I've just up-dated my last blog post to reflect what's going on in my "Celebration Year". I've cancelled my knitting retreat in March. Before you groan, consider this: I did it to ensure I can fully enjoy my trip to Stratford, Ontario in May! Yes! SAQA colleague, Jaynie Himsl and I have teamed up to travel together for the Opening of "My Corner of the World" and "MCOTW: Canada" at the Stratford Perth Museum in May.
The opening is May 21 from 1-3 p.m. That's smack dab in the middle of the Victoria Day Weekend here in Canada...so we've booked everything early -- flights, accommodation, rental car... And because it's Stratford, of course we've also booked 2 tickets to see some live theatre at Festival Theatre ("A Chorus Line"). Whoo-hoo! We'll be there May 20 - 23...it's gonna be gr-r-reat!
Three of the quilts have now been quilted and bound; one of those is completely finished, one is partly-hand-stitched, and one is pinned, awaiting hand-stitching.
Three more tops await quilting. I've been given some more solid colour fabric by my friend J -- who also gave me some batting for the project -- so there should be plenty for backing them. With such a large family, I'm thinking all 6 quilts will have someone to love. :-)
And...I've been sampling for 15 x 15's next theme, "Mono-print", which will be revealed at month-end.
I couldn't believe it. I really didn't think I'd like this process -- mono-printing, that is -- as much as I do. In fact, I like it so much that I need to get a larger jar of black fabric paint, and want to invest in a permanent plate (plexi-glass, 8" x 10" or 11" x 13" and about 1/4" thick) if I can find one. Right now I've just about exhausted my black and deep purple fabric paint (tiny jars) and am going through the laminate plastic off-cuts my daughter's brought me -- at least the ones that are the size I like.
|My Inspirational Photo
|Auditioning for layout, position of "birds"
Working title: "Don't See Cardinals Much 'Round Here"
The neat thing is that out of the sampling on sheers, I got an idea for two minis -- with snow. I decided to do the snow by spattering paint...but I didn't know how.
How to spatter paint, that is.
I think I must have done it as a kid, with an old toothbrush and water paints...but I'd long forgotten. Thank goodness for YouTube tutorials! I learned quickly from Aiden, clearly the best in the business:
So...I tried it on one of my early mono-print pieces. I think the snow improves the look of the sample, don't you?! ;-)
Then I tried it on a sample that was a mono-print on organza:
|One sample = two minis...
This was so much fun that there might just be snow spattered on the "big" piece (above) too!
But...enough for today. The sunshine is calling me out for a Sunday walk, to be followed by a quiet evening of stitching binding, while listening to Peter Robinson's Gallows View on hoopla (superbly narrated by Mark Honan).
|"Sunrise" quilt top -- before quilting (ca 2013)
This quilt now lives with my next-door neighbours, J & E.
I'm linking this up to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday. This week she's talking about using kits. I used to use kits a great deal when I first began quilting. Nowadays, not so much...but I still enjoy OPI (Other People's Instructions) -- for exactly the same reasons she's enjoying her new kit. :-)
I've finished a Block-of-the-Month (12 little kits, actually) a year for the past three years, and last year I hand-quilted the first top made from one a pair of kits ("Sunrise" and "Sunset") bought from Thimbleberries in a by-gone time. The second top beckons
from its box on the shelf in the closet of the sewdio...
Sew many quilts; sew little time! Have a great week!