Monday, August 13, 2012

Nursery Versery Contest!

Heather Ross' most recent collection, Nursery Versery, has landed!  And, I don't know about you, but it was love at first sight between me and that spider.

Nursery Versery yellow gold colorway

Last week I received 4 pieces of the collection from Sew Modern, including the Itsy Bitsy print in stormy gray and glowing golden yellow.  These fabrics from the yellow and gray color scheme are excellent "gender neutral" prints, and the rest of the collection has some super-cool girlie hues including dark purple, magenta and petal pink.  I'm lovin the Itsy Bitsy spider print in every colorway (here's a gorgeous picture of the pink one) for sure!

Nursery Versery by Heather Ross

Soo... how about we have some fun?  A contest perhaps.  Yes, yes!  Sew Modern is backing us up with a 1/2 yard set of the complete Nursery Versery collection up for grabs!  To join in, make something - anything! - using 1 or more prints from Nursery Versery by Heather Ross, and enter your project photo into the Nursery Versery Contest here by midnight (U.S. eastern time) Sunday August 26th:


On Monday the 27th I'll choose 3 Finalists whose projects stand out (in my ridiculously subjective opinion) for awesome use of their chosen Nursery Versery fabric(s).  Then you'll help me out by voting for the actual winner from among the finalists.  Anyone can join in - blogger or not - from anywhere in the world.

Projects don't have to be big and they don't have to use a lot of Nursery Versery fabrics (just at least one).  Actually, Nursery Versery is a pretty small scale, so it's not likely you'll need much of any particular print to make an impact.  You can mix in as many of your own prints/solids/whatever as you like!  You could even go without a sewing machine.  Just have fun with the fabric however it floats your boat!

Nursery Versery mini quilt

To start us off, I went ahead and made something with my Nursery Versery picks.  On Wednesday night just as I was heading to bed, a picture formed in my mind.  I had been planning to play with log cabins, but suddenly I knew that it needed to rain spiders.  So, obviously, a storm cloud must be involved.  And, isn't it Dr. Seuss who says "Mouses in Houses"?  I think, yes.

in the sky, a storm

I sketched out my design sans contacts and stayed up waaaay too late picking out scraps for the project.  Next day I made all the key elements - first the sun (which I made without a pattern or templates - just totally on the fly.  It gave me a big head for at least a day that it turned out so well.  Luckily, I didn't blog about it then.  Wink.  And, do you want a tutorial for a no template way of sewing that 8-pointed star?).  After the sun, the houses (my first houses - super fun!), the cloud, the stars.

rain, rain, Nursery Versery

On day too, I worked to piece everything together.  If you can't imagine a world where it's raining over here...

 Mouses in Houses

and it's sunny over here, you don't live in the south.  At our house it is frequently raining in the backyard and not the front.  Seriously!  And this summer it's been raining like every day.  So, watch out happy mouse biker.  There's yellow dots of sunshine falling on ya now, but I'm thinking a storm is on the way...

Nursery Versery mini quilt

I added the storm cloud to the quilt top after quilting the base layer with an organic grid.  The cloud is fused to the quilt with Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite so that it'll never budge.  Some cloud quilting and edge stitching finished her off.

Itsy bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout....  Do you think that's Heather's handwriting?

lovin that spider!

This one's my favorite spider.  Asleep.

backed in Stella flannel

Speaking of sleep, I figure this 27" square mini quilt is destined for life with a babe.  So, I backed it in Dear Stella Confetti Dot flannel in stone gray.  Delightfully cuddly stuff!

with Sew Modern Fabrics!

Well now, that's my Nursery Versery project.  Course, I'm not entering the contest, but you get the idea.  Though, remember, you can making anything that includes 1 or more fabrics from the collection.  I promise not to be biased towards quilts.  It's not about that - it's about enjoying these adorable prints!

Ok, folks, I hope you'll play along!  You can find the complete Nursery Versery collection at Sew Modern.  Get yours and start scheming.  Then come back to this post to enter the contest by Sunday the 26th for your chance to win the complete collection bundle.  Happy sewing!

51 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea! But how to compete with what you've already done? That quilt is to die for -- I love the way you pieced together a story!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! Well, ya know I don't get to enter. But, even if I could, one good idea just tends to bread 10 more. I bet you guys will do super nicely!

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  2. I could look at your work all day long...it always makes me smile and long to sew as well.

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  3. So so cute! Great colors, and a perfect use for the spiders.

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  4. What a great idea! I love your quilt! Will try to enter.

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  5. That baby would go for a lot if you took it to the craft fair!

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  6. You are rediculously good! I can't belive you deisgned and finished that in two days.

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    1. Well, it didn't get quilted until yesterday!

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  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this adorable quilt, simply gorgeous!!! And I loved reading the story that came with it. You are such a good writer, Rachel.

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  8. How fun! Your quilt is incredible! I actually did indulge in the gray spiders print last week so maybe some inspiration will come to me. :) I want the mice and patchwork prints so bad!

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    1. Oh, fun! I wish I had a little baby to make a dress/pinny. I think this would be adorable as baby clothes!

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  9. Oh. My. Adorableness. And, um, YES!!! a tutorial on how to make that sun would be awesome.

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  10. oh my goodness, your quilt is amazing! i, too, am smitten with that spider print. their expressions are way too cute.

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    1. I know - seriously. Those spiders are unforgettable. Maybe you should get some and join in ;)

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  11. Gosh I wish I could afford to join in but alas I have no funds spare. Loving the mini you made and the theme is too cute!! =D

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  12. Ok, that mini is awesome!!!! With a baby on the way in just a month, that is one inspiring piece!

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  13. You are amazing. What a wonderful little quilt. Would love to learn how to make the 8 point star.

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  14. Well done Rachel! I love that quilt and you're right those spiders are very cute! I also love those little pigs and the mice are just too cute!They would do very nicely on some wall art as well. Hmmmm......

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  15. Oh, your mini quilt is amazing! Luckily I just got a little bundle of Nursery Versery - so now I have some motivation to actually cut into it!

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  16. This absolutely the cutest baby quilt I've seen in a very long time - do you think you could do a little more tutorial than what is here, pretty please. Oh my, this is SEW cute...

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  17. That is a ridiculously wonderful mini. You've planned it for a baby, but I think it should be a wall hanging - it is wonderful!!! Great contest idea as well - good thing I have some mouses heading my way right now!

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  18. Okay, that's about the cutest picture quilt Ive seen in a long time. I lurve it sooooooo much! I want it for my very own. :-). Great job!

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  19. Ha, yep, I was all thinking what could I make? And then I was like...oh sheesh, I couldn't beat that even if I'd been sewing for years. It is truly awesome!

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    1. Hey no way - no coping out. You can totally rock this! I hope you join in =)

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  20. That little quilt is absolutely adorable!! I just love this line and have been waiting for it to get here! Don't you just love how a piece of fabric can inspire such goodness!! This is what I love about quilting!! (I like to think that is Heather's handwriting too, it makes it more special I think)

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  21. What can't you do? ;) That is such an adorable quilt! I love it to pieces. I have several of the prints...fell in love with them the minute I saw them at work...who needs a paycheck anyway? LOL.

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    1. Haha! Well, I hope you join in to win lots more!!

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  22. Love that mini! I'd put in on my wall in a heartbeat.

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  23. Rachel, I think that's my favorite quilt of yours so far! Super cute and whimsical. And Amy is right, I think it would fetch a pretty penny at your craft fair!

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  24. Ohhh...I love your quilt!! So so cute!

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  25. so hard to resist these prints! I'm holding strong though.

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  26. I just love this quilt! You must have had so much fun making it.

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    1. I really did. It was a great change of pace from the craft show stuff.

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  27. That is an awesome quilt. Really. Great job!

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  28. I bought some of that fabric as soon as I saw it was available and have had a little idea rolling around in my head. Perhaps this is the push I need to do it?

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  29. Your little quilt is just scrumptious!!!

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  30. Blown away as usual by your creativity, Rachel. I happened to get some purple mouses so maybe I will toss in a project!

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  31. This reminds me of a book we have in our home called, wait for it...Itsy Bitsy Spider. It's a story of how Itsy overcomes his plight to finally make it home. It's a good one. The pictures in the book are the best part...all pieced together from different patterns like a quilt: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3591423

    I've always thought it would be cool to replicate and here you've gone and done it! This is the best use I can think of for those spiders. So cute and perfectly done. Makes me excited to receive the prints!

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  32. Ikeep coming back to look at this quilt :) I just love it!

    I have a great idea for what I am going to make, and it is something I need, too! My supplies should be here by Monday! YAY! *fingers crossed*

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  33. I love quilts that tell a story and this would make a great new nursery rhyme. I am curious to know the fabric line that looks like cross hatching in the windows and the one that you used for the grass.

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    1. The crosshatch in the windows is Alexander Henry in Heath and the grass is Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow Herringbone. Both are some great basics if you can find them!

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  34. um, how did I miss this? Completely adorable. I sure do love those spiders.

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  35. I totally missed this too! Not sure I could get it done it time. I love your mini quilt it is so beautiful! I'd love to hang that in my daughters room. Another wonderful idea! :)

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  36. i'm really glad you can't enter, because, seriously, who could beat this? there's so many different elements, yet they all work together in such a great way! i'm working on my project...it will probably be down to the wire, since my sewing machine is in the baby's room. i cut my fabric yesterday, and started sewing it today. :)

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    1. That's great news, Kelly! Keep working out it in bits and pieces - I know how that goes =)

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  37. So excited that I was able to get my submission in! I posted under Lilybird Stitches, since thats the blog. I have to get my ID in order. Anyway, it's me. YAY!

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  38. Do I have to have a blog to enter my submission? I made something and have pictures on Flickr, but I don't have a blog. Time to start one?

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    1. No, you don't need a blog! Use the link to your Flickr image found in the "Share" drop down. That'll pull the image you want!

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