Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nautical Cross quilt

Here's my latest finished quilt, a stash-bustin' cross quilt with a nautical feel (for me at least).
I used a mixture of vintage and new fabrics and winged the pattern.

I based my colour choices on Red, Yellow and Blue and made sure that they were all warm toned colours so that they wouldn't clash. When I had pieced my crosses together they had a nautical feel, like signal flags or perhaps flags of scandinavian countries.

This one is for my sweet Little Ms B, who is now a big 7 year old girl and growing more independent each day.

The quilt is hand quilted using DMC Cotton Perle in two colours.

xoClair
Nautical Cross Quilt
the patterned fabrics are vintage finds and the solids are modern, except the lighter yellow  crosshatched fabric which is Caroline Friedlander (LOOVE her designs!)
a huge mixture of stash fabrics from Lincraft, vintage, old clothing and on-line purchases.
The far apart hand stitched quilting leaves the quilt soft and pliable.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Clouds quilt

I had a little idea spring into my mind the other night, just as I was falling asleep.
In the past when things have come into my thoughts at that time of night I've thought to myself "I should really write this down, but I'm solo comfy and warm I don't want to move - I'm sure I will remember it in the morning!"
Of course, I never do. So now I keep a pencil and paper in my bedside drawer and I turn the light on and write it down, even if I risk waking hubby and lose that beautiful moment of comfort.

This is my rendering of the idea I had the other night, a revision of the scrawl made at the moment of inspiration:


I bought these FQs at my local quilting shop last week and have been pondering what to do with them. I broke my rule in buying them, as I had decided to not buy any more fabric until I use up some of the ridiculous stash I already have. But just look at those colours!!! How could I have resisted??

I have been slightly fixated on Russian Film posters from the 1960s (I can hear my friends snorting my use of the word slightly) and the bold colours and halftone shading used in them. I really want to incorporate some big ol' halftone dots into this design.



As you can see from the images above, the clouds are made up of dots but when you zoom in,the colours completely change from being tones of green blue and yellow to being process colours. 

The plan is to have Spoonflower print up some enlarged halftone dot fabric for me to use on the appliqué clouds. I'm thinking about using their linen-cotton canvas or their new ultra suede and leaving raw edges on the clouds, what do you think?

xoClair

Monday, June 9, 2014

Still here


Wow, it has been a while since I last posted on this blog.
It wasn't intentional but I have been offline for many weeks now just enjoying the real world with my amazing family.
My children are now 5 and 7 and I have been enjoying every little conversation, smile and joke that is formulated in their gorgeous little brains. They have been making discoveries this week, the one which they are most excited about is Barbapapa.
When I was little one of my favourite books was Barbapapa's New House by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor. In case you don't know, the Barba family is made up of colourful blobby creatures that can change their form at will. The family faces challenges in each story and work together to creatively solve problems and complete tasks.

Barbapapa's New House was my absolute favourite of the series. I remember my siblings and I trying to make a Barbapapa house in the backyard with mud, unfortunately we lacked the stretchability that the Barba family has and the mud just cracked and fell off!

I am glad my two children had the same response to the book as I remember having when I first read it.
First the delight in the eccentric but beautiful house that the Barba family first move into and renovate, then the sense of injustice when the wrecking machines destroy the house, then finally the delight in the new house that they build together and the joy in defeating the wrecking machines that have come to destroy their home.

It's no wonder that this book is a classic and has become highly collectible. Copies of original editions are on eBay for almost $100! Luckily it has been re-released and you can purchase it for around $20 new.
new copy of Barbapapa's New House and some vintage editions of other Barba books.

The New House! 

other half of the New House.

love, love, love the Barbapapas!!!
xoClair