Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cool Melon {a mosaic contest}

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

Melons are paradoxical.  Warm coral, goldenrod, pinky peach, and orange hemmed in by cool, minty greens.  They call to us from the center of summer, so sweet and wet, like a fresh bouquet punctuated by tender, moist leaves.  Dripping.

Cool Melon {a mosaic contest}
teapot bouquet, hexagon quilt, sorbet, sunflowers, geometric poster, lady


Like summer, cool melon is nostalgic.  It's pretty as a picture framed with vibrant, growing life.  It's a bowl of sorbet exploding with fruity flavor, each bite sweet and surprisingly cool.  The best times, however fleeting, treasured away.

Cool Melon {a mosaic contest}
mum wallpaper, hexagons, cool drink, popsicles, mason jar bouquet


My favorite melon greens lean towards teal.  Colors like the darkest kale or an icy honeydew marry so well with creamy cantaloupe and peachy orange.  It's a softened green + orange, a modern gender neutral.

Cool Melon {a mosaic contest}
tile floor, pillows, house, crochet, bed quilt


But watermelons.... watermelons are for girls.  Pink, blushing to red.  Deep rind green.  This cool melon flaunts a classic, ladylike style.  Cool and pretty.  Wet and sugary sweet.

Cool Melon {a mosaic contest}
washi tape, halved melons, bird, gingham patchwork, balled melons


Just the thought of a melon sends a little shiver down my spine.  They are instantly cool and refreshing, yet they ripen in the heat of the year and split open to reveal sunset colors.  It's the green of them that performs this magic, just as a treasure box shields its prize.  Cool melon is a delightful surprise.

And now I want one.

I invite you to join us for a Fabric Mosaic contest sponsored by Gotham Quilts.

Carefully craft your mosaic of 9 fabrics from among the offerings at Gotham Quilts. Choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Cool Melon.  Your collection of fabrics can feature a very controlled color scheme or a bouquet of melon colors.  Just make sure to include that all-important green to cool off your collection.

Once you have your fabrics, the free Mosaic Maker tool makes it a snap to create a mosaic.  Copy and paste image url's from Gotham Quilts.  To find url's first go to the item page, then 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.

***Important Tip*** If possible, share your mosaic so that when it's loaded to the link up and you click on your mosaic, it takes viewers to see a larger version. This makes it so much easier for me to see your mosaic and consider it as a finalist!  Hosting your mosaic in a public place (such as Flickr or a blog) and linking the URL works beautifully!

Add your mosaic by midnight May 8th.  You can make up to 2 mosaics!  On Monday the 9th, I'll open voting.   We'll have two winners!  The 2 Top Mosaics will earn a complete fat quarter set of their mosaic fabrics!!!  Winners announced May 11th.  Enjoy!


12 comments:

  1. hi Rachel, I would love to make a mosaic but I can't figure it out. I tried to follow your directions but I am not getting the results you are. can you explain step by step, please?
    tia
    sara
    sara603@msn.com

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    1. I'd like to help, but which step are you stuck at? Can you find the image url's? On Gotham's site, when you see a fabric you like, right click on the photo of the fabric and select "copy image location". The at Mosaic Maker, paste that image url into one of the long, rectangular blank fields beside the boxes that say "choose photo". At the bottom of the Mosaic Maker screen, click "create" to see your mosaic as photos. From there you can go back to edit it or go forward to save it and upload it to the link party.

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  2. I just love the color mosaic contests you have . . . mostly because I enjoy seeing the photo collages you put together and then the fabric combos everyone comes up with. My latest quilt finish matches this color scheme perfectly. I thought you might like to see it . . . http://www.springleafstudios.com/2016/03/cascade-amy-butler-style.html

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    1. Anne, all of your quilts are just beautiful

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  3. Your visual and verbal mosaics are incredibly beautiful Rachel! You could fill a book like this and I would keep it out to read whenever I wanted to be taken away.

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  4. Yes, I like the mosaics that you made too.
    So far, hubbs and I have looked over the 19 mosaics presented here at this moment, we really like every one's lovely display.
    Oh my goodness, I am really impressed.
    I love that you have these fun exercises.

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    1. Wow, I am trying this for the first time,..... kind of fun.
      I am not sure how to post it to your page, but I will cross that bridge when I get there.... :-D

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  5. Thank you Rachel! I'm off to play :)

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  6. It's always so fun to make the mosaics:-) Thanks for letting us play with all the fabrics!

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  7. I love these challenges. The different takes on a theme are so interesting.

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  8. So excited, this is my first time to participate! You have such a way with words and create lovely inspiration mosaics. Thank for allowing us to participate!

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  9. I know one great online photo editing software which helps you to create amazing mosaic art http://ipiccy.com/ft/photo-mosaic it's very simple to use and I'm sure you'll like it.

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