Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jackie Doll's #4 Orange, Purple & Blue Challenge

When I heard of the colours, I immediately thought of a sunset. I painted the palm tree with Setacolor Opaque Shimmer Jet Black and used King Tut thread to do the quilting.
Jackie Doll

Sharon M's #4 Orange Blue and Purple Pallet Challenge

Orange, purple and blue.

The colors were a huge challenge for me and then I added 2 more challenges. I challenged myself to use my AccuQuilt Go to cut all my pieces and I also went with the curved border. I started with the applecore die to make my back ground and used 2 shades of orange fabric. Next I used the round flower die to make the vines, leaves and flowers. I used the darker orange for the vines and leaves and did the flowers in shades of purple. I used some of the diferent stitches on my machine to applique the pieces and like the effect. The hardest color for me was getting the blue just right, I made little birdies out of the feather die and every blue I put on the piece just wasn't right. I finally found this speckled blue in a moda jelly roll I had and I love it. The bias binding is also cut with the 2.5 strip was a slow job sewing it on, LOL. In the end I am happy with my table runner, the colors are wonderful together. It is 16 x 25.5".

Judy's #4 Orange/ Blue/ Purple Challenge

I answered this challenge with some springy 3-D daffodils. A learning experience, as I don't recall folding this sort of flowers before. The little bitty quiltlet measures 6" x 7." It's ok. But I don't love it.
Then I stumbled across a Charley Harper Quiltalong currently happening on flickr. The coordinator has permission from the estate for the group to reproduce his drawings in fabric. I googled images and when I saw the cardinal, I knew this is what I was meant to do all along. I intended to use the image for inspiration but I came close to reproducing it.
I love everything abut this cardinal. His attitude. His sharp clean lines. His beady black eyes. His knobby knees. He's actually a tomato color, which I consider a shade of orange. Isn't it? The blue seeds are stitched with lilac thread. The little quilt measures 8.5" square.