The Arnprior Guild had three challenges last year: Crayon challenge, 10 inch block challenge, and the President’s Challenge. I didn’t participate in the President’s challenge but I did participate in the other two.
With the Crayon challenge we had to pick a crayon from a bag and make anything using only that colour/colour family (white and black were also allowed to be used). I (surprisingly) picked one of my favourite colours…pink! I had designed a nice lap quilt but because I was procrastinating, I ended up changing my mind and decided to try a bargello. For the first time. With a week left. Good idea, right?
I searched Pinterest and YouTube for tutorials and beginner bargellos. I found a few tutorials, watched a few videos and decided to get started. Not as hard as I thought, but also not as easy as I thought…ok I didn’t think it was easy to begin with. Cutting the inital strips was easy though! Especially with a Go! Cutter (#notsponsored), cutting is a breeeeeeeeeze. Things might have went down hill after that but hey, it started off well.
Makes cutting strips a breeze!
The finished top. The top was quilting and bound but because I don’t really like it, I don’t have a picture of it.
Let me take you back to July 2016. That was the month I decided that I was to be a quilter. Ok, so that decision was easy – after numerous years of watching Momma Bear create beautiful works of art, I thought I would give it a go…I definitely have the best ever mentor/instructor/inspiration right at my fingertips. Now I have to decide on a pattern…and fabric. Oh the fabric! This will always be my downfall as a quilter. There are just TOO many fabrics available!
There’s a pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Co. called Tag Team that I saw in one of the BLOCK magazines. I loved the look but hated the borders. (Side note: I’m not a huge fan of borders. I know sometimes they are necessary but if I can make a quilt without one, I will.) This was going to be my first quilt…sans borders. So off to Photoshop I went to create my pattern.
I enjoy working in Photoshop because I can see what the pattern will look like with my colour choices and have the ability to change whatever I want to. I knew that I was going to use Kona Solids and originally I was going to do a gradient from aqua blue to deep purple…then blue to green…then pink to purple…then light blue to dark blue. I liked the colours but I didn’t love them. Then I tried blue to grey. Winner winner! Loved it! Couldn’t wait to start it! Continue reading