Jaftex Anniversary Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Jaftex Anniversary Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Hi everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop! If this is your first time stopping by, I’m Sylvia and I’m primarily a modern quilter. I also love to make science-inspired quilts!

When I was asked to participate in this blog hop, I knew right away that I wanted to play with Peppered Cottons, as I’d had my eye on some of these for a while. They are shot cottons, meaning that the warp and weft threads of the fabric are different colors, and this gives them a near-solid appearance while adding a little bit of softness and interest to the look.

Giveaway Bundles | Flying Parrot Quilts

Many of my quilts have a large expanse of background fabric, so working with fat quarters is always a challenge for me. However, this line has a lovely range of neutrals, and I decided to combine them into a pieced background and just add a little pop of color. Since I’ve had Dresden Plates on my mind lately, I decided to make fat Dresdens. Here’s the quilt I came up with:

Mountain Rainbows | Flying Parrot Quilts

The chevrons reminded a friend of mine of the Rocky Mountains, so “Mountain Rainbows” is it for the title of the quilt!

The Dresdens were machine appliquéd on using an invisible thread, but unfortunately, as soon as I started quilting, the stitches began popping, so I had to go back and restitch them all down by hand. I quilted swirls into each colored wedge, which involved a lot of color changes and thread burying, but was so worth it.

Mountain Rainbows Detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

Mountain Rainbows detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

The rest of the quilting was straight line quilting following the chevrons, but I skipped every other line or so, and it really adds to the texture. I used my walking foot for this part. You can see it nicely in this photo:

Mountain Rainbows | Flying Parrot Quilts

For the backing, I used leftover colorful fabrics from the Dresden Plates. I rather like the color block effect!


The fabrics are really soft and have a lovely drape; I actually starched them fairly heavily to make accurate piecing easier. However, they are a nice weight and not overly thin. This is my favorite color—light blue crossed with purple, and it almost shimmers.

Mountain Rainbows back detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

My favorite part of this quilt is the binding. I decided to continue the background gradient into the binding. I had never matched up colors at an angle before, and it was definitely a challenge, but there was just nothing else that would have quite worked the same.

Mountain Rainbows binding | Flying Parrot Quilts

Mountain Rainbows binding | Flying Parrot Quilts

Would you like to win your own 20-piece fat quarter bundle of all the fabrics used in this quilt? Here are the giveaway rules:

1. For a chance to win, leave me a comment and tell me what you would make with these fabrics.

2. For a second chance to win, follow me on Instagram, Bloglovin’, or by email. Leave me a separate comment telling me how you follow!

I’ll pick a winner at the end of the blog hop. (Although I usually try to respond to all comments, the volume during giveaways may mean I’m not able to. Rest assured that I read them all!)

For more chances to win all month, visit some of the other stops on the blog hop! There is also a grand prize giveaway, with chances to win a sewing machine, threads, and more, plus a chance for your favorite quilt shop to win, too. You can enter that drawing here:

85th Anniversary Giveaway
(Thanks to cosponsors Aurifil Threads, Schmetz Needles, and Janome!)

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts



  1. The birthday blog has brought me to many wonderful blogs. Your gallery is stunning! I appreciate how you shared your process in the blog. I have been loving the P C’s since the first color group came out. I have been seeing letters, colored chalk on a blackboard.

  2. I just love your work! Added your site to my bookmarks and love your Paper Craness quilt. Would try starting with that if I won. The cranes are very special as I am a third generation Japanese American and haven’t found too many patterns for cranes-paper pieced or otherwise. Thanks for the giveaway! akronne17(at)gmail (dot) com.

  3. Your binding is great. Just how did you manage it—sew until you get near the next color then add to the binding?? It would be fun to use this bundle trying your binding idea. Thanks

  4. Wow! Another beautiful quilt!!! This collection of fabrics is beautiful and if I were the lucky winner, I’d make a quilt. Thanks for sharing in the hop!!

  5. I have a whole list of baby things in my head.. my daughter in law is due April 1st!! The quilt is stunning.. the binding.. I can’t even imagine what was involved with that matching!

  6. Beautiful! Elegant in it’s simplicity. A winner!!

    Boy, it would be hard to top this but a Science Fair type quilt came to my mind first for these fabrics.

    Great photography too.

  7. I think I’d make a neutral background wall quilt with the colors made into something 3d, like rosettes. I miss summer gardening so this would give me flowers.

  8. I enjoyed looking at your quilt and reading the story behind it. this inspires me to look for a small modern project. Thank you.

  9. Love the color choices on your quilt. The quilting is lovely. I would make a lap sized quilt with the bundle. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. I love that you gave each fabric a highlight of it’s own. I would love to make a quilt in a bit of a different fashion. Maybe grouping them together with neutrals and brights in the same blocks and hopefully still get an organized quilt pattern

  11. I think you really nailed your quilt with the name. Love it. Love the placement of the dresdens, everything! And the detail with the binding. I probably wouldn’t even think of that but it really sets the quilt right. Thanks.

  12. I love your quilt
    and have been wanting to try shot cottons. I did buy a Kaffe charm pack but, it is still waiting.
    Of course, I would make a quilt if I won your giveaway
    thank you

  13. I love the way you matched the binding to the chevrons. I would use the fabrics in mini projects. I think they would add nice texture instead of plain solids.

  14. Beautiful quilt, love the way you used the neutrals. Binding is a wonderful touch, love how the flow is uninterrupted. Shot cottons rule!

  15. What a pretty combination o colors. Love what you did with them and how you managed to work around not having a large open background. If I were lucky enough to win the bundle I would make a quilt. Even have one in mind that would be perfect.

  16. I am so impressed that you made that beautiful quilt from fat quarters. I have a new paper piecing pattern that I would like to try, and doing it in a rainbow of colors with varying backgrounds is an idea that is starting to percolate. This is why I like to follow blogs, inspiration around every corner.

  17. I follow you by email. I’m glad I found your blog as I like to make science inspired quilts as well. Also I just completed a dresden plate project. I used 22.5 degrees, but yours are larger and I love them!

  18. What would I make with those lovely fabrics? Think I’d carry on with the dresden theme. Thanks for the tip about “starch”. I know the peppered cottons are thicker than the Kaffe Fasset version. His line really need stabilization (I’ve added interfacing – yikes!)

  19. Wow! So many ideas, I’m so glad I’ll be able to follow all the blogs. Never thought to use the Dresden pattern like that, it sets everything off beautifully! ( I’m following via e-mail and Twitter, I don’t want to miss anything😊) my first Blog Hop has been fascinating and I don’t want to lose any of it. Thank you for this opportunity☺️

  20. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the landscape theme in a modern interpretation and in these almost solid fabrics. Thanks for sharing this. I’d like to use these fabrics in a quilt and in a vest.

  21. A quilt! I have some embroidery patterns saved that would look awesome on the neutral Peppered cottons. I’d probably frame them with prints from my stash. As for the bright colors, hmmm, maybe a strip pieced tote–chevrons?

  22. I love your quilt, especially your quilting. Thanks for sharing. I would make a quilt, possibly a Dresden Plate. I also like the label you made! Great idea!

  23. One of the fun things about blog hops is finding new blogs to follow. I just added yours to my Bloglovin feed! Love those science inspired quilts 🙂

  24. I would love to make a bright quilt with these lovely fabrics. I’d have to check out a few patterns for the right one.

    Thank you for the chance to win these wonderful fabrics.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

  25. So beautiful- I love the 3 little dresden points in the corner on the back for a label- perfect touch! I would love to make a bag for myself from a few of the FQs an the rest for a quilt I think. Thank you!

  26. Your binding impresses me–I got a headache trying to figure it out! And I like the dresden label.

    I would like to try peppered cottons and think it would be great for a baby quilt.

  27. Love these fabrics! I have been wanting to make something with them since they first came out. I think maybe a quilt for one of my grandsons who will be graduating soon. Love the binding, impressive!

  28. What a lovely quilt. The matching binding is the perfect touch.

    I found out yesterday that my daughter’s best friend is pregnant. These fabrics would be perfect for a “not babyish” baby quilt.

  29. Oh your quilt is beautiful. I thought if you didn’t have a name for it I was going to suggest “mountains of flowers”. I think I’d like to make some pillow covers with these fabrics. They would look great in my family room.

  30. Wow, that quilt is so gorgeous! If I should be lucky enough to win I would probably make a lap quilt to give as a Christmas gift. Or I might mix the fabrics with some from my stash and make a couple lap quilts.

  31. Beautiful quilt! Love the colours and the machine quilting! I’d make a lap quilt with the fabrics. Thank you for the generous giveaway and the chance to win.

  32. Wonderful use of color! Your science background is always, though sometimes more subtle, visible in your quilts, and this is no exception. I have loved shot cottons since I was a little girl, and these are no different. I would have to make rainbow flying geese flying across a stormy (the neutrals) sky… or perhaps neutral geese flying across a sunset or sunrise… maybe two smaller quilts! Endless ideas! Thank you so much for a chance to win a collection of these fabulous fabrics.

  33. I love your quilt! Will you be offering a pattern for it? I sure hope so! I’ve just downloaded one of your free patterns and can’t wait to make it! yOur gallery of quilts is exquisite. I am so glad to discover you!

  34. I absolutely love your quilt front and back! I’d make a throw for my mom – she loves shot cottons as much as I do. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. You answered every question I had about these gorgeous peppered cottons–it’s like you were reading my mind. Now that I know they are not as thin as some other shot cottons, I think I would make a flying geese-patterned quilt, something I could tuck under when I want to read on quiet afternoons this winter. Or spring, depending on how quickly I quilt.

  36. I LOVE your quilt! Not quite sure what I’d make yet, but I know that I’d be rubbing my face in those fat quarters until I decide!!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  37. I would cut some of the fabric in squares and try marching them across a horizontal line like your oartial Dresdens, then add some solids. Thanks.

  38. I LOVE your quilt! I’ve been seeing these peppered cottons all over, thanks to the blog hop. If I won, I’d like to do something fairly simple that shows off the great colors, much like yours has. Dresdens haven’t captured me yet, but I would come up with something!

  39. Awesome quilt – very unique. I love bright fabrics so I’d easily use those in my many appliqued wall quilts. Not so sure about the neutrals. Maybe a pretty table runner to be given as a gift.

  40. This is my first time on your blog, and I love what you make! I LOVE that binding, too! I signed up to follow you, and I will be back. Thank you for the giveaway.

  41. You have created an amazing quilt! I would be so proud if I made something like that! If I won this bundle, I’d make a modern quilt using circles and squares. I saw a pattern recently like this and used only solid colors. It was gorgeous and these fabrics would be perfect!

  42. love the Dresden colors……..I have a mariners compass that d like to try and make…that’s what I would use the fabrics for….

  43. I love your quilt and the binding is genius! Been looking around your blog and found your Paper Cranes quilt which would be perfect for your giveaway. I would make your Paper cranes quilt from the Peppered Cottons bundle.

  44. Gorgeous, your quilt is just gorgeous. Your photographs just show all of the details so well. I’m not familiar with Bloglovins’, but I am going to check into it. The best part of the blog hops (besides dreaming of winning a prize) is all of the creative blogs that I didn’t previously know about. I’ll be following you via email. Thanks for the chance to win.

  45. My son just moved in to a new apartment. He could use a quilt as the weather is turning colder. As a child, he always liked to play with string. Maybe a sting quilt with lots of these solids mixed in! My favorite quilt shop is near my home – the Quilted Crow.

  46. What a beautiful quilt! I love the vibrant colors of the fabric and would make a Hunter’s Star wall hanging. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

  47. Your quilt is beautiful! If I won the fat quarters, I would make a runner for the top of my piano, and possibly a runner for my dining room table. 😊

  48. I would love to make a quilt for my granddaughter, she loves rainbows, so I would want to do something like that. I would have to get my thinking hat on. cdahlgren at live dot com

  49. You really made a beautiful quilt with your fat quarters. I would love to use these fabrics to make totebags. I think they would be very striking.

  50. First, I have to say that I LOVE your quilt!!! the Chevron background, the great pop of colors in the Dresden blocks, and your quilting is just perfect!! And that binding: WOW!!! I don’t think I would have ever figured out how to continue the diagonal of the blocks in to the binding! And if I won the bundles, I think I’d probably make your quilt (if you would let me do so): why reinvent the wheel?! Congrats on a beautiful quilt!! Hugs, Helen in Healdsburg

  51. Gorgeous project and the quilting is fantastic. I have been wanting to work with the Peppered cottons for a while. I was thinking a Lone Star but your project makes me want to use that dresden ruler that I could not live without and has never been out of the package!

  52. I like the quilt you designed and how it shows the the wide range of colors i this collection. I would choose a pattern to showcase the colors also!

  53. Great quilt! I really like the use of neutrals as the background. I would make a quilt for one of my sons. Thanks for the chance to win.

  54. I love your quilt. The binding is soooo cool, wow. I would make a quilt with the fat quarter bundle, not exactly sure which yet, maybe a trip around the world.

  55. That is so pretty mixing neutrals with a pop of color. I would never have thought to try that. I’m in awe of the binding too. So complicated!

  56. Love your quilt! The Peppered Cottons would make great background fabrics to embroider on. I have several machine embroidery collections that would be great on these. Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. I would make a quilt for certain. These fabrics are just so wonderful. Your quilt is AWESOME, front as well as the back. Wow. Thanks!

  58. Your quilt is certainly an inspiration! I love how you used all of the colors. I have one bundle of Peppered Cottons so another one would really help me to make a nice quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

  59. Your quilt is fascinating. The closer you look, the more there is to see…even the back is fun! The binding is very cool. I have in mind to make a star sampler.

  60. Beautiful quilt. I love the dresden fans and the way the set off the chevron mountains. The quilting is beautiful. I would make a donation quilt for one of our local charities.

  61. what a fabulous quilt! the matched binding just finishes it off perfectly.

    I have no idea what I’d make, I’ve been searching around for a good pattern to make using all solids, so maybe I’d go that route.

  62. With all those rainbow colours, I think that is the way to go, maybe rainbow beach shacks along the sand and surf with a palm tree or two and surfboards. Would love a chance to see what would happen if I won them. Love your curly cues you quilted into your Dresden plates.

  63. I love your Rainbow Mountain quilt! I’m in the process of cutting fabrics for a scrappy New York Beauty quilt and the solids would add to the beauty of it, I know!!

  64. I would love to make a quilt for one of my nephews, or possibly my husband, similar to yours! My husband loved rainbows when he was a kid, and it has a masculine feel to it. It’s beautiful!

  65. Those bright colors would go into a sharing quilt for an Indian reservation in AZ I like your idea of a Dresden plate rainbow over the mountains.

  66. Love your quilt. It’s gorgeous. Great mash-up of the traditional & the modern. Not sure what I’d make with the fabric. I’m sure I’d come up with something! My daughter has put in a quilt request…. And so has my Mom. So I got a list going! (I’ve been quilting since August of this year…..)

  67. OMG. Mountain Rainbows is just gorgeous!!! I would use the fat quarter bundle to make a quilt for my daughter who just started college this week.

  68. I’m not usually a fan of modern quilts, but yours fascinate me. I guess I would make a lap quilt to brighten the living room during the winter months.

  69. I absolutely love Pepper Cory’s peppered cottons and I love your quilt, the back is as beautiful as the front. I’d love to use the fabrics in a quilt pattern called Percolate.

  70. I would probably make a modern looking quilt, maybe using a dresden template. By the way, love the Trees & Gnomes quilt and the aqua Flying Geese quilt. It’s beautiful.

  71. I love this quilt! Especially the dresden on the back! A nice unexpected surprise! Each stop on the hop had asked what I would do with this fabric and each time I come up with something different. It is so beautiful and lends itself to many styles and would be beautiful just sitting in my shelf. 🙂 I can see a fun bouncy ball design quilt… For A fun loving kidlet… Where’s my graph paper…

  72. I have given away most everything that I have made..my home deserves some nice treatment. Table runner and a wall quilt would be wonderful for us all to enjoy!

  73. Sylvia, I cannot tell you how impressed I am by your outstanding binding. I’ve given it some thought and cannot imagine how you did that. All I can say is: Wow! I don’t think I would ever even attempt something like that. Your quilt is gorgeous!

    I would make a bright, colorful quilt for my first grandchild, very unlike the pale pink one I made that matches her bedroom. I’d also make a matching wall hanging so there could be some bright colors in her room. Thanks for the inspiration, I am going to do this for Christmas.

  74. Your quilt is stunning! I have 2 half yard pieces of Shot Cotton myself. So far I’ve just “pet” and admired them. If I were your lucky winner of the wonderful FQ Bundles, my Shot Cotton stash would have some playmates with which to make a pretty quilt! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and for the giveaway opportunity.

  75. I love how you worked the dresden plates in this quilt, very pretty, and colorful.

    I have always wanted to make a dresden plate quilt, so I will probably use these fabrics for it.

  76. Wow, what a beautiful quilt. And I am in awe of your binding. You rock!
    Thanks for the chance to win. I have never worked with shot/peppered cotton, nor solids and have no idea what I make but I am quite certain inspiration will strike quickly if I win.

  77. Very beautiful quilt!! If I won this bundle I’d make a quilt, of course. Thanks for explain what a shot cotton is. I never knew and always wondered.

  78. I love your quilt, the back is just as beautiful as the front! If I had some of these fat quarters I would make a color block tote bag! Thank you for the chance to win!

  79. I would make a modern quilt – I really like the back of your quilt, I think it makes it reversible! Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  80. My nephew is off to college next next so I need to get working on his quilt. these peppered cottons just scream male quilt to me so there they would be.

  81. Lucky you – I have been eyeing Peppered Cottons for some time now. Would love to have some of them to make a quilt called Ribbon Candy by GE Designs. Enjoy your blog!

  82. I think a Christmas quilt is on my mind for these lovely fabrics after seeing you colorful rainbows. I can just see many colored lights reflecting off tinsel.

  83. Not sure what I would make. I really like the bright colors, but those browns are a challenge for me. I could definitely use the variety is small projects like zipper bags and notebook covers and fabric baskets.

  84. Your quilt is fantastic and very creative-great use of the wonderful colors in the fabric! I have a recent attraction to Dresden designs and might use the fabrics to make them into a quilt.

  85. Thank you for the explanation of shot cottons. I’ve heard that term, but didn’t know what it meant. I love dresden quilts – so many layout possibilities beyond the traditional. Awesome quilting!!

  86. This has been an amazing hop! Your patchwork and quilting are amazing & I think that blue with purple crossweave is likely my favorite too. I am re-visiting blogs on this final day, and finally entering for the grand prize! I would love to share winnings with my LQS, Quiltique!

  87. Well dang. I want to make the quilt YOU just made! That is gorgeous. I have a couple of other quilts on my “to do” list that call for solids, which would also be perfect. I do love the look of solid blocks of color in a quilt. Nicely done!!

  88. The quilt you made is just gorgeous! I love how you used the Dresden plates to simulate the mountains and the color saturation of these fabrics is pure beauty! I would love to have a bundle to make a fence rail quilt to curl up under to wait out the winters we have here in the Northeast.

  89. Your quilts are so creative! I love shot cottons and would love to try these Peppered Cottons. I would use them to make a modern quilt that focuses on the luster of the fabrics.