Thursday, January 8, 2015

Unexpected Results

QDAD spark week resulted in (so far) several unexpected favorites.   I'm loving the designs created by members, that comes as no surprise. Mine however are  not as anticipated.  

I shared last post the inspiration photo that I took to kick off the week and the one I was most excited about.  Turns out that design is the one I like the least and maybe worth a revisit. 


When I chose images I deliberately sequenced them to vary the dominant elements and palette. I didn't want members to feel like they just did that color or shape the day before.

The buttons 1-5 are high on the QDAD to Reality list but I need to browse my folder and see if one tops it. 

Although I like Hanalei 1-6 since I already made one from a different vantage point for our MQG's first challenge 3 years ago, that idea doesn't feel very original or necessary. 

22x25 My first Mini and freeform quilting 

The buttons 1-5 are high on the QDAD to Reality list but I need to browse my folder and see if one tops it.  

Even though I tend to sew with vibrant sometimes over the top fabrics the more subtle combos appeal to me more so.  That was unexpected. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SPARK week - Day One and a Sewing Weekend

QDAD 01.04.2015
A Glorious & Colorful First Weekend of The New Year
As I mentioned, this week kicks off my turn to upload the inspiration photos for the week for QDAD,  "Quilt Design A Day", a Facebook group that I belong to.  There were a few pictures and/or places that I had in my head to use in anticipation of this.   

The View from Mr. Toot's Coffeehouse, Capitola Village
I've been having fun for days obsessing (in a good way) over tweaking each image just so to generate the right colors using PlayCrafts Palette Builder.  The photo below is the one that I had in my folder to use for today, until this morning that is.

Original Spark Photos Chosen

Although I like this picture from a walk recently with baby grand girl and hubby, I really didn't want the design element of the seagull to be so dominant.  It would have been fine I'm sure.  But on my way home from the donut shop I detoured to the beach and took the shots at the top of this post.  

A Flash Back Palette 

Camping trip circa 1990
In the back of my mind I kept thinking the combination of colors reminded me of something from the past - then it dawned on me it was an O'Neill's ski jacket hubby had  (his wetsuit was similar too as I recall).  I dug through a box of photos and found this one to share for kicks.

Because members live all over the world and I'm on Pacific Time, I'm posting in the evening of the night before and then get to wake up and see what designed have been added to the folder for that day.  

Around The World Blog Hop Hops On

Remember when I tagged Debbie @ Shadows of The Blue Ridge ? Now it's time for her to post about herself and the quilting creations she's working on.  Be sure to hop on over and check it out.

Hashtag x 3

#scrappylogcabinQAL #useitorlooseitstashchallenge #sewmystash2015

That's right, I'm not double dipping on IG, I'm triple dipping with this project and made some progress this weekend. linking up to Oh Scrap!

One Entire Block Done (snicker sarcastically) 
All centers framed in LV

The plan is to build them out to measure 16" with a 4x4 layout and making the blocks and sewing them into a TOP is my January ALYoF goal.  Linking up to WIPWednesday at Freshly Pieced. 
good times on IG
 I'm reminded of the "drop everything" and make a Scrappy Trip Along.  That one got finished and donated for an auction quilt which is way better than another UFO.  Hopefully this time around will be as successful and fun.

My sewing room was cold (a relative term these day) so I invaded the living room making these two pus happy.  Sending my friends in colder places rays of virtual sunshine and warm thoughts. 



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Let's Assess the New Years Quilting Resolution List

Assessing the List

In the spirit of Good News, Bad News, I'll start the the YES category:

More improv:   Especially if you count UFO's from workshops! 
 from Jacuque Gering's Improv Workshop
from Claire Witherspoon's Scrap Strategies Workshop
Both of the Michael Miller quilts and Goats Askew I would consider improv - their design developed in a very organic way. 


The "second front" of these two were improv as well. 


Use of Solids:  Not necessarily exclusive use and less than many modern quilters, but for me it's a big bump.  The last one is a collaborative quilt that I helped with and did the FMQ on. 


My stash of solids grew if that counts! 

precious Oakshott,  solid-ish 
Garments:  a (super cute) Costume and modified onesie are all she wrote. 

Needlework:
one button, check. 

Fewer New UFO's: Although the post starts with confessions of new UFO's they are still accumulating at a rate lower than I've been keeping.

Real Photo Shoot: 
"A" for effort, I tried.    The wind, the tourists walking by, the size of the quilt vs the height of the holder... this goal is definitely a work in progress and one I hope to improve on.
2014 FAL Q4 GOAL complete (linking up)  

Three Tardy Birthday Quilts:  the first of three. 
Just this week I nailed down the design direction for one of the other Birthday quilts - some variation of delectable mountain - so that's progress.
Fabric Pull for next Belated Birthday Quilt

Two of Two Wedding Quilts:  THIS goal is HUGE!  Both were gifted and are loved. 

Social Media: 
After joining the IGmini Swap I changed my IG profile from private to public and my followers and following are almost the same number, even if they aren't the same people!  I'm calling 554 posts "active" and although it may be less regularly, I still blog and check in with flickr and thanks to QDAD, I'm on Facebook daily. 


Link Ups:   All things considered, I' patting myself on the back about Finish It Up Friday, WIP Wednesday, ALYOF and 2014 FAL.  Even though Q4 had seven items and I finished two (Redwood Grove and IGmini shown above), Q3 was three for three, Q2 was a bust and Q1 was one out of four,  I'm still calling it a win because there were no double digit goals set and stuff got done!  

That Leaves the Bad News. The NOPE, not even close category:
Hand quilting
Less iPhone game time 
Categorize/Organize  photos  
Ergonomic sewing (slightly improved in habit, but my sewing space is unchanged)

Here's What's Up for 2015

  1. QDAD a Reality 
  2. Continue Linky Parties (I repeat, because they're fun)
  3. The remaining two Belated Birthday Quilts
  4. One new Wedding Quilt
  5. A London's Calling Quilt
  6. #SewYourStash (including FQ bundles and Oakshott, yikes)
  7. #UseItOrLooseItStashChallenge
  8. #ScrappyLogCabinAlong
  9. Crafts for Baby - whether it's clothes or a squishy, plenty projects have been pinned
  10. Meet Up and get to know more Virtual friends in person
  11. Photos Shooting Sessions that are actually successful 
I'd love to hear what you have in mind for the New Year, any rollovers? 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop


  Around the World Blog Hop

Today's the day I share a few things about myself and my crafting as part of Around The World Blog Hop.   As I mentioned in a previous post,  I was asked by Ginny at Fishcreek Studio to participate a few weeks ago and said yes.  She and I were in the Magnum PI hive of the MoStash Bee run by the adorable duo Whitney (The Peacock Tree) and Deb (Trio Stitch Studio) who I got to meet in person at Sewing Summit 2012 


Ginny and I came so close to getting together on a fluke when our paths almost crossed while vacationing in Phoenix this last Spring but our schedules didn't cooperate.  Hopefully we will meet some day soon. 

My Stash - As Promised

In A Nutshell

My backstory is in this Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop Post  from summer.  Here's the Readers Digest version and I'm dating myself by using that reference:  My name is Karen and I live in Capitola, a small beach in California.  I love to quilt and started blogging in March 2012.   Hubby and I are proud to have two amazing sons and an adorable granddaughter. You'll see lots of her as well our our two dogs all over IG and the blog. 

I recently added an About Me tab including this picture, one of my favorites. 
August 2014

Exploring the Arboretum 


What I've Been Working On:

As 2014 wraps up, there's lots of reflecting back and looking forward.  I haven't gotten my act together for the Year In Review like I did in my 200th Post for 2013 with a staggering 23 finishes or when I completed 13 quilts and 9 tops in 2012 where it took 5 mosaics for all the bee blocks and other projects.   I'm just not that prolific anymore, but I still try!
Talking about my quilts at the Artists Reception 
The most exciting thing lately (maybe ever) was having the two quilts on the far left in the Amish: The Modern Muse, a juried exhibit at the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum Fiberspace, November 15, 2014 -January 3, 2015. 
Fussy cut BamQ Retreat UFO 
One of two cute scrappy blocks were made for a friends collaborative baby quilt.  I was thrilled to contribute and it turned out adorable, oh - and so did baby! 

Wedding Quilt

When I got into quilting and before I discovered the Modern Quilt movement, I collected quite a lot of Batiks and still enjoy them.  Often mixing designer fabric with it or exclusively like in Redwood Grove.  One of the first blogs I followed was Wanda at Exuberant Color and making a Cobblestone is still on my bucket list.

IGmini Swap 
I consider myself new-ish to Instagram and really loved my first swap there.  Lots of familiar flickr friends and new ones too.  I'm still struggling with figuring who is who and finding people - I hope you'll find me!

What I'll Be Working On

  

With 134 designs under my belt, it's about time that I made a quilt don't you think?  If you don't already know about QDAD , quick - go check it out on Facebook!  Quilt Design A Day has been so much more rewarding since I've graduated from Lurker status to active Member posting regularly.  

I'm about to be elevated to Sparker, providing my own photos as the inspiration images for the group the week of January 4th.  This Travelin' Pic Stitch post from 2 years ago shows how I used the Play-Craft's Palette Builder back then.  Now it has a Kona, Aurifil and Hex Value matching option - I'm considering this for one of my days, we'll see. 

If you don't have software and want to try out a free one, Inkscape has been great. 

Joining In - Again

I'm starting the New Year out with a combo of two IG groups, #SewYourStash and Ginny's #ScrappyLogCabinAlong or at least that's the plan.  My idea is to take 3x6 or 4x5 Bee Blocks and use them for the centers, surrounded by stash scraps to create a Converging Corners quilt.  I received some great ones and because they're tucked away in a box, I don't have a picture but  I found this random mosaic of some I've made. 
Did I mention I started blogging to document and get organized? Well, it's not exactly a hot mess but things do tend to get shall we say "unkept".  I've got a pretty long leash when it comes to my quilting and that extends to blogging.  I'm happy to be perfectly imperfect.

Branching out to include 3-D sewing like clothes and toys keeps getting bumped.  I'm hoping these books will get some good use. 
Family Portrait 2011 photo by Danny Quijano Photography
Another challenge I'd like to be part of for 2015 will be the Pantone Color of the Year co-hosted again by Adrianne and Anne.    I'm more of a fan than many as you can see from the dress I wore to my niece's wedding a couple of years ago.

Some Favorite Projects:  

The mosaic at the beginning includes some favorites and here are a few more:


Why I Create:

I'm so much happier when I do.   I've always felt the need to make things.  Back in the day - I use to draw and paint and loved it - I even crocheted.  Quilting has filled that space pretty well with the vast styles, techniques and materials that I have barely touched on.

On occasion I'll still dabble thanks to my friend Sue who's kept me going ever since Art Class in High School. 
I've got treasured memories of painting while on vacation in Kauai, zentagles in the airport coming back from the Heather Ross Workshop and creating Capitola Seawall Art tiles together.  Fabric stamping is on our short list.  

What I love about the quilting community that I've found, both at the local guilds and online is the sense of encouragement and support.  The sharing and teaching and constant inspiration.
Tara, Anne, Kelly & I hanging Modern Amish
If thousands of photos on my flickr seem a bit much it's because I have the pleasure of uploading for the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild too.  The talent in our group amazes me and I'm glad to have been there from the start and had the honor of serving as VP.
Even when it's hard work it's rewarding.  I'm looking forward to being a Super Volunteer at QuiltCon.

I've only been to Sewing Summit and Quilt Festival , but I find these events exhausting and rejuvenating all at the same time.  For my birthday next year, I'll be spending it at Glamp Stitchalot with hopefully new and old friends. 



Let me know if you'll be at QuiltConGlamp Stitchalot or another Quilty Event in 2015.

Next Up on The Hop 

To keep the hop going, I'm tagging Debbie so be sure to check out her blog and especially her Around the World Blog Hop post Monday, January 5th to see her beautiful work and see who she tags next!  

We met on flickr about 2 1/2 years ago while participating in the SuperNova QAL.  She enjoys several types of sewing and handwork: quilting, crochet, wool work and blogs at Shadows of the Blue Ridge.
Debbie with her Medallion Quilt