Well I am Canadian so it is colour, though I am very much looking forward to taking part in the Color Collective (of course from the States).
I have never really been able to decide on one favourite colour as it seems to always change, though in the last years I do find a lot of comfort in blues.
In my early years of quilting I loved the softer colours and gravitated towards very soft colours probably because I found them to be soothing I needed the safety and comfort in those challenging years raising children as a single Mom working in a stressful office.
My friend Alva was always encouraging me to play with more colour to use real colours true reds for instance. She had such an eye for colour. She left me with with many lessons and colour wheels and fabric examples.
Over the years I became tired of the soft pastel quilts. Lately I am craving more, more colour, more contrast perhaps but maybe more wow in my choices! Maybe just change. Life should evolve and change, right?
So now, I am ready to embrace Colour and learn more about it. I have the tools, colour wheels, books on colour theory and of course information on the web.
If your are at the how do I understand Colour and Quilts stage of your journey I recommend Karen Browns you tube videos she has some very good and easy to follow videos to help you understand Colour Theory.
I love this recent customer quilt, it was one of two, this one has such a fun colourful backing.
I spent part of yesterday rearranging some of my fabrics and checking through my collection of solids…what a surprise to realize how much I have accumulated over the years. Some was gifted from a precious friend who has been along my journey for many years making the up coming plans even more fun.
2022 is coming and before I know it will be here, I am considering goals for myself. I not only plan to work with solids but hope to plan a few leader ender projects and see where that takes me. I have always loved scrappy quilts and I certainly have more than enough variety to play.
I had such great hopes of hours of quilting time yesterday. Thankfully my neck and back are fine from Thursday’s accident.
I was on my way to report the accident as there are limited hours to do that due to Covid , when Eriks Mom called with abdominal pain. Long story short she had a bowel obstruction due to a hernia the good new is that she had surgery and is recovering. We are thankful that she called and has been so well cared for at our hospital.
I love waking up early, while it’s still dark and while enjoying my coffee watching the day begin out of our picture window. My view is mostly trees…it seems every morning is a new view. It is a quiet and peaceful way to begin a new day.
Life seems to move so quickly and working from home I for the most part have the option of not having to drive during the busier hours that I did while in the work force.
My morning commute is a quick walk down the stairs to my Longarm or sewing room. Erik and I are in such a nice for the most part season of our lives.
Yesterday was not a quiet day but a full one that involved driving more than usual. Yesterday I was rear ended by an overwhelmed young Mom. She was so apologetic and we were both shocked…we were all ok thankfully.
She reminded me a little of myself 20 years ago. Life moves quickly and some things that I have observed …being a few minutes late is not the end of the world, being mindful and practicing being more in the moment is very beneficial especially while driving.
On other news, I have been looking for Reynolds Freezer paper for my up coming adventures with The Color Collective by Tara Faughnan and Sewtopia.
I am looking forward to more relaxed mornings and quilting days. The coming season is so perfect for quilting.
We have been incredibly spoiled this fall with warm days. A couple of days ago the high was actually 20C which is unusual for this time of year in this area. Now that the October full moon has passed the colder air seems to be upon us at least it sure feels like it this morning! It’s -4C with a feels like -8C…
Liam has been with us this week and I remind him that in a month or two those temperatures will seem warm! Still it sure makes it hard to crawl out of a warm bed in the morning and we will very soon be turning on the furnace.
We have been busy around here getting ready for winter. The gardens are empty and tilled, the pool is covered and parts stored away. It is time to give in and bring the boots in from the shed and tuck away the summer shoes.
Thankfully my quilting keeps me warm and happy. My customer quilts delight me. I love the transformation from top to quilt!
I continue to work away on my Longtime Gone quilt. The most recent block is trip around the world. It was laid out for weeks before I finally sat down and sewed.
This block consists of 121 1.5” squares. I have fun choosing different backgrounds for these blocks.
How bright and cheerful is this quilt! Halina has been making such fun scrappy quilts and this one was no exception.
I chose the pantograph Hearts and Blooms partially because of some of the blooms found in the fabrics but the backing called fo4 the hearts.
The Flamingo fabric she used for her borders is so delightful! It really amazes me with how many quilts that I quilt that I often have never come across many of the fabrics in them also how rare it is to have duplicate quilts to quilt.
Life has been busy around here. We often comment on how quickly each day seems to have passed. Erik has been retired for almost 5 months, like many say…he really doesn’t know how he had the time to go to work!
Eriks Mom is doing really well. Her heart valve replacement has been a total success thankfully!
Liam is happy to be back to in class learning, though reports that he misses the food and time with us. It is as it should be though and we are very happy to have him here for visits.
More exciting family news has been shared 🥰 being grandparent truly is the best!
I finally finished freezing apples yesterday so some fall cleaning is in order.
Happily my customers are keeping me very busy with their quilts. Life is busy and full but oh so good!