A Mosaic Contest

Happy Tuesday!  Rachel over at Stitched in Color is having a mosaic contest inspired by the color brown.  The contest is open until October 18th.  If you win, you’ll get a free fat quarter bundle of your fabrics!  Because you can never hoard collect enough fabrics, am I right?

I use brown A LOT.  Seriously, you can almost never go wrong with brown.  It’s a color I always have in my stash.  I use dark brown often as a binding or backing, especially when you need something simple that doesn’t take away from the design of the quilt.

I designed two mosaics inspired by brown.  There are practically no rules for this challenge, except that brown must be a main design element in the collection.

First up is the collection I’m calling “Heading West.”  We watch John Wayne on a daily basis at my house.  Yes, you read that right. Daily.   When I first started dating my husband, I would watch these old (often in black and white) movies not because I enjoyed them, but because I just enjoyed being with him.  Now, fast forward two and half years, and I’ve seen every movie John Wayne ever made at least twice.  That’s a lot of screen time, y’all.  I even have a few favorites, and have come to love some good ol’ John Wayne, even in black and white.

One thing about watching Westerns that I love is the beautiful landscape.  Can you imagine living in the wide open and riding across that gorgeous country on horseback?  I sure can.  Maybe with some modern conveniences, though.  Running water, anyone?

This collection was inspired by that breathtaking landscape.

Mosaic Heading West Bone

The inspirations for this palette are the Cotton + Steel Horseback print, the Alison Glass Geese in Storm print, and the Serape print from the Wanderer collection by April Rhodes. The colors together bring to mind a western sky at sunset—one you might see riding West across an open countryside with a mountain range in the distance.

I’d like to think The Duke (aka John Wayne for those of you not privy to all things cowboy) himself would be pleased with a quilt made from this palette.

In addition to watching John Wayne shoot ’em up movies, our family spends every weekend October through February hunting. Small game, large game, fishing–we pretty much do it all. Thankfully, we don’t have to buy meat from the grocery store most of the year.

If you’ve ever been hunting or fishing, you know that it sometimes requires you get your butt out of bed wayyy before the crack of dawn.  I have to be honest, usually the warm bed wins out on those mornings that my husband wants to take me hunting or fishing.  But on those mornings that I do get up, it’s totally worth it.

There’s nothing quite like the early morning.  The air is crisp and hazy and all is still. My next collection, Morning Fog, is inspired by those quiet moments in the early morning before sun melts away the shadows.

Mosaic Morning Frost

This mosaic is consists of mostly neutral, earthy tones.  I just love that Cheshire Feather print from the new Wonderland collection.  You can see from this mosaic that brown doesn’t have to be a heavy color.  With the right combination, the use of brown can create a light and airy feel.  I just might have to order this collection!

Be sure to check out the other mosaics here!

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