Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Colour Pop - A Work in Progress

In April, I took a quilt design class with Elizabeth Olwen, surface designer. She has a great aesthetic. It was such a fun day -- hanging out with Elizabeth and the OMQG folks, designing, and quilting. Bliss.

I went into the class wanting to break my solids streak. Don't get me wrong, I still adore solids, but variety is the spice of life, n'est-ce pas?

This was my fabric pull the night before the workshop...

Fabric pull for tomorrow's quilt design class with Elizabeth Olwen. Yes? Prints!!! #ottmqg @wafflekisses @owlyjulie @lethargiclass @aboutkirstin

I came up with a few ideas that day, but this is the one that I started during the workshop. Big equilateral triangles. Like 8" ones. :)

Design ideas

Cutting, cutting and more cutting...

When I got home, I played with the layout some more...

Adding more triangles, small triangles...

Liking it so far...not sure about the name, but it will do for now.

I was hoping to finish this for this week's TGIFF!, which I happen to be hosting, but it ain't going to happen. Get your finishes ready to link up -- the more, the merrier! -- and we'll just have to see what I'll have finished...


Sew Sisters Quilt Shop has a cutting edge deal (ha ha) this month on Olfa 45mm rotary blades -- 2 pack for $12.97. Enjoy!
Deal of the Month - July - Olfa 45 mm Rotary Blade 2 Pack

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Happy Canada Day, Eh!
Hi everyone, I hope the weather is better in your neck of the woods -- raining here. It had better clear up in time for the fireworks tonight. We take our fireworks seriously around here!

Things are looking up. My mom finished her treatments yesterday so now we wait to see how well they worked. Fingers crossed, but it looks like they caught it early. Woo hoo!

School's out and summer has officially begun (not that you'd really know it by the weather lately, but at least it's green outside, instead of white!).

I've even been doing some quilting -- yay!

First, I caught up on my Bee blocks:

For Krista in my OMQG Bee, the Stamp Collection block by Elizabeth Hartman (tutorial). Krista provided the grey solid and we provided the scraps. She wanted scrappy...and she got it!

Stamp Collection Block

Stacked books for EP (EP provided the Kona Snow and the tutorial, but you can find a tutorial using a different method on Craftsy):


Flying Geese for Dom @ The Running Thimble. I love Dominique's inspiration! (tutorial from Quiltcetera):

  Flying Geese for The Running Thimble

Now that I'm all caught up, I do some other fun projects. I've started a project with these lovelies courtesy of the Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics... :D

  Just a wee bit excited to start playing with these fabulous fabrics! @fatquartershop @artgalleryfabrics

Hope you have a fabulous day and Happy Canada Day to my fellow 0.05% of the world's population. He he!

And the answer is, yes of course. ;)

Thursday, 11 June 2015

TGIFF! - Quilt Girl Spies a Turtle

Welcome to TGIFF, where every finish deserves a celebration!

Before I get into our party, I have some exciting news!

October Sky won second place in the "Excellence for Original Modern Wallquilts" at Quilt Canada's National Juried Show. Holy crap! Actually, I said something a little more graphic, but it wouldn't be polite to repeat it. ;)

When I think back to my very first quilt, there's no way I ever thought one of my quilts could get accepted at a major show, let alone place. I'm still grinning like a fool about it. :D

Okay, enough about that. It's time to enjoy some finishes!

My quilt this week was barely finished in time.

I've been working on a couple of new projects, but neither are close to being finished so what's a TGIFF! host to do? And so begins our tale:

On Monday, we started planning a baby shower for a colleague and there was my answer. I pulled out one of my wee spy tops, which I sometimes make as a leader/ender project, and found that I just had to add the border! 

Within a few hours, this baby was done! Doing the top as a leader/ender saved me about 2 hours this week (I've done this quilt many times so I know how long it takes me). Sweet!

Love that coral paired with the turtle fabric of the backing. Hopefully my colleague will love it too.

Finished quilt size: 42" by 54"

Phew! I always like a happy ending...

This fabulous quilty comic? Not me. It's fabric! Quilt Girl by Whistler Studios for Wyndham Fabrics. I found it at The Pickle Dish in Carleton Place for you local folks. You are welcome! :)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - October Sky

It's one of my favourite times of year -- the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by the amazing Amy Ellis.  I'm entering my October Sky quilt into the art quilt category. There are a number of gorgeous quilts already linked up so check it out when you get a chance. Even better, enter one of yours!

My October Sky quilt had quite a journey. It evolved quite a bit from the original design, then there was a lot of deliberation over the colours, and finally undergoing a lot of hand stitching and machine quilting.

The quilting is about 1/8" to 5/8" max. I'm thrilled with the movement that the quilting and hand stitching gives it -- like air currents.

Hope you don't mind a LOT of photos. ;)

This quilt is going to Lethbridge, Alberta for the Quilt Canada 2015's National Juried Show in a couple of weeks. Woo hoo!

Final size: 24" x 44.5"
Fabrics: Kona solids
Threads: DMC embroidery threads and Aurifil (50wt.)

I'm entering this one in the art quilt category.


Happy long weekend!
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