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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

It’s a glorious Resurrection Sunday morning. It’s warm out, and the doors and windows are open, letting in the breezes and sounds of spring. It seems like it’s been such a long winter. But that makes the first warm days of spring even more precious. It’s a perfect time to, as Kathy said in her post today, “just be”.  Not feeling like I have to be doing, but rather to sit and be still, to enjoy the thought of what Resurrection Sunday means to me, and to enjoy the beauty of our Lord’s creation. There are cardinals out there, singing their songs to each other..... what a wonderful sound.
I’m making progress on Orion’s Belt. All of the stars are finished, and I’m starting to put it together.
I’m trying to do it in a logical manner, taking photos as I go, so that I can write it up as a pattern later.
So for the rest of today, after I link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, I’m going to sit here by the door, or maybe even venture outside, and enjoy the breezes and sounds of a perfect spring day, while taking many slow stitches.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I left a comment on somebody’s blog this morning, after reading that they were sitting outside stitching. The comment was something to the effect that it wasn’t warm enough here yet for outside stitching. Well, this afternoon proved me wrong. It was gorgeous, and allowed for a blissful hour sitting in the sun and stitching. It felt so good!!
I’m still working with my kites and diamonds. I’ve got a few of them surrounded by the Kona Pepper now, and am liking the way that they look, sparkling against the night sky. This one will be called Orion’s Belt. I’m trying to diversify the fabric selection a bit, and not just stick to the batiks, as much as I love them.
I’m probably going to make four of the blocks and then call it finished. I’m making these more as samples for patterns, rather than full size quilts. I have at least three more designs, based on the kite shape, to make up. As long as I’m having fun with these, I’ll keep going.
It’s time to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and get some supper.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

More stars from Kites

After finishing Castor and Pollux I had a bunch of kite shapes left over. So, what's a quilter to do but start something else with them. I’m doing sets of fours with them this time, two lights and two darks, and they’ll be part of another new pattern. However, There is going to come a point when I’ll have to stop sewing in order to actually write up the patterns. But for the moment, I’m having fun. There seems to be an over abundance of orange in this mix, so it just might be time to drag out my bins of scrap strips and get a greater variety of colours going. I might throw some prints into the mix, too in order to break up the preponderance of batiks and tone on tones. The background is going to be a Kona solid, probably the pepper colour, which is as close to black as it can get without actually being black, if that makes sense. I’m hoping it will be easier on the eyes to sew than black. The idea is for it to look like stars in the night sky. I seem to be on a roll when it comes to these kites, and blocks that look like stars. I just might start a series of quilts named after constellations. This one is going to be named Orion’s Belt.
I’m going to link up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social. Then it will be time to get some lunch and head up to the quilting studio to get some more work done. I’m having a three way race up there to see what will happen first.... the quilt gets finished..... I run out of the bobbin colour I’m using..... the new thread order with more of the bobbin thread arrives. Stay tuned for the results of this exciting race. (grin)

Edit: running out of bobbin thread won. Now, I wait for the delivery of more thread. And maybe, make some more stars.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’ve managed to finish Castor and Pollux. By doing no other hand stitching, other than this project, it’s been finished in record time, for me at least. According to the blog, I started this somewhere around the first week of March, which means this was finished in under a month. I have enough left over kites to start something else, too.  So, with no further delay, I’m going to dig out those leftovers, find other stuff to go with them, and start the next project. I’m having so much fun!!!
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. Stay tuned for what comes next!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Castor and Pollux

My newest English Paper Piecing project, called Castor and Pollux, is slowly growing. I am hoping to have a large amount of time today to dedicate towards getting it to a finish. I’ve been taking photos along the way, since I have plans for this to become a pattern in the not too distant future. there will be a kit of papers and acrylic templates for it too, also hopefully in the not too distant future. In the meantime, we keep plugging away. We are hoping that also in the not too distant future the maintenance notice found at http://eagleswingsquilts.ca will turn into the actual web site where this pattern, and others, will be available. In the meantime, I’m having fun sewing.
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and also to the Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday, even though it’s a day late and it’s Thursday. Then it’s back to stitching.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching, March 26, 2017

My poor neglected blog. It is feeling very lonely and left out of things these last few months. I’ve at least been trying to maintain a weekly Sunday stitching post, but last weekend I was hit with something nasty, although I have no idea what it was. A fever of 101 aka 39 for those who think in celsius, and all the attendant aches and pains that come with fever. But nothing else..... no obvious source of what caused the fever. And by Sunday it was gone, leaving me feeling like I’d been hit by a truck with all the attendant aches and pains that would cause. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. Thankfully, by mid week, I was more or less functioning normally again.

But still, carving out time to sit and give my blog some loving is getting very difficult to do. For those of you who don’t know, I have fibromyalgia. I don’t talk about it often, because my preferred method of dealing with it is to live with what I can and ignore the rest. However, one of the challenges I’ve learned to live with is the sleep disorder that goes with it. I take medication for it, which means my morning start ups are late and very slow, like an engine trying to turn over with a dying battery. You know the sound.... My very kind husband brings me a coffee at around 10 am. After that, I get up, and make myself another cup of coffee, and sit and read on my computer for the time it takes for the second cup to have its desired effect, and for my mind to be thinking at least semi clearly. All this means that my usable days start at about noon. Something to eat, and up to the studio to work on customer quilts, or my own, or guild projects on the long arm. Then it’s supper time. My husband leaves at 4 to go pick up our daughter from work, and grand daughter from daycare. They get home at 5, just in time for all of us to have supper. Her husband Matt gets home from work a little later than that. We spend time with them, usually until Abbie is ready for bed, somewhere around 6:30 or 7.

Then there’s the business expansion stuff to be done, files drawn into Corel for using on the laser. Once those are done, my husband Scott does the actual running of the laser. Learning Corel was a challenge, but a fun one. I love learning new stuff. I think it keeps me feeling young, mentally at least. It’s exciting learning new things, and the feeling when something is mastered, or something falls into place with that “aha” moment is actually quite a thrill. I’ve learned a lot, and am getting much faster at what needs to be done. I usually give myself until 9pm for that, and then I reward myself with some stitching. This whole business expansion is actually a family thing. Our daughter Becca is doing up the computer files for the labels. Our son Noel is doing the photography for the products. Here’s a photo of a couple of the hexagon acrylic templates he took. I love the quirkiness of the background he used.These will be up on the website when it’s finished.

Scott is doing the book keeping and the actual running of the laser. It’s been a wonderful bonding experience in our family, which was already very close.

Weekends lately, have been labeled as “mine”. Yesterday there was a guild sewing day for working on various projects for our community outreach. It was a wonderful day of socializing, talking, having fun, and getting stuff done, all at the same time. Joining the guild a few years ago has to be one of the best things I have ever done. It’s taken this shy, quiet, very non-social person, and turned her into someone completely different. Or maybe, not someone different, but maybe released the person who was there all along, just buried? I don’t know, but I love it!

So, all this to say, I’m crazy busy, and mostly loving every minute of it. But it makes what Kathy was talking about in her Slow Sunday Stitching post all that much more important. I need to intentionally carve out time to do the things that bring me rest and peace. Spending time daily with my Lord, in His word and in prayer is a huge part of that rest and peace, the biggest and most important part, actually. But He gave me this desire to create, and Sundays are the day that I love to take and indulge that creativity. I love reading on Kathy’s blog what everyone else has been up to in their hand stitching journeys, and I love this hand stitching journey of mine.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a picture of a new project I’d started, which the Electric Quilt software calls Castor and Pollux. I’ve made significant progress on it. This section is finished, and I’m working on the bottom half. It will be 20”x20” when finished, and will likely end up as a pillow. It will have half diamonds around the outside in order to square it off. I’m hoping to get lots more done on it today. So, with that in mind, I’ll link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, maybe get some lunch, and do some slow and restful stitching.



Monday, 13 March 2017

Design Wall Monday, March 13, 2017

I haven’t done a design wall Monday post in quite a while. Most of my projects lately have been slow going hand pieced things that never seem to end up on the wall. Well, this week I decided to change that. I’ve put them all up on the wall. What that did is convince me that I have a very bad case of English Paper Piecing pinball-itis. I am bouncing around from one project to another without much plan or purpose. But, I am having TONS of fun.
These are my collection of rosettes that I’m making for Willyne Hammerstein’s Creme Brûlée. They take a while because they are all fussy cut. I try and do one or two a week of these, just to keep it moving along. I need 60 rosettes, and I have 12. I make myself feel good by saying that it’s 20% finished.
Then, I decided to get back into the rainbow scrap challenge thing this year, but doing it using my current EPP obsession. I decided to play with 60 degree triangles. They are 1 inch, 2 inch and 4 inch triangles.The colour for February was aqua, and March is red. So, I’m up to date on these. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them.
And then, a couple of weeks ago, I saw some pictures of a quilt called La Passion, and quickly fell into that particular rabbit hole. The hexagon size is 1/2 inch, so this particular rabbit hole is going to be very long!!

And then, as if that weren’t enough, I was browsing around in EQ7, looking in the block base area of the program, and found all kinds of fun designs that would be extremely difficult to machine piece, but are perfect to adapt for EPP. So, I succumbed to temptation and started to dig another rabbit hole. This one is called Castor and Pollux in the EQ7 software.

I must say that I’m not doing a whole lot of machine piecing these days. I have a quilt I need to finish, and another one that needs binding. But these things have grabbed my attention and won’t let go. I’m linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday and Sarah’s Help for Hexie-aholics, and then I’m going back to sew more star points.