Wednesday, 17 January 2018

An Update

     Well we've come to the middle of the month and I thought I would give you all a quick update on my progress with the Wayward Transparency quilt. To be honest I have had very little quilting time this month.  My extended family and I have been very busy every weekend with clearing out my aunt's apartment.  We are almost finished.  We expect to go down again on Saturday to finish things up.
    The month has also been a busy one with meetings but I have managed to finish one of the two B blocks.  

     With half a month left to go and the bulk of the work done on my aunts apartment I think I should be able to find enough time to finish before Yvonne's  linkup closes. For now I'll link up with Lorna at the Let's Bee Social linkup.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

First Quarter Finish Along Goals

     Dwight and I spent a couple of hours babysitting the boys on New Years Eve so that their parents could go out to a party.  Our plan was to watch a movie on Net Flicks but we couldn't get it to work so I spent some time thinking about my goals for the first two quarters of this year.
Here's the list for the first quarter.

1.  I'd like to make the bag from the quilters planner and I've chosen these fabrics from my stash for the outside.

2.  Eli needs to have his quilt finished so this quilt has to be a priority.  It needs to be quilted.

3.  But I'm in the middle of quilting this donation quilt so I'll have to finish it first.  

4.  I'd also like to finish the Wayward Transparency Quilt.  Finishing the quilt top is my OMG for January.  So far my progress is not very impressive.  I spent Friday and Saturday in Toronto working with my sister to clear out my aunt's apartment and we will be back next weekend, to hopefully finish the job. The hours to work on it are few and far between...but I do have until the 31st to link up.  May be it will come together quickly between next weekend and the end of the month.

5. and I think Rory's quilt needs to be made as well....although I hold out less hope for finishing it.  I've put it on my potential list for the second quarter as well.

I'll be linking up with the First Quarter Linky for the 2018 Finish Along.  You can link up lots of places but I'm linking up with Leanne at She Can Quilt.  Maybe I'll see you there.

Monday, 1 January 2018

January OMG

     Well welcome 2018!  I thought I would start the year off right and link up to the one monthly goal.  After a difficult 2017, I'm ready to reset and start again.  Like always there are many projects I could pick to focus on for the month, but I'm going to pick a fairly easy project for January.

    Most of you will know that my aunt passed away a week before Christmas.   I will have to make several trips to Toronto this month to help my sister wind up my aunts affairs and empty her apartment.  Sewing and quilting time will be limited.   I'm aiming to get my Triangle Transparency Quilt top finished in time to link up with the party at Quilting Jet Girl.  Here's the one block I have finished so far.

     It's freezing up here in Canada with the Polar Vortex bringing us cold air from Siberia. I'm hoping that these beautiful tropical colours can help to keep me warm.  I'm linking up with Patty at Elm Creek Quilts now and hopefully later in the month as well.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Goal Setting for 2018



     The last 7 months of 2017 were really difficult for me so when I reviewed my 2017 goals I found it ironic that my overarching goal was to have more fun.  It's a good thing I have a sense of humour!
      I thought I would reflect a little on the good things that I can remember from this year.  The best thing that happened in 2017 was that Elisha (rhymes with Elija) Luke was born and he is the happiest baby.  He laughs and smiles almost all the time and he brings me lots of joy, as does his older brother Gabriel. I did a lot of babysitting this year and looking after my grand kids was a lot of fun.  I also had a blast at Quilt Con way back in February.  Throughout the year I kept a gratitude journal so I could remember to focus energy on the small good things that occurred.
     I wasn't able to  make it to the Christmas party at my work but I do know that they had a quizz with prizes and one question was "Which employee would you be most likely to come across dancing in the store aisles".  The answer to that question my friends was yours truly.  I do love to dance so I think my overarching goal this year will be to keep dancing through life...the good, the bad, the ugly.

     Here are the goals.  They are very similar to last years goals.  I will continue to be busy with chairing the community outreach committee of my local guild and with my grand kids so I know that what I can accomplish is limited.

Quilting Goals
1.  Continue playing with colour and fabric and quilting techniques like improv and maybe some bias strips. Step one for this goal will to be to set aside a time each week to focus on this kind of play.  I've got some ideas I'd like to play with and I love this type of work so it needs space. 
2.   Continue to work on free motion and walking foot quilting techniques.  I'm planning on joining Jess of Quilty Habit in her FMQ QAL.  I'm not sure if I'll do a quilt as you go, or just work on the assignments.
3.  Complete at least three of my Craftsy Classes.  Since most of these are quilting classes, this will help me to work on goal number 2. as well.
6.  Complete at least 6 quilts. I've got two baby quilts to finish and I will be making a wedding quilt as well.

Blogging Goals
1.  Continue to aim for 2 posts a week.  This is a big goal given that I didn't manage even one a week last year. But my life circumstances have changed somewhat so it might be do able.
2.  Share more of the community outreach work on the blog. That should help with the goal 1 for this section.

Personal Goals
1.  Spend time with my sister doing fun things.
2.  Go to the Art Gallery in Toronto more often
3.  Figure out some better cooking, cleaning and eating strategies.
4.  Get back to daily goal setting and reflection.

      As usual I'm linking up with Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl for her 2018 Planning Party.  Oh yes, and I would love an accountability partner if anyone is up for it.


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Hello out there


  Hello out there.  Are any of you left?  It's been so long since I've posted.  It's been a very challenging Fall and I've had a hard time squeezing in quilting let alone blogging, or even reading blogs.  My family has been dealing with health challenges with my daughter in law, and with my aunt.

    My daughter in law is on the road to recovery, however my dear sweet aunt passed away in her sleep in the early hours this morning.  My daughter was the last member of our family to spend time with her and was able to make sure that she was comfortable before she left the hospital.  Gloria was happy to know that Dwight and I were going to visit her today.
My last visit with her was on Friday I read her a few chapters of a book and sang her lullabies because she asked me to sing to her and they were the only songs I could remember the words to.  I planned to bring a song book in with me for today's visit.
     Gloria was a very strong and courageous woman.  She was an editor and writer by profession. She spent many volunteer hours writing letters for Amnesty International and volunteering with Chilean Refuges in the 1970s.  In her later years she did volunteer work for the Older Woman's Network. She had no children of her own but considered my sisters family and my family to be her family.  We are really sad to see her go and will miss her terribly.

     Gloria was supportive of my quilting and came to my local guild's quilt show.  She showed off my placemats that I made for her and really loved the quilt that I made for her which you can read about here.

     Most of the quilting I have done over the summer and fall has been done on behalf of the Outreach Committee of my local guild.  I've done mega amounts of cutting, planning, organizing and attending meetings.  The quilts in the photo above are some of the quilts that will be donated  to the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence unit at our local hospital in early January.

     I will be joining the Goal Planning Party hosted by Quilting Jet Girl and I'm hoping to resume more regular bloggin in the new year.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Block Update


      I belong to a couple of guilds (Modern and Traditional) and I also a member of Stash Bee.  I make a lot of blocks for these groups for block of the months and block lottos and I thought it would be nice to share some of the blocks I've been working on.  Making a few blocks is a nice way to work some sewing in when there isn't a lot of time to spare.

     Last week I shared a photo of a quilt top that my friends and I put together at our mini retreat.  It was put together with block lotto blocks.  While we were together we also worked on some blocks for our local guild's outreach program.

     These majestic mountain blocks  where the September block of the month blocks.  They are really big blocks,
16 inches in width so it will only take a few to make a quilt top.  My block is the orange one.  

     Little Tent Block are very popular in my area right now with blocks being made by both local guilds.  Little Tent Blocks are improv blocks based on a quilt designed by Daisy of Ants to Sugar (now Warm Folk). You can see her original Little Tent Quilt here. It turns out that Daisy was inspired by Jennifer Johnston's triangle quilt and Jennifer is a member of the local Modern Guild.  The blocks above are for the local Traditional Guild, Royal City Quilter's Guild and are the blocks for the November block lotto.  The top left and bottom left are my blocks.  I love making these blocks and I'm planning on making more with some interesting background fabric I picked up recently.

     This here is my Stash Bee block for September.  It was a fun little block to make, once I settled on the 6 fabrics. I managed to pull them all from the scrap bins!  I'll be working on the October block this week.  It's a simple block but the challenge again was finding the right red.

     When I find some time, there have been some really nice honey pot bee blocks that I would like to add to my collection, so I'll be sure to update when I get those done.  I'm heading over now to link up with the Let's Bee Social link up over at Lorna's blog Sew Fresh Quilts.

Friday, 6 October 2017

OMG for October

     I've decided to pull an older quilt out of the mix for my OMG October goal.   I'll be doing a little of this...

and a little of this...

as I finish the blocks and put together the top of my clam shell quilt.  I love the warm and bright colours of this quilt and I'm looking forward to spending some more time with it.  

I haven't done a lot of curved piecing and it's been a while,  so I'm hoping it's like riding a bicycle. This pattern uses the quick curve ruler and some trimming, so it's a little easier than some drunkard paths. I'm linking up with the OMG linkup at Elm Street Quilts.  I'm hoping it will keep me motivated and on track.  I was supposed to be working on these blocks all this week but that didn't happen.  Tomorrow is always another day.