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Sunday, September 18, 2011

This happens every September...

Wow.. I can't believe almost three weeks have flown by since I last posted.  This happens every September.  I begin the month savouring every last bit of sunshine on the Labour Day weekend, then I start signing up / starting back to my regular activities. Like quilt guild meetings (I now belong to two guilds - Ridge Meadows in Maple Ridge & the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild that meets in Abbotsford!); started going to the gym more often; am attending Pilates on my lunch breaks; signing up for a Continuing Studies course (this year I am studying Photoshop!), signed up for quilting workshops (signed up for 4!); started thinking about Christmas shopping!.... and before I know it..... summer seems like a long time ago!  There must some kind of correlation between letting go of 'summer' with the rate my date calendar fills up! The busier I am, the less sad I feel about the end of another summer season.
This is what I have been up to so far...
I joined an online quilt-a-long, called Across the Sea.  I loved the pattern, a Greek Cross. It is simple, bold and it really is a great way to showcase some of my bright fabrics!  I have completed 56 blocks, all sewn into rows already.  And I would show you the completed quilt top but I ran out of my background fabric and await my additional fabric by mail! But I am liking this quilt (my imaginings of it!) and can't wait to get it finished.  Will post pictures.

And remember that I mentioned that I belong to two (2!) quilt guilds -  belonging to a quilt guild brings many benefits as well as responsibilities you know.   Benefits are many.... regularly brainstorming and creating, all the inspiration from seeing others create firsthand.  But  to belong to the guild a member must strive to learn and improve his/her craft each year.
So this was my first 'stretch' -  I took part in the Kona Challenge.  A quilt top, using every color (43) in the charm pack - a quilt top that was all solid (no patterned) fabric. This was a new direction for me.... as I really like vintage, reproduction fabrics, but working with just color was a great experience.... and I might do it again... just for fun.












I attended a quilt retreat earlier this month - 3 days, 2 nights of lots of sewing and hanging out with other quilters.  Very fun.  And I learned a lot,  especially learned that I love quilting retreats!  I have signed up for another coming in January!!
Last, but not least.... I found some more Vintage Rock Maple heaven pieces....
The dresser will be for my hub, as he really needs more space
for all his tees, socks and running gear.

And, look at these adorable nesting tables!  beautiful set of 3.... actually I got all four pieces for an amazing price!

Happy end of summer & new beginnings everyone!

2 comments:

Vicki said...

Such a beautiful transition into fall - i call it the quickening tim (even though it is probably biologically the opposite...) Love all your passionate projects!

Vicki said...

oops - I mean the quickening TIME. Something else for people named Tim...