Day Eight #12DaysofColor!


Day Eight #12DaysofColor!

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Well, I’m back at this. I took a couple of days off for Christmas, hopefully you got to do the same. Today is Day Eight on the 12 Days of Color Journey I have been on. Today’s block is designed by Jill Finley.  Her interview with Pat Sloan is here, and Jill’s block directions are here.  I had fun messing with fabric and color placement in the original pattern and took quite a few liberties with “background” and “feature” fabrics. The Jenean Morrison True Colors and Grunge blocks are closest to the look of the original block.

Here is the Kona block done up in — in Smoke and Capri:

D12days Kona8

Here is the second Jenean Morrison True Colors  from Free Spirit Block (I like how this block is “blurry.” I think some blocks should be that way particularly if the whole quilt is the same block. I think it adds mystery to the viewer):

D12days JM2

Here is the fourth Jug or Not From Michael Miller Block:

D12days JoN4

Here is the Grunge From Moda block:

D12days G8

And here are the Aurifil threads of the day (5005 and 2225):

D12days thread 8

That’s it for today. Go ahead and comment on today’s post about the blocks, the fabrics, the thread, or anything else you want to talk about (the holidays, the return lines, the new year, whatever!) I will be drawing one daily prize winner from each day’s post as well as drawing names from all 12 Days of Color for the Grand Prizes…(which I still haven’t given you pix of, but they will be great, trust me!)  I will likely be drawing the winners on New Year’s Day because I think that is when the whole series will be done by.  I am working on the rest of Day Nine’s blocks tonight for tomorrow’s post, and then on Saturday for Days 10 through 12 (if I can get through them all!) Until tomorrow….Sweet Dreams and Sweet Sewing!!



  • Ginger Marshall


    whatever you’re giving away, I want one! Teepee, I’m so greedy for any freebies, especially if they have to do with quilts or sewing! 😉

    December 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm
  • nikki


    I absolutely love the teal and gray and the pink and gray aurefill these are amazing!

    December 27, 2013 at 2:20 am
  • Sandy K


    Love the Jug or Not block today.

    December 27, 2013 at 6:32 am
  • I have been nail biting in anticipation for day 8 #12DaysofColor! We celebrate gently at our home and my 86 yr old mom has been visiting so I’ve been minding my p’ & q’s. A few minutes alone with you and the blog takes me away, since I am deathy allergic to fragrance, to a better place than Calgon ever could. Kona & Grunge – ah yes! With tiny embroidered something’s miscellaneous lay placed, hmmmm. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to wait until 2014 to start Christmas work. Good job. Don’t forget, you are allowed to take a deep breath!

    December 27, 2013 at 6:34 am
  • Vicki H


    Color choices sure change the look of the block. Love them all.

    December 27, 2013 at 6:34 am
  • Yvonne


    What a difference the fabric makes using the same block layout. thanks for the giveaway.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:23 am
  • Emily C


    Love this series of posts. So interesting to see the different blocks and color combinations.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:28 am
  • Patty Morales


    I found you thru Pat Sloans blog, she was right you are very talented! All I can say is WOW!

    December 27, 2013 at 7:28 am
  • Pat Meinecke


    Love the second block by J. Morrison. Also the threads are just too yummy!

    December 27, 2013 at 7:43 am
  • Bethany


    I love the grunge block! It is a great layout!

    December 27, 2013 at 9:17 am
  • Sue Bone


    I’m loving the grumge block again, but I also love the Kona capri. Gorgeous colour.

    December 27, 2013 at 9:18 am
  • I heard that Moda is getting rid of the grunge basics, is this true?

    Nope, Mara, Moda is NOT getting rid of Grunge, I checked! They are actually bringing in more colors next year! (see Day 9’s post)

    December 27, 2013 at 9:59 am
  • Maryellen


    I love how the triangles seem to float on the Grunge version. Cool!

    December 27, 2013 at 10:32 am
  • Cecilia


    I’m still liking the solids and grunge blocks. Your second block turned out great, too. It is amazing how fabric placement changes the look of a block.

    December 27, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • diane


    Love this one in solids!

    December 27, 2013 at 10:51 am
  • audrey


    Wow! They look so different! I agree with you about some block needing to be ‘blurry’. It really adds some great visual interest in a quilt.:)

    December 27, 2013 at 11:27 am
  • Janice Mc Laren


    I like the “blurry” block-it is interesting.

    December 27, 2013 at 11:31 am
  • Joyce Carter


    If I could, I would give you a nickel for making those blocks. They look very complicated to me, and doesn’t look like one I would attempt. Great job on making them. I really love the colors of the thread today. They look so pretty together. Thanks for all your work.

    December 27, 2013 at 11:33 am
  • Debbie


    It is so amazing how different fabrics and layout can change the entire look of a block. I love the pink, tan and brown block…three such subdued colors turned i to a beautiful block.

    December 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm
  • Pam


    I’m loving the Jug or Not block today. The dark fabric really makes the other prints pop! Thanks again for sharing. I hope you are still enjoying your holidays!

    December 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm
  • heidi


    Jill Finley does such pretty color schemes, I love this ‘take it easy’ block.
    Welcome back!

    December 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm
  • Wenda


    I love the Kona colors and also the FreeSpirit fabrics. Actually, I love all the blocks.

    December 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm
  • I love the Kona one this time; seem to prefer either the Kona or Grunge one each time though.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  • Love the Kona block! The solids are awesome!! I’m so surprised I”m leaning towards them! Hope you had a great Christmas! My kids and grandkids are here and we’re just relaxing.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm
  • Susan


    Interesting to see the different fabrics and how they change the looks of things.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm
  • Evie H


    Again, it’s amazing how different the blocks look made up with different fabrics. I like the two-color Kona as well as the Grunge blocks. Good job!

    December 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm
  • I have to comment on the threads from Aurifil today because they are two of my favorite colors!

    December 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • It’s so interesting to see how different each of these blocks look in different cooors. Those Aurifil threads look absolutely yummy!

    December 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm
  • Alexis


    In this block, I like the busier fabrics.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • I thought you might be referring to sewing without glasses when you commented a blurry block, but I see what you are saying when you consider the True colours fabrics. Nicely done.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm
  • Another beautiful block day! The Kona and Grunge are “sew” fetching. Can’t wait to see the rest.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm
  • I like how the second block shows motion and block 3 the fabrics look great the way you place them! I love that blue and orange colors of Aurifil threads. I love their threads but it will take a lifetime to collect all those beautiful colors.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm
  • The Grunge From Moda block is very interesting. I just won a serger and I have been searching through blogs to get some ideas of what to do. I am glad that I came across yours.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm
  • Kim


    Love Aurifil 2225….it reminds me of watermelon! Thanks for the series and the giveaway!

    December 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm
  • Janice


    I really like the name and play on words Michael Miller has chosen for his line of fabric so I was anticipating liking the fabric just as much. Today I like that block the best!

    December 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm
  • Patty


    I like this block with Jug or Not. The Grunge block looks great, except I am not a pink person. I just like the total graphic look of it.

    December 27, 2013 at 11:46 pm
  • Susan the farm quilter


    Loving the look of Grunge!!!

    December 27, 2013 at 11:49 pm
  • Judy


    The smoke and capri block is gorgeous.

    December 28, 2013 at 1:12 am
  • Jug or not is my favorite. I love the stripes!

    December 28, 2013 at 3:54 am
  • Gill


    I love the grunge block – great colours!

    December 28, 2013 at 7:44 am
  • Love them all.Fabrics change the blocks,all are beautiful and look diferents.Grunge looks fabulous!
    Go less to go.Have a fun weekend!

    December 28, 2013 at 8:06 am
  • Rose Smith


    I’m really enjoying these posts – thank you :-) Hmm, once again I’m finding it difficult to choose my fave fabric combination for this block. And again, you’re displaying how fabric choice makes such a huge difference on how a block will look.

    December 28, 2013 at 11:47 am
  • dianna eickhorn


    I was loving the teal but then scrolled down a little further and have to vote for Jug or Not! I’m asking myself, how can I love such simple fabrics but then be so enthralled over the busiest of fabrics?

    December 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  • Jeanette


    Once again I think the ‘grunge’ block is my favorite. The floating triangles make it feel very light and airy.

    December 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm
  • MaryBeth


    Pretty colors

    December 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • Allyson LePenske


    Really love all 4 blocks today! Hope you draw my name for prizes! :)

    December 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm
  • Lizzie


    Boy, you really are going to town! Love the Kona and Grunge this time– the Jug or not leaves me on the fence…..hmm. I think as a whole quilt, with many of the blocks you’ve been doing, it would look really cool in its entirety. really appreciate you showing us how the large scale/solids/etc prints behave in the different blocks!

    December 29, 2013 at 1:05 am
  • I am going to shower and sew I have a few great spools of the A and some beautiful fabrics, and some very talented blogging buddies and New books, thats been my shopping lately, this is all inspiring gotta have a sewing sunday

    December 29, 2013 at 9:39 am
  • Becky Greene


    This is my favorite Jug or Not block so far – love the structure that the dark fabric gives the block! Also really loving Smoke by Kona – another wonderful gray!!

    December 29, 2013 at 9:54 am
  • Melissa Slofkosky


    I like how the blocks each appear different with the different fabric combinations.

    December 29, 2013 at 11:40 am
  • Amy C


    This is such a great series – to see each block so different depending on the fabric color and placement is very cool!

    December 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm
  • really like how you played with fabric placement in the blocks today to change up the design. never heard the term “blurry blocks” but like it! The kona block looks southwestern and I really like the grunge block today. Both of the threads are great too – bold beauties! Thanks for another great day of colour!

    December 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  • usairdoll


    What a striking block Jug or Not is, love it! Love the wavy effect as well on some block designs. Color placement and fabric choice does make all the difference. Thanks for all the blocks! Love the Aurifil colors, yummy!

    December 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm
  • They all look so VERY different. Thanks for showing us what fabric choices can do for the block

    December 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm
  • Donna Joy


    Jug or not block is just fun. I like to see how different fabrics can really change the look of a block. Thanks for sharing.

    December 30, 2013 at 5:07 am



    December 30, 2013 at 10:32 am
  • Lori M


    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kona block this time! The grey and aqua are so pretty together!

    December 30, 2013 at 11:07 am
  • Jessica P.


    I am in love with Moda fabrics right now, so I would have to pick that block. I also enjoy the color scheme in that particular block.

    December 30, 2013 at 11:39 am
  • Janice


    I love that block. I think I will give it a try.

    December 30, 2013 at 11:57 am
  • OOOOOOHHHH! That aqua Aurifil is calling to me! I like the grunge version of this one too.

    December 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  • Sarah


    I like the Kona smoke.

    December 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm
  • Lisa Marie


    Wow, the block looks so different with the different fabrics!

    December 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm
  • Joy


    Love the colors you chose for the Kona block, they’re so beautiful together.

    December 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  • KarenV


    I think the Jug or Not is so fun for this block. And the bright Aurafil is awesome!

    December 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm
  • Judy Forkner


    You’ve been very busy!

    December 31, 2013 at 1:21 am
  • What I know for sure is that you are a piecing maniac! Wow… More gumption to piece than I will ever find. Love the fabric and Aurifil is my favorite to appliqué with. Woohoo!

    December 31, 2013 at 5:42 am
  • Kay


    Gorgeous aqua thread, thank you for such lovely giveaways.

    December 31, 2013 at 5:53 am
  • kimberlee


    I like Jill’s block, especially in that grunge!

    December 31, 2013 at 10:51 am
  • nadia wilson


    So glad I found your blog. Very interesting read! I love seeing the same blocks made up in all the different colourways.

    December 31, 2013 at 11:39 am
  • Cathy Cameron


    All the blocks are spectacular!

    December 31, 2013 at 11:41 am
  • Elizabeth S


    Jug or Not block is super pretty

    December 31, 2013 at 11:46 am
  • Deborah Hillman


    What a difference the value of the fabrics makes in the look of the blocks! In true colors the main fabric makes the background recede and in jug or not its the main focus!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:59 am
  • Mary


    I love the way the hst’s and geese seem to float in the grunge block!

    January 1, 2014 at 1:55 am
  • Deborah DiGiacomo


    Very interesting block. It has many options for extras like adding names in the lines.

    January 1, 2014 at 9:11 am
  • Margaret


    The smoke color in the solid block seems like it’s reflecting the Capri color–it looks like a shot cotton.

    January 1, 2014 at 10:45 am
  • Crystal Flemmer


    I see what you mean about the “blurry” block. It really adds visual interest.

    January 1, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Linda Fleming


    You’re so creative!
    These blocks all look so different…Those lively colors and patterns in the Jug fabric make the churn dash pattern stand out.
    Love the threads.

    January 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm
  • Carolyn Montgomery


    love the true colors from free spirits block.

    January 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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