Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be grateful! Thank you for being a part of my cyber family! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

Enjoy the abundance in your life!  Cheers!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Market 2015 ... some Saturday Evening Highlights!

This post certainly "should" have been written back in October .... but you know how it is?

I have to keep reminding myself that this blog is about enjoying the adventure, so no posting stress allowed! lol

I had the privilege of attending Moda's 40th anniversary dinner and sat with two lovely ladies. Okay, they are one of my favourite, favourite fabric and pattern designers. Meet Alma Allan and Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs.

I'm sure you can tell how unhappy I was to have my photo taken with these beautiful ladies! lol What great dinner conversations we had!

The anniversary party was a blast, I even had a chance to meet another of my favourite pattern and fabric designer. Can you guess who it is?

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings!

That evening, I sent this picture to Diane, a friend of mine, (Primitive Gatherings also happens to be one of her favourite designers) and mentioned "Guess who I'm with?" Diane's reply was "your sister?" I laughed hysterically!

Moda puts on a great party! Great food, great company and lots of dancing ... what more could one ask for?!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of cyberspace! Enjoy your day!

Catch you later!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Happy Birthday to me...!

Today is my birthday. Hard to believe that I have been on this earth 56 years. My, how time flies! Seems not to long ago, I was enjoying the carefree attitude of a child!

My life, thus far, as certainly been interesting. Nothing I would have ever dreamed in a million years! Funny how that is. You think you have it all figured out, a life course well planned out and BAM ... On a different path you go!

I can honestly say that I no longer know where I am headed, not even sure it's important anymore. I seem to have taken the attitude of "going with the flow". I think age does that to you... well it did to me!

Sunday, I visited a friend, Loretta, in Montreal and she surprised me with a birthday celebration!

Today, I had a surprise visit from my mum, brother and his wife. They drove all the way from Montreal and brought lunch for us to enjoy at Fibre Junction! What a fun way to celebrate a birthday! Received lots of phone calls, (my little Pumpkin called and made it that much more special), cards, gifts and e-mails (from friends and fellow farmgirls)!

I am truly blessed!

I can say with honesty that 2015 turned out to be a good year to celebrate my birthday! Thank you to all that made it special, you know who you are!

Happy birthday Carole! :D

I'm grinning alright! Cheers!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

I just love the fall decorations all around the my neighbourhood! I just had to share this one. I call it "Fall on Oak Street"

Have a safe Halloween! Boo!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Off to Market I go .... day 2!

Today was schoolhouse .... what a day!  My morning ritual is to pick the sessions I think will be of interest. So much to choose from!

It's a day filled with information .... I come out of there brain dead! lol

Afterwards is sample spree.  I must say, it wasn't as packed as usual.  A good thing! Sadly, I didn't buy much. Not sure why, but I wasn't in the mood.  Perhaps I need to get my head checked! lol

Did get this stinking cute bag from Riley Blake!

If you spent so much, you got the bag ... well I made sure I spent so much! You understand right? They also had these cute smaller bags you could purchase!

So now I'm styling! Of course I had to get me some Zombie Love - 1 yard cut!

Once I got over the zombie thing, I picked up a Cotton Steele FQ bundle from RJR. I just love those colours! Not sure what I'm going to do with it besides fondle it ......

I must admit, it's the first time I spend so little at Sample Spree! I really wanted to buy but couldn't find anything .... Maybe I should call my doctor?

Off to process my day!  Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Off to Market I go ....!

Arrived in Houston early Thursday morning. Goodness it's hot and humid! Didn't do much except walk around a bit and stopped at my favourite Mexican restaurant - Guadalaja Del Centro - and had one of these.

It's official ... I am now in International Quilt Market Mode! Cheers!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

And the beat goes on .....!

Wow, I cannot believe I haven't posted in a month. Where has time gone? I kid you not, yesterday I lost an hour somewhere. Has anyone seen it? I had plans to attend the local guild meeting at 6:00 p.m. Closed shop at what I thought was 5:00 p.m. Hopped in my car, drive out of the parking lot, checked the clock and it was 6:15 p.m. What the heck???? Pointless driving down, I'll miss half the meeting!

Anyway, last weekend I vended for the very first time. Never having done this before, I did not accurately calculate the amount of time it would take me to prep everything. There were many late evenings, attempting to look organized. Lesson learned!

We set up booth early Saturday morning, and this is what my booth looked like:

Other side:

I had no idea that my booth was going to be this large! What a fun experience it was for me, met some wonderful quilters.

On the quilting front, I machine quilted Fivrol 1 - Kindred by Bonnie & Camille.

Love how it turned out! This is such a happy quilt ... Hello Darling! such a happy fabric line!

I also finished this little quilt using Holly Taylor's latest line - Winter Song. The pattern is called OSO by Carrie Nelson.  I used one charm pack for the center blocks and yardage for the rest.

I call this quilt, Bear Tracks through the Woods. Carrie's instructions is to use two charm packs and create a scrappy border, but I chose to use yardage.

So, what have you been up to? Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Are you Frivoling...?

Have you heard the latest?  Moda has come out with these collectible tins called Frivols! I am such a push over for tins!  Check out Frivol 1!  It even has a clear top!!!!

Every month Moda issues a new Frivol tin that features a designer pattern and a new fabric line! Last month Bonnie & Camille were featured.  The pattern is called Kindred and they used the fabric line Hello Darling!

Now the tin alone was enough to peak my attention but the use of Hello Darling fabric line threw me over the top! lol Love, love, love that line!  I pet it every time I pass by! I love my job! lol

Here is my completed top!

Love how it turned out.  (yes, that's another quilt in the background - You all know that I'm ADDH and OCD right!) lol

I'm hoping to schedule a play date with Penelope this weekend to get it machine quilted.  Would make a great shop sample, that is, until the tins are sold out! (quantities are limited)

So, if you read in the news that a quilter has been injured by a Moda Frivol tin avalanche, that would be me! I'm hooked!

Catch you later!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

She's off .... !

My little Pumpkin has left for college.  It has been an adjustment for both of us... and .... It's all good!

Before she left, we spent a lot of mother daughter time together.  One Sunday, we decided to visit this huge mall in Albany that has a "Build a Bear" workshop.  Have you ever been?  What a great idea.  As you build your bear, you come to a point where you must add a heart.  Well, Pumpkin and I traded hearts.  My bear has her heart and hers mine.   Isn't she the cutest?  Her name is Pumpkin!

As you can imagine, there hasn't been much quilting going on, but I did get a bit of sewing.  Yea, you read right, sewing NOT quilting.  I really do not like to sew but Pumpkin, the other one, needed a laundry bag.  So, I designed this little bag.

I'll admit, it wasn't that bad.  I even used the button whole feature on my Bernina.  Check it out!

The fabric line is Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille.  I love that line!

I've been after DH for a while now to build me a quilt cabinet.  I was tired of having my quilts stacked here and there and every where.  After discussing some specifications, this is what he built for me.

Doors open!  Very roomy!

Notice that it is not filled, yet!  That's on my "to do" list today!  I best be getting off this computer and working on that!

Enjoy your day!  Cheers!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Connecting memories ....!

Many moons ago I wrote a blog entry on threads and talked about how I had inherited my maternal grandmother's thread collection.  As a quilt shop owner, I am still perplexed when customers inform me that they need to buy new thread because their collection is too old or "has expired".  Hum ....

For the record, thread does not have an expiry date.  If you take good care of your thread, that is, you keep it out of the sun etc .... there is no reason why it shouldn't last.

Today, I am hand stitching the binding on a quilt to be used as a sample for the shoppe and guess what I'm using?  My grandmother's thread.

As I stitch the binding, I think of my grandmother, Yvonne, and how I miss her so much.  I am reminded of her many talents and joie de vive.

Quilting for me is a way to reconnect with the past.  Some memories are personal and so are not.  When I use reproduction prints, I think of the women from that era and the joys and hardships they endured.  Their daily motto of make do or make without, something that is foreign to many of us today!

As I piece a quilt for someone, that individual is constantly on my mind.  The quilt becomes imbued with memories and personal energy.  When I look at that project, the stories come to mind, the same way the thread evokes memories of my grandmother.  Every quilt has a story!

This is a reminded for me to take the time to enjoy the process.  It's not a race or contest of "how many projects can I complete" but more of a slowing down and enjoying the quilt story as it unfolds and evolves with every stitch.

How is your quilt story coming along?
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