Friday, February 12, 2016

Color Play Friday - Tulip Festival

Howdy Hon,

Can I just say I am soooo glad to see the weekend!  I’m excited to have the opportunity to share in another segment of  Color Play Friday with some other great ladies.  It was nice to search for fabric considering I was somewhat down about fabric.  It turns out that my local Hancock’s is one of the stores that will be closing.  Bwaaaaaaaaa.  They are so close to me, spatially and emotionally, LOL.  I could always drop in on my way home and do a little pick-me-up browsing, okay, okay, buying.  I feel sad for all the employees I have come to appreciate and enjoy talking to on a regular basis.  I pray they are all able to find employment elsewhere with a minimum amount of time lapse.   Today was the first day of the closing sale.  I’m sorry to say it was not much of sale, considering the reason for the sale.  But I suppose that will change as it gets closer to having to exit the building. 

For some odd reason as I was reviewing purple fabrics it got stuck in my mind that I HAD to have purple rabbit fabric, but the right shade of purple and the right look for the rabbit.  I didn’t know what that was, but  I knew it wasn’t any of the options I’d come across already.  But once I was convinced that I had to have that purple fabric with rabbits there was no stopping me.  Not only did I HAVE to have rabbits on the fabric, it HAD to be the RIGHT shade of purple.  Sigh, after hours (I kid you not!  Yeah,bad time management there) I was on the verge of tears of frustration and I was highly disappointed.  Because I was stuck on finding the RIGHT shade of purple and the RIGHT rabbit look, I did extensive searches.  Near the end, I followed my last search which lead me to Spoonflower.  I thought surely if no commercial place had created the fabric I wanted then an individual must have.  Right?  

NO, lots of great purple rabbit fabric, but still not THE one I was searching for.  After another hour or so of searching on Spoonflower I went back to my original post for the purple fabric.  I must say I was a tad bit broken hearted.  Now my life’s mission is to design the RIGHT shade of purple fabric with the RIGHT bunny look before the year is out!  I WILL HAVE MY PURPLE BUNNY FABRIC.  I WILL! What? Who, me?  Obsessive, of course not.  Why would you think that?
Anywhooo, during my last search I did find the RIGHT fabric to express how I felt at the end of my purple bunny fabric search.

 This is a Furoshiki Japanese fabric, it’s Sharaku's 'The Actor' Motif.  And yes, it is cotton.  Only I was not acting.  By the way, I LOVE this eBay store.

Now that I've given you my own little connection with the this week's photo how about I let you check it out, along with my palette and fabric bundle!

I present to you my  Color Play Friday - Tulip Festival:

Here's all the information on the fabrics in my bundle, feel free go shopping, shhhhh I won't tell! 

Buttercream™ Cosette Collection

By Juliana Horner
For Fabric Traditions

Hoffman 1895 Hand Dyed Watercolors Bali Batik

Reclaimed West Collection by Judy Niemeyer's
For Timeless Treasures

Moonlit Collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale
For Cotton & Steel

By Jo-Ann Stores
( I warned you last week that I was the odd ball that could not behave when it comes to
Color Play Friday's.  I simple could not resist this print! )

I also could not resist throwing in a backing fabric this week (I do that from time to time).  I thought this would be a too precious as a backing fabric for this project bundle:

Furoshiki Japanese Fabric

Yep, another Japanese fabric, which has rabbits.  Not purple, but rabbits.  It's also 100% cotton, and is perfectly okay to use with quilting.  Yeah!  Looks like it’s the only rabbit I am going to get in print this week. 

So there you have it my dear, the real life story of my Color Play Friday experience for this week.  If you'd like to participate in Color Play Friday, you can visit In An Otter Life or Laurel, Poppy and Pine for the rules, their contact information, and next week's photo.  If you are on Instagram you can search for o weekly palettes by using the hashtag “#ColorPlayFriday”. 

Here is a list of all the participants for this week so please head on over and check out their palettes/bundles for this week.  I love seeing how we can all be so different in our choices and sometimes so alike.  But it’s fun because we all interpret the feel of the pictures based on our own life experiences.  In the end, isn’t that really how we quilt.  We all know some of the same blocks yet our different life experiences make our palettes and fabric choices have different tones.  I love that about quilting and dancing!

Steph @ Shimmy and More 
(you're here now!)

Mindy @ Quilting Mayhem

Bethany @ Sew Not Perfect

If you'd like to see my previous palettes/bundles you can check them out here on this tab.  Please do join us back here next week for another episode.

FYI:  Here is the fabulous recipe I spoke about last week.  No picture tutorial this time, because it’s simply and quick.  Like I said, this recipe has NEVER failed at any event and always gets compliments. 

Red Velvet Cake Cookies:


Cake Mix (any flavor you like really, BUT Devil Food Cake is best as is Red Velvet)
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 Stick of Butter
1 Egg
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
Powder Sugar

  1. Blend together the cream cheese and butter first (I have learned that it’s much easier if you let them sit on the counter top for an hour or so to soften).
  2. Then add the cake mix, egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix well and refrigerate mix until it is firm (approximately 2 hours).
  4. Form into balls and roll in powder sugar.
  5. Bake on the top rack of the oven @350 for approximately 10 minutes.
  6. I have also learned, when you take them out of the oven let the pain sit for 5 minutes.  Then place the cookies on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  7. I would also advise that you take this opportunity to eat a couple now, because that’s the only chance that you, the well deserved cook, will have to get some. 

For Valentine’s Day you can put a little dent in the top and gently squeeze the bottom to encourage it to take on a heart shape.  I’d love to see pictures if you try it!

Have a great weekend and happy Valentine’s Day!

Love and shimmies,


  1. The peppers fabric is so fun! I like that you used green and blue for your lighter value fabrics.

    1. It's hard for to choose lighter colors sometimes. I'm so drawn to regal and bold colors. Yep, love the peppers. Thanks for checking it out.

  2. Nice!

    Our color choices are very similar this week I love how yours turned out :)

    I got stuck on strainers... yeah like a colander! I wanted to try to capture the anticipation of gardening and canning season excitement. After not finding anything that worked I help like all was futile and nothing I picked was working. lol

    1. Isn't it funny what we get stuck on sometimes. I love the idea you had though it was perfect for your picture. Thanks for checking in.

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  4. I love when you 'misbehave' and choose those crazy, fun fabrics! I like the bike fabric too!

    1. Thanks Lorinda, that bike fabric was my favorite in the bundle! I always love the antique bikes. thanks

  5. I'm sorry you didn't find your perfect purple bunny fabric - but I can't wait to see the print that you design to fulfill that search! And now I think I need that bicycle fabric in my life. Thanks for sharing all the fun behind your selection process.

    1. Hi Bethany, thank you. I'm excited to see what my crazy mind was thinking also. The bicycle fabric is my favorite from this week's bundle. thanks.