I know its Sunday, but…

I know, I usually post to my blog on Wednesdays. I call it Weblog Wednesdays. I’ve been fairly faithful about it lately…well until this past week. I personally was busy, but also our society seemed to be in an upheaval that affected all of us. We are all past that and its time to look forward to good things around us:

For the next 8 weeks,  I’m going to be posting twice a week. You’ll see my normal posts on Wednesdays, but starting today you’re going to see something special on Sundays.

A few weeks back, my friend Mark Hordyzynski invited me to participate in a Blog Hop, specifically a Mirror Ball Dot Blog Hop. I know you’re wondering what this is, so let me explain:

Mark is a fabric designer and if you’re a fabric aficionado, then you probably know some, if not many, of Mark’s designs. One of his claims to fabric fame is Mirror Ball Dot (MBD) produced by Michael Miller Fabrics. The MBD fabric line is reminiscent of disco days and the shiny ball of mirrors that made dance floors sparkle. This shiny, solid-colored fabric line has been around almost as long as I’ve been quilting. This year Mark and Michael Miller are bringing MBD back into vogue with some new colors. I hear it was a big hit with the Modern Quilt Movement crowd at QuiltCon this spring. Here’s an example of a lovely use by Elizabeth Hartman.

colorchoicesAs part of the promotion for the new colors, Mark invited 6 bloggers/designers to join him in creating something unique using a small selection of MBD and Michael Miller Cotton Couture fabrics. Each week we’ll post what we’ve done on our blog. I know what I’m going to do, but I haven’t started it yet. You can see my fabric choices on the right. Before I begin this project, I need to first finish up the pieces for my exhibit at Eye Candy Gallery next month (more about that on Wednesday).

Every Sunday one of us MBD enthusiasts will be sharing our experiences on our blog. If you’re a fabric lover like me, you may want to follow along, because we’ll be awarding some prizes along the way.

First up, today, is our leader Mark. He’s from NYC, but now lives in Hawaii. Since his move to Hawaii, I’ve seen a tremendous Polynesian  influence to his work. His MBD piece is a reflection of his new homeland. He also demonstrates some cool techniques for altering fabrics. Check it out “So Let the Hop Begin.”

And here’s the line up for the rest of the MBD Blog Hop. Stay tuned for some cool ideas ahead:

April 21:  Mark Hordyszynski – Launch of the MBD Blog Hop and his project
April 28:  Jamie Mueller / Sunflower Quilts – www.jamiemueller.blogspot.com
May 05:   Linda Solovic – http://lindasolovic.blogspot.com
May 12:   Karen Neary – http://sewkaren-lycreated.blogspot.com
May 19:   Elisa Asbury – http://stitchoutsidetheditch.com
May 26:   Dory Smith Graham – http://worthygoodstextile.wordpress.com
June 02:  Nanette Zeller – www.NanetteSewZ.com
June 09:  Mark Hordyszynski – Close of the MBD Blog Hop / More MBD Inspiration / Judging for Blog Hop Winner