Saturday, 27 September 2014

Here fishy fishy. Or to make perfectionists twitch!

I have so much to share this time, lots of photos and will have plenty more in a few days. And it is spring here now - time to get rid of the wintery blog background.

I achieved a big goal this week, and Short Critic#1 achieved one of his goals.

Steamy Dreams arrived home from America this week after appearing in the AQS Chattanooga quilt week as part of the Bad Ass Quilters Society exhibit, And she came home with a little friend:
The middle of the ribbon is a pin that comes off! I can rock that.
On Thursday night the Wellington Quilters Guild exhibition opened with a prize giving evening. It was a lovely night and it marked me having one of my quilts on display in shows on opposite sides of the globe in the same month.

I have two quilts in the show (a challenge quilt and Fente Hunts), and SC#1 has a quilt in the show too. He had a goal that he wanted to enter and have both of us win an award in the same show. He achieved his goal. He got a Junior member merit award, and I earned a merit in machine applique. The show runs for 10 days, so if you are in Wellington between now and the 5th of October, head done to the Portrait Gallery. I was pleased to have won an award considering the quality of quilts on show - they are gorgeous and in a fabulous venue!
SC#1 is pleased his quilt is just beside my challenge quilt

Must teach him not to take the photo with my eyes closed!
I have been very industrious waiting in the car for school pick ups lately. I got to enjoy one of my favourite jobs:
Is it just me that loves pulling the paper out of finished foundation pieced blocks? Getting covered with confetti makes me feel like I've really accomplished something, especially when you press it and turn it over and it looks as awesome as this:
Free pattern from Craftsy Here
 Yes, I am totally going back to my roots and getting my geek on. Makes up for accidentally doing this in the car the other day:

No more hand-sewing for today Kelly!
Yep yep yep, I actually managed to snap a needle in two places at once - gold star to whoever can correctly guess how I managed that one. I was very impressed with myself. There is no way on God's green earth that I am ever going to be able to replicate that one.

There is something deeply satisfying as a parent to inflict your geekdom on the next generation isn't there? We are planning on attending Aethercon later this year as a family. This is a little SteamPunk convention (followed by a ball) in Wellington. So what else are we to do but dress up in full cosplay as a family! My costume is still very much a WIP, as is SC#2's mini-me version, but SC#1's costume is nearly complete. He is going to be our little steampunk Rocketeer. I have finished his rocket pack
And his favourite bit:
It lights up

And now for the fishies.

Blocks of the month/bee swaps/guild swaps...  I know a few ladies that choose not to participate in them because everybody (rightly) has differing standards of accuracy. These are usually ladies that can piece like divas. No matter how complicated the block. They can knock out a full feathered star with to-the-thread accuracy. I can only sit at their feet and cut their scraps into strips in homage.

I was lucky enough to win our Guild's block of the month in August for June's lovely iceberg inspired blocks
So peaceful
I love them and am so stoked. There are just enough to do a nice sized baby quilt and I know a baby-to-be that this will be perfect for. But I was stuck with a dilemma. For a block that was supposed to finish at 6 inches square, I have a range of sized from 5 3/4 through to 6 3/8 of an inch with some not square.


Ha! I know! Embrace the wonky! Play time. Slice up some uneven wedges (who needs a ruler), whack them around the edges, lop off points with gay abandon if they get in the way, who needs an accurate 1/4 inch seam anyway?

Ooooh look at that, I can trim them all to a perfectly uniform size now, even if every one is now set at a slightly different angle! Some of them are even *almost* set straight.
Now when put together they look like a lovely school of tropical fish, all swimming in the same general direction. Or not. I'm considering throwing them in the air and sewing them together in whichever orientation they fall. I can see some of my friends twitching all ready...



Saturday, 6 September 2014

Working on some cool projects

But not able to share photos yet.

The big one is a quilt that will eventually be a birthday present for my lovely brother-in-law for a big number birthday that is coming up in a couple of years.

I know I have plenty of time to get this one done so I was planning on taking my time, playing with a few ideas and seeing what came together closer to the event.

I wanted something very blokey as he is a long time bachelor, but still stylish (as I have high hopes of him finding the perfect woman one day). I had several ideas floating around that would have been great but none of them really wheedled to get pushed to the top of the to-do list so I have let it sit for a while.

Dresden rulers are great fun, aren't they? Loving just cutting wedges and playing. I started noodling around with some scrummy yellow and tan fabrics that reminded me of sunflowers in the summer. My Mum would LOVE them too bad I looked at them with different eyes a wee while ago and saw how much like cog wheels they look when placed closer than a standard "Dresden Plate" layout.

More than any other person I have met, my B.I.L. is a thinker. He is quiet and reserved and in social situations sits back and observes everything - and then comes out with a one-line zinger that absolutely floors anyone in hearing range. He has a wicked sense of humour and If I hear a sudden lull in conversation followed by raucous laughter in the corner of the room I know he has come out with something that stunned everyone for a moment.

So we have a quilt top nearly at completed flimsy stage, with a working title of "Can you see the cogs turn?" I can't post photos, because at the rate I'm working, I might actually have it finished in time for entries to Symposium. The Manawatu Symposium has new rules that for all categories but one, entries can not have been displayed elsewhere (including on blogs) so have to keep it under wraps.

That one category for quilts that have been shown elsewhere is going to be a big one I think!