Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A change of scenery .... !

I think I have been pretty good keeping focused on completing quilting UFOs. But, there comes a time when a girl has got to start something new! lol Seriously, variety is the spice of life!

So, I got busy on this little pattern by Bonnie Sullivan of All through the night called Frosty!

I figured working on a snowman would be a great way to way to keep cool in this hot weather. You know, think about snow and all ... lol

Here is my version .... framed and all!

How cute is that?! I just love snowmen!

So, what have you been working on? 

Catch you all later!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Back to hand work ...!

Sometimes I just want to sit and watch something on TV. Well, for me it's my laptop. I don't watch television ... I actually pay for my programming. Amazon Prime has some great documentaries as well as Netflix.

Yeap, that's what I watch went I do hand work ... documentaries ... I call it learning by osmosis! lol

Voici Block 8 of the BOM Beauty All Around by Geoff's Mom Pattern Company.

Onward to another block! It's so sweet when they are all prepped!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Back to Modern Building Blocks ... !

How are you all doing? Here, I'm just grateful for a/c. We did have a bit of respite from the high heat and humidity ... And so it begins ... back to a freakishly hot summer!

For you Celsius people, actual temperature 32C but it feels like 35C. A summer like this is not normal for us. A couple of weeks ... sure ... not a full summer!

I'm thankful that the evenings are a bit cooler (around 20C) allowing me to actually sleep without the a/c. I like peace and quiet, which you don't get with an a/c.

On the quilting front, I have been tackling the Modern Building Block UFO quilt and have the following done:

These blocks measure 6 inches finished. So far I have 29 out of 48 blocks done ... a bit more to go ... slowly but surely.

So what have you been up to?

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Down sizing ...!

Hey everyone, I have the following patterns to sell. These patterns were shop kits that Fibre Junction held as Block of the Months.

Each pattern is complete. Some will have notes (if I made the sample, you bet I have some notes in there for precision). Most of these patterns retail over $65.00. Most have a colour copy of the actual fabrics used making it easy for you to match. The pattern only will be shipped.

If you are interested send me an e-mail at ceridwen59 @ gmail . com and we will work something out.

USA addresses only ... unless I know you well than we'll work something out!

I apologize in advance for the crappy picture! I want these to go!

Civil War Tribute by Homestead Hearth - 12 month program - includes historical information

Cost:  $25.00 - includes shipping

Civil War Chronicles - Homestead Hearth - includes historical information

Cost $25.00 - includes shipping

Civil War Melodies - Homestead Hearth - includes historical information (I made that quilt)

The General's Wives - by Jerry Stube - includes historical information - I made that quilt!

Cost $25.00 - includes shipping
River Rock - designed by Sarah Maxwell (gorgeous Batik Quilt made with 10" squares)

Cost: $25.00 includes Shipping
The Seasons on Pomegranate Lane by Quilted Crow Girls Design (who I hear are no more)

Cost $25.00 - includes shipping
Quilter's Dessert - Mystery quilt by Border Creek Station (great pattern designer) It uses yardage as well as a charm pack. I think it's illegal for me to show you a picture of the quilt! lol A pleasant surprised and you won't be disappointed! 

Cost $25.00 - including shipping

Quilters Retreat - by Border Creek Station - another mystery. Now, for you curious types, I made that quilt! ;)

Cost $25.00 - includes shipping.

What a long post! These are a bargain. Great way to de-stash. 

Thanks for helping me out here!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Reducing my foot print .... !

With my little Pumpkin studying Environmental Management, I've been more conscious of my impact on this planet and have been looking for ways to reduce my foot print on this beautiful earth. More specifically, reducing my use of plastic. No more plastic straws for me or the use of shopping bags. I bring my own.

In the fruit and vegetable department, I was looking for fabric mesh to make reusable bags ... That is, until I found these at Target.

They work beautifully and even come with a small carrying bag. I bought two sets! They are now part of my shopping bag routine!

Not much quilting going on at the moment. It's way too hot and besides, lots of changes to take place soon!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Friday, July 13, 2018

A break from the DSM ... !

Is it hot enough for you people in the northern hemisphere? OMG, I think this summer is going to be in the category of one of the hottest in a long time. 

Took a little break from machine piecing and picked up the UFO - BOM Beauty all Around and worked on stitching a couple of blocks.

Block 6

And block 7

What's nice about this UFO is that all the blocks are prepped. All I need to do is stitch around the wool pieces. That's the beauty of taking the time to prep all of your blocks. When you are done with one, you can pick up another ... it's a production line! ;)

So, what have you been up to today?

Friday, July 6, 2018

Respite from the heat and humidity ... !

OMG, it's been hotter than ever. I'm soooooo not a heat lover. I much prefer being cold, at least I can put on layers. When it's hot, you can only remove so many layers! lol

For you Celsius people, that's about 32. It's so comfortable ... Nice cool breeze coming in the quilting studio! Haven ....

To get away from the sweltering heat, I have been doing a bit of quilting on the recent pick, you know, off that UFO list ... Modern Building Blocks by Moda. I opened the box and found ...

I had put the box away with a total of six (6) blocks pieced, so I got busy.

After a while, I ran out of pins, not to mention that it looked a tad disorganized ... I decided to start piecing together what I could ... tah dah!

Much more organized, don't you think? And, four new blocks were added.

There are 48 blocks in this quilt. I presently have 24 more blocks to go. 

Guess what I'll be working on today?

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Onward bound .... !

I finished hand stitching the binding on Peace and Unity. What a great feeling to complete a project.

It has been washed and now put away in that special quilt cabinet! Now for the next project on that list!

I decided to work on Modern Building Blocks, a quilt designed by Moda. 

I started this quilt back in February 2015. The few completed blocks have been sitting on the back of my chair, you known, that architect chair that seems to be THE place to accumulate unfinished projects!

This quilt was "suppose" to be Pumpkin's high school graduation quilt, but .... Hey, she'll be graduating from college soon, so it's still a graduation quilt! lol 

Stay cool and hydrated! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

This ain't normal folks ...!

OMG, it is so hot and humid!

This is NOT normal weather for us people in the way northeast, I can see Canada from my house!

I can take the heat, but the humidity ... that's another story!

And, it's "suppose" to be like this all week! Sigh! I'm sweating just thinking about it!

Time to celebrate ...!

Happy Canada Day! Hey! ;)

Enjoy celebrating with friends and family!


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Oh my ...!

Goodness, how time flies ... I've been a busy body, but certainly not in the quilting department. Subbing ... and ... we had company! Aunt Marge, our Floridian, decided to visit us in June ... So, up until last Tuesday, I've been entertaining!

I did attend Vermont Quilt Festival last Thursday with friends. We were shocked to learn that our yearly "Dinner Ritual" restaurant, Juniors,  suddenly closed a couple of days prior to the show. I was so set on my usual! Oh well, it always saddens me to learn that a business closed, especially after 25 years.

On the VQF front, the venue appeared smaller than last year. I didn't get a chance to take any photos of quilts. For one thing, no photos allowed of the reproduction collection. So, I shopped ... what else is a girl to do? lol My loot consisted mainly of a couple of pieces of wool backgrounds, nothing exciting. Oh, I did buy this cute kit ...

I can't wait to get started ... but not until I finish hand stitching the binding on Peace and Unity!

Perhaps tonight is the night I put on a good movie and stitch away!

Catch you all later!

Friday, June 8, 2018

A little help from a notion ...!

Have you noticed that Blogger is no longer sending out e-mail notifications for comments posted on your blog? I researched the issue and according to my findings "Google is aware and working on it". OK, I sure hope they resolve the issue soon!

I want to share with you this notion that I found helpful when working with the BOM Peace & Unity. It is called Alphabetties by It's Sew Emma.

At times, especially when it comes to a block of the month, there are numerous pieces for the block construction that are labeled either numerically or alphabetically, sometimes both! This was the case with the Peace & Unity BOM and I found the Alphabetties quite useful.

I will admit that I do not use them often, but when I do, I'm glad I have them. There were lots of pieces to this 12 month program and the Alphabetties kept me organized.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

We have a pieced top .... !

I've been plugging away at Peace and Unity and brought it from this ...

To this ....

And ... now the borders are sewn on and it is loaded on Penelope ready to be machine quilted!

I've been subbing pretty much full time for the past couple of weeks so I haven't had any time to tackle it, but it's on the "to do" list! ;)

What's up with you?

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, June 4, 2018

My baby is now legal ...!

My baby turns 21 today!

OMG, where has the time gone? They grow up so quickly!

Happy Birthday Pumpkin!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

A basket case ...!

I have laid the machine appliqueing of baskets aside for a bit before I, myself, turn into a basket case!

In the meantime, I picked up a BOM I started back in January 2014. The quilt is called Civil War: Peace and Unity designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith; the last in a series of quilts commemorating the 150th anniversary of the civil war.

Although I had all the 20 (yea you read right) Court House Step blocks done, I sort of put it away not even planning on completing it. I gave up on this quilt!

But, I kept it all in a plastic bin, sort of "in waiting." I even thought of just piecing the court house step blocks into a small quilt top and call it a done deal!

It wasn't until the Shoppe Troll, aka Nancy, completed her quilt and brought it in to show me that I remembered how gorgeous it was. Then, I fell in love with the quilt all over again, vowing to complete the top ... some day!

Well, "some day" came ... I pulled it out and started working away on the twelve (12) different blocks. Voila! The pile of blocks!

Guess what I'm working on today!

Thanks for stopping by little corner in cyberspace!

Wishing you a wonderful day! Cheers!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's day .... !

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's day celebration.  My little Pumpkin came up from College for a weekend visit.

We took off early for Montreal so that we'd have time to visit my family neighbourhoods. It was fun showing Pumpkin where her grand mother and grand father grew up. After the grand parents childhood days, we headed off to where I spent most of my childhood.

I grew up in the outskirt of the city and Parc des Hirondelles was my backyard.

It was nostalgic! So much has changed since my childhood years!

Afterwards, we headed off to my mothers to celebrate the day with the rest of my family!

Pumpkin left Monday morning. She will be working most of the summer at the college. Life sure changes as your kids get older. It's all good!

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Admiring Mother Nature

This morning I had a meeting to attend. On my way back, I decided to admire the beauty of Mother nature.

I just had to stop and take photographs of Lake Champlain. It was so surreal!

It was just so beautiful with the mist ....

So mystical ... magical ...

The photographs were taken with my Iphone, no filters.

As I drove home, it dawned on me that I "should" keep my Nikon D7000 (professional) in the trunk of my car for such occasions. I am passionate about photography, and do enjoy it!

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

In the mean time ... !

I've been substituting for our local schools district. I'm sure you will be happy to know that, after an intensive mandatory investigation, not only am I NOT a criminal, I am NOT some sort of predator/offender! I am positive that you now feel much more comfortable following my blog! lol

So far, I have filled in for a 4th grade class, a librarian at a high school/middle school, and substituted for 6th, 7th and 8 grade class, teaching socials studies and geography!

Today, I substituted for a teacher who taught a rambunctious and loud/talkative first grade class.

What a day!

I feel better already!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Plugging away ....!

I'm going back and forth between machine appliqueing baskets and working on the Beauty All Around BOM.

I now have Block 4 ...

And ... Block 5 completed ...

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Eggplant Parmesan ...!

I love eggplant parmesan! But not cooked the traditional Italian way.  Most restaurants cook it in lots of olive oil and the eggplant acts as a sponge soaking the oil up .... yuk!  I like to bake mine and it comes out nice and crispy on the outside!

Baked Eggplant - The ingredients

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs (you can use Italian seasoned)
1/4 cup freshly grated pamigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons parsley flakes

1/4 cup skim milk (you can use cream)
1 egg beaten

1 Eggplant - Sliced 1/4 inch thick.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Beat the egg and milk/cream together in another bowl.

I tend to prick my eggplant slices before I dip them in the egg and milk bowl.



Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  I just love King Arthur Flour pre cut half sheets parchment paper!

Bake at 350F for approximately 40 minutes. In 20 minutes, turn the slices over and place back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until done. I use the bake feature on my oven, as I find that convection does not brown as well.

They are now ready to enjoy!

They freeze very well. I tend to buy a large eggplant, and place the left over in a container and pop them in the freezer. It truly makes sense to make a large batch. 

As for the left over bread coating ... I bag it and place it in the freezer for the next batch.

Time for dinner ... Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!
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