Monday, December 31, 2012

A New Beginning

Not only is a new year coming quickly around the bend, but my little family and I have taken a life-changing step. We have moved to the other side of the globe, leaving Jerusalem and most importantly the expatriate humanitarian existence we have led for so long behind. We have decided to settle down in domestic bliss near Victoria, British Columbia. I am originally an Eastern Canadian gal, but climate and nature on the West coast has always appealed to my husband and me - so here we are at last!

We woke up to this scene early our first morning. Snow is a seldom sight here but it was definitely a welcome one on our part.

Being seriously jet-lagged (waking up at 3:00 am), we were out and about making a snowman - the first one ever for my youngest and the second for my eldest. Quite the occasion! The neighbours must have thought we were nuts being out so early!

 After more sunlight emerged, we could see more of what nature was offering us.

Here you see the Olympic mountain range over in the US and the Pacific Ocean, the latter just a short walk away.

A few hours later the snow melted away. Save the suffering snowman, one would never have guessed that the ground had been white. To add insult to injury (for the snowman), the sneaky (rein?)deer ran off with his carrot nose in the night.

No more long trips for these kiddos for a while! Luckily we have so much to discover just in our little nook of the world.

No matter where you are, have a Happy, Inspiring, Productive and Healthy New Year!

PS - an extra hug to Sue in Jeru!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

City Aviation Quilt finished

I have left this particular "aunt" quilt for last. It was easier than expected and I think it came together nicely, despite my misgivings in the beginning. I believe the swirly quilting unified the quilt somewhat.

The quilt measures just shy of the requested 98" (2.5m) squared and the batting consists of 80% cotton and 20% synthetic. I had to go to Tel Aviv to get this batting, so I hope it's good.

Here you can get an idea of the 3D geese and pinwheels. Fun to make and I did easily manage to avoid them during the quilting process, which was a concern before starting. The 3D does add a bit of texture and I think it makes the quilt more interesting.

A close-up of the swirls. Not perfect, but this is not long-arm quilting after all!

The back was pieced with the left-over fabrics. I did buy quite a lot of fabric for this quilt and still did not have much to spare in the end. Perhaps I am finally getting a sense for quantity requirements. Not exactly my forte. However, it is not the end of the world if there are leftovers, because then there is the excuse to start another project to get rid of the scraps, right? 

Have a glorious day!


PS: I just got word from my aunt that she and her husband love the quilt. Great news!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tempest quilt finished

The third and final aunt gets a sofa quilt. This was the easiest quilt to make, but has taken the longest to finish. It is off to Switzerland at this very moment.

The quilt measures approximately 50"x70" (127cm x 178cm) and is batted with synthetic fleece for some extra warmth. 

Here's the back made with leftover purples and browns from my stash.

I ended up stippling it, which was happily a quick process.

I snuck in a striped fabric in the binding, just to make it a little more fun. It picked up the colors from the quilt nicely.

Have an amusing day!