glitterati army!

holy moly i haven’t blogged in FOREVER!

but what exciting news to break the awful silence with…i am officially a member of molli sparkle’s “glitterati army!” which (for my non crafty/quilty friends) means that i get to pattern test for one of the most awesome quilter/bloggers EVER! here is a link to molli sparkle’s entertaining and informative blog, for your reading pleasure…if you have never visited his site before (which i can hardly believe), you will notice almost immediately why we are called the glitterati army 🙂 LOL

i had the pleasure of testing molli’s newest block called “tidal pool.” the tutorial for making it can be found here

molli also made a tidal pool variation block…here they are intermixed:

tidal pooli knew i had to break into my hoarded stash and use some of my “good fabric” for an honor as great as this! i wanted to do something low volume and non-directional, as molli did with his blocks…but in the end, i kept being drawn to the colors of this fat quarter from my local quilt shop

wpid-wp-1446164106358.jpgdoes anyone know what this is by the way? i feel like i am committing a cardinal sin by not knowing my fabric designers…don’t judge me too hard!

anywho, i paired it with a gorgeous green from kona (again, i don’t know which specific shade it is) and voila!

wpid-wp-1446164072553.jpgi put in a conscious effort when cutting to try to keep half of my strips horizontal and the other half vertical, in hopes that it would preserve the original design of the fabric while constructing…yet somehow i think it still ended up a little wonky. either way, i don’t mind. i love it just the same!

i do still plan to test out the variation block, too. however, i think i will make the background a charcoal gray, and make the tiny slivers a yellow green. what do you think?

there was an awesome trick i learned early in the process that saved me from having to measure and draw the diagonal line on the back of each piece of fabric…and if you are a seasoned quilter and think this is old news, sorry! please bear with me! but if you are fairly new to sewing or are a self taught quilter like i am…it’s awesome to discover “A-HA!” moments such as these…

i put my two pieces of fabric together, and used the handy dandy 45 degree angle marker on my ruler, and also my handy dandy hera marker to “draw” the line. i feel like i saved myself SO MANY steps!

wpid-wp-1446164086857.jpgdoes that make sense? hopefully the picture gave you a better visual!

the pattern/tutorial was so well written and easy to follow, i whipped this block up in no time! molli promises that there will be lots of patterns to test out for him in the future…i can’t wait!

as usual, although i haven’t been posting, that doesn’t mean i haven’t been sewing! i will try to write a catch up post very soon…thanks for sticking with me through the quiet times 🙂

❤ xtina