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Table for...Eight?

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Happy Monday, all! I finished the placemats for the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild silent auction tonight. I backed each one with a different colour and quilted each one with a different motif. Great practice!
Fronts: 

Backs: The colour in the photo is not quite right, but you get the idea. 

I'm trying to decide if I should list them as one set of eight, two sets of four or four sets of two. Thoughts? 
Also, anyone know of any good April Fools jokes to play on kids? I'm itching to prank my three little wild things tomorrow morning. A friend suggested switching the kids in their beds so they wake up in each other's beds so we may try that. 
Have a great Monday, all!

TGIFF! - Innocence Lost, Courage Found

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Riddle me this: A woman is in a completely bricked-in room. On one wall, there is a large mirror, but there is no door. There's a bench in the middle of the room. She's a clever one though and she got out. How did she get out? Answer at the bottom. Hint: Think math.

I started this quilt a few weeks ago using the Fibonacci sequence up to 13. I worried that it felt too simple. You assured me that it wasn't. Thank you!

I took your advice and stayed simple with the quilting too -- lines every 1/2" -- but for each stripe I quilted the addends (I looked up the term) from the sequence in the opposite colour. Eg. for the red stripe that is 5" wide, I quilted 2 white lines along one side and 3 white lines on the other. I filled in the rest of the stripe with matching red lines.


I also decided to learn how to piece the binding to match the stripes. Yay! Lessons learned -- use the quilted top measurements not the original unquilted top measurements. I had to redo a number of…

Random Is As Random Does

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Nova Scotia may be closed due to yesterday's record breaking snow storm, but the voting is open for the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge until tonight at 11 p.m. PST. There are so many gorgeous quilts! If you'd like some precious purple inspiration, definitely check it out. My Purplelicious quilt is in the mini category. Just sayin'. ;)

I've been meaning to write about Canadian Quilt Talk for some time now because I love it! It's on later today, but it's a podcast so you can catch it later and listen to past episodes too. It's not just for Canadians either! 

Brandy Lynn Maslowski, the host of Canadian Quilt Talk, also recently did a successful kickstarter campaign to publish Kristy's Quilt, her children's picture book. Here's a bit more about the book: 

Kristy's Quilt is a heartwarming quilt adventure based on a true story. This children's book features 10 year old Kristy, a spunky little quilter who blossoms at the In Stitches Quilting Retrea…

Projects, Projects Everywhere

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It's been a long time since I've done a WIP list post and I'm feeling the need for a recap of where I'm at with WIPs/UFOs/PIGs and any other acronyms for projects in the works.

New Projects:

Placemats: These are for the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild silent auction. I'm trying for 'scrappy sophistication with a backing of fun'.

Fronts:

Backs:

Completed Projects:

Modern Totems: Blogged about here.


Current Projects:

Fibonacci of a Different Kind: This one is just about done. Will hopefully be able to share it on Friday.


Scrap{Bee} 2.0 Quilt: The quilt top is done, the backing is done and it's basting and ready to be quilted.


Carsick/Scrappy Trip Along: The last you saw this one, it was the kaleidoscope of colour with all the blocks laid out. The top is done, but no pictures yet. Backing fabrics picked out.
On Hold/UFO Mash-up:
Kingston quilt
Su{Brrr}nova Scraps
Stained Glass Lillies
Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop Appliqué/Quilt/Paint Thing Modern Block Monday Sampler Cho…

When Life Gives You Snow...

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Snow dye and make a rainbow! Like a lot of Canadians, I'm feeling quite done with winter. There are few signs of Spring around here. It's -10C today and we even got a 10-15 cm dump of snow on Saturday. Sigh!

Trying to make the most of things though, I decided to have another go at snow dyeing over the weekend. I used the same process I used last year. For those who are new to my blog, check out this post and this post for the results of those fun experiments.

Warning: Very photo heavy post!


First up, was Procion MX Sun Yellow 108 and Mixing Red 305 to make Orange:

Snow dye:
Melted:

Results:

Top Layer:
Bottom Layer:
Details:


Impressions: Some cool swirls and separation of yellow out in both layers. Interestingly, last year I used Golden Yellow 104 and Strongest Red 312N and the results are very similar.

Next up, Mixing Blue 402C

Snow dye:
Melted:

Results:

Top Layer:
Bottom Layer:
Details:

Impression: Love these ones! The blue is gorgeous.

Then, Golden Yellow 104 and Mixing Blue…