Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, Dracula…ME!

Nope,  this is not a story about mass murderers or witches, or any other terrifying things.  Today,  my friends, I’m talking about the REALLY REALLY scary stuff.   I’m talking about picking up my rotary cutter and slicing into my new Kaffe Fassett fabric.   HA! I heard your gasp of horror!  Get ready to cringe and/or hide your eyes  (wait, please don’t do that, I want you to read the rest of the story first)…because this has the potential to be worse, way way worse,  than any grisly crime scene you can imagine.

Let me explain my dilemma.  Ever since the first time I ever saw Kaffe Fassett fabrics I’ve always hoped that someday I would have the necessary skills and patience to make a fabulously bright, beautiful, stunning quilt containing only fabrics by the awesome Kaffe Fassett. Now, many years later, I’ve come to realize that my skills are not going to get to the level needed to do justice to this designer, therefore I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just make it anyway!

I am not prone to dithering and second guessing myself too much; so immediately after I made my decision, I hopped on-line and ordered a bundle of forty-two 10″ squares of  Kaffe Fassett “Classics” and a FQ bundle of Kaffe Fassett “Spots” from Fabric.com.  They arrived about a week ago and are sitting in my sewing room right now.  As you can imagine, they are just gawjus in shades of fuchsia, lilac,  purple, tangeriney orange, covered with chartusey green chrysanthemums and other floral bits and bobs, or multicoloured swirls and dots and just so so perfect in every way.  AND HERE I AM GETTING READY TO CUT THEM INTO ITTY BITTY BITS. O my freaking goodness.  What is wrong with me?

Needless to say I need help and guidance from my many quilting buddies.  Most Kaffe Fassett quilts I’ve seen are made with quite large blocks because nobody wants to cut up the awesome designs into really tiny pieces.  Pinterest and I spent several hours together over the last few evenings and here are some of the block choices I am auditioning for my quilt.  

The first pattern below is called Shimmering Triangles and it is pretty much the same as the traditional corn and beans block. There are a couple ways to put this block together into a quilt and it’s a real contender I think. There are lots of examples of quilts on line like this one. Don’t you just love the way it makes your eyes get all wonky.

 

Here is another very similar block (without four patch centres)  showing the way it is put together.  Looks easy enough, but an awful lot of HSTs. I count 32 in each block. Yikes.  However they are in groups of 8, so I could put them together quick using the Magic 8 method.


But perhaps I should go in a completely different direction.  Am I courageous enough to cut curves to make this Clamshell beauty (this could be done with a drunkards path block template too) 


Scary as heck but OMG I love it. And I have a curve it up ruler that would make it easy(er).  Also I own the quick curve ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful and that would work to make the blocks too. Definitely would show off  the fabrics well I think. 

But then there is this absolutely awesome piece of patchwork calling out for consideration. This pattern is called Curlicue Crush and is basically a square with simple curved blocks surrounding it.  This is less pieces than the shimmering triangles, still has curves and large enough pieces to showcase the beautiful fabrics.

Maybe I should play it safe and fast and go with a large snowball block like this one.

This picture came from a blog about a Kaffe Fassett workshop, so I expect lots of folks have already made this version.  It’s beautiful, simple and perfect for showing off the fabrics.

So what should I do?  Does anyone out there have other ideas?  Perhaps I should just put everything away before I start something and get too freaked out to finish.  Seriously. I am terrified that I will start whacking away at this fabric and have a meltdown of some sort that will leave me and the fabric in a state of ruin.   What do you think?  

A Fabric Fix with Fat Quarters and Fluffy Sheep.

This is a very good, awesome, really spectacular day.

If you have been reading my stories this year, you know I am taking part in the 2016 Finish Along online.  Its a good thing because as well as motivating me to  clear out a whole cupboard full of WIPs, at the end of every quarter in 2016,  I get a chance to win a schwack of prizes, just for finishing a project and posting about it either on my blog, or on Instagram.  This FAL has participants in all corners of the globe and hundreds (possibly thousands) of people are finishing projects every quarter.  So imagine my excitement when I got the email telling me that I was the winner of a $25 (Euro) gift certificate from Fluffy Sheep Quilting, simply for finishing a project that I started last year.  Omygawd! omygawd! omygawd!

Before you could say Holy Heck Hermione, I was on the Internet checking out Fluffy Sheep’s website to see what goodies would become mine.  You should stop reading this right now and go visit  Fluffy Sheep Quilting, but come right back so I can tell you the rest of the story.

After shopping for about 12 seconds  I knew I had to have some of their gorgeous fat quarters. I really really wanted a whole bunch more than I could get for my $25 Euros, but I was able to contain my excitement somehow and keep my VISA card in my wallet; mostly because I wanted to be able to tell hubby that everything was free (because how often does that happen? – with me almost never…sigh).

Anyhoo, via the wonder of e-mail, I confirmed the details of my order with Cindy Coleman, owner and proprietor and whatdayathink happened next.  She put them in the mail at her shop and just like magic, they arrived in my mailbox today.  I am beside myself with joy.  I may have jumped up and down a couple of times, a couple of times…

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Don’t hate me because I have five fabulous new FQs in my cupboard.

Some of you know that I’m taking part in a “Patchwork City QAL” based on the book by Tula Pink,  and Holy OMG these FQs are going to be perfect for that project.  I can already see some of those fabulous paintbrushes fussy cut to fit perfectly into the quilt I’m making…and both gray FQs make me giggle with glee, the print text in both is perfect and just that little bit different from anything else I’ve seen recently.  The mermaids on the lighter FQ are adorably whimsical and will look cute as a button when fussy cut with the octopi and sea-horses. I chose orange and green as my focus colours for this project and you can see orange sea-critters all over one of the fabrics and really pretty orange/yellow flowers with green petals on the other one.

Such a wonderful start to my day.  Thank you Fluffy Sheep Quilting and 2016 Finish Along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not your Grandma’s Genes.

I love all of Jen Kingwell’s patterns and designs. They are, without fail,  awesomely, outrageously,  scrappy and most of them are bursting at the seams with very tiny details.  You have to go to Amitie Textiles to see what is happening at her shop…. OMG absolutely amazing, right.

Earlier this year I fell under the spell of “The Gypsy Wife”.  In my opinion that’s a perfect name for this unique quilt. I love it for its riot of amazing colours, its simple blocks and of course, its general disregard for the tried and true ordinary methods of quilt piecing. So very bohemian, so very me wannabe!   I started piecing it along with a group of bold and beautiful quilters in the 2016 Gypsy Wife Quilt Along but couldn’t wait to finish it, so now my version of it is at Blueberry Cove Long Arm Quilting Studio being magically transformed from a slightly wonky quilt top (my pressing problems, not the pattern’s fault)  to an incredible work of art.  Stay tuned for finished pics in another post, or pop over to my Pinterest page and look here to see how it all came together.

Today however,  I’m all about “Gene Pool”.  Its another design and pattern by Jen Kingwell, and OMG I have fallen even deeper into love.  You can find all the details of the pattern over at Amitie Textiles, or by clicking on this little button.

After all the angst that comes with piecing a complex pattern,  it is such a joy to contemplate putting a simple quilt top together.  Gene Pool looks like it fits that bill.  It looks like it should go together almost impossibly smoothly…so naturally there has to be a catch.  Of course there is.  Colour placement is key on this beauty.  Let me show me a bit of what I mean.

After I had cut about 30 “pools” of fabric, I started tossing them up on my wall, expecting to be bowled over by my artistic interpretation of the pattern. That did not happen, nosiree bob it did not.  FYI, I was expecting to have a harmonious blending of greens and blues.Imagine my surprise and horror when I looked at this muddy, disheveled grouping.  Yikes what was I doing wrong.

(Please ignore the other stuff on the wall…I am also involved in a bee block with my PEIMQG and the Splendid Sampler and a Frank Lloyd Wright challenge etc.)

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I looked at the wall, then at the pattern picture, then back at the wall about a million times before I realized that peaceful effortless effect would take a scientific, careful, precise plan… I was going to have to pull it all down and start over.  Sigh…But on the bright side,  I was going to need MORE NEUTRAL LIGHT COLORED FABRIC.  Yay. Woohoo,   Yippee. Lucky me.

I went shopping at my new favourite Canadian on line shop, Mad About Patchwork, where I purchased this lovely compilation of light neutrally(ish) fabrics.

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Aren’t they just amazing. I am so lucky to have found this place!

I went back to my cutting board and design wall to see what would happen if I added more pools of softer versions of the colour scheme.

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Here is where I’m at now.  I LOVE IT…but there are still a few darker sections that I will have to break up a bit more and of course, I have to add another 30 or so pools of colour.  I think when its done, I will call this one HOLY HECK HANNAH.

Have yourselves a crazy creative day.

 

Mad About Patchwork

I love buying fabric.  YES YES YES I do. Its true.

I live in a teeny, tiny place.  There are fewer than 150,00 people making PEI, Canada their home. So when it came to feeding my fabric addiction, I was aghast to learn there are less than 1/2 dozen fabric shops in the whole province and only one or two that specialize in quilting cotton.  I would need to find an outlet quickly.

There are literally a gazillion online fabric stores. You all know the big U.S ones, so I’m not gonna mention them here, but I confess to walking through their on-line doors many times.

Today I’m here to tell my Quilty friends about my newest find.  “MAD ABOUT PATCHWORK”.  Its a fabulous place both in-store and on-line. Its Canadian and OMG the fabric selection is great. AND fast, Holy Heck Hermione, they must have fabric fairies working 24/7.  I placed my order last Sunday and it arrived here in my home on Friday.  That’s five days folks.  Ahhhhmazing.

Here for your viewing pleasure is what I bought.

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I needed these fat quarters to add to my stash because…. I have a plan.

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Its such a beautiful simple quilt.  And it will look fabulous after I hand-quilt it this winter.

Stay tuned, there is another post percolating about this quilt…