Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fibonacci Twist - A Work in Progress

I decided to take my love of the Fibonacci sequence and my love of solids and challenge myself to see what I could do with it using my scraps.

I made these Fibonacci blocks several years ago and it sat in my WIP pile.

I pulled that out, took off the largest squares and made more 8.5" by 13.5" squares from my scraps.

Playing with the layout. Hmm, no. 

That's a little more like it. Now for a background that would make those colours pop. 

Let's go with charcoal grey. Yep, that's it. A finished top! 

I could see making more quilts with these blocks and my scraps. 

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Canada by Code Block

When Sew Sisters Quilt Shop approached me to design a block for The Canadian Sampler, a Block of the Month (BOM) Club to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial, it didn't even take me two seconds so say, "Hell ya!"

My block, featured for February, is the Canada By Code block. I wanted my block to have a modern look to it, but still pay tribute to our history. This simple-looking block uses Morse code to spell out our country’s name. Fitting too, since Canada’s primary long-distance communications method during the time of Confederation was the telegraph.

And while we don't use Morse code anymore, this 'code' block design is also a nod to our tech industry and lifestyle -- we're a pretty 'connected' society. Did you know that 82% of Canadians have high speed Internet connections? We are so connected in fact that the Canadian government has recently declared that high speed broadband internet should be considered a "basic communications necessity" like landline telephone lines. That's a pretty bold statement that's going to have major impacts on our telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of the country.
I like to think that this block celebrates our history and gives us a taste of our future.

The designers worked with Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000-241 Cardinal and 9000-10 Snow to design and create a block that expressed their appreciation for this country. I love the variety of blocks in this quilt that can appeal to all types of quilters.

Here is the finished quilt. Didn't they do a great job laying out all the different blocks? You don't have to lay yours out this way, of course -- you can lay it out any way you want!

The BOM kicked off last month, but it's not too late to jump in. If you'd like to participate, check out the Sew Sisters Quilt Shop website. Instructions for two blocks are sent out each month, with the instructions for the layout and sashing coming in the 11th month.

You can also share your blocks using #thecanadiansampler on Instagram. It's so fun to see how different people are making this quilt.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Modern Block Monday - Transitions

For September's Bee Sewcial theme, Anne from playcrafts chose the theme transitions. I decided to do an improv, bargello like block to mimic the colours in and the reflective water of her inspiration painting, Central Park by Leonid Efremov.

Getting started - lots of improv strips.

More progress. 

The finished block. 

Approx. 17" by 24".

Check out what my bee mates made for Anne in the #beesewcial feed on Instagram.

You are always welcome to follow along with the prompts and post your blocks to Instagram under the #inspiredbybeesewcial.

Monday, 30 January 2017

TGIFF! - Heart Strings

This quilt is two years in the making. I first shared the my design process for this top in September 2015. I wanted to do a vertical version of October Sky, but in reds.

Just as I was starting the hand stitching, my mom got very sick. She spent almost two weeks in the hospital and I brought this project along to help pass the time and manage the fear and sadness.

After her stay and all the emotion from that time, I just couldn't work on this project for a while. She's had multiple hospital visits since and each time, I've brought this project along. It's been quite therapeutic.

I finally finished this in the fall. I'm so glad this one is done. It feels like closure on that time.

With all the emotions stitched into this project, the design and the colours, Heart Strings seemed an appropriate name. To me, this is not a happy quilt and I've been reluctant to share it. Given the events of the last few days in the States and in Quebec City last night, I feel like my heart is breaking again so I thought it's time to share the quilt.

Some photos of the details.

I really love the texture of the hand stitch and machine quilting combination. I used 6 shades of red DMC floss and Aurifil thread for the red section and 2 shades of grey DMC and Aurifil thread for the grey background. 

Final size: 30" by 19"

I'll be linking up with TGIFF! later this week.

Hopeful things will get better. Take care! XO
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