Abstract Garden Grows Wild (and a Giveaway!)

I am tickled pink to be part of the Abstract Garden frenzy with Benartex! Because Holy Yummy Colorful Goodness! Also? How cool is it that this is happening Valentine’s week and the Benartex blog is called Sew in Love with Fabric?

When Christa told me her inspiration for designing Abstract Garden was so that she could get something to grow, I knew I had to create a flower explosion to show off just how much it could! And with her retro vibe it had to be a garden of yo-yos!

Meet Mod Garden! Christa’s unique sense of clean graphics and rich, bright, saturated colors just makes me happy. Super cheerful, every time.

#mymodgarden featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

This fun little pillow went all the way to Houston and hung out with Christa in the Benartex booth for Fall Quilt Market 2018. I wasn’t there, but some friends swung by to get a glamour shot.

If you’ve never made yo-yos before, get ready to fall in love with one of the easiest, most portable sewing projects possible. Wanna make your own Mod Garden? Check out the photo-illustrated tutorial!

But I couldn’t stop there. I had to make a mini version of my Churned Up pattern with Abstract Garden… (would that be a “tilled up garden”? Oh, stop, Tara.)

And because this post drops on Valentine’s Day, and I had a little more fabric leftover… I had to make something with hearts out of Abstract Garden, too, didn’t I?!?

Meet the Heart Happy pillow!

#hearthappypillow featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

Here’s a photo-illustrated tutorial for making your own Heart Happy!

The Abstract Garden Round Up

Here are the links for the rest of the week (including Tuesday and Wednesday in case you missed those):

Tuesday

Sherry Shish from Powered by Quilting
Lee Monroe from May Chappell

Wednesday
Annie Unrein from Patterns by Annie
Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show

Thursday

Friday

The Giveaway

I love picking winners! Benartex is generously offering a bundle of 8-10 fat quarters of Abstract Garden! This giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this simple question no later than noon (EST) Sunday, Feb 17th.

What is your favorite flower?

I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator and announce the winner Sunday night.

xoxo,
Tara

These Little Piggies Went to Market

Two things I made are in booths at Quilt Market Houston this year! I’m over the moon excited!

It is always a joy to work with Christa Watson. She’s really just a super lady. For these pieces, I used her new line called Abstract Garden. I love her saturated colors and the mid-century modern vibe in her geometric prints.

My Mod Garden pillow will be with her in the Benartex Contempo booth (pattern coming soon!). Yo-yos are SO much fun and I’m now totally addicted to making them. They’re so easy for a take-a-long project or to do while watching a movie.

I had enough of her fabric left to make this mini version of my Churned Up quilt pattern that will be in the Hobbs batting booth! I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Fusible for this one. It made basting SO stupid easy. I can’t wait to use it again. Seriously, smooth out the layers and iron. Bam! Basted!

That 80/20 fusible really gave a nice texture, too. A bit more depth than 100% cotton and I really dig it.

And though I won’t be at Market this year, I will be at Festival!!! You can find me at the Just Wanna Quilt booth (#254 in Hall C) on November 8th, 9th, and 10th! We’re doing giveaways! We have a sofa to rest your tired feet! Come by and sign our inscription quilt!

Upcoming Events

  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
  • On Wednesday, January 2nd, I’m giving that presentation to the Georgia Friendship Quilters Guild at the Freeman Poole Senior Center in Smyrna, Georgia. Meeting starts at 9:30 am (yes, in the morning!)
  • I’m having wrist surgery on December 7th, so I have LOADS of sewing to finish up before I’m a one-handed lefty for a few weeks! It’s just a ganglion cyst, but I’m right handed and this blasted thing has been aggravating and painful for over a year and half and I’ve had E-nough!

xoxo,
~ Tara

Modern Marks Blog Hop – (& Giveaway!)

Welcome to the first edition of Full Fabric Friday here at The District — today it’s also the Modern Marks Blog Hop, featuring Christa Watson’s new line Modern Marks for Benartex!

The Project – Churned Up with Modern Marks

When Christa offered me the opportunity to work with her debut line full of vibrant, saturated color and groovy prints, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Immediately. I had been playing around with the concept of a deconstructed, tossed-up churn dash block for a few months, but hadn’t quite settled on a design. Modern Marks came along and it just clicked — Churned Up came together and all those bits fell into place. I love how it turned out with all that color!

  

Get the pattern for 30% off through December 10!

The FABRIC!

Y’all, this fabric feels wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I have been sleeping with and cuddling with my finished quilt for a couple of weeks now without washing it first! I always give my quilts a wash after they’re finished, but this one is just so soft already that I might not for a long, long time. This was the first time I’d worked with Benartex fabrics exclusively on a quilt top, and I very much look forward to doing it again. I’ve worked with a lot of fabric lines, and this one is definitely in the top of its class.

And now, I have a confession: I have a favorite. My favorite print and colorway is the Half Ovals in Fuchsia. *swoon* She had me at pink and orange together. I bound Churned Up in it, and you can bet you’ll see it again in another quilt I make. The ideas are already swarming around.

  

Which is your favorite? Seriously. If you love color and crisp, fresh prints, you are going to lose it over this line when you get it in person.

Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts
Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts

Where to Buy

I picked up this list from Christa’s site, because I know you’ll want to get your hands on Modern Marks! You can also request your local quilt shop carry it!

And now for the giveaway details! Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 prints here at The Quilt District (and all the other 10 stops in the hop).

To enter, simply comment on this post and leave your email address (your address will not be displayed, but I’ll need it to contact you), and have a US address where Benartex can send your bundle.

And an EXTRA Giveaway!

To enter to win a free copy of Churned Up plus a pack of 10x10s of Modern Marks on Instagram:
If you’re new to me on IG, follow me there between now and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 6th. If you already follow me there, comment on today’s IG Blog Hop post and tag a friend! (US only)

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

The winners will be selected using a random generator and announced on Thursday the 7th.

If you haven’t already, make sure you pop in and visit each of the ladies on the hop — they have all made some beautiful things with Modern Marks!

Monday
Jen @Patterns by Jen
HollyAnne @String & Story

Tuesday
Kristin @Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki @My Creative Corner3

Wednesday
Hilary @Aurifil
Pam @The Stitch TV Show

Thursday
Heather @Quiltachusetts
Andrea @3rd Story Workshop

Friday
HERE @The Quilt District
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety

Happy Quilting!
~~ Tara

~~ With Gratitude ~~

First, I want to thank Christa for the opportunity to work with her and with Benartex. You made my year, Christa.

Second, HUGE thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Digiovanni, who proofed and tested her heart out. She rocks!

Third, this is the first quilt I have ever made that I did not quilt myself. (I know, somewhat blasphemous given Christa is the Queen of Quilting on the domestic machine!) I just didn’t have the time to do it justice. It needed to shine, and Kathy Nesler really made that happen. She gave this quilt beautiful movement!

And, last but not least, to my husband (should we call him Mr. District?) for wrestling with the quilt at the park on photo day!