Wonderlust Blog Hop and Giveaway


I'm thrilled to be here for the Wonderlust Blog Hop with Benartex. Paula Nadelstern's intricate prints and beautiful colors are a joy to work with! Her line is centered around four detailed prints in three different color ways – a kaleidoscope of colors. I chose to feature the Marbella prints, the blenders from her series. Check out the entire line of the collection.

I chose to use my Ombre HST pattern for my quilt top. It's based on creating an ombre effect through different values of a color palette and was designed with monochromatic solids in mind. I decided to mix things up and create my Ombre HST pattern with a rainbow of colors since the Marbella prints were not only beautiful color, but a variety of values. I arranged the ten Marbella prints in order of value, light to dark, and omitted two colors since my tutorial is based on using eight fabrics. In order of value, 1= lightest and 8 = darkest, I used the following Marbella prints:

1 - Tangerine
2 - Olive
3 - Turquoise
4 - Orange
5 - Red
6 - Green
7 - Navy
8 - Purple


I auditioned a pile of different thread colors for my all over meandering quilt motif. Laying the thread over the different colored fabrics gave me an idea of how the thread would look once quilted. This was round two, and the Spring Green (Aurifil #1231 50 wt) won.

The Spring Green thread blended nicely with the light fabrics and had a good amount of contrast to the darker fabrics.

I love how it sparkles with the majority of lighter values in the upper portion of the quilt. Below is the same photo in black and white to see the values of the fabrics. [Tip: Take a black and white photo of your fabrics to determine their relative values.] My quilt finished at 32" x 40".

Be sure to check out my full tutorial for my Ombre HST Quilt. The tutorial includes a calculator for determining the size quilt which can be created based on starting square size. And my Craftsy shop has a coloring page for sale to help plan your project.

My quilt is bound in solid black using my machine binding technique.

The quilt back is Tapestry in Multi, a perfect complement to the rainbow of color on the front! I love how happy this quilt is.



For your chance to win a fat quarter bundle with a selection of 8-10 Wonderlust fabrics, leave any comment below (NOTE: If you've viewing on Bloglovin' be sure to click through to my blog to comment.). Newsletter subscribers can leave a second comment for a bonus entry. (Not a subscriber yet? Subscribe in the purple bar at the top of my blog, click to confirm your subscription in the email that comes to you, and leave a comment on this post telling me you're a new subscriber.) Entry deadline is 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 2. I will email the randomly selected winner and they will have 48 hours to reply with their (US) shipping address or I will select a new winner. EDIT: Teresa Knittingdancer is our winner!

Be sure to visit the other stops on the Wonderlust Hop:

Wonderlust Blog Hop Introduction @ Sew in Love with Fabric
Wednesday: Sandra at mmm! quilts
Thursday: Alison at Little Bunny Quilts
Friday: Stephanie at Stitched Together Studios

Thank you for visiting!




140 thoughts on “Wonderlust Blog Hop and Giveaway

  1. Cindy Shelley

    Beautiful quilt. Love the backing too. Thanks for the opportunity to win a fat quarter bundle. Have a great day.

  2. Kathy R.

    The fabric gives the quilt a nice shine and the backing is beautiful. Using HST's is a great way to show off the fabric.

  3. Mickey Louth

    I prefer to make baby quilts that are non traditional...typically scrappy and bolder colors. When I first began making baby quilts it was all pastels but I found them boring :P So, I went with what I liked. I think the moms liked them too.

  4. KJ

    Fabulous quilt. I love the fabric line. The backing is the perfect complement to the front of the quilt. Thank you for the chance to win a bundle of this great fabric.

  5. Linda Fleming

    I’m a new subscriber! Thanks for including the black and white photo to show the relative values of the fabrics. I find that always helps me in selecting fabric.

  6. Rita S

    Love the baby quilt. Such luscious colors. I so glad you included a black and white photo. It really shows the values. Thanks for the chance to win fabric.

  7. Lynda H

    those colors really pop - cannot wait to see this fabric up close and personal. does the gradient (selvege to selvege) move from light to dark, or dark, light, dark I wonder.

    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Lynda. The fabrics do not have a gradient. Just beautiful, vibrant color the full width. I used eight of the color ways in my quilt top.

  8. Jane

    Beautiful, vibrant colors, and great flow along the quilt! The woodgrain "border" in the photo sets off the colors nicely! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lisa Marie

    Wow, that quilt is fabulous! The light to dark gradation really adds drama. Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful fabrics.

  10. Mary D

    Paula Nadelstern's fabrics have such swoon worthy designs and colors and this new group does not disappoint. Your quilt just shines with all of that vibrant color. And the backing fabric.... swoon worthy.

  11. Rochelle Summers

    A beautiful quilt. I love those colors and the idea of getting the different shades of one color from one piece of fabric makes me happy. Thanks for showing this.

    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Rochelle! This design could totally be achieved with an ombre fabric where cutting the squares from different sections of the fabric would achieve the different values, though my quilt top uses eight different fabrics. ;-)

  12. Linda Williamson

    Love the bright, bold colors of Paula's fabric designs. Thanks for sharing your tutorial on the ombre quilt.

  13. Sandy Allen

    Love how your quilt turned out! I always forget about checking the value by using the black & white filter! Thanks for the reminder.

  14. Pam

    I love this fabric and the way you arranged it in your quilt. It positively dances! Thanks for the wonderful eye candy and for chance to win this fabric!

  15. Di Wilsey Geer

    The concept to take a look at one's project in black and white to determine values is something I need to practice.

  16. Beth T.

    I really like the way you transitioned from light to dark in arranging your quilt. Sometimes plans can be subtle but they make a huge difference, and this one does, definitely.

  17. Chloe Lisa Collins

    When I was growing up the home that my Mom purchased when I was about 7yrs. old was an old cottage and I remember the front longated windows having partial decorated stain glass squares. I would marvel at the luminous lights that would sparkled the living room everytime the sun hit them windows. That Wonderlust Fabric reminds me of that same time period. This is gorgeous and the backing sends into a beautiful utopia of colors and designs. Love it.

  18. Judy Forkner

    I love Paula Nadelstern's fabrics! Those beautiful bright blenders are awesome--as are her wonderful prints!

  19. Cathy Wilson

    I love her fabrics! I took her Around the world class at Quilt Festival last year the result looks so intricate simply because of the fabric. I’d love to win more to play with!

  20. Rosemary Bolton

    Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. I love the easy fun pattern you used, one of my favorites too The thread color choice is perfect

    Thank you for the offer of a give away I would love to win this. Best wishes to all entrants.

  21. Deb Lebherz

    I'm a New Subscriber to your newsletter. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Such gorgeous fabric. The colors are so vibrant.

  22. Debbie Miller

    Such absolutely beautiful fabrics and your Ombre HST pattern shows them off to their best advantage! Such a lucky baby to get this gorgeous quilt!

  23. Thunder

    Love your quilt ! I love brights, and I think it would look great in blacks and whites too. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric.


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