Thursday, February 13, 2014

Love a Challenge {Color me Happy!}

Back at Fall Quilt Market, my friends and I were (loudly) taking in all the wonderful sights. We ran into Vanessa Christenson, who is lovely and witty and had a lovely booth with a lovely new fabric line Color Me Happy (yardage ships in March!).

She challenged us to come up with projects using candy squares from Color Me Happy. Someone joked that she would make a hotdog (oh goodness... I think it might have been me?! It's embarassing to recall now.). Vanessa agreed to show our projects on her blog if we all committed to make a project. What a deal right? Thanks Vanessa! 

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After showcasing my antique Dresden quilt made by my Great-Grandmother Minnie, I naturally made a giant pincushion. (I like big cushions and I can't deny... )

Color Me Happy Pin Cushion

This fabric is so very true to its name "Color Me Happy." It's so cheery. It reminds me of something.

In my first grade classroom, with Miss Whaley (she had the best whale themed name tag!), there was a corner full of story books. Among the story books there was a book about jelly-beans, or maybe it wasn't about jelly-beans, I can't remember. I loved that book and read it almost everyday. I loved to look at the jelly-beans, their colors made me so happy.

Vanessa Christenson's, of V and Co., new fabric line Color Me Happy reminds me so much of this jelly-bean book, especially the jelly-bean colored polka dots (will be buying a heap of that!).

Color Me Happy Pin Cushion

Please check out the other "Love a Challenge" projects made by Sally, Tammy, Brooke, Julie, and Joanna.

Thanks so much Vanessa!

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I'll be linking up to Finish It Up Friday and Sew Cute Tuesday.

11 comments:

  1. I like the looks of that pincushion, the other mothers out there can't deny ;) . I love a good challenge.

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  2. Love your pincushion! Happy Valentine's Day to you & the family :)

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  3. So great! Amazing how differently we each apprached the projects, and yet the similarities each embrace. Good work!
    -joanna

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  4. Your pincushion is so sweet! I love the blanket stitch around the heart. This post reminded me that I have some jelly beans hidden in the pantry. :D

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  5. This is such a darling pincushion! You're right, the prints are perfectly cheerful and that polka dot needs some serious stashing...

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  6. Gorgeous work - I love the colours too. What did you stuff the cushion with?

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  7. Gorgeous. I always use large pincushions too, fun and easier to use for me.

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  8. I love your pincushion. I didn't see your post come through on Bloglovin' for some reason. I thought of you today and wanted to check in on you. I hope your book in progressing and all is well with the family. Praying for you.

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  9. Okay, before I talk about the pincushion...I have a completely off the wall question. You said you grew up or lived in St. Louis for awhile. Where did you go to Elementary school? I ask because while I didn't have a Ms. Whaley...there was a teacher at my school with that name.

    Now, onto the Pincushion - it is super adorable, and those hand-stitches are the cherry on top.

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  10. Adorable! I love teensy dresdens. I need to make those more often. :) Your pin cushion is adorable.

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  11. I really love this pincushion! Is there any chance you would make up a tutorial or a pattern for it??

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