Monday, 26 October 2015

Trying to stay on the brighter side.

       I've been little miss cranky pants lately which is because I have come down with my second cold this fall.  I am trying to look on the brighter side however, which is kind of hard to do when your tea tastes like swill and the wi fi doesn't work in the bedroom and the neighbours have chosen today to fix the fence.  Hey wait the neighbours are fixing the fence.  That's a good thing.  I won't have to look at it sagging into my yard anymore, and what's even better is that Dwight came home for lunch and decided to help them repair the fence which can only be a good thing because he is a carpenter.
     There brighter already.  



      My sewing room is filled with orange brightness.  I have Anja of Anja Quilts to thank for this.  I agreed to exchange a mini mini with her and her favourite colour is orange.  I had a lot of fun playing around with scraps, working in an improvisational way. I've temporarily abandoned my last improv project so it was good to work this way again.( Note to self do more of this it makes you happy.)

     Another bright thing is that I have finished my  12 blocks  for my Dog Gone Cute quilt.   I am not going to show you the last 6 puppies I sewed for the dog gone quilt along ....yet.  I am saving those for the November link up when hopefully you will see my completed quilt.  I will share my completed pick up sticks block.  I'm half way through the fifth.  I'm not sure how many more I am going to have to make.  I know there are at least 7 more coming my way and I need a total of 20 to make the quilt.  They are very fun to make.



   In other news I thought about pattern testing for Mollie Sparkles who is one of my favourite bloggers, but in the end I decided against it because I don't have the time.  But I will be super excited if I get into the Stash Bee block exchange.  I'm confident I can get at least one block done per month.  I loved the sense of community that came along with the New Bloggers Blog Hop and I'm eager to continue that on a smaller scale.
     And speaking of the New Bloggers Blog Hop and the Fabri Quilt Block Challenge that came along with it, my block has been chosen for inclusion in the 2016 Quilters Planner.  This is a wonderful planner put together by Stephanie of the Late Night Quilter which you can read about here, and order here.



     I'm waiting with anticipation to get my copy.  Not that I think it will solve all my organizational problems but maybe some of them.  It will be great to have a resource always on hand to jot down quilting ideas and practice doodling free motion patterns, but what I'm really excited about is that so many of the Fabri Quilt challenge blocks will be in one place for future reference.  

     I know I only talked about improv a little bit in this post but I'm going to link it up to the Ad Hoc Improv  Quilters Linky at Kaja's blog Sew Slowly, anyways.

12 comments:

  1. Hope you are feeling better!

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  2. I am so sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope you recover quickly and stay feeling well much longer this time. It sounds like you did an excellent job looking on the bright side today. :)

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  3. Sorry you are not feeling well. Yeah for a new fence. I'll get working on your mini mini this weekend. Looking forward to seeing your Dog Gone Cute next month.

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  4. The improv blocks look really great. I've been working on improv blocks myself, and you're right - it does put one in a good mood! Fun.

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  5. Yay for the new fence!!! But i'm sorry you are sick again. Maybe all those beautiful happy bright colors will work as color therapy and help you fight that bug even quicker!

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  6. Sorry you are under the weather. I like your mini improv blocks; if working like this makes you happy then it must be a good thing!

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  7. I like the way you turned Miss Grumpy Pants brighter. A good lesson to us all. Hope you're feeling better now. Your little improv squares look great, especially in these yummy colors. I've tried the stick blocks but mine need more work; yours are so pretty with the different colored sticks.
    Thanks for linking up with Ad Hoc Improv Quilters. It's such a treat to see how many different ways there are to improv.

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  8. Improv is not my go-to love, but when I do do it, and I've been doing a fair bit thanks to Amanda Jean's Scrap Vortex I'm doing as leaders and enders, I find it actually really cool! It somehow unlocks creative, and what-if and who-cares anyhow kind of feelings in me! i've been toying with the idea of exchanging a mini with Anja too--she offered, but I don't know..so many projects so little time...but I did offer to test for Molli Sparkles. Didn't go in the Dog Gone Cute hop, but sure love seeing all that is being done with those adorable blocks, that Naala and Rocco want me to make for them...
    And it's all about perspective ins't it? I like how you changed your grumpiness fence-pounding annoyance into a happy esthetics and yay for a fixed fence happiness! :-)

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  9. Well done on having a block in the Planner. I love your Improv blocks. I hope you start feeling better soon xx

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  10. Looking forward to seeing your Doggone cute quilt! All that orange could cheer anyone up:-)
    Hope you are feeling better!

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  11. I love your improv blocks, and the sticks blocks, too! I find improv does make you feel better (especially in such cheerful colours), so I hope your cold has improved.

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  12. Hope you get feeling better quickly, Lisa. Your brighter side is looking great from here! Love your Pick Up Sticks blocks and can't wait to see your puppies!

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