Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Design Chair

11Nov22stars Yeah, some quilters have really spiffy design walls where they can throw their quilt blocks and move them around to create beautiful and perfect quilts. I have no such thing. But I do have a Design Chair. It’s smaller than the Design Floor, but it eliminates the feline element that automatically goes with laying fabric on a horizontal surface.

11Nov22house But, of course, it cuts down on the size of the “quilt”. Luckily this one is only 10.5 inches by 15. Finished all the free motion quilting today. Looks funny, but I can live with it. It was never meant to be a prize winning piece, and I got to play with some thread that I’ve had for at least a couple of years. I bought this multi-coloured variegated Mettler poly a long time ago to use on another piece, but it didn’t happen. I think it looks not too bad here. Makes it look like a psychedelic Northern Lights. The blue background thread and brown/green thread are also Mettler, but they’re cotton. They weren’t as easy to work with.

11Nov22hanging I’ve signed up for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge over at SoCalGal's blog because I’ll take all the help I can get. She’s promising some tutorials by FMQ’ers who I really admire.

We’re coming up on another New Moon this Thursday, Nov. 24 at 2 Sagittarius – just after 11 pm Pacific Standard Time. This time it’s in good aspect to Uranus in Aries. Mercury also goes Retrograde on Thursday at 20 Sagittarius and doesn’t go Direct until Dec. 13, which isn’t so hot.

Jupiter is BIG. Big plans, Big spending, Big everything. Sagittarian past times can include a range of activities that include long distance travel (or foreign tastes), philosophy, religion, horses, higher learning, sports, mountain climbing and just being free. Sagittarians are generally optimistic, generous, forgiving and hard to pin down.

The Uranian influence lends genius, surprises, and excitement to this New Moon and will also influence any project you start now. It’s a really good time to haul those Christmas projects out. Just be careful you don’t over estimate the amount of material you need or the time it will take you to complete it.

Have you ever planned a blue Christmas? Sagittarian colours are deep blue, royal purple and pale gold. Don’t forget to add in some electric blue for Uranus.

Until next time,

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