Friday, April 16, 2021

International Conference Time

I'm so glad that the international SAQA conference, 'Oceans Apart, Connected by Art' is happening virtually this year. Because I"m really out of it after getting my second vaccine shot yesterday. Feeling flu-ish and if I had to get up and go somewhere, it would not be happening. Instead I'm resting comfortably and reading and looking at great art quilt pictures.

It's being held entirely on this app called WhoVa which is pretty slick and works very well for this type of event.

And for non-participants in the conference, there's something you can go check out, The Spotlight Auction, a fund-raiser for SAQA of 270 small works for sale.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Rhubarb Gone Wild

It was so hot this spring, my rhubarb went a little crazy and bolted, sending up a giant flower stalk out of the center. 

I was looking up whether or not to cut it off or what the heck to do with it. Turns out you can eat the flowers. It looks like little broccoli florets. This weekend we're going to try it out, but for now, check out how cool this looks.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wandering Wednesday - On My Street

 I haven't gotten off my street much lately, except for boring errands, so here's some of what I see everyday when I walk the dog with my DH.

The cherry tree is out and blooming in my back yard. It's visible from the street above and is quite beautiful.

Deer are out and about in force, visiting us while we have our lunch out on the deck. All those giant logs are left from the trees that we had taken down last year. The oak is going to be firewood at some point, and the fir will stay there or be used as hillside retaining structures.

The madrone are flowering--big time.
The street below looks like snow drifts from far away but nope, it's the flowers that have fallen and accumulated.
A repeat picture, but I love this native plant so much, Pacific Hound's Tongue. It's all over our property and in several spots along our road.
We're trying to get our neighbors to band together to make our street less of a green tunnel.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ring Variations

I was playing around with different variations of a mostly green ring.
Oh! I just noticed that two of the petals are switched. I'm trying to keep the words "right-side-up".Memo to me, switch those the right way before sewing together this block. That's probably going to be my biggest challenge with this quilt once I get the block sewing nailed down.
With two print green outer ring sections.

With all print green outer ring sections. I'm remembering that one of those is sewn together in the wrong order, which makes the ring a little lop-sided, but I kind of like it. 
Looking at these, I'm thinking I need to try out some green square cornerstones instead of the orange ones before I sew this together. 

The design I originally came up with was going to be all greens in the background except for the yellow-to-orange-to- red-orange rings. It's the one on the lower right. I didn't bother to color in the greens in the background because I'd spent so much time on the all-green one above it. 
I did color in the interior green solid rings and the word print orange peels here:

How about a Blondie cover of Ring of Fire?

Will I run out of Ring of Fire covers before I finish this quilt? Who even knows, it's early yet....

Monday, April 12, 2021

Ring Class


The BAMQ zoom class with Latifah Saafir was great. She walked us through every step of her pattern Put A Ring On It. She had very clear instructions and demo videos. The members taking the class asked great questions too which helped me quite a lot listening to her answers. Latifah is a wonderful, giving teacher who is clear and enthusiastic which is a great combination.

After going through making the whole block, once you get the hang of sewing this type of curve, the sewing itself is not so hard. The design and the actual cutting out of the units is a bit more to master.

This is a design in-process picture. I was going to go with using the same solid orange all the way around the ring, but went with a similar orange print for half of the squares.

This is the one ring I completed in the class. I really like how it turned out. There are some things I need to do better on the next one for sure. I got a lot more pieces cut out too, so I'll be working on sewing some more rings together.
And now after all the sewing and cutting I came to realize that I was in the situation where I have to find some more of this fabulous fabric to execute my design. Thanks to friend Jaye and her amazing online finding skill, I managed to get 3 more yards of it which should be plenty.

Another Ring of Fire cover by Social Distortion.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Quarter 2 Finish-a-Long List

 Trying this Finish-a-Long thing once again as it worked for me pretty well in the past.

Lists work for me (sometimes), so here's my Proposed List of Finishes:

1. Calendar Quilt - this is in the just blocks stage.

2. City Sampler - this is in the blocks+sashing stage.

3. Kaffe Blue Squares - this is in the take to the long-armer stage.

4. Safe At Home - this is in the finish the backing stage.

5.Lone Round Robin - this is in the binding, sleeve, label stage.

6. May You Ever Return - this is in the top nearly completed stage.

7. Living Room Pillows - this is in the materials assembled in one place stage.

8. Sister Artist 2 - this is in the make an entire quilt around this embroidered block stage.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Ring of Fire


I started cutting out the rings for the Put A Ring On It class tomorrow, and I have to say, I really liked using this template. Once you figure out which lines are which, it's a very smooth operation.
It was definitely a little strange cutting an inside curve, but it was very easy with the smaller rotary cutter.

A lot more cutting left to do today to get ready. I need some music! How about one of the best covers of one of the best Johnny Cash songs, Ring of Fire by Wall of Voodoo: