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(Not so) Mellow Yellow

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The story of the seven year quilt!

Back in 2009, when Flickr was still where it was all happening (remember Flickr, sob), and there were modern quilting groups having quilt alongs and swaps and challenges, way back then,  I belonged to a Munki Munki quilt along group. I started some log cabin blocks as part of a quilt along and wanted to use as many of the fabrics I had n my stash at the time as I could.

Then I stopped.

My process then was different, my confidence was non-existent and I just felt like my work would never live up to the beautiful work I was seeing in the Flickr group. I was yet to find my quilting bliss and realise that I did not need to be the same as others, I needed to work through that and find my own space. Trying to re-create the style of others was holding me back. So I put these blocks away.

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.06.55 amI loved the little Munki Munki centres of these log cabins and the blocks told a story about the state of my fabric loves at the time so they got stashed away on the “to-do” shelves.

Then my baby sister was going to turn 18 in 2012 so I pulled them out. At that time, her favourite colour was yellow so I bought yardage of an Art Gallery Pure Elements solid, I think the colour is Canary, and started sashing the blocks. Her favourite colour is yellow. Mine, not so much. To be honest, I was not at all confident that I was making a good decision with the yellow. So I put it away.

Then she was turning 21 in 2015. I was determined to gift the quilt to her for her 21st so I sucked on the lemon and finished the quilt top. But I still wasn’t happy with it. And, you guessed it, I put it away. Again.

Then one day, earlier this year, I pulled it out while doing a studio re-organise and all of a sudden I loved that quilt. I loved how much it said about my quilting journey and I loved how much it made me think of my sister. The yellow now made me crazy happy and felt like a big whack of sunshine in the day. I had an overwhelming urge to finish it right away!

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Seven years in the making, so much love and life has passed in that time, hope you (still) love yellow as much as I now do my dear, dear baby sister. XXOO


The quilt :: Improv Log Cabin
Size :: 73″ 73″
Fabrics :: A sampling of my stash from 2008-2015; Art Gallery Pure Elements (possibly Canary)
Backing :: Art Gallery print purchased circa 2012
Batting :: Matilda’s own 100% Cotton
Binding :: Cotton & Steel current print
Quilting :: by Heidi

 

New Quilt Pattern Release – after a little kick along!

Kite Tail Tango Full Shot Procrasticraft

Kite Tail Tango

Last week I had an email from Sonja about one of my classes. She wanted to know when I was next teaching improv triangles. With my new venture, The Creative Retreat, coming up so soon and a trip to Salt Lake City for Quilt Market before then, I’ve not scheduled any extra classes on top of my beginners courses at my LQS, Addicted to Fabric.

Sonja wanted to know if she couldn’t do a class, perhaps I had a pattern or technique sheet she could buy… Well, I did. I do! Only, I’ve not sold my patterns as a stand alone before – I use them in the classes I teach but have never really got to listing them for sale – the whole pdf vs paper pattern debate had me stumped. Thanks to a prompt, I’ve just listed two patterns for sale in my online store. Both Kite Tail Tango and Quilt the Universe are available now. Thanks Sonja for prompting me to get going on this!

Procrasticraft Quilt the Universe

Quilt the Universe

#thisweekiam :: 48/52 :: finishing quilts & a recipe for a delicious dinner

 

Quilting :: all the quilts. A commission quilt. A QuiltCon entry. A next years new class quilt. A charity quilt… all. the. quilts

Quilting Quilt blocks to heal violence

Listening :: to the early morning calls of magpies and kookaburras.

Morning Time

Anticipating :: my trip to Melbourne this weekend to teach at Amitie – I’ve wanted to visit the store for so long and can’t wait to get there!

Harvesting :: the fruits of the biggest child’s labours

Harvest Greens

Eating :: Fresh salads, mangoes!!! and stone fruits. A few people on Instagram asked for the recipe for tonights dinner – salmon and super slaw (making guide after photo):

Salmon Super SlawRecipe Procrasticraft

Sprinkle the salmon fillet with some salt and pepper and bake in a 200C oven around eight minutes (120gms per piece) or cook on the BBQ. Honestly, this piece is a little overcooked, I prefer it slightly on the rare side but just cook it to your liking.

While the fish bakes, in a large mixing bowl, mix up half cup of kewpie mayonnaise, juice of a lime, salt, pepper and a clove of crushed garlic. Add
– a quarter white cabbage, finely sliced
– Lebanese cucumber cut into cubes (you can peel it if you are so inclined, I rarely am)
– half cup freshly shelled peas or frozen peas (if using frozen, lightly blanch them to defrost)
– one apple (granny smith or pink lady), matchstick sliced (it really is worth the effort to make it super fine, if it’s chunky, it just doesn’t work).
– one avocado, cubed
– half cup walnut pieces (can use almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, anything you like)
– you can add some fresh parsley leaves or other herbs, I just plain forgot tonight but parsley and mint is really yummy here.

Mix the salad very gently to scoop up all that dressing and coat all the bits but don’t be rough as the avocado will mush.

Serve. Eat. Feel virtuous for having a simple and delicious meal. Then sit and drink a full glass of Bailey’s on ice to counteract the smugness. You’re welcome!