That comment has remained with me for all these years and for the longest time, I never wore green and definitely not green and blue together. As I got older and bolder and SMARTER, I realized - look at the trees - look at the sky - DUH!!!!! Why did I let some catty school girl comment create such a big deal for me?
By today's standards, that comment was very TAME. Imagine the insecurities that people carry because someone made a supposedly casual or intentional comment. We need to be careful in what we say to others and I apologize if I have left anyone with an insecurity because of something I said to them.
We'll get back to the blue and green in a minute.
First - look what got done yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Celtic Soltice - last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery - DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK - so it is NOT my quilt and the quilting was not done by me. That is Helen Anne's quilt and she quilted it yesterday. She did a super job on it as well and went home very happy. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could say that mine is done or even close to done, but at least the components are together - the blocks need to be sewn. Some day!
Ask me if I am going to do the Bonnie Hunter mystery this year???? NOPE - NO - NADA - not touching it!!!! I have so many things that need to be done and there is no time to get them done let alone starting another quilt. Some of my other reasons? There is a LOT of work in Bonnie's mysteries - a LOT of repetition and you have no idea whether you will like the quilt in the end. So - no I am going to put my time on something that needs to be done, that won't be so repetitious - is faster and won't have such a crazy deadline. Her quilt comes out at Christmas. Do you think I have convinced myself NOT to touch it??? I sure hope so.
I do want to wish good luck to those that do take on this year's quilt. Send me pictures!!!
OK - so here is the blue/green situation. I am teaching a beginner quilt making class at Sew Sisters. The ladies are enthusiastic and raring to go. They are busy cutting and sewing this week. There is a sample of the quilt at the store, but I thought I would give it a whirl - it is very easy. I grabbed the baskets of blue fabric and right away I have a problem. Many of my blues are dull, greyed down and boring!!!!! I bypass them every time I go into the basket. Yes - I need to group them - make a quilt and give it away!
I managed to snag six brighter blues. Hmmmm - where are the rest of my bright blues?? OH shoot - that is right - I cut everything up a while back and made a couple of Hopscotch (The Quilt Patch) quilts.
|I know - they don't look that bright in the photo - but this quilt top is hanging in a dark corner
So while I managed to get rid of a couple of small pieces of blue - I still have this left..............
However then I had to choose another colour to go in the quilt. The original had red in it. Red - Hmmmm - nope - don't want red. How about orange??? Nope - no orange. Hey what about GREEN!!! And of course that whole story surfaced in my head again!!!!!!!! Green it is. I had to search for BRIGHT greens and couldn't really find any in the stash. AH - I remember - those bright greens are in another project.
|Project box in the closet - labelled of course
|There are those bright greens
So I cut and sewed and cut some more and sewed some more and VOILA - here are the first two rows of the quilt done.
|First two rows DONE!!!!!!
|Here they are - they just haven't been sewn together yet
The original quilt does NOT have a border on it. However you know me and my generous lap quilt size. This quilt is only 45 inches wide by 63 long. ACK - I know it would be OK like that, but I want it to be wider and it could stand to be longer. My generous lap size is 60 by 72 inches. So now the dilemma - what to add for borders. I have a VERY dark blue (on the left) or the next border could be white (on the right)
|Hmmm - blue border or white border
And then what if I added something on the outside of that first border. Do I have anything that is blue/green????
|DUH - this project sitting right on the sewing table - lots of blue and green fabric there!
|I pulled that deep green from the project that was on the sewing table and look at that gorgeous blue/green fish print
|Even found a blue/green stripe - but not enough of it and not quite the right colour.
I am tending towards putting on a three inch white border and then a piano key border of the deep blue and the deep green. I will alternate the two colours. So if border one is 3" and the next one is 6" - that would make the final quilt - 45 plus 6 plus 12 = 63 wide and the length would be 63 plus 6 plus 12 = 81. Hmmmm - a bit long, but that is the nature of this quilt. OK - I think that is what I will do.
Oh yes - I should say that while I was sewing, I as trying to think of how to quilt the quilt. Oh yes -I have a couple of ideas and excited about them both!! You see when we are done the beginner class - we are DONE with the quilt. Labelled, bound - the whole thing!!!!
And the ideas just keep coming in - I have some orphan blocks on my wall that Mary gave me since she was going to throw them away. I just found a concept that I can use to make a quilt with some of them. I am so excited, but WAIT - when will I find the time??????
While I was sewing, I ran out of bobbins. Remember I wind FIVE bobbins and when they are used up - I clean the machine and change the needle. Since I have been running around using different machines, I am always looking for seam rippers, awls, and snips. As I was cleaning the machine - I opened the drawer beside me and whoa!!!! Now I know where everything has been hiding!!!!
|LOTS and LOTS of tools.
Now there is a set by my sewing machine, a set in the AWAY sewing basket and on the tray that I use with the testing sewing machine. The extra went back into the drawer. And now the trick is NOT let those tools wander from their respective locations!!!!
I am working on another absolutely ADORABLE project but I won't share that with you until the actual book comes out and I can complete the project. NO - it is NOT my book. Just wait - it is cute cute cute.
Speaking of books - I posted on Facebook last night that my book is out. Well it has been out for a while! If you want to check it out - you can download the first half of the book on QUILTSocial web site. There is a link in the top right hand corner. You sign up for their newsletter and get the free download. If you want the rest of the book (eBook or hard copy) - then you will get the link to purchase either and if you get the hard copy - you also get the eBook for free and can download it right away. I just need to figure out how to put it in my library?????
So what is the book all about???
In 2002 I did the Block of the Month at the Mississagua Quilt Guild. As part of the program and to encourage people to sign up, I wrote a series of tech tips on various aspects of quilting. Those tips became a sort of quilting bible for a lot of people. Some people still have all those handouts saved and still use them. Anyway - fast forward to about 2009. I spoke to Carla - the editor of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. I told her about my tech tips and we decided that it would be a good additional to the magazine. I rewrote the articles and added pictures. Now A Needle Pulling Thread has put the tech tips together in a book along with one of my patterns. Isn't that EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!! The new tech tips are way better than those original hand outs because there are PICTURES!!!!! Anyway - check out the link - get the book!!!!! Right hand side of the QUILTSocial web page and scroll down slightly. There is a slight glitch - if you are already on their mailing list - you won't get the link. Let me know and I'll see how to get it to you.
On that note - another busy day - two classes - but I am packed and ready. OH my - hour and a half down time. Hmmm - what can I get done in that time?????
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!