Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Modern Scraps

Welcome to my second entry in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side.

Modern Scraps is a cute and quick project I made using some strips I'd cut for a different project, but didn't end up using. I really, really love how the combination of brights with dark grey makes the colours pop.

Modern Scraps, entered in the #bloggersquiltfestival. Link in profile.
Measuring just 16" x 22", this wee quilt was one of two I entered in the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's Modern Mini Showcase. VMQG was the "featured artist" at a local traditional guild's (Vancouver Quilters' Guild) quilt show this past weekend.

I pieced strips of solids randomly then cross cut and rearranged to complete the centre panel. The two strips top and bottom were added because they were left over and needed a home. Quilting is simple wavy lines, echoing at random widths. 

Quilting closeup. #bloggersquiltfestival

BQF Category: Mini quilts
Quilt Dimensions: 16" x 22"
Designed by: Me
Quilted by: Me, with 50 weight Aurifil thread in dark grey

Thanks for stopping by!

Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Selfie

Welcome! The first of two quilts I am entering in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side is Selfie.

Selfie full 

I designed this quilt with the help of You Patch, a website that not only converts your photo to a pixel quilt, but gives you the Kona Cotton solid colours to match it as well!

Measuring about 35" square, this quilt began as a photograph I took of myself and subsequently put through a black and white filter on Instagram.

Selfie quilting detail

It came together quite quickly , and even though those small squares finish at 3/4", I was delighted that my seams all matched up and the quilt was pretty square and flat once I completed it!

Selfie quilting closeup 

There is more on this quilt (including more close-up photos of the quilting) in my original blog post here.


BQF Category: Small Quilts
Quilt Dimensions: 35" x 35"
Designed by: Me, with help from You Patch
Quilted by: Me, using Aurifil 50 weight thread in black, grey and white

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Q4 FAL List: Moving Edition

I actually debated whether or not I should just forget Q4 altogether. We were very fortunate and sold our townhouse very quickly. While the possession date isn't until end of November, there aren't any homes available in our target area (more to the point: at our target price) right now, so it's looking more and more like a temporary rental is in our future.

BUT! I am choosing to think positive! Who knows? Maybe there's someone spending this (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend cleaning, culling and staging their (2 bedroom + quilty area) home (on a family friendly street with a large yard for a vegetable garden) to ready it for listing this week at a price that's less than our budget!

So assuming that's what's going to happen, this is what I want to finish this quarter:

1. My Bee Sewcial quilt. I'm queen bee for October, and this group is pretty strict about getting the blocks out within two weeks of month end. Check out my blog post that describes the theme I chose. This is the first block to appear in the Flickr group (and on instagram - check out the #beesewcial hashtag) by Debbie A Quilter's Table. I love it.

Bee Sewcial block for Felicity
photo credit: Debbie Jeske

2. Lone Star. Remember this?

Lone Star

It's all pieced, now. I just need to quilt it! Even if we do have to move temporarily, this can be quilted on the longarm I rent time on, so it will get done.

And that's it for projects that are actually in progress. I have a couple other projects that need to get done by November 30th so I can enter them into the QuiltCon show, but I haven't started them yet so they don't really count.

Come and join the FAL fun! There are prizes!!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Q3 Finish Along Check-in

Q3 was a bust. There's really no other way to say it. 1/3. 33.3%. No bueno, as a friend of mine likes to say.

Let's review, based on my Q3 Goal list:

1. Jeweled Squares got finished and renamed Strip and Squares Everywhere:

Strips and Squares Everywhere

I am still so happy with this finish! I may write up a pattern for this one as well. We'll see.

2. Lone Star and Churn Dash are still not finished. I did make progress, though. The Lone Star top is all done, and awaits quilting. Churn Dashes are being made but I'm still a ways away from the total number I need. I consider it a long term project.

This was a busy quarter for me. A hot and busy summer, and the distraction of having to get our place ready to list and sell (it's now sold, thank goodness). I also made two mini quilts for VMQG's show within the Vancouver Quilters' Guild show later this month, and I'll share those once I get a decent photo. 

Linking up with Adrienne on the Windy Side, the 2015 Finish Along host.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bee Sewcial: October is my month!

When we were choosing months for Bee Sewcial, I selected October because it's my birthday month and I feel like having my wonderful bee mates making blocks for me during my birthday month is an extra bit of celebrating.

Like Hillary's assignment in September, October's also involves minimalism. We'll be making blocks that are minimalist, abstract winter landscapes. I scoured Pinterest for images of winter landcapes (my inspiration board) and the ones that appealed the most to me have trees in them, usually silhouetted against a white winter sky and snowy ground. I dig the ones with fences or mountains too.

My sample block, made with shades of grey, with black and white as well, is inspired by the idea of a row of moonlit trees along a road.

#beesewcial October sample
Minimalist, abstract trees on a road in the moonlight.

You don't need to choose a particular image and render it in a minimalist abstract way (I didn't) but feel free if you want. The inspiration board is simply that: inspiration.

I'm not too fussy about the greys - I've got a variety in this block, most of which are warmer greys like Kona Ash, but there's a touch of cool grey too so don't be afraid of, say, Kona Silver or Kona Medium Grey. There are a couple of shades of Art Gallery solids as well as a Bella Solid too, I believe. In other words, I'm not picky. I would like some grey in every block but it doesn't have to be the majority.

So to recap:

Palette: black, white, shades of grey
# of blocks: equivalent of two 12.5" unfinished. Can be two separate blocks or one big block (vertical or horizontal arrangement acceptable).
Theme: winter landscape.
Style: Abstract, minimalist
Being Sewcial: Everyone is welcome to sew along with us in October using the #inspiredbybeesewcial hashtag. Please leave the #beesewcial hashtag for Bee Sewcial folks only. And please tag me @felicityquilts so I can be sure to see what you're sewing.

Finally, watch the Flickr pool as well to see the photos pop up.

Happy stitching!!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blocks: Bee Sewcial and VMQG Block Lotto

This month's Bee Sewcial assignment is from Hillary Entropy Always Wins. Minimalist blocks in black and white, our choice of design but she asked that the design be meaningful to us.

After seeing a few blocks start to pop up in the Flickr pool, I noticed that they were all white with black designs so I knew right away I wanted to do a black background with a white design. I chose a plus sign for its symbolism of "positive" - having the white plus sign on the black background is about looking for the light in the darkness and that kind of thing.

Bee Sewical Block 2 for Hillary 

Then with the second block, I stayed with the theme of positive, but maximized the engagement of the negative space to create the symbol.

Bee Sewcial Block 1 for Hillary

Next month it's my turn to set the theme - stay tuned!

I also had some fun making some VMQG block lotto blocks. Cute I Spy economy blocks:

I Spy Economy Block for VMQG block lotto

I Spy Economy block 2 for VMQG block lotto

Friday, August 21, 2015

Create Along With Bee Sewcial

About a year ago a unique sewing bee formed that asked each member to choose a monthly theme/inspirational source and color palette. 10 quilters would then go forth and make "blocks", blocks become a quilt, one for each month. In this process we bee members have gained new skills, explored different designs and close friendships have grown. Somewhere in this whole creative endeavour other talented people have observed our journey and have asked to participate. 

The bee is currently full but we didn't want to keep this good thing to ourselves, so we have created a companion community #inspiredbybeesewcial, and we invite you to sew right along with us. We will continue to post our monthly inspiration on IG with dual hashtags. We ask only that you use #inspiredbybeesewcial when you post your makings. This larger group #inspiredbybeesewcial is about being a respectful, supportive, creative, collaborative community and making ourselves better designers and sewists. If you would like to be part of this companion community, you may follow the monthly "instructions" on our blogs and tag your pictures on IG with #inspiredbybeesewcial. You will find us commenting on all your creativity over in #inspiredbybeesewical creative space.

So, are you ready? Hillary @entropyalwayswins is point for September. Look for her mission to us all in the last week of August. The other co-conspirators (and people you might want to follow just so you don't miss anything) are: Leanne @shecanquilt, Debbie @aquilterstable, Diane @ylmommyx4, Marci @marci_girl, Me @felicityquilts, Karen @capitolaquilter, Kari @quiltsforthemaking, Melissa @weshallsew and Stephanie @spontaneousthreads

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Strips and Squares Everywhere

Strips and Squares Everywhere

Strips and Squares Everywhere

This is a finish that was 4 years in the making! It got its start during an online bee on Flickr, and (EDITED) continued to a second bee that I was in that year. Everything began with The Maple Leaf Bee and continued with Sew Buzzy. Both bees were the kind where the Queen Bee sends out fabric to the other members of the group with instructions for what we'd like. I loved the look of Kaffe Fassett's Jewel Squares quilt, with squares of differing sizes all working together so that's what I asked everyone to make with my fabrics (Spa by Rosemarie Lavin plus one print from Hope Valley by Denise Schmidt and Kona solid in White).

I got my blocks back but the project stalled because I needed to make a lot more blocks to get a decent sized quilt.

Strips and Squares Everywhere
Fast forward about 3 years and I started putting this project on my Finish Along goal lists. Finally, I got to work on it in the past few weeks. The design changed a bit in the time since I conceived of the idea and I'm really happy with how it ended up - it's an ode to Jen Kingwell's Gypsy Wife layout with the strips in between blocks.

Strips and Squares Everywhere up

I quilted it on a longarm in a simple, organic loopy loop pattern that I like for its simplicity of execution, not to mention how quickly it gets done. I used a lime green thread and I love how it looks!

Strips and Squares Everywhere quilting

Final size - pre washing - is 60" x 72", a double-ish size that covers the top of our queen size mattress with a small amount of overhang.

Strips and Squares Everywhere

Bound with scrap strips and backed with some groovy IKEA fabric and some leftover fabrics from the front. I'm so happy that this is done - I feel a lot lighter for having it off my Finish Along list!

Strips and Squares Everywhere back

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bee Sewcial July for Karen

July's theme for Bee Sewcial stumped me at first, like all of the previous months' seem to have.

Karen CapitolaQuilter asked for the design to evoke the concept of Reflections, and let us know that the reflection didn't have to be literal but that one element of the block needed to be reflected somewhere else. SO COOL. A beautiful palette was also really inspiring.

BeeSewcial improvisational "Reflection" July (ME!)

My first block was originally going to be something inspired by Jade Stitch Mischief's quilt for the last Quilt! Knit! Stitch! challenge (modern metallics) featured here. A stand of trees with shadows. Through the design process (and because one of my fellow bee members beat me to the original design), my idea evolved into this:

Bee Sewcial Block 1 for Karen

It's kind of a "business on one side and party on the other"-type situation and I'm cool with that. It's bigger than required, but Karen can trim as she sees fit. I kind of like that the bottom solid bit is thicker than the others.

After I made the first block, I stepped away and thought about block #2. Hillary Entropy Always Wins made a beautiful block that looked like triangles/mountains reflected on water and taking that as my jumping off point, I thought of doing something curvier. I started with the idea of a half-circle and then reflected it with freehand curved bits. I'm really, really happy with how it turned out:

Bee Sewcial Block 2 for Karen

Sunset on the lake, someone said on Instagram, and I agree.

Both blocks ended up similarly sized - around 14" square or so. Bee Sewcial is a bit of a different bee - we don't ask for specific blocks to be made. Rather, each month the Queen Bee shares the theme/feel/inspiration she's looking for and lets us loose to create with a certain colour story. It's a great example of "Improv with Intent" that the Modern Quilt Guild has identified as the approach for the QuiltCon 2016 Charity Quilt Challenge.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Q3 Finish Along Goals

It's been really hot here - that's the only thing that can discourage me from doing anything fabric/quilt related. TOO HOT.

But I can still build my Q3 goals list, and so here it is.

1. I'm really, really, really hoping to get Jeweled Squares done this quarter. I don't have any urgent or priority projects needing my attention so I am truly optimistic about this one. Here, have an updated photo:

Jeweled Squares

2. I've decided to make myself a Lone Star using Lynne Lily's Quilts' pattern from Make It Take It. Just because. I started with these:

LoneStar Fabrics

And now I'm here:
Lone Star

3. Okay, this one's ambitious, but I feel like this might be the quarter that my scrappy churn dash project gets done as well.

Scrappy Churn Dash mosaic

Okay, that's it for now! What are your plans for this quarter? Link up to the Finish Along and play with us!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side