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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