03 September, 2013

Charity quilt challenge

The latest Monday Modern quilt group challenge is going to be making a quilt for charity using fabrics from Helen's post-quilting shop stock. She brought along a couple of boxes of FQs and told us to go for it. At first we're all "yay it's like Christmas!" but then faced with so much choice I actually found it a bit daunting! I started out going for blues and greens but then suddenly remembered Rita at Red Pepper Quilt's Instagram post yesterday morning with a WIP shot of a 'low-volume' quilt she's working on. It made me all happy because it looks like spring so I thought I could go with that kind of fabric selection. Luckily I had my phone with me to have a look at it because she's got some surprisingly bright colours in there, which puts paid to the idea I have so far subscribed to that 'low volume' is just a euphemism for 'pastel'. This is what I ended up with:

Charity quilt fabrics

I'm not 100% sure about all the fabrics (I've already pulled out three to return to Helen which don't go, although Hazel is very keen on one so perhaps I'll just buy them), and I'm sure I'll add in some from my own stash but I have a pattern in mind, and two months to do it - stay tuned!

Other things that are making me happy at the moment:

 Kowhai flowers and spring arriving

Kowhai flowers. It's been a gorgeous day, spring definitely feels like its here! @mexturesapp #mexturesapp #jj_newzealand #jj_vscomextures #flowers #newzealand #kowhai #spring #ig_newzealand #au_nz_hotshotz

Kowhai. Our new-to-us tree in the front yard is going to be glorious.

This photo taken in Edmonton - it's so Canadian it makes my heart ache a little.

Quintessentially Canadian at Fort Edmonton #latergram #fortedmonton #canada #jj_canada #edmonton #hudsonsbayblanket #snowshoes

And this little girl and her pug and how much they love each other (he does really, despite the pleading look in his eyes here!)

Love. #ollie_the_pug #love @mexturesapp #mexturesapp #pug #agirlandherdog #curlytailgang #hug #pugsofinstagram #fogsofinstagram #pugstagram @the_naughty_pug


  1. The Knitty Gritty HomesteadSeptember 4, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Oh, that HBC blanket! Swoon! I keep buying old wool blankets with Canadian labels...but of course my kids find them too itchy. I just love them!

  2. great photo's - looking forward to seeing the quilt :)

  3. Eeek! I love the Canadian shot! I'm a Canadian girl who just moved to New Zealand and I smile every time I see the Bay blanket on our bed. Too bad the snowshoes we brought along are the fancy aluminum kind and not those awesome beaver tail ones like in your pic - I love the look of them up on the wall.

  4. You were very sensible thinking about what to make before you selected your fabrics. I have been looking at mine for days and feeling quite stumped! Low volume will look great.

  5. I agree with both sides - gorgeous to look at but too itchy to have near skin! I was traumatised by itchy wool toques as a child ;)

  6. Glad I could give you a touch of the True North :) So are you going to get a chance to use the fancy snowshoes here? I could probably bring some of the old ones over with me but not much call for them in Auckland sadly. Nor for the HBC blanket we have, although we manage to use it for a few weeks a year in spring and autumn despite the damage the wretched carpet beetle larvae did to it one year when we didn't store it properly. So where in Canada are you from?

  7. I hope so - though I can't decide if I should strive to make it gender-neutral, or just stick in the pinks I have and let the recipients worry about it! I always have to think up some sort of complication ;)

  8. We're from Burnaby, BC. Moved here in Feb for my husband to work at U of Otago. Our Bay blanket has gotten heaps of use here in Dunedin where the houses are so cold! I doubt we'll ever use our fancy snowshoes though...should have sold them before we left. Ah well.



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