Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Etsy Shop!

I've decided to sell a few of my extras, so check out my etsy shop, there's a link on the sidebar under my profile, click on "quilt as desired". If it works, I will probably make some more tote bags, for sure, and we'll see what else.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

November winter

Don't have any quilting photos, although have been handquilting my floor scrap quilt and have done some machine sewing on Andrew's scrappy bargello this weekend. It's been very wintery here. Lots of snow, which is unusual for November. It usually snows once or twice and then melts, this time we have had a whole week of snow, it hasn't melted away yet.
This was the snowy scenery on my way to work last Wednesday.

These are icicles forming on my coneflowers. I don't cut them back so the birds can eat them during the winter...but eventually they get covered with snow, here the ice formed a ball around the seeds, from the dripping icicles above.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

November Postcards

I made 3 postcards, top for my mom for her birthday, middle for my sister-in-law to thank her for the fabric, and one for the guild postcard exchange, a poppy for Remembrance Day.

Muppin had a wonderful tutorial on her blog on how to make fabric poppies, check it out!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

But what have I done lately?

Now, that the saga of BIQR is over, it's time to get back to 'what have I done lately?' Our guild had their bi-annual quilt show Harvest of Quilts 2008. I submitted 10 pieces this year, 3 of which were part of the Guild Challenge display. I am the official photographer for the guild blog and have made one post, but I am still working on getting a slideshow up, you'll have to wait for that. This pic shows my Robyn Pandolph folk art wallhanging with 2 other interpretations. Isn't it great when 3 people take the same workshop and each comes up with such different interpretations!

(I've upgraded to picasa 3 and have been trying out some of the new features, one is a watermark...I lay claim to taking the photos not necessarily the content therein.) For instance this next photo is not of my quilt but of fellow guild member Jill, The Quilt Rat (she's just started her own blog and is on my blog roll, so check it out...her stuff is amazing and very unique!). This piece is called Earthbound.

Next, I forgot to tell you of my sister-in-law's visit from Calgary in September. We don't see her that often so it was nice to catch up and we took her out for dinner one night. She was in London only for a few days and had many other friends to catch up with too. BUT she did bring me a wonderful present, Anne is a quilter too and she brought me a bag full of her scraps!!! Her bag-full practically doubled my stash! And they were big pieces, too, and so many wonderful fabrics that I wouldn't already have, florals, jungle prints, some left overs from jelly rolls. (If you are reading this Anne, I know I owe you a postcard...I am working on it!)

I have been using some already...there were these nice polka dots, I think from a jelly roll, left over, and I thought it might make a nice bargello... I also used some of my left over solids to add to it. I thought it might make a nice doll quilt, but it is a little narrow, perhaps a topper for a dresser in a girl's room...

Next, remember my 9 Lives, inspired by this comic? Well, I felt like it needed some borders, and I was really stuck on what to do, but after Gwen's retreat, I was inspired by her Wedges and Slivers piece in her new book and wanted that colour pallette. I ended up using her strippy borders in those colours and of course some more left over solids. I look at those solid pieces as a blank canvas for hand quilting and can't wait to get these batted up!

My UFO list is growing, the following need to be batted up and quilted:
Andrew's Scrappy Bargello
Carol's Floor Scrap Quilt 1
Test Pattern
9 Lives
Pink Bargello
Liberated Strips
Tomasziewski wall hanging
Top Secret Quilt, still working on the piecing.