Monday, October 16, 2017

Splash of Color QAL and a deadline

I've been resisting....but it didn't last. Myra of Busy Hands Quilts is hosting a Splash of Color QAL. The quilt has to be black and white with a splash of colour. As you can guess, I'm joining!

Why would I do that when I have tons of other stuff to do? Well, it turns out that I took a workshop last year with the Common Threads Quilt Guild called Shattered Angles. The technique was based on the book "Splash of Color - A Rainbow of Bright Black-and-White Quilts" by Jackie Kunkel. I just happened to choose Black and White with a jelly roll of solid colours for my quilt.

The quilt is only partially done - so this is the perfect opportunity to keep working on it. I'm not sure if I'll finally finish it during this QAL, but getting anything more done on it would be a bonus!

Here is the fabric that I'm using. If they look familiar, it's because I used some of these for Anna's Black & White wall hanging. Oops, I may have to pick up a few more fat quarters of black and white fabric!

Fabric selection for Shattered Angles
My To-Do List this week

Since I am going away for a week at the end of the month, I have to complete, or at least start my Learning Quilt-A-Long for October. Ideally, I would finish it by the weekend and then write my October Learning Sum Up Link-up post before I leave. Nothing like being ambitious at the beginning of the week :-)

You may recall that my learning challenge this month is to quilt with different batting to see what the difference is.

I now have 4 batting to try. I'll be adding the specifics of each batting on the October Learning Sum Up Link-up.
  • Hobbs Tuscany silk batting
  • Hobbs Tuscany cotton wool blend batting
  • Warm & Natural cotton batting
  • Bamboo batting
Silk batting
Cotton-wool batting

Batting is great, but I also need something to quilt! I've been working on some improvisational piecing with scraps. The goal is to make two blocks with each batting. So far, I'm thinking of one block of the improvisational piecing and the other using solid fabric so that I can to see how the quilting will show up as well as do a little bit of hand quilting, to compare each batting.

This will give me a chance to practice my free motion quilting (FMQ) as well as test out the batting. Hopefully I'll figure out what to do with the test pieces, since I like having something to show for the effort, even if they are rug mugs, placemats or mini wall hangings for the office.

What I learned
  • I can't resist a QAL if it means that I'll be able to work on an existing project. And to be honest, I love having a reason to write a blog post and link it!
  • The hardest part of the batting experiment is figuring out what to quilt. I do reserve the right to change my mind and quilt something totally different :-)
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  1. Awesome!!! I am doing this quilt along too.

    1. C'est super Yanicka. I'm actually looking forward to getting rid of my black and white fabrics. Not at all my favourite colours :-)

  2. I've seen where lots of people are joining in the QAL. It will be so fun to see all the different versions. :)

  3. Me réjouis de lire vos commentaires sur les ouatines, c'est toujours intéressant et quel automne en fanfare avec tous vos projets

  4. I often can't resist joining in on QALs. I'm already looking at a few for next year. Your Splash of Color QAL looks to be amazing!

  5. Thank you for linking up with To-Do Tuesday! Love those fabric strips, your quilt top is going to be so bright and fun!

  6. That looks like a fun QAL... hard to resist indeed!!

  7. You have a great choice of fabric so far for the Splash of Color QAL - have fun!


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