Sunday, June 24, 2012

Quilting on a Sunday Morning

Gumdrops have always been one of those candies that I'm not sure why they make anymore. Sure, they look great on a gingerbread house at Christmastime, but who eats them? Not me.

But when I was chatting with Amanda, and she asked me to test her gumdrops pattern from Sunday Morning Quilts, of course I said yes. I had seen the quilt in person when I visited in February of last year and it was so appealing!

I jumped right in, with a color scheme that was "current," wanting to put my stamp on it. The pattern was very well written, undoubtedly, but my gumdrops in yellow on grey was a bit lackluster.

See what I mean? The cuteness of the gumdrops are completely lost with this uninspired color palette. What to do, what to do? (it wasn't helped by it's decidedly awkward size of 19" x 44," either). I stuck it on a shelf for a year waiting for inspiration to strike.

Rather than inspiration, it was a push from Amanda to talk about the pattern testers work on her blog that had me pulling it out again. I mean, my sweet friend links to my blog with some frequency, but this felt like it needed a solid effort on my part to participate!

Pillows, I was thinking, to which Amanda replied that it was no surprise. Turns out I'm not a big quilter, but quite the pillower.

They might no longer look like gumdrops, but in yellow I think that's okay. (And as it turns out, gumdrops from Whole Foods, just like to ones pictured on the quilt in the book, are pretty tasty.)



Finished, finally, and just in time to donate to a silent auction to benefit the High Park Fire victims. This wildfire is hitting close to home, it seems that we all know someone whose home was lost, or evacuated. 82,000 acres and still growing. It makes my heart hurt. Please pray for rain, we could really use it here in Colorado!



15 comments:

  1. Isn't that the truth! And now with the fires in Colorado Springs and Durango and Leadville it seems a good part of the state is on fire.

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  2. By the way I love the pillows. You're right, as a quilt, the yellow gumdrops just don't show well but as pillows I love the colors and pattern.

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  3. Tara...we are keeping CO in our prayers...here in IN we are having a hard time of it without water too...but thankfully no fires!

    I love Amanda Jean and Cheryl's book...I requested my local library purchase it and Ive been soaking it up...but I think Im destined to own it!!

    Your pillow has given me so much inspriation, the quilt is lovely, but your pillow and the unusual setting takes it all to a new level for me. Its just perfect, I hope they raise lots of money for your cause!

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  4. They look great! I love the "make it your own" theme that runs through the book... I'd say you've done a great job of that. :)

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  5. She blogs! And she's back! They are lovely!!!

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  6. Oh, these are gorgeous! Love that you made the design work for you in this clever way.

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  7. i am so excited that you blogged about these. LOL about you being a pillower. that's a great term you coined. LOVE it. LOVE your pillows. they are so good!

    thanks so much for being a pattern tester! i'll happily have you test more patterns if it means you will blog more. ;)

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  8. So stinking cute. I doubt even HRH Amy Butler could do as well.

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  9. Love the pillows, Tara! They look great! Do I see another pillow class in my future? :)

    And seriously about the fires and needing some rain already! The little bit we've gotten in the last couple days just isn't cutting it!!!

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  10. Nice pillows. And I didn't know pillower was a word:)

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  11. I love love LOVE the pillows. What a genius idea! And the dots peeking out from the back--*sigh*. Some people are quilters, some are bag ladies, and you, my friend, are definitely a pillower!!

    P.S. I think Amanda told me about a tutorial you have, which I really need, but as often happens lately, I can't remember which one. Doh. I'll text you when (or if) I remember...

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  12. so that's the story behind the pillows (: - i thought they looked good from the beginning...but in the end, thank you for your generous donation! i think now that we finally got one decent snow, the fire might be officially changed from "active" to "inactive". however the black and brown never disappear...so i have to always return to thoughts of generosity and community...thank you (:

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  13. I like the pillows. A great Idea to for me. I could use my scraps to make a piece of fabric. I do usually like to turn them into purses and bags tho.... It makes a great gift for all my grand and great grand children, (30 + 18)and a soon to be 31st Grandchild due in Nov. Christmas is just around the corner - LOL (by 8 months), and I have a lot of gifts to make.

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