Jacqui Holmes Calhoun on Meadowlark

Before Market, Windham Fabrics sent me two yards of each fabric in my line, Meadowlark. They asked if I might have a sewing bee in order to make samples. I agreed and after a call to Dale and Cathy, set up two consecutive Tuesdays at The City Quilter. Then I contacted the two guilds I am a member of, and asked if anyone was interested in helping out. Jacqui, the author of the following post was one of the people who showed up. Jacqui and I immediately hit it off and I am happy to say, we are already making plans to go to museum shows and to have lunch. 
Here are Jacqui’s words on working with Meadowlark…
 
Meadowlark Scrap
 
Hi everyone, and welcome to my guest post for Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop!
 
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun here —artist, quilter, book and papermaker.
It was great fun working with Melly’s  new line, Meadowlark. This  fabric is very painterly, with a block printing-on-paper quality that was fun to play with in fabric form. The patterns are full of  rich color and the whole line has an energetic vibe. 
 
Check out my “Four by Four” nine patch quilt I made. 
I used 2.5″ squares to make the pattern- in- pattern. 
Love the dots…and the birds….and the grid….
I’m seeing  a book cover in my future.
 
JCH4x4
 
I love the 9 Patch block in all its many variations.
Did you know that the 9 times table is the only set that can be written
in reverse and upside down and always come out right?
 
From the top: Write down the right side #9 in descending (down) order…9,8,7,6, etc.until you get to 0.
 At the bottom next to 0 on  the left side write 9,8,7,6 etc. in Ascending order (up) and voyla! The 9 times table re-made as play!
 
For someone who is SO NOT a math person I  never forgot that game… and play I did with Melly’s Meadowlark stack. Oh, and then added a few more pieces for more fun. 
Speaking of adding….
If you add each line of the 9 times table it always adds up to 9!
  9,  18 (1+8=9),  27 (2+7=9),  36 (3+6=9)…..You get the idea,
so you see I just had to add those  purple dots. I couldn’t help myself.
 
——–
 
To win your very own Meadowlark Stack of 10″ squares (10 is a great number too don’t you think?) just leave a comment by JUNE 10, 2014.
 
Melly is also giving away 3 copies of her fabulous book “Dreaming from the Journal Page”, for even more inspiration.
 One will be given away on her blog and 
the other two will be given away at the end of the Blog Hop. You have to leave a post to have a chance to win.
 

Melly – June 2 
Vivien Zepf – June 2 
Chrissie D – June 3 
Sue Bleiweiss – June 4  
Leslie Tucker Jenison  June 5 
Jamie Fingal – June 6 
Lyric Kinard – June 7 
Jen Eskridge – June 8 
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun – June 8  <——-Jacqui will be guest posting here!
Stephanie Forsyth – June 9 
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – June 10 
Teri Lucas – June 11 
Scott Hansen June 12
Helen Eckard – June 12 <——-Helen will be guest posting here!

 

70 thoughts on “Jacqui Holmes Calhoun on Meadowlark

  1. The fabric is ah-mazing. I love the quirky colors (my favs)! Oh yes, I definitely see using these for some projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win some stash of this great line!!

    Like

  2. Thanks for a chance to win these wonderful fabrics. Some times when I buy new fabric I want to throw them on the floor and just roll around in them. I haven’t really done that yet, but, if I were lucky enough to win this stash of great fabrics, I would, I’d send pics too. Have a great day

    Like

  3. I really like this collection! The prints are great. You did a great job on your quilt. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. It would be great to work with.

    Like

  4. I love the mix of colours and prints in this line!!! It would be fun to play with this fabric, thanks for the chance!!

    Like

  5. Love this fabric line. I have to have it! Beautiful. Also, 9patch is my favorite to play with. Yours is so fun, loved all the 9 math, I never learned that about adding the numbers! Fun. Btw, it is the only table I memorize sand still know! Fun with math!

    Like

  6. Love this quilt, and your formula. Definitely a handy thing to keep in mind. Especially if I win these beautiful fabrics!

    Like

  7. Wow! It just keeps getting better with each post from all of you participating! Gorgeous fabric line that lends itself into so many variations!

    Like

  8. Jacqui, your quilt is fabulous!!! The nine times tables were always my favorite because I always new that the right answer had to add up to 9. That saved my bacon on many math test. 🙂 Your quilt has all the qualities I love in good quilt design. It showcases the fabrics, it has an interesting sub pattern going on, and it is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing you quilt and for helping Melly get the gorgeous samples made for market. Cheers!

    Like

  9. I love her fabrics! Any project would be great with them. I’d forgotten that about the nine times table. Fun facts!

    Like

  10. I love the fabrics! Beautiful colors and patterns! Thanks for this opportunity to win! Never heard of the 9 table trick! Too bad my kids are passed school time!

    Like

  11. Oh I see a table runner with my turquoise pitcher in the center of it full of flowers and a white milkglass piece with summer plums! Also I see a window curtain, each time I did the dishes it would be a delicious sight to see!

    Like

  12. PS I can’t wait to see these in person and feel them. I know I will most likely not win, but I will be looking to buy these fabrics as I do see a table runner and curtain in my kitchen! Thanks for the blog hop. I’m enjoying seeing all of the talented people using these fabrics.

    Like

  13. I love the versatility of the 9 patch block!!! Thanks for sharing in this hop…this is such a beautiful fabric line!!

    Like

  14. Love the fabrics and love how they look in the quilt.
    I have seen the other pieces done with the fabrics and there is so much inspiration, would love to work the fabric into a project.

    Debbie

    Like

  15. This version of the nine patch really does lend itself to Melanie’s wonderful new fabrics. Love that each of you have supported Melanie and the revealing of her new fabric line. Great job!

    Like

  16. I really like what you’ve done with the 9-patch! This fabric line’s color and contrast really lend pop to this version of the classic!

    Like

  17. Loving the fabrics, the colors, the designs, the texture!! Plus all the inspiration included in this blog hop!!!

    Like

  18. Beautiful fabrics: I love the fruit on a purple background. And the tiles! I’ve never seen tiles on fabric before but I think they would look perfect as sashing or border fabric, continuing the mosaic idea.

    Like

  19. Love the quilt , I am a huge fan of nine patches!, and the fabrics are just FUN and isn’t that what quilting is all about? I would love to whip up a little quilt with the fabrics and yes I see a bit of fussy cutting would be necessary as I love birds on quilts….
    thanks! and good luck with the new fabric line and new book!
    Kathie

    Like

  20. The fabrics look like SO much FUN. I would love to play with them and look forward to finding out more about the techniques used to create them. Thanks for sharing.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: