Sunday, October 30, 2016

Z is for Zillah...

I realized that I never posted my finished Molinari challenge quilt, or much of anything lately for that matter, so figured I'd check in and bring everyone up to speed...

Over the summer I finally finished up my piece for the MMQG's Molinari Challenge. I took inspiration from one of Molinari's paintings in which he pays tribute to a poem he especially liked. Likewise, I took lyrics from one of my favorite songs and designed a quilt around it.

No prizes for guessing which song I chose... ;) The quilting is based on another of Molinari's paintings... I like how it looks on the back of the quilt, though I'm not as sure about the front. Ah well, it's done and that's the important thing!

I also finally finished my Libs Elliott 'Weight of Love' quilt that I started back in the beginning of the year at her workshop. It had been hanging around half finished for ages as I just couldn't decide on how to quilt it. Finally, I got tired of looking at it unfinished so just did some basic diagonal quilting, threw on a scrappy binding and it now happily lives on my couch. Although technically it's not done... I still don't have a title/label for it. I can't stop staring at the pink diamond...

In August I attended the Twist Fibre Festival with the MMQG. We were invited to attend by the organizers and we ended up feeling a little out of place, but we had lots of questions and lots of interest from the festival-goers. We even recruited a few new members. We had some of our works on display, Craft de Ville had supplies for sale and we had a little demo station where people could try hand-quilting. It was a lot of work, but it was a fun weekend.

As summer came to an end, the boyfriend and I took some time off and went down to Cape Cod, a first visit for both of us. We saw Plymouth Rock (meh), ate at a 320 year old tavern (mmm, chowdah), and I finally got to visit the Edward Gorey house, which was absolutely wonderful. To my delight, they had a Gashlycrumb Tinies scavenger hunt in the house, so Bruno and I ran around happily looking for the 'hints' for each of the 26 children. Above is the hint for James, who took lye by mistake. (I couldn't resist buying the 'Z is for Zillah, who drank too much gin' mug ;)

Sadly I haven't had much spare time to do any sewing for myself so I don't have a lot to show for the past few months. I did, however, snag some cute fabric while on vacation which I promptly turned into a Heidi foldover clutch. Cuz yanno I love me some zippered pouches :) I do have one quilt in the works (a first-ever attempt at foundation paper piecing and using text in a quilt), but it is still in progress so I will wait to share any pictures of that until it is completed. 

And finally, in collaboration with the Ottawa MQG, we had the good fortune of hosting Cheryl Arkison recently for a trunk show and workshop with the MMQG. Guild events are always slightly crazy for me as I do a lot of running around to make things go smoothly, but it was lovely to meet Cheryl and to see how much everyone enjoyed the events. It makes it all worth it ;)

More stuff is on the horizon for the MMQG and I have some projects I really need to get cracking on, so blog posts may be a bit sporadic. If you don't already, I would recommend you follow me on Instagram for more regular (if less wordy) updates :)