Saturday, 23 July 2016

We The North Since 1867 - A Work in Progress

Well, I'm clearly on a red and grey kick right now. I designed this quilt last year in honour of Canada's sesquicentennial celebration, which will be next year, and I've been sitting on the design ever since trying to get up the courage to do the foundation paper piecing.

I'm not a fan of foundation paper piecing, or I wasn't until this project. ;)

The palette plus charcoal grey:

The first half - so far so good! 

Loving the value play. 

My 11 year old commented, "Those corners are 'tight,' Mom!" Thanks sweets! :) 

A satin stitched date. 

Ready for basting!

The completed top! I am so thrilled (and relieved) that the paper piecing worked for this design. It turned out as I had envisioned in my head. Yay!

Now for the quilting!

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Triad - A Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Finish

I'm pretty excited about the finish I'm going to share with you today. It's part of the Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour featuring Riley Blake Confetti Cottons and Crayola Colors. If you are new to my blog, welcome!

Now if you have been following me for any amount of time, you know I love solids. I'm new to Riley Blake solids though and I must say that they are pretty divine! They have a great hand and they are great to cut and sew.

Through the magic of blog time, I turned this delicious bundle of Riley Blake solids (Charcoal, Cayenne, Geranium, RileyBurgundy, RileyRed, RileyRaspberry, Rouge, TeaRose) ...

into this ode to the triangle, which I call Triad.

Why the name? Threes abound in this quilt -- triangles have three sides of course, the three floating triangles, three main sections of the quilt design, three layers of the quilt, three thread colours. So Triad just seemed pretty apt.

While I hadn't planned it, shortly into the process of laying out my little triangles on my design wall, I was reminded of one of my favourite t-shirts, which you can see in these pictures (Hi Maritime MQG!). Clearly my subconscious at work, eh?

This was definitely a quilt that I wanted people to step closer to look at the details so I went to town on the quilting.

I started with echoing the triangle seams, which gave a fun star effect at the triangle intersections and many little triangles.  

For the negative space, I used the walking foot technique I've used in various ways on HeathiaCodexSeparation of Church and StateA Stitch in Time and Night Flight. Only this time, I used two colours on the top (a red Aurifil #2250 and a charcoal grey #2630) and a lighter grey (Aurifil #2625) on the back and kept to the triangle theme of the design.

I did two triangles in the red thread and filled the rest in with the charcoal grey thread. While this is a very time-consuming technique, the texture is so worth it! This technique looks so great against solid fabric.

I also threw in a little Fibonacci sequence in the large red triangle. Can you spot it? Hint: 1-1-2-3.

Let's go even closer...

The back is a lighter grey and it shows off the texture nicely. Finished with a non-mitred facing.

Final size: 22" by 37". I think Triad is my new favourite quilt. :) 

Have you seen the other projects created so far on the Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour? If not, definitely take some time to check them out. Fabulous projects! Serious inspiration. 

6/27 - Salty Oat
6/28 - Allison Sews
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