimmer! I've enjoyed the blog hop!

Joan and Kevin said...

Love it!

KathleenD said...

Love the Shimmer fabrics! Your Shimmer Stars Quilt is very modern and graphic. The grid quilting is perfect.

charlotte said...

Not my usual fabric, but your quilt is so pretty. A great pattern for this fabric.

Anita said...

Love the shimmering stars! The dense quilting makes the wall hanging perfect.

Lee said...

Beautiful design and quilting! thanks!!

Janet M said...

Very elegant! I never thought I'd like metallic fabrics but these are a game changer!

SHARON ZISOS said...

Love your quilt Amy! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa Marie said...

I've enjoyed the blog hop and seeing all the lovely projects made from the Shimmer fabrics!

Lynn said...

I love this collection, so soothing. Never used metallic prints before so would love to try them

Jenni E said...

Oh this turned out so beautiful Amy! I just love mercury glass too. Awesome quilt!

Michele T said...

Looks amazing and it must be fabulous in real life!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Oh, lovely!!!

Diane Beavers said...

Amy, Like you,brights and vintage have always spoken to me. But now it's the shimmer, especially the steel collection that really make your quilt sparkle. The grid quilting softened it. Thank you for sharing the opportunity.

Diane Beavers said...

Amy, Like you,brights and vintage have always spoken to me. But now it's the shimmer, especially the steel collection that really make your quilt sparkle. The grid quilting softened it. Thank you for sharing the opportunity.

yorkie mom said...

Absolutely love it!

Anorina (Samelias Mum) said...

Its lovely. We all need a little bit of shimmer in our lives.

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Love your stars

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

would love to win - it looks beautiful

Chris Matsche said...

Very pretty. Thank you for the chance to win this charm pack. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

Kari said...

Great use of shimmer. Love your quilt!

Lois Griffith said...

Great Look!

Unknown said...

Love the pattern you chose!

Heather said...

What a beautiful quilt! The pattern has such sophistication in all grays!

DonnaM said...

Wonderful quilt - I love it!

Jennifer said...

I love the heavy quilting you did, the while quilt reminds me of comfy jeans.

Luann Fischer said...

I too, have been drawn to more monochromatic color schemes lately. I still love my deeply saturated "colors" but I think I'm changing with the seasons. I need color during winter and calmness during summer. And when you can have a bit of shimmer with calm, ahhhh.
Luann

Katie said...

I am so in love with this shimmer line. Your mini looks wonderful

Laurel09 said...

love the fabric and love your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win.

delaineelliott said...

I just love your quilt. Thanks!

RCWfamily said...

that quilt is awesome!

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty quilt. I'm drawn to brights but the patterns in these fabrics is calling to me. 24Tangent@gmail.com

LeeAnn Amm said...

This quilt is gorgeous with the Shimmer fabric...I'd love to win!

Chris said...

I am in love with these shimmer fabrics! I can't wait to play with some. Your quilt is beautiful!

Grandma Helen said...

I love your shimmer quilt - simple and elegant. It would be fun to work with a new fabric.

Caroline said...

Love your quilt!

M.W. said...

Love the traditional look of your quilt with the elegant shimmer fabric.
Shawn

HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'n said...

I love how traditional patterns can vary so much with different fabrics. The pattern really does seem to shimmer a bit with your choices.

Becca said...

Those are beautiful! I love the metallic look.

Cecilia said...

Beautiful quilt! These fabrics look really cool. I would love to win some to play with. Thanks!

Cristina Galvin said...

Love the tons and the shimmer doesn't hurt either! Would love to have some of my own to play with ;)

Laurel said...

Great look. I think this fabric would be fun to sew with.

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

We all tend to think we need many colors in a quilt to make a great pattern but just the three you have is fabulous! I will keep this in mind when I am stressing over how many colors I WANT instead of NEED! Thanks for the giveaway..and oh...your FMQ..WOW. Great job!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Beautiful quilt! It feels very elegant to me. I'd love to play with these fun fabrics!

VickiT said...

Beautiful quilt Amy. I really love the quilting done on this.

Vicki H said...

Love your shimmering stars.

Karen said...

I like seeing these traditional patterns in anew (shimmering) light.

Kathryn said...

new fabric makes a traditional pattern look new again. thanks for the giveaway.

Karrie Phelps said...

Beautiful quilt I do love the heavier quilting.

RaeLyn said...

Love the quilt. It really shows off the fabrics :) Did you use a specific pattern?

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Your quilt is beautiful and your quilting makes it gorgeous :)

Linda said...

BEAUTIFUL QUILT!
THANKS FOR SHARING ON YOU BLOG+GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Karisma said...

Beautiful pattern to showcase the prints. Thank you so much for the chance to win and for sharing!

Jo said...

Such a wonderful quilt to show off the fabrics! Love the quilting :)

Deborah said...

Beautiful piece, Amy! Thanks for the chance to play with some of this lovely fabric!

MellieWo said...

I love what I've been seeing done with these shimmery fabrics. I think your quilt shows off the designs quite well and the quilting adds just the right something to it. Thanks also for the chance to win!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Beautiful fabric, gorgeous quilt! How fun to play with new fabrics. Lucky you! Thanks for the chance!

Amanda said...

I LOVE this quilt! So gorgeous.

Tamie said...

Love your take on the shimmer line. So pretty.

Joy said...

Wow, lovely quilt!

AM VE said...

Very Beautiful!

Kelly said...

Oh, I would love to get my hands on some of this fabric! Love the quilt too!

Donna Klaver said...

Love the Fabric and designs.. I have a pattern and person in mind for this project.. now I just need some fabric...

Samantha said...

Lovely Quilt. I'm not normally attracted to metallic fabrics but these have been calling out to me. It is so fun to see all the different and beautiful projects being made with these fabrics.

jackie said...

My tastes have also evolved. No more old broad and her quilts. Love your mix of modern with traditional.

Havplenty said...

Modern merged with traditional. How nice!

Leslie Ferguson said...

Love, love, love the prints. A quilt with its own bling...fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win the charm pack.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful quilt to show off some very lovely fabrics!

Margo Yang said...

Once again you came up with yet another great quilt. Love the color and the quilting design.

GranChris said...

Great quilt. I love it.

Leanne Parsons said...

I love the monochromatic elegance of your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win.

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, I do love shiny things! Thanks for the chance to win :o)

Rhonda Davis said...

Perfect pattern to pair with Shimmer fabrics...the quilt is beautiful and shimmery!!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a charm pack!

MoeWest said...

Your Shimmer quilt looks wonderful against the blue wall! I love your sewing room setup.

michelle c. said...

I love how crisp and modern your quilt is. I always feel obligated to use more color in my quilts, but this design convinces me that my personal inclination for fewer colors and fabrics is a great way to go, too!

Betsey said...

so many ways to use this beautiful collection!

Gill said...

I love your quilt - the steel colourway is fabulous!

SilverCat said...

Love the steel colourway, beautiful quilt!

Lynne Tilley said...

OH, I'm just loving your quilt! That pattern is gorgeous especially with these fabrics and the intense grid quilting. Fabulous!!

Clarissa said...

I love the pattern! Looks so great.

Betsy H said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for blogging on Shimmer. I love what you did with just a few pieces from the line.

Patti said...

Hello! Your shimmer quilt is awesome fun!

Rosa said...

Awesome pattern and quilt and love your fabrics combo!

Birlot said...

I love the simplicity of this quilt, it is a great example of less is more. I'd like to play with Shimmer too!

Emily Kim said...

Beautiful fabric! Beautiful quilt!

Carolyn A said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! You have done an amazing job with these fabulous fabrics.

Mara said...

Love your quilt is looks so sophisticated.

Hannah S. said...

That's such a pretty quilt!

wandadotson.com said...

Like you my tastes have evolved and I'm now trying to be more sophisticated in my decorating. Your quilt is a great use of a traditional block in a new modern way. I'm in love with it.

Amy C said...

Beautiful quilt with beautiful fabric!

2ne said...

Lovely quilt in great fabric :-)

Sandy D said...

Your pattern does a good job of showcasing these Shimmer fabrics.

CaroleM said...

It's simple but beautiful. Caught my attention while I was a blog strollin'. :)

Adtski31 said...

Love the quilt and fabrics!

Christine Puniello said...

Beautiful quilt-love the shimmer fabric!!

JANET said...

Love your quilt. It is one of the nicest black and white quilts I have seen! Really like the Shimmer fabrics.

BKringel said...

Very pretty quilt-shows off the fabric nicely.

Jenny L said...

These are such pretty fabrics, and I love your quilt. Thanks for the opportunity!

scottylover said...

Love your quilt! I need it for my living room. We just redecorated in shades of gray and metallics, so it would fit in beautifully!

Sandy A

Sylvia said...

Lovely quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jennifer said...

I love your shimmery quilt. I think it is perfect for the fabrics

Unknown said...

Love the fabric and love your quilt. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Jessica Allen said...

Beautiful!!!! I love the Fabric!

Melissa Miller said...

Your quilt looks fantastic!

annmarie said...

Love your quilt. Shimmer is beautiful!

Lisa S. said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on some Shimmer.

Sarah said...

Your quilts are beautiful! Yours is the first quilt blog that I started reading when I began quilting a few months ago, and I have so enjoyed your beautiful creations! Thanks for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

LJ said...

Shimmer is sooo pretty and I love the quilt you made using the collection.

JaneB said...

i am generally not a fan of metallics, but i think i will try some of the shimmer prints, so subtle and classy.

Stacy said...

very pretty quilt!

Laura Sadler said...

thanks so much for sharing!

carolann said...

Stunning quilt!

AnnMarie said...

I'd love a charm pack since the fabric is so great! And your quilt is fabulous!

Trisch said...

I really like the grid quilting on your Shimmer quilt. Beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

Chirpy said...

I like the simplistic use just a few colors and the quilting enhances it. I am tempted to get some of the white honeycomb for background on my next quilt.....looks beautiful from your picture. danka

Ellee said...

Beautiful quilting! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Ellee said...

Beautiful quilting! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Ellee said...

Sorry for the duplicate entry. Not sure how it happened.

Carol said...

Your Shimmer quilt is absolutely beautiful! I love your choice of backing too.

vagabondindigo said...

It is funny you noted how your fabric and color choices have changed - I have always loved the color design aspect of quilting and my confidence has increased dramatically over the years as my overall skill has. I am MUCH more confident using a muted or monochromatic palette now than I was even 5 years ago. I think because I feel that what sewing design I use will shine as much as the fabric - which is a very good thing! I am all about adding monochromatic design to things - this charm pack woul dbe just lovely! :)

nicolesender said...

Impressive quilt! I like the way you used the Shimmer fabric.

Beth said...

I love your Shimmer quilt. It's classic and modern, and would be a welcome addition to anyone's home--a perfect "gift" quilt, I think.

Kala said...

Beautiful! I love your blog!

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

Love how your quilting makes your stars look on point even though they aren't. Great illusion!

S RM said...

Love the pattern you decided on and the quilting is gorgeous. I agree that the colors you chose and with a Shimmer would make it look sophisticated. I would love to give it a try! Thanks.

Samiya said...

Oh best version so far. Love it.

tracy.charlton said...

Love the quilt - so elegant.

Am L said...

Love these prints! Thanks for sharing your project.

cdtaylor said...

Love the quilt!

Pam said...

Would love to win me some shimmer!! It would help take away the shiver I'm currently experiencing due to yet another cold snap!!!

kt said...

Love what you did with this fabric! Looks like fun fabric to play with. Thanks for the chance to win some!

Michele said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Especially love the backing fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

Stephanie said...

I really like the classic simplicity of your quilt. Very pretty. Thanks for the chance of adding some Shimmer to my Stash.

Cheryl Little said...

I agree with the others, pretty fabric and quilt!

Aubrey said...

Love the shimmer!! Thanks for the chance to win!

karen k said...

Really liked your quilt! Shimmer fabrics are looking like fun! Thanks for sharing and offering this giveaway.

Jess (a.k.a. Rosie) said...

Absolutely stunning quilt! The colors are fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win :-)

Kathy said...

GORGEOUS! Thanks once again for the giveaway. :)

GrrannyH said...

Love the Shimmer Stars Quilt! Well done!

Kathy said...

You made a great choice on how you quilted this piece. Beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Beverly said...

I LOVE this quilt! I think the heavy quilting that you did was perfect. Good call!

Susan said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Love your quilt and the fabrics.

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

What a beautiful quilt! The fabric is lovely too!

Jude Jones said...

Loving the Shimmer fabric! Thank you for the giveaway!

kris said...

I love the steel color way you used, it's so pretty!

cobcottagecraft.com said...

Gorgeous!

Maxine said...

I'm gathering gray fabrics right now to use as a background color in the next quilt I'll be making.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Shimmer my timbers, what a beautiful quilt Thanks so much for sharing.

salamanda said...

Love mercurised glass and this quilt is so beautiful

Diane said...

Your quilt is lovely. With each project of this hop, this fabric gets moved higher and higher on my wish list.

Lyssa said...

Beautiful fabrics, lovely quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

DuAnne said...

Just love this line of fabric! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Grisel Martinez said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME ----- GORGEOUS GOEGEOUS GORGEOUS ---- KEEP UP YOUR GORGEOUS WORK.

P Bybee said...

Pretty! I love how you use traditional patterns! I love how the sheen of the fabric works with that.

KMSC said...

Your quilt is beautiful in its simplicity. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!
k(dot)castanette(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jen Beatty said...

I love this new collection and the quilt you made, thanks for sharing!

Jessica Young said...

I love that you made a traditional with these modern fabrics :)

Julie said...

Beautiful quilt! Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

James Turner said...

I cant wait to get a hold of this line!! I love it! Will be great for a modern quilt.

Amanda S. said...

Love the quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

S Walker said...

Such lovely subdued fabric. I'll be on the lookout for it at the quilt shops. Looks good in both modern and traditional. swalker287(at)aol(dot)com

Rachell said...

Oh my! Shimmering fabric and silver stars--perfect combination! Just my style. I love it.
Thanks!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Julie said...

inspiring talent ~ inspiring fabric

Beth Sellers said...

Hi Amy - Love your quilt and your use if the shimmer fabric. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric!

ProfessorQuilt said...

Beautiful fabric. I'd love to quilt with it.

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Pattie Crum said...

Perfect pattern for this fabric. So different from everything else you see now.

Anna Geletka said...

I've been entering all the Shimmer drawings so maybe this time's the charm! Love the metallics. So fun and subtle.

Natasha Barrenger said...

Ooh shiny!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the chance!

Kay Losh said...

Love the quilt you're showing with the Shimmer fabric! love the grays, and the pattern, as it seems I'm drawn to any kind of star patterns.
BTW, received my copy of your book today and I've already seen several I want to make! so many beautiful patterns, so little time!

OhioLori said...

Looooove your Quilt...and these Fabrics!! Gorgeous job!!! :)

Peaches1003 said...

Your quilt is lovely! All that quilting - it must have taken ages!

Ellen said...

Love your quilt and the shimmer fabric.

Karrie S said...

Love your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win! ksmith8@emich.edu

Audrey said...

Stunning quilt. I love the grid quilting. I think it looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

Christy said...

Beautiful quilt!

Wendy said...

what a beautiful quilt, the fabrics are gorgeous

Beth D. said...

Thank you for the chance to wi the shimmer fabric. I always like shiny things!

Jess said...

Such happy fabric!

Tanya Simmons Weiss said...

Beautiful fabric and I love how you used it in a traditional way!

Melva Palmer said...

Just joined your blog!

Anya said...

How lovely! Thanks for the chance!

Mel_Lind said...

I'm loving the metallic shimmer!

Nancy Evans said...

I enjoyed seeing the fabric used in a thoroughly traditional way as I am thinking about making a "neutral" quilt for a young man......

Lisa said...

Count me in, I would love to win!

Camille Mendel said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing. I'm a huge fan and loved the way you showcased the fabrics. Gorgeous.

cat said...

Love your quilts. Tfs.

Diana Collins said...

Metallic shimmer is so pretty. Will never look at grey the same.

Kimberly McConville said...

Perfect choices to go with your mercury glass pieces. The quilting is a great addition to the pattern - Less is more for the fabric choices, and more is best for the quilting!

Marisa said...

I too have really enjoyed seeing all the bloggers' projects. Thanks for the opportunity!
mmckee at wi dot rr dot com

Krista said...

Are international entries accepted?
These lovely fabrics just looked so fantastic that I had to give this giveaway a try.

Cheers from Finland
Kristalliuni(at)hotmail(dot)com

Angie said...

What a lovely quilt (and a marvelous use of the fabric line). Thanks for the opportunity to win some! Angie

Shar said...

I absolutely love this quilt. It is so stunning!

Lin Marsh said...

This fabric is so astounding! I would love the chance to play with it. Thanks for the chance.
Lin

Barbara Hill said...

I love this fabric! It is so different and elegant.

Cindy Gillis said...

I love the way you used this fabric in your quilt!

lovetoquilt said...

Love the fabric and what you created with it. The heavier quilting looks gorgeous. Very sophisticated!

J Crocker said...

New to quilting, really enthusiastic to the point of addiction! Would love to add this fabric to my next project, thank you for your blog and all your tutorials! May

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