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Quilts at the Creek 2016 Blue By You Challenge

It was a hot weekend but that didn’t deter visitors from viewing the 298 quilts on display this year at Quilts at the Creek 2016. I participated in the Blue By You Fabric Challenge and was very interested in seeing the quilts others had created using the same bundle of Northcott fabrics. I photographed all the quilts I could find – they were scattered throughout Black Creek Pioneer Village.

Here are the quilts in no particular order:
Blue by You by Jane Cramer
Blue by You by Jane Cramer

 

Modern Hexi by Brenda Horvath
Modern Hexi by Brenda Horvath

 

Early Spring by Katie Johns
Early Spring by Katie Johns

 

Blue Gingko by Maria Pascoe
Blue Gingko by Maria Pascoe

 

My Australian Blue Sunflower by Diane Daniel
My Australian Blue Sunflower by Diane Daniel

 

Into the Deep by Kim Workman
Into the Deep by Kim Workman

 

Mama's Blue Vase by Maria Steveton
Mama’s Blue Vase by Maria Steveton

 

Underwater Blues by Joy Takahashi
Underwater Blues by Joy Takahashi

 

Blue by You by Dorothy Green
Blue by You by Dorothy Green

 

Blue Bayou Kisses by Susan Gaston
Blue Bayou Kisses by Susan Gaston

 

Hunter's Star by Daryl Workman
Hunter’s Star by Daryl Workman

 

Bias against Blue by Valerie Prideaux
Bias against Blue by Valerie Prideaux

 

Deeply Darkly Beautifully Blue by Peggy Pirillo
Deeply Darkly Beautifully Blue by Peggy Pirillo

 

Ocean Blue by Lyne Mielke
Ocean Blue by Lyne Mielke

 

Phoenix by Robert Gutcher
Phoenix by Robert Gutcher

 

...And So It Grew, Out of the Blue by Judy Messenger
…And So It Grew, Out of the Blue by Judy Messenger

 

Blue by You by Cathy Fortune
Blue by You by Cathy Fortune

 

Blue Bayou by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Blue Bayou by Doris Lovadina-Lee

It was fun walking around trying to identify the Blue By You challenge quilts. Every person used the Northcott bundle of fabrics very differently. I was impressed by the designs, the variety of techniques and the workmanship in these pieces. Which piece to you like best?

 

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Vacation inspirations

Many of us have hundreds of photographs taken during our vacations. Digital cameras have made it easy to take and store images. How often do you go back and look at them?

cement tiles in turquoise, brown and white on floor in Mexico
Mayan Riviera tile

Looking through holiday pictures can stimulate creativity. Look closely and see what design ideas are hiding in plain sight.

ceiling trusses of the palapa in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Patterns on tiles, floors and ceilings can inspire quilt blocks or quilting designs.

turquoise glaze on a ceramic jar in lobby of hotel in the Mayan Riviera
Mayan Riviera jar

The patina and colours found in pottery and nature can inspire unique colour palettes and applique shapes.

veins of a leaf of a tropical plant in mexico
Mayan Riviera leaf

The texture of bark  can inspire a machine or hand quilting pattern.

bark of a tree trunk in Mexico
Mayan Riviera tree trunk
fossils embedded in walls of hotel in the Mayan Riviera
Mayan Riviera fossils

Look back at your vacation photographs, enjoy reminiscing and then take a closer look at all the designs that inspire your creativity!

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Blue Bayou Quilt

This beautiful bundle of blues are the Northcott fabrics selected for the 2016 Quilts at the Creek challenge: Blue By You.

Northcott fabric bundle for the Blue By You quilt challenge. (photo courtesy of Quilts at the Creek Blog)
Northcott fabric bundle for the Blue By You quilt challenge. (photo courtesy of Quilts at the Creek Blog)

This was one of the easiest quilts for me to name. When they announced this challenge at a workshop last year they called it Blue by You, but, I heard Blue Bayou. The fabrics reminded me of the changing colours of the tropics. Aerial photographs of the ocean show the colour changing from a deep blue that is almost black to a light turquoise.

Blue Bayou Quilt front
Blue Bayou Quilt front

The word bayou conjured images of hot temperatures, beaches, water and buildings painted reds, pinks and corals. I searched through my stash and found a few more blues to co-ordinate with the Northcott bundle. I added 2 small prints in red, some of my hand dyed solids and the navy with circles of blue, green and red tying the fabrics together.

Blue Bayou Quilt draped
Blue Bayou Quilt draped

Many of the colourful painted houses found in tropical climates have jalousie or louvred glass windows. The design of this quilt reminds me of looking out of these jalousie windows and seeing a beautiful tropical vista.

Blue Bayou Quilt detail
Blue Bayou Quilt detail

Blue Bayou is machine quilted with a walking foot. The undulating design in the blue rectangles refers to waves and the straight lines of the navy and blue solids to the frame of the windows.

Blue Bayou quilting detail
Blue Bayou quilting detail

Stop by the Blue By You display at Quilts at the Creek July 23 and 24, 2016. See what others have created with their fabric bundles!

 

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Small Vibrant Path

My son’s last school art project involved selecting a Canadian artist and creating a piece based on their style. My son chose me!

The Vibrant path gabriel
Small Vibrant Path project by Gabriel Lee

He spent some time looking at the photos on my blog and selected The Vibrant Path. I was very pleased and surprised! He very carefully drew out his design in pencil and then coloured it in with pencil crayons.

Small Vibrant Path
Small Vibrant Path by Gabriel Lee

He also researched the artist and wrote a couple of paragraphs describing their work and some background information.

Small Vibrant Path description
Small Vibrant Path description

I blogged about The Vibrant Path last year. Have a look at both pieces.