Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Colour My World Grey

Happy Halloween, all! I have no idea where October went, but here we are, one of my favourite days of the year! It's also the last day for OctoberQuest at TGIFF! so get those finishes linked up before midnight to be eligible for the two gift certificates from Mad About Patchwork.

This is the first colour in a few months for the Colour My World Challenge that I've been really excited about. Well, I wasn't excited at the beginning of the month, but I was once I got a fun design idea. I suspect some of the excitement may be due to sleep deprivation, but we're going with it!

This month I wanted to use machine-pieced curves -- drunkard's path block, to be precise. Previous attempts to do precise machine-pieced curves have not gone well, but it's one of my goals for this year.  I even used EQ to design it (with only a little lot of cursing this time).
Grey Challenge in EQ
I used four tones of grey solids. The piecing went okay, but it is wonky at some of the points. Also there's a lot of bulk at the points (probably why the curves for most drunkard's path blocks don't go right to the seam -- lesson learned). I still need more practice, but at least I'm closer to being able to make this.

Once my little challenge piece was pieced (ha ha), I played with some quilting designs using trial quilting sheets. Originally I wanted to do some wind effects, in honour of Hurricane Sandy, but as I played around with the designs, this is what came up.

Colour My World Grey - Front
I used white and grey Aurifil, as well as some black Coats and Clark, to play with value in the quilting too. Once again, taking the time to play with the quilting designs using the trial quilting sheets paid off and I'm very happy with the quilting.
Quilting Detail
Quilting Detail
Quilting Detail
 And the back...
Quilting Detail - Back
As with my other challenges, this one is 14.5" by 14.5", with a zig zag stitch finish until the other challenges are done.



Next month's colour is blue! Let's see if I can get the info post up sooner than the 22nd this month. ;)

Linking up with Lynette at What A Hoot! for OctoberQuest with TGIFF!




And since this is something I've been working on this week, I'm linking in to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network and to W.i.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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Blessed Be!

34 comments:

  1. Oh M-R; that is stunning!!!! I love the gray, but the quilting is fabulous!!

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  2. this is awesome! do you long arm?

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  3. Very cool swirl design, it does remind me of wind! Your curve piecing looks great as well.

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  4. this is absolutely stunning - i'm already planning a quilt with a pattern like that as we speak!! gorgeous!!

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  5. wowzers! fantastic quilting! I think this is my fav of your color challenges to date :)

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  6. Spectacular! Really beautiful!

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  7. Awesome!! Your quilting is fabulous as always, and the curve piecing looks good too!

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  8. oye! You are seriously raising the bar! What a lovely example of grey and the quilting is so very cool!

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  9. Just beautiful....I really love the swirls...it really adds to the whole design. Love it!!!!!

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  10. GASP!!! This takes my breath away it's so amazing!You have some serious mad FMQ skills!

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  11. Oooh super awesome, M-R! I adore grey and this is just phenomenal!

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  12. This is fantastic and a bit challenging to me. I have been sitting on some of my Colour Projects, I think I am going to get my but in gear and get moving!! Especially as I love grey and have been looking forward to this one the most I think. Thanks for such an interesting idea for the year!

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  13. I love it! The quilting makes it amazing; the swirls around the outside of the pieced design are inspired!

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  14. Gorgeous! You did such a beautiful job on the quilting!

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  15. WOW. just WOW. Incredible quilting M-R, love how it's tying in with your background too ;)

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  16. When you play with gray in this manner it is anything but dull, incredible work including your quilting!!

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  17. M-R, that is STUNNING!

    And here's my link for a grey quilt:

    http://kitlangfiberart.blogspot.ca/2010/06/sparrow-in-rain.html

    (This comment will be a no-reply - I can't seem to sign in the last couple of days. But it's a problem on my end. Very annoying!)

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  18. Great piecing, and greater quilting!

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  19. The quilting is amazing! Fantastic work, I love the gray. Great design.

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  20. Wow! I love it! The quilting is superb!

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  21. The quilting on this is amazing! It's awesome!!

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  22. This is so beautiful! The quilting is awesome!!

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  23. gorgeous - the piecing created an interesting piece, but the quilting has put it over the top!

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  24. Amazing M-R! Your quilting is stunning! I saw this on Facebook, Aurifil shared the link.

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  25. A bit late to the party, because I just discovered your blog, but that is some elegant quilting! Just lovely.

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  26. I've linked the grey at last - off to look for orange!

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