Saturday, January 23, 2016

Twinkle Stars complete

Over at SoScrappy the colour of the month January is Blue (with an accent of purple) and a suggested pattern for the Column Along 2016 is this lovely Twinkle Star. And I LOVE it. And all 9 are now made (apologies I should have hung that a little straighter).

I have made a Fabric Blue Board and  Light Blue Scrap box to create a 'pretty' side to this scrappy-string-saving venture. Not sure yet if it will also house the Indigo, Blue Greens, Aquas...or if they shall all receive their own bin. Only time will tell. But I do look forward to getting the primary Colours done first, secondary and tertiary colours all in good time. A note to self, use a cotton batting and not a polyester one working with a hot glue gun!

I know I am invested in my Quilty 365 by Turning 65/Daily Hi-Temp quilt, that when the morning weather man says we are going to have a high of -10C today, and I automatically translate that to mean red-violet circle day. We have a few purple days too, -11 to -20. I know that we will also get a few blue days, -21 to -30. Recommendations for a colour for the days that will have a daily hi of colder than -31?

Or I can get specific with the backgrounds and select this particular one to mark this -5 Monday January 18 (a teal day).  Recognizing that this city's major newspaper, Edmonton Journal, laid off some very good people.

I have continued to create more blue string block (on the right), and I am adding to the already de-papered 2015 stack (on the left). I have been researching (aka - time spent on pinterest) different quilts made with string blocks. Options are endless!

Linking up with SoScrappy to see a sea of endless blues.
Love and hugs

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Twinkle Stars #1

My first January-is-blue Twinkle Star for the RSC16 Column quilt is complete. For my backgrounds I have a 'quantity' of charity shop embroidered table runners and pillow cases and towels etc. All done in wonderful jewel tone colours. This background piece may have too large of leaves, but once the whole quilt is assembled, I believe all will be forgiven and the quilt will be magnificent. Eight more sets have been cut and ready to sew up leader-ender style today.
I too have succumbed to the siren song of the Quilty 365. (See that post here.) These circles are a personal record of your life or community. I have chosen to make this my signature Turning 65 This Year quilt. So whatever the weather might be, wherever I might be, I will record it in a fabric choice made from this thermometer, with some revision to the bottom end as the winter temperatures here in Western Alberta Canada deserve their own categories and dedicated colours.

I also took a calendar and marked it up with the 30 day forecast (in tiny print) and then with a sharpie have marked the actual HI for that day. I doubled checked the past week's temperature starting with January 1st, which was +1.4 C!! But I suspect that the rest of the month (and February) will be a lot of Sultana or some darker purples.


I am linking up at SoScrappy, so head over here to see what is new in blue for 2016.
Love and hugs

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wither the Weather

There have been some excellent examples and inspiration of the Quilty 365. I love them all. It is a very personal quilt for some, an exhibition of their moods and feelings on any given day. A depiction of what is happening around them or around the world. Mine will also be personal, and a record of my Edmonton Alberta home climate.

I have liberated a graph shared with me and found on FB by my oldest daughter. Her challenge to me! Well, I do not have enough of these yarns to make this afghan, but I do have fabric!! In all these Colours. So this idea and this thermostat ...
Blanket: hand crochet blanket, afghan, multicolor Granny stripes, rainbow
I think I will do the blank spaces to start a full month,  for instance to show that January 1 was a Friday. It was below 0 degrees but above -5C on New Year's Day, so I started of with a dark blue/green circle. Suffice it to say that I will be working in the purple range for the next foreseeable future (-6C and colder).

Love and hugs

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dashing through my Stash

And because there  is nothing quite like working under some real pressure, the quilt I had intended to give Hanna for Christmas was snapped up by my LQS for a store sample. And look where it has ended up...on the front cover of their newsletter and will be the inspiration for their in-store QA2016. (with kind permission of Angela of course). I'm a cover girl, well my RSC15 is.

So because the RSC15 is otherwise engaged I was busy piecing this Sew Kind of Wonderful Metro Rings to give to Hanna. It had to be flimsy-ready to take to my LAQ ...and just like that she had it finished and ready for gift giving. Bless her little 9 year old's heart she recognized it immediately as the quilt that was on 'the wall' that she had admired a few weeks earlier.

Love and hugs to you all - Merry Christmas and a very Creative New Year