It's been a few months since I've joined in for Color Play Friday. I decided to participate for this Beach Days picture (taken by Sarah at 123 Quilt) because there are so many colors to choose from. We don't see anyone else's palette until the day we all post, so it will be interesting to see what people choose. My palette was chosen from the colors on the chair on the right, with the darker blue coming from the ocean.

I created my palette with Palette Builder 2.1 by Play Crafts.


Kona Honeysuckle
Kona Mango
Kona Butterscotch
Kona Bonsai
Kona Everglade
Kona Cadet

Seed Bead in Ruby by Alison Glass, Andover Fabrics
Green Wall in Tangerine by Carolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman
Sea Urchin in Sunshine by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton & Steel
Brick Walls in Sulfur by Latifah Saafir, Me+You
Sausage Sky in North by Pat Bravo, Art Gallery Fabrics
Feathered Coral in Night by Angela Walters, Art Gallery Fabrics

Check out the other palettes this week at:

If you'd like to participate in Color Play Friday you can visit Laurel, Poppy and Pine for the rules. Her post for the week (above) includes the photo for next week's CPF. And check out #colorplayfriday on Instagram for past palettes.

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Welcome to my blog, especially to any first time visitors finding me through the blog hop. I'm joined by almost 70 quilters over the next three days for the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop, hosted by Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter. Each participant has designed and created a 12" finished block that will be donated to the hosts to make into charity quilts. And we've each created a free tutorial of our block for you.  Our hosts curated this Berry Harvest bundle of Cirrus Solids from Cloud 9: Amazon, Sky, Iris, Lilac, and Shadow. Cloud9 generously donated fat quarters of each fabric to each participant.

I love this palette. Purple is my absolute favorite color and, in general, I'm a fan of the cool side of the spectrum. Early in the design process I began toying with a design involving transparency since I liked the idea of two layers of the lighter color "overlapping to create" the darker color. Initially I was working only with rectangles. It was late in the game that I decided to make one shape a triangle, forming a trapezoidal overlap. This also allowed me to create a design with rotational symmetry within the block. Here is my final design, Geometric Transparency.



Dark Fabrics (Amazon & Iris), cut from each:
A. (1) 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch rectangle.

Light Fabrics (Sky & Lilac), cut from each:
B. (1) 1.5-inch by 8.5-inch rectangle
C. (1) 2.5-inch by 5.5-inch rectangle
D. (1) 3.75-inch square
E. (2) 2.5-inch squares

Background Fabric (Shadow), cut:
F. (2) 1.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangles
G. (2) 1.5-inch by 10.5-inch rectangles
H. (1) 4.5-inch square
I. (2) 1.5-inch by 3.5-inch rectangles
J. (2) 1.5-inch by 2.5-inch rectangles
K. (2) 3.75-inch squares


Piecing Directions

Sew all seams with an accurate 1/4" seam allowance. My seams are pressed open, using a shortened stitch length of 2.0. I find pressing seams open helps me match up points and makes free motion quilting easier.

Step 1: Use 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch dark fabric and coordinating light 2.5-inch square. Mark diagonal on each square as shown in first photo below. Sew on marked line and trim off excess fabric 1/4" from stitching (second photo below). Press open (no photo) and set aside.


Step 2: Pair each 3.75-inch light squares with a 3.75-inch background square. Mark and sew on the diagonal. Trim 1/4-inch from stitching line and press open. Trim to 3.5-inch square.


Step 3: Attach HSTs from step 2 to 1.5-inch by 3.5-inch rectangles of background fabric as shown below.


Step 4: Piece sections to form each row. Rows should finish at 10.5-inches wide.
Row 1: G (no piecing)
Row 2: B + H
Row 3: C + unit from step 1 + E
Row 4: unit from step 3 + H + unit from step 3
Row 5: E + unit from step 1 + C
Row 6: H + B
Row 7: G (no piecing)


Step 5: Attach rows in order shown. Pay particular attention to matching up points. These photos show how I matched up my points when connecting rows 4 and 5.

Use straight pin to go through the fabric 1/4-inch from the edge, directly through the seams for each triangle. Pin should be perpendicular to fabrics.

Push layers of fabric together so they are flush, then pin fabrics together on either side of the vertical pin. Remove vertical pin and sew.

Once all rows are connected, your block should look like this.


Step 6: Attach 1.5-inch by 12.5-inch background rectangles to each side to finish the block. Unfinished block should measure 12.5-inches square.


Each of the following options is made with 20 identical blocks, creating a quilt with a finished size of approximately 48" by 60".

Option 1: Straight set.

Option 2: Alternate Set.

Option 3: Tossed Set.

Option 4: Starburst Set.

Option 5: Rotational Set.


Please check out today's other blocks:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl (PLUS GIVEAWAY)
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Visit Meadow Mist Designs on the 13th and Late Night Quilter on the 14th for links to the remaining participants. Thank you for visiting!

I'm linking up to Main Crush Monday.


This is my 13th time participating in Color Play Friday with Trina and Lorinda and this post celebrates their first anniversary of running Color Play Friday! Congratulations to you both. It's been so fun to join you this year. Be sure to visit their posts today (links at the bottom) for their Birthday Bash Giveaways!

Today's photo is a colorful birthday cake and I just couldn't resist going with the rainbow. I picked the gold confetti dots fabric because of the little bit of gold peeking out from under the cake. I could make so many palettes from this photo. What colors stand out to you?

I created my palette with Palette Builder 2.1 by Play Crafts.

Kona Tomato
Kona Carrot
Kona Corn Yellow
Kona Jungle
Kona Riviera
Kona Cerise
Kona Snow
Kona Butter

Dumb Dot in Red by Michael Miller
Hatch in Papaya by Timeless Treasures
Mini Pearl Bracelets in Meyer Lemon by Lizzy House, Andover
Freckled in Evergreen by Tamara Kate, Michael Miller
XOXO in Rashida Cobalt by Cotton & Steel
Sun print in Orchid by Katarina Roccella, Art Gallery
Confetti Border Pearlized in Rose Gold Glimmer by Michael Miller

Check out the other palettes this week at:

If you'd like to participate in Color Play Friday you can visit In An Otter Life or Laurel, Poppy and Pine for the rules, their contact information, and next week's photo.

Thanks for visiting!