Sunday, 24 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 motion quilting.

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Hope you have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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.

Then I replaced all of the yellows and oranges with more values of purples and magentas.

 Definitely better, but not quite there. Any recommendations?

Friday, 15 January 2016

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 to be sandwiched and quilted. 

Linking up with the fabulous peeps for the 2016 Finish-Along. What are you hoping to finish this quarter?

Saturday, 9 January 2016

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!

JANUARY 8 - 10


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 and thought I'd add one fallen one. And then the weather became beautiful outside. 

And really, who's thinking snow in April? We want to be done with snow around here in April. So these blocks got packed up for a bit. 

But then Christmas came and there was no snow here. And it was 17 C. My kids were wearing shorts. On Christmas. 

It was such a mellow Christmas that I pulled out those blocks, did some rearranging, replaced the fallen block with a less prominent fallen tree, and finished my winter landscape top.

I used different white solids and a white on white chevron print for the background with an aqua, red and white stripe that will also be the binding. 

Can you spot my fallen tree now?

The outside looks a little more like my winter landscape now. Now to mull over the quilting. Ideas always welcome!
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