Saturday, October 24, 2015

UFOs...why I start them

UFO, are not unto themselves such a bad thing. (Says she will a list an arm length long). But think about it, UFO can best be described as a creative idea expressed in fabric (for quilter artists), in glass (for glass artists), in yarn (for knitters), in embroidery thread (for needle crafters), and so on. To make my point about carpenters I only have to point the camera in the direction of my son's wood shop. I digress.

So I saw a great 2" scrap buster over on Quiltville. Two four patches joined end to end and paired with a 3.5" by 6.5" and set staggered style...or Barn Raising...I doodled the design down and made a few rows to capture the essence of the pattern. I have used blue as my dominate colour of the larger rectangles, but the 2" bits are anything goes. This will now become my leader and ender project.

I used blue and cut pieces as I hunted through the drawers and bins looking for just the right bright pinks, oranges, turquoise and blues for my next weekend class at Earthly Goods.
We will be using this ruler and pattern.

This yellow gray is my background choice.

I KNOW I am my own worst enemy.

Back to my UFO pile: it will be seriously be worked on between now and Christmas, as a few of these have been identified as presents for my grandchildren.

Today I am getting the Tumalo Trail put together, all the blocks are made, and the backing ironed. 
I love these cows! This is for the oldest grandson, born into a family of ranchers. Enter the brown theme for the SoScrappy aficionados that are keeping up with making all sorts of lovely chocolate, mocha, and espresso flavored blocks.

Much love and hugs to you all

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Busy is as Busy does

I love this new "Kick" block, and how it emphasis that simple piecing can be so attractive.
On Thanksgiving Monday I was happy to get going on my RSC2015 and get the first two rows together. I have chosen to take my brown alternate blocks to the upper border. All this while I listened to an audiobook, Ysabel by Guy Cavriel Kay. This was my first fantasy I want to listen to more that he has written.

These mocha, caramel and chocolate string blocks are just gorgeous. Wont be long before they get featured in a quilt. Just haven't come up with that design yet.
Today I have been in a class at Earthly Goods Quilting taking the Necessary Clutch Wallet class. A fabulous wallet designed by Janelle MacKay of Emmalinebags. The exterior I chose is/was a tea towel I bought in Ireland (June 2015) made by Avoca Mills. The Bright as a Button fabric is so cheery. I moved the teatowel label to suit myseld. This wallet will hold it all. Phone, lipstick, my cable needle, coins, cards...what you don't carry a cable needle with you?

Betty Ann Gandall, my favourite bag lady did a fabulous job of taking us through our paces. She is amazing, knows all the short cuts and just how to make every project just perfect.

I am connecting up with SoScrappy to share all the mocha and chocolaty loveliness.

love and hugs...

Monday, October 12, 2015

Making the best of a holiday

 I am making the most of my holiday Monday. I am working in the studio, doing laundry, soup pot on.

This is the LAST of the  RSC15 blocks. Now the joy of making connector blocks will now begin in earnest.

With the 2" scraps I have made another 16 patch-in-a-Sawtooth Star.

Love and hugs

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Thankfull for a warm and overflowing brown

This is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and as I look around I have so much to be thankful for. A warm home for my family, full studio, time to create, dear friends, good health...the list goes on and on.

Time to create this week has been focused tidying the studio, working on some chocolate and mocha string blocks. These are so rich and lovely and I do look forward to using them in a quilt, as yet of a design unknown!

The 16-Patch-in-a-Sawtooth blocks (well more like mocha and caramel).

And some decluttering of the storage room...long overdue.

I am linking up to all of those celebrating the colour brown over at SoScrappy.

Love and hugs to you all

Monday, October 5, 2015

Scotland was amazing

I am back from a 10 day textile tour with Celtic Quilt Tours in bonny Scotland. We saw castles and cattle. Edinburgh has both a castle and a palace! We had brushes with royalty, in Edinburgh, Prince Andrew -Duke of York, and in Dundee, Prince Charles and Camila. No pictures, their motorcades were much too fast.

We saw amazing textile factories like the historic Verdant Jute Mills in Dundee and the now restored Knockando Woolen Mills near Aberdeen.

If I had had a computer with me I would have tried to blog about it, but in a pinch I did post pictures to Facebook. All of the pictures are public, so if you just search my name (and "friend" me) you will get to see lots of inspirational sights and happening.

We attended a patchwork class with Ann Hill where we (Canadian and American travelers) were paired with a Scottish quilter. We exchanged gifts, ideas and addresses. I have amended my block to include a hour-glass border. My thistle was made with a yo-yo that was in my sewing kit and a piece of fringed tartan that had been gifted to me from a scrap found in the Edinburgh Castle Woolen Mills shop. My piece is ready to quilt and be added to my "Textile Techniques Book".
That half day class was followed by the VIQ dinner (Very Important Quilter) and the International Gathering of the Guilds, with guest speakers, from Scotland, Ireland, USA and Canada. It was a highly charged and entertaining evening with much laughter and the most splendid Show and Tell! What a great event.

I am home now with laundry done and souvenir fabrics spread out on the table. These are so fun to have with the memories that came with each stop; Melrose, Peebles, Latham, Linlithgow and Glasgow patchwork shops. And the tartans from my new quilting day partner and friend- Ann.

My friend Kim Caskey was in Devanter Netherlands to give a presentation to the Dear Jane club there. She then shopped her way through France and Germany before joining us in Scotland. Because she knew I was working with orange in September, she bought me these two beautiful phat-quarters.
So, speaking of orange I finished the last of the orange twirly blocks last night.

To ease my way back into studio life I have worked on some brown string blocks and the first Chocolate block, looks like a Maltese Cross Medal to me.
I may be late to the party, but I am hooking up to SoScrappy over here.
love and hugs