February 11, 2013

2013 Designer Mystery Blog Hop: Week 2

Wow, what a weekend! We had a whopping 34" of snow here in CT and got quite a workout shoveling our way out. The roads are a *little* better after a bulldozer and plow finally came through last night, but schools are closed until Wednesday! Here are a few pictures from our house (there are many more on my Instagram feed):
Ok, onto some brighter, warmer, fun stuff!
Welcome, welcome to Week 2 of Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Blog Hop! This year, the fabric collection that was chosen is called Avalon by Fig Tree Quilts. The fabric is light, a little whimsical and grounded with a bit of navy, which you’ll find sprinkled through the quilt.  If you sign up for the BOM, as a little treat from FQS, you will receive a mini Charm Pack of Avalon with the first month’s block! A taste of the fabric before the club kicks into full gear. Each of the twelve sampler blocks in the quilt is designed by a different Moda designer and feature rows of baskets, stars, flowers and houses.
Joanna's collections and quilt patterns are always so beautiful and timeless. I've had the true privilege of getting to know Joanna over the years and the passion and expertise that she brings to her work is made visible in everything she does. Joanna is a star to me, so i was honored and delighted to be asked to participate in this block of the month by contributing a star-themed block design to one row of the quilt. How lucky i am to share the row with a constellation of other wonderful Moda designers: Bonnie & Camille and V and Co.. (don't forget to visit their blogs today, too!).

When designing my block, i had so much fun playing around with Avalon and seeing Joanna's creative eye and aesthetic at work encouraging and engaging me all the way. And you know what I learned? No matter which patterns or colors i combined, they always looked beautiful together! Here's a sneak peek of only part of the finished quilt — the rest is a mystery!

For some extra "star fun", FQS asked us to tell you about our favorite celebrity. Though he's no longer with us, i would have to say mine is Paul Newman.
Not just because of those striking good looks, heart-melting eyes or these...
...or these...
...or even this... 
...well those are good too, but i admire him most for his vision and dedication to humanitarian and social causes. An impressive 100% of the proceeds from his Newman's Own food products go to educational and charitable organizations through the Newman Foundation. Which of course gives us a good reason to buy lots and lots of these!
Mr. Newman lived in Westport, CT— just a couple towns over from where we live now. Thanks to his progressive influence and generous funding our area has a community movie theater that is run by high school students (including kids with disabilities), a local farmer's market, a field-to-table restaurant that supports local farms, and CT has one of 14 Hole in the Wall Gang camps for children with serious illnesses. In fact they're celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year! Mr. Newman is a star whose light continues to shine on.

Thanks for stopping by and reading along. Be sure to swing by the Jolly Jabber to enter their giveaway! Here's the schedule again incase you missed it. You can hop forward or backward and enter once each week for a chance to win!

3.01: Winners Post - Fat Quarter Shop

Good luck everyone! Have fun.
xo,
kate

18 comments:

  1. Looking forward to the next Designer Mystery.The first one I am doing is soooo nice.

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  2. Wow! That is a lot of snow. We were spared we "only" got 27 inches here!

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  3. Wow!!!! Now THAT is some snow! Can't wait to begin the BOM!!

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  4. Estou horrorizada com a sua porta...e muito medo.VocĂȘ conseguiu se habituar mesmo????.

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  5. My sister lives right outside of Boston and she had to shovel quite a bit of snow too. I live in sunny California so it's fun to see pictures of the snow - but I sure am glad I don't live it!

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  6. I don't envy you all that snow --- we had 12" here and that was more than enough to shovel! I haven't seen all of those "Newman's Own" foods, but I agree that he and his wife have contributed much to better the lives of others.

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  7. I use to live in NY on Long Island and now in the midwest. I was saying a few months ago we don't have snow storms like we have had when I was young. I use to walk on the mountains of snow to school. Well I guess those snow storms are back. You got it bad.

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  8. WoW! Lots of snow! Be careful shoveling, it's a huge workout. Great post and Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I agree with you about the wondrous legacy Paul Newman left, but most importantly lived while he was here. I Love your designs and wonder of the many interpretations that legacy will be created with it and left behind and be valued. Thanks! Jane

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  10. Your door to garage picture made it on our news here in Fort Worth, TX!

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  11. Now that's tons of snow!!! Living in the South, we never see snow like that!!!

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  12. I remember snows like that in my youth! hey February is the time for it! but now it's all fun sun and living in paradise! lucky me... love the fabric I learn a lot studying your designs and color schemes but always pleased with the pics!

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  13. Ya, we got snow too this weekend, but nothing like the East Coast! Glad you're safe and warm and hope you remain so.

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  14. I've been loving your snow pics :-)

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  15. Your door to the garage picture made me laugh once I realized what I was seeing, sorry :).

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  16. I think I would just close the door and wait for the snow to melt :) I live in NH and we got almost 3 feet.
    I have always admired Paul Newman and the wonderful things that he has done. It is amazing how one person started with one product and grew and gave back to so many people in such amazing ways. His Hole in the Wall Camp is a wonderful organization. He was really handsome too :)

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  17. That's a lot of snow! My sister - in CT - got 38" and is probably still digging out!

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  18. That was a great snowstorm! It only took my husband and I six hours to dig out our driveway! We grew up in Buffalo, NY and both commented that this was more like the winters when we were growing up.

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