Getting Ready for Art Quest

Well things have been busy around here this week. I have now completed making the Inspiration Journals for the upcoming Art Quest Show and Sale at my church. Here is a picture of more of the journals I have made.

Art Quest Journals

They have all turned out very nicely and I have actually sold 3 of the journals before the sale has even started. These are really fun to make. The only downside is you can’t really sell them for the time involved to make them. My plan is to create a written pattern and also to post some how to videos so people can start to make their own if they want to. I will hopefully have that posted in the next month.

I have another finished quilt (yeah), one that has been sitting in my “to be quilted pile”.

Asian Sampler Quilt-6

This one I have simply called Asian Sampler for lack of inspiration at this moment. A few years ago I had made a Border Creek Mystery quilt and it called for making all of these small 6 inch sampler blocks. The mystery had two sizes queen and a bed runner. Well I turned the bed runner into a lap quilt but I only needed about half of these little 6 inch blocks which meant I had all of these blocks left over. What to do with these blocks? Design and make another quilt! So that is what I did, I love blocks on point so I used mostly fabrics from my stash however I did end up buying fabric for the border.

I had fun quilting this quilt although I have to be honest and am not totally happy with my choices for the border. I used a matching metallic thread and you can’t see it at all. I used the same metallic thread in the green plan squares with a stenciled quilting design and I am very happy how that turned out.

The quilt is Cocoa approved too!Cocoa on Quilt 2

I was sewing on the binding and had to get up to get something so I placed the quilt on the floor for less than 3 minutes. When I came back look who had crawled on it and made himself comfortable. What is it about quilts on the floor that dogs and cats like so much?

This afternoon I am off with my Mom to pick up my Aunt and Uncle from the airport as they are flying in from Kamloops to visit my Mom for a week. It will be good to see them. Tomorrow is helping set up the church for Art Quest and Saturday will be volunteering all day at the show.

Hope to see you at the show on Saturday June 4, 2016, 1600 Cook St, corner of Cook and Mason enter by the garden gate off Mason St. It is from 10 am until 5 pm.

Learning More

Well things are progressing on the blog front. I am learning something new every day. I am trying to limit things to two or three things a day which is why things are taking so long to set up. I find if I try to do more than that I simply get too overwhelmed and frustrated.

On the quilting front I recently made two Rock Candy Table Toppers as gifts for two very special people The pattern is from Jaybird Quilts . I love this pattern and they were fast and easy to make and look great. If you want a quick and easy project to practice your machine quilting on I would highly recommend this pattern. On other quilting news I am finally getting around to quilting my Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion quilt it is on the frame right now and I am about half way through quilting it. I will show pictures once I have completed it.

It is interesting not having to get up and go to work (as in a JOB) every day. I am finding my stress levels have gone way down. I am working just as hard or even harder researching what kind of part time jobs there are out there, how to set up a business to work for oneself, and also what other types of opportunities are out there for making an income these days. The nice thing is that it is all valuable information and I am enjoying doing the work especially as it is on my timetable.