Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Colour Story

This year - the most important thing I have learned about myself as a quilt artist is that I love (and I mean whole heartedly, arms open wide) colour. I never realized how MUCH I loved colour until I began playing around more with design and fabric.

In my first few years of quilting I was really focussed on learning the craft. This is definitely not to say that I don't have any learning left to do, but more to say that after a few years I felt comfortable with the basics of quilting - (the 'how the heck do I turn this machine on?' type of learning) and was able to set myself free to be able to play more.

And MAN have I had so much fun in 2013!!! I have dappled in all SORTS of colour and realized that brighter is better (well to my eyes anyways!!). So I share with you this...

A quilt of many colours. Made for my BFF who loves waaaaaay on the other side of Canada. A friend I have had since grade school. One of those friends that when you meet up - it's like time has not passed. There is something to be said for having someone in your life that knows your life story - all your happinesses, saddnesses and in-betweens. There is something to be said for not having to explain anything, you know?! - cause they just know. So ya, this quilt was made with a lot of love (and colour, did I mention colour?!!!)

My girlfriend's house is decorated with colours like brick red, butter yellow and avocado green. Really beautiful vintage, country colours. I made this quilt with inspiration from both the colours in her house and from a quilt in THIS book (have you read this book? I think it is most fabulous).

My friend has an affinity for dragonflies. So when I saw this fabric at my local shop - it was a no brainer. It absolutely HAD to be included.

I had a lot of fun picking, choosing and arranging all these colours to make them fade just right. I used a mixture of scraps and purchased fabric. I bought a whole lot of small bits. The lady who had to cut it all was very patient with my artistic vision haha!!!

Happy New Year all. I wish you only the best (and many sewing adventures of course) for the coming year!

And I leave you with this...a little secret was unveiled when we had a light snow last week. Guess who's been lurking in my yard???


PS. My blog New Years resolution is to challenge myself to find new and exciting locations for my quilt 'photo shoots'. Wish me luck, I was already eyeballing the barn down the street and wondering if the farmer (not to mention the cows) would mind if I pinned a quilt up on it. It's really close to the street and I would be really quick...


  1. Your vision developed into a fabulous quilt! Wow! It's a piece of art!!! And I can't guess what the paw prints are but I'm very curious!

  2. This is amazing!!! I love it!! I am sure your BFF will love it too!! And oh my, those little paws look ominous don't they!? Intriguing!

  3. This is amazing!!! I love it!! I am sure your BFF will love it too!! And oh my, those little paws look ominous don't they!? Intriguing!

  4. You do have a wonderful sense of colour, Lisa!! This quilt is fabulous....lucky BFF!! I must say, I am most intrigued with the paw prints in the snow!!

  5. A baby Bear??!
    I love how you use colour and your designs. Very artistic. You have a very lucky friend!

  6. Wow, this is truly wonderful!! I'm sure you're friend adores it!!!

  7. Wow Lisa this quilt is stunning! I love the pops of color and the design is fantastic. I'm sure your friend is going to love it it is absolutely gorgeous. You know I made the same resolution about looking for new locations to photograph my quilt; the barn sounds like a good location.

  8. Fantastic! What you've done here with your color choices and careful fading is gorgeous. It sounds like we are kindred hearts with this whole color-love thing. I can't get enough of it either!

    p.s. thanks for your kind comment on my "Just thinking" post the other day!

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  10. Wow Lisa! That quilt is amazing. It's been a long time between visits so I'm sure there is a lot more eye candy on your blog that I need to catch up on:)

  11. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla