Sunday, April 26, 2015

Split Personality: Spring Bloom Blog Hop (and fabric giveaway!)

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Welcome to today's stop on the Spring Bloom fabric blog hop. Spring Bloom is the first fabric line for designer Amanda Caronia. It is a bright and cheery fabric line and I'm thrilled to be participating.
Awhile ago, I had come up with a positive/negative block involving hexies. So I made a practice block, decided it needed more contrast to make it "pop," set it aside and kind of forgot about it.

When I saw Amanda's fabric,  the block popped back into my head so I asked if I could use black as a contrast fabric. I'm really happy I did, because there is definitely some contrast going on here. In fact, as soon as my husband, Mark, saw the finished blocks, he came up with the name: Split Personality.
Each one of these is a 12" finished block, so for the background of each block I cut a piece 6 1/2" by 12 1/2" of one of the Spring Bloom fabrics and another of black, which is from the fabric line Palette by Marcia Derse (also for Windham Fabrics), and sewed them together lengthwise. The hexies are 2" (meaning if you measure any of the six sides, it will be 2").

This block would be easy to enlarge or make smaller, and you can find different sizes of hexie templates here.

I fused them to the background and then zigzagged around the raw edges with black thread. Since I decided to make a pillow, the four blocks were sewn together and then that piece was spray basted to some batting. I stitched around the outside of the hexies--using a coordinating color of thread on the black background and black thread on the colored background, made a simple envelope style pillow back and used a purchased 24" pillow form. (If you have any questions about the construction of this block, don't hesitate to email me.)

Since I had been given a fat quarter stack, and this project didn't use much fabric, I decided at the last minute to make something for Amanda to celebrate her first fabric line. What else but a Sew Together bag? Have you made one?

The best part is choosing all the fabrics, and every time I've made one, I try to use as many different  fabrics as possible.

I saved the selvages and used them on the outside.
I hope you will take the time to check out each stop on the hop.

April 23 Jessica Darling

May 2 Bella Caronia Blog That’s a Wrap

Want a chance to win some of this fabric? Windham is generously donating a fat quarter stack at each stop on the blog hop. So just leave a comment here and let me know your favorite spring bloom.Thanks for stopping by.

(Note: The fabric for these projects was very generously provided to me free of charge by Windham Fabrics, but I had full control over both my projects and the write up.)

(ETA: The winner of the giveaway is SuperMomNoCape, who said: Visiting you from your instagram via @bellacaronia. The pillow you created using her fabric line is gorgeous! I love it!

My favorite spring bloom is the pansy! Thanks to both you and Windham fabrics for the great giveaway!

Congratulations, SuperMomNoCape!


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Betsy said... #

I love the clutch you made with all the compartments. One day I hope to take time to learn how to work with zippers. My favorite blooms are hydrangeas. I have several on different areas of the garden and they all bloom in different colors.

Susan said... #

Both projects are great! The Split Personalities blocks made a striking pillow and the Sew Together bag was a perfect use of all those pretty prints! Love the contrasting zippers too! Favourite bloom is a cornflower- it was my mother's favourite too!

Michele said... #

Oh I so like this new line and your projects showcase it well. We have a huge tulip festival here every Mother's Day weekend so those are always a favorite.

NachtPedalQuilts said... #

These prints are really beautiful ... love the idea to use the selvages as design-element outside the Sew Together Bag ...

Michele T said... #

Fantastic projects!! Love the contrast with the cushion and it really does make the colours pop in this collection!! My favourite spring bloom are tulips!!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said... #

Lilacs! I love lilacs. We had a fence-full of lilac bushes when I was a kid. Thanks for the give away :) It's a beautiful fabric line.

Patricia said... #

Those are some great projects! I love to see my irises bloom. Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy your blog.

charlotte said... #

How cute is that pillow? I love the sew together bag with the selvedges on the outside. Very nice. Favorite spring bloom? Tulips. Love them, but they are so short lived.

Quilting Tangent said... #

Lilacs are my favorite.

Alice Ronne said... #

Daffodils are my favorite spring bloom and I love your projects.

Lou said... #

Love Bluebonnets and it was a great year for them! They are starting to die out but now the Indian Paintbrushes are blooming:) Beautiful Texas Wildflowers!
Wow so am going to make that pillow!!!

Jayne said... #

What great pillows! Love the Hexies and the positive and negative...brilliant! I love beautiful azaelas!

Unknown said... #

Love, love, love the beautiful colors and patterns of the fabrics..... Reminds me of the long lost warm sunshine and blue sky.... It has been a very long winter here in New Hampshire. Planted over 400 spring bulbs last fall.... Just now seeing a few daffodils showing some color .... My favorites!

Stephanie said... #

I love the jonquils. Here they are the very 1st sign of spring!

Unknown said... #

Love, love, love the beautiful colors and patterns of the fabrics..... Reminds me of the long lost warm sunshine and blue sky.... It has been a very long winter here in New Hampshire. Planted over 400 spring bulbs last fall.... Just now seeing a few daffodils showing some color .... My favorites!

Lindsey F. said... #

Love the bright and cheery colors. In the early spring my favorite blooms are daffodils, followed in the late spring by peonies.

OhioLori said... #

Looovwe the daffodils...and then the Lilacs!!

Love your Hexie Pillow & Bag!! Way fun! & the fabric bundle is Gorgeous! :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said... #

The contrast between the pretty floral fabrics and the solids you chose makes your pillow very striking! This new fabric line would definitely be fun to play with! I love daffodils!

Val's Quilting Studio said... #

Your split personality is fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing this new line of fabric with us...oh favorite flower....tulips! (I always smile when they pop up)

Anonymous said... #

I LOVE your hexie pillow! My favourite spring flowers are daffodils. Thanks!

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Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said... #

Gorgeous hexies!! For me, I love tulips!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said... #

My favorite is lily of the valley, and then daffodils.

Katy M said... #

Love that Sew together bag - I'm off to investigate the pattern! My favourite spring flower has to be Daffodils x

The Colorful Fabriholic said... #

Such a pretty fabric collection! It's so hard to choose just one spring bloom because they're all so welcome after a dreary winter, but I do love the tulip magnolia trees.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said... #

What bright , pretty fabric! Daffodils are my favorite spring bloom too but wisteria and lilacs are a close second.

Vicki H said... #

Your husband picked a great name for your block. I like daffodils in the spring.

Shauna said... #

I love all the spring flowers, but I think my favorite is the iris

JAB said... #

Love the sew together bag. Still not brave enough to attempt it. I was sure hoping that my hibiscus would live through the winter, but alas it was not to be. It sure was my favorite!

Kathryn said... #

I love crocus. The bloom just as I'm picking up my income taxes from the accountant!!

JoyceLM said... #

Grape hyacinth - my favorite. Bloom early, smell nice. I planted them years ago & they still come up, so easy care. Thanks.

Anonymous said... #

My favorite spring bloom is Daffodils. Getting bouquets of Daffodils is one of the best memories of my first marriage. 8-)

Lisa England said... #

Crocus are nice because they say "spring is coming!". Although, this year they may have been mistaken.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

Great pillow design Cindy and Mark came up with the perfect name.
My favorite spring bloom is my magnolia but it is having a tough time withe the finicky weather we've been having!

SuperMomNoCape said... #

Visiting you from your instagram via @bellacaronia. The pillow you created using her fabric line is gorgeous! I love it!

My favorite spring bloom is the pansy! Thanks to both you and Windham fabrics for the great giveaway!

Lady Jane said... #

What beautiful colors!!! I love your zippered bag. Handy to have the compartments. Loving the chance to win . My favorite blooms are tulips.

Cecilia said... #

Great bag and pillow! My favorite bloom is a gardenia. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Unknown said... #

My favorite bloom is the Iris.

Anonymous said... #

I like all the different varieties and colors of irises. Your split personality block is so clever. Thanks for the chance to win.

Szamóca said... #

My favourite bloom is mayflower. Just love it and it's scent. Thanks for the chance.
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Farm Quilter said... #

I love iris! Love your block!! THIS is a hexie project I could get into!!! Thanks for the link for the sizes!!

stitchinpenny said... #

I love split personality and the fabrics you used to make it.

mary mahoo said... #

Love your block! My favorite spring blooms are daffodils. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jessica said... #

Loving this line and your projects. I love the "Split Personality" block. I haven't worked with hexies before though. I would love to try this though. My favorite spring bloom is tulips. The only thing I don't like about tulips is the fact that they don't last very long. Thanks for the chance.

Nita said... #

I love the magnolia trees...among the first trees to bloom in the spring. :)

Anonymous said... #

HI, my favorites are the Wild Mountain Crocus that comes up here in all its lavender beauty! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said... #

Up here in Winnipeg, I know its spring when my poppies bloom. Great fabrics, and great split personality block!

Kathy E. said... #

This fabric bundle is so delicious! I look forward every year to see my favorite flower of all time...the delicate daffodil. I have several varieties and they always make me smile!

Unknown said... #

I really love double and triple daffodils, wild Oregon ones are the best!

Unknown said... #

I really love double and triple daffodils, wild Oregon ones are the best!

Kim said... #

Your projects are gorgeous! My favorite Spring blooms are daffodils. They're so pretty in full bloom.

Michelle B said... #

My favorite spring bloom is daffodils!

Janarama said... #

Your pillow and bag are beautiful. My favorite spring blooms are lilacs.

Betty Woodlee said... #

Love you hexie block. That black was truly black magic. My favorite spring bloom is lilac.

Kelly Wilson said... #

I was kicked out while posting - hopefully this only shows up once! My favorite flower is the Hyacinth. Thanks for sharing such a bright project. I really like the black - it makes all the colors really pop! Notwendy gmail

Unknown said... #

I love tulips! I love your projects too! Hopefully I can make one of these bags in the next year since I'm just learning how. Thanks!

Margo said... #

Love the fabrics! I went to check it out and 40375-1 is the one with the big flowers! I couldn't find a name for them! I love your bag! I have the same pattern! I think this line would be perfect for that! Thanks for the intro of Spring Bloom!

Amy said... #

My favorite spring bloom are daffodils. They are so cheerful, and trumpet to the world that Spring is finally here!

Grandma Beth said... #

My favorite flower is the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory. The fabrics you show are do fresh and beautiful. Anything made if them would make smiles appear!

Jennifer said... #

My favorite flower, the sunflower, isn't really a "Spring" bloom, so my next favorite is the Peony. Their sent and delicate petals are just gorgeous! I have been wanting to make an Sew Together bag for some time, and one of these days I will!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

Both projects are so bright and cheerful. The fabric line really is beautiful and will probably sell well. My favorite spring flowers are iris but I love all flowers. Living in high desert means we are really lucky to have flowers bloom. Thanks for the chance to win that stack!!

Poppyprint said... #

Love your Split Personality block! How inventive!!!

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said... #

Oh my, I love that bag you made. It is so fun!

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Rose Santuci-Sofranko said... #

My favorite Spring Blooms are Trilliums! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @

Laura Ferdal said... #

I would love to win this fabric!

Kathy Davis said... #

My favorite Spring Bloom fabric is # 40375-1.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said... #

Your sew together purse is beautiful. I'm still not brave enough to attempt that. My favourite spring bloom is tulips. Our Botanic Gardens put on a great show, but I'd love to visit the Netherlands one year and see them on-mass.

Margaret said... #

I am loving my drought-tolerant CA golden poppies this year. ;-)

mlhummy said... #

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I love your bag. It inspires me to try one. My favorite spring flower is the purple iris. :)

Vicki said... #

Iris is my fav for spring! I love your pillow. Yay for a sew together bag!!

Anonymous said... #

Daffodils are my favorite spring bloom!

GranChris said... #

I really like your clutch. It's tulips for me. They are beautiful!

Patti said... #

Your hexie pillow is fantastic! Never made a hexie yet but I might just try this! Sweet thought making Amanda a Sew Together bag, they are awesome! My favorite spring flower must be a daffodil since they are planted all around my house!

Jenne said... #

I love Pionies!

Jusmom1 said... #

I love cutting daffodils for the canning jar vase in my sewing room! Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle Olsen Sasak said... #

I love your Split Personality pillow - it's so pretty! My favorite spring flowers are daffodils. They are just so sunny & happy. I've never made a sew together bag - they look insanely hard, and I've heard horror stories about multiple broken needles...and I'm a chicken lol

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

Brilliant Cindy! The sew together bag is such a thoughtful gift and I always love it when you use selvedges. My favourite spring blooms are bluebells and lilacs, I've just picked some lilacs off the tree in our front garden and our house smells gorgeous! :)

What Comes Next? said... #

Such beautiful fabrics! I love your block so clever. My favourite bloom, especially this time of year, are lilacs, but ask me in the summer and it will be roses!

Gill said... #

Great block - I love hexies!
My favourite Spring flower is Lilac!

auschick said... #

Love that bag! I'm curious what you'll end up storing in it!

auschick said... #

Oops, forgot to answer the question! Daffodils!

claire ross said... #

What a fab design. My favourite flower is daffodils x
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Unknown said... #

Smell of lilacs and the variety of colors from tulips.

barbara woods said... #

i love to see the roses bloom because then it's nearly Mother's day

Her Indoors said... #

Thank you for showing an alternative to English paper piecing. My favourite Spring bloom is the bluebell.

Lee said... #

I love lily of the valley!

Unknown said... #

I would love to win this gorgeous fabric!

ThreadCatcher said... #

I love daffodils; look forward to them every Spring.

Unknown said... #

Wow - that multi section clutch is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win some fabulous fabric. My favourite spring flower is the snowdrop.
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Unknown said... #

Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabric. My favorite spring blooms are the snowdrops. I have made the sew together bag. Yours is very beautiful.

Connie Kresin Campbell said... #

Your pillow is really beautiful and the neat! I love tulips in the Spring!

Patricia said... #

Great pillow. My favorite spring flower is the bluebonnet. Here in Texas Hill Country they are beautiful

Patricia said... #

Great pillow. My favorite spring flower is the bluebonnet. Here in Texas Hill Country they are beautiful

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I love daffodils!

Sarah@123quilt said... #

I'm going to go with dogwoods. They have been taking my breath away for the last few weeks. I love that you used the selvages on the outside of the bag. Thanks for the chance to win!

amy dame said... #

bleeding hearts! i adore them so much. i bought one at a flea market on sunday, today i'm going to plant it in my lover's backyard!

your sew together bag is the perfect use of the fabric line, and i love the design of your block!

Lisa J. said... #

My favourite spring bloom is the Trillium. They are so delicate and you have to hunt for them, but they are very subtle and gracious looking.

Joy said... #

There are so many, and from spring to spring my favorites change, but this year my forget-me-nots are just starting to bloom and they are gorgeous! I love your sew together bag! So many useful compartments. Thanks for the giveaway!

Pamela said... #

I love your delightful creations, especially the Sew Together bag. Using the different fabrics and the selvages is positively inspired! Thanks for the chance to win the lovely fabric!

Anonymous said... #

My favorite Spring bloom is the rose for sure. I love roses of all colors and sizes. So beautiful! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Η Πευκοβελόνα said... #

What a beautiful pillow cover! Love this line of fabric. My favorite blooms are hydrangeas.

Betsy said... #

I enjoy daffodils in the spring.

Janie said... #

Tulips. Thank you for the tutorials and the giveaway.

Sarah said... #

My favorite spring flowers are lilacs.

Tamie said... #

My favorite spring blooms are snowdrops.

Paula said... #

What great makes. I love black as a background with such colourful fabrics as it really makes them pop wonderfully. Primulas/primroses are my favourtie spring bloom and I love that we have them in abundance in our garden, practically caprteing the lawn in places. Thanks fo rsharing and for the chance to win.

Sharmond said... #

Love the pillow and the little bag. So very beautiful with those gorgeous fabrics. There are so many spring blooms that I love. The irises are very pretty and smell so sweet.

Peggy said... #

I love the sunflowers in our backyard garden that re-seed every spring. I usually give away several plants to other gardeners who love sunflowers.

StanleyBeagle said... #

ooh! i love that bag! i'm not so into spring blooms or otherwise but i like a simple tulip

Beth said... #

It's not very original, but I love roses. Now if I could just get our horses to stop munching on them, or our puppies to stop digging them up. Grrrrr...

Martina said... #

I love the lilly of the valley very much and your projects are wonderful. Great pillow,wow! said... #

I enjoy the daffodils and tulips! Thank you for the giveaway.

Tawa said... #

I love daffodils, both pretty little miniatures and red cup daffs. Your split personality quilt block is fantastic, so much more fun to make than a Grandmothers Garden quilt I suspect. Thanks for the giveaway. Tarnia.hodges at

MoniqueB said... #

I love crocus. They are the first to pop their heads up, sometimes while we still have some bits of snow here and there to remind me that warmer weather and lots of yard clean up is on it's way. I also love that the Johnny Jump Ups come around the same time meaning I soemtimes end up with flower beds carpeted with color for the first time in about 6 months. Thanks for the chance, and I love that pillow! It is gorgeous and I think the black was a fantastic choice. monique.belmer at gmail dot com

Annmarie said... #

Of all the Spring flowers, I love crocus the best. I even pot them up in the house. They smell so good.

Claire said... #

Nice design. I like split blocks. As to spring flowers, the earlier the better. Probably forsythia,the first one Inotice, though othersmay beat them.

Claire said... #

Nice design. I like split blocks. As to spring flowers, the earlier the better. Probably forsythia,the first one Inotice, though othersmay beat them.

Claire said... #

Nice design. I like split blocks. As to spring flowers, the earlier the better. Probably forsythia,the first one Inotice, though othersmay beat them.

Mom C said... #

Love daffodils but they are mostly gone now, next I'll love iris. Thanks.

OurKookyLife said... #

hexie has been my new thing recently and i love how you paired it with the black it makes the colors pop. my favorite spring bloom will have to be the tulips, we go see them every year at the Dallas arboretum.

Jeneta said... #

I LOVE your Sew Together bags! I haven't made one (and it is unlikely that I will!), but have admired many!!

OPQuilt said... #

Cindy!!! You are simply amazing! I love the pillow, of course but really really love that sweet Sew Together Bag. She will treasure it forever. And since I need to mention my favorite spring bloom, I'm going to draw from the flowers in my new yard, and say: peony. Hope you are having fun retreating!

Anonymous said... #

Beautiful pillow! My favorite bloom in a hydrangea!

Emily C said... #

I love your pillows. My favorite spring bloom is morning glories. I always loved that they wake up in the morning and go back to sleep at night.

Deb said... #

My favorite would be coneflowers.

gayle said... #

Daffodils. Definitely daffodils.
Such a cheery flower!

mumbird3 said... #

I love daffodils - reminds me of my Mum...she always had them in her garden! Your pilllows are great!

SuperMomNoCape said... #

I am so excited to have won this fabric quarter bundle!! Thank you so much! And thanks too to Windham. From the first time that I saw these fabrics I've loved them and now I'll get to play with them! I'm already making plans.