Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dreaming at Dusk {a mosaic contest}

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

Can you dream the colors of dusk?  They are softer, subtler, blended.  Shadows lengthen, casting fine shrouds of brown, midnight and velvet gray over all once sharp and defined.  Ruby red fades to blush.  The water shines silvering blue.  A hush falls like feathers over fields and fowl.

Dreaming at Dusk {a mosaic contest}
Grand Budapest, embroidery, acorns

Between gathering neutrals, warmth glints in the last light.  A flash of yellow-orange-red-purple, the dying of a perfectly ordinary day.  But even that brilliance is hazy.  Where does one color start and another begin?  Night, so absolute, overcomes the protest of a myriad, graduated shades

Dreaming at Dusk {a mosaic contest}
cathedral, Victoria Gertenbach's log cabin quilt, sofa, Three Kitchen Fairies' orange peel quilt

The colors of dusk are the colors of age.  They are weathered by time, tested by wind, water and war.  Yet we're drawn to them because of, not in spite of, their battered textures.  All things glow against that pealing paint, that worn wood.  The mottled company of many softened shades makes life more honest and real.

Dreaming at Dusk {a mosaic contest}
thread, columns, Pat Bravo's Carved quilt, plank table

At dusk nature cuts ties with the ordinary.  Familiar shapes are transformed.  Our minds, our future and the shades we contemplate make space for mystery.  Purple and peach are the colors of sunsets... and of secrets, creativity and romance too. 

Dreaming at Dusk {a mosaic contest}
leaves, mini pumpkin wreath, Alicia Paulson's log cabin quilt, sunset, yarn

Softly, gently they stir our hearts to wonder; to dream until the day dawns anew.  


I invite you to join us for a Fabric Mosaic contest sponsored by Lark Cottons.

Carefully craft your mosaic of 9 fabrics from among the offerings at Lark Cottons. Choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Dreaming at Dusk.  There are many color possibilities, though neutrals are a likely ingredient.  Seek to create a dreamy, blended palette.

Once you have your fabrics, the free Mosaic Maker tool makes it a snap to create a mosaic (though you may use any mosaic tool of your choice).  Copy and paste image url's from Lark Cottons. 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 Instagram) and linking the URL works beautifully!

Add your mosaic by midnight October 2nd.  You can make up to 2 mosaics!  On Monday the 3rd, 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 October 5th.  Enjoy!

P.S.  Now through the end of September, Lark is having a sale - no coupons required.  The discount will show in the shopping cart total:

Save 10% on Tula Pink and Anna Maria Horner.
Save 20% on Denyse Schmidt (Flea Market Fancy + Chicopee included!)
Save 30% on Heather Bailey and Joel Dewberry



23 comments:

  1. Love the montage of images you presented to show dusk, such a beautiful time of the day.

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  2. Great picture choices! I so want to make that quilt in the allpeoplequilt.com picture! Beautiful

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  3. Rachel, so beautiful! Perfect for summer's end!

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  4. This looks fun. I am going to try to make some good ones this time.
    I love the selections you made with images. very nice colors!

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  5. Rachel, dusk seems to go so perfectly with autumn. It's my favorite time of day and year. Your words are ever so lovely and the photo montages are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Lara! These contests do take hours to generate, but I am a little proud of each one. The collection of them is something I enjoy looking back upon.

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  6. such an incredibly beautiful palette, rachel! just when i wonder what you can possible come up with next, you delight me. and that quilt! all the heart eyes.

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    1. multiple lovely quilts, but that last one - the log cabin is the one is meant!

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  7. Dear Rachel, you are my favourite! I could watch these inspiration photos all day! Dusk autumn colours are breath taking and I want to make both of the quilts in photos! Thank you for a great challenge/contest once again! x Teje

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  8. Wonderful inspiration pictures. Thanks for putting up another mosaic contest. I love those.

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  9. Thanks for hosting this! The theme fit perfectly with where my brain is right now!

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    1. Yay! It's wear I'm going too (though maybe that's obvious). I should do a fabric pull after the contest to play along!

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  10. Thank you for this fun inspiration, I have quite a cart-full at Lark LOL!

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  11. You know how much I love theses. Your words are always poetry and the images so inspiring. Dusk is one of my favorite times of day. I look forward to playing this weekend. Thank you Rachel!

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  12. Thank you for the opportunaty to play with fabrics and creat these fun mosaics. It's one of my favorite games:-)

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  13. Anyone else have trouble with the Mosaic Maker? I put my choices in 3 times, looking them up again each time, and it came up blank. Maybe Safari doesn't play with the MM tool :(.

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    1. I also have this same problem, and I tried using Internet Explorer and Google chrome. It just comes up blank! Are you in Canada, like me? I wonder if there are some copyright issues.

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  14. I shared your challenge in Instagram :) Fun!!

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  15. You pulled such wonderful inspiration photos! Fun colors to play with : )

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  16. Lol, well, I tried! I never have any luck getting the link to post correctly!

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  17. Just when I thought I had ENOUGH on my plate, now I want to drop everything and make a dusk-y quilt! Beautiful images! And thank you so much for detailing how to enter the contest and adding the free mosaic link! I've never entered before because I am NOT tech-savvy, but now I was able to, and wow! Making mosaics is so fun! It also makes it way easier to plan quilts for future projects when I can see the fabrics side-by-side, swap them out, and constantly re-create my look! As a novice quilter who isn't so great at imagining how fabrics will look together (and that is the one hard part about shopping online for me), this just made it so much more do-able! I can't thank you enough, your blog has helped me learn so much about quilting, and given me confidence to try things that before would have seemed too daunting. :) -Ruth

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