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Keeping it Simple

I have a great niece getting married in a month. Oh no! I started talking about making her a wedding quilt 1 1/2 years ago. I researched ideas that I liked, asked for her opinion on some of the quilts I have made in the past, and found My Great Big Fat Wedding Ring Quilt from QuiltSmart. It uses fusible interfacing, big chunks of fabric… I liked the look of it. My friend Sandy Lindal from Scrappy Gal Quilt Com had TWO daughters getting married, so she was joining me on this venture.

We decided to order the bolt ( currently $137- USD) in case we needed or wanted more rings- or another quilt! Ordering this from th eUSA is pricey, especially when you end up paying a LOT for shipping ($36) , and then get charged duty (~$60-) on top of that. So, pricey, but hopefully fast and simple to make.

I have written about my early steps in constructing this quilt here, where I decided to over-dye the blocks I had made to tone down any whites in the fabrics . For some reason, I then put it away for a while. Below is a rough image from EQ8 of what my version was to look like. Sandy showed her quilt at our recent in person quilt guild meeting. She had finished both of them! And they are stunning- hopefully she blogs about hers soon so you can see what I mean. This is a rough image of what it was supposed to look like.

Fast forward to me spending too long searching for my blocks. OK.. problems. I was missing one piece of blue background fabric (did I use it somewhere else??). After a few frustrating days I realized I did NOT want to deal with these problems right now- so back into the UFO category. Now what?

This was the push I needed..the wedding is now just one month away, and I had decided on a whole new quilt. So,I decided to look for a simple, modern design with lots of negative space, a range of colours, still mostly blue. I liked using solids in the Timna Tarr quilt I recently made. I made one block from this purchased pattern ( A Different Stripe by Denise Schmidt), and I like the slight wonkiness, but wanted something simpler, centred around various blues.

So, here is my quilt using the KISS principle- Keep It Simple Stupid! My sister, who lives in Nova Scotia, has a long arm quilting machine, so we decided I would ship it off to her for quilting, making it a gift from both great-aunts. Whew! Hopefully I remember to take a photo before I deliver it to the soon-to-be-married couple.

Off to the post office!

Some Colour in My Life

These days I crave bright colours. I dug out several UFOs that are bright and colourful, determined to at least move them forward. They make me so happy just looking at them!

This quilt is from a design by Timna Tarr called Color Confetti. Making those blocks was time consuming but the colours just glow. And now it is done! This will be a great quilt for our bed this winter.

I love the quilting design (thanks Sandy!!).. I forget the name of it, but it is a series of happy swirls that perfectly matches the light-hearted fun pattern of the quilt itself.

I plan to work on a few more of my “brights” in the near future. No promises that they will be completed anytime soon though!

Scrap Happy

One of the quilt guilds I belong to recently had a UFO challenge. I actually only got one quilt done during the challenge, too much on the go! And that still needs to be quilted, but that is for another day and another post. However this challenge did lead to some interesting half-explored ideas which I found tucked away. They have got me excited to get back to my design wall and play. Here is what I have been working on in the past day or two.. I always loved those circle blocks I had made, but didn’t know where to take them. And I have a LOT of brightly patterned, brightly coloured fabrics.. here is where this project stands at present, in bits on my design wall. SO happy to work with these fabrics!!

Not sure where this is going from here right now, but these bits are one step closer to becoming a quilt!

Fun Times Ahead

I have been working on a big project for a while now, and it is DONE.. so now I have time to play! I will definitely be getting out more, working on all those UFOS.. (too many to count!), and starting some new projects.

One of my granddaughters loves animals- everything from spiders to snakes and more. Right now her favourites are red pandas (and a baby panda has just been born at the Toronto Zoo!), and sloths. She reads voraciously and retains everything she reads, so I now know a LOT about these animals. I was at a local fabric shop yesterday looking for some backing fabric, and could not resist this sloth fabric. I turned it into a pillowcase for her.. hope she likes it!

Chips to Chocolate

I am one of those people who prefer chips to chocolate, so Easter, with all that chocolate, and Easter eggs everywhere, has never been a big thing for me. But now I have two young granddaughters, so I can’t let this holiday go by without doing SOMETHING. So what does a quilter do?

Well, I made postcards for each of them. So fun! And since I did this too late to drop them in the mail, I customized the stamps I put on them, featuring Brian and I!