Showing posts from September, 2012

Colour My World Orange - When a Good Black Hole Goes Bad

I'll be honest -- this one is bad. I went to bed, thinking that it was pretty bad, but it didn't look so bad this morning when I woke up. Then I started taking pictures and well, let's just say I'm not feeling the love. Oh well, can't win 'em all.

It's supposed to be a representation of this photo of a black hole at the core of NGC 4261:
But I'm thinking that it looks more like an amoeba ate that black hole. Hmm.

I originally had something else in mind for this challenge, but I want to use it for the Wicked Blog Hop later in October.

It wasn't until Thursday that I came across this Crab Nebula quilt by Jimmy McBride in the latest Quilter's Newsletter that I decided to try something spacey. I found the photo on The Hubble Site. I picked a very simple one, but wow, there are some stunning photos on that site.

I then used the photo quilt technique by Maria Elkins that I've been wanting to try for a few years now. Once the layers were fused on, …

A Wee TGIFF! And I Know You Wanna Be Canadian Please

Happy Friday, all! First, I must show you this AWESOME video. I wouldn't be surprised if the applications to become Canadian skyrocket in the coming months as a direct result of this video. ;)

The sad/funny thing? I named a bunch of the moves correctly before the names popped up!

This small finish was started in the workshop I took with Heather Lair this summer. It's torn-strip appliqué and uses mostly the hand-painted fabric I made in her class. This is how it looked at the end of the class:

And this is Torn Landscape finished:
I'm pretty happy with it considering that it's a first attempt and was started in a rush. The texture of the raw edges is better in real life and I plan to try this again in a larger piece. It's 4" by 6" and finished with a satin stitch around the edge. I can see using a lot of scraps up with these kind of projects. If you'd like to see more of this style of landscape, check out Heather Lair Designs. Her work is gorgeous!

Hustling From Now Until The End of the World

I survived Beaver camp -- yay! -- but brought home a cold -- boo! We actually had a fabulous time and the weather was much better than forecasted. Phew! It was so fun introducing Daniel to canoeing and camping and watching him experience a campfire and sleeping in a tent for the first time. Now that I'm back from hustling kids to and fro, I can get back to hustling other things...

Back in January, I set some pretty big quilty goals for this year. I've been meaning to review them, but other things kept snagging my attention. When I started seeing posts for The 100 Day Hustle with Kelsey Sews though, I thought it was a perfect chance to get back on track! Great idea, Kelsey!

Let's review and update my goals - updates are bolded in burgundy:

1) Not just starting quilts, but finishing them!
Since I'm hosting TGIFF! once a month, I'd like to have a quilt finished per month. Some of these will hopefully be:A quilt to cover our own poor bed! - My Hudson's Bay Point …

TGIFF! - Oh My {Modern} Goodness!

It's Friday and I'm definitely celebrating! I finished my Modern Goodness top. Woo hoo!

I'm finally getting a consistent 1/4" seam!

So most of my points are meeting properly!

Here is the completed top, trying to blend in.

But I think there's some good pop.

Some lessons learned...the hard way... :)
When you've got a specific colour layout, number the rows and/or the blocks. Sew the bias edges of your triangles first. The Hex N More ruler actually helps you know which side is on the crossgrain (the tip is cut off). Try to sew this side last as it is the most stable (minimize stretch).Starch or Best Press is also helpful for minimizing stretch.Be very careful not to pull on the triangle edges as they are being sewn so you don't stretch the sides of the triangles.Use the little seam tips in the triangles for lining up points when doing rows. Once the rows are sewn together, then trim off the tips to minimize bulk.  I also finished September's Don't Worr…

Random Acts of Randomness

Cindy from Live a Colorful Life has started a great new linky party called Really Random Thursdays. I just happen to have a couple of random things that I'd thought I'd share with you today.

A few weeks ago, we took the kids to the Hot Air Balloon Festival across the river in Gatineau. We love this festival -- there's just something so simple and awesome about seeing a hot air balloon fill up and lift off. This year, we took some good friends of ours and the kids went ballistic when the balloons took off. It was hilarious!

Anyways, my oldest turned to me at one point and said, "Mommy, I know which balloon is your favourite." "Really? Which one?" "The one that looks like a quilt!" he replied proudly. How adorable is that?! And he was so right. :D

I pinned the TinEye Labs site a while back to share on the blog, but keep forgetting. On TinEye Labs Multicolor Engine, you can select up to five colours from its palette and it will pull up images fro…

Works in Progress Wednesday - September 19, 2012

I'm struggling a bit with low energy this week so this will not be a 'scintillating' post by any means. ;)

New Projects: No! There is a moratorium on starting new projects...but not designing new projects. I've been playing with a couple of designs for another triangle quilt.

Completed Projects: Heathia - It's done and shared.

Wee Spy Quilt - Made for a silent auction to raise funds for a local park renovation. Um, it didn't raise much funds. Oh well. It's getting a new home in the Queen Charlotte Islands! 

Current Projects: 

Modern Goodness - Making good progress and I'm almost finished the top.

Torn-strip Appliqué Landscape - no progress.

Appliqué/Quilt/Paint Thing - no progress.

Mini I Spy Charity Quilt - no progress.

Hudson's Bay Point Blanket Quilt - no progress.

Stained Glass Lillies - no progress.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees Quilt - no progress.
On Hold/UFO Mash-up: Modern Block Monday Sampler Selvage pincushions
Chop Suey Collage Tree

Stash Play - Saffron Tones

It's Stash Play time and I hope you'll play along. This is great little game to practice colour and fabric selection. As I explained last week, the 'rules' are really simple. Go to Design Seeds (or any other palette source) and choose a colour palette. The palette you choose can be one that you actually want to use in a quilt or one you just want to play with.

Once you've chosen your palette, find fabrics in your stash or even from online shops that work with the palette. You can stick to the palette closely or use it as a jumping off point for finding a solid fabric selection from your stash. No big colour analysis needed or even doing solids vs. prints like I did last week or the week before; just find fabrics that work with the palette. Also, feel free to choose more fabrics than the number of colours on the palette. My palette today has five colours, but my print fabric selection has 13. Do a blog post and link up below so we can learn from you. Sound good? E…

TGIFF! - Heathia

Happy Friday/almost Friday everyone and welcome to TGIFF!, where we share and celebrate our quilty finishes.

I'm definitely doing the happy dance with my Heathia finish this week.

This wallhanging was started in a workshop with Heather Lair this summer. We looked at the fabulous work of Sonia Delaunay, a Russian-French artist and designer, who inspired some of Heather's art. As my piece really combines both of their influences, I decided to call it Heathia. :)

When I shared this with you a couple of weeks ago, it was at this stage:

To finish it, I laid it on a larger piece muslin to give it a border effect. Then I quilted it within a 1/4" of it's life with my walking foot. Heather showed us a way to add another layer of design with this style of quilting - love, love, love. I used Aurifil (28 wt. light blue-grey - 2612) that Alex Veronelli of Aurifil generously sent me in the spring. I've been looking for a project to play with some of those threads and I knew th…

Colour My World Orange

I can't believe I forgot to do the intro to orange. Well, better late than never! This month's Colour My World challenge colour is orange. What a more perfect colour to explore as we head into Fall (at least in the northern atmosphere). The leaves are already starting to turn here. Lovely!

Orange is a really interesting colour. The real question about orange is, which came first -- the colour or the fruit? Well, according to Mental Floss, where "knowledge junkies get their fix", the fruit came first. Before the word orange was introduced to the English-speaking world, the colour was referred to as some Old English word (ġeolurēad) for yellow-red. Aren't you glad the word orange came along from Old French/Sanskrit/Dravidian languages? According to Wikipedia, there's also no true rhyme for orange in the English language. Go ahead, give it a try...

Orange is the complimentary colour of blue and as such is highly visible against a clear sky. Makes sense that saf…

Works in Progress Wednesday - September 12, 2012

Oh WIP maker, it has been six weeks since my last WIP report and I'm afraid that I've fallen off the wagon. I have started four projects and only completed two. Sigh! In my defence, they really are fun projects. :)

New Projects: 

Modern Goodness - Loving this new project!

Heathia - It's done. Woo hoo! I'll be sharing this on Friday when I host TGIFF! Remember, if you've got a recent finish, you are welcome to come link up and celebrate. Here's a sneak peek:

Torn-strip Appliqué Landscape -

Appliqué/Quilt/Paint Thing -

Completed Projects: Don't Worry {Bee} Happy - August's Block is for Alisha of A Squared Craft Affair.

Colour My World White - Finished and shared.

Current Projects: 
Mini I Spy Charity Quilt - Top completed. This is the project I was working on when I cut my thumb. I had intended to do the Jester quilting motif for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, but got a bit sidelined by the rotary cutter. I know y'all are, I didn't …