Saturday, October 25, 2014

October's brown blocks

I know that the summer just flew by, but that won't happen again, right?  So, what happened to October? One day it was the 3rd, and then it was (Canadian) Thanksgiving on the 13th, and then it was - wait, it's the 25th?  What happened?  Well, now that I think of it, there was a quilt show, and a few appointments, and a baby shower to plan, and Christmas plans to sort out.... so, I guess that I shouldn't be too surprised!
Before I let too much more time slip past, I should share my RSC blocks - seeing as this is the last Saturday of the month.  I managed to get my Braid strips done, and my Kickin' Stash blocks finished too - and I hope to be able to get the X and + blocks done on Mon. or Tues.....
Angela chose brown for October's blocks - which is fine with me, because I have a lot of bits of brown fabric - and they look pretty good with last month's orange blocks!  Here they are:

I'm looking at the braid strips just lined up side-to-side, and I'm liking the look!  I was anticipating putting sashing strips between each strip, but now I'm beginning to think that just off-setting them by a row up or down will look great - but I still have two months worth of strips to add....  I'm going to keep that in mind though!
I'm hoping to share some new cards in the next day or two - and those last blocks too - and then I'll wait to see what Angela chooses for November's colour!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A special birthday card

Can't believe that it's been 3 weeks since I last posted - so I'm popping in quickly to post a birthday card.  I made this one for my MIL's birthday at the end of September, and just forgot to post it then - so, you get to see it today!
I've had the embossing folders for quite a while, but the flower dies are fairly new.  I'm still trying to figure out how best to use them - I'm having issues with the dies not cutting through the card-stock cleanly.  I hope I've got the solution now!  I love the effect of the yellow pistils (stamens?) give - they got sort of stuck in the die, so I had to push them out with a pin, making them curve toward the center a bit - and it made them look very natural.  The best part was, my MIL loved the card!