Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Almost There!

My ALYoF goal for March was to complete TEN exercises in preparation for the "Judge Certification Programme" that I've been working on since the end of January. (See my first post about the JCP HERE.)

I dove right in and finished the first five early on.

Two gray scales, one colour wheel, and two colour exercises = 5 finished exercises
After a pause to quilt a swoon quilt, and another to bind this baby quilt, composition exercises with shape were next. Working with a prescribed number and size of shapes, we were to make two different pieces.

"Circular" composition with colourful focal point.

"Symmetrical" composition, though when it is turned sideways it becomes "asymmetrical".
I suppose it could also be a "vertical" or "horizontal" composition, depending on how you look at it!
That's seven, so far. March continued racing along, and so did I!

About this time I was telling myself to keep calm and carry on, as I completed another customer quilt and the eighth exercise this month.

Analogous colour exercise (diagonal composition).

Right in the middle of all this, I decided to set up a photo studio in my sewing room and apply to a government art acquisition program. The application process required some serious "hoop jumping", which ate up a couple of days. I'm glad to have done it, but...YIKES!!!

Snatched some time to quilt Amy's beautiful circle quilt, take a lovely jaunt to the city (bye bye to five "work" days - hello friends and quilt shops!), and place orders so I won't run out of thread and batting.

A glance at the calendar told me I'd better get a move on. Next up was a colour exercise. I'm not in love with this one, but it meets the criteria - a landscape made using cool colours, at least seven values, and a distinct compositional style.

"Diagonal" composition in cool colours, based on my own photo of Mount Fuji.

And, that's NINE done. One more to go!

It's still March until midnight! 
My plan is to tackle two more line and colour exercises (they go hand in hand) this afternoon.
I will meet my goal if it's the last thing I do!

Unless I decide to quilt instead. (Ha! Watch the master procrastinator at work!!!)

I have another customer quilt loaded, basted, and stitched in the ditch, and the fun part is beckoning!

Preparing to baste - need to straighten lines across the quilt.
Because you know I'm all about that BASTE, 'bout that baste, no trouble...

(ha! A little play on Meghan Trainor's catchy tune - aka, ear worm. You're welcome.)

I'll be linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes with an "almost there", but I don't feel like I missed the target. In fact, I'm feeling quite satisfied with my progress!

Check out my sidebar to see where the other parties are today - there's something fun for every day of the week! 

PLUS, on the first of each month it is Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts where lots of interesting folks show what they've been working on. She invites a "small blog" link up, too, where you might find more bloggy friends.

Have a lovely week!

Try, Learn, Grow!
P.S. I love hearing from you, so don't be shy. Tell me what you think!


  1. Lots done and fingers crossed you finished those last two yesterday. Love your play on the song, funnily enough I heard it on the radio in the car this morning and it's been in my head ever since.

  2. Your JCP pieces are really good - don't know how you do it under pressure - I'd still be thinking about it this time next year! Interested in your comment on quilting a Swoon quilt. I've got one 7/8ths finished (pieced, that is) and not a clue how to quilt it when the time comes. Don't suppose you have any photos of it to start me thinking? Only discovered your blog this morning and have spent (never wasted!) the best part of an hour discovering all your amazing work. Love your work! Pam PS I live in Australia

    1. Hi Pamela,
      It's lovely to meet you, and thanks so much for your kind words! If I had your email address I'd send you a personal message, but I don't, so I hope you will find this little note. The swoon quilt belongs to a client, and she chose to have it quilted with an all-over design. If this works, here is a link to the post showing her gorgeous quilt.
      If the link doesn't work, it is the post entitled, "Chew, Chew, Swallow!", dated March 8, 2015.
      We must be swapping seasons about now. Spring for Canada, fall for you?
      Thanks again for your visit!

  3. You never cease to amaze me with how much you get done!! All of your projects look great! I really like your diagonal composition in cool colors!! I'm betting you met your goal and you are on to the next :)


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