Thursday, May 28, 2009

Odds and ends or May confessions

What is it about May, so many of the blogs I follow have hit a stop in posting around the middle of May, even mine...my excuse is that I am so busy! I can hardly catch my breath. One project or event ends another begins! and of course Spring finally arrived and so much work to do in the garden...last year I let it slide and now my garden is in much need of TLC, also this year we've got to put in a new fence and gate, so quilting may get pushed to the back of the priority list! Also, I have been a bad blogger, I have been reading a few blogs regularly but rarely commenting...and what is the etiquette for responding to comments? I appreciate all the comments I get, but unless you ask a specific question I don't usually respond back. So to all those who enjoyed my Canada wallhanging, I say Thanks!


I was checking out Camp Follower Bag's blog and noticed that my 2 blocks I sent in for the Bushfire quilt relief project have been made into a quilt. Wow! What a job she has done organizing such a huge project and sewing all these lovely quilts! I am so proud to have had even a small part of it. My blocks are the middle ones in the top and bottom rows. What a lovely quilt! What a great job she and her volunteers have done! Kudos!









I have been handquilting my 9 Lives quilt a lot lately, so I expect I will get the whole thing done by the fall; I am trying not to rush, but enjoy the process. I am using bamboo batting, left over from Andrew's Scrappy Bargello quilt, and I must say I am not too happy how linty it is and how the white batting is popping up through the dark fabric...it is too late to take out all I've done so far, so I am hoping a lint brush will help to get those stray pufts...





I have the book Art Quilt Workbook, and every once in a while I dabble in some of the projects they suggest. I am not committed to doing them on a schedule, but whenever I feel I need some new stimulation. I am currently dabbling in 2 of them. One is taking a photo, drawing it and then recreating it with fabric. In the book they used a pear...me I used Alfred Hitchcock.


The colours are a little odd, and I have no idea where I am going to go with this...but hey...it's just fabric doodling.


The other project I am working on is the one where you put somewords in a box and randomly pick one and randomly pick a colour palette and create something out of it...well, I didn't really like the words they suggested and I thought, it's not too challenging to work with my words, so I asked my husband to write on slips of paper:


5x song titles, 5x verbs, 5x animals, 5x emotions, 5x comic related, 5x adjectives, 5x music related words.


Then I created a list of colours and themes, such as plaids, or primatives, or pastels, happy, sad, etc. I chose 2 slips from his box and one from my box. So right now I am doodling "I am a tree", rhythm, and wacky. I am giving myself a couple of weeks of doodling and then a couple of weeks of creating and they will be no bigger than 8.5x11. I'd like to do one per month, but....I don't know...


I have been watching a new TV show that is probably not that well known. It is Canadian, it is called Rabbit Fall. It is about a lady cop who moves to Rabbit Fall, Saskatchewan from Toronto and the strange characters and aboriginal mysticism she experiences. It is a little Twin Peak-ish. I really like it, it is only a half hour show, and each episode has a crime to solve, but everything is not wrapped up in a tidy "murder she wrote" little bow at the end. The acting is realistic without being "too Canadian" and the directing is awesome! I like it because it is not predictable and cliche....and you know what this cop dresses like and looks like a lady cop, not some hollywood starlet pretending to be a cop. (on the other hand, my other favourite show right now is Burn Notice, which is just the complete opposite of Rabbit Fall!)

6 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

when you're done the quilting on nine lives, if there's a fair bit of bearding that "pops" on the dark fabrics, try using a fabric marker and just darkening the batting that's pulled through after you've used a lint brush... it can really "disguise" it if necessary. Also, have you tried quiting with a different needle? I've found when I've had a problem, which isn't often, changing needles often "solves" it as the needle goes through the batting a little differently. I'm also told cutting the thread shorter, or changing the thread can help as these too can "catch" on batting..

Dolores said...

I like what you did with Alfred. Good luck with the wacky rhythm tree thing. I don't know about Rabbit Falls but then, I am out quilting Wednesday nights. I must check that out.

Quilt Rat said...

COOL! These projects sound great I'll be looking forward to seeing what you come up with.....some of the best stuff comes from these sorts of challenges. Love the Alfred Hitchcock piece.......now what if you added a little thread painting to that boy and his bird?
BTW when exactly do you have time to watch TV?

Magpie Sue said...

Bravo for you, to use Hitchcock instead of a boring old pear! It will be fascinating to see what you do with the word challenges. That's the sort of thing I've always thought would be fun to do but have never actually done. Now I have Gwen & Freddy's new collaboration book and am thinking more along the lines of working my way through that much the way you are with the Art Quilt Workbook...

I may have to see whether I can get Rabbit Fall; it sounds like something I would enjoy. There sure isn't anything else on TV on Wednesday nights! (and I enjoy Burn Notice too)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

sounds like a lot of fun challenging work to do. ever heard of Rabbit Falls but I'll keep an eye out for it. I'm so excited Burn Notice is coming out on DVD this next month, just wish they'd gotten it out before season 3 starts, even earlier in the month. Love that show.

Sharon said...

Two of my Bushfire blocks are in that same quilt! Mine are the 2nd from the right, top row and also the middle of the 2nd row. Thanks for showing the quilt - I've been looking for my blocks, but the Flickr group has gotten so huge that it's hard to find 4 blocks.

Good for you to set yourself some challenges. I have that book too, but haven't done much with it yet. I'll be interested to see what you do with your projects.