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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival - Modern - A Vancouver Winter

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This is my second entry this spring, to see my other entry, click here.

This entry is in the Modern category.  As a member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, I get to participate in our Block Lottos at our monthly meetings.  A few years back, our challenge was to use a bit of Kona Curry with any blacks and greys we had in our stash, and create an improv pieced block.  At the meetings, everyone who makes a block is entered into a draw to receive all or some of the blocks.  I was a lucky winner!  Unfortunately, due to other demands, these blocks sat for a year or two until I finally pulled them out while on a retreat.  I just wasn't getting them to work the way they were, so seeing as it was all about improv, I just sliced into them and shuffled them around until I was happy with the layout and then started filling in the spaces with more black and grey.  This worked for me!
Once I had the top pieced, it was an easy decision to quilt some concentric circles and straight lines.  This quilt is a lot like Vancouver in the winter - here in Vancouver, winter can be pretty grey, with a lot of rain, but every now and then we get a fabulous sunny day.  The quilting is reminiscent of the rain and puddles, but the yellow gives me a ray of sunshine to know that summer is on its way!
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A Vancouver Winter
A Vancouver Winter

Check out more of the Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival entries here

Happy quilting!


purduepam said...

Winning blocks from the quilting group is so rewarding. I also won some blocks and like you did some block surgery to make them fit my style. Your resulting quilt is truly a one of a kind and can never be duplicated.

Leanne said...

It is a beautiful quilt, I love how the quilting adds another layer of beauty.

M-R Charbonneau said...

Ooh, love that idea of a Block lotto for improv blocks. You did a great job with them, Janet and that quilting is fabulous!

Renate said...

What a wonderful way to portray the weather of my old home town. You get my vote!

Anonymous said...

This is stunning! I love it and the quilting is perfect for the top. Nice work!

Anonymous said...

Love the combination of quilted straight lines and circles. It works so well with the blocks. I am very impressed with your circles! I can never keep them even lol.

Gina said...

I love your quilt and its perfect title!

Denise Bongiovanni~ said...

I love your quilting on this one. The random yellow is perfect to perk up the gray and black. You are right, a nice reminder there's bright spots in every day if you look for them!!


Maggi said...

A lovely quilt and I really like the way that the circles complement the straight lines of the piecing.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

You did a great job with a bunch of improv blocks. Taking the chance of slicing and dicing really paid off. Nicely done. said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!! ♡