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.

 

ridiculous

 

Sometimes that’s how I feel about my fabric stash.  It is ridiculous how much fabric I have in comparison to what I actually use  in a year.  But I have pared down, and I think I would like to use everything I have.

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I started tidying and cleaning up my sewing area.  Well, not my sewing area…I sew at the dining room table.  This is my fabric and sewing stuff storage area.  I get excited and work on a project, but once I’m done, I am bad about separating and putting away the left overs.  Partly because I am already wanting to start the next project.  Talk about magpie distraction!!!  But the other part is my frustration with my fabric stash.  I love  my fabric, but some drawers are overflowing , with almost not room to put back the leftovers.  In those drawers is a lot of fabric that I have ideas for and just never get time to do.  I DO realize that this is really not a problem; to have more fabric than time.  And it’s a classic quilter’s thing.  Never mind a stash, it’s a stable…STash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy.  That truly is ridiculous.  Really, I could make quilts for years without buying anything except batting.

And 2 of those overflowing drawers are full of scraps.  I save anything over 1 inch.  And as much as I make scrap quilts and projects, I still have 2 drawers full.  Every year or so I pull out all my scraps and organize them by colour to make my scraps more user friendly.  This system certainly works and I get a boost of feeling organized.

I have grown so accustomed to sharing what I make on here, facebook, flickr, and instagram, that secret projects are hard!  Now that I make the block lotto each month, I can’t show my creation until long after I have made it.  Here is Sept, Oct, Nov 2016 and Jan 2017

I am having fun creating blocks, and it’s cool to make one block and then when everybody brings in their blocks I get to see them all come together.

And I have completed my center block for my round robin quilt.  I am very excited to start the exchange.

So that’s me this weekend. Hope you enjoyed the first weekend in February.

Ta-done

Ta-done is a phrase I have seen a few times, particularly used by my quilty friend when she has finished a quilt.

And after 4 years I have finished this one! So Ta-da, it’s Ta-done.

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I started this four years ago.

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It came along quickly and I had ambitious plans for quilting it in jagged zig-zags.  Great in theory, but jagged with a walking foot on a machine means lots of stop, turn, start. LOTS of times. Again a learning what not to do.

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This got pretty tedious and boring and I just put it aside. And didn’t get back to it.  For 3 1/2 years!  But I am trying to do some completions, and reduce my half done list.  So I picked this up and continued.

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And happily finished it. yay! This tumbling jewel quilt has a full range of turquoise fabrics so I chose to bind it in a navy with turquoise butterflies, for contrast, but some continuity.

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Not the best photo of the crisp white, sorry.  It has been rainy and dreary outside and my house is just not all that well lit.

So I feel good about a finish of a long ago started project.  My dear hubby says, what are you going to do with that one?  I don’t have a good answer for that. But it is happily done.

Curry Colour

I was making dinner and it all looked so pretty that I plated it nicely.

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Heavy on the orange and yellow.  Yellow curry sauce on butternut squash and orange peppers, with rice, meatballs, and peaches and cream corn from SilverRill farm. http://www.silverrillcorn.com/

A few years ago I started a(nother) quilt.  I even found a layout photo.  Tumbling jewels?

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Again I made a poor quilting decision.  Well, not poor, but time consuming.  I think that is why it got put away for 2 years.  Now I just felt like giving it a bit more energy.  And it is coming along, almost done, but definitely a learning experience in quilting pattern choices.  Don’t do a walking foot stitch with LOTS of right angles.  It becomes so very tedious!

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But it is looking pretty cool, and almost done.  Just a few more “jewels” to stitch detail into.  Then bind.  It will go in line behind the ugly quilt I am binding at the moment.   A little bit each evening when I finally sit down after the kids are in bed.  Maybe I will have both done in time for the next guild meeting!

Just keep stitching, just keep stitching.