My Pantone Colour of the year quilt

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Well what a lot of fun I had entering the Pantone Colour of the year quilt challenge hosted by http://www.play-crafts.com/blog/ and http://thewindyside.blogspot.com.au
winners were announced and although I didn’t win I had enormous fun and challenged myself in the best use of the colour.

I would like to thank Origami Star and Cross for allowing the use of this block in this competition.

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For this quilt the following fabrics were used:-
Kona Bay 2013 design shade 09
VIP Cranston Print Works ?Could Village 1 2011
Marbelicious
VIP Cranston Snakeskin purple 2010

I had one very huge week completing this top for the competition, since last week lots has been happening and I will reveal new projects very soon, but if you would like to take a look at a few things check out the comings and goings over at Wehago Designs a few blocks for my new quilt

Anyway until next time

Happy quilting

Wendy

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Pantone colour of the year quilt challenge

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My quilt is 72″ x 45 “

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What a delight to find out the challenge was of fabric already waiting to be made into a quilt top. I am glad http://thewindyside.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/2014-pantone-quilt-challenge-radiant.html gave the chance to make my quilt top

Thank you to Marcia Hohn from quilters cache for allowing me to use her http://www.quilterscache.com/O/OriganmiStarandCrossBlock.html

Here is my submission for quilt top only

thanking you Wendy Gontier

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Pantone colour of the year quilt challenge

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What a delight to find out the challenge was of fabric already waiting to be made into a quilt top. I am glad http://thewindyside.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/2014-pantone-quilt-challenge-radiant.html gave the chance to make my quilt top

Thank you to Marcia Hohn from quilters cache for allowing me to use her http://www.quilterscache.com/O/OriganmiStarandCrossBlock.html

Here is my submission for quilt top which is 72″ x 45″

thanking you Wendy Gontier

Beginning another quilt for pantone colour of the year challenge

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I have begun the challenge! I love a challenge and when I discovered that this was to include this colour I was excited. Reason being is I already had the fabric for this challenge. I was planning on making a quilt from this colour. Fabric was just sitting on my shelf!

So the search was then on to fine the perfect block to highlight my fabric, I searched high and low over the internet and in my resources at hand. I eventually found the perfect design from quilters cache. So after a quick email and confirmation that I could use Marcia Hohn’s block I began the workings of the fabric placement.

Now time is drawing near and I need to have this top made this week. I cut all of the pieces bar the centre square as I am not convinced of which fabric to use. So with every other piece cut I am about to head to the sewing machine with tray in hand to create.

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Hope you can check back in tomorrow and watch my progress

Have a great day

Wendy

Storm at sea quilt progress

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I starting planning on making this quilt for my daughter who was in her final year of secondary school around this time last year. I was madly gathering fabrics and researching how to do this quilt, the options are almost endless.

Firstly I consulted Heather and we decided on greens and blues and the design was to include a heart in the centre of the quilt. I began the search for the pattern which lead me to http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/storm-at-sea-quilt.html for the pattern. I then found another site which included lots of variations of the design by the placement of your colour, they also had a doodle sheet. So with this in hand I printed off a few copies and retrieved the derwent pencils and off I went as though I was back in kindergarten experimenting again. It was great, I was able to work our different colours to be used and how to do the heart. I then proceeded to gather more fabric as I now new what I was doing thanks to http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/storm-at-sea-quilt.html.

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I was finally started sewing this quilt. I was using freezer paper foundation method. I had done the heart for the centre and was working on the rest of the quilt, I was quite happy with the heart and when Heather saw it she decided the quilt needed four more hearts in the corners, well I had only calculated enough fabric for one heart so off to the shops again. I had purchased the two fabrics for the hearts from two different stores, both not too far away luckily. So with enough heart fabric in hand I continued making blocks for the quilt. The size had been determined with one heart and once we decided to add the other four hearts we realised it would look strange if it didn’t have an equal amount of distance between the hearts within and around the border of the quilt. At this stage I thought I had cut enough fabric….but no I hadn’t so back to the cutting table again. I would continue making quilt blocks.

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It was obvious that I didn’t have floor space large enough to lay this quilt out, but by now Heather had finished her final year at school and had received a very good atar score which would enable her to get into Melbourne University to study Bachelor of Arts. So the hunt was now on for her and her sister to find a house to rent in the suburbs of Melbourne. It only took a couple of weeks to find a house. Because Heather was now in Melbourne I could use her floor space in her bedroom, it worked but still wasn’t really big enough. By this time I knew I needed 399 blocks and the final third of the quilt after all of the hearts were made became a jigsaw with the colour placement, when I got down to the final 98 I had a colour plan of the blocks and. It them out specifically, this took extra time.

Armed with all of my blocks made and took them and all of my pins to my local community centre where I spend my Wednesday afternoons with my this that ‘n chat group. I laid out all of the blocks and then rearranged a few until I was happy with the mingling of the colours. Photos were take and I then pinned the blocks in their positions and brought them home. Over the past week I have been slowly putting these blocks together.

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Today was the final countdown, with only a few rows to sew I went to my Tuesday quilting group and sewed the final few rows, it is now a pieced top. I will be putting a thin border around to help rest the eyes.

The next stage is to load this onto my quilting frame. I am going to hand quilt this and am hoping to have it done by our local quilt show in start of May.

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This has been a wonderful and fun quilt to do, I have enjoyed every stage of this quilt journey so far.