Friday, April 1, 2011

I Heart a Parade


Parade Day is here--yay!  I absolutely love seeing all the different versions each and every month. And today we have some beautiful versions of "Endless Summer"...but first I'd like to announce the pattern for March--"Brocante!"  "Brocante" is a brand new Schnibble designed by Carrie Nelson.  It's a fun pattern that goes together a little differently than I first thought it would.  It's perfect for working with contrast...and it will be great in any style of fabric. I love all of the things you can learn from working with a Schnibble--I honestly believe I've learned much of what I know about value and contrast from working with these patterns; practicing each month with a small quilt to learn different techniques and work with color, scale and contrast has not only been fun but also very educational! So thank you, Carrie, for designing these amazing patterns!

I chose to use "Fandango" by Kate Spain for my modern take on Carrie's quilt--the blues and greens from this line mix and match well and provide a wonderful background for the corals and golds.

A great feature of the pattern is the different size options that are included--fabric and block requirements are inside the pattern to make the quilt a little bigger or a lot bigger! I still need to add binding to mine...I'm going to use one of the pink/coral stripes cut on the bias to have a bright "frame" to my quilt.


So, on with the parade...it's going to be above 90 degrees today here in the desert southwest...I'm hoping we don't have a "real life" Endless Summer here this year.  We do have some wonderful "Endless Summer" quilts to share, though!  Cardygirl made this sweet version of Pam Buda's "Endless Summer." She used a variety of Lakehouse fabrics from her stash and combined them with a Moda print for background.


LeAnn used Breakfast at Tiffany's along with a little Mill House Inn and Buttercup--you know I love these Fig Tree fabrics!



Amanda used some American Jane for her "Endless Summer."  It's set off perfectly with Kona white!


Michelle made a truly Sunkissed "Endless Summer!"



And Carol also used Sunkissed...making a four block version--I love that grey outer border!


And Quanita used the fun "Sugar Pop" collection by a new Moda designer, Liz Scott.  I love this version, too!



Shannon made this color play version that seems to have the perfect summer quilt color combination!


And Simone made this lovely 4-block version...just beautiful!


Sandie used the "Endless Summer" block to make this great runner...just love it!  Make sure you go over to Sinta's blog to see the other quilts! Thanks so much to everyone for participating...be back tomorrow with some winners!  Happy Sewing!


29 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I agree Sherri - I've learned a lot by doing the Le Petite projects! Didn't get one made this month, but am ready to take on Brocante for April! Yours is gorgeous in Fandango!

Sinta Renee said...

I felt the same way about Brocante. A wonderful parade of Endless Summer! There are some I would love to copy!!!

Pam Buda~Heartspun Quilts said...

Well....I've been looking forward to this parade for a very long time and it was over-the-moon wonderful! What a terrific job everyone did and I love seeing the quilt in so many colorways. Thanks again for choosing Endless Summer!

Wishing you all peace while piecing! Pam Buda

WoolenSails said...

Lots of wonderful versions and fabrics. It is fun to see how everyone does theirs, great for ideas when we go to make them.

Debbie

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Gorgeous patterns and colours! Thanks for sharing.

Nicky said...

Never much cared for a parade of the marching past variety but I DO love this one! Why not a raindrop in sight - just treats for the eyes....bliss!

Kristyne said...

This is the best kind of parade - you don't get rained out or sunburnt! Thanks for sharing these terrific Miss Rosie patterns ... isn't she, like, the most awesomest person EVER?!

Terriaw said...

I always love watching your parades. What a great way to showcase the Fandango collection. I also love the way the colors pop in the Sugar Pop quilt. So fun to see a wonderful variety of colors, sizes and styles. Thanks for sharing all this inspiration!

Tyra @ SilverLily Sews said...

What beautiful quilts! So inspirational.

Messy Karen said...

i'm struggling to finish my ES. so i am enjoying getting a look at everyone's finishes!!

Betty Lou said...

Look forward every month to "the Parade." Haven't contributed in several months, but I am in for next month---love Brocante. Is anyone selling kits?

Michele said...

Love these gorgeous quilts :-)

badlandsquilts said...

Great quilts & love Aprils choice too!

Debbie said...

They are all so beautiful! I loved them.

*hugs*
Debbie

Carol said...

I love seeing all the different versions of the Le Petite quilts. I had fun making mine although it was not included in the parade. I'm disappointed about that.

Simone de Klerk said...

I can never pick a favorite, all of them being so pretty!
Love how Sandie made a table runner version!

Simone de Klerk said...

PS: Love how you used blue as main color. I never really liked blue, but am starting to enjoy it more and more!
Have a beautiful weekend, hopefully with as much sun and warmth as we have today (o:

Mad about Craft said...

Every single one - BEAUTIFUL!!!

Carol said...

What a wonderful parade...I sure love your Brocante!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Fabulous quilts! Such fun to see so many different versions. Great job!

Denise in PA said...

I already have Brocante and my Pom Pom de Paris fabrics for it, so I'll be participating. But, I *love* it in Fandango. I'm going to see if I have some hanging around - I may have to make two! LOL! Lovely parade of Endless Summers!

jen duncan said...

I LOVE your Brocante!. Love. It.
:-)

Thelma said...

What a beautiful, bright, and cheery group of quilts. I always look forward to the first of the month and your Le Petite Parade, thanks so much for organizing this sew along. I agree, there's something for every skill level when it comes to these little patterns be it learning new piecing skills or trying something different with fabric. It's all good!

Julia said...

All so beautiful..thanks for sharing..
Julia ♥

Q said...

as always I love parade day, it's so wonderful seeing all the different versions and you talking about colour and contrast, and me having a look at how the clever quilters have made different parts of endless summer stand out, is helping me to learn as well, I can see the pinwheels and the cleverness in the pattern, because I know it's there, but my fabric choices didn't really emphasise particularly bits in an obvious way, it's really interesting to see this and to see how it's done. Thanks so much again to you and Sinta for hosting and thanks to all for sharing their's

Mama Pea said...

Love your quilt and that Fandango fabric!

Mary said...

If I actually get it made, how do I enter?

Margarita said...

It is truly amazing how the same pattern can be so different.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I always love to see the schnibbles.

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