QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (week 13)

I decided to create my own theme this week, Plus designs. I loved the focus on a single topic and will definitely try and do a few more of these.

16 September:

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Using a repeatable block design, with solids that represent the above colors.

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I also decided to try this one in prints. I like how the differences between the solid vs. print a lot with this design.
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17 September:

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This is one of my favorite designs this week. I love the color palette and the simplicity of the design.
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18 September:

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Playing around with a repeatable block made up of the plus and arrows within a cross/plus layout. My favorite landed up being the second option which looks like a wonky totem.QDAD_Crossquilt3_18September_tower

The first option, I had as a full nested plus/cross.QDAD_Crossquilt3_18September

19 September:

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Thi s is the second design that I love this week. It was inspired by a game of Tic Tac Toe (Naughts and Crosses). The line for the two colored background represents the winning line.QDAD_TicTacToe_19September

20 September:

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There are two design competitions going on at the moment, so if you want to give designing a chance it is a great idea.

If you want to check out more of my QDAD designs you can find them here. Stay tuned for next week where I focus on a minimalism study using only red, white and black.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee Social (see button on the right).

 

Almost there

This week, I am definitely trying to finish up the Neighbourhood quilt. I am about 3/4 of the way through quilting.

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I am using the sunshine variegated Aurifil thread out of the Tula Pink Kit (#4658) to add some interest. I think it is looking good, those Oakshott Cottons look great!!Close-up Quilting_Neighbourhood

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Neighbourhood Quilt  20SEP2014
(now 27SEP2014)
 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
Bjorn the Bear  20SEP2014
(now OCT2014)
 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sew Mama Sew Project  29SEP2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Phased Circles Quilt  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cherie Quilt  OCT2014 TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

For my Cherie quilt, I picked out the Cherie fabrics from Frances Newcombe’s line. I want the quilt to be mostly made of the neutral fabrics with a slight pop of pink (like in the design, see link in the table).
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So, last night while watching TV, I started laying out the initial blocks for the Quilt. Cherie_StartThat’s it for this week. Apologies for the photo’s…it has been raining here all day and the light has been terrible for photo’s.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Sunday Stash: Paint

A quick post, as I get back into the swing of things with Sunday Stash. Have you seen Carrie Bloomston’s new line “Paint”? I really like it. Here are the few pieces I picked up from Hawthorne Threads. I am still contemplating the flower prints as well.

IMG_2462Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).

 

QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (Week 12)

I was really excited for this week, as it is a challenge week. The challenge: Find things around where you live and design a quilt from it. I was super excited to start, however so far I am struggling a little…it did not help that all I did all week was drive back and forward to work.

8 September: Challenge Day 1

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My first source of inspiration was our scalloped fence in the back yard.

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Now that I look at these and think about the inspiration…I may have made these way to much like headstones. I played around with the color palette which I like both, I prefer the mustard background. It is amazing how much color and fabric choices change a design.

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9 September: Challenge Day 2

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One of the first things I purchased when we moved into our house were these cool wood squares. They have a self adhesive on the back. I bought two packets,  which I then designed this layout in our guest bathroom.

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That inspired this design. The first one using only the colors from the design palette of the day. I then started playing around by using orange. I still needed to make it brighter and have more contrast so teal was introduced in the last image.

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10 September: Challenge Day 3

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We see  traffic lights everyday. I have always has this image of traffic lights making an interesting design as a quilt. That image was using improvisational piecing. Lucky for me, this palette came with the red, orange and green allowing me to stretch to this design of my traffic lights. I love the bright yellow solid background as it allows the other colors to pop against the improv black/grey piecing.

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11 September: Challenge Day 4

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This photo was actually taken while on vacation in New Zealand. I love the look of the rock formations and really wanted to try to capture it.

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My vision for this design did not translate well. I don’t really like the design. I think I would have like to try to do this design in a different tool like illustrator. I struggled with a vector only design tool. I would do this design with multiple over laid raw edge improvisation pieces which will be appliqued on.

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12 September: Challenge Day 5

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I mentioned that all I did was drive to work and back most of the week. So what if you take the google map of your directions…
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Well this is the design I got  from my map, using vector based design tool. I think I would like to bring the map into illustrator and play even more and more accurately translate the map. I do think this would make a very fun bias applique project.
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14 September: Challenge Day 7

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I decided to use only two of the colors in this palette, the dark grey and cerise. I was inspired by a section of road I travel on at work which has these two crosswalks. One straight to one corner of the street and one diagonally to the other corner. I loved the simplicity of this.

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That was the weeks challenge. I decided that over the next few weeks that I might choose a theme and try to use it in different ways to come up with my designs. Next week, I focus mostly on Plus designs.

Yay!! Made lots of progress

I have been a little quiet in the past week, but it was for the best, as I made huge amount of progress this week.

I have finally started quilting the Neighbourhood quilt. YAY!! I am still deciding on thread.
IMG_2451I am straight line quilting in angled sections, marking the sections with washi tape (painters tape would also work).

IMG_2518First off, I am using the Aurifil yellow variegated thread to see what it looks like and then I will decide if I use the other colors as well.
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Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Neighbourhood Quilt  20SEP2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
Bjorn the Bear  20SEP2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sew Mama Sew Project  29SEP2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Phased Circles Quilt  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cherie Quilt  OCT2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

I finished two quilt tops…here’s a sneak peek which is all I can show you.
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Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

My son’s first sewing project

I am so exited to share this finish this week. It is my son’s first sewing project.

Don’t you love it when your child takes an interest in what you do? My son and I have always done art/craft projects together. Since I have taken up sewing, and he has gotten older (just turned 7), we don’t do as many projects together. Last weekend, he asked to have a go on my sewing machine….I think he likes the buttons on my new Janome.

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We decided to make an iPad stand for his teacher. He did a great job and it turned out great and there was no need for the seam ripper (quick’n’pick).  His new 2nd Grade teacher loves it, and uses it in his classroom every day.

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Surprisingly enough, he even helped again tonight, with a couple of my blocks for a current project. I will admit, I was a little nervous with this request, but it all turned out great. In a few years, maybe he will will be a part of NGAQB!!

Linking up with Amanda Jean  @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

Goings on

Have you seen these great stationary items on Amazon.com designed by Sarah Watts?? Chrissy from Sew Lux Instagrammed a picture yesterday, I love them. I decided to get the Sketchbook so I can start capturing my design to reality planning/designing.
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My list from last month was so useful to me. I have decided to do it again. So here is what I am working on.

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Neighbourhood Quilt  20SEP2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  20SEP2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sew Mama Sew Project  29SEP2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Phased Circles Quilt  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  OCT2014 TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cherie Quilt  OCT2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.