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New month, old project

My summer always seems to go better if I have a focussed sort-of mindless project to hammer away at. For August I want to get my wonky stars into a top.

I have enough blocks from the swap to make a quilt 48″x60″. But that is a small quilt and I don’t really like small quilts. I would rather make more blocks than have a small quilt.

I’ll make another 8-12 blocks and then piece them all together.


I went from ALL the saturated colours on my last project to low volume and whites for this one.


And because it worked well for me last month, I’m doing it again:

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal August Linkup.



What I was doing when I wasn’t quilting

I think I’ve obliquely mentioned that 2018 has been a tough year. Things are definitely getting better and I also feel more positive about things. So that’s nice.

There were days-weeks-more weeks with little sewing. I’m getting back to it and am delighted to be doing so. When I wasn’t sewing however I was starting to read books on colour and colour theory.

This book, The Secret Lives of Color, by Kassia St. Clair delighted me in February/March. So much so that, when I had to return it to the library before I finished reading it, my husband ordered me a copy as an anniversary gift. It has meticulously researched history and context for the shades of each colour. Fascinating read, I would read bits aloud to my kids and they were drawn in as well.

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair

Next I read this book, The Brilliant History of Color in Art, by Victoria Finlay. More of a coffee table book and with obviously more focus on art history than the previous book. Also a great read about how colour has been used through history.

The Brilliant History of Color in Art

And then! I came across the super Instagram account of Eleanor Houghton who bills herself as a “Brontë Dress Historian, Bibliophile and Milliner”. With my theatre costuming and art history background this sort of thing is of interest to me and I was pretty excited when she started an Eh to Zed of “dyes and dyeing practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” Here is the link to the intro of the A-Z which started on April 15. 

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My favourite colour, called Napthalene, from coal tar.

So there we are, a few bright spots from my spring, and a bit of education as well.

2018 Finish Along, Q3

Because I’m either stupid or fool-hardy or both, or maybe it’s just optimism, I am rolling over my ENTIRE LIST AGAIN. Because I finished ONE of those projects in the past three months. And I’ll add a few too for good measure.

2018 Finish A Long Logo 2


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Go here for details on all these quilts/projects.

No pictures, but all awesome:

  • Turn mini quilt into pillow
  • bury threads and bind my X&+ quilt
  • Family sewing:
    • Xmas 2017 pjs for husband
    • birthday shirt/shorts for B
    • birthday ??? for W
    • new skirt for me, because I don’t have enough to do or skirts to wear
  • charity quilt for my guild using guild fabrics
  • finish quilting a charity quilt of my aunt’s
  • blog my last 2? 3? quilt finishes.

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I think I’ll go with optimistic for these. Always.