Canada colour

Feeling like I should (oops, bad word)…

Feeling like I want to make something quilty to recognize my country’s sesquicentennial.  150 years is worth celebrating, and quilts are good at celebrating and marking time and events.

First thought was a very scrappy flag.  But then I spotted Sew Sisters Quilt sampler.

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That looked pretty cool.  Maybe I could change it up and make my own version with different sized blocks, and make MY CANADA.  Or something like that:)  First block was a maple leaf, maybe a flag. Nope, just the leaf I think.  Grid paper is great for figuring out sewing blocks to set sizes.

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Lots of HSTs.  Then the layout and put together.

Yup, pretty happy about that.

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Now I had to put some thought into the other blocks to be done.  Don’t want to copy, but  certainly using the Sew Sisters sampler for ideas.

DSC03955My own version of Canada geese, flying.

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And then I couldn’t resist the toque block.  Mine is slightly different as I did not use a pattern.

DSC03961There is something so nice about using solid white and red.  Such clean lines and great clear contrast.  And absolutely no thought needed for colour scheme or matching shades etc.

I am not sure how big this quilt will get, but 3 blocks in a weekend seems pretty good.  I can’t see there being more than 12 blocks, and I want to get this done before july 1, of course.  Better get sketching more ideas.  Any suggestions?

Ideas so far….patchwork prairies; pointy mountains; snowflake; How do I make an ocean block in red and white??? OOh, a beaver block?

Just keep on quilting, I say.

small projects

It is nice to have small quilty things to be done, attainable in less than a day. So often a quilt is a pleasurable, but long process.

The first small one was adding my part to the round robin block that came my way at the last guild meeting.  That was fun, sorry I can’t show you what I did.  Blind round robin, no photos published until finished.

The next was making some slab blocks for the Canadian Quilter’s association Canada 150 quilting bee.  The request was put out for quilters to make slab blocks or quilt tops made of slab blocks, using at least one piece of special Canada 150th birthday fabric.  These blocks will be gathered and quilted at a giant quilting bee and donated to Ronald McDonald House.

Slabs are great stash busters for all those small scraps.  There is some order to the chaos of this photo!

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And although I used lots, there are still many scraps left.  Maybe I should make more blocks.  We will see what time allows.

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The third little project was the upcoming month’s block lotto.  That one I cannot show yet either.  But got it done as well.

So a productive weekend overall.

Have a great week ahead.

 

pretty pink

It’s looking pretty pink out there.

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This is a street near my work, where I walk on my lunch hour.  Not the prettiest photo, but you can see that the cherry blossoms go on and on.  And as you walk under them, the sweetest delicate perfume comes down around you.  Lovely!

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These first blossoms of spring are later than usual around here, but they are worth the wait,

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Most of these on the city streets are ornamental, but could you imagine all the fruit that would come from these trees if they were fruit producers.

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Soon we will see a variety of colours in the trees, but I could only find one very pale pink amongst all the mid-pink ones.

20170327_172647I can’t get enough of them.  Perfect inspiration to go out for a walk every day!

spring lambs

Lovely little long legged lambs.  These little girls have some wrinkly skin to fill in! My boys named them Sarah and Julia.

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Just 18 hours old, still pretty clingy with momma.  They tottered around her, oh so cute.

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And she kept a pretty close eye on them! So much fun on Quadra Island.

eggs of colour

DSC03929A co-worker has new chickens and has started to bring eggs in to work to buy.  It’s hard to see in this picture, but they are huge!  The carton barely closes.

I didn’t have the heart to crack the pretty coloured ones open, so decided to blow them out into a bowl.  The kids got omelettes today.

I am sure there are many techniques, but I do it like my mom taught me.  Using a pin, I poked three holes in the top to blow through and then a small circle of holes in the bottom for the egg to come out.  Then get your trumpet cheeks puffed, press your lips to the top of the egg and blow.  Not too hard at first, then a bit more pressure to get the whole egg out.  They will take awhile for the last drips to come out.  Try to sit them upright on paper towel.

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As I am holding the needle, I can see my mom’s hands doing this.  Yup, I definitely have my mom’s hands.  Thank you, they are lovely.

Since it is not yet Easter, but getting there, I made a little spring setting on the table.

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My house is normally mostly about function, so it is nice to make a little prettiness once in awhile.

Fibonacci colour

I was struck with an idea by the re-discovery of the Fibonacci sequence and the resulting Golden spiral.  I am not sure where I came across it.  A Fibonacci sequence is recognizable as (after the first 2 numbers- which are 0 and 1 or 1 and 1), each subsequent number is the result of the previous 2 numbers.  Example…1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21.  See how that works.  To me that was intriguing.  More so when they were laid out.

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Yup, that’s a quilt in the making.  And then comes the Golden Spiral.

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See what is happening here.  Exciting! Well to me, anyways.

Next came the colour palette.  Hmm, could I make it 7 numbers in the sequence?  Then I could do a rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Yay!

You saw a peek at the beginning of this one last weekend. 2 shades of each colour seemed to work well.

Next came sewing curves. Oops, I didn’t photograph that step.  But then I put all the curves together.  Pretty pleased with how that came out.  At this point I am thinking I should also do it in reverse, with the purple at the center and the biggest square in red.

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But part of this project was to complete something, and keep it wall hanging sized.  So perhaps I will do the reverse colours another time.  I wanted to make the colours pop so decided on a black frame.

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And then the quilting fun began.  It is great to work on something this size after the many bigger ones I have worked on.  I used a gold coated thread for either side of the curve seams, for the Golden Spiral, and then putty coloured thread for all the other stitching.

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And then I framed it in little spirals, in rainbow thread.

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I still have some quilting to do, and then binding.  But this is the closest to a quick finish I have done in awhile.  Partly because of the size, I have kept interest, and not gotten side tracked.

I was choosing a backing fabric on March 17th, and I came across this in my stash.

DSC03923Seemed fortuitous.  It was almost exactly the right size too.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

And then there is the fact that I was working on a rainbow, with a hint of gold.  Maybe I have had a leprechaun on my shoulder.

So that’s my math quilt.  And my 10 year old math wiz thought the whole concept and resulting quilt were “pretty cool”.  That’s an accomplishment too!

Happy spring days ahead. Lots of new spring flowers and fresh leaves appearing around here.  I love it.