|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.
|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.
|by Loving the Vintage|
Or in quieter moments in cooler climates, where folks cling to joyful color on cloudy days.
|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.
|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!
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!