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I'm racing the tide...

by Andrea Kelter on 04/29/15

That's how it feels at the moment!  Do you ever get to that point in time where you have so many balls up in the air (all exciting and good, but just TOO many!) that you find yourself panicking inside?  I'm there.


With a winter that won't quit, a property that needs spring attention (even though winter won't quit), a sold trailer on my driveway (that needs to be packed up and post-winter cleaned in order to deliver it to a dealership about 200 km. away), a new trailer waiting at that dealership (that needs to be loaded, hitched up and towed to Black's Harbour), quilt projects coming out of my ears for my gallery, Made in the Maritimes, and my Etsy Shop - and, of course, my full-time career as Marketing Director for a chain of home improvement retail stores.  Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh........

The happy new is that my campsite is widened out and waiting for the new trailer, and spring (although tardy in Nova Scotia) has, to some extent, arrived in Grand Manan.  A friend sent me the photo below a few days ago...and it got me very excited to get going!



Part of the view from my campsite...



I've been working on various quilting projects while waiting for the weather to break, including these Petit Bistro placemats which were destined for MIM, but two have sold, so I need to make more!  A good problem to have...





I'm also making pillows, a quilt, placemats and other kitchen accessories for the new trailer, and was making good progress - but then, had a request to list two of the pillows in my Etsy Shop, and so....back to pillow making for the trailer.  LOL.



These are 12 x 20 in size, and I have two of them complete.  I love the low volume batik, and the wide designer ribbon on the back of these pillows!   Enough that I really don't want to give them up (but I will).



At least I get to keep this one!!!!  



It has a more vibrant back, but I love it too!  Especially the octopus ribbon!



I've discovered I love making reversible kitchen accessories!  Especially for the trailer, because it's almost inevitable that I'll spill something like spaghetti sauce or red wine on them, and won't have access to a washing machine until I get home.  Reversible makes that a bit easier to live with!  Here's a look at the low-volume fabrics I'm using to make a set of placemats and a bar-mat for the new trailer...the sea-washed, faded look really appeals to me, and I think will really work well with the interior colours of the trailer.  I created this image in Photoshop so you can see both the front and back sides.  The placemats have a different backer - oysters and netting in shades of taupe and grey.  I just haven't had a chance to take photos yet....but soon.



I also grabbed a few pix off of Facebook of Made in the Maritimes, the beautiful new gallery now open in Bedford, Nova Scotia's Sunnyside Mall (home of the famous Pete's Frootique).  The gallery is just beautiful, and features some amazing pieces created by artists from all over the Maritimes.  I am thrilled to have my quilts represented here...









It's been an exciting and fast-paced month or so, and it's great to be linking up with Connie over at Freemotion by the River to see the beautiful projects everyone is working on! Have a great day...

Comments (2)

1. Bernie said on 4/29/15 - 11:19AM
Amazing..... You certainly have a lot going on in life! Your work is gorgeous. You have wonderful taste in color which makes your pieces just sparkle. Hope spring warms up for you soon! I think we are going to have a very short spring and just move right into summer (in Northern California). God luck with all of the trailer transporting Bernie Needleandfoot@gmail dot com
2. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 4/29/15 - 05:41PM
Hi Bernie - thanks a million for stopping by and for your lovely comments. Much appreciated. Northern California - how lovely, and what a great place to live...


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