On my design wall – 2014.09.10 – CQA ‘It’s Time for Colour!’

The Canadian Quilters’ Association (CQA/ACC) has invited award winners of their annual National Juried Show to donate a 12 x 16 inch quilt for a traveling quilt show.   As an award winner in the Modern category in 2014 with my quilt Shades of Gray, I received an invitation to participate.  I love a challenge, so I accepted immediately!

TerryAske_RainyDayPeopleThe theme is ‘It’s Time for Colour!’   I had several ideas for colorful subject matter (tulips, fall foliage and sunsets all came to mind) but I decided to create yet another version of one of my favorite themes – Rainy Day People.

This time, I’m showing two small girls with huge adult-sized umbrellas (based on photos I took of a little girl last year).   I dressed them in bright, cheerful colors to contrast with the rainy gray background.

I fused the girls and umbrellas first to parchment paper, then to thin black cotton.  Then I free motion stitched with black thread.   After that, I applied Misty Fuse to the back of the black fabric (thus securing all the thread ends!) then trimmed the black fabric leaving a thin outline.

DSCN3969With previous quilts in this series I quilted the ‘rain’ through all the layers including the people and their umbrellas.  With this one I quilted the rain on the background first (using that same great black and gray variegated thread).



I still need to cut more ‘reflections’, then I’ll fuse the girls and the reflections and quilt the bottom portion of the quilt.  If you come back on Friday, I should have it all finished.


And here’s my finished journal quilt that I started last week.




Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced      Esther’s Blog  Sew Fresh Quilts


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14 Responses to On my design wall – 2014.09.10 – CQA ‘It’s Time for Colour!’

  1. Lovely creativeness to brighten someone’s day.

  2. Both are lovely quilts. I love your rainy day people series, and look forward to seeing this latest one finished.

  3. Nicole says:

    If the girl on the left had brown hair, those could be my two rainbow-loving girls.

    Lovely work!

  4. Ann says:

    Your rainy day girls are so fun. Good idea to add brightness on a rainy day. I look forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Terry, I love your rainy day girls. So colorful!

  6. Your journal quilt turned out great too!

  7. Lovely work, Terry! Those colourful girls look fabulous! Love the reflections…. It looks so real!

  8. France says:

    This is gorgeous! I love your choice of fabric for the street. It really looks like a street covered with patches of water during a strong downpour. I’m not a big fan of variegated thread but when I look at your rainy day pieces I see the benefit of using it. 🙂

  9. Daryl says:

    Beautiful quilts. I popped over from Lorna’s linky.

  10. jessica says:

    Love the girls and their rainy reflections!

  11. creativeinstincts says:

    Lovely work !!

  12. The Rainy Day People series is really a triumph, Terry! SOO much fun and so beautifully done.

  13. dreamworthyquilts says:

    Love your “Rainy Day People” quilts! The colors are perfect. You are such an artist.

  14. Dena says:

    Awesome! So vibrant!

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