Thursday, June 26, 2014

what's your sign?

home again, wondering where to start...

planting, watering, weeding

dusting, vacuuming,tidying

stitching, quilting, knitting

the list is lengthy, but the days are long too, for now

i was on an errand a few days before we left, passing a favourite shop window, when a hanging sign caught my eye

i've long been a lover of words and quotes and signs, but a reluctant purchaser

there is such a commitment when it's in print

this one, though... this one was a little harder to ignore

"believe in the wonders of tomorrow"

some of my favourite words in this one, not least of all, "tomorrow"

not so much because i am good at procrastinating
{i am, but that's seriously beside the point!}

rather, it's because "tomorrow" in itself is a promise; a promise there's more to come

hopefully it's more good stuff, but then again,  there can be a comfort in that it can also mean the end of the bad

 and of course,  the wonders of tomorrow could also be all the things i want to get done, wondering how on earth i am going to fit them all in!

anyway, i bought it, i love it and now i have to figure out where i'm going to hang it

i saw another sign in sisters whilst we were on holiday

done in the same style, three separate signs strung together with chain... the colours were in that beautiful soft palette of grey, beige and white that i love so much

"happily ever after"

i would have bought it except i already had this one

 such a common little phrase
but with such momentous meaning

now i'm seeing signs everywhere and it made me wonder..

what's your sign????

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

a girl's gotta do...

on vacation in oregon visiting family

as usual i was busy as could be before we left so i wasn't able to pack a project or two to work on... I thought it would be alright with nothing to work on - a bit of a break...


wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong

my fingers started twitching on the second day and by the fifth, i was in dire straits, the desire to make something, overwhelming

so I wandered around the local quilt and knit shop here in sisters and happened upon a pattern for a knitted hot water bottle cover

the cold nights here remind of winter evenings at home, and how much improved they are when snuggled up with a toasty hot water bottle - usually mine is wrapped with an old towel so this seemed like the perfect project - quick, simple, and ever so practical

my son and I used to have a tug of war over the hot water bottle with him usually getting the first shift as he went to bed earlier - i'm thinking perhaps these might make lovely christmas gifts - easy enough and fun, what with all the wonderful yarns available...

in the meanwhile, my fingers have settled, with the rhythm of the needles clicking, the soft feel of the yarn as it slides through my fingers, and the wonderful satisfaction that comes from creating something... a girl's just gotta do what she's gotta do!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

blue on blue

where did may go?

i feel as though i blinked and i missed it
and now it's june...

i just got up to go and look at my monthly word list, to see what word belongs to june


it fits, still

i'm seeing a pattern with these words, they fit the rhythm of my year, and as each one comes along i gain a greater understanding of why i chose it the first time 'round

june is when it begins to feel like the year is getting away from me, the days and weeks rolling along, gathering steam - lazy days of summer, my big toe!

simple in june reminds me to slow it down a little, not make the plans too grand, keep it simple, let it happen...

simple is my guiding thought for my latest project as well

 i am in love with this way of piecing and see much, much more of it in my future

cutting with scissors, no rulers allowed

edges overlapping, tiny stitches to hold it all in place whilst i think of what comes next

turning my thoughts to how this will be laid out

the tree trunk will be the left border of  the quilt, the branches will form the sashing

 the blocks will be traditional block patterns, but distorted, so as to fit within the branch sashing

from the ground, to the grasses and the shrubs to the sky

the other day i made some snippet fabric

a technique i learned in one of karen's classes
{just knowing how to make this would have been enough}

next step is to add some hand embroidery and then cut it up to use as fabric in my block piecing
mixing it in with traditional quilting cottons as well as batik fabrics

thinking about sky and clouds

and blue

blue on blue with a chance of lace

i like that weather report!