Blueberries for Sal

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For another new baby born last week. I was inspired to make this for the QNL Magazine Traditional to Modern contest but didn’t finish quilting in time to enter it.fortunately it is also a binary quilt, so I may borrow it back for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Binary Challenge.  So at least I finished in time for that.  Quilt time is scarce these days but I am happy.

Bodhi Tree Skirt


I finished binding an old UFO (UnFinished Object – my friends at Threadbias.com have taught me these are also called “Phd’s” – Projects Half-Done) today! Made from charms I cut from several projects, including a black, green and pink “veggie” themed basket quilt- which I unfortunately gifted without photographing- this was simply a matter of sewing together rows and quilting.
Weird quilting. I pieced the back from a beautiful Joel Dewberry orchid print I’ve had around forever thanks to a fabric co-op I participated in from Canada. The stripe is a Lakehouse print I’ve loved forever that always makes me think of delicious candy, especially candy canes, and since I didn’t quite have enough length, the “Ginseng” filled in.

This is now under our lovely fake tree…we also celebrate Bodhi Day on December 7th when the Buddha sits under our “Bodhi” tree and sometimes presents are exchanged, so I unpacked him and set our Matreya Buddha on the quilt as soon as I finished photographing it. Quiltcon has already taught me something: quilts can be taped to the wall with painter’s tape: some is peeking out on the Dewberry side of the back.

One more thing, the photo isn’t great, but my mom took it today before sending the dress out to a friend in Japan who I know will love it for her 6 year old daughter. I made this for a friend of the family for her 5th birthday, she is 12 now and still a very good friend of the family. Her mother saved it the whole 7 years we were in Canada because she just knew it would be meant for someone special. It is very weird and strange colors, etc…what is the upside down horshoe applique all about? But it was made with a lot of love for a kid who has turned out to have just as much courage and weird fashion taste as this dress suggests. I know my friend in Japan will be delighted by the weirdness too (there is a bumblebee appliqued on the back because I just couldn’t stop, even after the 1″ wide piecing on the hem). Thanks mom, for the photo!

December

I’m barely keeping up with a one post each month goal, but I guess that is better than I was doing a year ago.

I submitted two quilts to Quiltcon last Friday, which feels like a wonderful accomplishment because I have never submitted a quilt for anything before…thanks to my friend Jamie for loaning me her awesome camera. I submitted the very unconventional Blue January quilt in the Small Applique category after really struggling to choose the best category.

I also completed the Dear Stella Maasai Mara challenge.

The Dear Stella top was really pieced in a week, and quilted and bound in two days. This doesn’t broadcast quality work, of course, but it did teach me some valuable project management skills!Needless to say, this is also my first photography of my own work with intention. Fortunately I had a white wall and decent lighting, but unfortunately by the time I photographed the Dragon Lullaby quilt for the fabric challenge, I had no natural daylight and the incandescence does sort of yellow the image. Hopefully it is still acceptable!

This feeling of accomplishment lead to an overwhelming urge to get up and start finishing yet another UFO from my recent past, so perhaps I will be posting another photo within a week here, I’m currently quilting it. I have been talking to some friends about celebrating “antiprocrastination days” and I have an upcoming exam for my teaching certificate. This blog desperately needs some updates and has been languishing for a while but I figure it was good to put something new up in the meanwhile.

Finished: District Commissioner gift, memory quilt

This is a quilt made of contributions from the West Point Grey Girl Guides District in Vancouver, BC. There is a square from each unit, as well as some additional squares for various groups within the District network.

I really enjoyed putting it together and I love the variety in the squares. The “flat” side is a pattern from Hoffman Fabrics called “Izumi Pond” and I chose it for its relative simplicity and asymmetry that I though would compliment the variety of the group memory blocks arranged on the other side.

Flat side:

Flat side of DC Quilt

Memory quilt side:

Memory quilt side of DC quilt

Individual square photos are also available if you contact me to share with your unit!