Friday, April 21, 2017

Spontaneous Greenery

One of the defining activities in my personal quilting journey, was a fabulous week at the St Clair Institute of the Arts session, led by John Willard, another lifetime ago, in 2008.  The session was titled 'Spontaneous Geometrics' and John shared his methods.  I didn't know John prior to the session and I am so glad I was bold enough to spoil myself with a week of just quilting!  A week!  With John Willard.  

Fast forward to 2017 ... the Pantone colour of 2017 is 'Greenery'.  Bryan House Quilts and No Hats in the House Quilts are hosting a Pantone challenge.  (More info on the challenge ...) 

Here is my challenge result, entirely from my stash.  The slash insert through the boxes is my "Greenery" that comes pretty close to the pantone colour.  It's a nice throw-size, about 60" x 60".  I got a few nice photos in my back yard, although we don't have much greenery there yet!  

Introducing ... "Spontaneous Greenery" ...

The method is totally improv - piece a nice box, add more borders, some of them wonky. Slash and insert.  Add more borders, slash and insert as desired. For visual interest, float the insert across borders to make it appear woven behind some borders and in front of others.

This weekend (May 20/21) the quilt travelled with us to help open the cottage :)  
Greenery, among the greenery ...

A bit of the back ...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Zany Zebras!

So. Stinking. Adorable!

Todays quilty fun was with the Chatham Kent Quilters Guild in Chatham, with pattern designer Lorna McMahon from

There were fish, birds, monkeys, Chihuahua, and flowers blooming.  

For my herd of zany zebras, I'm using some fun and funky black & white prints.  

So adorable!  That is all. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge Spring 2017

The Modern Quilt Guild is organizing the Riley Blake Rockstar Challenge this spring.  Sign up was last fall and fabric packs were delivered a bit ago.  Love the orange and blues together!

Just needed to make something quilted ... This wee wall hanging (17" x 19.5") is my result. 

Thinking about the "Rock Star" theme, I latched on to my all time favourite song, Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water".  It's also one I played with a passion when I played piano. I could likely still play that one if I cleared the trinkets off the piano.

One of the fun new learnings at the London Modern Guild this year, was how to do hexies.  I'm not normally a hand-piecer, but I am loving the possibilities and portability of working with hexies.  So the hexies transformed into the notes for this representation.  Dresden plate pieces became the bridge over the free-cut landscape.  

Finished with swirls in the 'troubled water' and the sky (representing the wind making the waters, troubled).

This was so fun to do!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Modern Streak

Funday Sunday Sewing :)

Lots of fun with this quilt top!  

One of the London Modern Quilt Guild's sponsors is Mad About Patchwork, and our Sheilagh curated a FQ collection just for our guild.  Here is a snippet of that collection ...

And a bit ago, Hyggeligt Fabrics had Cheryl Arkison in to do workshops and a trunk show for the LMQG.  She did a workshop on Values, and another on Improv Piecing.  And now, Cheryl has a fabric collection she designed - "Tag", for sale at Connecting Threads.

One of the LMQG lending library books is "Go Big Go Bold" and the inspiration for my quilt top came from this book.  The "Harlequin" design in the book uses triangles but I used the Half Rectangle Triangle (HRT) technique.  My finished rectangles were 7.25" x 16", the top is approx 56" x 77".

I am delighted at how this came together, bring all kinds of modern together.

PS:  next time I will reverse the angle or reverse the light/dark positions when making the HRT ... and then I will be able to put together a 'Harlequin'.  Sheesh.  I will also work at getting the blocks to the design wall earlier in the process.  Ah well, I like the diagonal streak, will be fun to play with the quilting.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler Blocks - Ta-Done!

Block 110 Wood Lily
The last block!  This 6 1/2" beauty has 57 pieces.
My, oh my, what a feeling!  The blocks are ta-done!  

Blocks in the final push ...
Block 85 - Square Dance - a nice focus square!

Block 92 - Strawberry Basket.
This one is one of the unintentional duplicates.
I found it hilarious that the first one also had the same yellow and red fabrics :)

Block 94 - Tall Pine

Block 95 - Temperance Tree
Those are 1" finished HST's

Block 100 Weathervane

Block 102 Whirlpool

Block 105 Wild Goose Chase

Block 108 Windmill

The stats:

  • 111 blocks (actually 113 but 2 were unintentional duplicates)
  • 2,693 pieces  
  • Jan 7 2016 (Block 48, Homeward Bound,  14 pieces, Phoenix AZ) through Apr 4 2017 (Block 110, Wood Lily, 57 pieces, London ON)
  • 6 1/2" blocks
  • Block 38 has the most pieces (64 including 28 HST's)
  • Participated in a Yahoo Group throughout, which tracked a block each week and had lots of support
The methods:
  • paper piecing
  • paper piecing with inset y-seams (this is ridiculously difficult)
  • regular piecing
  • Half-square triangles methods 
    • 2 squares, mark on the diagonal, sew 1/4" on either side, slice and trim
    • tube strips - sew both top and bottom seams, cut triangles, press open, trim
    • magic 8
  • flying geese
  • quarter square triangles
  • strip piecing
Next up is the sashing and setting, borders, quilting and binding.

Secret Garden BOM 2016

Secret Garden Flimsy I participated in quite a few of Pat Sloan's challenges and quilt-alongs in 2016! This one, " Secret Garde...