Saturday, February 16, 2013

Playing with Emerald


Despite it being Valentines Day this week, and despite being smitten with all the wonderful heart quilts and pillows around the internet, I have been playing with emerald. Here is Labyrinth so far. She is not quite square - about 19" x 20". I put a bird in the centre as I had a green one handy and thought instead of a Minotaur, I would have a bird, sort of like the canary in the coal mines - so you know all is safe.

Labyrinth - detail

I have long wanted to make a log cabin that was a labyrinth, and the Emerald Challenge seemed like the right time. Green makes me think of gardens and then I thought of hedges and lawns and that took me to the labyrinth. When my son reminded me that Theseus had escaped the Labyrinth by following a thread, well there was no turning back - the inspiration had hit.

Quilting Labyrinth

Here is an action quilting shot from my instagram photos. The white walls or walkways of the Labyrinth were easy to quilt with a single start and stop. Now I am trying to decide whether to leave the green as hedges or quilt them into lawns - a lot of folks suggested that they be left to pop against the densely quilted white parts and right now I am thinking they are right. I just need to quilt around that bird to make it stand out a bit. I will show you more soon.

Emerald Irish Chain, top done

And the green nine patches are assembled into an Emerald Irish Chain. I hope to baste this later and maybe start quilting it later this weekend. It does actually look much nicer that that instagram photo but the sun has gone behind the clouds and I can do no better today, so trust me for now.

she can quilt

In other news, the "official" part of the Mod Pop QAL finishes up on Monday. Of course anyone who is trailing along can continue and I will encourage and help. All the finished quilts as of Monday will be eligible for our last prize which is a $30.00 gift certificate from Dragon Fly Fabrics, which is a lovely little on-line shop here in Canada.

All the finished Mod Pop Quilts from the QAL will be entered, and I will show them off in a post here too on Monday. I am also going to set up a linkup on Monday here that will be open for a long while so that past, present and future finishes from the QAL can link up too.

Enjoy your weekend, we have a long weekend here -  Monday is off for Family Day.