Monday, August 31, 2020

OMG Cream and White Scraps Box

 Remember the DrEAMi! I had, well two, that I wrote about on Saturday? Well, those scrap improv panels that consumed me grew up into another scraps sorting box. This was in reality my OMG, either a cream and white or a pink box this month. So it wasn't a true DrEAMi, because it was planned, whereas a true DrEAMi just sneaks up on you, unawares, and grabs you by your easily-distracted mind, and off you go, ignoring all other must-do's while time seems to stand still.

I quilted this one with floppy feathers, and I found a piece of scrap batting upon which I was able to place four of the five sides in a line. I've never quilted something on my longarm without a backing, but I gave this one a whirl and it worked out great. In no time I had them done, even writing white and some synomyms on the panels. The front there has 'opal' and 'pearl' on it.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

DrEAMi! #43


Welcome to DrEAMi! #43 where we celebrate those Drop Everything And Make it! moments. This meme of perfection for those squirrel projects is off Carol's of Quilt Schmilt blog. It describes my yesterday and this morning to a T. I actually had a squirrel interrupt a squirrel and one was my OMG but it started acting like a DrEAMi yesterday...

Thursday, August 27, 2020

I Like/Love #43 with some Thoughtful Thursday Added

Welcome to another I Like/Love post. Once again, I am adding in some of my thoughtful work.

1. I've finished a couple more very important books:  The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King and Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. Both of these are excellent, thought-provoking, soul-shaking/searching, and should be required reading for all North Americans.  I'm currently reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo on audio, and Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. I think my next read needs to be a light one, maybe another Flavia one. I see, thanks to emails from Chapters/Indigo (love them) that Thomas King's newest book is out, Indians on Vacation. I enjoyed reading the transcript of his interview with Shelagh Rogers from CBC in the back of The Inconvenient Indian.

2. Laura (@lolly2430) sent me this article. I forgot to put it on last month's post. As she said, it is heartbreaking, and I think it's a tragedy.

3. I like this article on CBC's site that tells of an anonymous person in Toronto who has been putting up plaques that give the whole history of well-known, 'respected' families. Read the article.
And earlier this evening, a story was on our local Windsor CBC news of our Museum Windsor curator now including the whole history of the Baby (I learned it is not pronounced as you'd assume, but bah-bee) family who were slave owners. Here is the article. (Okay what is going on...since Tuesday's post, they've change the insert URL popup and I can no longer test the link?) She's researching the life histories of the enslaved people, which makes me think of The Book of Lost Friends.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

To Do Tuesday

Two in a row for To Do Tuesday, think that is a record. I wasn't going to write one since I published a post yesterday, which you should check out (see link in #1), because oh, I love the latest quilt, but I am pleased because every item on the list was completed! I even took A Positive Spin out for a road trip to a local winery, which some of you may have already seen on Instagram because I literally sat and posted it right then and there.

So let's get right to it, down to brass tacks as they say, (hmm, wonder what the origin of that saying is; must look it up as I have erased some from my usage because of their nasty origins).

1. Finish the quilt for Island Batik✅ A Positive Spin is done and blogged
2. Write up a TGIFF post✅ TGIFF - Makeup Bag
3. Make one or two makeup bags for my Etsy shop✅ See listing here
4. List my new beach glass bowls in my Etsy shop✅ See listing here

Monday, August 24, 2020

A Positive Spin

Finally, after a lost day due to a migraine, and a chopped up weekend due to adulting and gorgeous weather that I didn't want to totally miss out on, A Positive Spin is done!
Another name popped in my head when I set up this shot (yay for a timer on my phone camera, as I am behind the quilt and the camera!) 'Twisting by the Pool".

This is my August challenge quilt for  Island Batik. They supplied the fabric, Hobbs Batting supplied the batting, Aurifil the thread for the entire project, Studio 180 Designs supplied the ruler, and Schmetz Needles supplied the needle I used to piece the quilt!
This was a bit different of a challenge in that I didn't get to decide what fabric to use; I was given a 10" stack of William's Garden, yardage of a dark purple Basic, and a light purple, Bubbles, along with a Deb Tucker tool. I added in Island Batik's white solid.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

TGIFF - Makeup Pouch

Welcome to TGIFF: Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday. This is where we share a finish from this past week, not a WIP, work in progress, but a finish!

If you are interested in being a host for TGIFF, click here to go to the main page and sign up for a spot. There are lots left for this year.

I had great designs on finishing up my Island Batik challenge for TGIFF, and it was close, but no cigar. I should have it done tomorrow, so I'll link it up here with my own party LOL. One of the things on my To Do Tuesday list was making another makeup bag for my Etsy shop since two of the three I had listed have sold, a nice problem to have! So here is the latest one, available in my Etsy shop, free shipping within Canada!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

To Do Tuesday

 I haven't linked up for a while, so today seemed like I had a moment to write a quick list. I always have a list each week, each day pretty much, in my planner, so never fear, a list-maker and checker-offer I am, always have been, always will be!

1. Turn these lovely squares and rectangles into a quilt for my August Island Batik challenge. This is the line, William's Garden, and it is divine, my favourite colours together: turquoise, green and purple.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Blogger and Purple

As promised a while back, here is the post on how to do some things in the new Blogger format. Let me know in the comments if you have questions, and/or if you have figured out something I may not have mentioned. Here is a little purple and quilty goodness to start you off in a good frame of mind, before we get to some of the annoying stuff.

These are my ten purple blocks for one of two RSC 2020 projects. I mostly do not pay attention to where they land as I take them out of my 2.5" tray in their stack. Purple is a colour I sure noticed went down after using up 57 squares! The first one in the bottom row on the left uses three patches 2.5" x less than 2.5", which is on purpose, so the rows will not line up above each other in the quilt. That meant I looked in my purple scrap basket to find three scraps to fit the bill. I'm working on making 12 black and white 9-patches for the other purple project. I mainly do these as leaders/enders, but once in awhile, it feels good, as it did here, to just pull out my 2.5" squares and sew some together without pressure or deadlines or must-do. I'd just mailed off a quilt for an upcoming ezine, so that's exactly what I did here.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

A Couple Of Requests

A few months ago both Brianne and Brady made some quilty requests. Of course Mum/Nana will acquiesce! Brady requested a plain grey, (man-style) toiletries pouch for things he might need when he starts Junior High in September, like deoderant. He wanted sections, as I did in his iPod and charger pouch. I felt like trying a new pouch pattern, so I looked in my hard drive and bookmarks and decided upon the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead.

It's a great tutorial.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Dark Blue Scraps Sorting Box and OMG

This was my OMG for July, but I didn't get it done until yesterday: make a dark blue scraps sorting box.
Still, it is done and in use, and probably my favourite one yet!