Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wow Quilting



This is where my daughter's wedding quilt stalled.  I was at the Common Threads Quilt group Monday night and it is time to be thinking about the quilt show.  My DD has had her bedroom renovated and the quilt needs finishing.  I am thinking the focus for April needs to be quilts.


The design was a Bird of Paradise wall hanging which I just kept adding to. 
Of course I not only changed the finished size, I changed the colours also.


Even with a coloured diagram it has been challenging to keep track of everything.  It doesn't help that some of the fabrics are directional.


If this looks blurry it is because it is also the way it looks to me as I lay things out piece by piece so I can keep track of what needs to happen next.    I need one row and a half to finish.


This year is the town's centennial and our quilt group, headed up by Melissa, has set a challenge of 100  twelve inch quiltlets depicting the town's history.  I made a block for a friend whose husband ran a sheet metal business.  He was always passing out company pens so an old jacket yielded the logo and the pocket.  Quilters who are interested in the happenings in our part of Manitoba or even for the whole province, can checkout this link for local happenings.


Then as soon as I decided to work with fabric this month an old blogging friend, Judi, who greatly encouraged my desire to branch out creatively, sent me some paper that she was sorting in an attempt to organize and simplify her studio.  Aren't they just gorgeous!  Judi blogs over at Approachable Art.   I suspect it'll take me a month to get over the urge to just frame and display them.  But if a picture is worth a 1000 words, actually having the real deal in your hand is priceless.  I gotta get better paper to work on!


But the same day I got my supplies from Superior Threads so it looks like it is going to be sewing for sure this month. Now if I could just find where the challenge fabrics from the last quilt show are hiding I could be at least be thinking of doing it after the bird of paradise is well feathered and ready to fly!

I often forget to say that on wow Wednesdays, I link up with Canadian gals who share their work on 

                             Please head over and have a look at what we Canuck's consider artistic.

14 comments:

Lesly said...

Wow, Elle, I love that Bird of Paradise pattern - your colours are so wonderful with it! Where did you find the pattern/templates?

Katie said...

WOW! That quilt is gorgeous! You've certainly given yourself a good challenge with that one!

Mary Ann said...

That quilt is wonderful. I love the colours and the pattern...so pretty:)

Carla said...

My goodness, that's a lot of curves. I would have been stalled long ago : )

What Comes Next? said...

the wedding quilt is beautiful - but oh so much work! I'm always amazed at these intricate piecing designs, and what a colour change can do. good luck with your sewing month!

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow that is just so darn pretty!

HollyM said...

It is a perfect quilt to finish in April! I look forward to seeing your progress on it!

Createology said...

Beautiful Bird of Paradise Quilt! The colors and shapes are so intriguing. Yay to finishing this for your daughter. Lovely papers your friend sent you for your artwork. I have never ordered from Superior Threads but have always wanted to. I am glad to see you use their threads. April will be a great month of finishing fabrics and making quilts. Happy stitching dear...
I adore your centennial quiltlet honoring your friend and his sheet metal company. Very clever of you to use the pocket and pen.

Lisaleh said...

You quilt is simply stunning! Love the colors you've chosen.

Judy said...

That quilt is lovely especially with the soft colors that you've chosen!

Regina said...

The colours you chose are nicer than in the pattern, and I usually go for darker colours with high contrast. Your daughter is very lucky to get such a nice quilt!

Leanne said...

That quilt is stunning! It is soft and pretty and such an interesting geometric pattern - I could look at it for a very long time. I can't wait to see it quilted!

Grandma Coco said...

The colours in your quilt are beautiful!! What a stunning quilt!

sandee said...

wow, sounds like you have a whole lot of quilting going on plus your AB! You are a busy woman! I just stopped by to wish all my blog followers a very Happy Easter, may you be blessed, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)