It’s Time for Colour Part 1

The Canadian Quilters Association is hitting the road with two traveling quilt shows, visiting most of the provinces and territories between January and May 2015 before arriving at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge AB June 4-6, 2015. The 12″ x 16″ quilts will be based on the theme “It’s Time for Colour” and will be made by award-winners from the Canadian National Juried Show. The quilts will be sold for $200 plus tax, with proceeds going to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, and a set of greeting cards will also be available for purchase. I was honored to receive an invitation to contribute to this show and set to work on my design.

Ten years ago, I made a quilt for a competition with a similar theme and interpreted the colour wheel with hexagons.


I was tempted to revisit this idea and played around with a few ideas…

CQA Colour 3

… but the rectangular format didn’t really suit any kind of a wheel or ring design. Back to the drawing board. Maybe some wrought-iron inspired shapes would make a better rectangular composition.

CQA Wrought Iron 3

Oh yes, much better! Now, how to colour it? I had picked up a fat quarter bundle of colourful fabrics (“Life Goes On” by Melissa Marie Collins for Frond Design Studios) at Quilt Canada in June, so it seemed fitting that I should use them in this piece.

CQA Fabrics

My initial attempts at a rainbow colour scheme were unsuccessful, or maybe they just weren’t my preference. I felt far more attracted to this soothing analogous colour scheme and proceeded to choose matching Aurifil cotton threads for the appliqué.

CQA Analogous

Here it is so far!

CQA Quilt Top

Next step is the quilting. I have an interesting plan and I will tell you all about it next time!

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  1. Loleta Andrews says:

    Kathy I am so blessed by discovering (when the Lord chooses to remain anonymous) your work. What wonderful beautiful things await us in heaven. Thank you for loving the Lord and speaking forth His praise by the glorious work of your hands! God bless you. Loleta Andrews

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