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Sunday, November 16, 2014

hey blogathon canada this is what i am up to at the moment!

Hello Canada, Welcome to my blog…thank you to Sew Sisters for sponsoring this Blogathon...

this past weekend i attended a 3 day in town quilt retreat…my plan was to work on several projects…the first of which was to be a table runner for christmas…dark teal background with a white and gold flange and a light teal border…the centre was white poinsettieas…sounds easy i thought…i can do this no problem…hahahahahahaha! normally i just start my work with some general direction i want to go…colours are picked sometimes but not always…mostly i just follow my brain around…so i have followed a pattern once or twice but that is always somewhat of a struggle for me…OMG now you tell me the points are suppose to match…Ok i'm out is what i usually think when i see those patterns…first i had to trace all the little petals of each poinsettia…not hard but generally boring…hours of by and finally i have them all trace but the fusible web will not stick well…#$&&^%$##…but it does stick to my applique sheet...WTH...so i struggle along none to happily…hours go by and i am almost to the point of tears…my friend Darlene sews up the background for me…my friend Douwette comforts me and tell me to "stop letting the monkey drive my bus"…finally i have the flowers made and clinging to the background…yes just clinging…Darlene agrees to bring me different fusible web in the morning…i collapse into bed @1am…ah but sleep includes me…finally at 3 am in fall asleep downstairs on the sofa…4am finds me awake again…up to bed and finally back to sleep…6:30 am i am up for good…
 doesn't look hard does it? but i bit of a challenge for me….
i like the colours i chose…all the different greens for leaves play well against the dark background

DAY 2
back to the retreat…no fusible web yet so i set to doing what Douwette told me to do the night before…go back to your scissors and cut out what you want to do…so out comes Kona solids in a variety of colours, out comes the mat, rotary cutter and my treasured Kai scissors…i cut and piece for about 30 minutes and this is the end result…my friends were right…it would have been way easier for me to just cut out the petals freehand…next time that is exactly what i am going to do.

this took me about 30 minutes to design and cut out..

here it is with the background elements added

29 comments:

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful. Lovely projects.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Kate said...

Love that table runner - the fabrics are beautiful!!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

stunning runner!!! I also love that colorful dragon...over from Blogathon Canada...great work Sherry.

Lorna McMahon said...

Love that pretty little runner! And the dragon quilt in progress is amazing!

Margaret said...

I love that runner. Great Job

Shari said...

Lovely table runner...and that dragon is really fab!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Your dragon is magnificent! Popping in from Blogathon Canada :D

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop said...

Love your dragon!!
Carol

Linda H said...

HI Sherry, I'm stopping by on the Blogathon, waving Hello from the east coast! I think your Poinsettia runner is gorgeous!!! Sorry you had trouble with it, but it is going to be lovely - well worth the effort. I've had fun looking around your blog- also love your Twice in a Blue Lizard quilt! Hope you'll stop by Stitch Lines tomorrow to visit me and enter the giveaway!

jmstitching said...

Despite all your troubles with the tablerunner, I love the result! I think I have some of the same fabric that you used for the border. The colours are beautiful.

QuiltinGram said...

Hello from Chilliwack....love the dragon!

Sandi said...

Hi,

I'm not that fond of pointsettas but your runner is lovely. Your dragon is also fun and whimsical.

Dropping in to say hi via the blogathon, please drop in for a visit also.

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

Love the colours, fabrics and dimensionality of your table runner...it is just stunning!

Preeti said...

Glad you persevered with the table runner, it turned out just gorgeous! Fun dragon too, love those colors!

Katherine said...

Wow. Love that runner, truly gorgeous!

Great looking dragon, he's so colourful and vibrant.

Janet said...

Your flowered table runner is going to be beautiful. Hopefully some day you'll be able to laugh at all the aggravation it caused you. :) I like fooling with what is in my head too. It is the most pleasurable part of quilting.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Somehow I will be inserting, “don’t let the monkey drive the bus” into a conversation soon! Priceless advice! Absolutely love your dragon and will be interested to see how you finish it.

CeLynn said...

Visiting for the Blogathon,That dragon is a very beautiful quilt! Love the colors in your runner too.

quiltmom said...

Such totally different projects- I do love the poinsettia piece- Poinsettias were my wedding flowers so I have great sentimental attachment to them.
Hope you get lots of visits from new to you bloggers- it is great to participate in this fun event.
Regards from Alberta,
Anna

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!

MoeWest said...

Your runner looks gorgeous! I'm loving teals lately.

KaHolly said...

What fun and different pieces!! They are just beautiful!

Linda Smith said...

Fabulous, as usual!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Both your projects turned out great!
Awesome job!

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

What Comes Next? said...

the table runner looks beautiful - I love the colours, and your little quickie is so cute!

Peg said...

Wow, what beautiful work. Found you through the blogathon - so happy to be meeting more Canadian bloggers. Now a new follower.

Lin said...

Well, your Poinsettias look gorgeous, well done you for perseverance! Hope the rest of your retreat went well. xx

Deb said...

I love that Windhorse project!

obat penggugur kandungan said...

Thank you so much for picking my card as one your winners from the teddies challenge, it is such an honour.
Thank you for all your hard work in making the challenge so successful, it's a shame that the challenge is ending but I can totally understand your reasons and wish you all the best.
Sue xx