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!


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!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mother Nature on a Sunday ... !

I just love it when Mother Natures takes matters into her own hands and forces me to slow down and take the time to enjoy her beauty.

At first we had a gently snow fall!

Slowly, as the morning progressed it came down even harder ..... such beauty!

Sometimes you have to stop and enjoy the beauty of it all. Isn't it what life is all about?

Thank you for this peaceful days! Namaste

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Compassion with every stitch ...!

The sun is shining, I am still breathing .... life is good! I have decided to place myself on a media diet and lock myself up in my happy place, quilting/stitching away .... !

I managed to finish this cute little quilt called My Little Year by Kathy Schmitz, started in September 2016.

And ... I completely finished, quilted and bound,  My Little Home. If you recall, it was at a flimsy stage back in September 2016.

I so enjoy working on these small projects! Each hand embroider block takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to stitch.

As opposed to tracing each block, I use Transfer-eze. If you haven't read my recent post on this product, do so here.

In order to not only save fabric but also make the cutting of the stitched block easier, I trace a square on a large piece of cotton fabric using an Omnigrid  3 1/2 inch square and Sewline Stayer Permanent Market - brown.

I will then place the water soluble transfer on the fabric and stitch my block.

I only place the transfer when I'm ready to stitch a block and keep all the other photocopied transfer with the pattern. This way, there's less of a chance that I'll lose a block. Yea, it's happened before ...!

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day! Cheers!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Transfer-eze a recent issue!

Do any or you use Transfer-eze?
I'd like to talk about a recent issue that was brought to my attention from one of Fibre's customers.

A few weeks ago, the customer called me to enquirer as to what she was doing wrong; the product would not dissolve. I explained to her how I processed my work and insured her that it "should" all come off.

A few days later she stops by Fibre Junction and brought her work with her to show me. This is what it looked like with soaking and re-soaking etc. Notice the white area? That's the remnant of Transfer-eze.

Here is the same picture where I added a filter so that you can see the film.

It is almost as if the sticky part never dissolved. This is a close up of the embroidery piece:

She also brought another piece that she had completed (she actually cut the extra Transfer-eze to avoid the same issue as the first piece) and wanted me to dissolve it for her to see if she was doing something wrong.  I could not get the product to totally dissolve! I felt horrible for the customer.  In all the years that I have been using this product, I have never had an issue.

I apologized profusely, refunded her for the defective package of Transfer-eze and sent her home with Sticky Fabri-Solvy from Sulky.

On January 13, 2017, I proceeded to do a little experiment to see what the heck was going on.  I wanted to understand the issue that prevented the product from totally dissolving.

I dissolved a piece of Tranfer-eze from my package (I buy this product in packages of 30 sheets) in one cup and a piece from the customer's package in the other.

The left cup is clear with a bits of sediment on the bottom. Notice how cloudy the right cut is? Now check this out!

I could actually pick up goo with my finger.  Holy smokes!

I kept the cups, as is, sitting on my back counter to see how long it would take for the Transfer-eze to dissolve.  As of today, here is a photo of the same cups.

The product has dissolved, no goo is left. The water on the right is a tad slimy.

I quickly phoned my customer to let her know of my findings.

I have been in contact with the company that markets Transfer-eze and have let them know of my findings. As of yet, I have not received a reply.

SHOULD you ever have the same issue with this product, let your fabric soak for at least a week. I would include a daily change of water.

Let's hope that this is an anomaly, I like using Transfer-eze!

Catch you later! Cheers!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chooky SSCS 2016 ...!

I have been participating in Donna's Chookyblue Secret Santa Swap since it began back in 2007. It has become a yearly tradition for me. I'm always on the look out for that special post from Donna!

This year my Secret Santa was Jan from the Little Red Hen blog.  She made me this cute ornament to go on my tree...

Since Pumpkin did not get home from Winter break until Christmas weekend, our tree was not up and I could not take a picture that would do justice to this cute ornament. And yes, given that the tree was put up late, it is still up! :)

On American Christmas day, yes I could have cheated and opened it on Australian Christmas day, lol, I was delighted to have received this cute little quilt from Jan

And this gorgeous shawl and a cute pin!

Aren't I lucky?

Thank you again Jan for the wonderful gifts! Burgundy is one of my favourite colours! I just love it all!

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

Monday, January 2, 2017

Goodbye 2016 ...!

Wow, another year gone by! Hard to believe! Goodness how time flies when you're having fun!

I sort of took a small break from blogging in December ... not sure if you noticed but the post were far and few in between! Not for lack of content, more because I had not been feeling that great.

In the beginning of December 2016, I attended a week long Tony Robbins business retreat in Boca Raton, Florida.

Now, before you think this was a mini vacation .... the days were long ... we're talking from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily ... breaks were few and far in between.  The only "real" break I had was Wednesday, the day of my arrival ....

Afternoon champagne .... compliment of the hotel!

A girl could get used to this .... notice the socks? I forgot when I packed that I was wearing open top shoes ... Funky sock time!

Before you question my choice of attire for Florida weather ... In the hotel where the retreat took place, it was around 60F (16C).  They had extra AC units pumping cold air all week!!! Yea, it was a pants and long sleeves week!

From Thursday onward .... it was all work and no play!

My daily morning greeting on my walk to the retreat ...

There's something about Christmas decorations in Florida that just doesn't look right to me. Where's the snow? lol

By 2:30 a.m. I was beat .... but I did take time to wind down on my private balcony ... enjoying the view a bit before hitting the sack!

On the last morning, I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast outside ... so serene!

It was the only day where it was actually nice enough to sit outside. The temperatures throughout the week were around 82F (28C) with high humidity.

There were over 3,000 attendees from 36 different countries .... That's a lot of uncommon germs floating around. I'm sure you guessed it .... I came down with the flu the first morning of my return home. It still hasn't completely left me .... it's been quite the battle for the past 3 weeks .... but I think I'm winning. lol

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my business retreat. I had an amazing time, learned so much! Catch you later!  Cheers!
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