Saturday, March 18, 2017

Worldwide Quilting Day 2017

How wonderful to have Worldwide Quilting Day on a beautiful Saturday in March!

There were a few gatherings in my city to celebrate ... my regular Victoria Quilters' Guild held their "Spring Fling" workshops.  One of the local quilt stores, Cloth Castle, held free classes and a friend of mine happened to take in two of those classes.  I was with my other guild, the Westshore Quilters' Guild for a sewing day and potluck to work on the charity quilt project for Canada 150 and the Ronald McDonald houses, being organized by the Canadian Quilters' Association.  It was great to reunite with some friends and sew the day away on the slab blocks in the directions.

All of the "Canadiana" fabrics (which were one requirement for each block) were in one happy pile in the centre common table.


I brought my leftover fabric to add to the pile and it was all gone by the time I left at 2:00 p.m. so I'm glad it will be used for this good cause.

I dug through the pile and wasn't feeling the normal turquoise and red of my last quilt, pictured here:


Instead today I was intrigued by some leftovers in the communal pile.  Look at this little pile of bonus half square triangles!!


So I sewed up some hourglass units with some of them and then took some of these scraps and made this one:


A bit on the dark side but Canadiana all the way!

My second block was based on an abandoned small block in the communal pile.  To that I added some half square triangles from the rescued pieces.  I am secretly thinking how proud Bonnie Hunter would be of me right now!  :)


Every time I looked up at the wall, another 6 blocks were added!  Amazing work by about 29 or so ladies.  Some who couldn't spend the day came by to drop off blocks.  Overall, it was a fun and productive day and I came home lighter than I left (for once!)  All the fabric I took to contribute stayed there and so did the little baggy of half square triangles that I sewed together from the bonus triangle units.  Someone will hopefully use them.

Here are some photos from around the room at our contributions from the day.  It felt great to spend Worldwide Quilting Day with these ladies, doing these blocks for the #bigquiltbee







We enjoyed a wonderful potluck lunch.  This is a great room!  The lighting is perfect and it's very spacious.

And with that...I packed up and headed home thankful for my craft and the ability to contribute to a wonderful cause.

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

Until next time,

Mavis

Monday, January 9, 2017

En Provence - Thanks for the Memories!!


I am just about finished my Quiltville 2016/17 winter mystery quilt.  I was on the Mediterranean cruise with Bonnie last August and was actually in Provence so I just HAD to take part in this year's mystery.  And besides, purple is my favourite colour.


The one thing with a mystery is that you can choose fabrics that complement each other but until you know how they will be used, you can't set your choices in stone.  I had a hard time accepting my yellow.  It seemed just too muddy.  What I loved about Bonnie's quilt was the 'light' created in the centre of her main blocks.  I wanted that effect and I didn't really care about which colour it took to get that effect.

Here are my original fabrics pulled from my stash and augmented slightly with a purchase or two:


 I tried many variations:
Following Bonnie's fabric placement. 
 Too muddy in my opinion and doesn't give enough contrast between green and yellow and doesn't produce the light I was hoping for.

Replacing neutral four patches where the yellow was.
Maybe if I switch out yellow altogether...

Pretty...
But not quite right.  It changed it too much and once again I'd lose the light I wanted to radiate from the block. It's OK... but still hoping for some yellow in this quilt.

 Let's try switching out the yellow to another fabric. 

Changing the yellow fabric.

 Meh...Same effect.  Not enough light.

And finally...





This!  This I like.  From a distance it radiates light.  The colours aren't overwhelming but I was trying to avoid another 'bright' quilt.  My Grand Illusion was just too over the top so I wanted to tone this one down. 

And here are the blocks before the sashings:




I have just a small amount of yellow in the centre of my main blocks.  These blocks will be joined by sashing rows (the magenta tri-recs stars).

And finally, I've got the top together.  Voila!




I just have the borders to go on and will have to make some more neutral four patches before that happens.  I love the neutral border that Bonnie did on hers and I won't be changing mine one iota!

Another gorgeous Quiltville/Bonnie Hunter design.  It was fun!!  I tried not to obsess over the colours.  I confess I did have one sleepless night deliberating about it all and bemoaning the fact that I chose the wrong colours and it would be a dull quilt.  But overall I'm very pleased.

I will be quilting it myself but that will be another blog post at a different time.

Thanks for reading and here is the link back to Bonnie's Linky Party:  
http://quiltville.blogspot.ca/2017/01/mystery-monday-link-up-part-6-7.html

Until next time!

Mavis