Showing posts from November, 2012

Colour My World Blue

When my dad died nine years ago, a good friend gave me a card with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." I've kept that card, usually on my office bulletin board, as a reminder that there is good -- beauty even -- in the midst of hardship. I cannot tell you how much I've leaned on that quote over the years.

For my Colour My World Blue challenge, I decided to do a quilty interpretation of that quote. This is Rough Seas. It may not look like it, but that little boat will make it. :)

I started with a 16" square of medium blue solid for the background and added the batting and backing. I drew the boat and wave sections with a Clover White Marking Pen as my general guidelines.

For the quilting, I used eight yummy shades of Aurifil blue (#2612, 5008, 2770, 1320, 1125, 2740, 2783, 2785) in a variety of cotton weights -- 40, 50 and even 28 -- to see if I could get the thread to act as the light source. Then I just played with di…

Plum Pudding, Purple Fizz, Icy Mauve...

I was browsing Pinterest the other day, when I came across this Moda Bake Shop placemat tutorial by Crazy Old Ladies. Love at first sight! I knew I had to give it a try.

As usual, I didn't follow the instructions precisely; I swapped white for grey, used Nature's Palette by Lyndhurst Studio because that's what I had on hand, changed the height of the placemats and used my machine to do the lettering instead of hand stitching the names. I'm such a rebel.

I found some of the names for the colours online like Velvet Slipper, Bunchberry, Taste of Berry, etc. and had fun coming up with others like Purple Fizz.

While the grey looks fine, I think the white is what gives it that paint chip feel though so I'll do the white time. Guess I should have listened to the teacher...

I like it with the ombre fabric, although mine was more swirly than the Moda fabric. I'm thinking this would also be fun to try some of these placemats using the Design Seeds palettes.

One gift done! …

Works in Progress - November 21, 2012

Things seem to be settling down around here a little. I've even had some time this week to start blog hopping again. Yay!

Completed Projects:

Blocks for Hurricane Sandy: All 20 blocks are done for the Sandy Quilt Block Drive with Michele at the Quilting Gallery. I had originally signed up for 8, but then started making 20 (strip piecing) so...I signed up for 12 more. I can't imagine having to deal with flooded and damaged homes in the cold -- my heart just breaks for all those people.

New Projects:

Commissioned quilt: Yes, that's right, I have my first commission! It's for a wee spy quilt for a friend's cousin. Even though I've made about 40 of these quilts for friends and family, this one has me more nervous than usual. It's coming along well though and it should be finished today or tomorrow. Aren't those butterflies adorable?

Colour My World Blue: For this month's Colour My World Challenge for blue, I thought I'd work on my free motion quilting. I…

Almost (Okay, Not Even Close To) Famous

Did you know that quilting is a great stress reliever? Duh, of course YOU did. Now more people in Canada know it too. The December print issue of Canadian Living (their site has an awesomerecipe directory BTW) has an article about using the five senses to de-stress during the holidays, which features yours truly waxing poetic about our collective passion.

So when the crazies hit this holiday season, go touch some fabric!

To my Canadian quilty friends who can get this issue, I highly recommend you leave it lying open to this article on the coffee table so loved ones can see it. Maybe circle it with red marker if your family is as observant as mine (Love you, honey! :) ). Then if you want more quilting time, start wringing your hands and muttering distractedly, "Butter, gotta pick up butter for the shortbread. More butter. At least 3, no maybe 4, no definitely 6. Right, 6 bricks. Gotta remember this time! Crap, how many did I say?" Before you know it, your loved ones will be e…

Colour My World Blue

Blue Moon 
You saw me standing alone 
Without a dream in my heart 
Without a love of my own... 

When I think of blue, that song originally sung by Connee Boswell in 1935 and later covered by The Marcels, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, among others, is the first thing that comes to mind. This month's colour for the Colour My World Challenge is blue. Easy one, right? Right!

According to Wikipedia (forgive my laziness; I have a very short window sans kids here), "In painting and traditional colour theory, blue is one of the three primary colours of pigments (red, yellow, blue), which can be mixed to form a wide gamut of colours. The RYB model was used for colour printing by Jacob Christoph Le Blon as early as 1725. Later, printers discovered that more accurate colours could be created by using combinations of magenta, cyan, yellow and black ink, put onto separate inked plates and then overlaid one at a time onto paper. This method could produce almost all the colours in the spectr…

Ottawa, EPP-Style!

If you are coming by from the Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop, welcome to Ottawa, the capital city of Canada! From October 1st - November 30th, we are hopping all over the world, EPP-ing in some fantastic locations. Check out the full list here and be sure to check out the other participants.

Colours I associate with my adopted city, and I think many other people do too, are red, white, black and grey. Red and white for the national flag, which you see everywhere here and particularly on Canada Day, when we host the biggest Canada Day party across the country. Our RCMP, affectionately known as the Mounties, and the Governor General's Foot Guards (nicknamed the Googoo Foogoos -- I kid you not!), dress in red and black. Red, white and black are also the colours of our hockey teams: the Senators (boo, hiss -- they are on strike) and the Major Junior team, the 67s (my kids' favourite team).

I did a post about Ottawa and the quilting scene here last year, if that interests you,…

Works In Progress Wednesday - November 14, 2012

Whoa, I just realized it's been four weeks since I did a WIP post. Not quite sure how that happened, but let's update:

New Projects:

Blocks for Hurricane Sandy: I signed up for the Sandy Quilt Block Drive with Michele at the Quilting Gallery to make some blocks for quilts to go to Hurricane Sandy victims. I promised to make 8 wonky log cabins and I'm making 20 almost-spot on log cabins. Um, right...

Don't Worry {Bee} Happy Bee: November is my month and I've requested improv pieced blocks from my bee mates.

I made this one:

Heather from Crafting... made this one:

Thank you, Heather! I love it! So excited to see what my other beemates make. Think improv rainbow...

Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop:
My turn on this fun blog hop is this Friday! Can't wait to show you Ottawa, EPP-style!

Completed Projects:

Save Big Bird: I'm so happy to report that Save Big Bird raised $100 for the United Way at the hubster's work. Awesome!
Modern Goodness: Done and shared for the…