A View of My Quilt Life

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Goodies from My Trip

Quilting, and in particular patchwork, is not very common in Switzerland, so the hope of finding quilting fabric was pretty much non-existent. Further, I was hampered in my efforts to visit fabric shops by the fact that most all shops are closed on Sunday. But....I was not to be deterred.  In Zug, there is a Bernina sewing shop that I hit on day on lunch.  
Translation:  I Sew with Bernina, and you?
The selection of fabrics ran more to knits, jerseys and clothing materials, but I did grab a nice piece of cream cotton bottom-weight that I liked.  

Not for quilting but it will be used for something here. They also had these patches for the Cantons of Switzerland that I visited, with the hopes of adding more next time I get to go over. 
I indulged myself in a pair of stork embroidery scissors made by Victornix (better known as the company that makes Swiss Army knives of every conceivable kind).

This shop had a great green ribbon that will go with the embroidered roses piece. 

And see those peach embroidered knots?  Those were at the outlet shop in St. Gallen and are destined to become spool pin doilies for the vintage Singers. 

It was an amazing, whirlwind, busy, work trip but it's good to be home and able to play in the studio again.  The little rose piece is just for fun but there are a few more pressing projects needing some attention.  

Like a Cow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jet Lag? What Jet Lag....ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

No, it's not horrible.  It's real but not horrible & I'm thankful that I had the weekend & MLK Day to get back on track.  

Suitcase unpacked -

Laundry done -
First Tack Sale of the Year -
Gifts for DH & the kitties handed out -
Trip to Wal-Mart for groceries -
Pictures downloaded - not quite all of them yet 😐
Bills paid - ICK - No! 
New textiles unwrapped and fondled - ✓✓✓

Just a few pictures of what came home with me for the stash.  St. Gallen, Switzerland is known for its embroidery.  Gigantically, huge computerized commercial embroidery machines created yards & yards & yards of high end textiles that feed the fashion world designers.

I hit one of those manufacturer's outlet shop.  It was small in comparison to most average US quilt shops but the textiles were gorgeous!   I hit the remnant area and found this piece. 

It measures about 27 inches x 54 inches. It's heavy, luxurious and the color is a deep, coral-terracotta.  

I picked it to do something with it in my bedroom. What? That may be remains to be seen.  At the same place, I found these little rose gems in baskets on a counter, begging to be dug through. 

The colors are a little off but it was the best I could get them adjusted to for this post. The larger background leaves were purchased in Lucerne at another shop, and I had to guess if the green shades would work with the roses, I think they do.  I've been playing around with the layout for just a fun little wall hanging.

I didn't get any pictures inside the shop as my time there was extremely limited before they closed for the night.  I have more textile treasures in the next post!

*** Side note - I LOVE the AmazonBasics packing cubes!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

First Trip of 2017

I need to pack. Well, maybe shop a bit more first, then pack. 
Where am I going you ask? Since I always seem to be headed out on a road trip somewhere, I should be a pro at packing everything from sweatshirts to sewing machines. Not this time.  This is not a 'Chuck everything in the truck and put the pedal to the metal' kind of trip. In preparation for this trip, I  purchased some AmazonBasics packing cubes to see how they help keep things better organized in my suitcase.  
Kind of glad I listened to the DH & got the 29 inch suitcase back in fall! 

My newly acquired passport is about to get it's first stamp.

It's a business trip - with a few extra personal days tacked on for sightseeing. Rather excited, of course, but there are a million things to do first.  I can't just go winging off without research on where to visit, what to see and can't miss things. I'll have 2 and 1/2 days to fit things into & also not rush to do it all!

It's amazing the amount of research that can be done from the comfort of a couch.  I've discovered the Swiss transportation system goes everywhere - often & definitely on time!

You know there will be fabric involved at some point, right?! And chocolate!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mystery Quilt Link Up

Hope this finds all doing well on this second day of 2017!  The new year is off to a quilty start with the Link Up party for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt.

Having the last week of the year off work found me spending a good deal of time in the studio, so Clue #6 was cranked out in short order.  My lime looks more like pea soup green here but it is brighter, clearer in real life.

The Mystery Quilts bits are piling up nicely in their bin. 

There still should be some bits yet to make so not sure when the final clue & big reveal will take place. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Project!

Yep - I found another project to get started on. Can you believe it?  I was just cruising around the interwebs, reading through a few of my favorite blogs and on Cat Patches, I found a mention of Pat Sloan's 182 Day Solstice Challenge. The name got me checking it out. Basically it's this - snipped from Pat's blog, in her own words...
"I've been fascinated for years about starting a project on the Winter Solstice and ending it on the Summer Solstice. That is 182 days between them this year.
A 182 days to focus on doing a project... something fun... creative.. free flowing. And doing it together is way more fun than by myself!.
Check out the details but it boils down to 26 blocks (1 a week) from the Winter Solstice, which was December 21st here in the Northern hemisphere, until the Summer Solstice, June 21st.  Pat's blocks are designed as 12 inch finished blocks, with maybe a few surprises thrown in and a setting somewhere along the way. 

Now, you all know by now that I can't leave well enough alone. Oh no, why not just follow along & make the blocks as posted?  Because I can't.  I'm not wired that way. No, I have to make the blocks so they finish at 3 inches. And I need to make a total of 56 blocks (a 7 x 8 layout, or 21"x 24"), so that's 2 a week plus 4, because 52 doesn't layout in rows.  On the plus side, I have a group of aged muslin hanging around that was going to be the Storm at Sea but that requires more color and contrast than this fabric can offer.

Because I just started this yesterday, I had two week's blocks to make. And since the blocks are small, the seams need to all be trimmed to reduce bulk.
First four blocks down:

Yes, I know I really don't need another project right now.  As it is, I had to take a 3 hour round trip to get more Dinosaur fabric on Tuesday. And there are all the other things on my list BUT.... I couldn't resist.  This challenge will keep my sewing something every week, helping me keep the focus to work on the other projects, figuring out those details and designs.

I admit it - I am struggling a bit. I haven't been to the barn to ride.  I haven't done a lot of sewing.  I haven't gotten out walking. I haven't even done any handwork in ages!  Christmas felt like I was just going through the motions.  I'm feeling disconnected. I think that's the right word. I am missing a part of me - a medium dog size hole in my soul. 

I know time will make it some better.  DH & I have started discussing adding a new canine to our pack.  It's in the very early talking stages. We're not quite ready to do any looking yet.  We have a few things to get past first but our hearts are starting to open to the idea of a new dog. I'll share more when  it's time but I'd appreciate any & all positive thoughts you may care to share. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Boxing Day! and Mystery Quilt progress

Bonnie Hunter went easy on us this week - half square triangles!  This week's Monday Mystery Link Up is here.  It's so cool to see how everyone is progressing.

In dark purple and neutral (in my case, navy blue).  

The suggested color for neutrals in this quilt are light neutrals - whites, ivories, creams, beiges, (anything lighter than a brown paper bag is the rule of thumb).  A lot of quilters are following that, but a few have wandered off doing our own thing.  Nothing wrong with either decision!  Just a little, teeny, tiny, itty-bitty, eensy bit of anxiousness as to how it's going to look. Going for VIBRANT here!

On a recent Quilt Cam, Bonnie read my email & saw my colors & was excited about my color choices, so that's a comfort.  Either way, I wouldn't change my mind - need to follow my quilting muse where ever she leads.  Hoping my muse is ready for 2017 - I have a lot of ideas swirling around that need decisions.