Monday, 30 July 2012

Colour My World Pink

I'm a day early for the July's Colour My World Challenge linky today -- when am I ever early?! Tomorrow is my day on the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop and I'll be sharing my Growth Chart tutorial so I hope you will come back to check it out.

So. Pink. I'm not a big fan of pink, I must say. Too much of it as a kid probably. And yet I've known what I wanted to do with this colour for the Colour My World challenge for a couple of months now. I thought I might change my mind as this month progressed, but no. I picked pinks of different values from my stash, cut strips and wove them together on the batting.

I was trying to get a gradation effect of values from the upper left to the lower right. The first attempt of using the same fabrics on each axis was definitely not successful. Yuck!


I am trying to use fabrics from my stash so my choices are limited. The second attempt was not as successful as I'd hoped, but a closer to what I'd envisioned.


For the quilting, I decided to use this piece for July's 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge. This month was taught by Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy. I thought the tiles complemented the checkerboard effect of the front although the quilting is hard to see from the front.

I have to say that quilting over the raw edges of the weave proved challenging at times. If I do this again, I'd probably do the weave on fusible batting and then iron it down to secure the strips better, instead of pin basting.

View of the tiles from the back
I used the tiles to try different motifs, in particular trying to combine two motifs like pebbles and swirls or pebbles and paisleys.

I also tried the meandering feather that Emma How of Sampaguita Quilts uses often and I'm starting to get the hang of it. Love this tile technique! It's a great way to break up large spaces into more manageable sections.


I also used this piece to play out some Aurifil thread. I had two in my stash (40 wt. Blush Rose and the variegated) and a 28wt. light rose that Alex Veronelli sent me to play with.

I used the variegated on the back and on the medium value section, with the light pink on the light area and the Blush Rose on the darker area. Love, love, love all of them!


Although I'm not enamoured with the final piece, this was an excellent learning experience.
In The Pink - Front
In The Pink - Back
MC had a great collage of her blocks to date last month so I thought I'd do the same this month.



Now that we've had an easy month (he he), it's time for a tougher challenge, right? August is white. Yikes! More on white in the next week.

Happy Monday!

9 comments:

  1. I love pink but I think I like it best with other colours!! Too much is a bit sickly. The blocks look awesome together and the fmq is amazing as always :)

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  2. I like the gradient weaving technique, and it worked out great with the tile quilting. Your colour blocks look really good together!

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  3. I really like this basket weave! Your quilting worked out great with this block! Love the collage!!

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  4. is your growth chart litterally a chart for growth, like for measuring ever-taller 3 and 5 year olds, or do you mean you're charting your growth as a quilter? As it's a tutorial I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the former, because as uncle to those ever-growing 3 and 5 year olds I can think of such a chart being well-received!

    ... the 5 year-old is Matthew and coincidently his favourite colour is currently ... pink! :)

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  5. I like it M-R...the pink shades are great and so is your quilting...

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  6. You've done a great job with the tiles quilting - it's perfect for this project!

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  7. I love the quilting, and the basket weave. I've been waiting on this post to see if you could convert me (I'm really not a fan of pink,,at all). I'm afraid I love the gradations, and the patterns, and the quilting, but I still don't like pink :-0. I really enjoy seeing what you come up with in this Colour My World Challenge each month, and you have convinced me with other colours LOL.

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  8. Nicely done!! I am a huge Aurifil fan - glad you like it too.

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  9. I'm not mad about pink but I really like this basket weave effect. I'm massively behind with everything this month but luckily I have a pink bee block to make so I can kill two birds with stone and I will link up soon!

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