Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Life Snippets

"Intro to Quilt Making" class participants are doing beautifully:


Tonight will be our final class in this series, and it will be a busy one. Students will layer, baste, make a quilting plan, start quilting, and learn how bind their projects. Whew!

We faced 500 km of nastiness on our way to help my brother celebrate his 50th birthday.

I was wishing I'd stayed home in my pjs
We saw a couple of oil tankers ditched along the way, but thankfully we stayed on the road. Our whole side of the family was together for the first time in ages, which helped ease the pain of the trip.

You'd think when a person turns 50 a certain amount of respect would be shown, but NOPE! They did this to the poor guy! 

Dignity and grace as a Japanese Geisha - what a good sport!
I'm happy to report that the road conditions coming home were much, MUCH better!

I desperately wanted to take a shortcut on my log cabin project, but I just couldn't do it.

Instead of making the final 12 blocks (& multiple setting triangles) that would transform this giant hexagon into something more rectangular, I was considering simply adding corners in a single fabric. I tried all sorts of possibilities, but none looked right.
So, I kept on sewing.

Remember, I've vowed to use only fabric I have on hand. 

I'd used almost all of my fabric to make the giant hexagon, but somehow managed to make pleasing combinations for the final blocks. I also found a green to work as my setting triangles & border. Hallelujah!

(Sorry for the weird colours in these photos...I had poor lighting, but with the quilt in a million pieces it had to stay put!)

I'm finally at the point of sewing sections together.

Oh, and I'm thinking of pulling everything out of my sewing room for a huge sort and storage revamp.

My cutting table gets the worst of it.

Piles by my feet & in the doorway.

When I moved into this room I didn't have much to store. I had only basic sewing supplies, and everything had a home. 

The system I started with has worked for a long time, but I've recently been forced to make piles. 

I love an organized space, so piles will not do. Wish me luck!

Until next time, try, learn, grow!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Hanging

My guild jokingly refers to our annual quilt show as "the hanging" (said with dramatic emphasis & arched eyebrow). I always get a quick chuckle from the dark humour of it, and it seems I'm not the only one. The moniker has stuck.

I hung out (ha, hung out!) at the show on Saturday, chatting with a steady stream of visitors & working on my log cabin project.

My Mom joined me and spent the day sewing as well. We managed to share a few good laughs, interest some folks in guild activities, and sell 50+ raffle tickets.

A few more shots from the show:

Shonna's Halloween quilt

Carol's chickens! (Carol S - not me)

Hildegard's log cabin

Aralee's lively wall hanging

My bees

Margaret's stratavarious daisy
Tonight is our show opening. Invitations have been sent, and preparations made. Time to have fun!

See you at The Hanging!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Still Hanging by a Thread @ the Library

Today was quilt hanging day!

We never discuss our entries ahead of time, but it doesn't seem to astonishing variety always arrives, and the show is always beautiful!

Many of my snapshots were blurry, so I'll try again another day. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek at some of our work:

Still a gap waiting to be filled on this wall...

More photos to follow.

I did manage to finish my "Electric Stripes" quilt in time for the show, but alas, my log cabin challenge piece did not make it in time.

What I accomplished this week:

In addition to the usual chores, I managed to meet a few quilty goals, too.

Quilted my Mom's quilt on Sunday
Taught "Intro to Quilting" class on Monday
(scrappy churn dash is my sample)

Bound "Electric Stripes" on Tues &Wed

Survived another zombie apocalypse on Thursday
(Happy Halloween!)
Okay, not quilty, but still important

Which brings us!

Tomorrow I will work on my log cabin quilt @ the library...I am determined to finish that thing! It's been on the back burner long enough.

We hope to capitalize on foot traffic generated by a craft sale down the street, attracting people to our show with signage. Visitors may even decide to buy a raffle ticket, or two! (Prizes are on display)

Try, Learn, Grow!