Purple Pantone 2018

Early last year I started making a purple quilt, inspired by all the pantone 2017 green quilts, using the 2018 pantone colour ultra violet. You can see my beginnings here.

It’s certainly nice to quilt a small lap quilt.  And I used up some left over fleece pieces for the backing; yay using up stuff!

Decided to do my favorite method of quilting…spiral. Makes for a smooth, dense quilting, and I find it easy to avoid pulls and puckers.


Bound in the same dark purple, and voila!

I seem to be making a lot of samplers lately.  Not that I am scattered, but I do like the look of many mixed things put together.  Hopefully others think they work as well as I do.

been awhile

Hi there, are you out there?

I haven’t been here for sometime, but less than a year, so I thought I’d give it a whirl again. Hopefully there are still some of you who enjoy my little chats about colour and nature and most of all quilts!!!

I will go back at some point and share some finishes from last year.  But this year has been about finishing off some of my many, many projects on the go.

Here is a taste of what is hovering over my shoulder whenever I think about quilting (about 8 in this photo). Plus about 50 more ideas that have yet to be started:) There is also a half quilted project and 6 finished quilt tops hanging in my hall closet waiting to be quilted.


Oh man, where to begin…not the oldest, those need a bit more investment of time and effort.  What can I complete in short order?

I was part of a Round Robin with my guild in 2017.  The quilt top I got back was fun, but didn’t feel complete.  Plus I wanted it bigger.DSC04343

I wanted to keep the true feel of a round robin quilt, which is made by many makers, so I added a round and then put it away for a month or two.  I would pull it out now and again when I had a fresh idea. But adding rounds is fun and it’s hard to tell yourself to stop.  I decided the last round would happen last week and then I would put it to be quilted. I think it turned out pretty fun.  And so different from the things I normally do.


Sorry for the sideways photo.

I might just be hooked on medallion quilts.  Can’t wait to finally get my 2018 round robin at the upcoming guild meeting.  I have already seen it, LOVE IT, and will not add a thing.

Whoo Hoo, one off the list! Even though it has now moved to the “to be quilted” closet, I consider that done.

Ok, another long ago project was this table runner that I started 3 years ago to try out some wonky flowers.


Yup, pulling that baby apart! Mostly because I am just not inspired to have this on my table.  It was simply a tester, but I can’t get rid of it.  So I took it mostly apart and created two 12.5″ squares.


These will now go into the bag of grey background with stars blocks.  And that project will be waiting next in line.


This is meant to be a skill builder, and star sampler.  Some of these blocks may not make it into the quilt ( read as- center cross block).  The plan was for random shades of grey background and graduated colour changes of stars. Definitely still a work in progress.

But in the mean time I have taken another project off the list. Yay.

Thanks if you are still out there.

Let yourself be creative everyday, even in little ways. It can fill your soul and carry you through the tough spots.

stem colour


Before all the tiny leaf buds begin, there is colour starting around here.  I was out walking and noticed this lovely tree with white bark.  Pretty sure it’s a birch, but doesn’t have the classic tall single trunk. ( And yes, I know white isn’t a colour but…)


Much to my son’s consternation, our walk/scooter ride slowed A LOT as I continued to find interesting bits of trunk/stem colour.

Lots of red stems, from this perennial branch, along with the new blackberry shoot!


Not sure what this yellow one is, but there is lots of it.


Oh, just saw the bits of trash at the bottom of the photo!  Sad, when I was walking along  a road, beside a nature sanctuary.  Well sad anywhere.

And of course the most prevalent colour in spring, green.


A week since I took these photos, and there are green buds, blossoms, and leaves starting everywhere.  Here in Victoria we get a few sunny days and spring starts with a vengeance.  Ooh boy, it’s fun to have spring allergies!  At least I only sneeze and itch for about 5 weeks.

Keep noticing colour and detail around you, it can fill your soul.  And the lecturer I recently heard speak (Tony Small) reminded us all to get at minimum 20 minutes outside for our brain health.


in memory

I recently had a commission from a woman who had a tote bin full of her deceased dad’s t-shirts.  Quilting in crisp to quality cotton is the best, but there is something special about being able to create something new to treasure from a loved ones old clothes. I have made a few different memory quilts and one other t-shirt quilt, so I had a bit of a plan on how to attack this challenge.

First big step is to cut the images out of the t-shirts, and attach interfacing so that the t-shirts don’t stretch when attached to cotton.  Then layout…

These were the first parts I had a clear picture of in my mind.


C requested NOT the traditional t-shirt quilt of all just t-shirts.  Also lots of white if possible.  Lots of dark t-shirts made that a challenge.

So more playing with layout, leaving space for white.

Finally put it all together.


C also requested fleece hearts, if possible.  And some free motion quilting.


I stitched around a lot of the icons on the shirts.


This is the result before I bound it in white.


I stipple quilted all the white, adding a heart shape here and there, and for an extra touch, I put C’s dad’s name in the quilting.  Right near his photo.


C had a few squeals and claps and a big grin.  I take that as a satisfied customer.

This one was 5 1/2 by 7 feet.  Big! I worked from the center outwards in all directions, no puckers!  I often add a pucker or two for character;) heehee.

Now back to all my WIPS.  Oh wait, it’s baseball season. Better cut a few hand quilting projects to do in the stands!

Enjoy the sunshine.


round robin reveal

I talked about hosting and working on round robin quilts with my guild, here and there through last year.  The final reveal was at our December meeting, but I was away.  It took until the February meeting for me to get mine back.  This was my starting block way back at the beginning of last year.


I didn’t have a planned direction for this, just that I hoped for stars and curves, blue and green, and stripes. I then set it free for 5 other quilters to add to it.  And Voila


It turned out very different from what I imagined, but that’s the fun of a round robin, you have to let go of control and take what comes back to you.  BUT, I want it bigger, so am going to add more rounds, trying to make them distinctly different each round.  Maybe this is the perfect project for me: the girl who works on something for a bit, but then gets distracted by a new idea, a must-do project, an upcoming quilt “needed” for some celebration, etc……. By the time I come back to add more, I will have new ideas, new skills (maybe), and new perspective.  And now I can tell you as this grows, not keep it secret.

I like to share, and I am glad to have you to share with, so it is hard when I am making surprises, or working on commissions ( like the t-shirt quilt that I have now finished, but cannot show you until the client sees it), upcoming block lotto for my guild, or things like this round robin.  I only have so much sewing time, and when lots of that is secret, I just don’t have things to share. This is my reason for less posts in the last few months.

But onward; quilting, creating, and noticing all the colour around us.



purple procrastination

I am working on a big commission quilt and sometimes I need a change of “scenery”.  But really, I am just putting off getting the big job done.

Enter Productive Procrastination, Playing with Purple.

I had an idea in my head, to sew some squares together, cut them apart at a random spot, sew together, rotate, cut again, and keep going.  And since the Pantone colour for 2018 is violet, I thought that was a perfect direction for playing with building blocks.

I started with violet, medium purple, pale purple, and white.


I really just wanted to see if this would work,

Working pretty well, I think.  So I continued to cut, sew, rotate until I felt it was random enough.  Satisfied, yup.


Now, what if I cut exactly halfway thru each block?


Cool, now with HSTs.  This one reminds me of Argyle socks!


Next I tried the random spaced cuts, but some angles too.  This took a bit more planning as I had to make matching triangles on both sides to swap.


Which resulted in another fun block.


So now I have four 16″ blocks, hmm


maybe they need sashing? maybe they are better put together like this?

But then I had another idea to try…a braid.

Here is another one that starts by sewing strips together, then cutting them up, and sewing again.


And this one was so thin it needed a border, so all the blocks may end up with violet in between them.

Then family and weekend commitments at the ballpark, soccer field and hockey rink took over all my time.  But such is life.  I feel like there is more to create and play with on this four colour theme.  Maybe it will become a quilt at some point.  Better get back to my commission before more play.

PS. I submitted My Canada quilt to Quilt Canada 2018 CQA juried show coming up in late May.  Cross your fingers for me:)