Shot cotton colour

It sometimes feels silly how excited I can get about fabric.  But I know there are so many of us that feels the same.  Capital Iron http://www.capitaliron.net/  in Sidney now carries Shot cotton!  Which excites me!  Shot cotton is when the weft and warp at different colours, with amazing results.

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These 3 just called to me, and even though I have yet to put pencil to graph paper, I am planning a quilt for the American Patchwork & Quilting Nine-Patch Challenge.  These quilts will be displayed at Quiltcon  next year in Savannah, GA.  Here is my tentative full palette.

dsc03634And maybe a dark charcoal (but not black) for the background.   This one will be fully planned before diving in and cutting fabric.  I don’t know if I will sleep tonight, thinking about this one!

Last weekend was the Saanich Fair.  I entered a quilt in the Modern Quilt Category.  And I won a ribbon! Yay, me.  The pink ribbon is for Special Mention ( aka 3rd place).  I don’t know if there were more than 3 quilts entered in this category, but it is a ribbon nonetheless.  I hope to get some constructive criticism/feedback from one of the judges.

dsc03625This is my Blown Away Chevron.  Three of the chevrons have been blown off the grid, and into the swirls and whirls of free motion quilting.  The fabric was an autumn themed charm pack given to me by a quilty friend a few years ago.  Thanks M.

Tomorrow is my first day off with the kids back at school.  I have planned 5 full hours of nothing but quiet. Ahhh.

Ugly colour?

I don’t like getting up early! I do it begrudgingly on a regular basis, but enjoy my 7:30 “sleep-in” when I can.   Then along comes excitement about playing with fabric, and a challenge put forth, and I was up just after 6:00 the day after my guild meeting.  I just couldn’t comfortably doze when my brain was sorting through my fabric stash looking for matches to an “ugly fabric” that I received at a MQG http://www.mqgvictoria.com/ guild meeting.  We all came to the meeting with an unmarked paper bag with a  fabric in the bag that we determined to be ugly and why had we ever bought it.  At the end of the meeting we all took home a different bag, and voila!

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Not my taste, but not all that bad.  Now, the challenge put out was to make something with this and up to 4 other fabrics.  Prizes to be awarded for best two projects.

I am not competitive in many things, but this challenge got me excited.  There was no way this fabric was going to “disappear in amongst other fabric, so I decided to take the colour lead of the fabric designer. I started pulling fabrics…

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Now how to play this one?  I love HSTs and with limited time I decided to go with a chevron design.  Graph paper and pencil to calculate size of squares to cut-4″-was the winner.

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These soon became a big stack of half square triangles.

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And the layout looks decent.

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I love working on a small project.  It can come together so fast.

Top done today.  I am satisfied so far.  I think it’s fun.  Not my best palette, but I didn’t have to buy any fabric and the solids are pretty true to the print.  Somebody might like this.

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Now to plan the quilting.  Which again is much more fun when it’s small like this-30″x 36″.  That will be next weekend.