Friday, October 07, 2016

October OMG

Participating in Heidi's OMG worked well last month so I'll try again this month.  This month I'd like to get the zig zag border stitched down.  I wasn't sure if that was practical but last night I made really good progress stitching the first border at the guild meeting so I think its quite doable.  Once the zigzag is done, I'll be able to start planning the 4 vases of flowers that go in each corner.

Other things to be worked on this month are the wedges for the Gravity Class, the 365 blocks and place mats for the guild to donate to the Meals on Wheels. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016

OMG - September Results

At the beginning of the month, I joined Heidi's OMG. My goal for September was to get the zig zag border prepared for my Love Entwined quilt. Despite having to make some new pieces because I had the wrong number of each colour, the border pieces are joined together and its pinned in place ready to be stitched. It's nice to have that bit done. I'll probably machine baste it in place so it's easier to take in my purse and work at when I'm out.
The stretch goal was to get the applique done as well.  That didn't happen but I'm pleased to have the pieces ready to stitch.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Painting last weekend

On Friday night, my sister and I went to Paint Nite at the Aquarium.  She got the more experienced apron -- her choice, she picked two aprons out of the bag and handed one to me. 

More Experienced ApronInexperienced Apron

Over the course of the evening, we painted an underwater scene with two turtles.  We sat at tables and each had an little easel, a paper plate with the required paint colours, some brushes and a red drinking cup with a bit of water.  The evening started with us making a promise to enjoy ourselves, not moan, groan and complain and to NOT drink from the red cup.  Good idea.  It looked uninviting.  The instructor took us through step by step demonstrating on her canvas.  A bit of yellow and blue on the brush to start and start filling in the canvas. 

Table setup; Don't drink from that!;  Painting started; Getting messyWater finished; rocks added; underwater life added; turtle begun

At the end of the evening, the instructor offered to take group photos for those who wanted.  Its interesting how different each painting turned out even though we all received the same instructions.  We did a brief walk through the Aquarium before heading home.  We've previously been to the Paint Lounge which we go to by car.  Neither of us wanted to try driving into the Aquarium, so it was a different experience carrying the finished canvases home on transit.  Mine arrived home safely and since I haven't heard otherwise, I assume Karen's did too.

On Saturday, I went to the guild workshop.  Dorothy Fu was the guest speaker this month and taught the workshop.  We worked on a wholecloth painting workshop where our subject was a zebra.  The whole thing was done with magic markers.  We started with our piece of white cloth over the paper outline then traced and coloured with the markers.  When I lifted my piece off the piece of plastic, I saw why she insisted the plastic was a good idea!  Lots of bled through there! 

There was time during the workshop to quilt most of the wallhanging.  If I brought more thread with me (what colour do you want to quilt the sky) then I'd have completed the quilting there.  Since I only had black thread, the sky waited.  I was so pleased with how it was turning out, I finished quilting it when I got home then bound it using a facing.  Its the first time I've done that.  The notes I took at the rug workshop weren't sufficient now so I had some issues applying them but on the whole it worked out well.

Not only am I pleased with how it turned out, its finished and so I ended the weekend with 53 things on the project list instead of the 54 I expected. That also makes me happy.  :)