Thursday, 12 November 2015

TGIFF! - Carsick!

Welcome to TGIFF! I'm freaking thrilled to say that Carsick is finally done! Woo hoo!

This scrappy trip quilt started in 2012 when it was all the craze. My lovely Carmine group bee mates from the Simply Solids bee made 11 of the blocks here, with me supplying them with a grey and a purple.

Carsick quilt on grass

I was hoping that using the constant of a grey and a purple in each block would pull the scrappiness together, but it didn't quite work out as hoped.

Vertical photo of Carsick quilt

I think the problem is that each block has a colourway that works well with the grey and the purple in it's block, but is often very different from the blocks surrounding it. In hindsight, I think it also would have worked better if all the blocks were completely scrappy.

Folded Carsick quilt on fence

Also, if the blocks had a consistent value progression, I think it would have been a more successful composition. Live and learn!

Carsick quilt re-folded and hanging on fence

That said, I learned a lot about colour palettes in making this quilt. I adore many of the blocks in this quilt, just not so much together. From the blocks that my Carmine bee mates made me, I saw some fabulous colour combos that I wouldn't have thought to try.

If I couldn't love the front, I figured that I would try to love the back. Purples and greys, and a mix of solids and prints.

Vertical photo of purple and grey back of Carsick quilt

Yep, happy with the back, especially with the quilting!

I tried out some different quilting options, but the thought of quilting one all over design on this quilt just didn't appeal to me. So I decided to break it up. Did some orange peels, twists, and clamshells using some charcoal Aurifil thread on the top and some purple Aurifil on the back.

Close up photo of free motion quilting motifs on back of Carsick quilt.

I find doing different motifs breaks it up and adds some interest. It definitely made quilting it more interesting.

Folded view of the back of Carsick quilt.

Another angle of folded back of Carsick quilt.

This quilt is 73" by 97".  It's finally off my WIP list. Happy dance!

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Because It's 2015! Sponsor Snip-its and Specials

Happy, happy Friday all! I'm pretty stoked this week -- our new Prime Minister appointed a gender-balanced cabinet! And his response as to why it was important? "Because it's 2015!" Woo hoo! :)

Of course, some enterprising soul at Teespring has already created a t-shirt for it. LOL!

Because it's 2015 T-shirt

In case you too are in the mood to celebrate, check out these specials by Quilt Matters' wonderful sponsors.

The Running Stitch here in Ottawa is featuring 27% off their Christmas fabric for this month's Lucky 7 special tomorrow, November 7th.

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop Deal of the Month for November is a 30% off Kona Basics. That is $7.69/metre, people!

Sew Sisters Kona Deal of the Month

Canadian National Fabrics is now carrying Tula Pink's Eden collection. Woo hoo! Also, the Sale section is stocked with lots of sweet deals! Remember, there's free shipping on order over $50 in Canada.

Canadian National Fabric

Mad About Patchwork is featuring at 20% discount on Tula Pink's Eden prints until November 13th.

Mad About Patchwork
Hope you have a great weekend! 
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