Actually, I've found I prefer it on the vertical rather than the horizontal.
Although either way it feels...chunky. Less elegant than I'd like. *sigh*
2. I finished the All Saints Curtains for Halloween.
This is the partly-finished version:
This is the full version hanging up against the window:
Fabric is De La Luna by Tula, with the dia de los muertos ladies on it.
Now that I've done that...I'll have to finish the curtain in time for Christmas!!
Halloween in our area was reasonably busy. We had two bags of sweets and they were gone in an hour and a half.
But I also sat outside in the yard, offering drinks to the parents (it was water! Yes, it was in a vodka bottle, but it was still water!) and working on my garden planning. This was mostly because I'm working to develop community in the neighbourhood, make a few more connections with people. I didn't get dressed up this year - I don't have a light cosplay for Halloween, unless it's the Number Six Cylon dress and I made that 10 years ago and doubt I'd fit into it anymore. Instead, I just put on a nice pink dress I'd made a couple of years ago and a sunbonnet and waited for the kids to come by.
Cousin P: early-thirties, office professional, gamer-quiet. He and his gf are living in their grandparents' old house (heritage listed, the family can't sell it for love or money), and apparently they have whole gaming campaigns up on their living room wall.
Gee, I'm really terrible at this business of keeping up the blog. I missed August's first Monday so turned it into the last Monday, then I completely forgot about September!
Anyway, we're back. Hopefully to be a bit more productive these next three months; there are things which must be done!
1. Cousin Quilts - a change in direction
I was planning to gift a set of four penny patch quilts to a quartet of cousins. The cousins are all in their 30s, one is getting married at the end of this month. We're not hugely close - I think the affection is more on our side than on theirs.
However, this morning I thought about it and, looking at the design and fabric I've chosen - traditional in Traditional fabrics - I'm doubtful that that's going to be in their style.
It's a great pattern, maybe a bit busy with this fabric, just probably not everyone's thing.
Instead, I was thinking of something like The Flight Quilt (as rendered by Joanne's Design, although she indicates that she got the idea from a quilt that was labelled 'Simple' but didn't have any attribution to it). It can be done in a variety of colours and with either colours or a neutral as the background.
In Kona Solids, because I still have the better part of 200 FQs of Kona Solids and I'm pretty sure I can work out a way to use them like this.
I'd colour co-ordinate them according to the style of the cousin in question. M would be rich earth colours, P would be bright-saturateds, K would be stylish and elegant, and P would be pretty yet classic.
What am I going to do with the Penny Patches? Dunno. Thought I might give them to a friend's family, but...really not sure it's their style, either. I mean, they'd be happy with it anyway, but...hmf.
Oh well, more quilt tops at any rate.
Otherwise, for Halloween I was planning to make curtain fronts for the lounge room and maybe the study using Tula Pink's De La Luna (which takes inspiration from the Día de Muertos celebration of Mexico), using the Penny Patch pattern again.
The major things vying for my attention right now though are: the garden, the fiction writing. Oh, and the cats.
But that's usual for cats.
I should probably make an icon and a banner or something, shouldn't I?
I said I only finished one goal, but I finished a part of another.
Six: Cousin P's quilt
This is the first of the cousin quilts: grey and green with black highlights.
There's also pink and grey with dark blue highlights, orange and grey with green highlights, and grey and green with blue highlights. Still don't know who is getting which quilt yet. Don't even know if they like the style, so that might be a bit of a Russian roulette.
So, I haven't blogged here much at all the last couple of years. Too many other things to do, including fret about the state of the world.
One of the reasons I stopped blogging my quilting and slowed down was because I didn't have the old WIP Wednesday to keep me going. The quilter who was running it got busy with kids and family and her shop and stopped doing WIP Wednesdays. I think she said it was going to be temporary, but I haven't seen it kick back in.
So I'm going to start doing First Monday of the Month (and maybe Mid-Monday of the Month) to get myself back into quilt blogging. I like talking about my quilts and quilt processes, and yes, it takes a bit more time but even a picture and a quick ramble is sometimes good.
And no, I'm not an instagram influencer, intent on my life being visually elegant. It'll be messy and awkward and very much not instaperfect. I have no photographic training, just an eye for what I like (which isn't necessarily what other people like).
So I'm going to try First Monday of the Month in just over 2 weeks. No muss, no fuss, just some progress on my projects. Which means I need to have projects and I need to have projects. So. That should get me moving...
One and Two: complete at least 2 UFO Challenges out of the six remaining that have been optioned for this year
I've been really remiss with these:
Jan - 100 Tula Blocks
Feb - blue stars from 50 states
Mar - QAYG FMQ blocks
Apr - Bard of Avon - scrappy
May - Scarlet Split Square (sew together)
Jun - Rainbow Neutrals
Jul - Kona: Around The World
So my goal for the next quarter is to finish two of these such that they're quilt tops. I thought about putting down just one as a goal, but if I do that, I'll probably finish three. That's the way my brain works...
Three: Mum's laptop sleeve
...This was supposed to be her Christmas present. And then I made it and got the dimensions wrong and, ugh, I just don't feel like redoing it.
Four: Soroptimist Raffle Quilt
In her retirement, my mother is involved with the Sydney branch of Soroptimists International (Facebook | website), and they run a raffle and a high tea every year. The last couple of years I've made a quilt for them to raffle off, and apparently it's a big selling point.
So I have to put together a raffle quilt. Something bright and simple and not too large, says my mother. I definitely have an idea, as usual, it's just a question ot getting it all together.
Five: Start the Kinship 100
Two of my Australian quilting friends - Gnomeangel and Skyberries - have put together a pattern of 100 blocks, called the Kinship Quilt. They're running it for the #100Days100Blocks2019 challenge which started two days ago.
I'm not registered for the challenge this year; I didn't prepare, didn't set up for it or anything, but I have the pattern and I'm going to do it! At the least, I'd like to start sometime in the next quarter. I'll probably do it in Kona and Tula fabrics again.
Six: Cousin P's quilt
Cousin P is getting married in October. She's the youngest of the 12 grandchilden on my mother's side of the family, and a good fourteen years my junior. We haven't been close for a number of years now, so we're not invited to the wedding (also, due to scheduling issues, many of the cousins couldn't make it to the engagement party and apparently P was rather disappointed that we weren't there so: no wedding invite).
Still, I'd like to make her and her husband a quilt. There's a slightly cynical side of me that says, "if only to use up my miles of fabric" - but...I'd like to make more quilts for giving away to family.
Anyway, P gets married in October, so we'll see if we can put something together before then...
I think that's the outside limit of what I could get done this quarter. It should be enough, don't you think? :)
Jeremy is the son of my oldest cousin, a teenager with a love for...a football team in the UK with blue and yellow as their colours? (Can you tell I don't follow the European football leagues?) Anyway, I gave his sister Stephanie the Walkabout quilt, and have been promising him one for two years...
I finally got it backed at the end of last year, and quilted by Jo at Thirroul Custom Quilting.
It came back, got bound, and got sent.
I got a nice card back, which was a bit amusing because I know his mum probably nudged him into getting him to write it. Hopefully he really does like the quilt...
I can't seem to find a full picture of it bound and completed anywhere, unfortunately. But it is! I promise!
- Birthday Stars: it's sitting around taking up space!
Done and sent!
This one's been around since, oh, 2013-ish as well. I did a birthday block swap for a couple of years (2011-2012, I believe) and while this one went better than the first one (where the sizes were all over the place, and people used rather crappy fabrics), I still didn't feel like the blocks were me. I ended up making another five blocks to make it 4x4 blocks and a 'colourwash' (sort of).
It looks much better now!
On the back, I made another quilt top, experimenting with 'wonky' log cabins. (I know, they don't look wonky, but they are a little.)
I had to add a border to the Birthday Stars flimsy to make it large enough for the Wonky Cabins, but I like the result.
I didn't take a photo of it hanging, so I'll have to ask my friend to send me a proper photo when she receives it.
I always knew I wanted to quilt it myself, but I didn't do FMQ on my own domestic, and the longarm was no longer available to me...
It's done! I learned a few new things while quilting this, and I need a whole lot more practise with it, but...I'm happy with my work on it, even as I can see all the things I could have done better...
Quilted, bound, submitted to the Sydney Quilt Show at the Craft Fair, and hanging:
You know how sometimes you make something and halfway through you just hate it? I had a lot of that with this. Put it away for a few months when I knew I had the quilt show coming up. Ended up quilting and binding in the last month. Whew!
But all done, generally well-liked but nothing standout, I think. I would have liked to quilt down the sashing a little but I think it's softer this way.
It goes to my mother, who seems to get first dibs on all the most complicated of my quilts!
complete at least 2 UFO Challenges out of the 3 for this quarter
For the APQ UFO Challenge, there'll be three challenge months. I have to finish at least two. (Ideally, all three would get done, but I'm not particularly hopeful.)
Mum's laptop sleeve
For her birthday, I suppose...
binding - DONE
- Birthday Stars: it's sitting around taking up space!
Sending - DONE
- Jeremy's Quilt: it's been bound and sitting around for FOREVER
So, hello to any Spoolettes who've decided to follow this blog - I'll try to post more often, and hunt back your own posts. Life's just so busy these days, isn't it?
One more item on my 'to do' list right now is working out the second quilt I'll be entering into the Sydney Quilt Show this year.
First quilt is a no-brainer:
I'll quilt it over the next few months (I hope) on my domestic machine
Well, that's more difficult. I have a number of quilt tops that need quilting, and at this point, I'm mostly debating if I can be bothered quilting them myself.
My options are:
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
Finished several years ago, as yet unquilted. Might as well do this one myself.
3:10 to Mendocino
A lot more movement, a lot more interest, but that fabric is incredibly precious - it's original Mendocino Mermaids by Heather Ross!
Break Free Or Build Upon
I've been trying to enter it into the quilt show for the last two years and each time I was stymied by life, the universe, and everything.
I don't enter the quilt show to win prizes - my quilting's not that good. I enter to display new ideas, broaden minds, and/or make other people think, "Hey, I like that; maybe I could do that too?"
If you want to go back through my posts and point out a quilt that you think I should enter, then be my guest! I don't promise to take your advice, but who knows? You might give me ideas I've never had before.