I am happy to report that my first project I hit upon for the RSC2017 has all blocks complete. The pink one is now done.
Craftsy store, (affiliate link) but it is for the first one I made, which doesn't have the windows. The house has evolved over the course of this year. This house's 'garden' is a little overrun with dog paw prints! Thanks, Jake for the perfect, much-loved Laurel Burch piece there, and the inspirational thoughts of hers in the windows. 😘 I thought it a nice touch, especially seeing how poor Naala had such a rough and scary month in October. We are so thankful that she is still here, doing really well, got the last of her staples out, has gained 5 pounds back, and is eating like a horse!
The Rising Star is one of my favourite star blocks so I thought it would be cool to have a double star for this last block. I mean what's not to love about a star in a star?! I did pause for a half a minute and think, do I really want to make a 3" star? Like how big, er small would the star points have to be?
Answer: 3/4" finished.
Take a big breath. It wasn't too long before I had this:
previous post tells all about it. The star points are a batik scrap from the coolest bag I made years ago (should blog that on a Throwback Thursday--what happened to those anyhow?), love batiks. The background is a pink Cracked Ice, a very popular fabric in a multitude of colours, much like Moda Grunge, back when I first started quilting in the 90s.
New + old (er, vintage) = perfection!
All my blocks, in chronological order of colour of the month:
I am up to date with Wayward Transparency QAL.
Moving along the Colour Wheel to pink's mama, red, I am just ecstatic that I completed the last three blocks in the 150 Canadian Women QAL!
Monday was such a nice day, perfect light in the late afternoon for photographing these and the pink house block. Those are fallen leaves from our Norway Maple, such a brilliant yellow, a ton of them now on the ground thanks to all-day thunderstorms (hindered my sewing big time, grrr), pounding rain and crazy wind of Sunday. I wanted to point out that in block 149, the top right, I worked in a bit of my hoarded Canada 150 fabric, a piece I love that has interesting Q&A about Canada. It says 'RCMP officer'. 😊 The opposite large square is actual old newspaper headlines fabric and this one, from the Ottawa (Canada's capital) Citizen talks about the inauguration of Alberta, my home province, into the then Dominion of Canada in 1905 where "the Mounted Police displayed a splendid exhibition drill". Two à propos fabrics, n'est-ce pas?
My second RSC2017 project is the Migrating Geese, which is going to be the one I quilt up for Q4 FAL. I hung up the strips on my design
Coming full circle, here is my pink begonia, taken Monday, Nov. 6, a little less full thanks to falling over in a bad wind a couple of weeks ago, but thriving still, nonetheless:
I do think its days, and that of the verbena sitting in the willow chair above it, as well as that of the impatiens in the front garden, are limited, seeing as the weather is going to take a turn for the worse, with overnights going below 30F/ -1C beginning mid-week. All things said and done, I adore Fall more each year we have moved back here.
|Sunday morning, the road into our 'hood, before the storms hit. Ah, the colours--!! From greens to golds to oranges, to deep reds, a feast for the eyes.|
This is the 6th Fall back here now, like how can it be 6 years since I was in the throws of getting into report cards gear at about this time, chasing down unruly teenagers who owed me assignments, agonizing over those going away on vacation right when it was a major test...
BACK to my reality today, which I love! Big breath! Yep, loved teaching, LOVED it, but it is good to be going in other directions... Funny, I realized this morning as I was doing the math for, and planning the execution of another pattern that will be coming out in another Modern By the Yard e-zine (insert ear to ear grin) that I still am teaching, as in yoga, but also as in sharing learning and teaching techniques, by writing patterns. Now to get my butt anchored back in my chair to learn more on EQ. A little progress has been made in that direction, I am happy to report!
Cooking Up Quilts
Freemotion by the River