Sunday, May 10, 2015

Being productive ... So it seems!

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous in my neck of the woods.  It is such a treat to enjoy my breakfast outside!  Bliss!  Seems it took forever for spring to arrive in way Northeast New York, I can see Canada from my house!

Things are hopping along around here, at a much faster pace than I would like.  Sometimes it feels like I do not have a minute to blog.  It's not that I have nothing to say.  It's just that, as of late, sleeps is winning over writing a blog entry!

Thank you everyone for participating in Fibre Junction's 6th birthday!  The winner has been picked by the number generator.  And the winner is ...... drum roll .....
Congratulations to Pam of Pam's Page!  Please send me an e-mail with your address detail and I will get the package out to you.  

Thank you again everyone for helping celebrate Fibre's 6th birthday!  Keep well!  Cheers!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Fibre!

Hard to believe that Fibre Junction is officially 6 years old!  That's right, we opened on May 1, 2009. You can read all about it here.

This is a picture taken on our first official day!


And now on its official sixth (6) year ....


If you want a grand tour of Fibre Junction dated December 06, 2012, check it out here! I think it's worth the trip! I could be bias! ;o)

I am fortunate to be one of those people that can truly say "I love my job!"  Of course, it would not be possible if it weren't for all of you who patronize Fibre Junction.  To all my customers, thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I am truly blessed!

In honour of Fibre Junction's birthday, I would like to have a "give away".  Please leave a comment by May 8, 2015 and your name will be placed in a draw for a surprise package!

Life is good!  Cheers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I can dream ..... can't I?

Saw this gem!  Don't you think it would make a wonderful quilt shoppe?


It always bothers me to see such beautiful buildings, many full of history, abandoned and in disrepair.  Oh well, I can dream!

On the quilting front I have been busy starting and finishing quilt tops.  When I say finishing, I just mean in a "flimsy" state.


This little quilt is called Heritage Star by Kim Diehl.  Love love love that fabric line! I'll have to schedule a date with Penelope soon .... the quilt tops are piling up!

On a humourous note ..... I had a friend visit me for lunch today and as soon as she left, an order of gorgeous batiks came in.  So I texted her using the voice feature of the Iphone ......


I laughed so hard I was crying!  Feels wonderful!  Still laughing! Gotta love voice recognition .... it's the best one yet!

Enjoy your day!  Cheers!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What an emotional week ...!

Life has been busy around here with college visits and what not!  Pumpkin (DD) and I logged more than 900 miles in three (3) days and two (2) nights.  We had three (3) colleges to visit which were somewhat close by.  So far she has narrowed her choices down to two (2).

Monday, on our way back, Pumpkin treated me to the Cheesecake Factory.  The closest one to our house is three (3) hours south.  We are both Big Bang Theory lovers and thought this would be a great experience for us.  Gosh were we shocked!

 
Yea, this Cheesecake Factory is much nicer than the one in the sitcom! The dessert was amazing and the food too! lol

On the quilting front, I have been doing mainly some hand embroidery.  Yea, I'm still in my quiet mood.  I've been working on these flour sack towels using the Rise and Shine pattern.  First batch of towels:


These flour sack towels measure 28 in x 28 in. I really like the feel of those towels.


Aren't those the cutest designs?  The design size is perfect for those towels!


Progressing right along!  A wee bit more to stitch!

Thank you for stopping by!  Catch you later!  Cheers!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sigh ....!

Yesterday I received a notice from one of my favourite magazines stating that this will be their last issue.  A magazine on "sustainable City Living" that can no longer financially sustain itself!


It is not the first time that one of my favourite magazines closes its doors, but somehow this one affects me in ways that I am not sure I understand.  Perhaps I feel that, as I get older, more and more of what is familiar to me is quickly being replaced by the unfamiliar.  In an age of continuous fast pace digital, I long for what is comforting to me, a slower paced and somewhat simpler life.  I now understand what my grandparents meant when they would say "the good old days" or "back in the days".

For me, the continuous fast pace digital life lacks human connection; "high tech low touch" has Michael Bernard Beckwith would say.  And ... if we are not careful and monitor ourselves, the "high tech" can make it easy for some of us to forget that, at the other end of our internet connection is another human being, a being that has tender feelings .... someone that hurts just like us.

If I look at the last 25 years of my life, I left a stressful position in the banking industry to pursuit a graduate degree in the history of religious philosophy.  Afterwards, I opened a quilt shoppe!  Hum .... What next?

I'm not sure I have worked through my feelings.  I mean, I know it is not about the magazine closing, but something deeper .... Right now, what I know for sure is that there are a lot of changes that will be taking place in my life soon ....

Take time to enjoy the moment!  Cheers!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Aussie Chocolate fest ...!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter or Passover, which ever one you celebrate.  As for myself, we went down to Massachusetts to spend time with family.  Always a fun filled weekend full of food and good company.

As most of you know, I have a dear, crazy and I love her so much, friend Cheryl who is one of the most generous souls I have ever met in my life.  She's my Aussie friend and every Easter she sends a box of Australian chocolates.


We're talking a Chocolate fest here!  Yea, I am just about to go into a choco coma!

In my quest to relief some guilt, I grab an apple.  Have you ever seen such a big Fuji apple?!


Yea .... that's a chocolate egg for the leaf!  Makes the apple look so appetizing doesn't it?  Well, that's the smallest one I could find.  That is a meal in itself.  How does one grow such big apples?

Normal Apple


I'd eat the smaller apple if I could, but it's rotten.  I photographed it's good side!

If you need me I'll be on a chocolate buzz compliment of an Aussie!  Catch you later!  Cheers!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Boards make me smile ...!

Do you have a Happy Board, a place where you like to hang items that make you smile?

Here is mine!


You might find it a tad messy but really ... everything is where it should be.  When ever I look at that board, I smile!  It is filled with items that are meaningful to me.  Yes, lots from my little girl, who by the way, is not so little anymore! Ah... the memories.

On another happy note.  I was admiring my Red Shamrock plant and noticed this.


Do you see what I see on the bottom right corner?  It's a four (4) leaf clover!  How lucky is that?

Not much is happening on the quilting from.  I'm a bit in a quiet mood.  What that means is that I am doing lots of stitching.

Keep well everyone!  Catch you later!  Cheers!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St Patrick Sweets ...!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Are you wearing green today?

This is what our Prairie Women Sewing Circle Journey 2, Gathering 1 will be enjoying with their coffee/tea!


Yummy! I look forward to our various club gathering!  We talk about the history of women via the needle and thread.  I love hearing the stories that the members share about their ancestors.  Some bring beautiful family quilts to share.  Ah .... bliss!

An Irish Blessing for you!

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been
The foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.

Wishing you the luck of the Irish!  Cheers!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valentine's day come and gone .... !

Wow! Totally missed a post in-between.  Happy belated St Valentines day! I do hope you had a wonderful day of love.

I noticed I neglected to post a picture of the outcome of all those little red squares!  Voila!


The pattern is called My Twisted Heart by Primitive Gatherings.  You will need the Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheels ruler to make this.  I just love how it turned out.

On another Valentine's note.  I completed a wool table topper!


Heat of Mine by The Little Red Hen!  Love how it turned out!

There are some projects that you start and cannot wait to finish and there are those that just take time.  This one was one of those projects that I had to finish right away.

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Focus ... Focus ... Focus ... SQUIRREL ...!

Sure I've been focused, that is until the UPS delivery man brought a package containing these kits from Moda ... Modern Building Blocks .... what a beauty!


You all know how I've been hankering to make a quilt using only solids, well this is it folks!  OMG, it's stunning.

Started working on Block Un on Friday and voila!


That block is gigantic! It's a quilt in itself!  I will confess ... in my 17 years of quilting I have never made a quilt block this huge.  It ain't easy sister!  I was sweating my points!  But, all and all, it turned out fine.

Last night I worked on Block Deux.  The last of the gigantic blocks!


Onward to the next size - 30"!  I'll be in my comfort zone when we get to those small blocks! lol

On the UFO issue, I did complete the Lilies for Connie quilt top.


I will need to schedule a date with Penelope soon.  I do have a small stack of quilts that need machine quilting.

Here in as far Northeast as you can get .... I can see Canada from my house....  it's a snow day!  We are enjoying a gorgeous snow fall .... light and fluffy!  It has to be, it a sweltering 3F (-16C).  It's a perfect day to be in my sanctuary!

Enjoy your day everyone!  You know where you'll find me!  Cheers!
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