Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wandering Wednesday - Judy's Sewing

I was making my usual round of errands through Santa Cruz, and saw a Going Out Of Business sign on Judy's Sewing in Santa Cruz. This is really sad, they've been in business a long time, I used to go to their store in Scott's Valley. Judy's has been a long-time go-to LQS for me, I will miss having it as one of the local options.

I think it's just very hard to keep up specialty brick and mortar stores these days. They had a big sale going on, so I scooped up some end of bolts and other fabrics, as well as two spools of Bottom Line thread.  I really hope someone buys the business and it doesn't close down.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Holly Hedge

This applies to a lot of life, not just writing, of course. But sometimes, to me, my writing time feels very selfish, since it's only for me. The results of my quilting time is at least shared with other people, by either handing them a completed quilt, providing art for the walls, or something to look at online. My writing is just mine though. So it feels selfish when I spend a lot *or any* time on it.

But I don't sleep well if I don't write every day. Some internal processing mechanism of mine has come to depend upon getting some of the words out of my head so that's it's quiet enough for me to get to sleep.
 As inhospitable as a holly hedge, that's what it feels like sometimes, taking that time out to write.
All prickly keep-out's, should's and you-oughta-be's. Being inhospitable to one's self though is very short-sighted isn't it? You're the one you spend the most time with, and your ongoing, life-long conversation with yourself is pretty important. So really, c'mon,  it isn't selfish to take the time to write, if that's what's required to keep that conversation going. And to get to sleep.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Wandering Wednesday-Local Yokel

 Some local yokel type of pictures from the last week or so. First up, some Scotts Valley movie marquee humor. Say the words out loud to the cadence of Queen's song Bohemian Rhapsody and you'll get it.
 A old rock wall in downtown Boulder Creek.
 Cartoon pink clouds as seen from Costco in Santa Cruz.
 So. Much. Rain. At. Once. It's been a very wet week, almost up to 10" total!
And all of a sudden it turned slushy and hail-y and almost snowy. A few hundred feet higher, and we would have had real sticking-around-snow.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Ribbons and Rulers

 These ribbons are so gorgeous, Renaissance Ribbons doing such a great job of translating quilt/fabric designers work into such a different medium. Not sure what I'll do with these, but they have some great project suggestions on their site.
A trip to my LQS, Modern Handmade last month. I'm going to give this BlocLoc ruler thing a try, starting with the Flying Geese version. More on that later after I've tried it.  I also picked up a quilt pattern that caught my eye, (you can see a peek of it on the top there) which is not a thing I usually do, but it looked like such a great way to highlight great fabric. And then three fabrics on clearance sale, love it.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Making Choices for Good Fortune

Here's the fabrics I picked out of my stash to do the Good Fortune quilt.
 I was trying to make sure I've got the right color assortment according to how much yardage of each color is called for in the pattern, so I stuck a ruler up against the whole stack, and then did the percentages math... I might be short on oranges or reds, but I want to try and do this quilt without buying any more new fabric. I'm going to start sewing and see how it goes...
Here's the fabrics fanned-out a bit, the lighting on the whole thing isn't very even so the greys look much whiter than they are, and the blues look muddy/darker than they are.

 This shows the greys a bit better I think. I hope they're neutral-is enough, I don't have enough cream colored fabrics in my stash to even come close, so I'm trying this with the lighter greys.

 I think this is going to be a fun and colorful quilt to work on!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Color Picking and Good Fortune

Here's an amazing color picking app, Color Supply, it's intended for use in choosing color schemes for digital illustrations, so it gives the hex values for the main colors. But I thought it was a great all-on-one-screen tool for looking at color choices. You can scroll through complementary, analogous, etc... and change the colors in each setup.

I thought it might be a good resource for quilters. There's a little essay/explainer on the site about why to choose warm vs. cool colors for branding a website/product and it made me think about that in terms of "branding" the quilts we're making. If you're looking to make a happy quilt choose this: X, if you're wanting a somber quilt choose this: X instead, etc. Color tells a story, evokes emotions, etc.

Hey, is there a hex value to kona cottons (or other fabric line's solids) chart somewhere?

I used this tool to help me pick fabrics to use in the Good Fortune mystery quilt.

Pics of those choices tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wandering Wednesday - Asilomar Outside

 The evening view as the sun starts going down from the main building at Asilomar.
 The trees, cypress I think, formed by the on-shore wind.

 The full moon lighting up the cloud cover took my breath away.

 View of contrails from the beach at sunset.

 Sunset view on Asilomar beach.
 Kind of sort of tide pools on the rocks.
 Rocky beach sunset view.
 It really was worth getting up from our sewing machines and toddling down to the beach to catch the sunset.

 Closeup, love the arrangement of shapes and oh that purple.

 One of the large trees fell right next to the building we stayed in during the big storm the week before we arrived. Luckily it didn't wreck the building!
There is hanging moss on absolutely everything,(see previous picture), even the power lines.