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!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Brrrrrrrr.......!

Baby it's cold outside!


That, my Celsius friends, is a mere -22C.  Went outside this morning to take care of my wild birds and brrrrr, I couldn't wait to get back in.

Despite the harsh cold, it is beautiful out there.  We are enjoying a lovely snow storm. Light and fluffy!


On the quilting front, I continue to work on those UFO lists.  I crossed off this little wool project from my 2013 list.


The pattern is Penny Rugs Through the Year - June by Buttermilk Basin.

Yesterday I sewed all day, something I have not done in a long time.  I managed to get these blocks completed.


The pieces for this quilt were cut back in November 2014.  The pattern is called Lilies for Connie from the book Civil War Legacies II by Carol Hopkins.   Maybe today I'll work on piecing the top.

Keep well everyone.  Thank you for stopping by my littler corner in cyberspace!  Cheers!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Focusing on being focused!

I mentioned on my last post that my goal this year was to be more focused, and I think it's working.

Just the other day, I thought I would start a new intensive project.  So I pulled 36 bolts of fabric from Fibre's shelves to use for the construction of the quilt.  There was this little voice in my head saying "seriously, what happened to being focused?" So, I left the bolts on the table, it was the end of the day, and went home to give it more thought. Showed up for work the next morning and returned them all back on the shelf!  Nope, not starting this project right now, maybe later.

Yea for me!

What I have been doing is looking at my list of UFO projects.  Since 2007, I've kept a yearly list of all the projects I start and complete.  You can read about my project tracking here.  Although no list is full of completed projects, there aren't that many UFOs on the list.  The problem is the accumulation of the unfinished!

In the spirit of "focus" I pulled out Pineapple Grove Penny Rug (Threads that Bind), a project from Oct 2012, and started working on it.

Tada!


All Done!  Yea for me! So pleased with the way it turned out!

One off the 2012 list, another added on for 2015!  Guess what I'm working on?


All from scraps! Well except for the background.  I would have never thought I had 35 different reds in my scrap bin! Hum ....

Well, I'm off to finish off this little quilt so I can show you what it actually should look like!  Hum ... maybe I'll have it finished for Valentine Day!

Enjoy your day!  Cheers!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Brrrr ....!

It has been cold in our neck of the woods!  It's been as low at -17F (-27C).  Don't know about you, but when it's cold like that, I crave comfort foods!  That fatty stuff that I really shouldn't be having!  Today we have a sweltering 23F (-5) so it's perfect weather for quilting!

Do any of you make New Year Resolutions?  I sort of do.  I try to keep my list to things I can actually achieve.  This year, I have decided to make myself a priority and set healthy boundaries.  My goal is to stay focused.  For the past few years I've been all over the place with nothing getting fully completed.    I just have a big pile of do do.  Focus is my new mantra!

So, I focused on starting a new project! lol It's a block of the month being offered at Fibre.  It's call Beauty All Around.  I saw it at fall market 2014 and absolutely fell in love with it.  Here is block 1:


The sashing for the quilt is a square in a square block.  Of course, you can make whatever sashing you want but I liked the original one.  It's a perfect opportunity for me to use up my scraps.  I really wanted this quilt to have personal meaning and it will, as the fabrics used are from various projects etc...

Today is trimming day!


Hope you are enjoying your day and keeping warm!  Catch you later! Cheers!
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