stem colour

 

Before all the tiny leaf buds begin, there is colour starting around here.  I was out walking and noticed this lovely tree with white bark.  Pretty sure it’s a birch, but doesn’t have the classic tall single trunk. ( And yes, I know white isn’t a colour but…)

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Much to my son’s consternation, our walk/scooter ride slowed A LOT as I continued to find interesting bits of trunk/stem colour.

Lots of red stems, from this perennial branch, along with the new blackberry shoot!

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Not sure what this yellow one is, but there is lots of it.

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Oh, just saw the bits of trash at the bottom of the photo!  Sad, when I was walking along  a road, beside a nature sanctuary.  Well sad anywhere.

And of course the most prevalent colour in spring, green.

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A week since I took these photos, and there are green buds, blossoms, and leaves starting everywhere.  Here in Victoria we get a few sunny days and spring starts with a vengeance.  Ooh boy, it’s fun to have spring allergies!  At least I only sneeze and itch for about 5 weeks.

Keep noticing colour and detail around you, it can fill your soul.  And the lecturer I recently heard speak (Tony Small) reminded us all to get at minimum 20 minutes outside for our brain health.

 

Let the sun shine in,

face it with a grin, open up your heart and let the sun shine in!

I love that song.

It is a beautiful, sunny, November day. First day of daylight savings time.

I have been working on my sunshine quilt lately.  The recipient likes yellow, so I just went from there with as many yellow shades of fabric as I could find.DSC04172

I added a few more after this photo, but you get the idea.  I started with 4 white squares, each chopped to be a random 5 sided starting block.  Then I just started adding 2″ strips of each shade.

round and round it goes, taking a lot more time than I thought, as always! Last weekend I had 4 lovely ombre rectangles complete.  Sunlight and fabric can make wonderful stained glass images.

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Ok, so four 36″ x 24″ rectangles, now for the layout. And no, I can’t just make it simple!

DSC04203 (1)That would be too straight forward, and kinda boring.  So I pulled out my cutter and ruler, took a deep breath and

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That was a little nerve wracking.  I have amazing ideas in my head, but will it turn out as well in fabric???

DSC04207That’s better, but still not enough, so I cut again…

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Yup, happier now.  All ready to baste and quilt for Christmas.  But unfortunately it is in line behind a few other things.

And for the glamour shot in the real sunshine.  My 8 year old got sore arms, but earned my gratitude.  What is that worth in mom bucks?

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I think I would have liked it to be more square, but didn’t have enough variety and volume of yellow fabric left to add to one side, and I don’t want a border. Tis what it Tis.

Yellow

 

What does yellow make you feel? I associate it with happy most of the time.

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Of course there is mustard yellow, baby poop yellow, and burnt umber…

But mostly there are sunflowers, lemons, and a new box of pencil crayons.  These all seem to radiate pleasure. Just like the sun in the sky.

Even my project for tomorrow involves yellow.

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Yellow can lift a mood, brighten a room and make things glow, but can also suggest dingy white fabric, leaves devoid of chlorophyll, stained teeth. All depending on the shade, I guess.

My husband suggests the old warning of ” don’t eat yellow snow”!

I have used yellow as a contrast in a quilt or project, but never as the main colour, have you?  Hmm, another  idea building? maybe.

And just like my drawer 1/3 full of yellow fabric (as opposed to 2 drawers overflowing with blue fabric), that’s all I have about yellow.  thanks for listening to my thoughts.

Curry Colour

I was making dinner and it all looked so pretty that I plated it nicely.

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Heavy on the orange and yellow.  Yellow curry sauce on butternut squash and orange peppers, with rice, meatballs, and peaches and cream corn from SilverRill farm. http://www.silverrillcorn.com/

A few years ago I started a(nother) quilt.  I even found a layout photo.  Tumbling jewels?

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Again I made a poor quilting decision.  Well, not poor, but time consuming.  I think that is why it got put away for 2 years.  Now I just felt like giving it a bit more energy.  And it is coming along, almost done, but definitely a learning experience in quilting pattern choices.  Don’t do a walking foot stitch with LOTS of right angles.  It becomes so very tedious!

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But it is looking pretty cool, and almost done.  Just a few more “jewels” to stitch detail into.  Then bind.  It will go in line behind the ugly quilt I am binding at the moment.   A little bit each evening when I finally sit down after the kids are in bed.  Maybe I will have both done in time for the next guild meeting!

Just keep stitching, just keep stitching.

 

tiny colour

There is so much big bold colour outside right now! From an amazing rainbow of blooming plants and trees to fresh cut spring grass to the gorgeous light of a spring sunset.

I am working on observing the big and little moments and being present in the moment. Part of that is seeing the little things too.

DSC03283My relatively new Echeveria has  produced some very tiny orange/yellow blooms. So delicate, petite, and pretty.

Doing this blog makes me look around at all those things in my world that please me and brighten my days.  Thanks for letting me share with you.

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