Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Clashy Bright {a mosaic contest}

Slow down a minute, my friend, and ponder with me in color.

Buoys
by Elle Caruthers

Sunshine.  Clamoring voices - happy ones, bursting with excitement.  Bright colors and fresh air.  Little feet trip along a seashore, mamas and papas coming along behind, toting another bit of life, another shout, another smile.

Color Serendipity
umbrellas via Linda Harrison by Francis and Pantone colors by the Spotted Olive

In the summertime life runs along at a brisk and boisterous pace.  And the colors of summer, clashy and bright, are a celebration of that life, crashing and colliding, stumbling upon beauty in serendipitous moments.

Mothers day
by Loving the Vintage

Or in quieter moments in cooler climates, where folks cling to joyful color on cloudy days.

Clashy Bright {a mosaic contest}
triangle quilt by Ungtblod, rods by Selina Lake, yarn by Shannon at Luvinthemommyhood

Today let's celebrate the surprising discovery of beauty and harmony in the unexpected.  Let's pay homage to how crayon box brights mixed with soft pastels and earthy nuanced hues can combine to become grandma's most lovely patchwork quilt.

Clashy Bright {a mosaic contest}
rug via Anna Graham, brick wall via Dreamtime, Liberty fabrics by True Up

And lest you think this happens always by accident, let me assure you that there can be an underlying current to the madness.  Some colors excluded.  Others repeated in various shades of change.

Whether you must carefully nurture your bright, clashy delight or such things happen naturally for you, go boldly, feel lively and above all choose happily!

I invite you to join us for a Fabric Mosaic contest sponsored by Marmalade Fabrics.

Carefully craft your mosaic of 12 fabrics from among the offerings at Marmalade Fabrics. Choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Clashy Bright.  Your collection of fabrics can be high volume, nuanced with neutrals, incorporate solids or prints or both.  Just make sure to include a medley of color, some unexpected to a greater or lesser degree.

Once you have your fabrics, the free Mosaic Maker tool makes it a snap to create a mosaic by copy and pasting image url's from Marmalade Fabrics.  To find url's, click on the image you want to use to enlarge it.  Then, on the pop-up big photo of your fabric, right click and choose "copy image URL" (updated 7/18).

To enter the contest, add your mosaic image to our collection here.  If it suits you, link to a blog post explaining your choices - that helps us spread the word about our contest.  But no blog post is required (you can put your image url in the url space).  Anyone can enter, anywhere in the world.

Add your mosaic by midnight July 18th.  You can make up to 2 mosaics!  On Friday the 19th, I'll open voting.   We'll have two winners!  The 2 Top Mosaics will earn a complete fat quarter set of their mosaic fabrics!!!  Plus, Marmalade will create a bundle like yours available for others to buy.  Winners announced July 23rd.  Enjoy!

24 comments:

  1. Oh! This looks like fun! I love all the bright pictures and your first paragraph. Maybe you should be a writer too :)

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  2. Awesome! I'm off to put some fabrics together.

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  3. That sounds like so much fun! I tried it several times now but the mosaic maker only shows 8 fabrics and 4 white spaces, although I picked 12 fabrics. Am I doing it wrong? Or are there any fabrics excluded from this?

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    1. I had the same problem. you have to change the end of that url to .jpg instead of -sm or whatever the last few digits/letters are

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    2. Thanks so much for helping out, Laurie!

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    3. Thank you, Laurie, but unfortunately it still doesn't work. 8 out of 12 every time. :-(

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    4. In my testing just now, I found that the image url is not always working when copied from the product info page. But, if you click on the image of the fabric picture to enlarge it and then "copy image location" from the pop up big picture, that url seems to always work. Let me know if that's still not working for you. Another way is to save each image to your computer and then upload it to mosaic maker. That's more time consuming, so I hope that copying the image url from the enlarged, pop-up image works for everyone!

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    5. Right-clicking on the large image did not give me a choice to copy the url, so I clicked on "Properties" which shows the url along with other information. I then selected/highlighted the url in the Properties window and copied that into the appropriate slot in Mosaid Maker. Hope that helps.

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  4. Thank you so much for hosting again. I loved participating, this is one of my most favorite competitions :-)

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  5. oh rachel these colors are so inspiring. i saw that triangle quilt a long time ago and loved it and wow, it still really inspires me! i've gotta pin that! and i think these mosaic contests are so fun!
    ps -we're in our third week of homeschooling and it's been so FUN! way better than i even imagined!
    xx

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  6. I tried to put one together, but whenever I did, I'd get 11 images to show up, though I put in 12 links. I changed all the endings of the links to .jpg, like Laurie suggested. Is there a way to fix it? Thanks!

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  7. It didn't like my links either.

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    1. In my testing just now, I found that the image url is not always working when copied from the product info page. But, if you click on the image of the fabric picture to enlarge it and then "copy image location" from the pop up big picture, that url seems to always work. Let me know if that's still not working for you. Another way is to save each image to your computer and then upload it to mosaic maker. That's more time consuming, so I hope that copying the image url from the enlarged, pop-up image works for everyone!

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  8. It doesnèt like my links either. Even with the ending changed to JPG. I got nothing the first go and one image the second go.

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  9. Your mosaic contests are always fun Rachel - I really really love the inspiration pictures for this one.

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  10. I couldn't get it to work either. Tried right clicking. Tried adding in the jpg tag. Only two fabrics show up.

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    1. I'm so sorry that technology is not cooperating this time! One fail safe method is to right click and save images to your computer and then upload them to mosaic maker, rather than bothering with image url's at all. It seems like what is working for some people is not working for others. Bummer!

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  11. Hi, I am new here, but here is what I figured out after hours of putting the URL of the fabrics at the Mosaic site only to have nothing generate -- this is what you need to do to get a full 12 block mosaic. Find the fabric you want, click on the picture to get it to show by itself and then right click on the SMALL picture and and then click on "COPY THE LINK ADDRESS" you don't want the URL or the HTML you want theJPEG of the fabric from the site -- if you do it like this you will be copying the location of the fabric jpeg over at the mosaic builder and and then the mosaic generator can go and get it when you create the mosaic. I hope this helps. I am currently working on my mosaic -- and trying to decide which ones to post, now that I finally figured it out. Will post to my blog and link it tomorrow. I recently started a blog entitled This is Me Making Quilts and Other Stuff. I have not yet figured out how to get traffic and the other stuff that I see on other blogs, guess that will come in time. But in the meantime, please go check it out and tell me what y'all think.

    http://memakingquilts.blogspot.com/

    Thanks Sherrill and hop this helps with mosaic generator

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  12. Ah, these colour make me feel ALIVE! I really need to have more clashy bright in my house.

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  13. This is brilliant! I just wanted to chime in on the link/jpg issues -- if you have trouble securing an image from Marmalade's site (some just won't work!), but you don't want to have to download/upload the thumbnails, just google the fabric you're after and use one of the images that result. I was <> to giving up on Michael Miller's "Huevos Gray" fabric but an quick search + an Amazon page did the trick ! ;)

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  14. What a stunning picture you painted with your words - very inspiring. I have been working on mine every chance I get. What a fun event! :)

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  15. Cara senhora,
    consegui fazer o mosaico, todavia a minha imagem não aparece no seu blog...vale da mesma forma??? No meu blog aparece....

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  16. I linked my first one up via my blog post and can't figure out how to get the other one on there? Help? Thanks! :)

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    1. Do you have the image saved to your computer? In that case don't supply a URL when you fill out the form and then the next page will let you upload the image from your computer, I believe. Give that a try!

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