Showing posts from January, 2016

Colour Pop - A Work in Progress

A cold has sapped my energy this week so not much is happening on the quilting front. Except that I've started quilting Colour Pop. I put in two layers of batting on this one so the quilting will really pop.

The triangular spiral quilting is simple in look but tricky to do. If you use a walking foot to get nice straight lines, there is a lot of turning of the quilt. Free motion quilting goes quicker, but is hard to get nice straight lines, which is what I want in this case.

I am trying rulers for the first time. Bernina came out with a ruler foot for their new long arm machine and it is compatible with the domestic machines (NB: check your machine warranty before you go out and get one). I've been wanting to try ruler quilting since I took the Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine class on Craftsy.

I'm learning a lot and some areas are not very pretty, but I've got it about 1/3 of Colour Pop quilted. It's going faster than the walking foot, but slower than free mo…

Weight of Love/Weight of 70s Love - A Work in Progress

Hi all, back in crazy November, I took a class with Libs Elliott. I'm so intrigued by her Processing work! The Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild invited her to come and give her Weight of Love workshop. Very cool.

Pre-work to the workshop included figuring out our colour palette. I wanted something with these colours.

I first coloured the numbered version, which would have allowed me to use the measurements that Libs had mapped out:

I also tried out the Colour Your Own version and posted them on Instagram to help me decide which one to do. 

The Colour Your Own version won hands down. Even Libs weighed in. :D

During the class, I cut out the pieces and put together the first two columns. While I was really happy with my Y-seams, the colours felt very 70s.

The class with Libs -- great variety of fabric choices, eh? 

When I got home, I laid out all of the pieces on the design wall. Meh. Not working for me. 

I replaced some of the yellows and oranges with some lighter purples. A bit better.


Q1 2016 Finish-Along Goals

Yay, it's Finish-Along time again! In case you missed it, I'm a pretty goal-oriented person. I find it motivating and would probably not getting anything done if I didn't make a game of things. I like my gold stars, thank you very much. ;)

Like last quarter, my list this quarter is going to be more ambitious than realistic, but it will give me the flexibility to finish whatever I feel like finishing. Remember, we like flexibility this year.

1) Rainbow House quilt - the top is done. Will blog about that soon when I can get a good picture of it because it's huge!

2) Colour Pop - it's being quilted right now. This one has the best chance of getting finished, I think. 

3) Heart Strings - some hand stitching and quilting to go. I would really like to finish this one too. 

4) If A Tree Falls - top is assembled! 

5) Leggings Light - Haven't shared this yet, but I want to turn these fabulous bee blocks from my Canadians Quilt Bee into a quilt. 
6) Going Fractal - needs…

If A Tree Falls - A Work in Progress

Happy Saturday all! For my Canadian peeps, Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is having a Free Shipping event this weekend. They have such great goodies in stock too. Woo hoo!

For my month of the Canadians Quilt bee back in 2014, I asked for modern Christmas trees a.k.a. triangles in red, aqua or grey on a solid white background. They could be improv, pieced or paper pieced.

Here are a couple of test ones that I made. I made these with a paper-pieced pattern I designed. If you'd like to do one too, use this PDF Pattern for Modern Christmas Tree Block 1. It makes an 8.5" unfinished block. I then added 4.5" strips on two sides, making it 12.5" unfinished.

This is another paper-pieced block. PDF Pattern for Modern Christmas Tree Block 2 also has 4.5" strips added to two sides, making a 12.5" unfinished block.

Back in February, I shared the blocks I'd received from my bee mates all up on the design wall. Aren't they great?

I played around with the layout a bit…

TGIFF! - Art Theory Pencil Case

Welcome to TGIFF -- Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday! My first finish of 2016 - woo hoo! When I'm playing around with colour schemes on a block or quilt design, I pull out the pencil crayons. I used one of my kids's old pencil cases, but rooting around for the right colour was annoying and I wanted a case that would show them all laid out and be easy to pick up and go (you know, when that hockey practice is done).

While out shopping with my sister over the holidays, I explained to her what I was looking for. She looked at me a little oddly and said, "Can't you make that yourself?" DUH! Of course I can! Okay, well not 'of course', but more ' yeah, I think I can figure it out.'

As soon as the house cleared of holiday guests, I got to work. And I knew the perfect fabric for it too. ExLibris by Alison Glass. I rarely get all "I must have that fabric or I will die" about fabrics or fabric lines, but this one was the exception. I didn&…

Simple, Fun and Flexible

Happy New Year, everyone! Woo hoo, it's 2016! I, for one, am not sorry to see 2015 go. Not at all. Good in several areas, but very rough and stressful in a few others. I think 2016 will be better.

I already know it's going to rock on the quilting front because I'm going to QuiltCon in February! And I'm taking classes with Gwen Marston and Melissa Averinos! So excited. I'm looking forward to meeting people from this fabulous online quilt world so if you are going, let me know.

Before we get to plans for 2016, I'll just finish up my Q4 goals for the Finish-Along with Adrienne on the Windy Side. Not really thinking I'd get them all done, I put seven projects on my list to give me flexibility to count whichever ones got done. Only one got done in the end, but after the crazy Fall we had, I'm so happy that even one got done. Moreover, Carsick had been languishing in the works in progress (WIP) pile for a couple of years so I'm pretty satisfied.


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