Saturday, October 26, 2013

Making Celtic Solstice: Intro

Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery is about to begin!  On October 23rd, she posted the Intro to the mystery including her color choices: Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue.  You can see the color cards she picked here:

Bonnie's Color Cards

I'm not really that keen on her colors this year, unlike last year's quilt with amethyst, lime green, teal, and white/black.  So I've decided to go a different direction with my colors.  And for inspiration, being a car enthusiast as well as a quilter, I decided to take my color cues from BMW's Motorsport division.  Yes, I chose the "M" colors:

I think this color combination is very handsome, don't you?  Here's how I'm going to arrange my colors in relation to Bonnie's colors...

I'll use Dark Blue where Bonnie currently has her blues.

I'll use Light Blue where Bonnie will use green.

I'll use Red where Bonnie will use orange.

And I'll use Grey where Bonnie will use yellow.

I will still use white or very light cream neutrals, just as Bonnie will be with her color scheme.  But I want to keep this quilt crisp so I'll try to go through my whites before I touch any of my creams.

So, what about you?  Are you going to play along?  What colors will you use?  Which size will you make?  Bonnie will be providing directions for two sizes this time... Big and Bigger LOL.  I'm going to do the smaller of the two, since I've made several king size quilts in the last year I've decided I don't like making them that big.  :)

Until next time....

Friday, October 25, 2013

What's new?

Well, it's been a while since I wrote so I thought I'd do a bit of show-and-tell to show you what I've been up to.

This is a quilt I made for a swap.  I received fabrics from my swap partner, who mentioned she wanted a lap quilt with an ocean or beach theme to give as a retirement gift to a coworker.  This is what I came up with.  The outer border is a Disappearing 4-Patch, which gives it movement such as water rippling in tide pools.  The applique was just a lot of fun to add to the quilt, too.

I made this quilt for a friend.  I'm not sure if she was trying to stump me when she said her favorite colors were pink, purple, teal, and BLACK.  But I found the perfect pattern, and this quilt was born.  She LOVES it, and that makes me really happy.  :)

A client fell in love with this quilt, which came as a kit that she bought.  But she's not a quilter!  So she hired me to put it together for her, and it turned out so super cute!

I loved the teacup pattern so much, I made another one for a friend using fabric from my stash.

Today, I'll be binding this behemoth.  It's a King size t-shirt quilt, made from my client's running t-shirts he's been collecting since around 1982.  It turned out beautifully, and I can't wait to finish it and return it to him.  :)

Oh, and have you seen?  Bonnie Hunter's new mystery is under way.  She posted the first clue with colors and yardage, you can see it here:

Celtic Solstice Mystery

I'm debating doing it.  If I do, I think I'll choose a different colorway.  This one just isn't speaking to me like last year's did.  Oh, and the great thing is she's offering it in two sizes!  Big and Bigger LOL.  Will you be participating this year?