tiny appearance

whoa, I almost forgot how to do this!  I took an accidental break that turned into an intentional break from blogging.  Hope you are still out there now that I am back.

This is where I have shared all the little things I see around me, as well as my creations.  But along came Instagram.  I can snap a pic, post it, and get all kinds of interaction. boom.  So do I post the same stuff here? just with more detail? hmm.  we’ll see.

I have heard that rhododendrons and azaleas will sometimes bloom twice in a year, given the right environment. This morning in my backyard, I spotted something on my Azalea…

DSC04151On further inspection, look at ALL those buds!  Maybe this will be a full show.

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I don’t know what I did, but suspect that neglect thru a very dry summer, and then more attention in the last while has reset the plant. Fun!

About mid-July I finally finished My Canada quilt.  Hooray.

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I probably mentioned this before, but there is LOTS of quilting in there.  Even trees quilted into the blank space around the trees. And oh crap, look at the peeks of red fabric and thread showing thru.  Too late to fix that.  Character, right?

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And I couldn’t find plain striped red and white fabric so I went with this one for the binding, and I’m pretty happy with it.

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This was gonna be great at the Saanich fair.  I had the entry form printed and ready, but neglected to look at the submission deadline until 1 day too late. Man, was I bummed out.  Maybe next year.

I have 4 quilts planned/ due in the next 4 months, so there should be lots to show soon.

You can’t always wing it

In general I am a rule follower.  But for some reason I am ok to play with fabric without a pattern or instructions.  I sometimes sketch out a plan, but often I just have an idea in my head and I go for it.  Usually with some measure of success.  Often with frustration and telling myself to plan better.

For my Canada sampler quilt I figured it needed a snowflake.   60 degree triangles, no problem.  Never done them before, but I can give it a go…FAIL

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Yup, this is a funny failure. poor planning and no knowledge.  I have made many other blocks in between, but really wanted a snowflake.

So I made my new 60 degree points. so far so good.

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And then I went online and found a tutorial on 60 degree triangles.  There were some good tips and tricks, and I think it came out pretty well.

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Next blocks I have been putting off are the applique blocks.  It’s not my favorite thing.  This poor beaver looks like he is trying to be a porcupine, but it’s what I needed to get it together.DSC04056

Still stitching.  Maybe I will get to the moose antlers soon.   But time is running out!  I really wanted this done for Canada day.  That is only 12 days away.  Eek!  That’s 6 days off between now and then.  Oh, but there is grade 5 grad one day, B’s party one day, field trip one day, etc.  Hmm, unrealistic goal.  we shall see.

But I was pleased when I laid it all out the other day…DSC04055

This isn’t the final layout, but gives a good idea.  Yay. I really want to sit on this finished on Canada day!

 

more Canada blocks

I keep writing a list of quilt blocks to make for my Canada quilt, it keeps growing and changing.  I will have to stop at some point.  I bought fleece for the back, so I think I will make that limit the size I get to.

The majority of blocks I am making are purely improv, but once in awhile a true traditional quilt block works. Snail’s trail, slightly altered was a good representation of the waves on our 3 coast lines.

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But typical me, I didn’t quite plan out the size, so had to add a bit to make it to the 12 1/2″ I needed.

I have never made this block before, but love the precision and my imagination goes crazy on colour variations in a big quilt.

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On the improv side I looked at a lot of photos of the northern lights and sketched a few to come up with what I think is a pretty good visual of dancing lights in the arctic sky.

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I would like to perfect this in a big version, with true Aurora borealis colours. One day. To see these lights in person is something I want to do too.

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My boss is away for a week, so I hope to get some major quilting time in next week, Yay!

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Feeling like I should (oops, bad word)…

Feeling like I want to make something quilty to recognize my country’s sesquicentennial.  150 years is worth celebrating, and quilts are good at celebrating and marking time and events.

First thought was a very scrappy flag.  But then I spotted Sew Sisters Quilt sampler.

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That looked pretty cool.  Maybe I could change it up and make my own version with different sized blocks, and make MY CANADA.  Or something like that:)  First block was a maple leaf, maybe a flag. Nope, just the leaf I think.  Grid paper is great for figuring out sewing blocks to set sizes.

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Lots of HSTs.  Then the layout and put together.

Yup, pretty happy about that.

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Now I had to put some thought into the other blocks to be done.  Don’t want to copy, but  certainly using the Sew Sisters sampler for ideas.

DSC03955My own version of Canada geese, flying.

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And then I couldn’t resist the toque block.  Mine is slightly different as I did not use a pattern.

DSC03961There is something so nice about using solid white and red.  Such clean lines and great clear contrast.  And absolutely no thought needed for colour scheme or matching shades etc.

I am not sure how big this quilt will get, but 3 blocks in a weekend seems pretty good.  I can’t see there being more than 12 blocks, and I want to get this done before july 1, of course.  Better get sketching more ideas.  Any suggestions?

Ideas so far….patchwork prairies; pointy mountains; snowflake; How do I make an ocean block in red and white??? OOh, a beaver block?

Just keep on quilting, I say.