Tuesday, 23 September 2014

River Project Challenge

This week I've focused on my guild challenge, though I did slip out for a fantastic quad ride with my husband. Fall colour disappears quickly, and I wanted to soak it all in!

Half way to the top of the world!

View from the top, overlooking the river valley
I've just realized my phone has a setting that would have improved these shots...!
Even so, the beauty of these hills can't be denied. *happy sigh*

Okay, back to the guild challenge.

Each of us will make an 18-inch panel. A river will flow through the entire installment, undulating from panel to panel. 

It would be boring for the river to flow straight through every piece, so part of the challenge is to use pre-marked entry and exit points. Mine is higher on the left than on the right. Hmm.

Abstract it is!

I decided to add some colour to the river, so things are a bit wet here.

We are all using the same river fabric. It can be altered, but must remain recognizable. To better reflect the sky, I added colour using water soluble pastels. In my eagerness to move along, I also added colour to my cutting mat. Doh!

Here is the start of my Inukshuk.

No legs yet.
I knew this guy would need rocks around his feet to keep him grounded. I'd hoped a small cluster would do the trick. Nope. Five rocks just didn't cut it. (drat!)

Well, I asked myself, why make five rocks when FORTY-five would be better??? 
(They're coming to take me away, haha hoho heehee, to the funny farm where life is happy all the time...!)

A serious amount of work

I only hope it will look as good in real life as it does in my mind's eye.

To see my inspiration photo for this project, click here.

In the meantime, I've used snippets of time to coordinate a guild display for Culture Days. We managed to pull together on short notice, gathering a nice mix of projects to fill our space.

Isn't this a cool picture??? I'd intended to take a picture of our quilts, but when I saw the gorgeous reflection my intention changed!


Library Project Quilt Along update: 

Even though I'm not actively working on my current library project, ideas are percolating. My goal was to complete a library project every quarter - but, I'm the one who made that schedule, so I can change it! This project will take some time, but I haven't given up!

Linking up with:
The Library Project Quilt Along, at Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Anything Goes Mondays, at Stitch by Stitch
Design Wall Monday, at Patchwork Times
Show and Tell Tuesday, at i have to say
Linky Tuesday, at Freemotion by the River
Fabric Tuesday, at Quilt Story
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts

Until next time,
Try, Learn, Grow!
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  1. Now I have that stupid song in my head! But it is "life is beautiful all the time" then 'and I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they're coming to take me away!!" Hahahaha!!! Can't believe I remember all those words!! Lovely pics and your quilt blocks too. Carole

  2. What a beautiful landscape. Thanks for the great pictures. Greetings from Germany from Andrea

  3. Lovely display - I'm intrigued by the group challenge - really nice idea!

  4. exactly - you can change the schedule to suit your needs! That is what I am doing:) Thanks for continuing to play along with TLP!

  5. 45 rocks - you're just asking for trouble! Oh, but it will be worthwhile. Can't wait to see all the rivers flowing together.

  6. Lovely quilts. It'll be interesting to see how the 45 rocks turn out!

  7. The photos are stunning. I love the idea of your guild challenge and what I've seen of your piece, so far. I can't wait to see where you go with it, from here. The Inukshuk fabrics are a perfect choice for the piece. I love the idea of 45 rocks instead of 5. I'll meet you in the funny farm.


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