I am very pleased to be a part of the Shimmer Blog Hop to celebrate Jennifer Sampou’s latest fabric release. Shimmer is fun, sophisticated, textural and the best part…it shines!
Last Spring, I made a quilt for Market from Jennifer’s Studio Stash line and I’ve been using the fabrics in my projects ever since. I really love fabrics that add visual texture and come in beautiful colors. The current line, Shimmer, certainly does not disappoint and the projects in the lookbook are stunning.
I had fun making the Cargo Duffle featured in the lookbook and Jennifer is lucky I didn’t keep it for myself! The dresses in the book are positively drool-worthy.
When Jennifer asked me to be in the blog hop and design a project, I jumped at the chance. I had this image in my head of a quilt with tons of shimmering X’s on a neutral background.
The block I used is called “Road to Tennessee”, but I changed the proportions to make the X’s thinner and more delicate. I didn’t realize when I came up with the design that I’d be sewing together 268 3″ squares and 536 2″ squares, but it was well worth it!
The background color is Kona Pewter (one of the newest Kona colors) and it is the perfect shade of gray with a hint of warmth.
I angsted over the quilting and then decided to sew simple, wavy, lines to add texture.
Check out those great prints!
I pieced the back using leftover Shimmer I had from making the Cargo Duffle. Look at it shine!
View from the back.
The quilt measures 47″ x 59″ and it is currently glamming up my living room.
Be sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers and the fantastic projects they are creating from Shimmer.
Blog Hop Schedule:
April 1- Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2- Janice Ryan- Better off Thread
April 3- Alissa Haight Carlton- Handmade by Alissa
April 4- Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5- Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6- Stash Books- C&T Publishing
April 7- Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8- Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced
April 9- Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10- Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11- Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson
April 12- Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13- Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14- Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15- Amy Smart-Diary of a Quilter
April 16- Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson- See How We Sew
April 17- Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18- Jennifer Sampou-Wrap Up
April 21- Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway
At the end of the Blog Hop, Jennifer Sampou will be giving away an entire fat quarter bundle of Shimmer. Check out this luscious stack of fabric:
To enter the giveaway, new readers should sign up on Jennifer’s mailing list and comment on her blog before the end of the hop. Be sure to comment about your favorite projects and why. Existing followers are automatically eligible to win.
I also have a charm pack of Shimmer to giveaway to my readers!
To enter to win the charm pack, just leave me a comment. I’ll announce a winner by random number generator on Friday, April 4th.
You can check out Shimmer on the Robert Kaufman Website
And if you can’t wait until the end of the giveaway, The Cotton Patch is taking pre-orders.
Thanks for stopping by!