Showing posts from October, 2011

From Light to Dark And Back Again - Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Welcome to new visitors coming from the Bloggers' Quilt Festival! I'm so glad you are here. From Light to Dark and Back Again is one of my favourite quilts so I thought I'd share this one with you. I finished this in June.

I've been trying to work on understanding and using colour and value more effectively in my quilts. I purchased some Nature's Palette by Lyndhurst Studio last year and thought that it was high time I use it. The fabric has this fabulous value gradation that I wanted to keep intact. So I cut them in strips and played around with the layout. I tried it in a rainbow formation, going from dark on one side to light on the other, but finally settled on this more random layout.

I then cut up the remaining strips into squares and arranged them by colour and value. That's where the name came from; if you start from the upper left hand corner and go clockwise, the squares go from light to dark and back again. Love!

I'm also happy with the pieced bac…

TGIFF! - Re-Landscaped

I didn't think I'd have a finish this week. I don't plan on having a finish every week -- 'cause that's just crazy talk -- but I am trying to whittle my WIP/UFO list down and TGIFF! provides a great motivation for me. Originally, I was planning to finish my 10BX Leaves wallhanging because it is also close to being done and seemed an easy finish, but life intervened this week and I didn't get as much of it done as I'd hoped.

Yesterday morning though, I woke up with the idea of finishing up my landscape design quilt that I'd started in a workshop with Joan Bechthold in 2006 (2006?! How is that possible?). It was another really fun workshop. We were given a kit of commercial prints and shown how to create a landscape by fussy cutting the fabric and rearranging the pieces. Then Joan set us loose to create our own landscape. Although I was not a big fan of the fabrics, I loved the techniques we were learning - fusible machine applique, invisible zig zag stit…

Works in Progress Wednesday

What a crazy week! Got some good quilting done, but mostly been focused on other home and kids' stuff.

This Friday's TGIFF! party is being hosted by the fabulous Jess @ Life Under Quilts. Yay! Come check out the beautiful finishes and link up one of your own. Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details. There's also a linky if you'd like to offer to host TGIFF! in the future. We'll be posting the December hosting schedule soon.
New Projects: No new projects
Current Projects: Just Me and My Peeps - Just more cutting into the Castle Peeps this week and playing around with the layout. No sewing yet. Debating on whether to make this one a quilt-as-you-go too.

10BX Leaves - Off the On Hold list - yay! Based on your recommendations (thank you! thank you!), I'm going to proceed with the FMQ and not change out the brown. :) So begins the FMQ...

Completed Projects: One - Don't Worry, Be Scrappy! I finished my Scrap Splat Challenge for Generation Q Magazine. I'm r…

A Problem

I started this quilt in a wonderful workshop called 10BX for Fibre Artists by Mary Pal two and a 1/2 years ago (I think). Mary had set up 10 stations where we were to try different fibre art techniques. The theme was fall leaves. We did foiling, felting, seta colour, fusible transfer, watercolour pencils, plus several other techniques. It was so much fun and felt like we were playing.

I wanted to make a fall wallhanging for our entryway. After the workshop, I played with the layout, finished the top, sandwiched the quilt and did the straight-line quilting that I wanted. Then I was stumped.

I couldn't free motion quilt (FMQ), which is what I wanted to do to outline the leaves and add veins. I also wanted to FMQ the backgrounds and the upper and lower border with leaves. So into the WIP/UFO pile it went.
Friday night, I was thinking about this project again. I am able to do the FMQ that I want now so I was thinking that this might be a good project to finish up. Pulling it out again,…

TGIFF! - Don't Worry, Be Scrappy!

Yesterday was one of those days. You know the ones when things just don't go the way you planned -- not at all, not even close. They aren't really bad days, just one little thing after another goes off the rails. I try really hard to just go with the flow on those days and not make it worse. Not so successful yesterday though. Oh well, it all worked out in the end and today is, thankfully, a new day.

My day yesterday just makes this finish all the more fitting. Here's my scrap splat challenge for Generation Q magazine - Don't Worry, Be Scrappy!

Since the colours of the scraps were all over the place, I decided to focus on the values and see what I could do with those. We could only add solids so to help focus on the values, I just added one solid - black. For the quilting, I continued on the value theme. I had a pack of Wonderfil with 8 values ranging from pink to burgundy. I used those for the quilting. Not so sure about the quilting, but I'm going with it. I also…

Works in Progress #18

A huge thank you to those who linked up for last Friday's TGIFF! Party. We had 13 projects link up! Woo hoo! Such beautiful work so thank you for sharing it! For those coming from WIP Wednesday, check out the great finishes -- you'll be glad you did.

This Friday is Erin of Missy Mac Creations's turn to host TGIFF! Yay! If you have a finish, you are more than welcome to link up and share what you've done. Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details. There's also a linky if you'd like to offer to host TGIFF! in the future.

New Projects: I'm starting to cut into my Castle Peeps that I scored this past summer. :) This is going to be a twin-sized quilt, with a fairly simple design to show off those fun fabrics. I also added in some solids to the fabrics shown below. Bamboo batting was on sale so I picked some up to give it a try with this project. Anyone use bamboo yet? My first impression is that while it is super soft, it's very thin. I love the idea o…

TGIFF! - Falling for Stripes

Welome to our second TGIFF! Party! Laura at Quokka Quilts and I think every finish deserves a party so we launched this touring TGIFF! Party. Laura hosted last week, I'm hosting this week's party, and Erin of Missy Mac Creations will be our hostess with the mostest next Friday.

I know that I've totally milked this project with little peaks and teases so thank you for your indulgence! I think this is my favourite quilt to date. As far as I know, it's my original design. I qualify this statement because I look at so many quilts (obsessed, remember?) that I'm never quite sure if it's all mine or if I saw something somewhere similar and tucked it away in the back of my mind. If you've seen something similar, let me know and I'll gladly give the credit to whomever it belongs, if it's not me.

For those of you who have been following for a while, you may remember that I started Project Y (interim name) back in June. I didn't think of this as Fall-like…

Works in Progress #17

Wednesday already? I think I'm still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner. We're still eating turkey leftovers -- Turkey a la King, hot and cold turkey sandwiches, Butter Turkey. Yum!

This Friday is my turn to host TGIFF! If you have a finish to share, link up because every finish deserves a party, don't you think? Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details. There's also a linky if you'd like to offer to host TGIFF! in the future. 
New Projects: One - I was one of the folks chosen to take part in the Scrap Splat Challenge by Generation Q Magazine. My scrap package arrived yesterday and they weren't kidding -- it's a scrap splat challenge alright! The deadline is October 26 so I have to get a move on.
I think I know what I want to do so hopefully it will work well. Fingers crossed!
Completed Projects: Two!

My Christmas Tree Skirt that has been on my WIP list since before I kept a WIP list is now done! 
Project Y - I will share this one on Friday when I host T…

Fuddy is Not Duddy Challenge

When I saw Cheryl's post about hosting a Fuddy is Not Duddy Challenge, I knew that I had the perfect project. The challenge was to use burgundy, green, brown and one other colour so it's not fuddy duddy. This Chinese Lattice quilt (from a Quilt University course that I took a couple of years ago) has cream as a fourth colour. The burgundy and lighter green are Japanese fabrics - love, love, love! Fit the Fuddy is Not Duddy bill?

Now to check out the other participants' entries. Great challenge, Cheryl!
Just a reminder that I'm hosting the TGIFF linky party this Friday so get those finishes ready. Every finish deserves a party!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada and it's one of my favourite holidays. Other than making the turkey dinner, there's not much else to prepare; no heavy decorating to do, no gifts to buy and wrap. Not that I mind any of these things, but with three kids and hosting duties, the other holidays get kind of noisy and crazy around my house. Thanksgiving, for me, is a quieter time to spend with family and friends and be thankful for all the blessings we have.  Like many families, we have a tradition whereby we go around the table during Thanksgiving dinner and share what we are thankful for.  

This year, my sister and brother-in-law are hosting so we're in Burlington, Ontario (about an hour-ish southwest of Toronto). Road trip, yay! We've had a wonderful time and I am more stuffed than the turkey! Thank goodness for stretchy pants. ;)

For a little quilty tidbit, this is a wallhanging, called Charlotte's in the Pumpkin Patch, that I finished this past spring in honour …

TGIF Friday: It's Beginning to Look A...Little...Tiny Bit Like Christmas

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do it, but I did it! I finished one of my WIPs in time for the first TGIF Friday. I don't know what it feels like to run a 10k, but I imagine it feels kind of like this -- great! :) Now our poor Christmas tree won't be naked this year. :)

As I was finishing up the binding, I was watching this season's Quilting Arts DVD with my quilty friend, Eden. In particular, we were watching a couple of episodes where a mutual friend of ours -- Mary Pal -- was sharing some of her cool techniques and projects. We were commenting that we'd watched previous seasons of the series with Mary in my family room and now, there she was on the screen! We're so thrilled for her. If you haven't seen her work, check out her site. She does work with cheesecloth that is absolutely stunning.

If you've got something that you've finished over the last little while, link up at Quokka Quilts because we want to see it! If don't have a fini…

Works in Progress #16

I vow - yes, vow! - that I will finish up more of my WIPs. Laura from Quokka Quilts and I have similarly lengthy lists of WIPs so we are going to cheer each other on as we tackle our projects. You are more than welcome to join us. We decided to expand TGIFF, starting this Friday when she hosts it, and have it tour other blogs. Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details and please join us!

New Projects: Niet, but I'll have one next week because I was one of the lucky folks chosen to take part in the Scrap Splat Challenge by Generation Q Magazine. With any luck, my scrap package will arrive this week so I can get started. The deadline is October 26 - Gasp!

Completed Projects: One - Patrick Spies a Bottled Rainbow. Yay, I'm on a roll.

Current Projects:

Christmas Tree Skirt - This is the first WIP that I'm tackling with my newfound zeal to finish up my WIPs. Here's where this project stood yesterday -- pieced, sandwiched and partially quilted. When I was making this last…

TGIFF Is Going on Tour!

Hi everybody, I have an exciting announcement to make. You might remember my TGIFF (Thank Goodness it’s Finished, Friday!) Party. Well, it’s going to be a regular thing, and it’s going on tour! I contacted Laura from Quokka Quilts (in Australia!) to see if she was interested in co-hosting something together to help us finish up some of our works in progress. She was in! Yay! Emails back and forth ensued on what to do. We thought it would be fun to have a touring TGIFF linky party every Friday to feature recent finishes.

But...we didn’t think we could finish something every week or even every other week. So how to keep the momentum going? We each thought we could manage to finish a WIP a month, but what about the other Fridays? BRAINWAVE: Maybe some of our readers would like to join in and host a TGIFF party?! We can celebrate the fabulous finishes out there in the blogosphere, check out some new blogs and meet some new folks. Sound like fun? We think so too.

Laura has called dibs on …