Sunday, 26 March 2017

Wholecloth Experiment

I've been mulling over an idea about doing a colourful wholecloth using the walking foot quilting technique I learned from Heather Lair, which I've decided to start calling Lair Quilting. I first used it on Heathia, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Heather was an amazing artist, who passed away in 2013. I took a class with her in 2011 in St. Andrews by the Sea, NB. She was very generous with her art quilting knowledge and I haven't seen anyone else do her quilting technique other than me. Now that I use it so much, I've decided to call it Lair Quilting after her. Hope she doesn't mind! :) It also looks quite labyrinthian and that fits with the name too, eh?

Usually when I do Lair quilting (Heathia, We the North Since 1867, Triad), it's using one or two colours and it's meant to blend into the background. This time, I wanted to experiment with making the design with the quilting.

First, I laid down some black guidelines, with a mix of straight lines and circles.


Next I started filling in the spaces between the lines in different colours with my favourite Aurifil colours. 


Adding more colours...can you feel the rainbow yet?


Here it is from the back. Mmm, loving that texture. 


Just as I was finishing up the quilting, I thought it needed a little more. I started adding some hand stitching to define the shapes and make the colours pop more. I used 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss -- it adds a good line of colour, but isn't too heavy. 


Finished up the hand stitching this morning and blocked it. 

Updated: Here is the full view of the blocked quilt. Just the binding and hanging sleeve left to go. Calling this one Blessed. 


I'm getting impatient for this one to be done.

Hope you are having a great weekend! 

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Sights of Savannah

My friend Kirstin (@aboutkirstin) and I went down to Savannah for QuiltCon and had a fabulous time. Wanna check out some of the sights with us?

First stop - Savannah's Candy Kitchen



S'mores rolled ice cream...mmmm


Seeing the sights, through the rain



Gorgeous ironwork





Ya gotta look up!








Curiouser, and curiouser. No, really...why?!



For my cousins


 Williams-Mercer House

More gorgeous ironwork





Big boats


Those are all shipping containers


Segway. Pure awesomeness.


Bonaventure Cemetery



Interesting evenings


I spy...


Skullcrusher



There are no words


After a bit of an adventure, home!


I'll share more about the people and the quilts of QuiltCon next time. Have a good one!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fibonacci Twist - A Work in Progress

I decided to take my love of the Fibonacci sequence and my love of solids and challenge myself to see what I could do with it using my scraps.

I made these Fibonacci blocks several years ago and it sat in my WIP pile.


I pulled that out, took off the largest squares and made more 8.5" by 13.5" squares from my scraps.


Playing with the layout. Hmm, no. 


That's a little more like it. Now for a background that would make those colours pop. 



Let's go with charcoal grey. Yep, that's it. A finished top! 


I could see making more quilts with these blocks and my scraps. 

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Canada by Code Block

When Sew Sisters Quilt Shop approached me to design a block for The Canadian Sampler, a Block of the Month (BOM) Club to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial, it didn't even take me two seconds so say, "Hell ya!"

My block, featured for February, is the Canada By Code block. I wanted my block to have a modern look to it, but still pay tribute to our history. This simple-looking block uses Morse code to spell out our country’s name. Fitting too, since Canada’s primary long-distance communications method during the time of Confederation was the telegraph.

And while we don't use Morse code anymore, this 'code' block design is also a nod to our tech industry and lifestyle -- we're a pretty 'connected' society. Did you know that 82% of Canadians have high speed Internet connections? We are so connected in fact that the Canadian government has recently declared that high speed broadband internet should be considered a "basic communications necessity" like landline telephone lines. That's a pretty bold statement that's going to have major impacts on our telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of the country.
I like to think that this block celebrates our history and gives us a taste of our future.


The designers worked with Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000-241 Cardinal and 9000-10 Snow to design and create a block that expressed their appreciation for this country. I love the variety of blocks in this quilt that can appeal to all types of quilters.

Here is the finished quilt. Didn't they do a great job laying out all the different blocks? You don't have to lay yours out this way, of course -- you can lay it out any way you want!

The BOM kicked off last month, but it's not too late to jump in. If you'd like to participate, check out the Sew Sisters Quilt Shop website. Instructions for two blocks are sent out each month, with the instructions for the layout and sashing coming in the 11th month.

You can also share your blocks using #thecanadiansampler on Instagram. It's so fun to see how different people are making this quilt.
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