Quilter’s Color Quest: 10. Telling a Story

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidChallenge number 10 of the Quilter’s Color Quest: Use colour and fabrics to tell a story. This must be a great way to choose the colours for a quilt – a quilt that will instantly evoke memories and meaning for the maker and maybe for the recipient too.

I had a think… And decided to tell the story of witnessing the 2012 Olympics. We were very fortunate to go to two events held in the Olympic Park; Basketball and Hockey and to have seats in the Stadium for a session of the Paralympics.

The colours that come to mind when I think back to our family outings to the Olympic Park are the bright pink of the banners and a teal green (which I think may have been more dominant in the Paralympics) along with the striking black and white elongated triangles on the outside of the Stadium.

Happy Family! We had to keep pinching ourselves – we really were at the Olympic Games!

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to bring along a sewing project or two whilst enjoying the sharing of ideas and inspiration by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links by using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I’ve enjoyed an unusually sociable week. So lovely to catch up with friends and family face-to-face, in real-life, rather than via Zoom or social media. The dry weather may have given us lots of watering to do but it has given ample opportunities to meet-up outdoors.

On the sewing front I’ve been working on making my Bargello experiment into a quilt top. The Bargello panel measured 51″ wide by 40″ long. Dimensions suitable for a wall hanging maybe but not very useful as a quilt or throw. I’d used almost every inch of the Circulus Jelly Roll but still had a Circulus Charm Pack to use. Slowly an idea formed in my mind… Using the 5″ squares with a background fabric to make curved blocks…. Inspired by the circles printed on the Circulus fabrics.

Some weeks ago I ordered a background fabric but when it arrived I knew straight away it was the ‘wrong’ grey *sigh* On the plus side a couple of yards of any grey added to my fabric stash is a happy occurrence! Last Saturday I made a visit to Purple Stitches (lovely to see Eve and step inside the shop) and after an enjoyable browse chose a grey print from the Fantasy range by Sally Kelly.

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and news circulated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave your links and ‘shares’ in the comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

I’ve had opportunities for short bursts of activity in my sewing room this week. This hasn’t helped me to focus-in on any one project in particular… I realised there are four Works In Progress spread across my design wall! This is not really helping me keep motivated. I look back on several evenings when I could have made some progress with (and enjoyed) the hand applique Basket of Blooms block but instead chose to watch TV or fill the time doing Sudoko puzzles. Hey! Ho! It was good to watch the film ‘My Left Foot’ starring Daniel Day Lewis, telling the true story of Irish artist and writer Christy Brown.

Blue squares for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge; Bear Paws for the Quilter’s Color Quest; Drunkards Path blocks for the Rainbow Bargello quilt; and the Basket of Blooms applique.

This weekend I am resolved to make more of the Drunkard’s Path blocks – I have a plan for the Rainbow Bargello quilt 😉 – and make a couple more face masks as requested by my family. Maybe I’ll do a bit of needle turn applique too 🙂

Here is a bumper collection of quilty goodness provided by the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patchwork quilters are, of course, a creative bunch. Many designers and teachers have mastered technology and are now offering workshops and guild lectures on line. One such is Amy Friend, her lecture subjects include improv paper piecing and an introduction to modern quilting. I wonder if any quilt groups in the UK are taking the online option as a way to continue to meet and learn together?

Over on the Flourishing Palms blog page there’s a free pattern and detailed tutorial for the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee quilt. It’s an ideal pattern if you have scraps to use up (‘if’ ha!ha!) and/or you fancy dipping your toe into the mysterious world of foundation paper piecing. Each of the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee blocks is made up of just three pieces of fabric and the tutorial is so comprehensive I’m sure a FPP newbie would grasp the technique and be flying through the blocks in no time 🙂

Rebecca has changed a fabric colour choice from her original digital design after seeing the physical fabrics up close to each other. I found her discussion around the decision to make the change very informative.

Michelle has taken the time to explain how she has been inspired by the works of artist Stanley Whitney.  She has made a number of thoughtful, colourful quilts and will be sharing more about her process of making quilts in a series of blog posts.

Nancy has also been working from inspiration – for her it was walking through a garden market, gazing at a host of roses, the red petals set off against the dark green leaves. Nancy has been making red and green blocks but now has to decide how to set them into a quilt top. She’s laid out several options to ponder and there are even more suggestions in the comments at the end of her post!

There’s a new linky party been launched by Melva at Melva Loves Scraps. The ‘Throwback Thursday’ link up can be used to link to social media posts as well as blog posts. The theme for the first Throwback Thursday link up is ‘Christmas in July’.

The Book Club Hand Pieced QAL has come to an end and Patty has compiled a gallery of the finished quilt tops. It’s always fascinating to see a quilt design interpreted into many different colourways. You may well find some inspiration as you scroll through the photos in Patty’s post 🙂

Linda has used up all her saved selvage strips to make a rag rug. She borrowed a peg loom to weave the rug and found it to be the perfect tool for creating the rug she had in mind.

More on-line classes … Christina Cameli is running free motion quilting and improv piecing classes. Maximum number of students in each class is just eight.

Linking with Alycia for Finished Or Not Friday and Cynthia for Oh! Scrap! Alycia has pulled out a UFO workshop quilt top and quilted it – well worth the effort – now she says we have to wait and see if she adds the binding by this coming October or the next! Cynthia is making blocks from selvages.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (112)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s), relax and share in the goodness and inspiration provided by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in by leaving your thoughts and links in the comments box below. Thank you!

Wahoo! It’s a finish! ‘Black Coffee in Bed’, a long time resident of the UFO Cupboard of Shame, has been released from the darkness and stitched to a finish…

Or so I thought… *sigh*

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