Wednesday, 24 June 2015

WIP | Pantone Challenge

Remember the Pantone quilt challenge hosted by Adrianne from On the Windy Side and Anne from Playcrafts? The one that wrapped up way back in April? Well, it's two months late but I finally got started on my Marsala quilt!

Yes, I've clearly missed the boat on this one.  But, I still wanted to take on the challenge of creating with a colour palette that stretches the comfort zone. Since Marsala has a bricky-burgundy vibe, I thought it would be appropriate to create a quilt with a traditional basis but somewhat freshened up.

I started with an oversized Young Man's Fancy block.  I first discovered this block while reading a Margaret Atwood novel - quilt inspiration can be found anywhere!  I worked out the quilt math to blow the block up to 30"x30" finished size.  I'm now working on HSTs that will radiate out from the feature block in various peachy colours - essentially tints and tones of the inspiration Marsala fabric.  I haven't quite decided on a layout yet so right now I'm kind of stuck.  

What do you think, lovely readers?  Should I proceed with option A (below, left) which has the HSTs grouped snug together, or option B (below, right) which has the HSTs drifting apart with gaps of the background fabric in between?

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, 22 June 2015

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on this years New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, I'm so glad you dropped by!

I discovered so many great new blogs and bloggers during last years hop, so when the call for participants came out this year I jumped at the chance to join in.  So far I've learned a whole lot of techy, bloggy things and have met a bunch of lovely quilty people too, so I already consider this to be a big success!

I'm fortunate to have an artsy-craftsy mom, so I've been exposed to sewing my whole life. Our Christmas gifts growing up were often homemade knock-offs of the trendiest toys (remember Pound Puppies, Cabbage Patch Kids and Popples?!?) Speaking of Cabbage Patch Kids, one year I received my very own, authentic, Cabbage Patch Kids sewing machine! **insert heart-eye emoji here**  So, yeah, sewing has been part of my life since forever.

OLD SALT | click here to learn more about this modern sampler

Quilting in particular, has been part of my life for about the last decade, but I got really hooked 4 years ago when I discovered the online modern quilting world and so many talented bloggers.  Since then I've started designing my own quilts, I've amassed a decent sized fabric stash, discovered a world of new techniques, opened an Etsy shop (I even sold something once!), learned a bunch of new skills, had a quilt published in Quilty magazine, and finally got up the nerve to start a blog of my own. Thank you, internet!

EPP MEDALLION | Click here to learn more about this work in progress

What I love most about quilting is the ability to express myself creatively, while making something tangible and functional and cozy. I love the hands-on, tactile element of the craft and the satisfaction of completing that final stitch in the binding.  Whether I'm sewing something slowly by hand, or whipping through a quick project, I love every minute of it. (well, maybe not the basting so much)  Lately, I've been listening to Instrumental music while I quilt - sometimes jazz, sometimes classical - which I find so calming.  Do you listen to/watch anything in particular during your sew-y time?

TALISMAN | Click here to learn more about this quilt

Hey, you're still reading! That's great! How about some tips now?

Quilting Tip: Make what moves you!  Is there something trendy in blogland that you love? Make it! Don't love that trendy thing? Don't make it! Intrigued by a new technique? Make it!  Are you really into hexies, or dresden plates, or improv?  Make, Make, Make!  

Blogging Tip: Link up!  Linky parties are a great way to discover new blogs, get to know your fellow bloggers and build up a readership.  When I first started my blog I felt as though I was typing into a void, but joining linky parties changed all that. So go for it and link up! (don't forget to share the love by visiting your fellow linkers and commenting)    

I hope you found those tips helpful, and if you're into tips, be sure to visit my fellow Quantum Quilters who are blog-hopping today too:

Allison at: New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Helen at:  Midget Gem Quilts

And, while you're at it, visit our lovely and ever-helpful mentors: Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs, Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter.  They'll link you up to even more new bloggers and an awesome giveaway!  

Happy Monday!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Sunday Stash | 001

Brace yourselves, people...this is my very first EVER Sunday Stash post!

This weeks stashing comes courtesy of a visit to my local quilt shop for a quick browse and to pick up some interfacing so I can finally get started on the Trail Tote that's been on my radar for a while.  

While at the check-out, my eye spotted something intriguing amidst the piles of yuck in the bargain bin.

These half yard cuts of black, white and cyan awning striped fabric were an absolute steal - just $2 each or 6 for $10.  So I bought them all!  I mean, really, when you can get 5 yards of fabric for under twenty bucks, that's basically free, right?!

According to the selvage, this is a 2012 print by Ellen Medlock - 909 Gallery Stripe. Each stripe is about 1" wide and the fabric has a really nice hand.

I have a plan for this stack that is somewhat experiment-y so it's a good thing I've got lots of fabric for trial and error-ing.

In other fabric news, I've decided to participate in the Midnight Mystery Quilt-Along hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.  I pulled together my fabric selections today.  

From right to left:
(A) Robert Kaufman, Essex Linen in Flax
(B) Kona Berry, plus some other stash fabrics of a similar hue.
(C) An assortment of low-volume prints/solids, including Parchment Paris Map by 3 Sisters for Moda which was another acquisition from my trip to the LQS this week.
(D) Kona Coal

The great news is that this is all from my existing stash!  I might end up adding more berry-esque prints, and surely some other goodies will make their way into my basket at that time, so stay tuned for more stashing!

Linking up with the effervescent Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash!  

Happy Sunday!