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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!

 

Turquoise minimal art quilt

I took the opportunity to just play during the SWO Modern Quilt retreat.

turquoise art quilt in process
Turquoise hand dyed fabrics minimal quilt in process.

I took some hand dyed fabric scraps and let myself just stitch.

turquoise art quilt process
Turquoise art quilt straight line stitching

I tried adding some very narrow inserts and loved the look.

turquoise art quilt detail top
Turquoise art quilt detail of narrow line insert and stitching

I machine quilted using a walking foot and three different colours of thread.

Turquoise art quilt detail
Turquoise art quilt detail with narrow strip insert

l really like the results.

turquoise art quilt finished
Turquoise art quilt finished

I made a few more pieces during the retreat. It is really freeing just trying new techniques without having a firm outcome in mind.

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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