Monday, May 21, 2012

FQS Bella Parade 2: Day one Glacier

Moda Bella Solids, Glacier
Welcome to day one of the Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade Season 2! This time around we'll be highlighting each of the new Moda Bella solids. Here's our first fabric of the day: Glacier!

Glacier is really excellent blueish grey, it's great to swap in where you might typically use a white or a light grey, and it'd be great for adding a soft cool effect to any project. Give it a try to change things up a bit!

Now for the fun part: playing with the fabric!!

1. Some Welsh Quilting, 2. Octagonal Orb Pillow Finished!, 3. Circle wedge quilt audition 21" sq., 4. For Twin B, 5. Finished Crazy 9 Patch Quilt for SIL, 6. Triangles, 7. Farmer's daughter mug rug, 8. Reversible Wonky Stars 2, 9. Pretty {little} Pouch Swap - back view
Glacier would be fabulous in so many different projects, be sure to click through the links below the pictures to see the work on the original sites! This color is really dreamy. Could you imagine using it to add a cool cloudy blue color to just about everything!

Here are some fabrics that I think would be great to use in projects with Glacier.

Children at Play Cotton Aqua Dot to Dot
Pezzy Print Tonal Dusty Blue Magic Beans
Doesn't that look dreamy enough to order them all? I'm thinking a quilt with these would be great!

Throughout this season of the Bella Parade Shruti and I will be sharing a different design for free motion or straight line quilting each day. As the parade goes on we'll also have ideas about how you might use these samples. If you want to quilt along with us - growing more and more comfortable with free motion quilting on your home machine you can pick up a bundle of the new fabrics at the Fat Quarter Shop. Let me tell you they're all really dreamy colors! I used an 18" square of the bella solid for each one, using Warm & Natural batting and backed with premium unbleached cotton muslin - but feel free to give it a shot however you'd like! 

Today's idea for quilting is the standard among many quilters, the free motion meandering stipple. There are tips all over the blogs to help you get started. I'm not an expert by any means, but you can find some tips and tutorials linked on my "Free Motion Quilting" pinterest board

The meandering stipple is a wandering line of stitches that does not overlap or cross paths. This is a great place to start if you've never tried free motion quilting before. Practice practice practice (and you may want to give away the first quilt you free motion quilt, if you're the type to over examine your mistakes). Once you get the hang of a stipple it's not as hard to imagine trying out other styles of free motion! Go on! Try it! 

So you'd like to try out these new colors of Bella Solids? Join our contest and you may just win an entire Bella Solids 2012 Fat Quarter Bundle!!! Fat Quarter Shop will send one of you home with the FQ bundle each week, and each day you'll have a chance to win a yard of the color of the day! Let me tell you - it's worth it! Go on and enter! Here's how:

1. Create a pinboard on Pinterest with the name "FQS Bella Parade : Season 2" (for tips go here)
2. Pin at least one image with the "Color of the Day" onto the board. The image has to be sewing related. Notions, sewing rooms, finished products anything. (Include the color's name and date into the description, for example: "Glacier 5/21")
3. Leave a comment on the Color of the Day post with a link to your Pinterest board for a chance to win!
4. The winners will be selected randomly and announced in the weekend giveaway post.
5. All entries will qualify to win the Bella Solids 2012 Fat Quarter Bundle in the weekly giveaway.
6. Pin it! And you could win it!



  2. It's a shame I don't use pintrest. Looks like a lot of fun!

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  3. woot! I took my pic, thanks for hosting this parade here is my link:

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  5. I love this parade! Here is my board -

  6. Here's mine! my own flower - love using Glacier....

  7. I'm looking forward to seeing all the colors! -

  8. here's mine-

  9. Blue is my favourite colour!

    Here's mine: