blotto

I plan block lotto for my guild each month, present it and blog it etc.  We decided to be a bit silly and change it officially to blotto.  Something to be sewn in under an hour, enjoyed with a glass of wine.

Last month it was spooky eyes to be turned in, in October.

And I won! Pretty good odds, as I had made 3 to demo, and there were only 10 turned in, in total.  Maybe I will do 2 blocks across by 5 down, to make a door hanging.

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I also won a big piece of cool Halloween fabric, kindly donated by a guild member. Super fun.

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Not sure how I will put all this together.  And certainly not enough time to put something together in the next 9 days.  Next year for sure.

I am unwillingly channeling my easily distracted magpie lately.  Ooh, block lotto that could be put together…next bag received for our Round Robin…need to get on with quilting my friend E’s quilt( she made it, I am just quilting it)…gotta keep going on a Christmas quilt for my S-I-L…sample pincushions to make for the guild Christmas swap…what am I going to do for next month’s block lotto, er, blotto?  Too many things on my plate, you say? I say it’s damn work and my major need for sleep that cut in to my creating time.

 

 

small projects

It is nice to have small quilty things to be done, attainable in less than a day. So often a quilt is a pleasurable, but long process.

The first small one was adding my part to the round robin block that came my way at the last guild meeting.  That was fun, sorry I can’t show you what I did.  Blind round robin, no photos published until finished.

The next was making some slab blocks for the Canadian Quilter’s association Canada 150 quilting bee.  The request was put out for quilters to make slab blocks or quilt tops made of slab blocks, using at least one piece of special Canada 150th birthday fabric.  These blocks will be gathered and quilted at a giant quilting bee and donated to Ronald McDonald House.

Slabs are great stash busters for all those small scraps.  There is some order to the chaos of this photo!

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And although I used lots, there are still many scraps left.  Maybe I should make more blocks.  We will see what time allows.

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The third little project was the upcoming month’s block lotto.  That one I cannot show yet either.  But got it done as well.

So a productive weekend overall.

Have a great week ahead.

 

ridiculous

 

Sometimes that’s how I feel about my fabric stash.  It is ridiculous how much fabric I have in comparison to what I actually use  in a year.  But I have pared down, and I think I would like to use everything I have.

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I started tidying and cleaning up my sewing area.  Well, not my sewing area…I sew at the dining room table.  This is my fabric and sewing stuff storage area.  I get excited and work on a project, but once I’m done, I am bad about separating and putting away the left overs.  Partly because I am already wanting to start the next project.  Talk about magpie distraction!!!  But the other part is my frustration with my fabric stash.  I love  my fabric, but some drawers are overflowing , with almost not room to put back the leftovers.  In those drawers is a lot of fabric that I have ideas for and just never get time to do.  I DO realize that this is really not a problem; to have more fabric than time.  And it’s a classic quilter’s thing.  Never mind a stash, it’s a stable…STash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy.  That truly is ridiculous.  Really, I could make quilts for years without buying anything except batting.

And 2 of those overflowing drawers are full of scraps.  I save anything over 1 inch.  And as much as I make scrap quilts and projects, I still have 2 drawers full.  Every year or so I pull out all my scraps and organize them by colour to make my scraps more user friendly.  This system certainly works and I get a boost of feeling organized.

I have grown so accustomed to sharing what I make on here, facebook, flickr, and instagram, that secret projects are hard!  Now that I make the block lotto each month, I can’t show my creation until long after I have made it.  Here is Sept, Oct, Nov 2016 and Jan 2017

I am having fun creating blocks, and it’s cool to make one block and then when everybody brings in their blocks I get to see them all come together.

And I have completed my center block for my round robin quilt.  I am very excited to start the exchange.

So that’s me this weekend. Hope you enjoyed the first weekend in February.

success

I would call it a success.  I am not able to take a completed photo of my son’s birthday quilt as he is all snuggled up in it, asleep in bed.  He has been wrapped up in it most of the last 2 days (when he is sitting down) since I gave it to him.  That makes me smile.

I did not get the quilt totally completed, but enough so that I could bind it and he could use it.  Next week I will put it back in my machine to finish.

But I did get some other things finished.  A few months ago I said “sure I can make you some pillows for your living room” to a friend of mine.  Yup, got right on that one.  But I finished 2 of them today, and the other 2 just need zippers.

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We decided to put black on the back, for interest and contrast.

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Really, they only took me about 15 minutes each, just a matter of getting to it.  But no beating up, just happy to be able to do them and happy they are done.

I spent time this morning finishing up my info sheet for a round robin that I am hosting at MQG Victoria http://www.mqgvictoria.com/ .( At our actual meetings, not online.)  I am very excited, and a bit nervous.  Hope it all works as planned.  I have never been in charge of a group quilt activity before, and this is a year long event.

And then I finished up my block lotto for this month’s guild meeting and the block to present, to be finished for next month.  And organizing what blocks have been done, what colours have been used lots, which have been missed etc.  Got my notebook and I am having fun with it.  Oops, still need to put it on the guild blog, to appear at meeting time this Thursday.

That will not happen tonight.  Time for bed.  Have a great week ahead.

dark

We are at that time of year when it is dark when I drive to work, and dark when I come home.  Life becomes so much more indoors and days go by without entering the yard.  I like my yard and it makes me take a big breath and let go for a moment. So on my days off I am sure to at least stand for a moment on the back step to just pause.

But dark is very present for many hours more each day.  So I looked there for inspiration.

Voila! The Northern Lights.

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They are not visible this far south in Canada where I live, but one day I hope to see them for real.
The colour palette for the block lotto for my October MQG guild meeting was this
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black, navy, dark purple, and bright pink, yellow, green.
Which brought me to these blocks. I hope it will turn out well in a full quilt.
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I have been having fun being the creative director for the guild and coming up with blocks for members to do each month.  Part of my excitement is to see a) how many people make the block( usually a good indicator of people liking it or the palette chosen) and b) how my block will come together in a full quilt. I may not see the actual result all quilted together very quickly after the winner gets the blocks, but even seeing them up on the design wall together is exciting, I think.
I have already made November’s block, and planned 2 after that. Sometimes I get a little over excited about stuff!
The other good thing about longer dark nights is hand work on the couch.  I was raised with the concept that daylight is for  being up and doing, evening is when it is ok to stop and sit quietly to make or read etc.  So even though I am an adult who can decide what I do when I want, I still have this thing inside me that throws guilt my way if I sit around too much in the daytime.  And what better activity to do on  a cold winter evening  but work on a quilt, with the rest of it piled warmly on your lap.
I also tend to have more quilts out at this time of year. Other than my hubby, the rest of us in the house like to bundle up in quilts on the couch in the evening when reading or watching tv. Or sewing.
Keep cozy on these dark evenings, we have lots to go.

planning and precision

A splash of green, such a vibrant green.

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And it may look bad, with the baggie there, but it is parsley.  A friend gave me a plant for the garden and a bouquet too.  I didn’t need the fresh cut stuff so decided to chop it finely and freeze it.  Perfect when you need a pinch for flavour in a soup or falafels. The strong green stained my chopping board!  Growing up parsley was a staple in many dishes my mom and dad made.  Perhaps because it is more cold tolerant and they grew up with it in Denmark. And although I like parsley in many things, I can’t stand the similar looking Cilantro.  Even the smell of it makes me veer away in the grocery store.  Anyways.

As mentioned in a previous post, I have decided to enter the American Quilting Nine patch Challenge at Quiltcon East in February 2017.  Inspired by the Shot cotton fabric I found at Capital Iron in Sidney,

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I set to work on a plan.  Some of my quilts are very improve, but some like this one are planned and precise.  I just hope my quilting skills bring out my plan as nice as I want it to.  Lots of organizing.

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My hubby saw my process and chuckled and said “wouldn’t it be funny if I mixed up all your labels”.  The glare he received was a pretty clear answer!  Lots of precise cutting and pinning and stitching and I am well on my way.

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Probably won’t show much of the rest of the quilt as I want to keep it under wraps until submission.

In the meantime, I am planning block lotto for the October MQG meeting.  Here is my colour inspiration for that block, or similar.  We’ll see.

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Have a happy Canadian thanksgiving.  Look around you at the wonderful things in your world and smile and breathe for a moment.

 

colour gone

There is a lot of colour in autumn, but it is also the disappearing of colour as nature gets ready to rest for winter.

Bright sunflowers from my garden have now become pretty  colourless.

This one is drying inside to hopefully harvest and roast the seeds.

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I have never done this, so it will be purely trial and error.

The other sunflower doesn’t seem to have had a chance to ripen as much: there is not a hint of black on the seeds, so I have left it outside for the birds to enjoy.

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I have often grown sunflowers, with varying degrees of success.  I don’t have a photo of mine, but a fun variety was the Teddy Bear Sunflower.

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These lovely little ones are an almost perfect pompom of happy yellow.  I saved the seeds form one, to plant the next year.  That was very successful, but not in the way you would think.  I think these are a hybrid, modified to be short and cute, so when the next generation grew, they reverted back to some previous strains.  Again I don’t have a photo( this was before digital cameras) but I ended up with giant plants with over a dozen flowers on each stem of varying colours.  It was fun.  My sister stood at her 2nd storey window with a measuring tape to see how big they had become.  They were about 17 feet tall with a stem 2 inches in diameter!  You just never know.

On a more colourful note, look what I got today from my Thirty-one party order.  Deliveries to do…

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And a treat for me..

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yay!

And oh wait, there’s more pink.  This is the block lotto I presented in September for my quilt guild.

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Have a happy pink rest of your week!

One lovely blog award

So my lovely quilty friend Nicole of https://handwroughtquilts.wordpress.com/ nominated be for this lovely recognition.  Thanks!  I have many friends, met through a variety of ways, but I have been slowly building a network of people with a passion for quilting like me.  Some connect only through the fabric, but others become friends through the connection.   Nicole is always so encouraging of my quilty endeavours and other plans in life.

Here’s my award:)

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the image of the award on your post.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.

 

So, 7 things about me

  1. I am inspired and fueled by the colours around me.
  2. I love the wizard of Oz. ( lots of bright colour there)
  3. I love to bake, but cook out of necessity (hmm that’s like my mom)
  4. I am good at puzzles, train tracks, transformers, and general spatial awareness.
  5. I love numbers and math
  6. I am a very gracious loser, but not a very good winner.
  7. I believe in-get up, dress up, show up.  in other words, if you prepare yourself and put yourself out there, you can do anything.

Hmm, it’s weird when you have to come up with stuff about yourself.

I have been blogging for less than a year, but I have followed and read many quilt blogs over the years.  Here are some literally lovely blogs that I would like to nominate.

https://quimperhitty.wordpress.com/ is an enchanting blog about the adventures of the Hitty family of dolls, made by a woman I met at a class early this year.

Kitty Wilkin is https://nightquilter.com/ She grabbed me with her colour inspiration days.

Lynn Harris of http://thelittleredhen.typepad.com/ is amazing. Her eye for detail and fabric history is amazing.

Kristy Pedersen of http://fogandswell.com/blog/  is an inspiring Nature enthusiast, artist( in paint, ink and fabric) and writer. Plus I am her very proud older sister!

Now, I need to get organized. I get to present a block lotto at my guild meeting tonight.  Again, thanks to Nicole for helping with the handouts and tweaking my directions and palette.  Here’s a peek.

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Yellow, red, ready

I came out into the garden today and was greeted by these “smiling” faces.

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What a nice way to start the day. The sun wasn’t shining in the sky, but these sunflowers made up for it.

And then in the front yard the Juliet tomatoes are in full swing. Plump and ready to eat.

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And looking like clusters of grapes. Yum!

I seem to have a lot of sewing happening all at once.  Different from the approximately 11 quilts in progress, these are out on the table, calling out for attention, due to deadlines.

I have entered a quilt in the Saanich Fair, in the modern quilt category.  That one needs a hanging sleeve, due by sept 1.  Better get on that.

The Ugly fabric challenge for my quilt guild needs to be quilted and bound.  Deadline Sept 15th. Quilting has  begun.

Block lotto to present at the sept 15 guild meeting.  2 blocks made and steps photographed. Still need to made up the handout and directions pdf.

Oh, wait, Netta got sidetracked!!!  I found a cute improve block in a book,that I wanted to try. Pattern by http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.ca/. 

I started cutting 2 inch squares and was chain piecing in no time.

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This became lots of little “houses”:

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which became more chains:

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Which became this :

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Which made me smile.  Not sure what will become of this little one.  Maybe a table runner?  Fun to make, and came together pretty quickly.

Some friends tell me they get so busy some days they forget to eat.  That NEVER happens to me, but sometimes I can “forget” to clean the house, have a shower, etc in my obsession for cutting and sewing fabric.  Onwards!

 

 

 

I bought fabric, again.

Oops I bought fabric!

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I say oops, like I slipped and it fell into my lap.  Haha, more like I kissed my hubby and the boys goodbye and headed out to look at fabric at a sale.  Buy 1 metre, get 2 free, who can resist that!!!  I mostly buy solids and a few tone on tone prints that act like solids.  But this piece just kept calling me back to the bolt to touch it.  Do you ever do that?  I have NO IDEA what I will do with this, but I had to have it.

I also grabbed a few fat quarters of solids. DSC03590

I have volunteered to do block lotto http://www.mqgvictoria.com/p/great-tutotials.html for my guild for the rest of the calendar year.  I think this might be the palette for September’s block.

That’s all I have to say tonight.  I really just want to get started on quilting my ugly fabric challenge quilt, and playing with fabric to come up with an improve block for the block lotto.  Probably not going to happen tonight.  But tomorrow!!!