Hey y’all ! Today is our day on the Abstract Garden Blog Hop and we couldn’t be more thrilled that Benartex Fabrics and designer, Christa Watson asked us to join in on the fun! To find out more about the Abstract Garden Blog Hop and Christa’s inspiration behind this fab fabric collection, check out Benartex’s Sew in Love (with Fabric) blog and Christa’s blog here!
We’re one of the last stops on the hop so first let me say – there are giveaways!!! Yippee! Christa and the nice folks at Benartex are giving away an Abstract Garden Fat Quarter Bundle and we here at Colourwerx are also throwing in a pattern pack of the three patterns we used when making the projects you see here: ModCat, Mini ModDog & Disco.
Here’s how the giveaway works: Just leave a comment below and we’ll select a winner Saturday morning. It’s that easy! Back to the hop….
Abstract Garden is the new signature collection of designer extraordinaire and Colourwerx good friend, Christa Watson of Christa Quilts. The collection is super modern, fab, fun and bright – just my cup of tea! Last year, when Christa mentioned that her Abstract Garden Fabric Collection was coming out soon, I jumped at the chance to make her a few projects to display in her booth at the Fall Quilt Market. Here’s a picture of the finished projects…
Christa is also always so generous with her fabric! Here’s the assortment of fabulous fabrics Christa sent out to me. Check out the #colouricious tones and those fabulous mid-mod designs (can I get a ooooo and an ahhhhhh please!), ….not only did Christa send me fat quarters of the entire collection of Abstract Garden, but she also included some fabrics from her first 2 collections, Modern Marks and Fandangle – and yes, I do have big plans for these other fabrics soon! 🙂
I made the ModCat trio first – this is the wallhanging version of our popular ModCat pattern. First I needed to divide the fabrics she sent me into three colorways – I decided to make a yellow/orange, blue/aqua, and purple/pink cat. After wonky strip piecing the fabrics together, I cut out the cat shapes and then appliqued stitched around the cat eyes before fusing everything to the background fabric. Hint – hint!: By stitching around the cat eyes first, I have more control over my stitching and it’s easier to control the zigzag around the smaller shapes.
I had a lot of scraps left over so next I made (2) Mini ModDog pillows for her booth – these are always so much fun and work up quickly – I made Christa a girl and a boy dog pillow!!. Again first I machine quilted the background, then wonky strip pieced the the fabrics together, cut out the shapes and appliqued stitched the pups to their fabrics. These came out super cute if I do say so myself!
Finally, I worked up for Christa my Disco pattern in her new collection. I placed this version of Disco on the back of my pattern cover! I just love it!
Also on today’s blog hop are Tara and Stephanie – check out their links below and hop on over to their blogs! And be sure to check out Benartex’s blog tomorrow where they’ll present a virtual trunk show of Christa’s Abstract Garden quilts. Here’s the full list of my fellow bloggers and the quick links to their blogs ….
Finally – go ahead and leave a comment below to enter our giveaway! Molly the Beagle – office manager in charge – will randomly select a winner on Saturday morning!
And be sure to ask your local quilt shops if they have Abstract Garden. If not, check out Christa’s online shop to order some of these great fabrics for your stash!
Happy quilting and until your next colour fix~Linda & Carl