Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tula Pink pink!

After making a few quilt as you go pillows, I wanted to try another. I figured it was the perfect time to do that with my pillow auction to help the wildfire victims in Fort McMurray.

The others I made were very time and fabric intensive. I had an idea of a different way to do it that would hopefully save fabric, time and my sanity. Mostly this way of doing it was faster. I did complicate the matter by adding the diagonal corners, but I think the interest they add it is worth the extra time and wasted fabric. So much disappears under the next strip! Look at those teeny corners of yellow in the bottom corners! Those were decent sized pieces of fabric to start.

I used all Tula Pink, focusing on the pink prints with a bit of yellow and blue added. I love this one. It's too bad the moth print with blue and yellow mostly disappears around the pillow edges. With each pillow, I learn something new. Maybe a dozen or so from now, I'll get it just right!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Helping out

Canada may be a big country, but it seems very small when one place is hit by a tragedy. The devastation caused by the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta was very difficult to see. The entire city was evacuated and many people lost everything. I think it's hard to not put yourself in that situation because really it could happen anywhere. Imagine not being able to return to your home and not knowing if it is still standing, if any of your belongings escaped the raging fire. My heart ached for the people who had to evacuate without their pets. So very, very terrible.

I already donate monthly to the Canadian Red Cross, but I wanted to do more to help out their relief efforts in Fort McMurray. Then it hit me - a pillow auction! I'd made a few pillows and auction them on Instagram with all the money raised going to the Red Cross. I got started right away making the tops.

One design was inspired by another wonderful campaign now underway to make quilts for the wildfire victims - #quiltsforfortmac. The Ottawa quilt guild is asking people make maple leaf blocks in blue, red, yellow or green. I made one of each. You can find out more, including a quick and easy tutorial for the block, on Slostudio's blog.

My pillow auction - #pillowauctionforfortmac on Instagram - kicked off on Sunday and so far the response has been overwhelming!

I tried to make a variety of pillows to appeal to different people. I used some of my favourite fabrics by favourite designers. A few prints sure were tough to cut into, but knowing it is for a good cause made it easier.

This Tic Tac Toe pillow is a jumbo version of a block from my quilting bee, with Tula's chipmunk at centre stage. It's a bit tough to see, but the background fabric is a very soft green Quilter's Linen. Both look great quilted with green thread.

This pillow features one of my all-time favourite Anna Maria Horner floral prints. What wonderful colours! I actually had these fabrics sitting on my cutting table to make myself a pillow. I added the AMH Loominous for a contrasting border, then quilted it in a light blue.

I cut into my treasured Tula raccoons for this pillow, made with her Acacia line. I had so much fun with the unplanned quilting pattern. I just start quilting lines and see where it takes me. Is there such a thing as improv straight-line quilting?!

It's tough to see the quilting on this pillow, even though it's in a bold pink-purple thread. This one is my favourite! I love Alison Glass fabric and that newsprint is just perfect. I wish I had a bolt!

And here are the backs. Just a simple envelope closure as usual. But I pulled out great prints, including the very popular and OOP Castle Peeps I found recently.

The auction goes until next Sunday, May 22. It feels really great that people appreciate my pillows and that together we can help Fort McMurray residents more than we could alone.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Flying by

Last night I finished the ninth block in the Modern HST Sampler hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts. This one is called Diagonal. That one pesky seam in the bottom left just didn't want to play nice. But I stuck with my three tries to fix it rule. That's as good as it got, so it sticks.

I picked two blues that were fairly close knowing that the patterns would set them apart in the block. Then I got out the washi tape and put them all together. This is definitely a far more simple and subdued colour scheme than I usually go for, but I'm loving it. Hopefully the recipient will too!

I believe there's 24 blocks in this quilt-along. I hope my FQ bundle of this Indigo Handcrafted by Alison Glass is enough. Fingers crossed.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Perfect finish

Ooh I loooove this pillow! I definitely need to make another with this simplified colour scheme. This was a really good exercise for me. Pulling fabrics from different designers and collections is not my strong suit, but I am gonna toot my own horn and say I think I did pretty well here. There's just enough contrast to make it interesting. I kinda wish I could keep it, but it was a commission.

Plus this one went faster than the first two, saving me from wanting to pull out my hair. But by fast, it still was at least four hours of quilt as you go. I was more strategic this time with fabric placement and did less quilting, which gave it less of a bullet proof feel. I did vary the quilting line width and I think that looks nice.

On the back, I used the Lizzy House castles I picked up recently. Perfect!

And here is the front of my crazy experiment in Alison Glass fabric. I love this too! I had a brief hate for it when I was trying to figure out block arrangment. But thankfully I have a quilting panel to offer their advice and one came up with the great idea to add thin sashing. That just made this mini.

And, in case you're wondering, that is the wall color in my crafting room. What can I say? I like colour.