Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Washed Earth {a mosaic contest}

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

Washed Earth
photo via Jenny Allsorts, author unknown

Rain splatters on fallen leaves, making old things shine as new.  The earth is washed in light, in water, in fiery color, until the neutrals too do sparkle.  I see brown and gray.  I see warmth and chill.  When is the end of things so lovely?

Washed Earth 2
wet leaves, owl, flying geese, nature scene

Tranquility.  Abundence.  The warmth of a hearth and home.  Welcome, welcome autumn!

Washed Earth 1
crochet stones, water, quilt

It's a time for staying in, comforted by the cloth or yarn as it works in the hands.  Or, a time for going out, breathing in the newly crisp air.  We savor each lingering moment of light.

Washed Earth 3
yarn, feathers, woodwork

This autumn I see soft, washed colors - not too saturated, not too loud.  They peak out from behind a myriad of fascinating "plains", so that each shade of creamy white, dusky gray and pillowy brown takes on a reflected hue.

And the rain always makes me smile.

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

Carefully craft your mosaic of 12 fabrics from among the offerings at Pink Chalk. Choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Washed Earth.  Your collection of fabrics can be mostly monochromatic, fairly neutral, incorporate solids or prints or both.  Just make sure to include earthy colors and definitely some browns, whites or grays.

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 Pink Chalk Fabrics.  To find url's, right click on the image you want and choose "copy image URL".

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 October 3rd.  You can make up to 2 mosaics!  On Friday the 4th, 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, Pink Chalk will award an extra two winning bundles to random participants.  Winners announced October 7th.  Enjoy!

19 comments:

  1. That was beautiful. I love reading your color contest introductions :)
    I was hoping you would have a fall contest, my favorite season. The soft side of autumn - this is going to be so fun. Thank you!

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    1. And I love seeing your mosaics! Thanks for saying that you like reading the intros. While I wrote that today it crossed my mind that some people probably skip that part and just try to get the gist from the photos. I got discouraged and then I thought, "but some people probably do read it...". So, you were reading my mind with your affirmation!

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    2. Nope. Definitely loved the intro. It made me want to drink tea. So I did :) Now I am obsessed with this palette. Gorgeous work on this contest!

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    3. Haha, thanks, Laura! I've been drinking tea too =)

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  2. Love those feathers. Beautiful contest, thank you x

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  3. It's interesting how hard this is! I'm reflecting the Fall (actually, Autumn) that I see here in Sydney. When the rain is really torrential and the native trees don't loose their leaves, and the colours are bright (because of rain), not muted or faded (like in our dry Summers).

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  4. How fun and gorgeous!! I agree with ginevra....so hard to decide what colors to go with, they are all so beautiful!

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  5. Thanks for another great mosaic contest Rachel. It's spring here, rather than autumn, and I think my mosaic ended up kind of reflecting that... Funny how that happens!

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  6. hi rachel,
    i've been meaning to comment on your last few posts but am just now getting to it. no time like the present, right? :) i have been so drawn to these colors lately. i really love the inspiration photos that you chose. also, i hope you are feeling better and that quilt you were gifted - oh that quilt! it is so stunning and perfect. i adore it! and boy was i curious when you mentioned the convos which challenge you. i love those kind of conversations. i'm intrigued. :)
    hugs,
    rachel

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  7. Another mosaic contest, yay! I'm really getting in a 'fall-mood' these days. Chocolate milk, blankets, after a walk in the woods... hmmmm.

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    1. Mmm.... I've broken out the chocolate milk too! Need to whip up some whipped cream.

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  8. What a wonderful theme! I'm excited to play. Thank you for hosting the contest!

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  9. I knew I would mess up. You can delete entry #53, the one I'm entering is #54. Thanks!

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  10. What a fun way to pull inspiration from our surroundings. My favorite is when the leaves are still in color and we get an early snow storm: the reds of the oaks and the hot pink and orange from the sumac, and yellow ashes all covered in a dusting of heavy, wet, white snow.

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  11. This is one of my absolute favorite things ever in the world of quilt blogs!! I really love seeing how others interpret the same theme. It's kind of being back in art school having a critique and seeing what everyone has come up with. I sorta miss that.
    BUT....
    I can't link up my mosaic. Keeps telling me I need to fill out all fields. I don't have a blog yet. An ideas?

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    1. Hi Keri, no you do not need a blog for this. Did you upload your mosaic to Flickr? Do that first. Start by saving the mosaic on your computer. Then uploade it to Flickr and take the URL of the image. If you can´t find it, it´s on the lower right side of the image, with the SHARE icon. Copy the URL and paste it here at Stitched In Color in the URL space provided. Is it clear? I hope so! I enjoy this posts for the same reason as you! I love seeing what other people interpret as Fall. ;)

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    2. Thanks so much for your help, Mariana. Sorry I was late to answer, Keri. Mariana's answer is spot on!

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  12. Oh boo. I was just about to link up my mosaic (11:42pm CST), but it was closed. Totally didn't take the time difference into account.

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