Sunday, October 15, 2017

FAL Meet the Host: Felicity of Felicity Quilts

It's time to meet another host of the FAL!  Let me turn things over to Felicity!





Helloooo!

I'm Felicity

and this is my family - Husband of 17 years K and our nearly-10-year-old daughter G:

being silly, something we do very well

I am lucky enough to live in Naramata, British Columbia. It's a village of fewer than 2,000 people nestled on the Naramata Bench in one of Canada's fruit- and wine-producing regions, the Okanagan Valley.



As you can see, we're on the side of a lake, and it's a big tourist destination because our summer weather is hot and dry.


We moved to Naramata from Vancouver just over a year ago. After living for nearly 25 years in Vancouver, we grew tired of the traffic and the astronomical cost of living and decided to take a different approach to life. We couldn't be happier.

I quit my job in the financial services industry and now I work part time in a local quilt shop as a designer, teacher and retail associate. I also work from home as a training and development consultant. My husband was a stay at home dad in Vancouver and he also works part time here in the area.

I began quilting in 2000, shortly after I got married. My husband is the one who encouraged me to look for a beginner's class because I spent a lot of time looking at and admiring quilts in museums and at shows but I was too intimidated to try it myself. But boy am I glad I did. I knew from the first minute of that first class that this was going to be my thing.

This is my first quilt - the classic beginner's sampler with one large scale fabric plus some blenders.


I even free motion quilted it all by myself on my tiny Bernina 145.



Yikes, amirite? But you know what? That was the start of something, and you gotta start somewhere.

Baby quilts for nieces and nephews happened in due course, as did a quilt for my husband's 40th birthday (2 years late).


I subscribed to quilting magazines, I read books about quilting, I could spend a whole weekend at a quilt retreat and come home and sew some more. It consumed all of my free time! Eventually, though, I got to the point where I was reading about quilting but becoming overwhelmed by all the projects I wanted to do so I didn't start anything.

Thankfully, I was able to give myself a good talking to, and came to my senses. Every quilt is just a whole bunch of seams that are sewn one at a time, right? Well, I said to myself, just commit to 20 minutes a day of sewing something. Anything. But sew. Eventually you'll get something done.

One of my first modern quilts

I was right! I did get lots done, aided as well by the explosion of the online world of modern quilting. I found Flickr and the myriad active quilt groups it hosted (RIP, old Flickr). I also found quilt blogs and started my own as a way to keep myself accountable by journalling my progress.


It's not an exaggeration to say that blogging and sharing online changed my life! I found Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild online and attended the first meeting in mid-2010. I met dear friends in person and via blogging (and blogging friends became in-person friends too). I participated in Flickr quilt swaps, virtual bees and met many of my online friends at the inaugural QuiltCon in Austin.



These two quilts won honourable mention at QuiltCon 2013.

Though  I don't do many swaps anymore and online bees have fallen a little out of fashion, I still belong to a virtual quilt bee with 9 other incredible quilters, called Bee Sewcial. We work in solids only and we piece improvisationally based on that month's prompt and colour story.

Winter is my first quilt finished with Bee Sewcial blocks. The prompt was "abstract minimalist winter landscapes in shades of grey." Did my bee mates deliver or what? I love this quilt, and I will be submitting it to QuiltCon 2018 show.

Winter, a Bee Sewcial Collaboration

I like to have lots of projects on the go, in varying degrees of complexity because I never know what I want to work on at any given time.

Here's a sampling of some of my favourite quilts from over the years:

In a (Solid) Pickle, 2011 (swap quilt)

Burst of Colour, 2013

Helen Keller Wisdom, 2011


Selfie, 2015


Naramata Summer, 2014 (made after a visit and before we knew we'd be moving here!)


Modern Stripes, 2016 (accepted to QuiltCon 2017)

I'm extremely fortunate to be able to have a completely separate studio to work in - we finished the 450 square foot space over our detached 2-car garage just for my quilting. (Truth be told that space was what sold us on this house. Good thing we like the rest of it!)

 
Before

After

I love participating in the Finish A Long, and I'm so happy to be a host as well. We motivate each other to get our beautiful projects finished so we can move along to the next thing that makes us happy, yes? Yes.

Thanks for visiting with me

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Finish-A-Long Quarter 4 Goals Link up


It's time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q4 of the FAL. We are hoping that the FAL community will be finishing a lot of projects as we move into the last quarter of the year.

The FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland

For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging about becoming UFOs. Every quarter you post a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter, you post a link from your blog, Flickr or Instagram of each successful finish from your original list.

Each finish is an entry for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list long or short, as you wish. The 2017 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q4 of the FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo (think about visiting them and saying thank you):



It's time to round up those projects you want to finish over the next three months, take a photo of each one and make your list. Please ensure that you have at least started your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a UFO, and remember it is only finished projects that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.

It is very helpful if you tag your list as #2017FALQ4yourname when posting on social media: Flickr, Facebook & Instagram. Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing progress or finishes before the link, helps the hosts find your original list quickly - especially when this is done over a 3 month period. IMPORTANT: Don't forget to link your finishes up when the quarter closes.

The 2017 Q4 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on one blog - and that link will show up on all of the blogs. If you are using Facebook, Flickr or Instagram, link a mosaic and put your list in the description. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link-up if you need it.

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too. When creating your list there is one thing to remember....No deductions for not completing something so ..... Aim High! Nothing to lose!!! Well Now..... Get those lists together and get linked up. 

The Q4 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, October 7, 2017- as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs. 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Finish-A-Long Q4 list




My list is crazy.  I'm too tired (see previous mentions of full body hives) to add in all the pics I'm missing.  I'm soooo itchy.  So, this list is what it is.




Sewing


Needs quilting
1.  Violet Craft's Lion quilt (SLOWLY hand quilting)
Violet Craft lion

2.  Tula sampler block quilt, version 1 (top and back done)  Got batting.  Need to start.
Tula sampler


3  Smorgasboard quilt (still hand quilting)
Smorgasboard quilt

4.  Project 48 quilt
Project 48 quilt

5.  Meadow quilt
Meadow start

6.  Meadow mini quilt
frog block



Just needs binding

7.  Resist Quilt



8.  Long Time Gone QAL (at longarmer)

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9.  Tula Butterfly Quilt  (at longarmer)
Tula Butterfly

10. Molehills quilt (at long armer)
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Top done

11.  Round robin Improv
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12.  Milky Way Sampler, hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts
Milky Way quilt

13.  Do.Good.Quilt, Serenity Circle, April Quilt
April Serenity quilt


14.  Summer Solstice quilt (top pieced)
Solstice


15.  Garden Gate  (top pieced)

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16. Quicker  by the Dozen (top pieced)
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Ongoing WIP
17. Chocolatier BOM, hosted by Gen X quilters (again....just a WIP)
Chocolatier


18.  Tula Sampler, V.2 Cotton and Steel
Tula block 1

19.  The Honey Pot Bee, hosted by Molli Sparkles (again a Wip)...have to decide if I'm going to keep going

Honeypot bee quilt


20.  Small World
Small World


21.  Sushi Washi
sushi washi

22.  Octopus top
octopus top

23.  Cross Quilt improv
cross quilt start

24.  Patchwork City quilt
Patchwork city

25.  Sprout mini quilt  (Patchwork from Scrap class)
scraps

26. Lawn tunic
lawn tunic


27.  Purple improv
purple improv

28.  HST play
HSTs

29.  Single Girl quilt
freewheeling single girl


30.  Galaxy dress/washi
galaxy dress


31.  Wrap sweater


32.  Itty Bitty Broken star quilt
broken lonestar

33.  Tear Drop quilt
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34.  Dr who shoes (need to resew one and elastic both)
dr who shoes


35.  Love scrap quilt
Love scrap quiltLove block

36.  Tula The Hood quilt (This one is my #quilttheweightoff quilt project)..It's, um, stalled, pending some much needed weight loss.
house quilt

37.  Aviatrix
Aviatrix

38.  Urbanologie BOM, hosted by The Intrepid Thread
Urbanologie

39.  Green Tea and Sweet Beans

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40.  Delilah BOM

41.  Squircle quilt

42.  Libs Elliott Embrace the Chaos

43.  Libs Elliott  The Weight of Love quilt

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44.  Hugs and Kisses quilt


45.  Athena the Octopus quilt



Holiday deadlines
46.  Grocery bags (3) for Ginny
grocery bags


47.  Art student tote
Art tote



48.  Peru quilt  (designed at Sisters)


49.  Serenity Circle quilt (blocks in)


50.  Vinyl zipper pouches (for holiday gifts)


51.  Hesperides pillow  (starting at Sisters)

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52.  Project Linus quilt
economy blocks


53.  Hospice 3
hospice 2

54.  Pool Tote 1 (I cut it out intending it to be a Christmas present and then fizzled)
pool tote 1

55.  Trail tote 1 for Karen


56.  fairy/butterfly for MIL (it's been sandwiched, waiting to do reverse applique)
jersey quilt


57.  Triforce Throw
triforce

58.  Hospice 1
Hospice 1

Knitting

1.  manticore socks
Manticore socks


2.  Peacock mittens  (still on mitten #1)
Peacock mittens


3.  Scrap blanket
scrap blanket

4.  slip stitch socks
slipped stitch sock

5.  Katniss Socks
Katniss socks




Bucket List for 2017  (NOT INTENDED FOR THIS QUARTER'S FAL LIST)

1.  Tula Tumbler quilt
Tula tumbler quilt



2.  Sujata Shah's Organized Chaos
Organized Chaos

3.  Forest Fancy quilt
fancy forest

4.  Sloth quilt
Sloth quilt

5.  Epic Halloween quilt
Halloween quilt

6.  Tula Future Garden quilt
Tula Future Flower garden

7.  Steampunk (I have one block cut)
Steampunk!

8.  Tree quilt
tree quilt


9.  Fish quilt
fish quilt


I'm hoping my sewjo returns once I'm not going nuts trying not to itch and fretting over eating the wrong thing or touching something that retriggers them.