Sunday, May 24, 2015

Meadow Mist Designs News

I have some great news to share with you today!

1.  Blogger's Quilt Festival

My quilt Use Your Illusion was nominated for Viewer's Choice in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  You can go to the Viewer's Choice category and vote for your three favorite quilts. (Thank you so much in advance if if you think mine is one of your favorite three and decide to vote for it!)

My quilts are also in the Small Quilt category (Plus Plus) and Original Design category (Use Your Illusion).

2.  Kona Pineapple Block

My paper pieced quilt block Kona Pineapple was highlighted by Craftsy in their Weekend Warriors: 8 Free Paper Pieced Block Patterns blog post.  The Kona Pineapple pattern has now been downloaded over 2,750 times just this month!  I am blown away by this.

3.  Plus Plus Quilt by Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts

My wonderful quilty friend Izzy has made a super cute quilt using my two-tone version of Plus Plus. I love the colors she used and her pieced back incorporating more plus signs, you can check out more pictures (including the awesome pieced back) over at her blog Dizzy Quilts.

4.  Broken Frames Quilt by Anna @ Fresh Dew Drops

Another quilty friend, Anna, has made such a wonderful lap size version of my pattern Broken Frames using a charm pack of Bartholo-meow's Reef.  I just love the soft colors she used and the wave quilting pattern.  You can see more of her in-progress pics over on her Instagram account @freshdewdrops.

Thanks for taking a look!  If you make anything using Meadow Mist Designs patterns, I would love to see them.  Please add them to the Flickr Group "Meadow Mist Designs" or share them on social media with the hashtag #MeadowMistDesigns.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Craft Fair Preparations

I have a whole bunch of finishes to show today, 27 in fact.  I have an Etsy shop that in addition to selling my quilt patterns, has pincushions, thread catchers, and the occasional quilt.  I have thought about attending a craft fair before, but I was afraid that the market for handmade pincushions would be too small.  

My friend Laura (etsy store MzSweetpeaStudio) is participating in the Village Square Art and Craft Show in Highlands, North Carolina on June 20-21 and she invited me to put some pincushions and thread catchers in her booth.  Sharing a booth sounded a whole lot less scary and more fun.  I said yes and prepping for the craft show.  (Which came at a great time because my Etsy shop has gotten pretty low on handmade goods.)  Here are the new finishes I have made for the craft fair...

16 combined cathedral window pincushions.  (Remind me not to made to make so many at one time ever again, each step took forever...)

6 modern quilted pincushions (I just love the stag with the glasses!)

5 cathedral window pincushions, I just can't stop making these.

I will be listing all of these handmade goodies in the Etsy shop over the next few days.  I hope that if you are in the Asheville area, you will stop by the Village Square Art and Craft Show in June.

I will be posting after the craft fair to give my thoughts on whether it was worth it, what sold, what did not sell, and my learnings.

I am linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Fridayand Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mystery Quilt 2015 Coming Soon!

I am very excited to announce that the next Mystery Quilt is going to be kicking off on June 4th, the first Thursday of June!  The pattern is drafted, tested, reviewed and ready to go!

The mystery quilt-a-long will run from June 2015 until March 2016 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The mystery quilt will finish at approximately 72" x 72", a very nice lap size.

The directions will be posted to this blog (and can be found in the Mystery Quilt tab above), given out in hard copy at both the Foothills Piecemaker's Quilt Guild (Greer, SC) and the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild meetings, and e-mailed to the mystery quilt distribution list.  The e-mail is great because I can mail out a much more friendly to print version of the instructions.  Want to be added to the e-mail list?  Simply add a comment to this post (with your e-mail if you are a no reply blogger) or send an e-mail to me at cheryljbrickey (at) gmail (dot) com.

June's instructions will be fabric requirements including yardages needed and some helpful hints to pick fabrics and colors.

New for this years's Mystery Quilt:

1.  Button - I have made a button for the mystery quilt :)  If you decide to join in on the quilt-a-long and have a blog I would love it if you posted the button.

Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt

2.  Prizes - We will have prizes!  I am still working out the details, but we will have at least one, hopefully two-three prizes to giveaway at the quilt reveal in March 2016!  ( I will post more details as the prizes get finalized.)

3.  The Un-Mystery Quilt - Want to join in the fun but making a mystery quilt is not your thing?  If you would like to see the final pattern to decide whether to join in, or to help pick colors; simply e-mail me and I will send you a sneak peak (the only rule is that you have to keep the design completely to yourself as to not spoil anyone else's surprise).

I hope that you are planning on joining me for a fun mystery quilt!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nuanced Neon Mosaic Contest Entries

A few days ago, I saw on my Bloglovin feed that Stitched in Color was having another fabric mosaic contest sponsored by Mad About Patchwork.  Rachel gives a theme and some inspirational photographs and then you get to go play, creating different fabric bundles from the fabrics in Mad About Patchwork.  I may have ordered a bit too much fabric the last few months so I hoped that making digital fabric combinations would satisfy my fabric tooth without having more fabric arrive at my house (you can have a sweet tooth so why not a fabric tooth?).

The theme was Nuanced Neon.  For my first bundle I went with the colors I think about first when I think neon: bright, warm, saturated colors.  I added some slightly more muted warm shades for balance.  I think that these fabrics would look great in a quilt design with some strong geometric shapes on a crisp white background.

For my second entry, I focused more on the "nuanced" part of the theme.  I first selected some bright neon blues, because a bright neon blue is not the first color I think of when I hear neon.  I then paired the neon blues with some low volume prints, most of which had a blue component to tie into the neon blues.  I think that the prints, as arranged below, would look awesome as a repeating plus block in a quilt.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretations of Nuanced Neon and will hop over to Stitched in Color's blog to see the other gorgeous entries.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 New Quilt Bloggers: Sign Up Now Open

Last year I participated in the 2014 New Quilt Bloggers Blog hop hosted by Beth @plum and june. I am so thankful to Beth for facilitating the group discussions and blog hop; I learned so much and met such wonderful women. These women have become my teachers, students, confidants, quilting bee mates, pattern testers, supporters, and most of all my friends. 

In addition to making new friends, the hop was a great way for me to improve my blog and get more involved in the blogging and quilting community. This year, a group of alumni are going to work to host the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog hop, and I am thrilled to be a part of the mentor team.

Today, I am so excited to announce the details on how to sign up to participate in this year’s 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog hop!
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2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop Sign Up

If you are interested in participating in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and have been blogging:
  1. mainly about modern quilting*,
  2. for less than 2 years,
  3. writing at least 4 posts a month,
  4. are willing to agree to be actively involved in the blog hop through visiting and commenting on the other blogger’s hop posts,
  5. and have or are willing to open a Facebook account to participate in the group discussions,
Please visit and fill out the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop Sign Up Form.

*Modern quilting to you is modern quilting to us.

Note: We will accept 100 participants for the blog hop this year. The sign up form will be available until May 31, 2015, or until we reach 100 participants.

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Resources

If you look at the top of my blog, you will see a new tab just for the 2015 New Quilters Blog Hop. I am going to keep this tab up to date with links to all of the different advice posts for the hop so you can find them all easily during and after the hop.

When the blog hops begin, each of the mentors will be hosting a group of blogs and we would love for you to follow along and check out the new members of our online community. If you don’t already, please think about visiting / following / checking out the co-hosts for this years blog hop.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter
Terri Ann @ Childlike Fascination

I am looking forward to meeting all of the new quilt bloggers and learning some new blogging tips!