What a delight to join Marian's blog hop on Opposites Attract. She challenged us to stitch projects using two, three at most contrasting colors.
Red and White were my choices. I began by pulling reds from my stash. Since it was snowing on April 16 nature provided the perfect white chilliness. RED is a color associated with heat, passion, activity, anger, joy and love while WHITE has been defined as a color without hue, a sign of innocence, of goodness, of cleanliness, of light and neutrality and a sign of purity.
There are so many variations of red. This simple nine patch block stitched into a delightful table covering for tea.
I took this picture on June 7. From the same deck that the snow picture was taken back in April. A beautiful, warm sunny Sunday. Great for sitting out.
Nothing is prettier in red and white than our Canadian flag. A new flag print was a must buy. Bordering red crazy hearts it will be a perfect accessory for July 1 Canada Day celebrations.
I added a third color, shades of brown, to this banner. It is a All People Quilt pattern - Sidewalk Cafe - which was on my "to do" for a long time.
My intention to add a red applique name above Cafe disappeared when I saw the latest fabric with license plate names for the 2016 Row By Row. The words were perfect and it does have a cheerful red bird nesting above "Happy".
Marian's design of Sewing Notions symbols were perfect for the banner. (Available in her Craftsy shop)
I am stitching the Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler using random scraps. So I will now have cheerful red blocks in the quilt.
This is one of the earliest patterns I made from a magazine many years ago. It is red squares with white lace corner pockets. We use it in our church at Mothers Day where we ask if anyone wishes to include names of mothers, those with us or those gone before, they will be honored on their special day with prayers. When I stitched this I never imagined it would be used this way.
An ideal day to see the world in red and white.
So brew a cuppa and visit all the creative ladies as they explore the attraction of opposites.
Thank you Marian for giving us this opportunity to explore sew many opposites.
And if you would like to win a prize : This hop has two great giveaways during it’s run.. Each day a $25.00 gift certificate fromThe Fat Quartershop will be given away, and DJ Inkers will be giving away a cd of their wonderful Kids All Year CD (If your an international winner, you will receive a download link)
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Only Quilters can stretch an International Quilting Day into a week. The wonderful Marian of Seams To Be Sew has gathered a whole bunch of Qwazy Quilters to share their joy.
We were asked to share what inspired us, our first projects and why we love quilting.
These lovely ladies - my mother and her 5 sisters - were a constant in my life and an inspiration. They were hard workers who loved to talk, laugh and a have good cuppa tea. They were all sewers and all stitched quilts. I remember being very young and stitching on a treadle machine when one of them dropped in on my mother and asked why she was letting me use the machine because I might stitch the needle in my finger. Her reply was "how else is she going to learn". I don't remember pricking my finger and I was always at the machine.
They stitched quilts for babies, brides, family members, celebrations and community fundraisers but primarily for warmth and coziness. Their early quilt fabric would be leftovers from old clothing or garments they stitched. Nothing went to waste.
When my mother turned 75 we surprised her with a quilt created by blocks contributed by family and friends. It became one of her treasures and she spent many hours looking at the blocks. But it was 'too good to use' so had an honored place hanging on the wall for all to see.
Each block was different and had special memories.
In her stash my mother had a lot of embroidered umbrella ladies. These became a quilt for her youngest granddaughter.
We make Graduation Quilts for our nieces and nephews. One of the ladies became a special block in another Granddaughter's quilt as she left high school last year.
The aunts were always creating.
This Dresden Plate is one of my favorite earlier quilts. It is showing its age. Our fabric choices mature and today we would never use so much polyester.
This is a music quilt stitched for my musical brother. Took me a while to collect all the right notes.
Perfect cabin quilt for another brother.
This is my special quilt. Not fancy but so many memories because it was made from my mother's house dresses after she left us. Lives in this little shed my brothers built last year. I call it a "Stitching Shed". A little bit of heaven on the Bras d'Or.
One of the nice aspects of Marian's blog hops are the lovely giveaways. The Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone who makes a purchase a 10% discount. When you check out use the coupon code seamstobe316. The discount is not good on gift certificates and good for only one purchase per customer.
So check out all the goodies at today's featured bloggers and at SeamsToBeSew. And Marian always has an applique surprise gift. Make sure you leave a comment because we Qwilting Queens love to hear what you have to say.
A Fat Quarter Bundle is the lovely gift offered by Timeless Treasures on my blog today. To enter just leave a comment on my blog and Tuesday some lucky person will win. Please make sure I am able to contact you.
Please join today's Qwazy Quilters and explore their inspirations.
Thanks to Marian for all her hard work. Leave a comment on each blog and enter at Seams To Be Sew to win wonderful giveaways of patterns or for a chance to win a gift certificate from the fat Quarter Shop.