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???



~Lisa

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...

14 comments:

  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!

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  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!

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  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!

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  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!!

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

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

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  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.

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  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:)

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

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