Thursday, 8 October 2015

TGIFF! - Bubbles for Malcolm

Welcome to TGIFF! Boy, is this ever a TGIFF for me! Quilting time is at a premium these days with Fall activities in full swing. I was determined to finish this quilt for my turn to host TGIFF! though.

It took a few late nights, some early mornings and a lunch break here and there to finish this quilt, but it. Is. DONE! And I love it. This one is going to be a hard one to give away, but I'm so excited (dare I say 'bubbling' with excitement) to give it to Malcolm.

Hugely inspired by Janet Workman's gorgeous quilt, this baby quilt for my friend's son started out well, but had a few challenges along the way. It is a trickier quilt than it looks.

The last time I shared this, we talked quilting options. It's always so helpful to get other people's opinions so thank you for sharing your ideas! For the quilting, I used matching threads with the fabrics and did different motifs in the bubbles.

Love this one - asymmetrical swirl. :)

 I loved it so much, I did another.

In the light grey background, I broke up with negative space with some cloud sections. Each section has a different quilting motif (or two).

And definitely some large spirals and pebbles!

The backing is the IKEA numbers fabric I bought before it was discontinued.

Bubbles for Malcolm by a bubbling fountain. :) relaxing.

Finished size: 39.5 by 60"

Friday, 25 September 2015

TGIFF! - Welded Links

Things have been going a 100 miles (or kilometres) a minute around here lately. The joys of September. Even though there's not a lot of time for quilting, I'm happy to say that the start-itis I've been suffering from these last few months is officially over with this project -- must be a TGIFF! miracle.

Of course, it always helps when you have a deadline. This deadline? The AGF Stitched with Kimberly Welded Blog Hop hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.

The Fat Quarter Shop provided the free Welded Quilt pattern and a great video tutorial and Art Gallery Fabrics provided the fabric love. The Fat Quarter Shop also has a Welded Quilt featuring Pat Bravo's Artisan line and a backing set available.

For my version of the quilt, I wanted to play with navies and greys so I picked out fabrics from Katarina Roccella's Imprint, Indelible (Spirodraft Carbon), and Recollection line (Cuneiform Script Cast), as well as a few prints from the Art Gallery Studio Maker line. Mmmm!

I modified the Welded pattern a bit and replaced some of the blocks with background fabric, making the negative space more prominent and giving some asymmetry to the fun on-point block design of the quilt. I'm so happy with how it turned out!

For the quilting, I used a light grey Aurifil and echoed the sewing lines. Simple, but effective and I love the extension of the lines in the negative space. 

For the backing, I took the leftover greys and paired them with the I'm a Maker print (sooo love that fabric!). 

I find the navies and greys make Welded look like links in a chain so I'm calling it Welded Links.

Here's Welded Links enjoying some sun by the Rideau Canal. ;)

Finished size: 60" by 60".

There are a whole slew of fabulous bloggers participating in this hop so be sure to check out what they've done with the pattern.
You can also check out #Weldedquilt and #AGFStitched on Instagram (and Twitter) for more inspiration.

I'm also linking up to TGIFF!, which is over at Simply Pieced this week, because it's been a long time since I've had a finish to celebrate. :)

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Heart Strings - A Work in Progress

I started this project back in the winter, just before or around the time my mom first got sick. I haven't shared anything about it yet so I thought I'd share a little about my process in designing this quilt. I actually took many more pictures along the way, but I summarized the major shifts in the process below.

My intent with this piece was to do something like October Sky, but with reds on the vertical. I'm also thinking about mounting this one on a canvas, but we'll have to see if that will work when it's done.

I worked on the layout back in March-ish. Given everything going on with my mom's health in the Spring, working on this quilt this actually became somewhat therapeutic, hence the name.

There it is on the vertical (please ignore the triangles showing through on the design wall, they are not part of the piece). Hmm...not quite what I had pictured. I found the big dark red strips on the edges were too thick.

One side fixed. Sort of. I'm not liking the portrait layout.

What if I cut it in half and made it a landscape composition? Yes, I like that more (I folded it over to test it out before cutting it).

Right side strip is now a little better, but not quite there yet.

More value changes were needed in the red.

Right side fixed. Also started inserting different greys to get more depth.

I'm liking the subtle shifts in the greys. It still needs a lot of work, but the top is almost there.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Sponsor Snip-its and Specials

I did a little retail therapy when I popped into Mad About Patchwork's warehouse location yesterday. Sigh. I love Alison Glass fabric. And a little Kona. And a little Cotton and Steel and a little Moda. Yes, perhaps it wasn't a 'little' retail therapy after all.

In case you are looking to do a little retail therapy yourself, check out these specials with my wonderful sponsors.

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop Deal of the Month is a 3-pack bundle of Aurifil thread for $24.83. That is a sweet deal!

Deal of the Month - September - Aurifil 50wt 1300mt 3 Pack

Canadian National Fabrics Sale section is deliciously stocked with lots of fabric goodness! Remember, there's free shipping on order over $50 in Canada.

canadian national fabrick

The Running Stitch Lucky 7 Special this month is 17% off Batting, Backing, and Basting Spray on September 8th (they are closed on September 7th for Labour Day). They are having an Open House on Saturday, September 12th from 12-4 p.m. for classes. For every class you register for, you get a $10 gift certificate that day to use towards class supplies.

The Running Stitch

Craftsy is also having a Labour Day sale with up to 50% off all online classes and supplies!


Mad About Patchwork is featuring at 10% discount on children's prints this week. Mad About Patchwork is having an Open House for Fall workshops (including my Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler class) from 10-2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12th.

Mad About Patchwork

Hope you have a great long weekend! 
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