Tuesday, January 17, 2017

little village {Penny Sampler}

Wondering where that Cathedral Windows mosaic contest came from?  Well, Sunday before last I had the chance to enjoy a beautiful church with mesmerizing stained glass windows.  The artist's use of color so impacted me that I went home and immediately re-thought my Penny Sampler fabrics with a generous infusion of sapphire blue.  Soon after I shared this image on Instagram:



And later that week.. a mosaic contest inspired by the same experience!

I feel so much more confident about this direction for my Penny Sampler palette.  The dark gray border remains, as do the greens and purples, but blue becomes a dominant theme with a few pops of salmon for contrast.  It feels right!

Penny Sampler Little Village

Those changes in hand I was able to sew my next block for the 6-month Penny Sampler:  Little Village.  This block entices me to play up my color palette by including all the colors, but I'm trying to be restrained.  I'd like my blocks to be almost monochromatic with limited value contrast so that the whole quilt feels less busy.  It's hard, especially when working on a block like this with so many distinct elements.

Penny Sampler Little Village

For starters I made my little houses in blues, grays and purples.

Penny Sampler Little Village

The metallic Netorious print makes my windows shine.  I can't decide if my favorite house is the gray stripe with a single, square window or the gray tree house with a mossy green roof.  Probably the second.  Gotta love a purple striped door!

Penny Sampler Little Village

My favorite thing about this block is actually the background.  I like that the two fabrics I used merge color-wise, but read as flowery ground and stripey sky otherwise.  It's not the sapphire blue that I most want to emphasize in my quilt, but this softer true blue will compliment sapphire well.

Actually, I'm short on sapphire fabrics.  Maybe you'll help me find some new ones via the Cathedral Window's mosaic contest!

p.s.  Not sure if there is any interest in sharing your Penny Sampler progress via monthly link ups?  Well, let's try it.  What have you made so far?  Show us here!




15 comments:

  1. I'm not able to take on the penny sampler this year, but I have really been enjoying the posts you've shared here. Maybe next year!!

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  2. Still trying to decide whether to re-do my hearts block. I'm not sure whether I like the sketch stitching?

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  3. Your little house blocks are so cute - love your color scheme!

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  4. I think the blue background with sky and grass is what I love most about this block, too! Great choice. It totally caught my eye right away.

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  5. My link up is not exciting, becasue my fabrics just arrived, but this weekend will be full of stitchy goodness and I have high hopes of keeping up to date (fingers crossed).
    I hadn't tweaked that your addition of the blues was part of your cathedral windows moment! It makes so much sense, becasue I was thinking of them both as being full of that moodiness mixed with jewels... anyway :-)
    E xx

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  6. I still love love love the little houses block on my penny sampler. :)

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  7. So, at the end of December there was no $$ to pay for the Penny Sampler class. Can I still get it, now or early Feb?

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    1. Oh, yes, if you register for the sampler now (either 6 month or 12 month version) you will receive all materials already delivered right away! So, in this case, you would receive the January materials now.

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  8. Your little houses had a real gothic feel to them , real hints of the cathedral

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  9. I'm looking forward to this block. I love what you did with the background and such cute houses :)

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  10. I adore your little houses and I am sooo looking forward to February 1st. Right now I am trying to find my (really ancient) quilt blog again, to start a revival. I want to record my progress on the Penny Sampler there with my other quilt projects and of course have some links to join with all of the others since I am not using Instagram. Can you imagine that I even can't remember where I hosted my blog? I'm really grateful that your comment box knows the address of my blog (lol).

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    1. What a great idea to record your progress! That's why I started my blog too, as a record. It's so useful that way. I reference things all the time =)

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