Mood Ring Reveal & A Giveaway

Three things you need to know about this post:
1. I finished my Mood Ring quilt top.
2. I curated a fabric bundle for Australian shop, Simpson & Scarlett.
3. There’s six metres of fabric to giveaway for an Aussie reader!
Nearly six months ago, I entered Australia’s First Modern Quilt Show, and well, I surprisingly won the Best In Show prize. As I was snuggling this celebrity quilt last night, I contemplated those initial moments of shock, later mixed with pride. It’s still one of my crowning quilting achievements, and has really opened so many doors since then. One of those doors happened to be right there at the quilt show! As I was perusing the fabric stalls, Kim Simpson of Simpson & Scarlett asked if I would be interested in curating a Molli Sparkles blogger bundle from the Riley Blake Designs Solids collection. It’s true, flattery will get you everywhere with me! I quickly said yes, and Kim kindly sent me home with a charm square collection of the full range.
I picked colours across the rainbow, ensuring lots of tonal and value variation. The Riley Blake Designs Solids have a smoother texture than Kona, but there’s a slight undercurrent of grey across the range. This adds an element of grown-up sophistication, even when playing with a rainbow palette. After I had decided on twelve colours (pink didn’t quite make the cut), Kim sent me a half-yard bundle to start exploring.
And explore I did! This was my first time using all solids, so I made a few sketches and just went for it. In the beginning, I was having all sorts of emotional quilting dramas, until Taylor Swift helped shake off my funk. Like the ubiquitous mood ring of the 70s, this quilt colourfully shows my range of moods through its creation. Serendipitously, when I started sewing it all together, it started reminding me of a multi-coloured gemstone, and you know I’d definitely rock that, no matter what the mood!
The modern quilting movement is all about solids (so they tell me), so I wanted to keep the whole project really geometric and angular to accentuate the array of colours. As much as I love a rainbow, I sometimes feel like they are relegated to the kid’s room, rather than the adult playground. For me though, this tonal rainbow feels urban and fresh, while still maintaining some of its playful charm. Because of all of this, there’s a strong emotional resonance for me of all the things I felt while making it. It really is my Mood Ring.
Now, here’s the part that’s even better than me finishing this quilt top! Kim from Simpson & Scarlett has generously offered to giveaway a 1/2 metre bundle of these 12 fabrics (that’s six metres, y’all!) to one of my Aussie readers. She’s also giving everyone a discount on fat quarter and half metre bundles if you want to buy straight away (plus, there’s free shipping in Australia!) 
To enter the giveaway: Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know where you’re from in Australia! 
(I’ll pick a random winner next week).
To purchase a discounted 1/2 metre bundle for $75: enter code SPARKLE_M at checkout.
To purchase a discounted fat quarter bundle for $35: enter code SPARKLE_F at checkout.
(From top to bottom: Navy, Rouge, Pear, Lilac, Aqua, Lagoon, Bluebird, Vintage White, Coastal Blue, Daffodil, Cayenne, Purple)
I’ve got the backing sorted as well, which I’ll show you during this week’s Sunday Stash as it is a new acquisition. As for the quilting? I was starting to think about orange peels, but I’m sure my mood will be swayed a dozen times about that one too!

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Winner is Leanne from Daisy and Jack!

80 Responses

  1. Eastern burbs of Melbourne.. yes please!

  2. From Canberra!! Thanks for the chance Molli! I would love to win this bundle. I desperately need some solids!

  3. CathyC says:

    Oh, I'm loving your quilt using the solids 🙂 From Adelaide, South Australia – would love to win!

  4. Shan Fawcett says:

    I live in Launceston, Tasmania. Love the quilt.

  5. Mornington Peninsula, and i love love that quilt

  6. Sydney! Looking at this reminds me of those magic eye optical illusions. Beautiful colours with a secret hidden in there. Love your sophisticated rainbow 🙂

  7. Susie says:

    I like how you try to be methodical but then some randomness just pops in to deliver delightful and stunning quilts. Especially this one. I'm from Melbourne

  8. Lisa says:

    reading your blog, enjoying your writing style and amazing quilts from a little town in the South West of WA called Cowaramup

  9. Fran C says:

    I love your bright coloured quilts, these are the type I make At present I am finishing of 2 quilts made with the same fabrics with 2 substitutions. The quilts are so different one is old style the other is in your face bright.

  10. ES says:

    Manly, Sydney!! I'm loving the geometric quilt!

  11. Caroline says:

    Love your quilt, very bright and colourful. Thank you for the chance to win, I am in Orange , NSW.

  12. Trish Brown says:

    I'm from Newcastle. Thanks so much for the chance to win these lovely fabrics! <3

  13. Anna S says:

    Melbourne here, thanks for the chance.

  14. Adele says:

    Congratulations on the win – the quilt has wow factor, and would look great in a room where people congregate to chat and just hang out together on chilly days. Duranbah NSW

  15. Sue Wallis says:

    I'm from North West NSW,little town called Inverell. Amazing quilt!

  16. ruthsplace says:

    Gorgeous colours and I love your quilt! Thank you for hosting a giveaway that Australians can enter! I call Brisbane home, but spend most of the year in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. My postal address is in Brisbane should I be lucky enough to win.

  17. Lisa Barclay says:

    I'm from the barossa valley, and am loving your quilt it's so happy

  18. I like my fellow Canberra Modern Quilt Guild Member Nurdan, Quilt obsessively in Colourful & Creative Canberra 💛💙❤️💜💚💗 Thank you Molli Sparkles & Kim from Simpson & Scarlett for such an amazing give away Xxx

  19. Suesews Too says:

    Newcastle NSW love the pattern and fab colours

  20. I know I'm disqualified based solely on my choice of residence that is NOT Oz so I will settle for telling you this is one super-lovely quilt my friend! I live in a postcard but am totally discontent at NOT being an Aussie resident! 🙂 Great work!

  21. Love sewing with solids. Great quilt and thanks for the giveaway.

  22. veronajb says:

    I love the Mood Ring, but the only mood can be happy under that rainbow? From near Hobart in Tasmania

  23. allbagsout says:

    Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway. I am in Temagog NSW.

  24. Tanya says:

    It's so rare to see a giveaway for Aussies only. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm from outer south east Melbourne.

  25. Mandy Wain says:

    Glen Iris, Melbourne. Thanks for the chance.

  26. What a beautiful project! I always think the simplest designs end up working out the best. I'm a beginner quilter from Knoxfield, Melbourne, Vic. I'm currently working on a batch of pixel quilts using solids and it's so satisfying seeing a bunch of relatively boring looking blocks suddenly come together to make something quirky and fun. I look forward to seeing what the lucky winner does with their bundle! Cheers, Jess (from

  27. marieka says:

    I love your quilt – it's bright and colourful – just like you! I live in the beautiful Barossa Valley 🙂

  28. bjc says:

    love it! from erina nsw

  29. Leigh Anne says:

    It turned out lovely. I was wondering why it didn't feel garish of childish so the grey undertones totally make sense!

  30. Congratulations on a lovely finish! What a fabulous quilt top!

  31. Sooli says:

    You do have a way with colour! I love both your quilt and the fabric bundle you chose. I really need to try using solids a bit more, I'm a bit of a tart for tone on tones! I'm from Adelaide SA.

  32. Its like your eyes get lost in the colours! love it. Newcastle NSW

  33. Beautiful. I'm working on my first all solids quilt top too at the moment. Loving your colour selection. I live in Sydney as well, snap!

  34. What a great range of colours! I'm from the LaTrobe Valley in Victoria.

  35. Di Morgan says:

    Lovely bright colours, just my cup of tea. Iam from the midwest of Western Australia

  36. Del Donoghue says:

    Absolutely totally gorgeous quilt. I am from Sale in Victoria

  37. Alison says:

    Great range of colours. Live in Melbourne

  38. I am really into modern quilts. Yours is bright and happy. I live in Currency creek, South Australia. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric!

  39. I live at Wamuran, Queensland. The vibrant colours used in this quilt make the pattern pop and give the effect of the quilt being alive and full of fun and happiness. I hope I do win the fabric package to make this georgous quilt. Thank you.

  40. Peaches1003 says:

    I am from Marrickville. I really love your quilt, it is very striking.

  41. Kthy Trevor says:

    I'm from Pt. Vincent in South Australia. New to quilting. I'll look at solids in a new light now, truly inspiring!

  42. Wendy Nutt says:

    I'm in heaven, most people call it Lemon Tree Passage. Love your work Molli

  43. Congratulations on your beautiful Mood quilt! Just gorgeous!!! My mood is certainly happy and bright from Melbourne Vic Thank you for the giveaway!

  44. The O's says:

    Hopefully 46 will be my lucky number! I'm from Frenchs Forest Sydney (until Dec 2nd) then somewhere in Hobart! Love this top, you do have an extraordinary way with colour.

  45. SueB says:

    Sydney, NSW Australia!
    Divine quilt. Amazing.

  46. Kirsten says:

    Love your quilt – the solids are just stunning!! I am from Lismore in NSW.

  47. Jodi says:

    Loving the beautiful solids- I'm in Sydney and would really love to play around with this palette!

  48. I've never done a solids only quilt but would love the opportunity to try. I just love, love, love yours!! I'm from Adelaide, SA

  49. I'm from Ambleside (isn't that the most deliciously English-sounding name?) in Tassie. This rainbow is very appealing to me. Lolly-coloured rainbows have their place but that place isn't in my house.

  50. Farm Quilter says:

    Beautiful quilt – that fabric is yummy!!! In WA here…too bad that stands for Washington in the States! I love your quilts and how you create them – always fun reading your blog!!

  51. Izzy says:

    This is stunning! All those colours together… Wow… I love it! Thank you for linking up at TGIFF!

  52. Sue Moore says:

    Love those colours!

  53. Oooh, lovely giveaway. As lovely as your quilt. I always feel sad when the 'US readers only' condition is found at the bottom of a giveaway, so this is a nice surprise [sorry international friends 🙁 ]

  54. Diamond Creek in Melbourne (would you believe it was named after a bull named Diamond who drowned in the creek!!) thanks for the giveaway.

  55. Amazing and congratulations! (And I'm in the US.)

  56. Caroline says:

    Gorgeous quilt, thanks for the chance to win those fabulous fabrics. I'm from Sydney.

  57. AMM says:

    I am from Melbourne and would love to win this bundle!

  58. Hi Molli, another triumph on your quilting journey! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such a great collection of fabric, right here at home. I'm in Sydney.

  59. Di says:

    Hi Molli, congratulations on a quilt that's as colourful, quirky and multifaceted as its owner. As you know, I'm in Sydney, just down the road in your 'hood 🙂

  60. beckijade says:

    This is the most amazing quilt I have ever seen! The solids look great, and I'm a rainbow kinda girl 😉
    I'm from Tasmania 🙂

  61. Gorgeous quilt Molli! I am liking solid only quilts more and more 🙂
    I am in Townsville, Qld, Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. DeborahGun says:

    It is a wonderful quilt – I love the colours and the design. I am from Melbourne but currently living overseas so don't enter me in the draw 🙂

  63. Judith says:

    My sister loves quilting so I would give them to her. She lives in Adelaide and I live in the Adelaide hills in the gorgeous town of Hahndorf.

  64. pandchintz says:

    I'm in Melbourne – I love the colours in this specially, cleverly curated pack!!

  65. L.O.V.E. The mood Ring quilt. Very grown up play of geometry and colour. From Casino, Northern NSW

  66. Cheryl says:

    I am not in Australia so I am not entering the giveaway, but I wanted to tell you how much I like your quilt top. All of the colors pieced together works so well.

  67. Fran says:

    Your quilt top is amazing, such a great colour palette & the pattern is fab too! I live in Sydney – thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway.

  68. Ang says:

    Love it Molli!
    I'm from the Hunter Valley, NSW – Piping hot today!

  69. This turned out great!

  70. Katherine, Northern Territory. I love your blog!

  71. Yanderra, NSW – thanks for the chance to win!

  72. leanne says:

    oooh what a fabulous giveaway – I'm so into solids right now !! I'm living in Tumbarumba NSW 🙂

  73. Sue says:

    Perth, WA. Thanks for the giveaway! i came here from the Sunday Stash, great backing. Love the quilt also And you won! Well done!

  74. Jenica says:

    I'm in Bundy, QLD. I'm a huge fan of your quilts and your writing.

  75. Gorgeous! I'm in Adelaide SA

  76. Amanda says:

    Soooo pretty!! Blacktown NSW

  77. leanne says:

    thanks so much – can't wait to play with all that fabulous fabric !

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