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Colour My World Grey

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Happy Halloween, all! I have no idea where October went, but here we are, one of my favourite days of the year! It's also the last day for OctoberQuest at TGIFF! so get those finishes linked up before midnight to be eligible for the two gift certificates from Mad About Patchwork.

This is the first colour in a few months for the Colour My World Challenge that I've been really excited about. Well, I wasn't excited at the beginning of the month, but I was once I got a fun design idea. I suspect some of the excitement may be due to sleep deprivation, but we're going with it!

This month I wanted to use machine-pieced curves -- drunkard's path block, to be precise. Previous attempts to do precise machine-pieced curves have not gone well, but it's one of my goals for this year.  I even used EQ to design it (with only a little lot of cursing this time).
I used four tones of grey solids. The piecing went okay, but it is wonky at some of the points. Also there's a lo…

Modern Goodness - TGIFF! and Blogger's Quilt Festival

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Happy Friday! For those coming from TGIFF! and the Blogger's Quilt Festival, welcome! Today, I'm sharing my Modern Goodness quilt.

The quilt uses shades of green and grey, specifically lime, cactus, ash, charcoal Kona and medium grey from Heritage Solids. I've been wanting to do an equilateral triangle quilt for some time so when I saw Julie Herman's HexNMore ruler, I knew it was for me. I have to say that I love this ruler - four shapes in one, it's so clever. I already have a few other projects in mind using this ruler and one is even a hexie project.

Front:
The back is made of scraps from the front. I do enjoy the challenge of trying to use what what's left from the front.


With the graphic design, I thought simple quilting was in order. It's quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. 5016 in straight lines, echoing the seams. A fun surprise was the pattern the quilting made -- stars that show up beautifully on the back! Love! I bound it in the lime green for some pop …

Colour My World Grey

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Whoops, I did it again. I almost forgot to write the info post for Colour My World Grey this month. Only three months left and I have to admit that I'm struggling a bit with this challenge. I'll complete it though 'cause this is the real challenge part. :)

So let's talk about grey or gray, depending where you are from. Grey is the British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand and South African spelling and gray is the preferred American spelling, although both are acceptable variants.

Grey is not a colour I used in my quilts until I made this burgundy and grey one for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law four or five years ago. I had the hardest time finding grey batiks. Of course, now they are all over the place!

According to Sensational Color, "Gray is a color that is dignified, conservative, and carries authority. Gray is controlled and inconspicuous and is considered a color of compromise, perhaps because it sits between the extremes of black and white. Gr…

Now There's Some Cheek!

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Welcome to my stop on the Wicked Blog Hop! The tour starts today and runs until October 31st. I'm very excited to be a part of kicking this Wickedness off!

If you are new to my blog, welcome! I have an eclectic assortment of finished quilts and projects on the go at any given time and I love to try new techniques. I also co-organize TGIFF!, a fun, touring finish linky party with Laura of Quokka Quilts. We are celebrating our first anniversary this month with OctoberQuest, where participants get a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates to Mad About Patchwork!

For this blog hop, participants were asked to make a 10.5" or a 12.5" unfinished block that fit the Wicked theme. I wanted to play with dark purple and orange. I had thought about doing this for my Colour My World Orange challenge, but wanted to use purple and green so I saved this project for the Wicked Blog Hop 'cause what's more wicked than an asymmetrical 1/4 pumpkin? Such wickedness not to show …

Works in Progress Wednesday - Save Big Bird!

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Another two-fer. And this pattern will probably continue for the next little while. Son #1 wants a Harry Potter birthday party and I'm only too happy to oblige. I'm trying to play it cool with him, but I'm so EXCITED; it's a little ridiculous. Thankfully, there are tons of great Harry Potter party plans and ideas out there that I don't have to think them up myself. :D It's going to be Legend...wait-for-it...ary!

Don't forget that you can still link up finished quilty projects to TGIFF! for OctoberQuest! For each finished project you link up, you'll have a chance at one of two $50 gift certificates from Mad About Patchwork. Also, all participants get a 10% discount at Mad About Patchwork for the month -- TGIFF10 is the promo code. This week's party will be at Echinops & Aster!

New Projects:

Save Big Bird: They are doing a silent auction at the hubster's work so I made another wee spy quilt for the auction. Still smarting from the last silent au…

Q3 FA{I}L So On To Q4

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With the kids home from school and fall activities, I knew the third quarter for the Finish-A-Long with Rhonda from Quilter In The Gap was going to be tough. I thought I could still finish three projects though. Apparently not. Oh well, let's move them to Q4 and add one more...


1) Hudson's Bay Point Blanket Quilt: It may not have gotten done in Q3, but it's done for Q4!

2) Seeing the Forest for the Trees Quilt:

All of the blocks are done and the sashing is cut.


3) Red and Tan Wedding Ring Quilt:

Trapunto in the centres and finish this way-overdue wedding present. And do the tutorial for trapunto!


4) Modern Goodness:

Will be working on the backing next...



How about you? Any goals for this quarter?

TGIFF! - Canadiana à la Hudson's Bay

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Welcome to the next TGIFF! party for OctoberQuest! Is the opportunity of winning one of two $50 gift certificates to Mad About Patchwork getting you to pull out that WIP or UFO to finish? We hope so! Also don't forget that you can also get 10% off your purchases throughout the month by using the TGIFF10 code.

My finish this week is about six months in the making, but has been on my wish list much longer. The Hudson's Bay Company's point blankets have an interesting and not-always-positive history. I had one as a child and although I loved the colours, I always found the wool too itchy. Why not try the design in a quilt?

Quick recap:

Front:

Back:

There were a couple of things that stumped me with this one, the first being that I wanted to match the thread to the colours on the front and was worried about the coloured top threads showing up on the back. Also, I was unsure how to keep the back stripes perpendicular and square to the front ones and how to keep the tight horizon…

Let The Quilting Debauchery Begin!

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I've been focussing on the HBC point blanket quilt and I'm very happy to say that I'm done the quilting!

When people ask me how long it takes to make a quilt, I give the usual, "Oh, it depends on the size, how detailed the pattern is and how intricate the quilting is." I find it's usually the piecing that takes the longest, but I now have a quilt where the quilting took about 10 times the amount of time that the piecing took. I'm now on the binding and I'll be sharing this quilt next week when it's my turn to host TGIFF!

Speaking of TGIFF!, our first Friday of OctoberQuest is up and running over at Better Off Thread. Janice has a gorgeous Over The Rainbow Mini Quilt to share and there's already a number of beautiful projects linked up from which to draw some inspiration! You are also more than welcome to link up one or more of your own finishes throughout the month of October and you'll be entered into a draw for one of two $50 gift certi…

Works in Progress Wednesday - October 3, 2012

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I'm looking at my crazy-ass WIP list and trying to figure out what I can finish this month for OctoberQuest with TGIFF! I'm very excited that Mad About Patchwork has offered up a couple of gift certificates as prizes and a 10% discount for all participants this month. I think it's going to be fun!

It's been two weeks since my last WIP post so this is a twofer. While it looks like I've done a lot, what this actually means is that I haven't been getting much sleep. Add in that son #3 has a nasty cold and is up 3 or 4 times a night and what you have here is a walking zombie. Not enough hours in the day!

New Projects: The moratorium on starting new projects is barely hanging on by a thread. I'm planning my Don't Worry {Bee} Happy blocks for my month, which is November. I've got to start cutting...

Completed Projects: Torn Landscape:

Selvage Pincushion: Filled and sewed!


Don't Worry {Bee} Happy Block for September:

Colour My World Orange: My sad little bla…