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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Tempest

This summer when we were on vacation in Fredericton, NB, we went to a Bard in the Barracks performance and saw The Tempest in a fabulous format.  Outdoors, in a forest, in a park.  Instead of the scene changing in front of us, we were directed to move to different areas of the park for the different acts.  It was a fabulous evening and one I will remember for some time.

What does that have to do with quilting?  Not much, I reckon, except in my traditional guild, the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild (as opposed to the Vancouver Modern Guild) we had a summer challenge.  The challenge being that we were given a paint chip.  The difference from most paint chip challenges was that the colour of the paint chip wasn't the inspiration - you had to use the name of the colour as the name of your quilted piece.  The paint chip I received was The Tempest.

I considered making something to do with Shakespeare's Tempest, but in the end decided on a quilt pattern I have wanted to make for a very long time - a Storm at Sea.  In fact, I even had a quilt kit that I had purchased from Connecting Threads many years ago - it has been sitting in my stash for awhile, but would definitely fit the bill for this challenge.  And, it was a small kit which meant that because I had left it late to start, I might still be able to get it finished on time!

SID in the middle, curved crosshatching ruler work and FMQ in the border

Originally it was going to be pretty simply quilted, which the middle, in fact, is.  But as usual, that didn't last!  I had picked up a curved quilting ruler sometime ago and decided that these borders were the perfect opportunity for me to practise with it on my domestic machine.

DSM ruler work
close up of ruler work

Once I got into the swing of it, it worked out quite well!  Some easy curves to finish off, and the challenge was done in time for the October meeting, and I can strike a Storm at Sea of my bucket list!

The Tempest
The Tempest

Happy quilting!


elle said...

It's on my bucket list, too. An early morning and I'm multitasking! Blog roll and fabric search. Yum!

Beth said...

I love the colors and the inspiration...tempast. The quilting is amazing. great job!

Peg said...

Wow - amazing quilt, gorgeous colors, fabulous quilting - altogether actually calms the storm!

Vicki Miller said...

I think your curved ruler works well. I love the border quilting. Do you ever quilt anything i don't love? I think not!

sherry said...

nice quilt...fits "the tempest"

Joan said...

So love your colours - and specially the ruler work - which rulers did you use?

CLS said...

What a beautiful quilt. You nailed the title and pattern.

Dominique said...

Wow! I am always impressed by the Storm at Sea pattern, and this version is outstanding. The quilting is exquisite. Beautiful work!

Sandi said...

It is beautiful Janet, as usual the quilting is stunning!

Renate said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy! wish I had been there to see it in person. BTW Which curved ruler did you use?

Maggi said...

Gorgeous pattern and how opportune that you had the kit ready.

Seeing the Tempest in the open air must have been an amazing experience.

rtquilter said...

Very pretty Janet, i am a blue girl:-)

Patsy said...

Great job (as usual) and love the border quilting!