Monday, October 13, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was nominated by Britany from Pickles Quilting
to take part in the 'Around the World Blog Hop'

If you have never checked out her blog, 
please take a moment to do so. 

In fact she is having her one year blogiversary with a giveaway.

She considers herself a newbie but certainly has tackled
and completed some unique and fun projects.

I have been quilting now for six years and have been blogging
for just over three years now.
My how the time flies!

So to get down to the following questions I need to answer.

What am I currently working on?

 I am currently working on a quilt for my son. 
He as been very patient with me as I often get side tracked with various other projects.

I only have one more row to put on, a couple of borders
and then to quilt it.


I also need to put a border on my Arkansas Road Quilt.


And I am in the midst of sewing this one together. 
Another favourite of mine.


I just recently finished the top of my wedding ring quilt, probably 
my most challenging project to date.
Another one to add to my completed pile but not quilted yet.


How does my work differ from others?

That's hard to say and I'm not sure it really does.
I am a person who loves what I consider 'happy colours' 
and most of my work reflects that.


If I like it, I generally will try it.


I've tried my hand at several different techniques.

Printing on fabric from my computer . . .



Paper piecing  . . .


Hexagons . . .



I like to try new blocks and new techniques.
I have yet to put in a zipper (been dragging my feet on that one)
and set in seams but I had no problem learning to sew curves.


Why do I write / create what I do?

My need to quilt came out of a time
that was not so happy for me.
I was looking for an outlet to combat what what
transpiring in my life at the time.

I think that is why I like 'happy' colours!

A natural progression took place in that I started to blog.
I wanted a place to showcase my quilting and record
what I had accomplished or was doing.
Some posts are sprinkled with family news and holiday reports.
In some ways it was more for me than the general public,
however, it is a nice boost when others take notice of your work.


How does my writing / creative process work?

I have always been a creator of sorts and look for inspiration
in books, magazines, blogs, friends and yes, even while watching
a movie.  I have seen many a pattern in which I declare that
it would make a lovely block or quilt.

I have designed my own place mats out of a panel 
and I have been know to tweak patterns
a little here and little there. 


I have never designed anything bigger because the math involved
stumps me little but if I would just take the time to think
it through I could have it figured out.
Too busy sewing I guess!!

While quilting I often listen to music from a Paris radio station 
(my favourite place on this planet) 
and dream of going back someday.
 
Sometimes, I have a person in mind that I want to make a quilt for 
and love it if I have the fabric on hand.
I often find myself thinking of and praying for the recipient as I quilt along.

This was one I made for my aunt who passed away earlier this year.
I hear that she never had this quilt off her bed.


Other times, I don't really have anyone in mind but when 
the time comes, the right person pops into your mind.

This was one that I had made long before it became a wedding
gift for my niece and her husband.



I aim to have a few quilts ready so that when a need 
comes up I will be ready.
I have a rolodex in my head of quilts or block that I want and need to try.
I figure I'll never live long enough to do all that is on my list . . .

I've really enjoyed writing this blog and I hope you enjoy reading it as much.

I failed in my quest to find three people to tag. 
I do, however, have one lovely blogger, Alice from Alidiza Blog.
Alice, by her own admission, considers herself
a Compulsive Quilter and Fabric Addict among other things.
She has an awesome blog and is truly an accomplished quilter.
I especially like her Weekender bag and can 
only hope to one day make a project like that.

Thanks for stopping by and "Happy Thanksgiving" to all.


 Shauna



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Finding Joy in Hexagons

It's been quite a while since I picked up my hexagons
but they seem to be bringing me joy these days.

Funny how it's the small things in life that can really tickle your fancy.

Since the evenings come earlier and Fall has settled in, 
it seems fitting to sit and watch t.v. and do some handwork.

Over the past two weeks I have seven completed flowers done
and these lovelies ready to go.


Somehow they just make me smile.


Hope you all had a great weekend and that the week
ahead brings you much joy.

Shauna

Friday, September 26, 2014

Victory

“Victory belongs to the most persevering” 
– Napoleon Bonaparte


I am so excited to write this post as it means that 
I have finished the top of my Double Wedding Ring quilt!!

  
There were days that I would not have believed that it would be 
or could be possible to finish this off. 

It wasn’t that it was terribly difficult but it seemed a long time with little progress.  


Once I really put my mind to it though, it was a sweet victory


When I look back at my first post about my Double Wedding Ring quit it was late October 2013

I guess that’s not too bad considering I work full time, hosted my daughter for 8 months this year 
and had a couple of holidays away from home.

  
This quilt gave me much agony right at the beginning. 

I had a very difficult time in pulling fabrics for this quilt and after a few failures, 
I finally settled on the greens and pinks with a pop of yellow. 


Very happy with the outcome as I feel it was very close to what I envisioned – a definite success.

This quilt is not perfect and I had to keep reminding myself that 
it is a ‘homemade’ project and not mass produced. 

I was very happy to learn a new skill – sewing curves. 



 This will open the possibilities of other quilts that I have in mind.


As mentioned before, I plan to have this quilt quilted. 
Definitely well worth it considering the work involved.



Phew . . . . now I get to move on and finish up my son’s quilt. 

Perhaps it could even get done before Christmas. 

Wouldn’t he be surprised?!


Savouring my finish this weekend and linking up with
AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Have a fantastic weekend!

Shauna


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Best Laid Plans

Really thought I would have finished my double wedding ring quilt.

Somehow working full time, being tired, 
running errands, paying bills, catching up on finances, 
going to the dentist and tramping through the snow
this week has hampered my plans to finish off this week.




I don't mind snow but when it falls on September 8 I do have a bit of a problem with that.

 




My big tree out my front didn't fair so well with all the heavy snow.
Looks like I'll loose that one branch.
Such a shame.




Because I had decided to do an extra row on my wedding ring quilt
I had to cut out a few more pieces.
That was a challenge as I had already given back the templates 
to my friend who lives a couple of hours away.  
I didn't want to wait until I could get out there 
so I made my own templates and they worked good.  

Netflix came in handy here.

I hope next week I can report a finish!

Shauna


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Crazy, Beautiful, Love Filled Summer

I see again that it has been for-ev-er since I have posted!
How does that happen?!
 
This has been the most wonderful summer for a long time.



It started in June with a lovely visit with my son in Victoria.




I had time to get away on holidays in early July with my parents.





Was wonderful to reunite with family in July and again in August for a wedding.





My sister and I went to see Michael W Smith in concert.  So fun!!




I spent time with my lovely daughter throughout the summer.




I helped as she got ready to head off to do her Masters in Toronto at Ryerson.

Watched beautiful summer sunsets. 





That meant little time for sewing but that's okay.
I did, however, manage a day away with friends and a couple of days at a friends house to quilt.
So still working away on the same quilt. 
Perhaps next week I can say I have finished this quilt top.
 


Different seasons in life.  

Life would be too boring if we did the same thing over and over.

There were some very hard and sad moments this summer but all in all, I wouldn't trade it.
At the end of it all there is always a rainbow of hope.




Hope your summer was good.  
I'm looking forward to fall and some time for quilting.

 
Shauna

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Spending an Interesting Afternoon


Playing around with Palette Builder makes for
an interesting Saturday afternoon.

So I uploaded a couple of pictures and had way too much fun doing so.



Two very different sunsets with two very different colour ways.
I think I like the colours in the second one better but only because
I am more of a pink kind of girl.




This one is nice too.
I love the earthiness of it with the little pop of colour.




This picture has special meaning.
It was taken back in '85 when my husband and I went to Kenya
to visit my parents who were living there as missionaries at the time.

The plant is called a Desert Rose and only blooms when it is dry.



I must say that the Palette Builder is really easy to use 
and the possibilities are endless.
It's very cool that you can save the Kona Cotton matches.

Give it a whirl - you won't be able to stop!

Shauna

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Treasure Hunting

So today was a fun day.
A friend at work and I went to an estate sale on our lunch break.

Lots of interesting things in an older house,
probably from the 30's or 40's in an older area of the city.

I came away with a few treasures.

Aren't these lovely?


My birthday is in June so pearls are my birthstone.

The colour on this strand is exquisite. 
Very pearly in colour.
Was hard to photograph and get the colour right.

And this little gem . . .
Isn't it pretty?


Again more pearls and the blue stones really add to the piece.

I rarely, if ever buy myself jewelry and here I found two
pieces that I really liked.

And the last item I picked up was these lovely pink pillow cases.

 
 Such lovely work on them and I thought they were charming.

Having done cross stitch myself in the past, I can really appreciate
the work that has gone into making these pretty.


I spent a whopping $12 for all these goodies that tickled my fancy.

I've still be working on my wedding ring quilt - what else is new!
 This week I got the corner stones sewn up for the 4th row.

 
Each row gets better and better and easier to put together.
As much as I complain about this quilt, I am so happy that I am making it.
It really is turning out to be quite nice.

I will once again end with a couple of sunset pictures.



Happy end to your week!

Shauna