Monday, August 7, 2017

Learning from my mistakes ....!

Hum ... When it comes to setting quilting goals, I seem to have a difficult time learning from my mistakes.

I finished the quilt Bobbins, which is from that great book 12-Pack Quilts by Me & My Sister. You can read about the blog entry here.

The quilt has been hanging on my design wall for a couple of weeks. Excuse the messy photo!
I used fabrics from Chestnut Street by Fig Tree & Co - Available from Fibre Junction here.

Below is a close up of the block.
Late Sunday afternoon, I decided that I had enough motivation to machine quilt the top. The goal ... hit the sack once it was all machine quilted.
By ... yawn ... 11:30 p.m. it was completed!

Today's goal, machine sew the binding, making it ready for hand sewing! Another of my favourite part of quilting!

What's quilting with you?

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Off on an adventure!

Not sure about the weather where you live but here, in way northeast New York I can see Canada from my house, it has been wet. Lots of rain ... Oh I'm not complaining, just stating a fact.

Sunday, on the spur of the moment, I decided to take a drive to Norwich, Vermont and attend a bread baking course at the King Arthur Flour Baking School. I just love that place .... they have a great store ... I could spend hours perusing .... Oh, and their restaurant has such wonderful bake goods!

Okay ... perhaps I need to back up a bit ....

Woke up early Sunday morning .... checked the courses available at King Arthur Flour Baking School ... saw one that I liked and it wasn't full!!!! That's a sign ... registered .... and took off for a drive!

Of course, it sort of helped that I just bought a new car. What fun it is to take your new wheels out for a long drive in the country ... music blaring .... Heaven!

The class I attened was Beauty and the Baguette.  We made two (2) baguettes. What a great class it was! Here are my results!


Frankly, I'm surprised there were any baguette left over for a photo after a 2.5 hour drive back home!!!!! It was extremely difficult to keep myself from reaching into the bag behind my seat and tear a bite!!!!! It was so yummy!

Once I arrived home, I tested a piece, okay a few more pieces, with butter .... heaven! All I needed was a glass of wine .... but by then I was pretty full! lol

If you have a chance, I would highly recommend taking a baking class at the King Arthur Baking School. I learned lots and I am now comfortable working with a wet dough!

Hum .... this morning I noticed there were crumbs on the rear floor of the car .... I wonder how that happened? LOL

So what's up with you this summer?

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Another one bites the poussière!

Trying to be humourous here! Poussière is French for dust! Hum ... I wonder how the translator is going to handle that one?!

I'm still going strong on finishing some hand embroidery UFOs. It is such a great feeling when yet another project is crossed off the "LIST"!

This little gem was started January 3, 2016 and the top hand embroidered by January 13, 2016.

There it sat, waiting for me to do something about it! It's a good thing all these projects are patient with me! lol

Voila!


The pattern is called Raven Claw Mercantile by Crabapple Hill Studios, which is available here from Fibre Junction.

I just love how it turned out. Pumpkin picked out the border fabric! Yes, not only is she a huge Harry Potter fan (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! lol) but she belongs to the Ravenclaw house (founded by Rowena Ravenclaw) ... I just had to stitch it for her!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Keep on piecing ...!

Time permitting, I've been plugging away at my UFO hand embroidery list. So many blocks stitched, so little time.

I decided it was high time I tackle the Snowmen & Reindeer blue work quilt by Bird Brain Design, a project I started back in July 2012. The twelve (12) block were completed back in January 2013, there they sat, waiting patiently for me to make something out of them!

This is what the original pattern "should" look like.


You know how it is with us quilters, there's always a need to tweak things up a bit here and there. So I decided to changes things up a bit and work with some of the fabrics I own, you know ... use up that stash! Gasp!

Here is my version of the Snowmen and Reindeer quilt.


It is such a great feeling when you've finished a project on that UFO list!

What have you been up too?

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When Witches Fly ....!

I absolutely love anything having to do with witches. As most of you probably know, my favourite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. Yep, I'm a big Santa fan!

I have a mountain of hand embroidered blocks stitched that are waiting patiently to be pieced into a quilt top. This one was completed on January 3, 2016!!!!!

Last night I decided that it was high time to tackle one of them!

Ta dah!


I just love how this little quit turned out! It's the cutest quilt top!

The pattern is called When Witches Fly by Crabapple Hill Studios. The pattern is available at Fibre Junction's website here.

Now, I'm all motivated to finish another one of  those stitched blocks! Watch out .... unless .... SQUIRREL!

Catch you later! cheers!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Rain, Rain and more rain!

I don't know about where you live, but here in the way northeast, I can see Canada from my shoppe, it's been raining quite a bit. Check out how green everything is.

My irises are in full bloom!
Aren't they pretty?
On the quilting front, I am still plugging away at the flying geese quilt! Would you believe that I have 300 more flying geese to make and I'll be in a position to start piecing the top?

I have decided to keep track of the number of fabrics I am using in the quilt.

They will all be glued in my Scrappy Planner .... as they are part of the quilt's story.

I cannot wait to count the number of different fabrics in that quilt!

So, what are you working on?

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My adventures with baby Coons!

It was quite the weekend. I do hope those of you in the US enjoyed a fun day with family and friends. Myself, I became the care taker of cute little baby raccoons.

Early Sunday morning, I noticed one baby coon on the side walk in front of my house. It kept calling for its mother. I left it there for a while hoping the mother would show up ....

By 10:00 a.m. there was still no sign of the mother .... I looked across the street and there's another little coon.

They both looked so tired  .... So I placed them in a bin with some cotton batting. I  mean what else is there to do with batting scraps?

Aren't they cute?


I left them outside for the night in the hopes that their mother would show up. Sadly, by Monday morning, they were still in the bin. Their mother hadn't shown up to claim them.

I found this great website that helped me take proper care of these critter. Please, before you do anything, always do some research. There are lots of valuable information on the web.

I ended up taking them to the Adirondack Wildlife Refugee where Ethan, the coon expert, greeted me.  He will be working to rehabilitate them and they will be released in their natural habitat when old enough.

If you have never visited the Adirondack Wildlife Refugee, I would highly recommend it.  AND if you can, please add them to your annual charity budget list. Their work on rehabilitating wild animals is strictly funded by private donations.

Bye, Bye little raccoons!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Buzz Cut ...!

Have you heard of this great new book, 12 - Pack Quilts by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister?


It's one of those books where I want to make lots of quilts from it. Definitely worth the price!

The funny thing about this book is that when I first previewed it from The Patchwork Place auto-ship, I declined shipment. The project just didn't speak to me. The colours were blah!

It wasn't until I attended fall market and saw the actual quilts that I fell in love with the book and its projects. The pictures really do not do justice to the quilts.

Each projects require 12 fat quarters and additional yardage as per pattern requirements. I have since completed the Buzz Cut!


I just love how it turned out! The colours are bright and cheerful .... hum much brighter than the picture.

Oh, and the block was super easy to do! The finished quilt measures 68.5 x 68.5. Word of advice, follow the cutting directions other wise ..... ask me how I know? lol

Thanks for stopping by. Catch you later! Cheers!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Anniversary Fibre Junction!

Wow! Hard to believe that Fibre Junction is eight (8) years old. Time sure flies when you're having fun!


The lovely flower bouquet was sent by my dear friend Gina!


Thank you to everyone who stopped by and helped us celebrate Fibre's eight (8) anniversary! Cheers!
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