Monday, January 31, 2011
My DD added an inner border and then a checkered border to her thirties project. This is a baby quilt so rather than add one more border she will add a wider binding in the off white. The off white is one of those tone on tone fabrics that is actually a painted design. I don't like them. But we used the back side and I must remember that for the few more fabrics I have with the same effect. I did after all pay for both sides. LOL There are still lots of strips and scraps of thirties fabrics left so a doll blanket may be in the works but not just at this moment.
DSIL did a bit of painting for me. This has kinda got my interior design genes humming again. The hall table is now a taupe as well as the tall hall mirror. I must decide about the vertical mirror above the table. Then he spruced up a small bench and the 2 kiddy chairs. There is considerable taupe in the rug that now makes its home in the hallway. When everything is dry and back in its place I shall post a picture.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Now we have to evaluate to see if it needs a border and what kind.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Colour is also a prized possession. I like the idea of a black outline but I think I want things to blend better with many layers. I can only hope that the end of the sketchbook is going to be an improvement over the first! ;^)
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Five things on the to-do list each day seems to be working for me. My dearie was so right about being realistic on what can actually be accomplished. I luv making lists. Scribbling them off, not so much. :( But who wouldn't be defeated by a list of 27 things! HA! But now I actually feel bad when I don't have any of my five crossed off. LOL
I'm working to hubby's beat and he wanted to start in the basement. We actually placed some insulation behind these metal book cases and I swear it is warmer. He sorted the tool tangle, I grouped the paint and actually made a cover from a thrift shop tablecloth as it is first thing you see coming down the stairs.
I am also limiting computer time. I'm making my to-do list my nine to five job so I'm off except for breakfast, lunch, coffee time and evenings.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The centres are my bright accent fabric surrounded by the Bali. The star points are a very light rainbow-like fabric in aqua, pink and mauve. Then the star block was set in a square of the theme Bali.
After making the blocks I wanted to try a different set, hence the zigzag. The mottled fabric was the best choice and I was nervous about having enough. The top seemed an odd shape, more long than wide so I set it aside and there she has laid.
I have a friend; she was the one who introduced me to quilting who has the dreaded C word in her life and I thought of this top. She is a 'blue' gal! Teal is close, right! It would be a couch quilt so perhaps the shape is okay. I have the Bali and a couple of neat chunks for a backing.
The plan today is to get it off the design wall, the backing sewn, and be well on my way with the basting as I need to get the other 'found' blocks up on the design wall in preparation for Wednesday's Workshop In Progress.
It is incredibly white in my world right now so playing with all these colourful fabrics just warms me up tremendously. I find I am making happy noises! 8)
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The table is cleared for the journal quilt due tomorrow. Then I'll take down and baste the quilt on the design wall so I can get my blocks from the Process Pledge up for viewing. I am happy to report that five things a day seems to be working well so far.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
1) It still has an appealing colour scheme and the traditional blocks and colours go well with the winter theme for the dining room. It can hang behind the black stove. Heck, it actually fits in a lot of my rooms.
2) I can stop and use the diagonal squares as the border and use a red binding.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I want more than a binder, I want a pretty (as in smashing) journal. I may be trying to twirl before I can spin. It looks more like a scrap book. I need to learn how to blur edges and blend.
But back to class content. This isn't about journalling. It is about making colourful quilts with confidence and having fun with a colourful stash that is full of useful options. The economy being what it is, we should at least have 75% of our stash budget invested in fabric that earns its keep.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Then I just had to see what the itty bitty stuff would look like when it was invited to play. It has been hard to quit but I need to put everything away. I have a 5 item to-do list to get checked off, not to mention the party planning.
There is another party happening as well. 3 Creative Studios is launching their new site with a great party. They have all kinds of good things planned including give aways and challenges. This is a fun bunch and I enjoy joining in with their plans and play days. If I don't get lots of things accomplished in the coming year it won't be for lack of motivation, tips, and tricks on their part.
And speaking of combining work with pleasure... I have a colour class coming up. I have been re-reading Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts from my library of technique books as part of my 2011 goal planning. She recommends making a colour journal and as this is THE Year of the Journal, I picked up another spiral journal which I'll use. But not just swatches and theories. This is gonna be pretty and it isn't just for class but for me! Party time for this chick as I'm waiting for littlest chickie to catch up to her Gram'elle. I wonder what year she needs a little sewing machine. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Just as she needs to let go of our hands and get walking, I need to get walking with all the tools, techniques and tremendous support that is available to me. Time to party!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The big black spiral book has some things already in it that are kinda embarrassing but the only place to go is forward and it will be my practice/technique book for collage/wet techniques. I really liked the idea of loose pages as this fits my interest in altered books. The small brown spiral will be for the more dry techniques. The big brown spiral is THE sketchbook for the challenge. I'm dividing the 48 pages into 12 months and that gives two 2 page spreads for each theme. I'll practice and then embrace the theme which will have had some time and test runs.
I'll have my little book for daily warm ups as I try lines and patterns.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Keeping in mind the word for 2010, FOCUS, I am looking at 2011 only. Not the whole decade.
From 1/1/11 to 31/12/11 I am going to be seeking and searching for ways to FIND out how I tick and what to do to keep moving forward.
I have been considering the whole resolutions/list controversy. I am not a list maker but neither do I have anything measurable to show but giggles, happy noises, snorts and half done projects. So inspite of the naysayers I will give it my best shot.
My goals for this year are:
1) To keep up to date on my commitments.
2) To complete one project a month.
3) To make serious effort towards Eggs or Else and post projects and not dreams.
4) To go through my library.
5) To try a 5 item list each day/month/year.
This is also the year of the journal. Most of my commitments involve some kind of journal. I luv scribbling, taking notes, jotting things down. I just never really go back to them. But I have a number of these commitments.
1) To teach a colour workshop to our quilt group, Common Threads, which involves a colour journal.
2) To do a small page sized art quilt for the months September thru May also for Common Threads.
3) Three Creative Studios runs challenges and I'm in. One is a weekly Journal Quilt.
4) The Sketchbook Challenge is monthly.
5) I am doing an Altered Book 101 courtesy of Elizabeth.
I'm not listing the wedding and the comfort quilts that are for this year. Those things generally get done.
I am hoping that Finding how to do five major things in this one year, broken down into 5 things per month, using a 5 day work week, with 5 things per day just might find me accomplishing something. I may like the number eleven but this just might be the year of the fives!