Friday, August 26, 2016

Forever is not for us mere mortals ....!

As I mentioned in a prior post, lots of changes are taking place in my life. I've been working on a new me ... it's a work in progress! As part of this new me, I've been taking better care of myself, which includes ... physical exercise.

Yesterday afternoon was humid and hot (we did have a bit of rain). Focusing on my goal, I managed to find the motivation to go for my power walk/jog. OMG, it was brutal! There were some sort of flies/large gnats all over the place. I had never seen a swarm of pesky dipteran like those in my area! They were all over the place, making it difficult to dodge them. I definitely jogged with my mouth closed! Not sure they were the edible kind! But .... I did it! Hurry for me! Hopefully tonight they will no longer be around.

On another note, not wanting to sound morbid, but lately, I have become more aware of my mortality. I'm not getting any younger and have this need to clean out or finish off quilting projects.

I remember a story that a past guild president shared with us regarding her deceased mother's quilting projects. She had inherited the task of finishing her mother's UFOs. This task weighed heavily on her. Sadly, no one knew if her mother's UFOs were quilts she was passionate about or just something she couldn't bare to throw out! Here she was pressured to spent valuable time finishing quilt projects that were her mothers. This is not something I would want my little Pumpkin or my friends to undertake.

Last Saturday, I took an inventory of all my UFOs (I do keep a yearly Word document of my quilting projects started) and decided that I needed to either complete the projects on the list or get rid of them. I wouldn't want to leave a mess for someone else to clean.

So, I'm cleaning and working on the quilts I want to finish and getting rid of the things I no longer want ...  And, some quilts will just have to become smaller projects!

I will admit, it is difficult to get rid of a project when the blocks are all done, it's just a matter of sewing them together and putting the border on! Here is my first project.

Well, I best be getting busy! Enjoy your day everyone! Cheers!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Allowing my wisdom to shine ...!

There are a lot of changes taking place in my life. It is true what they say, as you get older what was important in your youth seems to take a back seat. All of a sudden, your priorities change and your life heads in a new direction.

I've never been one to be on a straight life path ... I like an adventure .... I've taken quite a few "wrong" turns, so to speak, some conscious and some unconscious .... okay maybe that would be "consciously ignoring the signs!" lol  Still .... life is good!

A recent new change for me is that I have decided to no longer hide my wisdom. No more trips to the hair salon for hair colouring!

It is taking quite some time for my "wisdom" to flourish! lol So far, I seem to have the patience for the process to complete itself.

On the quilting front .... I am in a completion mode. I've been tackling UFOs and cleaning out stuff I am no longer passionate about.

I have FINALLY finished the mystery quilt I blogged about here. Penelope and I spent some quality time together on Monday! ;)

The binding is sewn on, now it's a question of finishing the hand stitching ... another of my favourite part of quilting. I will admit, there isn't much about the quilting process that I don't enjoy. How about you?

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day! Cheers!

Friday, August 5, 2016

What's your passion?

I've pretty much caught up on the machine quilting and binding of all the projects I have written about. Hurry for me. What this also means is that I've been taking a break from quilting and ... catching up on my reading.

I don't know why, but I find it difficult to balance work with other activities that I enjoy, like reading and journaling. Seems I put a lot of pressure on myself to get samples done for the shoppe. Sigh!

Life is a balancing act and sometimes I'm not well balanced .... leaning way to much towards the work side. So this summer, I've taken upon myself to sit and read a book at least an hour a day. It's been a great summer .... much to nice to be sitting indoors with the a/c on, thus making it easy for me to keep to my goal.

A book I enjoyed tremendously was Big Magic - Creative living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love, which I have not read)

I loved it!  Just what I needed!

In a nut shell, it is about creating for the sake of creating. Does everything you create have to have a purpose? Must make money for you? If you enjoy writing, write ... who cares if it gets published or not! What is important is that you are enjoying the process!  And if you want to publish your work, do so!

There is a quote that struck a cord with me. In finding your passion, the question is not, "what are you passionate about?" But more like "What are you passionate enough about that you are willing to endure the most disagreeable aspect of the work?" That's the part I'm stuck on!

One thing I know for sure is that I am passionate about my quilt shoppe Fibre Junction, however I am also passionate about life. I am curious by nature. I learned that I needed to not only set boundaries between creating for Fibre and creating for myself, but to maintain those boundaries.

I enjoy reading and journaling, something I had not done in a very long time. Happily, I've picked it back up and enjoying every minute of it.

What are you passionate about? Are you living a balanced life?

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Cheers!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Take the long way home ....!

What a busy weekend it was! We headed out on Saturday morning to Massachusetts via Albany to attend my mother in law's 80th birthday dinner!

My little Pumpkin works at a boy scout camp for the summer and we headed that way to pick her up. Although it is always fun to take a different route, it did extend our driving time by 2.5 hours. We left at 8:15 a.m. and arrived in MA at 4:15 p.m.

We went to a wonderful Asian restaurant for dinner. And yes, my MIL was totally surprised to see us. We are the only ones that live "far" away, she didn't expect us to make it.  Here we are gathered at the restaurant table:

Now, I'm a big fan of sushi and apparently so is the rest of my family! So my niece, Michelle, ordered the Love Boat! Now that's heaven on a boat!

Presentation is everything ..... this is the best I've seen so far! It was all so yummy!

A great time was had by all of us. We returned home, via the long way again, Sunday morning as Pumpkin needed to be at work by noon. Although I enjoyed seeing everyone, by the time I arrived home I was beat!

Would you believe that last week I logged 1,300 miles (2,092 km) on my car?  Of which 900 was done between Saturday and Sunday! I think I'll stay put for a while! lol

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Off on an adventure ... !

Sunday, I just had to get away and clear my mind. I get like that every now and again. So, I took off in my car with no specific destination except eastward.  As I drove through the Vermont country roads, a thought came to mind, "Hum ... maybe I'll head to Center Harbor", a mere 4.5 hour drive south east! As I drove in that direction, it suddenly became clear as to where I should have my adventure!

Have you ever been to the Vermont Country Store? I had heard a bit about it, even perused one of their catalogues. So nostalgic! They are known as purveyor of fine foods and nostalgia.

They have two (2) locations and the history is quite interesting. The original one is in Weston and a newer one in Rockingham, Vermont. I had time on my hands, why not visit both? They are just 25 minutes apart!

First stop was in Rockgham, Vermont.

It really does feel like a country store. I didn't think of taking pictures of the inside, I was to busy enjoying being nostalgic! So much to look at!

They have a covered bridge called the "Kissing Bridge". I guess you're suppose to kiss when you drive through. Since I was by myself, I just gave me a kiss! No sense not following traditions! lol

Afterwards, I took off for Weston, Vermont. It was approximately a 25 minute drive westward. I passed through the quaint town of Chester, VT. The drive was so scenic. Beats highway driving anytime! I so enjoy going through the winding roads, admiring the scenery! What a lovely way to be greeted!

The Vermont Country Store is quite large and takes up a couple of buildings.

They have a wide array of what is commonly known as "penny candy". But, let me tell you, they cost more than a penny now! lol I found my childhood favourite - Soucoupe Volante which translates into Flying Saucers!

I was a six (6) year old in heaven! What fun I had perusing the various products. I will definitely be going back!

Since, as of late, I've been on a cookbook acquisition mood, I bought their cookbook! Lots of wonderful recipes as well as history of the store. Such a lovely book to look at!

All and all, I logged over 400 miles on my car! What a great day I had!

How was your weekend? I hope you had a wonderful one!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Life goes on ...!

Cheryl, a dear Aussie friend of mine, gave me the following advice "Illegitimi nil Carborundum" and she is right! Control is an illusion! Let it go and move on; life is to short!

Having been a quiltin' fool for a few weeks, starting and finishing new projects, I thought I would tackle my UFO pile.

As a quilt shoppe owner, your quilting project choice takes on a double duty - personal quilt and shoppe sample.  It's an efficient way to quilt! But, there comes a time when your UFO pile, you know the ones you cannot use as a shoppe sample, weighs you down. It's amazing how it can put a damper on your creativity! The remedy is to either rid yourself of those projects you are no longer passionate about or start tackling them! For me, I'm passionate about all of my UFOs!

Last night I worked on a quilt I started back in December 2014.  It was offered by Fibre as a mystery block of the month. It was the perfect quilt for someone special, whom by the way, is not getting any younger and for the record, neither am I. So, time to tackle it and get it done!

It's a gorgeous queen size quilt! Sadly, I cannot show you a picture because I think the mystery pattern is still available for quilt shops to purchase. I wouldn't want to ruin your surprise! ;) Here's a sneak peak!

The pattern was designed by Sherri of  Border Creek Station Pattern Company. Let me tell you, she is an amazing block of the month pattern writer. Her instructions are laid out in such a way that you can pick up right where you left off. Even after a year and a half!!!! No spending time trying figuring out where you're at! It made it so easy for me to get back into it!

Tonight, my goal is to put the last two border on the quilt and it will be a done deal! Let's just hope I'm not biting more than I can chew. It is a pieced nine patch block border. lol

Thank you so much for stopping by! Catch you later!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday .... started on a bad foot!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that not only did you not create, but had no control over it? That's me on this Monday morning .... it's not a great feeling to have to rely on someone else to correct their mistake and make it right. Then, I read my daily inspirational e-mail from Neale Donald Walsch of Conversations with God and this is what it says:

On this day of your life
Carole, I believe God wants you to know...

...that how bad things may look right now means nothing.
It's how good you know they can look with God's help
that counts.

Life has a habit of changing itself completely around in
24 hours. Heck, in 24
Minutes sometimes.

Don't you dare give up on Tomorrow because of the
way things look Today. Don't even think about it...

Love,  Your Friend...



On a brighter note .... I've been a busy bee. I finished Frivol 6 - Vintage by Fig Tree & Co.

You know what that means? Time to start a new project!

Since I'm on the Moda Frivol kick, why not continue? So, I started Frivol 10 - Sugar by Sweetwater! What a cute block .... and cute fabric!

Easy peazy to piece! The quilt was completed in no time!

If you need me, I will be in my sewing studio, my happy place, attempting to calm down and feel better about this situation that not only is out of my control, but hopefully will not ruin me!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Two halves equals one!

The feet dragging for a week taught me a valuable lesson .... you're to old to pull an all nighter! lol Aging is not for sissies!

Learning from my experience .... I choose to slowly work on the Slice of Cake quilt! The other half was less time consuming than the first half!

It actually stood like that for approximately a week. Well long enough for the weekend to get here and .... for me to need my designer wall again!

Here it presently sits on Penelope, patiently waiting for me to tackle it!

Another project done! A perfect opportunity to start a new one! Frivol 6 - Vintage by Fig Tree!

It's a busy weekend, so I'm not sure I'll get a chance to work on the quilt! Catch you later!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Moment of insanity .... Part Quatre!

By Monday, I was proud of my accomplishments! Took some time off and enjoyed the day outside, doing a bit of this and that. 

By late afternoon, it was time to start another new project! I can do this ... maybe break some records. So I took a look at my next project;

Hum ... simple enough .... a layer cake of Grow and the pattern Slice of Cake by Me and My Sister Designs! Let's set a goal .... When half the quilt is pieced I'll head to bed!

Big mistake .... by 2:00 a.m. I had reached my goal ... 

I don't know what I was thinking!

Would you be surprised if I told you that I dragged my feel all week long. Did not get any other quilting done!  Definitely a moment of insanity! lol

Catch you later!  Cheers!
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