the colour of Calendula

I am a blue girl through and through.  Green has blue in it, so it’s good too.  Same with purple.  I use the other colours in the rainbow because they belong and sometimes highlight my favoured colours.  But in my drawers and drawers of fabric( arranged by colour) yellow and orange share a drawer.  And it’s only half full.

I am trying to create new thought pathways, and although it’s hard to step off a well worn track, it IS good for us to do.  Even if just the baby steps of using a bigger range of colours of fabric.  Or felt pens.

It may seem like I make a big deal out of choosing colours for a colouring book, but this is really part of my experimenting in colour to what works and what appeals.  It is hard to work in colours you don’t like!

Last nights colouring exploration went like this: Start with green, then more green…

but now for the flowers.  Pink? nope, done that lots, purple? blue? nope, nope. Orange! yup.

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And as I am colouring and quite liking this colour combo I realize that it reminds me of my mom who is away right now.  Not because she loves orange particularly, but because of a flower that is always in her garden.  Even the smell of Calendula leaves makes me think of her.

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I don’t talk to her every day, and we don’t see each other every week because of the 4 hours of travel between our homes, but I am aware of her absence right now.  I miss being ABLE to call her.  I can’t imagine losing a parent and am lucky that I have not.  I know she’s having a great trip and I will see her soon.  But it is cool that I could channel a thought of her through a colouring book.  Or at least that’s how I see it:)

Getting organized for quilt guild meeting tonight, and the start of the round robin.  I am eager to see how many people join me.

Happy playing with colour, wherever it leads.

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playing with fabric

That’s always fun, isn’t it.  Well for me anyway.  I am hosting a round robin at my quilt guild and need to figure out a palette for my starting block.

A round robin is  way of making a quilt where one person makes the starting(often centre) block and then it is passed to another person to add another block, strip or border.  This continues for as many people as designated in the guidelines and at the end the first person ends up with a finished quilt top that has been worked on by themselves and 5 other quilters( in my plan).  This can be a fun way to challenge yourself, working on something for somebody else, to follow their work, and to learn to let go of your own block and trust that others will do great things.  I chose to do an anonymous swap, which adds to the fun (I think).

I am a little nervous to be in charge of this, but really wanted to be in a round robin, and nobody else seemed to be starting one in our guild, except in one satellite group that did one last year.

I have spent time reading up on how to run these and hope I can get it running smooth and successful.  If I have at least 6 people participating, then we are good to go.  But if needed I will step in and do a 2nd one or pick up if somebody has drop out. Hopefully that won’t happen as I have broken down everything pretty clearly, including the 1 year commitment, making a contribution every 2 months.

And the anonymous bags will come with a label so that each quilter can put their name on the final label.  And look what I found the other day at Bib n’ Tucker http://www.bibntucker.com/

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Absolutely perfect for modern quilt round robin labels! I was so excited.

So now to decide on my colour scheme.

Option #1, calm and refreshing blue and green

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Option #2, lovely, crazy, a bit busy, rainbows

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My concern about the rainbows is that not everybody is a rainbow purist like me, which as I look at 2 of these fabrics, they aren’t true rainbows, so I might take them away.  And I have been saving the horse fabrics for something particular, with some other coordinating turquoise horse fabric from the same line.  Don’t know what that project is, but it makes me hesitate in cutting into it.

Option #3, or maybe I will go with pink and green

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Decisions, decisions.  Hmm, I will sleep on that one.

And then I need to come up with block lotto for February.  I have an idea, but have to test the pattern in my head on actual fabric.  Sometimes my ideas work out, sometimes they just don’t:)

Oh, here is my son’s Storm Trooper quilt.  Not fully quilted, but getting there.

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even the cat had to get in on the photo shoot!

It’s time for my sewing machine to go in for regular yearly service, so I will take a sewing break this week.

I was reading on another blog (sorry can’t remember which one) about Griddles.  Gotta get me a book of those.  Part grown-up colouring book, part colour by number, and looks like an embroidery pattern. Done by Lorraine Holnback Brodek, an former needlecraft designer.

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To me this looks awesome.  Lots of potential there.

Have a fun week ahead in however you can find your colour.

 

 

Mandala Colouring

Sometimes life gets too busy to allow much sewing. But I do always try to get a little creative colour into my days.

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This is from a colouring book my sister L gave me. “Coloring art therapy for adults”. Sounds good to me. I have always loved to colour and the new trend in colouring books for adults is right up my alley.

If I can find 15 minutes to drift away with paper and colour it refreshes me for a moment. And the designs in this book let me make full use of all the colours in my pack.

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But even if I can’t be at home with my sewing machine, I do try to find hand sewing projects to do sitting in the stands at the baseball park.  I recently started working on these cathedral windows again after a 7 year hiatus.

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the great thing about this pattern is that the back is completed as you add the folded squares.

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The plan for this is the front of a throw pillow, but I have seen a full bed sized cathedral window quilt and part of my crazy brain wants to just keep going and make it BIG. We’ll see.  For now it is a handy thing to take to the ball park or beach or other places where I am sitting for awhile.

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The only hiccup in making it really big is that I went with this patterned white that I have long ago used up.  Although I am sure I can find something pretty close for future squares.