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KHQ Group Quilt: Colour Waves, 1998
88" x 88"

Colour Waves is the result of a large stash of 3" wide strips of fabric leftover from the Carol McLean Workshop, held in November 1995. She had requested that participants slice a strip off all of their solids and bring them in to share, thus providing a huge pallet to draw from for our colour exercises. The table was laden, and there was a bounty of strips left for our group to use.

Claire Upton saw an Ocean Waves quilt that she was quite taken with, and thought it to be the perfect pattern for utilizing the strips. She sat down at her computer and worked out a design for it that would further our experience with colour.

The idea was to have the lightest blocks in the centre, medium blocks in the middle area, and dark blocks at the outer edge. She had originally planned to have the blue background in three shades as well. As the work progressed we saw that what works on paper doesn't always work on fabric. We opted for an all over navy background with just the coloured triangles being divided into three values.

When sewing the stips of triangles together, the quilters agonized over which colours to use. Claire struggled in vain to convince us to choose them at random. with such a variety of colours being used throughout the work, it really didn't matter in the overall scheme of things.

Unfortunately, we ran out of the navy background fabric,. Luckily, the large centres and border pieces had already been cut. One has to look very closely to see the difference in the navy.

Two shades of blue thread were used for the quilting, the background triangles with navy, and the plain blocks and border with the ligther thread.

Colour Waves was juried into the Prince Edward County Quilter's Guild show, "Threads of Time" where it placed "first" in its category. It was raffled at Festival of Quilts V and was won by Jean Clare of Kingston.

For a more detailed picture, please click the quilt.

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Last modified by dhh: November 3, 2005