Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ohemgee Squee!

Guys! Ohemgee! Look what arrived in my mailbox today! 

Last year I participated in the Pat Sloan / Aurifil Designer of the Month quilt block quilt-along. Island Batik and Aurifil sponsored a survey about this DOM programme, tempting you with a possibility of winning one of two prize packages of fabric and thread. I won one of them!

OMG. Squee! 

They are so beautiful. A layer cake and a charm pack of Island Batik's luscious "Sweet Nectar", and a dozen spools of Aurifil's "Fifi and Fido" 50 wt thread. These will make some fine treats, I will enjoy using them! Thanks Aurifil (facebook.com/aurifil.quilt.thread/) and Island Batik (facebook.com/islandbatik/)

Here's a link to my 2016 blocks and flimsy.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ticker Tape Parade Quilt

This is such a fun piece!

I have seen this method a few times and wanted to give it a go.  This is a really fast and fun quilt-as-you-go method.  I decided to be very organic - no pins, no glue, just plop down the charms on the solid background, quilt across the row.  I did nudge the edges where necessary so they didn't flip under.

Washed and crinkly with nice fuzzy edges of the charms, I just love this quilt!

Showed this at the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting, and they asked for a demo.  Our December lesson was hatched.

For the two samples, I had random sizes and shapes in one, and the other design was in the shape of a tree.

Here are some of the inspiration that came together for this quilt ... 
And from Cheryl Arkison's book – Sunday Morning Quilts, “The Original Ticker Tape”

New Directions

"New Directions" on display at the
Chatham Kent Quilters Guild Quilt Show
May 2017

There was a wee bit of show & tell at our Christmas gathering ... 

This is "New Directions", a design by Janet Page Kessler, from the Benartex website.  The original design is two columns of opposite chevrons.  

This is one of the projects I took to the "Material Girls" retreat hosted by Sew Creative and The Marsh Store, in November 2016.  

This quilt started in Phoenix in Feb 2016, when I found the funky fabric with the dots ... not my usual colourways but it spoke very loudly to me!  
Focus fabric - the green with blue, yellow, merlot dots

I had also been learning about the effect of a "mud" background in modern quilting.  This fabric does have a beautiful deep aqua/blue, bright yellow and this rich, deep, dark maroon / chocolate / mulberry / merlot, in a cactus green background.  Not sure what colours they really are, but I liked the fabric!  

It took quite a lot of cogitating and percolating to find companion fabrics, pulling in some Kaffe Fassett aboriginal dots in green and red.  And to find a pattern!  

Here are the beginnings on the design wall at the retreat.

And the "first" final layout ...

This layout, as in the pattern, is 48" x 72".  Decided that it needed another row.  Went on a hunt for more of the background material, but of course with no info on the selvedge that was impossible to match.  Finally checked the project box, and discovered that I had already cut enough squares to do another row.  What??  I don't remember doing that!  Oh well.  Came together quickly.

The quilting was simple u-turns - horizontal in the background, vertical in the chevrons.  U-turns for new directions.  Love wordplay acting out in quilts ;)  

This was one of my quilts shown at the Chatham Kent Quilters' Guild Quilt Show, May 5-6, 2017.

Not Quite Squared

It was a breezy chilly day with snow for this photo shoot in February ... 

This wee quilt is for a Great Niece, from the pattern "Not Quite Squared" by Lisa Chen, from Fons & Porter.

Each of the squares had a fun design, from farm animals to guitars to swirls.  Bright, happy colours.

The Back

Farm Animals

Celtic hearts

Hippy Happy



The top photo is the finished quilt. The red/teal quilt was the first in this little series - I had not done a two-colour quilt and really liked how the bright red and deep teal work together.  The illusions in the tessellated design of the houndstooth intrigue me.  

Show and tell at Christmas
The red/teal is still in the 'to be quilted queue', My middlest helped design the black/white/grey/red design.  And came with me to the fabric store!  The white fabric is a beautiful, cotton satiny material with a nice sheen, and turned out to be a bit of a nightmare to work with.  Needed lots of starch to stay in shape and frayed quite a bit.  I was concerned too about that white fabric and how it would quilt up.  But it turned out just fine.  Sometimes, apparently, I fuss too much.

I even colour-matched the binding to the border colours, a new technique for mitering those corners.

Checking the final design - it's all together

On the frame - outlined each houndstooth / cat

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...