Tesselation Twister

At long last I am revealing my most recent finish – Tesselation Twister. Tesselation is defined as a variety of geometric shapes, that are harmonious in nature but do not have any overlaps or repeats. It describes the quilting on this quilt perfectly. ‘Twister’ highlights the pattern and the tool used in making this quilt. I had many great name suggestions from my Facebook friends, and in the end combined several to come up with this one.

The story of this quilt started with some sparkly fabric I just couldn’t resist. If you have seen the beautiful colours and pre-cuts by Northcott Studio called Artisan Spirit Shimmer, you would understand why.swirl10

But it wasn’t long before I had buyer’s remorse. When is the last time you have seen sparkly fabric in a quilt? What kind of pattern should I use? What could I mix it with?

Then I came across a pattern called Twister Illusions by Quilt Moments. It was perfect. Of course I needed to buy more fabric to make it work. Such a hardship!

The project was set aside. Out of sight, out of mind. It was rediscovered during a construction project, as which time it jumped the cue to the front of the line and became #1 priority. I wrote more about the process in a post last August 10th.  Basically, the whole quilt is pieced with 5″ squares, which are then cut up using the Lil’ Twister tool. Then it is sewn back together again.

There is quite a lot of waste when using this took, so I cut the scraps into 2 1/2″ squares and used them on the back.swirl5

Then it went away for custom quilting. I didn’t know what to expect. Picking a name blind, and entrusting your quilt to someone you do not know comes with a certain amount of fear. Her credentials included belonging to the well respected Quilter’s Guild of North Dakota, and pictures of show quilts she has done for others.

She asked a lot of questions, and took notes. She knew what kind of stitches I preferred, and the ones I didn’t care for. Other than that, I had to trust her. She was free to be as creative as she liked.

When it was time to pick the quilt up, I had to be mentally prepared to hate it. I wanted to love it, but had to be prepared for the worst. If I didn’t like it, how would I react? Do you pretend to like it? Do you take it and run?

Then I saw it. I didn’t have to pretend. Not only did I love it. Not only is it a treasure I will cherish. It is a work of art. Every time I look at it, I see something new. Every time I look at it, I am amazed at the creativity; the attention to detail. Thank you Clem!

The stitching was a little difficult to capture on the black. Here are some close ups. The colours aren’t as clear, but the stitching is more noticeable.

It is a little clearer from the back, where the coloured threads show up more. You will notice that some of the designs carry across several thread changes. The work of a master quilter.

It was such a pleasure working with Clem Buzick of Creative Dimension.

Now, for a progress report on my 1st Canada Block Party quilt. I ALMOST cut the borders off but good quilter friends suggested I try blocking it first. The only space I could find big enough was the garage floor. blocking0Misting didn’t work, but a good soaking in the bathtub, lots of basting pins and several days drying did. It was magic. Well, almost. If the colours hadn’t run. Honestly, this quilt is fighting me every step of the way!

The binding is on and I just might meet my end-of-May deadline. The big reveal might be only a few weeks away.

This weekend I am off to Saskatchewan for a class called Rulers 201. I am so excited! I have played with rulers some, but know there must be tricks that make it more accurate and faster. Will let you know how that goes!

Have a great week.

 

 

 

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Memories

I must be getting old and sentimental. My preference is to dream, plan, and do.

But this post looks back. Quilter’s often share books and magazines, which I pick up to read while I am on the treadmill, in the bath or before bed.

bookI have no idea where this charming book came from, but it was published in 1949, and closes with this short story as told by a great grandmother from Ohio:

“It took me more than twenty years, nearly twenty-five, I reckon,” she said, “in the evenings after super when the children were all put to bed. My whole life is in that quilt. It scares me sometimes when I look at it. All my joys and all my sorrows are stitched into those little pieces. When I was proud of the boys and when I was downright provoked and angry with them. When the girls annoyed me or when they gave me a warm feeling around my heart. And John too. He was stitched into that quilt and all the thirty years we were married. Sometimes I loved him and sometime I sat there hating him as I pieced the patched together. So they are all in that quilt, my hopes and fears, my joys and sorrows, my loves and hates. I tremble sometimes when I remember what that quilt knows about me.”

It was a nice story. But these days, can anyone relate? It would be unusual to take 25 years to make a quilt – more like 25 in five years. And most of us don’t use old linens, shirts, ties, or patches in our quilts.

Then I started cutting scraps – it’s something I do whenever I have a few extra minutes. I first told you about my scrap saving system in a post January 7, 2016 . Since then, I have added 1″ squares (for zenties) and confetti crumbs (for art quilts). The throw-away pile is getting very, very small.

I have yet to make a scrap quilt so why cut all these scraps? My son says I have OCD. He might be right. It feels right to take odd shaped scraps and cut them into nice little squares. It feels right to think these pieces of fabric will someday become something more than scrap. It feels right to be productive when nothing else fits my schedule.

And there is something meditative about cutting. Then I realize I can relate to the great grandmother from Ohio after all. I have 6 years of quilting memories. Each handful of scraps bring back memories…

  • Here is the cat-in-a-hat fabric I used when I made my grandson a quilt for his transition to a big boy bed. He was so small then; so big now.
  • There is fabric I used in a 40th anniversary quilt. I picked the fabric with the recipient in mind. Didn’t like it then and still don’t. But these tiny scraps is all I have to remember that quilt.
  • These are scraps used in 3 graduation quilts. They were boys and boys never say much. Do they use them? Did they like them?
  • I came across fabric from various classes I took, and think about each teacher. I wonder how they are doing. I wonder if they realize the impact they have on their students, and how we appreciate the knowledge they share.
  • I come across fabric from the first quilt I entered in a quilt show. I remember the weekend I was home alone and cut out all 2000 pieces. Then, as I put the blocks together they were too small and I had to wait over a year while I took more classes and improved on my 1/4″ seam before getting good enough to finish the quilt.
  • I come across scraps of fabric I know I didn’t buy, and try to remember where it came from. Some came from members of my satelite group. Sometimes they give me a piece just ’cause they think I might like it. Sometimes they are closet cleaning and I pick it up.
  • I come across scraps from fund raising challenges, and I think about the organizations/individuals who received quilts and pillowcases from our guild.
  • I come across scraps that remind me of destinations, of quilt shops I visited, of retreats, and of the friends I made.

So, what are your memories? Do you enjoy playing with scraps as much as I do?

One day I will make a scrap quilt. And that scrap quilt will have many many memories stitched into it. Hopefully, it won’t take 25 years to make.

Next week I promise to show you what I have been working on. It’s a matter of finding time and the space to block a quilt, and then take the pictures that do it justice.

Have a great week! Please don’t be shy about leaving comments. I love to hear your ideas.

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Spring

Spring has finally arrived – I hope!. As I write this, the frogs who have taken up residence in the pond just under our bedroom window, are trying to sing me to sleep. As usual, I am trying to solve design dilemmas in the middle of the night. Does anyone else do that?

Last weekend I went to my first quilt show of the spring season so I will show you a few pictures from there. It’s always so nice to see the fabulous work some people do. My biggest surprise was to see that someone who follows this blog entered the Hexi Holder she made in our Quilt-Along last January into the show. That was special!Hexi Holder

I love it when old tablecloths are rescued from second hand stores and repurposed into quilts. I believe it is a linen tablecloth that came from Value Village. It is a beauty, and has fabulous quilting.

Black, white plus 1 colour is always stunning. This seems to be the year of red, and I am gaining quite the appreciation for it. The first one shown here was made by a friend I quilt with most Tuesdays.

And here are a few more, just for eye candy.

Finally, I just have to include this one. DH always enjoyed playing Snakes & Ladders during our evenings at the cottage (FYI- no TV, no phone or internet coverage, and only 2 radio stations). I just might have to make one of these so that he can play with the grandkids. ac8

I will discuss my design issues another time. I am currently spending most of my time quilting my Canada Block Party quilt, desperately trying to finish it by my self-imposed deadline of May end. We will see if that happens.

 

This week I will leave you with a few recipes from Ken’s Kitchen. He deals with a number of international students, as reflected in some of these recipes:

Have a great week. Enjoy the nice weather, new flowers as they bloom, and frogs as they sing.

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Applying Art Principles to Quilting; Part 1 – Colour

I am not an expert in art.

I even hesitate writing about it, knowing many of you are more artistic than I am. But I have tried to find art information specific to quilting. This post is to share my findings with you – and hopefully the writing part will help me remember!

Yesterday I attended a workshop called “Using Colour Can’t Scare Me” by artist/designer Bethany Garner. Last fall I took a Colour Confidence class from Laurie Ceesay at the Houston International Quilt Show. And I have been in seminars held by Karen Gillis Taylor, Pam Holland and Ricky Tims. All experts. All enjoyable. But all focused primarily on art quilts.

I hope that I will be able to apply the information I received on all my future art quilts, but at this point I am still trying to get a bed quilt right. Most of the art quilts use hand dyed fabric. I love hand dyed fabric, but won’t be making a bed quilt with it any time soon. Most art quilts are embellished with paint, buttons, or beads. Again, not likely on a bed quilt.

In my past sewing life of garment and home decor, I found patterns, found one fabric I loved, another 4 or 5 coordinating fabrics and then made multiple pieces of clothing that all worked with each other.

My first ever quilt (the Yellow Brick Road) called for 15 fat quarters in two colours. The staff at the quilt store were very helpful, but finding 15 coordinating fabrics in 2 colours is very different than finding 4 with one focus fabric!

Then you cut the fabric up, and the small pieces no longer contain all the colours of the larger piece.

Then you sew the pieces together, and you begin to have serious doubts. Pieces you would not normally put together are side by side.  Unlike garment construction, seams are not only visible, they form an integral part of the quilt.

Then you put the blocks together, and the look changes again. Primary and secondary patterns emerge, nothing like the fabrics you started with.

Then you make more colour decisions when you pick out your quilting threads. Quilting is whole other dimension! Light threads on dark; dark threads on light. Your quilt is bound to have one or the other, and information on this 3-D effect is seldom addressed.

I have taken many quilting books from the library in search of this information. One of the best was “Make and Love Quilts” by Mary K Fons. Most have a chapter on colour, and then simply talk about the colour wheel. Personally, I think the colour wheel is the most over rated tool ever(!) when it comes to quilting. In one of the workshops I attended, the instructor had us glue solid pieces of fabric around the colour wheel. How do you apply that to a bed quilt? Where on the colour wheel do you place a heavily patterned piece of fabric that contains a dozen colours? What about the large pieces of patterned fabrics that change when they are cut into small pieces? Where do you place the mottled batiks? How do you deal with colour when using fabrics that have a small amount but strong metallic elements (like the Japanese)? Where on the colour wheel do you place a fabric with two different but equal amounts of colour? Then, how do you apply that when you are picking 15 different fabrics, or 80 as I had to do on the split log cabin quilt I talked about a few weeks ago? Somehow I have a hard time applying talks of primary, tertiary, complementary and split complementary colours to my world of quilt making.

In another workshop the instructor talked about value and had us place 20 sheets of construction paper in value from light to dark. Again, I did not know how to apply that to a quilt, especially when using prints.

Maybe time solves everything. Maybe in time I will be able to visualize the finished product. Maybe in time I will learn to appreciate the colour wheel. Maybe in time I will make all the right decisions.  In the meantime, let me share with you some of what I have learned from the experts:

  • Colour creates unity and balance. This can be obtained when you keep borders, the squares of an Irish chain, the center square on a log cabin or other similar pattern pieces in the same colour family and of the same colour value.
  • Colour creates a mood, so think about the purpose your quilt will have, and the mood you want to set.
    • green is fresh and natural. It is restful for the eye and suggests stability and endurance. It has a strong emotional correspondence with safety.
    • blue is a cool restful colour that suggests serenity and dependability.
    • yellow is optimistic and happy but it is intense. It pops against all other colours. In most cases, moderation is required. One author suggests a 6:1 ratio (6 parts purple to 1 part yellow).
    • orange is flamoyant and controversial
    • red is stimulating and passionate. Some say that one red will go with every other red.
    • pink suggests love and tenderness.
    • purple is mysterious, rich and creative.
    • brown is earthy and comforting.
    • grey is neutral and everlasting. If you like modern, then grey is the new ‘little black dress’ that goes with everything.
    • black is sophisticated, classic and suggests power.
    • white provides balance and makes the other colours pop.
  • neutrals create balance. Neutrals + Scraps = balance. A patterned neutral is a piece that can go more than 1 way
  • solids give your eye a place to rest
  • tone-on-tone add visual interest
  • geometrics hold the eye
  • if using florals, mix large and small ones for variety
  • international fabrics create drama
  • novelty prints can be a challenge but cal also be the central element of a quilt
  • white noise is usually a piece with low contrast. Put them against a piece with high contrast so that you don’t get mud.
  • Value does all the work but Colour gets all the credit. Value, or the contrast between light and dark, is more important than colour. It is the secret ingredient that creates depth, and establishes the design. Value also expands and contracts. Dark values grouped together seem dense, light values seem airy.
  • Contrast is ALWAYS relative. It depends on what fabrics are placed next to it, and how it reads from 6 feet away.
  • the focal point if where the contrast is the greatest. Decrease contrast in areas that you do not want to accentuate.
  • More is sometimes better. A design that is not scrappy enough can look uncoordinated and limited. A fabric that is not right will stick out. Adding more fabrics, and cutting them smaller really does work.
  • quilts with repeat blocks need fabrics with strong contrast
  • when quilting, thread that is a couple shades darker is more forgiving. When you want to highlight the quilting, use a couple shades lighter.
  • use bright colours for modern quilts and subdued colours for traditional quilts.
  • warm colours (reds/yellows) and light values come forward; cool colours (blues/greens) and dark values recede. When you are substituting fabrics, consider whether it is an accent piece or a background piece. Different colours of the same value can work.
  • colours also have different visual impacts. Warm colours feel heavier than cool colours. Consider the placement of your warm colours and dark values so that your quilt will feel balanced. One example of this would be a watercolour quilt.
  • when working with analogous colours (3-4 colours beside each other on the colour wheel), include a ‘popper’ in a very small amount from across the colour wheel.
  • go for the Maverick Moment – blocks that diverge from general repetition. Make a block of an unexpected deviant colour; 95% happy, 5% risk. It’s unexpected, wierd and playful.

This has been rather a long post (with no pictures!) but I hope you get something out of it. Please feel free to post comments and give me your suggestions. They are all very welcome! Have a great week.

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Small Idea; Big Job

This is the point I start to panic.

It’s been all fun and games until now. Collecting patterns, buying fabrics, contacting friends (and kind strangers), making blocks. It was hard to stop. Just one more… Oh, this one is different… I don’t have one from there yet…

All is good as long as it is just a mental picture. Then…

This week I spread it all out. OMG! This is a sample – I don’t have space to spread them all out:

35 blocks of different sizes; 14 panels.

Now it’s puzzle time. Dozens (literally!) of flags, crests, maple leaves and other symbols. Blocks that were too big, too small or too busy. Bits and pieces of fabric that weren’t big enough for anything.

What was I thinking?

Time for a few decisions. First, I decided I would make two quilts. Two kids, two quilts. Make sense? Canada will only turn 150 once, so each child will get a Canada 150 quilt. Whether they want it or not.

Another decision was made as a result of a conversation with the person who usually does my long-arm quilting. Blocks with 3-D elements and/or blocks with a lot of fusible web are problematic for her, so I will have to put all of those blocks into one of the quilts and quilt it myself. Oh, Oh.

Also, I want to cut the panels into pieces but I will need to use as many of the pieces as I can since it’s next to impossible to get more of this fabric anywhere in the city. Can I do it without the quilts looking totally ridiculous, covered in flags and symbols? a8

So, here is this week’s work – the center of one top, pieced and sandwiched:

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This is the quilt I have to quilt myself so I am going to quilt it in sections. It will have 15″ borders added to all four sides. The back so far:  a7

That took all of the blue and gold fabric that I had. Some of the borders have been made:

For the rest, I will keep you guessing. As for that other quilt? I have just a few more blocks to make…

Fortunately, I have been down this road before and recognize that the panic symptoms come at the ‘puzzle and quilting’ phases. Just breathe. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Eventually it will be done and we can move on to the next idea.

Have a great Easter weekend. I hope it is meaningful for you. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post.

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Zenties

Volume 3 of Our Quilting was in my Christmas stocking last year.zenties0

Lots of inspiration in this magazine, but the first one to capture my attention was an article on Zenties. Don’t feel bad if you have never heard of them. Neither had I.

It’s very simple. You take a 1″ square of fabric, iron each side under 1/4″ and you end up with a square that is around 3/8″. These are then appliqued on to a base fabric in any pattern you desire. According to the article, the pioneer of this technique is Daniela Conrad

Here is the Zenties mini-quilt design they featured.

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And the Zenties handbag. Very sophisticated.

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At the time I read the article, I was contemplating a donation piece for Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library. The piece, to be auctioned off as a fund raiser, had to be less than 100″ in circumference and all red & white in honour of Canada’s 150th.

I had big plans, but in the end decided on something very simple.

  • 150 squares.
  • 10 zenties (1 decade) per row.
  • A celebration every 25 years.

And we have the first project that I started AND finished in 2017.

From: zenties

To:zenties4

The person who buys it will have to figure it out by the clue on the back: zenties5

This was actually a lot of fun. I think zenties will replace hexies as my travelling hand stitching project this summer.

Thanks for reading my post. Have a great week!

 

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From Ugly to Prince Charming

I won a basket with some uglies…

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I bought some pre-cuts with uglies hidden in the center.

I heard that if your fabric is still ugly, you just haven’t cut it small enough so I bought a pattern that called for small pieces of 80 different fabrics – 40 dark; 40 light. (Split log cabin by Judy Neimeyer, for the record)

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I bought more fabric.

I shuffled the deck according to instructions.

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I made the blocks. This was not my kind of fabric or my kind of pattern. Quilting friends told me to stick with it – it would turn out in the end.

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I decided I had a colour problem, and signed up for classes.

I put some of the fabrics on the back as a forever reminder.

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I posted a picture on FB.

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It got 1500 likes, 200+ comments and 50 shares.

Someone wants to buy it.

Go figure.

Have a great week. Thanks for reading this post.

 

 

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Around the Block Again

This week I finished some of the best patterns of Northcott’s Around the Block Party. Let’s start with one that was a top design winner – All Around Canada from Along Came Quilting in Calgary.

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Fortunately for me, the pieces were laser cut and pre-fused. All I had to do was iron them on and stitch around them. Hmm, that sounds easier than it was.

West Coast BC comes from Serge & Sew in Nanaimo, BC. A lovely scene, also done in raw edge applique.

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The Red Barn Quilt Shop in Campbell River gave us Kermode the Spirit Bear that I showed you a couple weeks ago. This week I was able to get the pattern for The Great Blue Heron that comes from their sister store in Courtenay, BC. The Great Blue Heron they feature is a sub species only found along the coast from Southern Alaska to Northern Washington. It is a fishing bird whose habitat is shallow intertidal zones and lake edges. Due to shrinking habitats and their unwillingness to nest near human activity it is considered a species of ‘special concern’ in Bristish Columbia.

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I finally got some patterns from Saskatchewan. Stand On Guard comes from The Sewing Machine Store in Saskatoon. It was kind of nice to get back to piecing. I quite enjoyed making this one.

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The Sewing Machine Store also has a store in North Battleford. We Remember will need a special spot on my quilt, with it’s 3-D poppy and machine embroidery.

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Block Party comes from Les Ateliers Quilt et Coton in Gatineau, Quebec. It is the only participating store in that province, and I was thankful for a former work colleague that made the effort to get the pattern for me.

Quebec.

We started with the west coast, and will now go all the way to the east coast. Sheila from Sheila’s Quilt World, went to Atlantic Fabrics in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia and sent me Unit 4 – the letter A. I have never met Sheila, but after following her blog and participating in her quilted postcard exchanges, she feels like a friend.

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We soon realized that Atlantic Fabrics has six stores and a person needs to collect patterns from all six stores in order to spells CANADA. I have Units 4, 5 and 6 (ADA). Two more are coming but we don’t know which letters they will be. The only one missing is from Greenwood, NS.

I was going to wind this up but obviously, I need to collect the remaining Nova Scotia pattern and collect at least one pattern from Ontario. People are starting to ask how many quilts I am making. That is a good question!

Have a great week. I hope spring has sprung where you are.

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What’s Your Mood?

moodHere is my Mood Board. It has been ‘in my head’ for at least 2 summers as I clipped and collected pictures out of magazines.

This week I thought we might take a break from the TransCanada Block Party and give you something to make if you should so desire. This project is lots of fun.

You may be asking what is a ‘Mood Board and how is it different from a vision board?’

A Vision Board is all about goals, blah, blah, blah. Sorry, did I say that? It was my inside voice speaking. After a lifetime of working, it’s nice to be spontaneous and not necessarily worried about numbers or goals, so I don’t have a vision board.

A Mood Board on the other hand, is a mini-collage that expresses who you are. It is a way of branding yourself. It reflects what you like, and what you want your work to convey. A mood board can guide your buying decision. It will help you organize your work and eliminate clutter. In other words, it provides focus.

My tagline is ‘modern quilting with a touch vintage’. I like modern, I am selective on the vintage side, I like rustic, and I like nature. My Mood Board reflects all of that. It is a little bigger and more colourful than it should be, but so be it. It reflects me.

Grey is ‘my little black dress’. It goes with everything. Grey & red, grey & purple, grey & yellow, grey & orange, grey & blue… What this exercise did was help me identify the values of these colours I like, and percentages.

Take a look at the grey, yellow and orange picture. When I think of pleasing moods, I think of sitting on the dock at the lake, watching a sunset. That is the intent of these colours. If I made a quilt to reflect this mood, it would be mostly grey with several shades of yellow and just a splash of orange.

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Here is the blue/green section. It is calm, natural, and I can just picture having a cup of coffee at the bistro table. What a lovely morning! Also natural is the birch bark. Nature provides us with many colours and textures as inspiration.

I love the modern and rustic elements of the grey & red picture – it just needs some quilts on the sofa!

You can see that I simply can’t commit to just one set of colours, one era, one style of quilting, or one of anything. For now, though, this is the Mood Board I am going with. I might add a few details if I come across things that fit. But I am also going to start a new collection of pictures and objects so that I can come up with a new Mood Board in several years.

If you would like to give this a try, here are some suggestions…

  • Go through a ton of magazines/flyers and cut out things you like. Don’t limit yourself to just quilting magazines. Cut out anythings you like -pictures, sayings, and words. Cut it as small as possible to eliminate any of the noise around it.
  • Go to hardware or craft stores, and pick up some paint chips and/or scrapbooking papers in the colours you like.
  • Go to antique stores, second hand stores. Walk around the house, around the block and anywhere else you feel like. Collect everything you like – buttons, trim, thread, bark, seeds, rocks, feathers.
  • Go through your pictures and look for shapes, textures and colours you like.
  • Make prints of cartoons, sayings or people that inspire you.

Once you have a good collection, sort it into piles

  1. Pictures that reflect a mood you like
  2. Colours you like
  3. 3-D items (like fabric, lace, thread, rickrack)
  4. Sayings or other inspirational things
  5. Fonts you like
  6. Storage or furniture ideas
  7. Discards (but don’t throw away yet)

Now look at each piece & decide what it is that you like about it. Is it the colour, is it the lines or textures, is it a single elemnt or a combination of elements? Maybe it is how the picture makes you feel. Set aside your favorites.

Next, start playing with fabrics. Work on several colour pallets if you like. Group fabrics and paint chips. Start eliminating colour, paint chips, and pictures until a pattern starts to emerge. In the end it is recommended that you use only 3 colours. For your main colour, get 4 paint chips – a light, 2 medium and 1 dark. For your second colour, get 3 paint chips – 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark. For colour #3, get just 1 paint chip.

Once you have some patterns and colours working for you, step away for a few days and come back with fresh eyes. It is recommended that you make a decision on 1 style and 1 colour pallet. Eliminate more items that don’t match.

Make your Mood Board. Tape the chips together and use them for shopping, storage and organizing. It will save you time and money.

Mine has only been on the wall for several weeks. I love looking at it. It keeps me focused on projects I want to do. It helps me let go of things that are not worth my time.The sayings inspire me and it helps me make colour decisions.

I hope you give this a try. Have a great week.

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The Party Continues

Ken’s Kitchen has been sending recipes, but it has been awhile since I posted any. This seems like a great time to give you a couple. After all, what is a party without food?

Dear hubby got a cast iron skillet for Christmas so both of these recipes were made using the cast iron. When its too cold to barbecue but you are want to make a nice steak dinner, try this T_Bone Steak. It was delicious. Not in the mood for steak? Then I recommend the Chicken Cacciatore .

Back to our Northcott TransCanada Block Party.

I promised you some more challenging blocks and yes, they were. The most challenging one of all so far has been the Star of Hope from Di-Versity Quilting Supplies in Pritchard, BC. 128 pieces in the star alone. 45 degree angle cuts. Fussy cut centers. Inset corners. Thankfully, strip piecing made it manageable and I only had to make one! Somehow we managed to get it together.star of hope

O Canada comes to you from The Fabric Addict in Lethbridge AB. Their design was tied for first place and its easy to see why. The scene strip at the bottom covers us coast-to-coast. This was a fun block to make. A little traditional piecing, paper piecing, and raw edge applique.O Canada

One of my personal favorites is Kermode, the Spirit Bear form the Red Barn Quilt Shop in Campbell River, BC. Kermode is a rare sub-species of the American Black Bear. Estimates peg their population at less than 400; 10% of which have a white or cream coloured coat due to a double recessive gene. I love it when the quilt stores give us the story behind their design.Kermode

The last one I will show you today is the Inukshuk from Earthly Goods Quilting in Edmonton, AB. A very simple but striking design.Inukshuk

That’s it for now. Have a great week. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post.

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