Ultra Violet 

Ultra Violet – Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

What a brilliant way to sum up my January. All the plans, the possibilities, the inspiration; maybe not beyond my world but definitely in it.

I am utterly inspired by what I see on a daily if not hourly basis on my new found love of Instagram.  If you told me 6 months ago that I would be in love with Instagram I would have laughed in your face.  Roll onto now, its become part of my life!  The vast community of Quilting Instagrammers are amazing and so talented that it’s hard not to fall in love!

Everyday a new plan or idea falls into my creative world. It excites me, it’s making me a better person, passionate about what I want to do. To create.  It certainly helps the day to day ups and downs of parenting.

Ultra Violet, essentially purple has weaved its magic throughout my January.  When I stumbled across the mini sewalongs last November/December little did I know that I would find some beautiful like-minded friends to virtually hang out with and cheer on this year.

The Fussy Cutting Sew Along

A weekly challenge to sew along, create and fussy cut a hexagon flower in a particular way on a certain theme.  This months theme is inspired by Ultra Violet – purple.   What a brilliant challenge, when announced there were cries of “I don’t like purple”. “I don’t own purple fabrics”.  But with a bit of thought and searching through stashes we’ve, to coin my favourite expression; Nailed it!

Here are my first 5 hexie flowers sewn together in January. Week 1 – Central purple motif.  Week 2 – Purple lines. Week 3 – Purple flowers. Week 4 – Purple section. Week 5 – Purple pattern matching.

5 purple hexie flowers

This is a year challenge and with every new week brings a new challenge.  It’s been a great first month and if you want a moment of creativity then go and have a look at the hashtag #fussycuttingsewalong.   Everyone has their own unique perspective on the prompts.

I often get asked how do you get time to fit all this in when I’ve got 2 very little people in the house.  Surely you’re too busy?  My reply is normally that you’ve got to keep a busy person busy but the reality I’m deliberately picking small projects.

These flowers are worked with 1/2″ hexagons.  The thought process behind choosing and selecting a pattern can take all day.  My kids are my priority in the day but there is only so many times I can play trains. I use this time to plan my projects, work out what I’ll do, so when the kids are in bed the actual making is fast.

All the social media and interactions are done while breastfeeding. Little snippets of phone time during the day.  No single moment in my day is wasted.  I thrive on creativity and being busy!

So let’s look to the future.  January has been all about planning, decisions. Embracing the difficulties purple has brought and given us the ability to create.  On to February with a theme of LOVE, maybe not as filled with hearts as you expect!!

Hope you have had a good January? Did it go as expected?


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  2. I can’t sew….actually I can make simple things on my sewing machine but I don’t have the patience! It’s loveiy when you find something you love isn’t it? I love Instagram so that I can look and be envious of all the lovely gardens and interiors! Happy quilting. #familyfun

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