sewing frenzy

so the last week has been me and my sewing machine and my Quiltcon quilt.  Everything else has been sidelined.  But after many late nights and aching fingers from hand binding on a tight schedule, my quilt has been submitted to Quiltcon.  Now the wait to see if it gets in.  Stress, nervous, excitement.  My first time entering a big competition. Did I do it well enough?  Did I take good enough photos?  Too late to change anything now, I just need to let it go.  I have entered the American Patchwork and Quilting Nine-Patch challenge.  http://www.quiltconeast.com/quilt-show/nine-patch-challenge/

I took  a nine patch, changed up the dimensions, and quilted the hell out of it.

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even the shadow box around got lots of stitching

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And I put the title in there too.  Nine Nines Floating.

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I will wait for acceptance or denial from Quiltcon before I show you the whole thing.

And now a moment to breath, and then get fully into Christmas sewing and making and decorating.  It is December 1st, time to giddy up!

Avocado green

What do you think of when you see the words Avocado green? A late 60’s kitchen stove? Some early 70’s shag carpet.  All that and more!

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But in a slightly brighter shade of a true avocado.

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My mom taught me to pick an avocado at the store with a hint of green to it.  Less likely to have been squeezed and have finger bruises inside.  This one looked about right.

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A friend at work taught me to look for pear shaped ones.  They usually have a smaller pit than the egg shaped ones.  This has proven true again and again.

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I in turn taught her the easy way to get the pit out…whack it with a knife and twist.

dsc03722  And that you don’t need a spoon to get the avocado out of the peel.

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Ok, so there’s your avocado lesson for today:) Enjoy your healthy fruit.

So I did sew today.  And with avocado coloured thread.  On the back of my quiltcon quilt. Sorry it’s not much to show, but this was a lot of my day.

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The other major event in my life is a little grey tabby.  Her name is Pearl and we adopted her from the SPCA.

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She is 4 months old and full of beans and is a major distraction in our world.  Skittering through the kitchen while I am sewing in the dining room.  My boys haven’t had a pet before and it was high time they experience an animal in their home.  They are “friends” with pets of family, but I am glad for us to have our own pet.  There is some jealousy over whose lap she will sit in, when she’s willing to sit still for a moment.  So far she loves my hubby the most.

Enjoy your week and let random colour inspire your creativity.

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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.

 

Sunday Night

Even at the end of the season I can find some amazing colour in my hydrangea.

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I spent a lovely Friday evening sewing with 4 other ladies from my quilt guild.  4 hours flies by when you are cutting and sewing slabs of colour.  We are working on a group challenge for Quiltcon. It’s funny, I have sewn and quilted for years, and am pretty confident in my skills, but when working in a group with some people who I know are super quilters and varying levels of perfectionists, I start to feel self-conscious about how good my piecing is.  And then I somehow volunteered to quilt this one.  Silly girl!  Now I am lying awake trying to plan how I will quilt this to perfection, not my usual “done is better than perfect”.  Rise to the challenge, right?

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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.