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?

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Catch you later! Cheers!

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!


Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Cheers!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Buzz Cut ...!

Have you heard of the 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!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Flying geese quilt .... in flight!

As you know from the prior post, I'm presently working on the 1,700 pieced flying geese quilt and thought I would blog a bit more about how I organized this project.

As you can imagine, having 5,100 pieces to sew together can be quite daunting! By organizing the pieces accordingly (see prior post) it makes this quilt quite manageable.

For this quilt, I decided that it was best to use a bin to organize my bags, this way I am less likely to lose anything.


When the quilting mood hits me (ok, I'm in a perpetual quilting mood) I grab a bag of each and the piecing starts.


For this quilt, I'm using the tool - Sew Straight ... It's perfect for this method of piecing flying geese!


I love that tool!

If you own the Angler 2, it is pretty much the same thing except that you do not have a valuable installation piece that you can lose! The Sew Straight lines up directly on your machine and it comes with great instructions.

Voila! One hundred (100) flying geese pieced!


Time to trim .....


And before you know it, you've just pieced and trimmed 100 flying geese! I now have a mere 1,600 more to go! lol

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Happy quilting!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Scrap quilting .... cutting one, two, three quilts at a time!

I am presently working on the flying geese quilt I mentioned back on March 23, 2017. The goal of that quilt was to use up my 1930's scraps.

So, I started by pulling out my bin of 1930's scraps and began cutting.


It took me quite some time to clean that bin out because, as I was cutting for the flying geese project, the thought occurred to me that I could make a bag of one (1) inch squares from the left over scraps for another 1930's project that I'm interested in making ... Isn't this how every quilter's mind works?

Because of the number of pieces I needed for the flying geese quilt, it became apparent that scraps were not going to do it. I needed to cut into my stash .... resulting in more scraps! So much for wanting to reduce my scrap load!

To make this project less daunting to piece, I created 17 bags of 100 rectangles and 17 bags of 200 squares. This way, when I'm ready to stitch out the blocks, I can grab a package of each and voila, I'm on my piecing way!


Once I had cut up the 5,100 pieces of fabric I needed for this quilt ... being in the cutting zone ... why not start cutting for another project?

So, I pulled out my Lori Holt stash .... Such happy fabrics!


And started cutting for a pattern from her Scrappy Project Planner - Happy Trails Quilt


BTW, this is such a great planner! It is so happy and as you know I'm all about happy! lol

So there you have it! A piece of how my mind works .... hum ..... I am all over the place! SQUIRREL!

Catch you later!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mud ... Glorious Mud!

Here in the way northeast, I can see Canada from my house, we call spring - mud season!

Quick thaw followed by lots of rain leads to ...


Yea, it's billy boot time! 


Excuse me while I go play in the mud!

Catch you later! Cheers!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Quilting gods were in a favourable mood!

Have you ever made a mistake on a project and were just so furious that you had to get that quilt out of your sight? Well I have .....

Last December after I returned from my trip to Boca Raton, I became ill. I seriously did not know how weak I was until I made an attempt to piece the backing of the Snippet quilt, a quilt top I had blogged about back in June 2016. I knew I wasn't well enough for a play date with Penelope, but hey piecing a back was a piece of cake, so I thought!

When I piece a backing, I always rip my fabric, thus ensuring that everything is on grain. I needed 2 pieces of 2.5 yards each. I snip in the middle, on the fold, and proceed to rip .... I cannot for the life of me rip that fabric ... more snipping .....

In a moment of desperation I place two fingers from each hand in the snipped hole and begin to pull ..... %#&%^ I ripped the right fabric piece across the fold/middle and not selvage to selvage!!!!!

To say I was fuming is an understatement. I ruined 2.5 yards of fabric!!!!! I threw the backing in a corner and ignored it. Out of sight, out of mind!

Well, you can only ignore fabric in a corner for so long. Fast forward three (3) months and by then I had gathered enough patience to tackle the backing again. Yea, I purchase another 2.5 yards of fabric!

The quilt measures 92 inches, therefore I needed to piece a section on the back. I had a couple of extra blocks left over from the quilt and used those as part of the backing.


Given the fiasco, I was totally surprised that the backing went together so well. I figured I should use that positive energy to my advantage and loaded up Penelope ...

Hum, maybe the machine quilting stars are aligned?


... And Voila! The Snippet quilt is all done!


I just love this quilt. I have become such a retro fan ... bright and happy that's how I like it!

If you are interested in making this gorgeous quilt, Fibre Junction has only one (1) kit left. Check out our website here for full details.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Catch you later! Cheers~!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Weather you like it or not ...!

As you all know, I love snow! I know, I know, I'm presently a minority! lol

We were expecting snow and with the temperatures being above 34F (2C) I really didn't think the weather forecast would be accurate .... but I was happy to be wrong!

The standard backyard shots ... the Barn and Fort Gunther


The drive into Fibre Junction was absolutely beautiful. Down the street from me.


On my way ....


 And then, I just had to stop .... take in the beauty of Mother Nature.


I was in awe .... it's like a postcard or Christmas card scene


Mother Nature never does anything mediocre .... She puts in all of her best .... I am just in peak state at the moment from the beauty of it all.

I wish you a marvelous day! Namaste!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Let it snow!

Oh, how I love snow ... I am enjoying this beautiful snow fall, the large flake kind of snow fall!

I thought I would spare you a picture of the barn and show you the tree house, aka Fort Gunter, and our famous crazy swing!


The snow flakes were huge and oh so sticky ... perfect for snow balls!


As you can see, we had lost quite a bit of snow from our last snow fall.


I'm probably a minority right now ... many are eager for Spring to be in full swing ... but I love a good snow fall! It is so beautiful, so peaceful!

Now that I've cut up all of my 1930's scraps for the Flying Geese quilt, it's now time to get serious and pull out yardage and fat quarters from the stash!


Oh, and while I'm cutting up the 1930's scraps, it occurred to me that I could also cut for another project out of that book? No sense in letting those scraps sit .... I think that's call project creep! lol

Catch you later! Cheers!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Piecing life one stitch at a time ...

I started a new project from a stunning book by Julie Hendricksen Preserving History - Patchwork patterns inspired by antique quilts.


I'm cutting up 5,070 pieces to make the quilt Flying Geese, the one pictured second from the top. I'll be using my 1930 scraps and, in keeping with the period, muslin as a background.

This is therapeutic for me .... so many emotions going through me at the moment .... I'm not sure how to handle them all .... So, I quilt away, cutting and piecing, as I work through the overwhelming emotions.

Quilting allows me to feel a sense of control ... there is so much going on in this world. I am well aware that control is an illusion, but nonetheless, quilting provides me with the feeling of being able to piece everything as it should be ... in my world anyway.

Quilting also connects me to our fore-mothers, to my history ... herstory. As I cut up my scraps, I feel a sense of kinship with women and their contributions to history.

Everyone needs a quilt to cover themselves with.  A quilt is pure love and nothing less. When you sleep under a quilt made by a quilter, you can feel the energy of love comforting you. Someone cares enough about you to piece love and comfort for you!

The world presently needs more love and compassion .... it needs more quilts!

Namaste

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Let it snow ....!

It is absolutely gorgeous out there! Mother Nature has grounded to a halt all of our busyness!

As you can imagine, there has been a lot of shoveling in the last 24 hours ... I really don't mind ... it's so peaceful out there!


Here is the front door steps ... this, after I shoveled last night at 8:30 p.m.


Last night, I made sure that both my bird feeders were filled and that there was clean water in the bird bath. Check this out!


Lot of birds continue to stop by ... more than usual .... I'm enjoying watching them from the warmth of my home.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Cheers!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Home bound ...!

Mother Nature has unleashed her full winter powers ....


Isn't it beautiful? We presently have over 6 inches of snow (16 centimeters) and it is still going strong!

Gosh, I love this kind of weather ... safe and warm .... I spent 20 minutes admiring the birds coming to my feeder. I imagine they are getting re-fueled for the long night!

Stay safe and warm everyone! Cheers!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It's for sale ....!

As you all know, I absolutely love Fibre Junction. I have poured my heart and soul into this quilt shoppe, making it what it is today. I enjoy being at Fibre, surrounded by gorgeous fabrics and creating samples to not only grace the shoppe, but to inspire my customers to take their quilting to the next level.

However, I always knew deep within myself that Fibre Junction would not be a forever thing. My heart is now being pulled in a new and different direction. It is time for me to pass the Fibre Junction baton to that special someone who will be the next owner of this delightful quilt shoppe, someone who will continue to make Fibre Junction an inspirational and creative place. Will that be you?

If you are looking to own a quaint and established quilt shoppe, then Fibre Junction is for you. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who is passionate about the trade. 

In the meantime, it is business as usual. Stop by Fibre Junction!


 ... and get inspired 


... to make your next quilting project. 


It's a great place to relax ...


 and get in touch with your creative self!


I know I do .... every time I walk into Fibre Junction! I love this shoppe! 

Thanks for stopping by and being a part of my cyber adventures! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

In honour of Dr. Seuss' birthday ....!

I'm still in my "clear projects out" mode and decided it was time to finish a quilt that my little Pumpkin started approximately six (6) years ago - Dr. Seuss The Lorax quilt! I love the Lorax! I met him on our Universal Vacation back in 2015.


Slowly, after a couple of years, the quilt was brought to the stage of blocks completely pieced. It was just a question of putting it all together to create a quilt top. I did fussy cut the horizontal sashing, as it was a tad advance for a 13 year old!

There the blocks laid, in my closet, awaiting Pumpkin to pick the project back up again.  After a few years of just gathering dust, I decided that it was time for me to take matters into my own hands and get the quilt done.

Ta da!

It has since been machine quilted, washed and, I even had enough of The Lorax backing fabric to make a pillow case, all in time for her surprised visit last weekend. My goal was to have it done by March 10! Ah! Beat that goal! Yea!

Oh, she was surprised and so delighted! She actually brought it back to college with her! Can you see my big grin?

The actual name of the quilt is called The Need for Theeds, designed by Rachel Griffith for Robert Kaufman   It is a free pattern and you can obtain a copy of the pattern here.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Catch you later! Cheers!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jungle Fever .... Jungle Fever ..!

Ok, now I have that tune in my head!

I'm a little annoyed at Blogger at the moment. It has occurred to me that although I have programmed my settings to receive an e-mails for all comments left on my blog, blogger takes it upon themselves to be selective by not sending ALL of them. I've recently noticed that some of you have commented and I did receive a notification.

I have since contacted blogger, followed their suggestions and the problem has not been fixed. Sigh!

I apologize for not getting back to you. I'm not ignoring you, I'm just not getting an e-mail that you've left a comment. Sigh .... annoying...!

Onward to the fun stuff!

I finished this little hand embroidered quilt called My Little Garden by Kathy Schmitz. It measures 15 inches by 19 inches!


Have I  mentioned that I just love those little quits? One more to do and the series is complete!

I also pieced this cute quilt that uses 30 different 10" blocks of fabrics. It's called Jungle Fever.


I do like that pattern. Simple and quick to make .... not requiring much precision because you end up trimming your block.

Given that I'm a precision kind of gal, I re-worked the directions to accommodate my OCD! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later! Cheers!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mother Nature .... the following day!

Today was spent shoveling the beauty left by Mother Nature. I think we received over 12 inches of snow! We haven't had a good snow storm in well over 2 years. Snow is good .... and oh so beautiful!

With the right kind of snow, you can build a snowman! I just love snow people. Allow me to share what I built .... indoors of course!


The pattern is called Hearty the Snowman Pin Pal.  Isn't he so adorable? I just love how he turned out.

Late afternoon, I was graced with the following beauty from our sun!


I just had to take a picture .... the light was gorgeous ... covering the trees with a warm glow .... totally in Awe!

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!
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