Monday, May 22, 2017

It's been a while....what can I say.

It's been so long....I'm not sure I remember how to do this. I'm going to blame Instagram....it's just way to fast and easy. That's my story,  and I'm sticking to it.

I've been here on the West Coast since the end of April....and loving it. Of course I've been getting into all kinds of trouble in the quilting world.

 
It all started with this little box of lovelies by Denyse Schmidt that I found at Bib 'n Tucker
Seriously....RESISTANCE WAS FUTILE!!!

 
Lots going on

As you can see it didn't take me long to fill the design wall. How it will all work together beats me. But isn't that the joy of working improv???

 
And I may have ended up in Nanaimo........(shhh, they sell Bernina's)

I may as well confess....I bought another new sewing machine. Going back and forth between two different machines between two different cities was messing with my brain....I know, I know...But seriously the Bernina 770 Quilter's Edition is a dream machine.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Calmest Christmas Ever

I'm not sure why but this has been my calmest Christmas season in years....I'm not even all that CRABBY. Perhaps the fact that we are not in the middle of a major renovation might have a little something to do with it. Or maybe that we didn't just move or have some other major event happen. This is the first Christmas Eve in my entire life that we actually have no plans. How lovely.......considering the fact that there will be fourteen of us for dinner tomorrow.

My husband spent the day in the kitchen preparing for tomorrow's meal........something he actually enjoys immensely (sorry, I just don't get that whole love cooking thing). Oh did I mention he actually likes wrapping presents as well.......I know, I know, I have it ridiculously easy.

So I spent my time setting up for tomorrow's sit down dinner for the fourteen of us. The biggest open space we have is the downstairs, family room/studio, so you guessed it.....time to convert the studio into a dinning room. Easy peasy......I am very much a believer that most of the rooms in the house have to be multipurpose.

 
Step One...roll out the sewing machine cabinet and drag in the four collapse-able tables.

 
Get the Christmas table cloth....this is just outdoor fabric that I sewed together several years ago. The nice thing is it actually is sort of water resistant which means "stain resistant" a win win in my books!

 
A couple of poinsettias later ......

 

 
Another multipurpose hint.....this is my cutting mat turned upside down.....perfect for the Christmas Puzzle! Not that I can put a puzzle together for the life of me. A few weeks ago, I told my six year old Ellie, that I was never very good at doing puzzles........her face lit up in surprise "Not even when you were a kid?" She asked!!! Hmm what is she saying?????

 
And yes, things are progressing rather well in the kitchen!!!

We have simplified a few things over the years....such as drawing names for gifts. No sending out Christmas Cards (whoops, I actually quit that forty years ago) and no deadline Christmas sewing (that's a big one for me). For me, when things are a little simpler, I enjoy them more.
I think one of our biggest highlights was watching our two six year old granddaughters at their school Christmas Concerts....we were both a bit teary eyed that day. Something so lovely and sweet about children's concerts.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Dozen that Didn't

Since this blog is about my quilting journey......I should probably share the bad with the good.  There has been a frenzy over on Instagram this week with everyone sharing the joys of having their quilts accepted and the sorrows of having their quilts, for lack of a better word "rejected". In my opinion it's an emotional experience either way, having experienced both sides of the coin.

My strategy for Quilt Con 2017 may well have back fired. In the past, I submitted three at most with the hope that one just might make the cut. So my reasoning this time around was the more one submits the greater the chances of acceptance....right!!!! What I wasn't quite prepared for was TWELVE "thank you for entering......but" emails.

It doesn't change the value of the work. In my case it will motivate me to pursue different venues. For some strange reason it doesn't really effect my confidence as an artist. But in all honesty it's never easy. Difficult as it may be, it really is part of the process. I just hope that it doesn't stop anyone from trying again or seeking a different audience.  




Hey...I will admit I was a bit thrown by receiving that many "rejections" in one day.

BUT I AM STILL STANDING!!


Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Sketch Book of Sorts

Many quilters and artists have sketch books....I have tried, but have never been able to create a successful one that works for me. Others keep journals, again, I have never lasted more than a few entries. This blog has been the closest thing to a journal or sketch book I have been able to maintain.  So what do I do with all the creative, quilting ideas running around my head? I create quilt swatches or Works in Progress if you will. Trust me, I have piles of WIPs.  I think of these as ideas that are simmering.....some have been simmering for several years. Hmm.....maybe I'm just rationalizing but hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do.

 
These are a couple of WIPs that are over five years old.

 

These are my experiments with fusing.

 

I have added a little matchstick quilting.

 

The matchstick quilting, although easy, is pretty time consuming.

 

I have been having fun playing with my new iPad Pro.....just testing out some quilting lines. I have never tested quilting lines before....well, I guess there's a first time for everything.

Monday, September 26, 2016

QUILT AS YOU GO Leftovers

I have been having fun for the last two weeks playing with some QAYG Leftovers.


On the right hand side is the quilt the leftovers are from.


Finding ways to set these already quilted pieces into blocks has been rather rewarding.







Monday, August 8, 2016

Workshop In Edmonton

Hi Everyone
If you happen to live in the Edmonton area and are interested in a one day workshop, I will be teaching Wonky Curved Piecing (based on my quilt Ripple Effect II)....for only $30 on August 23/2016. For more info and to register go to http://www.emqg.ca/ 
While you are there check out the class that is being offered the following day as well.

We have a fabulous facility booked and there is still room.....We would love to see you there. 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

You Do The Math

Twelve 18"  Blocks Finished. 

When you have twelve finished blocks you have twelve positions to place the blocks......but, remember each block has four sides. Yikes, just how many options do I have here??? ANYONE CARE TO DO THE MATH??




Of course, that doesn't take into account any of my joining decisions. And.......what if I should happen to get Rotary Cutter Happy??? Oh, let's not even entertain that possibility. 



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