“Amongst the early morning dew and the rays of sunshine emerge the sounds of summer. The delicate wings of the hummingbird whispering to me – Hello! Good Morning! My heart fills with love and happiness as my garden comes to life with their energy and grace fluttering among the sunflowers. Murmur was inspired by these magnificent creatures and the wonder and delight they bring.” -Valori Wells
My earliest memory of meeting Valori Wells was at the Kansas City Quilt Market in 2011 when I ran into Val walking to the convention center and my friend Lindsay Lefevere said, “Hey!? I know you!?” Lindsay is a big fan, obvy, and in that moment, a friendship was born. With each subsequent quilt market, I have admired Val’s bold choice of color and design. As a fellow printmaker, I love peeking in on her process, inspirations, and layered approach to fabric design. Murmur, this vibrant hummingbird inspired collection, sways me into loving her even more.
When my buddies at FreeSpirit asked me to hop on the Murmur blog tour, I happily accepted. I mean, Grandma Mac (Lois) would not have liked it if I passed up a chance to make something from a fabric collection that celebrates the star of most bird feeders in North America.
Twenty-four delightfully beachy-colored fabrics are found in Murmur. I paired Val’s work with twelve electric FreeSpirit solids, which truly are my favorite to use plus I added good old Arctic white. I mean, if it’s gonna be beachy, we gotta cool it off with North Pole sashing, y’all. Because FreeSpirit solids coordinate so seamlessly with many of my favorite designers like Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, and Tula Pink, I can’t stop using them. I’m in love!! The hand is incredibly soft and is the same weight as other FreeSpirit fabrics, which makes me very happy. Nothing is compromised in the making of these babies. If you haven’t used them, I would encourage you to give it a try.
Through a series of trial and error, I came up with a design that incorporated stripes, a ginormous 60-degree ruler that I use in my Succulent Garden quilt pattern, and for fun, I wanted an overall emphasis on vertical design. Here is my process.
First, marvel at Murmur.
Next, coordinate the soft and luxe FreeSpirit solids.
Now, look at them all together, tilting head left then right, squint at some point.
I then separated all of the fabrics into two piles that had equal value and scale and chopped them into .75″ – 3.5″ strips.
Through the magic of the internet, I made a quilt. 😉 I’m not gonna lie, I went through a couple of versions and layouts and landed on what I think is a light and airy design that compliments the brightness of Val’s fabrics.
My quilt obviously celebrates city-dwelling hummingbirds or perhaps the country hummingbirds on vacation in the big city? Across the street from Crimson Tate, the fabric store I hang out at, there is a massive construction project. On the day that I took photos of my Murmur quilt, they were full out digging up utilities in the street. There was no angle that wouldn’t have caught their workings, so I embraced it and kept it in my frame. Now you get to enjoy it, too. I’m happy to report the construction is no longer spilling into the street but rather more contained within the parcel of land that is being developed.
I love the way the FreeSpirit Mesa (orange) vibrates against the oranges of Murmur. Some might suggest they love the way oranges and yellows of the construction site pairs nicely with Murmur, too.
Big thanks to the people of FreeSpirit fabrics who invited me along for the ride. I love this quilt and plan on using it all summer. #bestsummerever
Now for the nitty gritty. I’ve got THREE things to giveaway! Are you ready? I’ve got a fat quarter bundle of Murmur. I’ve got the entire lot of Murmur as long slim quarters measuring approximately 9″ x 44″, and I’ve got the leftover strips of of both Murmur and FreeSpirit coordinating solids that are already cut into long pieces ready to be sewn. There are probably enough strips to make a lap-size quilt. Thank you to the nice folks at FreeSpirit fabrics for the Murmur and to the lovely Crimson Tate for the FreeSpirit solids. Here are three ways to win!!
- Give Crimson Tate on Instagram a follow, like, and comment on the Murmur post telling if you’re a city-dwelling humming bird or a country-dwelling hummingbird.
- Comment on this very blog post with your favorite song to hum. Or if you don’t like humming, tell us the one song that makes you happy.
- Added bonus. Give Heather Givans (that’s me!) on Instagram a follow and see what’s up. I recently started an Instagram documenting the stuffs I’m working on and what other people are making with my fabrics and designs! Big news coming down the pike July 1 and I don’t want you to miss it! In order to be entered, please follow my instagram, like the Murmur quilt post, and tell me what your favorite bird is, it’ll give you a third chance to enter. Be very specific as to the type of bird you love. There may or may not be bonus prizes being awarded for most creative stories about birds told. If you don’t like birds, you’re ineligible to win. Just kidding! Tell me what critters you do like.
All the bird lovers will enjoy this bird-friendly melody. It’s hilarious. You’re gonna love it.
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Thanks for reading all the way through. You’re a keeper. I appreciate your time and thank you dearly for being in my creative circle. Have a great holiday weekend.