Thursday, October 4, 2012

the travelling pic stitch blog hop

Yay, it's my stop on the tour!

And today we're visiting the woods of British Columbia, Canada.  Almost my back yard, in fact.  We're heading to Little Qualicum Falls provincial park, located on Vancouver Island, about a 10 minute walk from my house.  It's a gorgeous campsite but doesn't have a lot of the modern conveniences, like wifi or showers, like some do, so if you ever find yourself there in desperate need of some civilization, give me a shout!  I'll happily trade hot water and fluffy towels for fat quarters.

What it does have is some stunning scenery.

Funghi in Little Qualicum
Light through the leaves
Crossing the Upper Bridge
Week 33
all of the above were taken by the husbeast.  and the final one is kind of cheating since it's downriver out of the park.
As you can see, not my usual palette!  But who's not inspired by the nature around them?  So with the greys and vibrant greens and deep blues of the pictures in mind, I raided my stash and came up with these.

So what did that inspire?  A tea towel of course!

english paper piecing diamond hexagons

I love these hexie diamonds and one day I'll make a quilt using the traditional star layout.  But I thought isolating them as diamonds was a fun modern approach.

paper pieced diamond hexagons

I used ½" hexies, which are admittedly a bit fiddly, cutting 16 for each diamond.  I sewed 2 lengths of five hexies and 2 of three, then sewed them together.  Then I appliqued the outside edges to the towel, slipped in a piece of fabric for the center, then appliqued down the inside of the hexies.  Altogether it was a couple of hours nights (I'm not that fast!) of tv viewing, so not too bad!

If you haven't visited yet, make sure you check out yesterday's post at DJCoolbear, then tomorrow hop on over to fabricmutt.  

And don't forget the link up party November 30th.  Prizes will be awarded!!

Sponsored by Paperpieces.comFabricwormPink Castle Fabrics  Marmalade Fabrics, the Fat Quarter ShopWantItNeedItQuilt, and Aurifil.

Full details for competition entry can be found here.

happy sewing,

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  1. Ooh, I do love this one - it looks super mod and I really like the large fabric piece centres. Far too nice to dry your dishes on. And definitely don't take them camping!

  2. Ahh, little qualicum falls. Haven't been there in a long time, too long actually. My kids get grumpy about going on walks like that, especially my younger one. Party pooper is what he is. ;)

    Soooooooooooooooo, any quilt pics yet???? ;)

  3. You've done a great job of these! I agree with Kirsty- don't take them to the great outdoors-especially where there is no hot water!

  4. Oh those picture are so pretty. Nature is so inspiring. Lovely dish towels, I really like how you framed the center fabric with the hexies. Great inspiration.
    It is nice to meet you trough the blog hop.

  5. Beautiful photos and lovely project!

  6. Beautiful, Chelsea! Your husband is a great photographer, and I love that design with the diamonds!

  7. Oh I love photographing autumn fungus! Oops, sorry, I digressed, love the blocks, thank you :oD

  8. Gorgeous photos! How did you do those fabric cut out images? I LOVED Vancouver but didnt make it to the island. Will have to come visit!

  9. Such an original design. And only a couple of hours? You must sew like the wind!

  10. Beautiful photos. 1/2 hexes? That is seriously small. Great idea though

  11. Beautiful photos (I really like the happy little mushrooms)! :) Your tea towels are very fun. Did you applique your hexies over the fabric below?

  12. What a beautiful tea towel and the pictures of the park are wonderful. We need to have coffee next time I am at the coast, Gabriola Island is not at all far from you.

  13. Hi Chelsea! What a beautiful nature you have around there! I love your hexie towels and colours! Great idea and beautiful work!
    I'm so happy to join this blog hop, too!
    Sunny wishes from Greece! x Teje

  14. Love the colours you chose, and your project (and your husband's photos:-)

  15. Beautiful pics. And those itty bitty hexies are gorgeous. Love the colours you chose. :)

  16. Very small hexies and love your star layout witht he fussy cut. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

  17. Hi Chelsea, I am a new reader to your blog from Australia. When you point out where you live, to my surprise my parents were just over in Canada in July/August, staying on Vancouver Island and attending my cousins wedding in Nanoose Bay (he married a local girl)! From the map I'm guessing that's not far from you? A small world! Cheers, Sarah. sarahleighATinternodeDOTonDOTnet

  18. oh my god chelsea! you live in a gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous place! and honestly, you aren't that far away from me in twin falls idaho you know! ;)

  19. It would be hard to actually use such a precious towel I think i would just hang it on dislpay.

  20. This is super pretty. I'm totally voting for you :)

  21. So marvelous landscapes!
    Have an advice for you as for a traveller. Try to capture northern lights, they are expected to be numerous in the upcoming year:

    northern lights

    I've added you with GFC, I'd appreciate it, if tou followed me back.