Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snow day ... !

We haven't had a storm like this in a long time!  It's gorgeous out!  This morning I actually entertained the thought of opening the Shoppe! Then I came to my senses.  So far we have had a foot of snow and it keeps coming down!


It's a perfect day for quilting!  I've been working on Fibre's latest BOM, Civil War Melodies!  I have 8 (eight) months of blocks completed so far.  Guess what I'm working on today? ;o)


I want to share with you my CSSC 2012 gift from Kerstin.


Isn't gorgeous!  The workmanship is amazing!  Thank you so much Kerstin for being my Secret Santa!

I'm off to do some quilting!  I hope everyone affected by this storm is safe and sound.

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Magazines....!

Happy Winter Solstice!  I survived December 21, 2012!  LOL Now that the shortest day of the year is behind us, it only gets brighter from here! ;o)

I love magazines! You can pretty much say that I'm a magazine junky!  I would like to share with you my latest find!

Have you seen Simply Vintage by Quiltmania? It has become my all time favourite!


Took a two year subscription early this year and I haven't been disappointed.


Lots of lovely projects!  Plus, I get to practice my French!

Well worth the money!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CSSC 2012 ...!

My Secret Santa Parcel, organized by Chookyblue, arrived early this month!


This year, my secret partner is Kerstin from Kerstin bunte Welt blog, and here is my cute little ornament, already on the tree! Too cute!


Kerstin also included a bonus, an owl case! I love owls!


Hum.... I haven't seen that case around! Bet you DD took it! It's soooo adorable!  She also included another little  treat, gorgeous ribbons!

Thank you again Kerstin for the lovely treats.  Looking forward to opening my big present on Christmas day!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A finish...!

Thank you for taking a tour of Fibre Junction. I do hope you enjoyed your visit!  I sure did!

I want to share with you a recent finish.  You may have seen it in one of the tour pictures, however I have not shared it officially.  As a matter of fact, I quickly put the quilt up so that it would be included in the tour pictures.  ;o)

Voila!


Snow Happens! A pattern by Bird Brain Designs.  Except for the background, I used mainly batiks!  Love those blues!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Miss me....?!

I sure miss writing.  Time just seems to get away from me.  Always something I SHOULD be doing instead of writing a blog post!  Well, the heck with that, I'm writing! lol

I thought I would give you a virtual tour of Fibre Junction.  It's been so long since I published pictures.  It is quite different from the day the quilt shoppe opened in May 2009.  You can peak at the first post here.

Come in! Welcome to Fibre Junction!


Take a closer peak on the treadle!



A glance at the right! Don't you just love plaids?


Love these feather trees!


Let's walk towards the back!


Continuing your walk towards the back of the Shoppe!  Love the way Barbara Brackman's new fabric line Metropolitan Fair looks on the center shelves!


To your left! One can never have too many backgrounds!


Want a closer look?


Let's walk back towards the entrance into our next room!


I love the way the fabric looks! I may be bias, but I love the batik selection! ;o)


A little holiday decoration!


To the left, the Notion Hut!


Some primitive style fabrics!


Did you want a peak in the wool cupboard?


If you turn around, you will see a selection of "prim" backgrounds!


Towels for your hand embroidery needs! That old washing machine continues to be a conversation piece!


Here is a full view of the second room!


Thank you for your stopping by!

I hope you enjoyed visiting Fibre Junction in Rouses Point, New York.  Please come again!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

All Cooped up!

Like most of you in the north country, we have been getting ready for the cold weather.  Stephen has been busy preparing our wood supply.  When I opened the door this morning, this is what greeted me!


I just think it's so cute!  It reminds me of the Grinch! I'm not sure I want to stick that log in the wood stove!  Do you think I can sell it on e-bay under the "strange phenomenon" section? lol

Speaking of getting ready for the winter, Stephen has been busy working on this little project!


Back in May, we added some Red Heads to the "girls" club!


From top left, Mabel, Isabel, bottom left Luna and Dingleberry - She's giving you the side glance!


Here's Mabel and Isabelle (corner left).  Such a curious bunch of girls!

Now that there are nine (9) members in the "girl's Club", they needed a bigger coop.  I've always wanted a stationary chicken coop (we presently have a mobile one that Stephen moves around the yard). They will spend the cold months in their new home and the summer, in their mobile home!  

I'll get Stephen to make flower boxes to put under the windows and of course I'll need a star for the top of the door! It's going to be so purty!

On the quilting front, I've been busy working on a wool project as well as a few other things.  I can get so distracted at time! lol

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Boo... hooo....!

What a disappointing Halloween!

Only 8 kids showed up at my door step! What's going on here?  I had all these wonderful goody bags made up!  A wonderfully carved pumpkin by dd ... and barely anyone came. I sure hope the numbers will increase next year!

As I sat downstairs, waiting for the ghouls to show up, I took the opportunity to clean out my blog labels.  I felt there were way too many labels that were redundant!

I've been plugging away at the Folk Art Bloom quilt!  Voila, another one done!


Thanks for stopping by!  Keep well!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Boo...!

Happy Halloween!  

October 31 is one of my favourite days!  I love to decorate for the occasion!  As a matter fact, Fibre Junction is known for it's Halloween touch all year long!

I should note that I am very particular about my Halloween decorating and am not into the blood and gore aspect of the celebration.  I am always on the look out for a unique piece and this year I stumbled upon a lovely witch!

Meet Agatha, the Fibre witch!

She has such a sympathetic look .... her outfit is lovely!

Oh, and I love the colour of her hair.  In my book, if I must succumb to the effects of aging, that is the hair colour I am aiming for! lol

For the record, I do not foresee taking on that look for quite some time.  I am still young!  A kid! ;o)

As of late, I have been busy with establishing the web store for Fibre Junction.  It's a full time job!!!!  lol  Oh... but I am so enjoying myself in this quilting adventure!

In keeping with the spirit of the day's celebration, I have completed this little gem!



A pattern by Brenda Gervais of Country Stitches.  Gosh, do I looooooove working with wool!  It's addictive! ;o)

Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner in cyber space.  I hope you will have a ghoulish time celebrating the day!

Happy Trick or Treating!

"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!" We usually stopped at "trick or treat" because, it was just too long! ;o)

Boo...!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Children Can't Fly...?!


Gotta love window companies and their sense of humour!  Here at the Prevost-Meier household, we are presently doing a bit of renovating.  There were a couple of windows that we wanted to replace.  So Stephen has been busy taking care of these. New windows makes such a difference, especially in a house that is more then 180 years old!

Stephen is always looking for ways to "recycle" wood, continuously on the look out for a recent tree that fell etc.  Last year was the year for fallen trees in our neighbourhood!  Stephen's right there, with the owner's permission of course, collecting pieces.  You can actually say he has a reputation as the neighbourhood "wood collector"!  Now they just call him, offering first dibs on what's available! lol

Since last year, he has been busy making these wonderful Windsor chairs for our dinning room.


We have two of these armed Windsor chairs.


We have four of these beauties! They are all really comfortable, which is wonderful as we can just sit around the dinning room table for hours chatting away and our derrieres are not complaining! ;o)  He did have them tested before he continued with the carving! ;o)

Now for the story!  Anything above the seat is Red Oak, which came from across the street. A huge branch fell during a windy storm and provided the wood for us.  As for the seat, it is Box Elder and that comes from a tree that fell at his work place.  Anything below the seat is Sugar Maple, a hard wood, which was purchased.

I love that my home is filled with furniture that has a story.  Stories are important, as they are the foundation of who we are, passed down from generations to generations.  They are our anchor!  I don't know about you, but I find that in today's "disposable" world, stories seem to have lost their importance.  I like that many of our furniture can be passed down to future generations.  They are the "antiques" of the future! ;o)

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the moment!  Cheers!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In between hand appliqueing Folk Art Bloom, I've managed to get a bit of wool work done.

Here is a penny rug I recently completed, as a gift for a dear friend! The pattern is called Penny Paws by Lake View Primitives!


I'll be calling it Motley Crew!  It's so cute!  I don't know that I want to part with it! lol

Well, it's presently hanging at the Shoppe, as a sample.  I'll be able to enjoy for a while before I send it off!  Of course, there's always the option of making another one!  Naw.......!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week!  Cheers!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Plugging away....!

Do you have flimsies, waiting to be sandwiched and bound?  Well, I do!

These projects just seem to sit there, waiting.  For what?  Sometimes, I'm not sure.  It's been the case for this little quilt.  Sure, I can make excuses, but really.... it's been way too long!

Started this little hand embroidery project last year!  I've had the center done for quite some time.

Yes, I was waiting for fabric to come in, but honestly, it didn't have to take so long for me to complete this.

The pattern is called Little Tree by Waltzing with Bears!  For the border, I used a combination of Seasonal Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings and Odile by French General!

I love the little hanger!

As I look at this little quilt, I feel the need to remove some machine quilting in the center.  What was I thinking?

On another note, I did complete another block from my Folk Art Quilt project.


Plugging along here!

On a different subject, I am in search of a photo editing software that is not overly expensive.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn is in the air...!

I love fall!  It has got to be one of my all time favourite season.  Here in Upstate New York, it is absolutely lovely.  The weather is a bit coolish and the trees are just beginning to change their colours.    We are definitely getting a glimpse of fall.

I continue to keep busy, in between classes and business dealings, by getting quilting projects completed.  If you recall, on a recent trip to Syracuse, I picked up some patterns and kits and have since completed this cute little country wool project!

The pattern is called Snowman Gift Bag and is designed by Peg Springstead of the Quilted Crow New York.

I plan on using it as a winter decoration!

I think it will look lovely with some holly springs or perhaps other types of greenery in the bag!  Don't you think?

Wool is so nice to work with!

Simple ... not as complicated as needle turn applique.  Not that I do not enjoy hand applique, it's just that a wool projects is much simpler to prepare.  

Speaking of hand applique ... I have been plugging away at my Folk Art Bloom quilt.


The background fabric I had been waiting for finally arrived at Fibre Junction - Marcus Bros Tavern Blues by Paula Barnes.  I took the day to prepare the rest of my blocks so that I can tackle them.

I like to have all of the prep work done so that it becomes a production line applique marathon.  Of course, with occasional breaks for some machine time and other hand projects.  Working on the same project continuously just tires me out!  I like variety! ;o)

Thank you for stopping by!  Cheers!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

No Robots please....!

I do not know about you, but those "prove you are not a robot" requests are difficult to decipher!  I have just about given up on making any attempts at leaving a comment on those blog that have the "no-robot" request.  And if I feel compelled to write something, I'm out after the first strike!  Honestly, I do not need more challenges in my life! ;o)

I understand that SPAM is on the rise, but I have dealt with this by programming my blog to request "comment approval" for comments made on posts greater than 10 (ten) days.  Of course, my blog no longer accept anonymous posters and that, in itself, cut back the SPAM tremendously!

Onward to the fun stuff.  I've been working on this little, well not really, wool project!  It took me quite some time to complete it!

The pattern is called Two Prim Snowmen from A Piece of Work.  


I love how it turned out!

I did have an issue with the wool stretching/warping from the hand work, making the top un-even.  I was advised that most people will just use a bigger back piece for the underneath and cut accordingly.  That just did not do it for me!

I sat on the problem for a bit until memories of my knitting days came to mind.  To re-shape the top to it's proper size, I blocked it, just like I would my sweaters!  Worked like a charm!

I just love the patterns from A Piece of Work and will be carrying many of their designs at Fibre Junction.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!  Cheers!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mini vacation - Day 3 ..!

On day 3, Gina and I took it easy.  We had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and later set off for the ride home.  It really is a pleasant ride.  Very scenic, that is if you like the Adirondacks.

We must have taken a wrong turn at some point as we came across a Starbucks!  Now, that enhances the ride! ;o)  I will have to remember that new route!

I did forget to show you a picture of my loot from The Quilted Crow in New York.


Took the opportunity to pick up a couple of her patterns.  They are so cute!  They will make cute gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm off to play with my loot! ;o)

Cheers!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mini Vacation day 2 - Evening....!

After we spend a good part of the early afternoon at the Quilted Crown New York, we headed off to.... drum roll please....


Have you ever been?  This was my first time.  I love fairs!  Of course, you cannot go to a fair and not spend time with the animals.

Check out this goat!


It's a miniature Dutch Belted cow!  Just kid-ding!  I know, I'm punny! ;o) But really..... is that neat or what?!

I have never seen so many rabbits in one area in my life.  Must have been the year to show rabbits!  No pictures of rabbits, too many to choose from! ;o)

Myself, I'm a bird lover.  While Gina was sight seeing with the bird man, I checked out some fowls.  I love Chickens.... check out this Silkies with her brood.  Are they cute or what?


Here you have Punk Silkies! ;o)


I definitely want some Silkies in my coop.  Not sure I want Punk ones!  They seem high maintenance!

Now, what's a fair without rides.  Gina was eager to hop on what she called the Carousel, what she really meant was this...


What a beauty!  Now while you're way up there waiting for people to get on the Ferris Wheel, you might as well take ......


As we waited, enjoying the view, Gina says ..... "I want to go on that ride next"


Okay! As we get off the Ferris Wheel and head towards the barf chair ride I say, "You go, I'll watch over our things".  Really, this was not the kind of ride you would want to take your bags with you!

Here is Gina all excited!


Now here's Gina enjoying the ride!


Yea, someone had to stay behind and watch our bags!  That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! ;o)

Here's Gina after the ride.... love the wind blown look!


Off we continued to enjoy the various rides.  We pretty much closed down the joint!  What a blast we had!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you ever do get a chance, I highly recommend the New York State Fair!  I will definitely be going back!
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