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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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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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Arashi Shibori Indigo Table Runners

I’ve just completed two table runners made with the Indigo fabrics I hand dyed in May.

Arashi Shibori table runner
Arashi Shibori table runner

This piece is white cotton that was folded in half, wrapped around a pole, and dyed with Indigo.

Arashi Shibori table runner detail
Arashi Shibori table runner detail

The table runner is backed with a cotton/linen blend and machine quilted following the flowing lines of the Arashi Shibori. I love the look of this piece. It reminds me of water moving in a stream.

Arashi Shibori Linen table runner
Arashi Shibori Linen table runner

The cotton/linen blend of the second table runner was also Indigo dyed using the Arashi Shibori technique – pole wrapping. This time the fabric was seamed to create a long tube that was then scrunched onto a plastic pipe.

Arashi Shibori Linen table runner detail
Arashi Shibori Linen table runner detail

A hint of the hand dyed cotton backing is visible in the photo above. To see these two pieces as well as other hand dyed fabrics, come to Quilts at the Creek this weekend and have a look at the Shop ‘Round the Corner. There will be a selection of lovely handcrafted items, so you can start your Christmas shopping early!

 

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Quilts at the Creek 2015

I just received the labels I will be attaching to the quilts I am entering into the Quilts at the Creek outdoor show this summer. It’s a great venue to see a variety of quilts from traditional to modern and from all across southern Ontario.

Quilts@C 2015 labels
Quilts at the Creek labels

Hundreds of quilts will be on display in the beautiful pastoral setting of Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. It’s a great sight to see the quilts hanging in the sunshine and blowing in the breeze. Each day of the show, volunteers set up all the quilts, mostly outside with a few in some of the buildings. These dedicated volunteers also take down all the quilts at the end of the day and have been known to very quickly take them down when rain threatens!

Quilts at the Creek at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Quilts at the Creek at Black Creek Pioneer Village

This year Quilts at the Creek will be held from Saturday July 18th to Sunday July 19th, 2015. Check the Black Creek Pioneer Village website for times, parking information and maps.

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Quilts at the Creek Blog

Valerie Prideaux the lead organizer of this great event, along with the York Heritage Quilters Guild have a lot of information on the Quilts at the Creek blog. Find out how to enter your quilt, who will be presenting trunk shows, the vendors at the Merchant’s mall and so much more.

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Amy Garro of 13 Spools is teaching 2 workshops: Graffitti Quilting on the Friday and Paper Piecing on the Saturday. I am looking forward to learning Amy’s style of free-motion quilting.

Hope to see you out at Black Creek Pioneer Village July 18th and 19th, enjoying the quilts in the beautiful outdoors.

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Quilts at the Creek

Even though I won’t be attending this year, I wanted you all to know about a really great quilt exhibit taking place at Black Creek Pioneer Village just north of Toronto from August 16-17, 2014.

Black Creek 2012
Quilts at Black Creek Pioneer Village 2012

Quilts at the Creek is in its 3rd year.

Black Creek 2012 Urban Habitat
Urban Habitat (on the left) with unidentified appliqué quilt

The village is a beautiful venue for exhibiting quilts. The quilts are hung outside by a tireless group of volunteers. There are workshops, trunk shows, quilt appraisals, vendors and quilts, quilts and quilts in a beautiful, pastoral setting. Spend some time outside enjoying the show.