Monday, September 29, 2014

Sharing my excitement!

A few months ago when I received an email from Heather McArthur, the Editor of Quilter's Connection magazine, you could have knocked me over with a feather...and that's no easy task, I assure you!  Heather wrote to ask if she could do a feature on me in their next magazine.

Now really, Heather...did you actually think that I was going to say no?  It goes without saying that I was honored to think that they even considered l'il ole me! 



Quilter's Connection is a Canadian publication that is published quarterly in March, June, September and December.  



Although the exact one has yet to be determined, I will also be designing a project that will appear in one of the 2015 issues.



It's always a thrill to see one's name in print, excluding the obituaries, of course.  *wink*

I just had to share my excitement.


Happy stitching!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Starting Over

Sometimes...no, almost always...I drive myself crazy.  I'm the kind of gal who very happily skips two steps forward and then before I know it and much to my chagrin, I'm taking ten steps backwards.

Why?

Because I'm a perfectionist and I can't be entirely happy unless things are the way I think they ought to be.

Remember the new project I just started working on that I spoke about in my last post by Australian designer Leanne Beasley?  Well, I had just about finished stitching the first block I was working on when Marlene, a gal who reads my blog, sent me a link to her version of the same quilt that she had made back in 2012. Marlene doesn't have a blog so she sent me the link to Judi Madsen's blog at Green Fairy Quilts.

If you want to be blown away, just click HERE.


Did you have a look?  Well now you know why I had to regroup, put my first attempt aside and start all over again...not because I don't love Leanne's design because I do...otherwise I wouldn't be taking the time to make it.

But...  

there was just something about the layout and the flowers in the original design that just didn't sit right with me. As an artist, I don't mind a bit of whimsy but I also like a touch of realism. 

The night that Marlene sent me the link to her Down in the Garden quilt, all I did was dream about it.  When I woke up, I knew that I had to make some changes to the original line drawing until I was satisfied with it.  

Here's what I came up with.  

So it's gone from this...



to this...



I am sooooo much happier with this layout. 

Because I'm not a match-y kinda gal, I changed the symmetry of Leanne's original line drawing to an asymmetrical version and added different flowers, leaves and some honey bees!  I left the wording that she used in tact because those sentiments reflect how I too feel when I'm in our garden.

So what does this mean?  I now have to redraw virtually all of the remaining nine blocks so that they harmonize with my altered one.  I'm looking forward to working on them one at a time, when I need a break from stitching. 

Because the nights are getting cool now, Mr. Painted Quilt started the stove in the kitchen this morning.  I'll leave you with this photo of Frankie and Ollie having their first "by-the-stove" cuddle of the season.



Happy stitching!

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Project

I recently started a new project called "Down in the Garden", a quilt by Leanne Beasley, an Australian designer. She initially introduced it in 2010 as a ten month BOM but it is now available to purchase as a set.


Leanne's original finished quilt.
I love to combine stitching, patchwork and applique in my own designs and I fell in love with this one the moment I laid eyes on it.

My friend Julie from Australia and I are making this quilt together.  We started with different blocks and are working at our own pace.  We message back and forth, chat, share photos of our progress and offer advice and encouragement as we proceed.




I started with Block 5, the one that has the most stitching. I intentionally chose this block because it's been a while since I had a really good, long stitch-in. I'm happy I did because I'm savouring each and every stitch.




My goal is to finish this block sometime this week. Stay tuned!



Happy stitching!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sneak Preview

Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine recently updated their Facebook cover page photo which features some of the projects that are included in the Winter 2014 issue due out next month.


Can you guess which one is mine?

Happy stitching!