Sunday, November 16, 2014

hey blogathon canada this is what i am up to at the moment!

Hello Canada, Welcome to my blog…thank you to Sew Sisters for sponsoring this Blogathon...

this past weekend i attended a 3 day in town quilt retreat…my plan was to work on several projects…the first of which was to be a table runner for christmas…dark teal background with a white and gold flange and a light teal border…the centre was white poinsettieas…sounds easy i thought…i can do this no problem…hahahahahahaha! normally i just start my work with some general direction i want to go…colours are picked sometimes but not always…mostly i just follow my brain around…so i have followed a pattern once or twice but that is always somewhat of a struggle for me…OMG now you tell me the points are suppose to match…Ok i'm out is what i usually think when i see those patterns…first i had to trace all the little petals of each poinsettia…not hard but generally boring…hours of by and finally i have them all trace but the fusible web will not stick well…#$&&^%$##…but it does stick to my applique i struggle along none to happily…hours go by and i am almost to the point of tears…my friend Darlene sews up the background for me…my friend Douwette comforts me and tell me to "stop letting the monkey drive my bus"…finally i have the flowers made and clinging to the background…yes just clinging…Darlene agrees to bring me different fusible web in the morning…i collapse into bed @1am…ah but sleep includes me…finally at 3 am in fall asleep downstairs on the sofa…4am finds me awake again…up to bed and finally back to sleep…6:30 am i am up for good…
 doesn't look hard does it? but i bit of a challenge for me….
i like the colours i chose…all the different greens for leaves play well against the dark background

back to the retreat…no fusible web yet so i set to doing what Douwette told me to do the night before…go back to your scissors and cut out what you want to do…so out comes Kona solids in a variety of colours, out comes the mat, rotary cutter and my treasured Kai scissors…i cut and piece for about 30 minutes and this is the end result…my friends were right…it would have been way easier for me to just cut out the petals freehand…next time that is exactly what i am going to do.

this took me about 30 minutes to design and cut out..

here it is with the background elements added

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

christmas is around the corner people

i am not one who sews much for christmas but this year i have been working on tree skirt…well that was not what this piece started it's life out as…i originally planned to use it as a wall hanging but it just was not working how my brain visualized it…so a new life was born….guess what... it is now tree skirt..i have needed a more modern updated version of a tree skirt for sometime now…so here we go
getting to watch the northern lights is one of life's wonders…they dance and move across the sky…the design of this now tree skirt came to me while i laid on my back wrapped in my quilt and watched them one winter night…the trees surrounding my yard give my this view…the tops surround me…creating on circle around the light show...
ah the movement of dance…and the colours of trees…create a cool but not cold feeling

next is to cut the slit in and a circle from the middle…then comes more fun sandwiching and quilting it…then it will be ready for binding…hand stitching on a cold winter evening with mint tea and music…ahhhhh there are some truly wonderful things about cold long winters