Tuesday, May 31, 2011

FQS Bella Parade - Acknowledgements

When I thought of Bella Parade as an event, it was a wild idea. I never thought I could do it, since consistency, which I lack, was a major part of it. But with determination, I went on to host it. I am happy that I did it. It gave me confidence that goes beyond the realm of blogging and/or quilting... 

But all this would not have been possible without the help of some special people, some near me and some far off - on the other side of the world!

First I'd like to thank my wonderful sponsor, Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop for believing in me. It was your belief, Kimberly, that really made me want to do it! Thanks to the entire staff of FQS for being so patient and mailing out all the prizes to the winners!!!

Secondly I would like to thank my family - for bearing with me for the time I spent away from them, sometimes even when they needed me the most... Special thanks to Aadi for making this fun!!! He learnt his colors!!!

I'd also like to extend my special thanks to Bryanna and Susan for being such wonderful friends and helping me manage this huge event.

Next I'd like to thank all my wonderful readers out there, who spend their valuable time reading through my ramblings and many more thanks to those who come back!!!

Next, my Experts of the Weeks - Angela, John, Katy, Faith & Rachel. Your expert guidance has been inspirational! I appreciate the time you guys took out of your super busy schedule to pick the fabrics for my readers.

I'd also like to thank all my Guest Quilters... Including those who sent me their picks, but they got lost in cyberspace somehow! Here's the list - please forgive me if I have left out any names...

I would also like to thank all those who took their precious time to participate in the event and helped me make it a success!!!

Thank you all!!!

You guys rock!!!

FQS Bella Parade Grand Finale Giveaway

We are having another wonderful giveaway!!!

A HALF YARD BUNDLE of the Bella Parade 31 Solids!!!

Yes, you read right... Half Yard!!!

Bella Parade Fat Quarter Bundle Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive


The wonderful Bella Parade Quilt made by Bryanna herself!!!

Rules for qualification:

1. You MUST be a member of the Flickr Group. I have already closed new admissions into the group. This giveaway is ONLY for people who have joined the fun until now. (There are 161 of us!) Leave a comment here with your Flickr Name.

2. For Entry # 2 : You qualify if you have been in the Quilter's Pick section. Leave a comment with the date and color you had been featured on.

3. For Entry # 3 : You qualify if you have bought ANYTHING from the Fat Quarter Shop. I mean ANYTHING. Even a charm pack counts as one! If you haven't you have until midnight 31st May to place your order! Leave a comment with the Invoice number.

4. For Entry # 4 : You qualify if you have uploaded more than 100 photographs to the pool, collectively. Leave a comment with the number of photos you have uploaded. For those who have uploaded more than 100, every 100 photos will give you 1 bonus entry. Just leave one comment per entry all telling me your Flickr name AND the number of photos uploaded. Eg. If you have uploaded 845 photos, Leave 8 comments like this
"13 Woodhouse Road, 845 photos"

I have tried to be fair to all of those who have put in efforts. I know most of you did not have time to run around clicking photographs, but those who did, also had better things to do in that time instead of running around! I've tried to be fair to all the members and their efforts. I hope you appreciate my efforts!

I'll pick a winner on the 3rd of May!

So hurry up and leave comments!

FQS Bella Parade Post # 31

Sadly, we have reached the end of the Bella Parade...

Today is the last color of the day of the Bella Parade
and it is

Bella Solids Royal Yardage SKU# 9900-19

It is one of the beautiful colors that say "Royalty"... Just like Purple, everyone cannot carry this color... 

Wikipedia says, "Royal blue describes both a bright shade and a dark shade of azure blue. It is said to have been invented by millers in Rode, Somerset, a consortium of which won a competition to make a dress for the British queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
Traditionally, dictionaries define royal blue as a deep to dark blue, often with a purple or faint reddish tinge.
By the 1950s, many people began to think of royal blue as a brighter color, and it is this brighter color that was chosen as the web color "royal blue" (the web colors when they were formulated in 1987 were originally known as the X11 colors, since the World Wide Web did not come into operation until 1991). The World Wide Web Consortium designated the keyword "royalblue" to be this much brighter color, rather than the traditional darker version of royal blue."
"Royal blue is the color of royalty to welcome the coming of a king. In Christian art, royal blue can also symbolize the night sky in which the star appeared to the Three Wise Men to announce the birth of Jesus. This tone of blue is primarily used during the season of Adventin most Anglican and Lutheran denominations."

Here are some stunning Royal Blues...

Ha-ha, I couldn't resist putting that one!
Thats one of my favorite-st Royal Blues!!!


So coming to quilts, here are some wonderful beauties!

Our guest Quilter, Fi, better known as Texas Fi on Flickr here has shared her picks!

She could not stop at 6 (can you?), so she has chosen a bunch for us that really awesome...

Annie's Farm Stand Orange Ring Dings Yardage SKU# 10059-Orange

Dilly Dally Outrageous Orange Double Dots Yardage SKU# 22144-12

Maisy Yellow Blocks Yardage SKU# 4202-Y

Oval Elements Green Apple Yardage SKU# OE-902

Bella Solids Orange Yardage SKU# 9900-80

Bella Solids Yellow Yardage SKU# 9900-24

Bella Solids Fig Tree Olive Yardage SKU# 9900-69

Crazy For Dots & Stripes II Green and Dark Blue Stripes on Bright Blue Yardage SKU# 8173-10

Modern Affair Lime Flirty Dance Yardage SKU# MA-4309

Here's what Rachel has selected for us...

paired with

Bella Solids Pistachio Yardage SKU# 9900-134Bella Solids Marine Yardage SKU# 9900-135Bella Solids Aubergine Yardage SKU# 9900-139
Modern Affair Green Peacock Eye Yardage SKU# MA-4305Modern Affair Blue Rose Garden Yardage SKU# MA-4308

Gorgeous choices!!!

Thank you Rachel!!!

Do you like this color? Then upload a picture of it to win a yard of it!!!

Rules of the game!

1. You can enter ONLY ONE photograph  in the next 24 hours! 
2. Irrelevant or disqualified photographs will be removed from the group pool... 
3. If anyone is found uploading photographs NOT CLICKED BY THEM BUT DOWNLOADED FROM THE INTERNET  they will be banned from the group.
4. The photograph MUST contain the "Color of the Day" - Royal!!
5. Uploads allowed until 11.59 pm 31st May 2011, GMT. 

FQS Bella Parade Weekly Giveaway # 4 - Winner

Hey all,

Here's the name of the winner of the last Weekly Giveaway of the FQS Bella Parade...

Comment # 29 : Cecilia

who said, "I like that you ask different people to choice prints and solids to go with the color of the day; seeing all of the beautiful colors and seeing what color other people choose. It is usually out of my comfort zone. I also like that you listen to your fans and are flexible about the rules. I really can't think of much that I dislike, except that I haven't won yet. :) I do appreciate all of your hard work."

Now you do not have even a single dislike, Cecilia!!!

I do not have your email id Cecilia!!! You have to

 contact me in 2 days or I'll choose another 


Get back to me with your address STAT and your bundle will be on its way to you!!!


Monday, May 30, 2011

FQS Bella Parade Post # 30

Actually I must say Post # 29  & #30

So first, Color of the Day, yesterday

Bella Solids Grass Yardage SKU# 9900-101

Its a wonderfully sweet and light shade of Green... And of course, I love it!

Want to see some great green quilts?

Do you like them?

Now let us ask our guest today, Hilary McFarlane from Quilary - Take a peek over the fence...

"This lovely colour GRASS is a soft green with a bit more of a yellow tint to it.
Green is the colour that is most represented in my own stash, so I know that it will happily pair with many other colours. It is such a versatile colour and you can see it everywhere in nature paired with many different coloured flowers, fruits and leaves. It can be quite sophisticated with dark colours, cheery with red for Christmas or a bit funky with brights like orange.
Moda have already put it into their 1930’s palette and you can choose those solids knowing they go well together. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, think about pairing it with some of these solids."

Here's her choices...

paired with

Bella Solids Aubergine Yardage SKU# 9900-139Bella Solids Horizon Blue Yardage SKU# 9900-111Bella Solids 30's Pink Yardage SKU# 9900-27
Sweet Broderie Kiwi Cutesy Mosaic Stripe Yardage SKU# 30044-60Kumari Garden Blue Sanjay Yardage SKU# DF95-BLUEXFunky Christmas Santa Play Dots Yardage SKU# CX3136-SANT-D

Lovely package, Hilary!

And our guest today is a lady with quilts that have been inspirational to me right from my beginning days... She was one of the first ladies whose blog I started following...

Creator of these wonderful quilts

Kona Castle
escapade loves poseidon.




Pinwheel Sampler!!!
pinwheel sampler. {quilt along.}

And this is the  lady herself...

the ol' "take your own profile pic" pic.

Rachel Griffith

She is lovely and down to earth, in spite of being such a wonderful quilter... 

She has the most awesome "FAQ" page I have ever seen! Just check it out, you'll come back to me smiling!

Rachel is our Expert for the Week..
She sure is an expert...

She is going to pick the Bloggers Choice bundle for June at Fat Quarter Shop...

Rachel Griffith's Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Bundle

Dont know what Blogger Choice Bundles are???
Its a club started by FQS where every month a featured Blogger picks 12 prints and 3 solids for the members...

Fat Quarter Shop's Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Club

Join now, if you haven't already!

Here's what she has picked for us today...

paired with

Bella Solids Baby Yellow Yardage SKU# 9900-31 Bella Solids Horizon Blue Yardage SKU# 9900-111Bella Solids Magenta Yardage SKU# 9900-92
Silent Cinema Yellow Front Row Yardage SKU# JM45-YELLOModern Affair Bright Fusion Yardage SKU# MA-4301Essential Dots Hot Pink Yardage SKU# 8654-31

Surely stunning, Rachel!

Now on to our Color of the Day today,

The Color of the Day today is

Bella Solids Black 

Bella Solids Black Yardage SKU# 9900-99

Black quilts always look beautiful!

They are stunning...

They are dynamic...

The just take your heart away...

Aren't the quilts simple stunning... I forgot about putting captions as I started looking at them!


I love this color immensely... And at any given time, you can find at least 3 yards of it in my sewing room! (Except when I need it for a project! I need to run out of it a bit too often). Half the tunics that I own are black! (and I swear, it has nothing to do with black makes you look thin thing!)

I'm working on the DR Suess Quilt for kiddo, and I'll be using black to frame the blocks to give it a comic book effect! More on it next month!

I'm happy that I get to pick co-ordinates for this wonderful color!

I'm going to pick a bundle that you can use in a single quilt together!

I'm going to show you what I am working with

I'm picking

Bella Solids Red Bella Solids Bright Sky  & Bella Solids Yellow

paired with

The Cat in the Hat Celebration Quilt Panel

The Cat in the Hat Red Fish The Cat in the Hat Celebration Thing 1 & Thing 2 & The Cat in the Hat Celebration Yellow Messy Room

Bella Solids Red Yardage SKU# 9900-123Bella Solids Bright Sky Yardage SKU# 9900-115Bella Solids Yellow Yardage SKU# 9900-24

The Cat in the Hat Red Fish Yardage SKU# 10793-3The Cat in the Hat Celebration Thing 1 & Thing 2 Yardage SKU# 10794-203The Cat in the Hat Celebration Yellow Messy Room Yardage SKU# 10797-203

What do you think? I think it'll make a wonderful quilt for my little boy!

I'll write a pattern for it if I get 3 comments saying they want it!

Now on to what Rachel has picked for us!

Bella Solids Betty Teal Bella Solids Peach & Bella Solids Gray

paired with

Artful Home Teal Tonal Darling Dots Modern Affair Mango Flower Blast  & Shades of Grey Ragg Tagg 

Bella Solids Betty Teal Yardage SKU# 9900-126Bella Solids Peach Yardage SKU# 9900-78 Bella Solids Gray Yardage SKU# 9900-83
Artful Home Teal Tonal Darling Dots Yardage SKU# 5470-11Modern Affair Mango Flower Blast Yardage SKU# MA-4406Shades of Grey Ragg Tagg Yardage SKU# S11-01-RAG

Great choices, Rachel!!!

And all of you who love to play...

You can enter 2 photos for the 2 days today...

Join the game

Rules??? Here they are...

1. You can enter ONLY ONE photograph  in the next 24 hours! 
2. Irrelevant or disqualified photographs will be removed from the group pool... 
3. If anyone is found uploading photographs NOT CLICKED BY THEM BUT DOWNLOADED FROM THE INTERNET  they will be banned from the group.
4. The photograph MUST contain the "Color of the Day" - Grass & Black!
5. Uploads allowed until 11.59 pm 30th May 2011, GMT.