Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Challenge Accepted!

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It's easy to have good intentions that don't amount to much, but turn those ideas into goals and they suddenly get attention! That's exactly why I enjoy A Lovely Year of Finishes. At least one thing gets done every month of the year!

My February goal is to design and construct a top for the "Birds of a Feather" challenge hosted by Quilting Arts magazine.
An old project, in progress. I still love it!
Completed in 2013.

Tackling that will put another check mark on my 2015 Quilty Resolutions list (see number 6?).

Thanks, Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, for setting this in motion.
Having my list RIGHT in front of me has helped direct my energy!

Morning yoga (#2) has morphed into weight training. Today was my first official workout (using a program designed just for me), and I'm not gonna lie . . . it was tough. Throwing up seemed like an attractive option when I was done. But I will persevere! I know it will get easier. Besides, I'm stubborn like that. :-)

Did you notice number FOUR??? I DID IT. I clicked "submit". And now I wait.
If my quilt is selected I will be over-the-moon excited! 
If it isn't, I will be - - - relieved. (Ridiculous, isn't it? I keep thinking it would give me time to actually plan a project for next year, and do something better.)

Meanwhile, I'm still working with fruit in preparation for the CQA Judge Certification Programme (#5 on my list!).

This time we were challenged to cut fruit shapes "by eye". No tracing or planning, just looking at fruit and cutting. We were to cut two layers of fabric at a time (yikes - twice as much potential for disaster!) so we would have identical shapes for two different exercises.

Contour cutting exercises.

We were to cut basic shadows and highlights, too. At that point I was cursing myself for using grapes . . . so. many. shapes.

Exercise one was to create a realistic still life. Well. Okay. For some reason, everything I cut was HUGE! I like how it fills the space, but the scale was a surprise. Which sounds quite daft, since I was the one doing the cutting!

Exercise two was to use all the weird bits and pieces to create an abstract composition based on one of the forms in the book. In case you can't tell, I chose "asymmetrical".

Now that it's fused I've had a dozen other ideas that might would be better. I should have known to wait a while and let ideas percolate instead of rushing to the finish line. The more I look at it, the more I wish I'd waited! 
(I must remember #12 on my list!!!)

Last, but not least, the Quilt of Valour I've been working on is finally bound and FINISHED! Yippee!

I hope you are having a fun and productive start to your year!

Linking up with:
A Lovely Year of Finishes February Goals @ Sew BitterSweet Designs & Fiber of All Sorts
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

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  1. Congrats on hitting submit for Quilt Canada!! How exciting :) I think your fruit looks great! No matter how long I let ideas percolate I end up thinking of something that I just know would have been better. . . human nature? ADD? LOL

  2. Congratulations on your entering a quilt for the contest, Carole! I love the way you described how you will feel regarding the outcome. Printing off your list and having it right there in front of you was a great idea. You sure have some wonderful goals picked out. And you are making headway on all of them. You go, girlfriend!

  3. Glad we met through the GYB event! Love your quilty goals....I'm a list making too and think I love crossing things off the most! You are off to a great start! V:)

  4. Congratulations on your submission to Quilt Canada. And hooray for having your list right in front of you - awesome! I have a few things like that to print out and refer to as well... :)

  5. You are making great progress on many of your goals. It is truly inspiring. And congrats on the finish!

  6. So excited about your Quilt Canada submission. Keeping my fingers crossed for you! Your creative exercises look fun, and I think your fruit looks good. Have fun with it.

  7. Love the idea of a list and you're ploughing your way through it too - well done. I didn't realise it took so much to be a quilt judge, I suppose I thought you were 'judged' by the quality of your own work rather than having to train for it, but it makes sense that it's a bit of both.

  8. Good luck with all your goals! You are right on your way! Your 2013 piece is awesome!

  9. It's only February and you seem to be amazingly focused on making it all happen. Please hurry up with your birds challenge I really want to see that, glad February's a short month! I love your geese too, are they appliqued on top?


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