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Colour My World White

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For those that are new to my blog, welcome to this month's link up for Colour My World Challenge. In a nutshell, each month we do a small project (e.g. your choice of block, mugrug, mini quilt) focussing on a different colour. Check out my Colour My World Challenge page for more info, if this is something that interests you. You can join in or pop out any month, and/or go back and do previous months' challenges.

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I've stated before that I'm not a fan of white. After What the FMQAYGQAL?, I can safely say that I no longer fear white though. I also love all the modern quilts with white in them, but wasn't sure how a piece with just white could work.

As with my black challenge piece, I thought doing something with texture and folding, as Ellen had suggested (Thanks Ellen!), would be a good idea. There's a fabulous folded flap quilt in Contemporary Quilts that I've been wanting to try for ages. Perfect!

The quilt in the book is much bigger than what I needed …

What I Did On My Summer Vacation...

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There's time to enter my Back in Action giveaway, if you haven't had a chance yet. I'm still responding to comments, but I'm loving the colour combinations you guys are sharing so far. Yum!

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While I was away, I had the opportunity to take a class with Heather Lair at the Sunbury Shores Nature and Arts Centre (gem of a place with great kids programs too!) in St. Andrew's. She was running a five-day course, but with family commitments, I couldn't attend all of it. She graciously allowed me to come for the first two days.

Let me tell you, those two days were AWESOME! I learned so much from her. There were three students in the class so we got a lot of individual attention. The first day, Heather showed us her work, which was displayed downstairs in the gallery. I had looked at her work on her website and was blown away, but it's even more gorgeous in person. Afterwards, Heather showed us how to paint fabric with acrylic/watercolour/fabric paints. Fun! Then …

Stash Play - Macaw Spectrum

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As I mentioned when I was organizing my stash earlier this summer, I rediscovered a lot of beloved fabrics and came up with an easy, little game to play with my stash more (sounds a little dirty, eh?). I'm also hoping that this game will help me get better at picking fabrics according to a colour palette. I don't necessarily plan on using these arrangements for any projects, but you never know.

So here's how it works -- I'm going to choose a palette from one of my favourite sites Design Seeds, and try to find fabrics in my stash that would work with it. Pretty straightforward and fun, right? Shall we give it a try?

The first palette I chose was Macaw Spectrum:


Here's my take in solid fabric:
The navy I have is quite a bit darker than the one in the palette and should have a little more grey in it, but I think the fabric palette still works (at least in person it does -- I'll work on the photos!).

Let's make it a bit trickier and try print fabrics:

Even thou…

Back in Action Giveaway!

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We had a wonderful vacation in St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick with my husband's extended family. Beachcombing, playing cards, going to town on chocolate during Chocolate Fest (I never thought I'd hear my kids say, "I ate too much chocolate!"), swimming, geocaching, hiking, and whale watching -- so much fun! I even had the chance to do a workshop with Heather Lair while I was there. Wow, I learned a ton and started some fun new projects that I'll share this week.

For those coming for the first time from Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Party, welcome! Here's a sampling of some of my projects over the last couple of years:




















I have lots to share with you over the next few weeks, including a new game I'll be playing with my stash that you might like to try too. But for now, what better way to celebrate being home from vacation and back in action, than a giveaway?

For today's giveaway, we have this loverly bundle of fat quarters:


You have two ch…

Flying Geese For Beatrice

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Just a quick pop in from beautiful St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick to share a quilt made by a friend of mine, Robin Tilsworth.

Those who have been following along for awhile know that I spoke at my guild in June about the online quilt world and modern quilting. I was blown away when Robin emailed me in early July with this completed top below.

I had shared my Modern Block Monday blocks and the book 99 Modern Block, in which this fabulous Double Flying Geese block by Lynne Goldsmith of Lily's Quilts is included. I have been too chicken to try this block yet, but Robin loved it so much that she went out, bought the book and put this quilt-as-you-go top together in two weeks! I love those colours. Beautiful!
Robin emailed me asking for advice on the border. She was a little stumped for a modern border that would complement, but not overwhelm the Double Flying Geese blocks. I sent her a few suggestions, including this preferred one:

Last week, Robin sent me photos of the co…

Colour My World White

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Welcome to the eight month of this Colour My World Challenge. This month's colour is white.

Before I owned a house, I used to think that white was well, white. Not so. When I went to the hardware store get white paint for the baseboards and trim of our first home, I got my first glimpse into the world of white. Snow white, linen, off-white, ecru, cream, Navaho white, ice white, eggshell, ivory and vanilla. All shades of white. In fact, there are more shades of white than any other colour!

Is white a colour though? As with black, there is a debate about this. Color Matters has some great answers.

Fresh, crisp, cool and pure, white is another colour imbued with much symbolism. The power of white tells us who the good guys are in movies. Brides in the Western world and Japan wear white, originally to signify their purity. A white flag is a symbol of truce. A white dove, peace.

If you buy a white car, it says that you are fastidious. Did you know that medical professionals started we…