Monday, August 1, 2016

Acreage Blog Tour

This summer I've been having a great time sewing with a brand new fabric line that will be released in September.

It's from Moda designer Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake's Makery and its called the Acreage Collection.

Today is my stop on the Acreage Blog Tour, so I finally get to show you what I've been up to with these fun, cheery fabrics!

Acreage has such great prints with adorable fabrics featuring clothespins, different types of flowers, and of course my favorite fabrics in the line, those amazing bikes!

And they come in so many beautiful colors!

Using the largest amount of Acreage fabric that I could in my quilt for this blog tour was important to me, so something bigger than a mini quilt was a priority here.

I love mini quits, as you know, but I wanted this one to be big!

The pattern that I liked the most that would put the pieces of fabric that I had to good use was the Schnibbles Domino pattern by Carrie Nelson.

But as much as I love Schnibbles patterns and as much as I wanted to make the Domino pattern, since it's one that I'd never made before, it just wasn't large enough to include all of my Acreage fabric.

So, with a little help I changed up Carrie's Domino Schnibble pattern.  My version is larger in size and the placement of the fabrics is different than Carrie's, which gave me the ability to use as much of those cute Acreage prints in my quilt as possible.

As far as the background goes, I really wanted to make the bright Acreage fabrics stand out, so I decided a dark background was the way to go.

Acreage paired up really well with Moda Grunge, which happens to be one of my all time favorite backgrounds to use.  It adds a textured look to the background without standing out too much.  

Espresso was the color of Moda Grunge that I chose.  It sounds kind of brown, but it really looks more gray and black.  

 It made the Acreage fabrics pop and that's what I was going for!

It's even what I used for the binding!

I do love using any kind of white fabric as a background, but I try to think out of the box as much as I can and give other background colors a try. 

The big, bright buttons that highlight Shannon's fabric were a fun addition!

After I completed the straight line quilting, putting buttons in the same colors as the Acreage fabrics in the center of the Moda Grunge seemed like a good idea, so I went with it!

I figured I could always remove them if I wanted to, but I love the look and how they go with the breezy feeling of the fabrics.

I don't remember ever adding buttons to a quilt before and they weren't part of my original plan, but I love how they look against the Moda Grunge and how they pull the whole thing together.

Making this quilt with Shannon's Acreage fabric was a fun summer project for me this year!  I had a great time with it and I fell in love with all of the beautiful prints in the process.

You'll be sure to see more of her fabrics in my upcoming projects when I can get my hands on more
Acreage fabric!

Don't forget to visit the other stops on the tour to see more creative projects using Shannon's new fabric!

Monday July 4th Sally Keller of Sally’s Angelworks
Monday July 11th Anna Marks of Crazy8Farms
Monday  July 18 Brooke Sellmann of  Silly Mama Quilts
Monday July 25th Melissa Shields of Quilting Room with Mel
Monday August 1 Michele of Island Life Quilts  You're here right now!
Monday August 8 Jayme Christensen of Finding Sweetland
Monday August 15 Briawna Hugh of Purple Poppy Quilts
Monday August 22 Peta Peace of She Quilts a Lot
Monday August 29 Lani Padilla of Simply Fresh Vintage
Monday September 5  Loryn Litchty of  Sweet Sassy Strong
Monday September 12 Jemima Flendt of  Tied With a Ribbon
Monday September 19 Anne Boundy of Said with Love
Monday September 26 Staci Barrett of A Vintage Fairytale
Monday October 3rd Blog Tour wrap up by Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake’s Makery


Hildy said...

I love your quilt! The Acreage fabrics look great paired with the Espresso Grunge:-)

gibbygoo56 said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this quilt and pattern and for the name of your background fabric. The buttons add that something special that works like a dream. I love it. I want to make this myself.

Unknown said...

Get outta town! I LOVE THIS! I never would have thought to pair it with black!

Joyful Quilter said...

Cute quilt! The buttons are a perfect touch.

Helen L said...

Fantastic quilt!!! I love that you used the black background: the colors glow like a stained glass window. :-) Love the little buttons in the center of the black too: so fun! I want to make it as soon as the fabrics come out! So pretty: it just makes me happy!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Jodi said...

Such great decisions made for a beautiful quilt!

Needled Mom said...

That is a great pattern for showing off the fabrics. I love how you used the dark background AND those bright buttons. It looks beautiful.

Rebecca said...

Love the Little pop the buttons give this.

Brenda said...

I love how the black sets off all those bright colors! The buttons are a great addition, too.

Izzy said...

Very nice quilt! I really like the darker background against all those bright, happy colours. And the buttons are such a fun little detail.

Helen L said...

I just found some Grunge at a good price:
Ordering it now so I can have my supplies to make this quilt. :-) Hugs, H in Healdsburg