Saturday, 11 April 2015

Catching Up

Hey there, it's been a while, eh? As I mentioned in my last post, there's some not-so-fun stuff going on around here. Long story short: My mom had a bleed in her brain on March 6th, which prompted brain surgery and more exploring, which found lung cancer, but no brain cancer. She's recovering well from the surgery and more tests this past week will tell us whether her lung cancer is treatable. Yeah, it sucks. Really, really sucks! At least she's here in Ottawa so I can help her and bring her to appointments, etc.

All of this has meant no sewing until this past week. It's been frustrating not to be able to do what I know will help me relieve the stress. Some deadlines and overdue bee blocks are starting to wear on me so this week I carved out some time to myself and got back to the sewing machine.

First up was our Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild Block Design Challenge/Montreal Meetup Challenge. They are separate challenges, but I'm combining mine!

The Block Design Challenge is what I'm running for our guild. The idea is to challenge people to design modern blocks. Each month for nine months, I provided a starter block that has one or two lines in it for people to finish. There are three levels to this challenge:
1) Finish drawing the block any which way you want to.
2) Colour in the block.
3) Make the block and turn them all into a quilt.

Because we want to share the challenge quilts in May at the OVQG Quilt Show to showcase modern quilting, we put all nine months up in Flickr back in the Fall. A few people have already completed their blocks/quilts - huge kudos to Heather and Krista for leading the charge!

The Montreal Meetup Challenge was to design a quilt that is 30" by 40" and displays one or more modern quilt design principles. Our guild is meeting with the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild next weekend for a one-day retreat midway between Montreal and Ottawa. I can't tell you just how excited I am to meet up with the MMQG folks and just breathe quilting for a day. :)

Here are my OMQG Block Design blocks drawn out and coloured:

I had planned on making it in black and white, but the night before I started making it, I decided I needed some colour.

This is looking more like white and fuchsia, but it's actually a bone and wine colour. My blocks are pieced together either by paper foundation piecing or standard piecing. Don't let the simple design fool you, there are several partial seams in there! I think the blocks are arranged in the monthly order too.

Then I added an asymmetrical border to get it to the 30" by 40" size for the Montreal meetup. 

Modern quilt design elements at play here: Asymmetry, high contrast graphic areas of solid colours, negative space, alternate grid work, and minimalism.

Kind of looks like it's a code of some sort...hmm.

I doubt I'll get it finished in time for next week's meetup but at least I'll have a top to share. Now to those bee blocks!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

TGIFF! - A Place for Each Child...

And each child in his place. That's the idea, anyway. It's been awhile. Sorry about that. There's some not-so-fun stuff going on around here.

Before the not-so-fun stuff started though, I did finish the boys' placemats so that is what I'm going to celebrate today!

Each boy picked out the colours he wanted for his placemat. The two older boys helped with the design and improv piecing. I did the quilting and the binding. Love these collaborative efforts!

Daniel went for a monochromatic look.

Micah (with a little help from Mama) went for these colours.

And chose a Star Wars backing.

Patrick went bold with this colour palette. In making his placemat, we talked about dominant and accent colours for the colour palette. He chose blues to be the dominant colour and red, salmon and purple for the accent colours. The salmon is looking kind of dominant though. I guess the next lesson will be about proportion. Lol! 

Think having these nice placemats will curb dinnertime chaos? Yeah, me neither. But I can dream... ;)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Marking Your Space

Bundle Bonanza 1000B-b-b-bonanza! Bundle Bonanza, that is, is on at Sew Sisters this weekend. Great bundles of coordinating fat quarters at delicious prices (yes, I haven't had breakfast yet). On until tomorrow!


By some scheduling miracle a couple of weekends ago, we got to spend a Saturday morning hanging out at home instead of the arena. Even better, I could spend it in my sewing studio sewing with my boys. Woo hoo!

I've been promising them placemats for some time. I pulled out the solid scrap bin and had them choose what colours they'd like.




Daniel's is finished and with a little luck, we may just finish the other two up this weekend!

Have a great weekend all!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Welcome Canadian National Fabric!

quilt matters sidebarHappy Wednesday, all! Can you really say that about a Wednesday? Well, I'm going to anyway. Not only am I happy that it is Wednesday, but I'm also happy to introduce a new sponsor to you!

Canadian National Fabric is a Canadian online fabric store based in the Caledon, Ontario area. Bebe and her team have over 1800 products available.

How awesome is their logo? Three of my favourite things - Fabric, Canada and beavers (I'm also a Beaver leader with Scouts for those who don't know).

Canadian National Fabric offers a flat rate $5 shipping across Canada and free shipping if you spend over $50. Hello?! They also offer flat rate shipping to the U.S. and other countries internationally -- check out their site for details.

They offer a cool "Cash for Stash" Points reward program for all customers, where your purchases get you points for discounts towards future purchases. Sweet!

Here are just a few of the gems that caught my eye recently:

Modern Mixers: Cobalt Blue

Riding Hood: Story Grey

Penelope: Aqua Baubles

Classics: Millefiore Pastel

Geekly Chic: Geekly Cameras Blue

oooh, and this:

The Chalk Line: 2129-001

I'll definitely be pick up some of this fabric!

If you aren't already familiar with Canadian National Fabric, I hope you get a chance to check them out. They have a great variety of fabrics to suit everyone's needs. 

Thank you, Canadian National Fabric, for sponsoring Quilt Matters! 
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