Thursday, 11 September 2014

TGIFF! - A Banner Day for Otis

Welcome to TGIFF!, where every finish deserves a celebration!

Today, I'm sharing the quilt I made for my new nephew Otis. The last time I wrote about this baby quilt, we talked about the quilting. Lines, wishbones, loopy loos, stippling -- so many great options! I wanted the quilting to accentuate the bunting so in the end, I chose a combination of echo lines, loopy loos and stippling. The quilting was done with Aurifil 2021 (I don't even have to check the colour card or the bottom of the spool anymore to remember the number - lol!). I left the bunting unquilted. I like that the bunting puffs up, but time will tell whether that was a good call. If it doesn't wear well with washing, I'll add some quilting.

Here is the finished A Banner Day for Otis. I'm so very pleased with how it turned out!

A Banner for African Lion Safari

The fabric for the bunting cords, the backing and the binding is Red Clown Stripe by Michael Miller:

Originally, Otis looked a little 'under-whelmed' by his welcome gift.

"Really, Tante Mich? It's 25C out!"
But he's enjoying it now!

Isn't he a cutie?! This quilt finishes at 40" by 60" so it will grow with him a bit. I can't wait until he's old enough for me to tuck him in with this quilt.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

The lovely Anja from Anja Quilts and my TGIFF! bestie Laura from Quokka Quilts have asked me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop and I am happy to oblige! Anyone else keep wanting to add "in 80 days" or is it just me? I digress. I have four questions to answer for you.

1. What am I working on?

I have a lot of works in progress (WIPs) and I'll switch between them as the inspiration hits. This may seem like too many for some people, but I find that if I just let myself move from project to project as the mood strikes, then I stay more productive. I hate feeling like I "should" work on something because I find that it ends up stymying my creativity.

The project on my design wall that's getting my focus right now is this baby quilt for a friend. The late night lighting is throwing the colours off, but you get the idea.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm, that's a tough one. I think there are two things that you tend to see a lot in my work -- solids and rainbow palettes. With solids, I love that no matter which way I cut up the fabric, the colour stays true and I don't need to worry about a secondary colour in the print becoming the dominant colour in the cut fabric. I also don't have to worry about the figure/ground relationship of the fabrics themselves and can just focus on the design of the quilt.

I also find something really joyful in a rainbow palette. Two reasons really -- a rainbow appeared as we were leaving my dad's funeral when he passed away 11 years ago and my middle son went through a rainbow drawing phase when he was 3. The quiet time we spent together drawing rainbow after rainbow is a memory of him that I cherish. I've enjoyed discovering and working with different rainbow palettes -- dark ones, bright ones, and toned ones. All this said, I love trying new things and trying different styles.

Scrap{Bee} 2.0

Rainbow Creek

Rainbow Bright

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I love making beautiful and useful things. I always have. I love the tactile nature of quilts and their warmth. Seeing something I made -- especially something I designed and then made -- makes me happy and satisfies my soul. I started the blog to keep my writing skills active while I was on parental leave and to participate in the great online quilting community.


4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Usually I try to do some quilting (at least 20 minutes) every day. Once I get going though, I often end up doing more. It's going to be a challenge to do that going forward, but it's such a great way to relax that I want to continue it. When it comes to blogging, I mostly write posts as I want to publish them. With my return to the office though, I may try doing some batch writing.

Happy Canada Day, Eh!

Now, I'm supposed to tag 2 or 3 other people, but I think most of the people I know have participated already. If you haven't though and would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! :)

I'm hosting TGIFF! this week so get those finishes ready!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Bubbles - A Work in Progress

Hi all, happy Wednesday! First two days on the job have gone well. I have a LOT to learn, but the group is great and they are easing me in nicely. Phew! Shall we talk a little quilting then?

Have you heard about the Mystery Fat Quarter Event at Fabric Spark? Until September 14th, you can get a free fat quarter with the purchase of the equivalent of a yard (or 4 fat quarters, 2 1/2 yards, etc.). The Fabric Spark gang will pick the fat quarter to work well with your purchase. Fun! Aren't you curious to see what they'd pick? More details are on the Fabric Spark site.

I'm working on a quilt for a friend's baby, who was also born on the same day as my nephew. When we first began talking quilts and my friend told me the room colours (orange-red, celery and charcoal grey furniture), this quilt by Janet McWorkman immediately came to mind. Wanting to offer her more ideas though, I pinned a number of great baby quilts to a board on Pinterest to show her and get an idea of what style she'd like. She immediately zeroed in on the one I had imagined too. Love it when that happens!

I couldn't find a pattern so I thought I decided to try to figure it out and design something similar. I showed you this palette last week.

I laid out the greys and creamy white (Kona Snow) in the approximate proportions I was looking for. Then I cut out 5 different sizes of circles on freezer paper and filled the white area until I was pleased with the layout. (The photos are off - late night designing and all)

Then I started adding the colours, pressing the freezer paper to the fabric and adding a seam allowance to turn the edges under later.

All the colours are in place, but I find the Celery colour is a little lost. 

Better. May play around with this some more.

I had originally planned on doing the circles as turned edge appliqué, topstitched down by machine. Or maybe zigzag stitch around the circles. I could do raw edge appliqué, but it is a baby quilt that will see a lot of washing. I could also fuse them down and satin stitch around the edges. I'm still mulling the next step so please feel to jump in if you have an opinion!

Friday, 29 August 2014

TGIFF! - Lunch Bag

Happy Friday, all! I did get in some sewing this week and managed to finish this lunch bag. It uses Ayumi @ Pink Penguin's fabulous lunch bag tutorial. The fabric is Rashida Coleman-Hale's Washi line.

I've made this bag many times before -- here, here, hereherehere and here -- and I love trying to find a good fabric combination. This is the first time though I made this bag for me! On Tuesday, I will be starting a new professional adventure and returning to the federal public service. Yes, big changes are coming for the Quilt Matters household. I'm very excited and very nervous! Very, very nervous. Deep breaths. :)

We're heading into the Labour Day weekend here, hoping to see some hot air balloons and spend some time with family. I hope you have some great plans of your own!

It's TGIFF! is over at Ms. Midge this week. She has a beautiful quilt made using the Quick Curve Ruler -- gotta find me one of those!

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