Sunday, April 01, 2018

March finishes and April beginnings

I've had a great time with a friend. A weekend full of playing, gabbing and eating. Of course the playing involved textile - and even paint!

Colour Vie Pigment System

In the fall, Gunnel Hag was a guest speaker at the September Out of the Box meeting. She is a textile artist who became allergic to commercial dies. She worked with a company to develop the Colour Vie Pigment System which is water-based and eco-friendly. I bought a starter set at the meeting and was hoping to visit my girlfriend, the artist, to try these out. Well my girlfriend is visiting this weekend and we've been playing with Colour Vie.

We did some experimenting with the colours and this is my practice fabric. I think I'm really going to like making marks with Colour Vie.
Trying out and making marks with Colour Vie
Do you remember the FMQ project below from my Learning Quilt-Along ? Lyne and I have started painting little bits of it. It's pretty slow going.

The back of the wholecloth quilt

The blank canvas that we are painting :-)
The painting is coming along. I'll share this with you in a future post.

Starry Bright Sky - Block 3, Origami

For our third month, Alida had us create a star with fabric doing origami.

Origami star

Free-Motion Challenge Quilting Along

I've joined Angela Walter's Free-Motion Challenge Quilting Along. I've missed a few weeks but hope to catch up, or just to do them when I can. I was hoping to make a quick Quilt-as-you-go quilt based on Angela's suggested quilt top, but that's not going to happen. I am doing a Quilt-as-you-go technique but only with solid blocks.

Every week Angela presents two FMQ techniques. Week 6, when I started, was Machine Quilting Wavy Lines & Serpentines.

Wavy lines block

Back of the wavy line block 
I've been drawing the serpentine block for a couple of days. This one is very difficult for me.

One Monthly Goal

I'm hoping to finish my Postcard from Sweden quilt top by the end of the month. Technically it needs to be ready for April 3rd and then quilted by April 11th, but that's only 10 days who knows.

I do have a more recent picture of what is done so far.

April OMG -
Postcard from Sweden quilt top
Great news! Susan of Midweek Makers featured my quilt top on her colourful quilts to herald spring! Thanks Susan 😊

Fibre Fling 7

Fibre Fling 7
To-Do Tuesday: This week I have to finish getting ready for Fibre Fling 7.

I have two quilt labels to sew on the back of my quilts and I have to prepare the bags to delivery the quilts in.

What I learned
  • I really enjoyed making different marks on the practice fabric with Colour Vie. The medium is really great to work with.
  • However, painting all of those really small sections of my wholecloth quilt reminds me too much of the paint-by-number that I ruined when I was a kid. There was no way that I was using more than one brown to paint the ceiling of the Last Supper! 
  • There are a lot of very fiddly little areas to paint (like the paint-by-number), although I least I get to choose my own colours.
  • The Starry Bright Ski Origami block was very difficult to make. I learned years ago that I don't do origami! That's my son's strength, so I did the first part of the folding and he completed it.
  • I am looking forward to doing some of Alida's extra textured 3-D blocks.
  • I'm really enjoying Angela Walter's videos of FMQ designs. I've always had problems with "S" curves, which she calls serpentines. I'm sure that if I practice them enough that I'll get them. I start off well but eventually the echoing either starts getting flat or too curly 😊 
  • I decided that since I'm starting the FMQ challenge late, that I would do a quilt-as-you-go quilt. It's going to be fairly simple, and I can join each quilted block (of different pinks and purples) once I'm done.
  • I'm following Jera Brandvig's instructions in Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, for joining the blocks. 
Related Links
Linking Parties
I am writing this post at the last possible minute to link up to Starry Bright Night link-up. Let's see how everyone's origami blocks came along. I will also be linking up to April's OMG Link-up the Postcard from Sweden Quilt Along as well as To-Do Tuesday. Off the Wall Friday, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers,


  1. So many projects and so many interesting lessons!! Thanks for sharing and for linking up your block for the QAL!! :)

  2. Great quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  3. She's extended the deadlines on postcard from Sweden. Good luck with finishing it. I'm just going to aim for getting the top done, myself. Yours looks great.

  4. What neat projects and your free-motion quilting is wonderful!

  5. You've been having a ball experimenting with all sorts of fabric art - love seeing your results!

  6. All of your projects are so amazing! The Postcard quilt is just amazing in that fabric! Your wholecloth quilt is simply gorgeous!!


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