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Ombre weave quilt

I love ombre fabrics! They offer a huge opportunity for pairing with other fabrics. This particular fabric has a lovely combination of colours. One selvedge edge is dyed with a deep burgundy colour that changes across the width to a soft pearly pink on the opposite selvedge.

Aurora Collection by Takako
Aurora Collection by Takako

I chose to pair the ombre fabric with a Kaffe Fasset print. The print was going to be “woven” into the ombre fabric.

Kaffe Fassett fabric
Kaffe Fassett fabric

The quilt has rows of ombre fabric stitched together. These rows alternate from light to dark. I love the bargello effect created where the colours from the central portion of the ombre align.

Ombre weave quilt
Ombre weave quilt

The Kaffe Fassett fabric creates a woven effect.

Ombre weave quilt detail
Ombre weave quilt detail

The left over squares were pieced into the back of the quilt.

Ombre weave quilt back
Ombre weave quilt back

I am really happy with the results and so is the recipient. How have you used ombre fabric?

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Some Kind of Blue – President’s challenge 2016

My quilt for the Yorkshire Rose Quilter’s Guild of Toronto president’s challenge is a reference to the best-selling jazz record recorded by Miles Davis: Kind of Blue.

Previewing indigo fabrics for the president's challenge
Previewing indigo fabrics for the president’s challenge

This year, the president asked the members to create a 12 x 12 inch quilt based on a song or song title. The quilt could be made with any technique, with or without embellishments. I pieced the top using my hand dyed indigo fabrics.

President's challenge quilt top: pieced
President’s challenge quilt top: pieced

The nui shibori strips were fussy cut from a piece of indigo linen that I dyed in the summer, while the rest is cotton. I added a hint of gold to reference the trumpet that Miles Davis plays.

Some Kind of Blue - detail
Some Kind of Blue

The quilt top was heavily quilted with straight lines using a walking foot.

YRQGPresident's challenge detail 2016
Some Kind of Blue – detail

Kind of Blue is a great album that contains a couple of songs with blue in the title including: Blue in Green and All blues.  What’s your favourite song?

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SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

The first annual SWO Mod: a modern quilt retreat just happened this past weekend. It was a fantastic weekend spent with fun modern quilters from South Western Ontario.

Grand Ballroom - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Grand Ballroom – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

The London and Toronto Modern Quilt Guilds organized and hosted twenty-six modern quilters at the Elmhurst Inn & Spa.

Work space - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Work space – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

Our quilting space was in the Grand Ballroom where we had plenty of room to set up our sewing stations, lots of natural light and a constant supply of coffee, tea and snacks.

Quilt Block Game - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Quilt Block Game – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

On our first evening, Rebecca hosted her Quilt Block game. Half square triangles in four colours were arranged by the contestants to create a variety of quilt blocks.

Quilt Block Game - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Quilt Block Game – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

Here we see Karen and Sheilagh in the final round of competition.

Winner Quilt Block Game - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Winner Quilt Block Game – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

Karen was the very happy winner of a fantastic prize of fabrics, notions and pattern! Each person attending also received an amazing swag bag with numerous gifts from:

and so many more!

My door prize was a Hobbs Tuscany Collection Quilt Batt. This batt is a blend of cotton and wool. I was excited because I had wanted to try quilting with a wool batt and now I have the opportunity to try it out! Also included were a package of ColorWorks Microchips by Northcott Fabrics and a couple of fat quaters that coordinate with the Color Works soids.

End - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
End – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

The weekend ended with a few projects completed and many begun. New friendships were formed and the desire to repeat this experience again!

Thanks to Kristyn of the London Modern Quilt Guild and Becky and Andrea of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild for organizing and hosting this great quilting retreat. To see more photos of the event check out #swomodquiltretreat2016.

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A trio of hand dyed zippered pouches

I stitched three zippered pouches using some of my hand dyed fabric. I dyed some canvas and paired it with some beautiful stripped leather pieces.

Hand dyed canvas zippered pouch with leather accents
Hand dyed canvas zippered pouch with leather accents

The pouches are a great size for storing sewing accessories, makeup, pencils and many other small items.

Hand dyed unzipped pouch with leather accents
Hand dyed canvas pouch unzipped with leather accents

The pouch below is slightly larger and has a full leather bottom.

Hand dyed canvas zipped pouch with leather bottom
Hand dyed canvas zipped pouch with leather bottom
Hand dyed linen pouch with leather bottom
Hand dyed linen pouch with leather bottom

I dyed a couple of small pieces of metallic linen using the Itajime shibori technique to create this diagonal pattern. The linen has a lovely shimmer.

handdyed linen pouch with blue lining
Hand dyed linen pouch with blue lining

This linen and leather zippered pouch is lined with one of my hand dyed light blue cottons. What would you store in these?