rejected, sadly

Well, I got my rejection email today.  My quiltcon hopeful will not appear there. But now I can show it to you.

all the bits came together very well, just not good enough to compete amongst the 1500 quilts sent in.

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I will try again next year.

grand plans

Hi, my name is Netta and I have a problem.

Well it’s a pretty common problem, I think.

I suffer from ” I think I can do more in the time available than is realistic”.

I had 2 weeks of from work and a GIANT “to do” list of creativity.  And now there are only 2 1/2 days left and not much crossed off that list.  Granted 7 days were spent in southern California, 1 day of travel recovery, 2 days of jobs and errands with Hubby (productive, but not exactly creative), and 1/2 a day raking leaves, cleaning the garden shed, putting away summer plant pots etc. I will probably always wish for more creative time.

But I did get something creative done from my wish list, although the project is not yet finished.  My nine-patch challenge quilt for Quilt Con… the top is complete (sorry can’t show you until after Quilt Con).  And the back is now done, using up lovely but long hibernating fabrics that just needed to be used.

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I fell in love with this probably 10 years ago.  Just never found the right use, so now it graces the back of my nine-patch.  But it wasn’t big enough, even with a border. (See the green tape on the floor-that’s how big I need the back to be).

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So I started searching my stash for similar shade fabrics to piece together. Almost enough.

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Voila, a pieced back. And spray basted with batting and the top.

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There’s a bit of wrinkling after the spray basting, gotta fix that, then I can begin to quilt this.  The deadline is November 30th, so I better get going.

The problem with a big project is that it’s tempting to do a bunch of little projects in the time I work on the big one.  Crossing off things from the list is half the fun, isn’t it?  But since this deadline is quickly approaching, I will stay on track and do it first. 12 days, and I work 6 of those. eek! better stop typing and get quilting.

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.

 

Shot cotton colour

It sometimes feels silly how excited I can get about fabric.  But I know there are so many of us that feels the same.  Capital Iron http://www.capitaliron.net/  in Sidney now carries Shot cotton!  Which excites me!  Shot cotton is when the weft and warp at different colours, with amazing results.

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These 3 just called to me, and even though I have yet to put pencil to graph paper, I am planning a quilt for the American Patchwork & Quilting Nine-Patch Challenge.  These quilts will be displayed at Quiltcon  next year in Savannah, GA.  Here is my tentative full palette.

dsc03634And maybe a dark charcoal (but not black) for the background.   This one will be fully planned before diving in and cutting fabric.  I don’t know if I will sleep tonight, thinking about this one!

Last weekend was the Saanich Fair.  I entered a quilt in the Modern Quilt Category.  And I won a ribbon! Yay, me.  The pink ribbon is for Special Mention ( aka 3rd place).  I don’t know if there were more than 3 quilts entered in this category, but it is a ribbon nonetheless.  I hope to get some constructive criticism/feedback from one of the judges.

dsc03625This is my Blown Away Chevron.  Three of the chevrons have been blown off the grid, and into the swirls and whirls of free motion quilting.  The fabric was an autumn themed charm pack given to me by a quilty friend a few years ago.  Thanks M.

Tomorrow is my first day off with the kids back at school.  I have planned 5 full hours of nothing but quiet. Ahhh.